Ex-baseball players Dotel, Castillo linked to DR drug ring

first_imgONE: Gina Iniong eager to showcase her best in 1st fight of 2020 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES BREAKING: DOJ indicts ex-PNP chief Albayalde for graft P8.2 M shabu may be linked to PNP’s ‘biggest 2019 drug haul’ PLAY LIST 02:25P8.2 M shabu may be linked to PNP’s ‘biggest 2019 drug haul’00:50Trending Articles01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian03:06Tahimik, Mapanganib | Jong Manlapaz00:49Sweet! Indian bakers make world’s ‘longest’ cake Lacson on Albayalde, ‘ninja cops’ indictment: The law has a ‘very long memory’ Roger Federer: Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic ‘will win more’ MOST READ American teen Anisimova out of US Open after father’s death View commentscenter_img Coco Gauff vs. Venus Williams in 1st round of Australian Open “Eighteen other people are linked to this network, including athletes and baseball players Octavio Dotel and Luis Castillo,” Rodríguez said in a news conference, calling it “the most important drug trafficking structure in the region.”He said Peralta created a complicated system of companies to hide the origins of his assets, using members of his family and social circles, “including two sports figures in the Dominican Republic.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAllen Durham chews out Meralco: Everybody played like sh*tSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsRodríguez said the U.S. government and police agencies participated in the investigation.Dominican officials say a 1,050-kilogram shipment of drugs heading from South America to Puerto Rico was one of several seizures attributed to this ring. WATCH: Robredo repacks relief goods with ‘mocha’ behind her OSG petition a ‘clear sign’ of gov’t bid to block ABS-CBN franchise renewal — solon On his Instagram account, Castillo denied any ties to drugs.“The truth is my country no longer works, my God, do you think that after making millions of dollars in Baseball I am going to dirty my hands with drugs?” the former player wrote.Castillo was a three-time All-Star, won three Gold Gloves and was a member of the 2003 Florida Marlins team that won the World Series.There was no immediate comment from Dotel, who set a record for playing on more MLB teams than any other player. The teams were: the Detroit Tigers, St. Louis Cardinals, Toronto Blue Jays, Colorado Rockies, Los Angeles Dodgers, Pittsburgh Pirates, Chicago White Sox, Atlanta Braves, Kansas City Royals, New York Yankees, Oakland Athletics, Houston Astros and New York Mets. Right-hander Edwin Jackson broke Dotel’s mark earlier this season by playing for his 14th franchise.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo hits Mocha over false post: Why let gov’t pay a fake news purveyor? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Former MLB pitcher Octavio Dotel is transferred to a police station after his arrest for alleged links to a drug-trafficking and money-laundering ring in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019. There was no immediate comment from Dotel, who set a record for playing on more MLB teams than any other player. (Pedro Sosa/Diario Hoy via AP)SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic — Authorities in the Dominican Republic have arrested former MLB pitcher Octavio Dotel and cited ex-infielder Luis Castillo for their alleged links to a drug-trafficking and money-laundering ring, officials said Tuesday.Dominican Attorney General Jean Alain Rodríguez said police are also actively pursuing the alleged leader of the ring, César Emilio Peralta, also known as “César the Abuser.” Castillo – not the current Cincinnati Reds’ pitcher – has not yet been arrested.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Cleansing of the ‘Temple of Democracy’

first_imgDear Editor,Allow me to express my disappointment at the politicians who have proved that they are no worthier to be called leaders of the people of Guyana. They have further caused a rift among themselves when they are supposed to build bridges between people and work for unity and love. It is disheartening to see how power and money can cause the downfall of any leadership. However, one thing is obvious that people are now aware and are tired of political gimmicks to achieve politicians’ own goals of power and money. People of Guyana have given up discussing politics, because it is always divisive and not helpful for the nation. If it is not helpful, it must be trampled underfoot because salt has lost its taste. Mind you, I am not pointing to any political party.Allow me to speak about my Leader Jesus Christ. For Jesus, the Temple of Jerusalem was the sacred space for every people of the nations. When it was defiled by the evil doers, Jesus makes a whip out of some cord and drives out every sort of evil from the temple. Hence, he allows its purpose to be fulfilled, and its purpose is to allow the space for everyone to have an encounter with God. We believe that the Parliament is the Temple of Democracy and a temple of the nation where every people of this nation is represented. Do we believe in this? If we believe in this, why our Temple of Democracy has been defiled? If it is defiled, who will be able to cleanse it? Certainly, we need someone like Jesus who can make a whip and cleanse it so that its sole purpose is fulfilled. I would like the politicians to do a ‘retrospect’ because each of you is the servant of the people and not bosses of the people. I would like you to enter that Temple of Democracy with people at the heart of your discussion. Do remember that if you keep people’s interest before your own, you will be the best leaders a nation can dream. Please do not defile our Temple of the nation. Treat it with respect and dignity. If you respect the Parliament, you would respect the people for it is people who elected and sent you to this temple so that you decide and dedicate your life to the people of the nation.Sincerely,Kevin Williamslast_img read more

More funding required for treating mental health

first_imgTackling mental health issues…decriminalise suicide now– PAHO/WHO RepFunding allocated to the Mental Health Unit is inadequate and does not support a fair fight in tackling mental health issues. As such, much more in needed to be able to combat the scourge of suicide and other mental illnesses, according to PanMembers of Parliament and various stakeholders at the session on WednesdayAmerican Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) Representative Dr William Adu-Krow.“Ministry of Public Health and the other sectors that deal in this area need funding. (I told the) Mental Health Unit in 2011 they have 0.11% of the health fund. By 2017, that number has risen to 1.16% — that is 10 times, but still very low. We still have a long way to go, let’s do more,” he advised.Dr Adu-Krow made the plea on Wednesday at the exchange with Parliamentarians and staff of the Parliament Office on Suicide, hosted by the Parliamentary Sectoral Committee on Social Services, in collaboration with PAHO/WHO and the United Nations.He advised that better surveillance systems be put in place to address the scourge of suicide, and called for better monitoring practices. Saying that persons who attempted suicide are likely to complete the action at a later date, he called for more attention to be paid to such persons, and for them to be monitored. The methods used to intervene in the situations should also be analyzed, he said.Minister within the Ministry of Public Health, Dr Karen Cummings, said the forum allows Parliamentarians to retrospect, introspect, and look for innovative ways to further strengthen prevention and control efforts, in order to address the scourge of suicide.“Much work needs to be done as we seek to move further down the international rating of suicide. Since 2012, suicide is the leading cause of death among young people between the ages of 16-44. Females attempted suicide more than males in a ratio of 3:1; East Indians have accounted for 50%, and Africans 26%,” the minister said.Strategic areas for intervention, risk factors’ reduction, health promotion and prevention, reduction of access to the means of suicide, health systems’ response to suicide behaviour, and surveillance and research were some of the intervention methods the minister highlighted.DecriminalisationThe Laws of Guyana – the Criminal Law Offences Act Cap 8:01 and the Summary Jurisdiction Offences Act Cap 8:02 – criminalise the act of suicide.In 2016, Opposition Member of Parliament Dr Vindhya Persaud tabled a motion in Parliament calling for the decriminalisation of suicide. Members of the Government side, namely Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan and Minister within the Public Health Ministry, Dr Karen Cummings, supported the decriminalisation of the act, but later voted down the motion for being too ‘politicised’.However, a study conducted by the Rights of the Child Commission with the support of UNICEF Guyana called for the review of those two pieces of legislation, along with the Pesticides and Toxic Chemicals Control Act Cap 68:09, the Customs Act Cap 82:01, the Mental Hospital Ordinance Cap 140, and the Food and Drugs Act Cap 34:03.Dr. Adu-Krow reiterated that position, and said that when criminal penalties are attached to the act of committing or attempting to commit suicide, it would only push someone to complete the act.“This act does not give any provision for dealing with any survivor of a suicide act. This act, if such a person escapes prosecution, then it encourages (that) person to commit suicide, because it says that they will be in jail for life,” he noted.In giving the stats, Director of the Mental Health Unit, Dr Util Thomas, said that for 2017, the MoPH recorded 59 cases of suicide while the Police recorded a staggering 92 cases. She noted that the MoPH’s data is incomplete, since they are yet to receive statistics from various parts of the country.The Unit has rolled out its National Self-Harm Surveillance System in Regions Two, Three, and Six.Dr Thomas said the Unit chose the three regions to pilot the programme because of the high numbers of suicide cases recorded there, and that is just one way of combating suicide. The Surveillance System would mandate hospitals to report all cases of suicide and attempted suicide to the unit within one week of their occurrence. And once reported, attempted suicide cases would be monitored and persons would be psychiatrically evaluated to ensure that all bases are covered.last_img read more

Red Bulls stun mighty Chelsea

first_img0Shares0000The Red Bulls scored four times in the second half against mighty Chelsea FC despite using a roster made up of mostly of young developmental players. PHOTO/AFPNEW YORK, July 23- Sean Davis scored twice in the second half Wednesday to help the New York Red Bulls defeat reigning English Premier League champions Chelsea 4-2 in the International Champions Cup.The Red Bulls looked surprisingly strong against Chelsea despite coming off Tuesday’s quarter-final loss to the Philadelphia Union in the US Open Cup competition. New York head coach Jesse Marsch went with a youthful lineup and it paid off as midfielder Davis scored in the 73rd and 77th minutes and 16-year-old Tyler Adams scored in the 70th minute.Franklin Castellanos also scored in the 51st minute for the Red Bulls, who were playing Chelsea for the first time.Loic Remy scored in the 26th minute and Eden Hazard scored in the 75th for Chelsea, who were without stars Willian and Juan Cuadrado, both resting after competing in the Copa America tournament.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Mirallas substituted with injury, NOT over penalty miss, insists Everton boss Martinez

first_img Everton winger Kevin Mirallas 1 Everton manager Roberto Martinez played down reports of a possible rift with Kevin Mirallas after he was substituted at the break in Monday’s goalless draw with West Brom.Rumours quickly circulated of a half-time bust-up in the Toffees dressing room after the Belgian controversially missed a penalty at the end of the opening period.With Baggies centre-back Joleon Lescott penalised for hand-ball in the box, Mirallas grabbed the ball and took the kick after the briefest of discussions with regular taker Leighton Baines, who had scored 15 of his 16 Premier League penalties.The 27-year-old shot wide and his withdrawal at the interval merely posed more questions as speculation continues to link the Belgium international, who has 18 months remaining on his contract, with a move away.It proved a costly blunder, as the stalemate extended the Merseysiders’ winless run to six league games.But Martinez was adamant the miss had nothing to do with his substitution, saying Mirallas was “feeling his hamstring” at the break.The Spaniard explained: “Our penalty taker is Leighton Baines, he’s the number one penalty taker.“But, in the same way, we had a penalty shoot-out on Tuesday night against West Ham [in their FA Cup third round replay defeat] and, as you saw, Kevin Mirallas takes the penalties really well and he felt really confident and he wanted to take it.“At that point you need to feel confident and he was feeling that he could take the penalty and Leighton Baines was quite happy to allow him to do that.“Only the takers can miss the penalties, but both have got the qualities to score goals.“Obviously missing the target makes it a big issue, if he hits the back of the net nothing would have happened, but both players have got enough quality, enough personality and enough character to convert the penalty at that moment.”He added: “The big disappointment is that we couldn’t convert the penalty, not who took it or why we missed it.”Steven Naismith seemed irked by his team-mate’s actions at the half-time whistle, but the Everton striker came to Mirallas’ defence following the game, saying there was no issue with the forward taking the spot-kick.“We’ve won the penalty and the ball’s fallen to Kev and Kev has felt confident, he showed in the [penalty shoot-out against] West Ham he was very confident then and he slotted his penalty away,” the Scot told Sky Sports.“He’s in form and he’s playing well and he wanted to step up and take it and unfortunately he’s missed.“We should have had enough in the 90 minutes to win rather than relying on the penalty taker.”On the half-time exit, Naismith also denied any row, and continued: “I think Kev has come off with an injury more than anything else. He never came in the changing room so I’m sure it was an injury.”last_img read more

Trained search dog missing from home

first_imgLAKE LOS ANGELES – A search dog is being sought. A trained tracking dog named Emma who has searched for more than 50 missing people is missing herself after disappearing out of her owners’ Lake Los Angeles yard. “We think somebody saw a really nice dog and picked it up and is caring for her,” said owner Bob Wells, who, with his wife, is a dog handler in the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s volunteer search and rescue dog organization, L.A. Search Dogs. Four years old, Emma is a 55-pound hound mix with brown, black and gray spotted and brindle colors, one yellow eye and one blue eye. She has stitches from recent injury while training and also is blind in one eye and takes glaucoma medicine, Wells said. Emma’s last search was about two months ago in Littlerock, looking for a runaway boy. The boy was found at a house where he’d gone after hurting himself trying to climb onto a passing freight train, Wells said. Anyone with knowledge of Emma’s location is asked to call (661) 264-4444. Charles F. Bostwick, (661) 267-5742 chuck.bostwick@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Emma was last seen about 8 a.m. Jan. 14 in her fenced yard, Wells said. Wells and others have been searching around Lake Los Angeles for her but have found no sign. Wells and his wife have two other search dogs. They’ve had Emma since she was a pup. Emma has searched all around Los Angeles County for missing children, lost hikers and Alzheimer’s patients who wandered away from their homes. She is not used in criminal searches, Wells said. Emma is particularly good at picking out the freshest scent trail, which is important in situations such as looking for an Alzheimer’s patient known for taking a daily walk around the block. “There’s layers and layers of skin cells around that block. She’s very good at picking up the freshest skin cells,” Wells said. last_img read more

Rangers striker Kenny Miller accepts he must prove himself again to new manager

first_img1 Kenny Miller accepts he has to prove himself all over again as he aims to impress new Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha.Previous boss Mark Warburton had called for the board to hand the 37-year-old striker a new contract but Miller realises he is back at square one ahead of the Portuguese manager’s first game in charge against Hamilton at Ibrox on Saturday.Miller was reported to be in the frame for the local coach in Caixinha’s backroom staff but the former Scotland international is keen to extend his playing career.And he knows he has to perform at his best if that is to happen at Ibrox beyond the summer.“The manager has been appointed a week ago so it’s important we get down to work and earn it,” said Miller, who is Rangers’ top Ladbrokes Premiership goalscorer with six strikes.“You have got to earn it, so that’s what I will be looking to do between now and the end of the season.“I think that goes for everybody, whether you have got a contract or you are out of contract. For me, I have got to prove I am worthy of being in his team and his squad. That’s where my focus solely lies at the moment and that starts in his first game on Saturday.”Caixinha was eager to stress his knowledge of Hamilton at his first pre-match media conference – highlighting Ali Crawford as the danger man – and Miller believes he will get to grips with Scottish football in no time.“He is a smart, smart man, a real football man, so I am sure he will be looking at the opponents in real depth and I’m sure he will get to grips with the game soon enough,” he said.“Football’s football but every coach and manager has their own way of working.“It has been different but that’s not unexpected when a new manager comes in. The boys have adapted quite well, are really enjoying it. The focus is firmly on getting three points on Saturday and then we have a couple of weeks where we can put some serious work in.” Kenny Miller has to prove himself to new boss Pedro Caixinha last_img read more

UAW chief says union won’t give up

first_imgFord and GM workers approved the deals late last year. Under the agreements, retired autoworkers will start paying monthly contributions, annual deductibles and co-payments for some medical services. They don’t pay such fees now. Hourly workers won’t be required to pay deductibles or monthly contributions, but they will have to contribute some of their future wage increases to a trust for future health care expenses. “Although we did the right thing, and in the right way, it was still the most painful decision I’ve had to make as your president,” Gettelfinger said. He repeated previous calls for a national solution to health care with a single-payer plan. But Bush, he said, “has stood on the sidelines as health care costs soar out of control.” Ford has said it spent about $3.5 billion to cover 550,000 hourly and salaried workers, retirees and dependents last year; GM spent $5.4 billion in 2005 for its 1.1 million employees, retirees and dependents. Gettelfinger, who has come under fire from some workers who say he hasn’t done enough to keep plants open that GM and Ford have slated to close, said the UAW would continue to defend workers at about two dozen targeted plants. But he added that many workers will be able to retire or get buyout packages that will help them move to new jobs. GM and Delphi Corp. last week reached agreement with the union to extend a buyout offer to all Delphi hourly workers. Delphi has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and has asked a federal bankruptcy judge for permission to void its union contracts. The buyouts are a step toward a negotiated settlement of Delphi’s demands for lower wages. The auto parts supplier said the agreement represented “significant progress” in broader negotiations aimed at avoiding a strike. But Gettelfinger said Delphi is using the bankruptcy process “as a perverted business strategy” to enrich executives, lawyers and financial advisers. Gettelfinger also said that President George W. Bush and Republican congressional leaders are seeking more tax breaks for millionaires at the expense of workers. The United States, he told the convention, has lost more than 3 million manufacturing jobs since Bush took over the White House in 2001. Bush has responded by negotiating the CAFTA trade agreement, and his administration is working on a trade pact with Thailand “that could open the U.S. market to a flood of cheap Thai-built pickup trucks, threatening the jobs of tens of thousands of American workers,” Gettelfinger said. Yet Bush, Gettelfinger said, did nothing to level the playing field for U.S. automakers, saying that they needed to start building “relevant” products. “Whether Mr. Bush realizes it or not, the problem isn’t `relevant’ products, it’s bad policies,” Gettelfinger said. Jerry Kloberdanz, a UAW member who works at an Electrolux plant in Webster City, Iowa, said he realizes the union has great challenges in an era of globalization.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“We’re not going to surrender. We’re not going to lower our sights, give up our dreams or give up our fight for a better world for our children and grandchildren.” But he cautioned that the union may have to do things differently than it did in the past. With Ford Motor Co. and General Motors Corp., the two companies that employ the most UAW members, facing financial losses and declining market share, Gettelfinger said the union faces tough challenges. “Like it or not, these challenges aren’t the kind that can be ridden out,” he said. “They demand new and farsighted solutions – and we must be an integral part of developing these solutions.” Gettelfinger said the nation’s skyrocketing health care costs are hitting Ford and GM hardest because they have older work forces and a large number of retirees. After analyzing each company’s finances, he said he decided to negotiate to address the companies’ huge retiree health care liabilities and to preserve future benefits. LAS VEGAS – United Auto Workers President Ron Gettelfinger on Monday challenged his union to battle against corporations that declare bankruptcy and export jobs and he singled out the Bush administration as a major political foe. In his speech to about 1,300 delegates at the UAW’s 34th convention at the MGM Grand casino-hotel, Gettelfinger also warned of difficult times ahead as the union fights to preserve a middle-class lifestyle won over the past 70 years. Gettelfinger said some people in management and some industry analysts believe the UAW is not up to the fight. “They think we’ve run out of gas intellectually and emotionally, that we’ve lost our will, our creativity and our nerve. Some even question our solidarity. Well, we’ve got news for them,” he said to a cheering crowd. last_img

Man wants an Oasis in the Valley

first_imgWOODLAND HILLS – Tonight, Mark Steele will stand up and tell of his dream, 12 years and hundreds of thousands of dollars in the making. Steele, president of the Valley Sports Authority, will address the Woodland Hills-Warner Center Neighborhood Council’s planning and land-use committee and make his case once again to bring a major sports and entertainment venue to the San Fernando Valley. He dreamed up the Oasis Event Center after the 1994 Northridge Earthquake and sought a home for the project for more than a decade. Now, he’ll address the group of business leaders and homeowners and hope they’ll share the vision that’s guided him through the long, frustrating process. He aims to win approval to seek up to five acres for the $100 million project he hopes will bring pro sports and major concerts to the Valley. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John Phillips“Do you want just another office building?” he said Tuesday. “Do you want just another condo? God forbid, do we need more retail? Whether you want to buy a brassiere, a book, or a Bombardier jet, you can get it within 10 minutes of the Warner Center. We need something new.” He pitched the full neighborhood council in August, then had his project recommended for study by the planning committee. After tonight’s meeting, he hopes to win approval by its Oct. 18 meeting. With the council’s blessing, he’ll then begin discussions with the Mayor’s Office and Councilman Dennis Zine to seek out land for the proposed center. “We’re hoping to hear a little bit more about who’s backing it and how bona fide the efforts are,” said August Steurer, a council vice chairman who heads the planning committee. “We’ve had plenty of comments from people in the community questioning whether he’ll be able to do it and what he actually wishes to bring to Woodland Hills.” Steele said he hasn’t yet begun discussions with landowners, but past reports have identified Pierce College and land owned by either Northrop Grumman or Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne as possible locations. He envisions the venue, designed by Staples Center architect Ron Turner, as a home for college and minor-league pro sports, concerts and religious events. “People don’t want to drive over the hill anymore,” he said. “People want to see affordable events, not pay $60 for a ticket to drive downtown on a school night. “For a kid, he’s going to be happy to be at a game with his pop with a soda in one hand and a hot dog in the other, whether it’s a minor-league hockey game or a big league one.” brent.hopkins@dailynews.com (818) 713-3738 IF YOU GO The Woodland Hills-Warner Center Neighborhood Council will hold a hearing about The Oasis at 6:30 tonight at the Woodland Hills Academy, 20800 Burbank Blvd.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

“Surely this is the beginning of the end for Joe Hart?”

first_imgWest Ham went into their lunchtime kick-off at Chelsea in the relegation zone and in dire need of a win. The London derby usually produces drama, but this game had drama before a ball was even kicked when it was announced Joe Hart had been dropped by David Moyes. Hart has endured a disappointing time and has only kept three clean sheets in the Premier League for West Ham so far this season. Fan favourite Adrian stepped in for the England keeper and of course, many took their Twitter to have their say on the decision. Scroll down for some of the best tweets below… The 30-year-old was on loan at Torino after being told by Pep Guardiola he was not needed 1last_img