By Dialogo March 07, 2013 On March 4, the Nicaraguan Police disrupted a cell that provided support to drug trafficking led by Mexican national José Torres Chaperón, who remains a fugitive after 26 out of his 42 members were arrested, in addition to 63 properties and 59 land and water vehicles that were also seized. Chaperón founded “logistics, reception, storage, transport of drugs and security cells” and acquired property at the disposal of drug trafficking in Nicaragua, the Police reported in a press release. The ring facilitated the smuggling of drugs from Colombia to Mexico through the Nicaraguan Pacific, mainly through the border departments of Rivas, Chinandega, Managua, Matagalpa and Masaya, the report specified. Among the detainees, there are four leaders, including Guatemalan national Martín Sánchez Flores, the only foreigner in this operation that the Police started to monitor under the name of “Temis” in 2010. During the operation carried out last week, the Police siezed 63 properties, 44 land vehicles, 15 speedboats, four firearms, and about $50,000 in cash. Judge Julio Arias from Managua’s 5th Criminal District, ordered the pre-trial detention of the 26 detainees, who will be tried on March 20 under charges of drug trafficking, money laundering, and organized crime association. According to Nicaraguan authorities, the gang led by Chaperón is a remnant of the local drug trafficking structure created in 2010 by entrepreneur Henry Fariñas, who was sentenced to 30 years in prison for money laundering and drug trafficking along with 21 national and foreign accomplices in October 2012. In July 2011 Fariñas was the main witness and failed target of the attack in which Argentine singer-songwriter Facundo Carbral died in Guatemala.
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The coronavirus outbreak could kill from 100,000 to 200,000 Americans, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said in an interview Sunday.The U.S. government’s top infectious-disease expert made the prediction on CNN’s “State of the Union,” adding that millions across the country could become infected.As of Sunday morning, the U.S. had about 125,000 infections and 2,200 deaths, based on a tally being maintained by the Johns Hopkins University.The confirmed global death toll has surpassed 32,000, while new epicenters are emerging in U.S. cities including Detroit, New Orleans and Chicago.Spain and Italy account for more than half of the world’s death toll, with each of those two countries still seeing over 800 deaths per day.However, experts say the worldwide virus toll numbers are under-represented due to limited testing and political decisions about which bodies to count. Unlike the U.S., France and Italy have not been counting deaths that take place at home or in nursing homes.‘’Europe must demonstrate that it is able to respond to this historic call,’’ Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte said late Saturday. “I will fight until the last drop of sweat, until the last gram of energy, to obtain a strong, vigorous, cohesive European response.”Meanwhile, President Trump backtracked late Saturday on the possibility he had raise that morning to quarantine New York and neighboring states, largely due to criticism and questions about the legality of such a move.Still, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a travel advisory which asks all residents of New York City and others in New York state, New Jersey and Connecticut to avoid all nonessential travel for 14 days.
Williams is targeting next year’s Rugby Union World Cup with the All Blacks but his future beyond that is undecided.The dual international turns 34 next August and is weighing up ending an illustrious career spanning Australia, New Zealand, France, Japan, rugby league, rugby union and boxing.Williams became a pariah in the 13-man game after his walk-out on Canterbury in 2008 over a contract dispute.He returned to play a leading role in the Sydney Roosters’ 2013 NRL premiership victory, only to again return to union, where he won the 2015 World Cup and appeared in the 2016 Olympics.He’s eyeing his third World Cup next year but refuses to rule out a third stint in rugby league in 2020 and says opportunities to work with the Pacific community and in coaching will affect his decision.”I’m 34 next year. I’m just happy doing what I love doing,” Williams told Fox Sports.”I really want to affect my Pasifika people. With that comes responsibility.”I need more knowledge in that field, which I’m doing – I’m doing for my coaching papers.”God willing I make it through next year and I make that World Cup side.”Then after that, I have to keep the wife happy and then if I do play on, it’ll have to be at a place where I can still have a voice.”Williams returned to the Roosters for two years in 2013-14 after a handshake agreement with Roosters chairman Nick Politis, which was struck following his first exit from the NRL.In the past few years, there have been rumours Williams will end his career with the Tri-Colours.He refused to give anything away about his future on Sunday but said he regretted the way he turned his back on the Bulldogs, the club that gave him a start as a teenager.”I still stand by my decision to leave. Though as a young fella you’re a bit rash and you do things you probably regret,” Williams said.”I’m no different. I’m human, I make mistakes.”When it came to that decision to leave, although things weren’t going the right way off the field, I just felt like I was backed into a corner and that was all I could do.”Looking back now, if I was a lot more confident in myself as a man, I probably could have gone and spoken to the administration and told them, ‘Look, I’m going to leave if you don’t do what you guys promised me’.”