first_imgBy Dialogo April 05, 2013 “Approximately 52 individuals were arrested on federal narcotics and money laundering charges, and approximately 51 individuals were arrested on state narcotics and related charges.” US law enforcement authorities arrested more than 100 people on March 3, in what was described as a “massive operation” against heroin and cocaine traffickers from the Caribbean into Connecticut. “This morning, more than 700 law enforcement officers involved in the operation executed scores of federal and state arrest and arrest warrants in Connecticut, New York, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Puerto Rico,” the federal prosecutor’s office for Connecticut said. “We allege that the defendants arrested today were responsible for a very large percentage of the heroin and cocaine available for street sale in New London County,” said US Attorney David Fein. center_img The alleged ring was importing “wholesale amounts of drugs” to Connecticut. Most of the defendants would face prison sentences of between five and 10 years if found guilty. The wave of arrests followed a 15-month investigation into the trafficking of the drugs from Puerto Rico and the nearby Dominican Republic. Authorities built their case on wiretaps of 15 telephones, physical surveillance and undercover purchases of cocaine and heroin, the US attorney’s office said. last_img read more


first_imgThe relentless pace of regulatory change is the new normal.by: Bill KlewinI’ve been writing about lending, operations, and regulatory compliance for Credit Union Magazine for almost 20 years. This is my last column. I am retiring.Over the last 20 years, you’ve learned a little about my family, my views—and hopefully a few things you’ve been able to use in serving your members.I will miss your comments, your camaraderie, and your passion about what we do. I will miss being told I am contributing to the downfall of Western civilization (I am all-powerful, apparently), and I will miss the feeling of satisfaction when I have helped someone at a credit union solve a particularly troublesome problem.With that said, I have one last chance to bring out my crystal ball and look ahead to the regulatory challenges you will face in lending in 2015 and beyond. There is really only one theme: the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has only begun to affect your business.Here are just a few of the issues you will face: continue reading » 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more


first_imgØrsted has joined a GBP 400,000 sea state forecasting project, launched by UK’s national Operations & Maintenance (O&M) Centre of Excellence, a collaboration between the University of Hull and the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult. “This big-marine-data approach, along with bathymetry and site configuration data, is enabling researchers to produce an artificial intelligence-based method that will be used to make a step-change in the resolution and accuracy of fine-scale at offshore windfarm sites”, ORE Catapult said. Downward-facing radars have been installed on wind turbines turbines at Ørsted’s 258 MW Burbo Bank Extension offshore wind farm. The radars will record wave height, direction and period, together with combined met-ocean data and existing forecasts. The project’s goal is to deliver a significant reduction in missed working days by developing an innovative approach to sea state forecasting. By improving wave forecast modelling, the project team aims to contribute to increasing the accuracy of sea state forecasting at the level of an individual offshore wind turbine. This should drive efficiency gains in operations and maintenance, increase safety, and contribute to further reductions in the Levelized Cost of Energy (LCoE) for offshore wind, according to ORE Catapult. “With total O&M costs contributing around 25% to the lifetime costs of a typical offshore wind farm, the positive impact on planning by owners/operators is clear, with ORE Catapult analysis suggesting that innovations in forecasting techniques could help to reduce missed working days by a quarter”, ORE Catapult states.last_img read more


first_imgLawrenceburg, In. — Indiana State Police say a local woman was killed in a crash around noon Tuesday on U.S. 50 near Station Hollow Road. A witness alerted troopers to the crash scene after spotting an inverted car down the embankment.Troopers say Cynthia McCool, 50, was westbound on U.S. 50 and drove off the road for an unknown reason. The car rolled down the embankment, ejecting McCool. She was declared deceased at the scene.Investigators speculate the crash happened between 8 a.m. and noon, saying the car was very difficult to see from the roadway.last_img read more