Mexican Federal Police Capture Knights Templar Kingpin ‘La Tuta’

first_imgBy Dialogo March 03, 2015 The wanted kingpin started out as a common criminal. “What is left of the Templar groups will most likely engage in criminal activities such as extortion and kidnapping, and won’t have the means to compete,” with larger transnational criminal organizations involved with drug trafficking on an international scale, the security analyst said. You have to look for me and do your job.” The transnational criminal organization engages in drug trafficking, kidnapping, extortion, firearms smuggling, and the illegal mining of iron ore. The Knights Templar is known for engaging in cult-like rituals, and its leaders have described the drug cartel in quasi-religious terms. Some new members are reportedly initiated into the group while wearing faux medieval costumes. Police said they located La Tuta, who also said he would rather die than be captured, after following one of his messengers for months. PF agents also captured eight of La Tuta’s associates; apprehended his brother, Flavio Gomez; and seized several weapons, including a grenade launcher. La Tuta began his criminal life as a small-time marijuana dealer. He eventually joined transnational criminal organization La Familia Michoacana, where he rose to a senior level leadership position. PF agents captured La Tuta when he stepped outside his house in the city of Morelia, in Michoacán state, during the early hours of February 27. PF agents carried out the operation without a single shot being fired, but rather relied on intelligence they had gathered over a period of months to locate and capture the drug kingpin. La Tuta is the leader of the Knights Templar, which controls most of the lucrative methamphetamine trade in western Mexico. La Tuta is the leader of the Knights Templar, which controls most of the lucrative methamphetamine trade in western Mexico. The drug cartel gained notoriety in 2006, when some of its members rolled five severed heads onto a disco dance floor in the city of Uruapan along with a message proclaiming the cartel’s aim to deliver “divine justice.” La Tuta continued to release videos charting his own slow demise as federal forces closed in. He is also wanted by U.S. authorities for his alleged role in the 2009 killings of 12 PF agents. He is known for appearing in YouTube videos, in which he rails against the government and claims to be fighting for social justice. He has also justified the existence of his cartel as a “necessary evil,” that protects the population from even bloodier rivals. A split in La Familia in 2010 led La Tuta to form the Knights Templar. “With this arrest, the Rule of Law is strengthened in the country and [we] continue moving toward a peaceful Mexico,” President Enrique Peña Nieto tweeted after confirming the arrest. The capture of La Tuta is the latest in a series of high-profile arrests by Mexican security forces during Peña Nieto’s administration. For example, in February 2014, Mexican Marines captured Joaquín ”El Chapo” Guzmán, the longtime leader of the Sinaloa Cartel. The capture of La Tuta could mean the end of the Knights Templar. But Mexican security forces must remain vigilant with respect to the remaining members of the Knights Templar, who may try to form smaller criminal groups, Benitez Manaut said. “This group does not have the same characteristics as the Sinaloa Cartel. The Sinaloa Cartel is a big, old, entrenched organization with clear mechanisms of succession,” according to security analyst Raul Benitez Manaut, president of the Collective for the Analysis of Security with Democracy (CASEDE) in Mexico. “The Knights Templar is a much more primitive cartel – much more aggressive to the population, more personality-driven by the figure of La Tuta.” Police said they located La Tuta, who also said he would rather die than be captured, after following one of his messengers for months. PF agents also captured eight of La Tuta’s associates; apprehended his brother, Flavio Gomez; and seized several weapons, including a grenade launcher. In the weeks prior to his arrest, La Tuta’s tone changed. In his final audio released in late 2014, La Tuta admitted he regretted all the violence he had overseen. “I know that the federal government and all the institutions are after me. Well, go ahead señores. In the weeks prior to his arrest, La Tuta’s tone changed. In his final audio released in late 2014, La Tuta admitted he regretted all the violence he had overseen. “I know that the federal government and all the institutions are after me. Well, go ahead señores. La Tuta sensed his days were numbered The wanted kingpin started out as a common criminal. You have to look for me and do your job.” La Tuta continued to release videos charting his own slow demise as federal forces closed in. He is also wanted by U.S. authorities for his alleged role in the 2009 killings of 12 PF agents. Mexican Federal Police (PF) have captured Servando Gómez Martínez –alias “La Tuta”– the leader of the violent drug cartel the Knights Templar. center_img “This operation is undoubtedly a success for the Mexican government,” stated Benitez Manaut. “Capturing La Tuta was a very clean operation.” A split in La Familia in 2010 led La Tuta to form the Knights Templar. La Tuta sensed his days were numbered The following month, the Mexican Military killed two of La Tuta’s top lieutenants in separate operations, “El Más Loco” (The Craziest One) Moreno and Enrique “Kike” Plancarte. PF agents captured La Tuta when he stepped outside his house in the city of Morelia, in Michoacán state, during the early hours of February 27. PF agents carried out the operation without a single shot being fired, but rather relied on intelligence they had gathered over a period of months to locate and capture the drug kingpin. La Tuta’s criminal career La Tuta’s criminal career “What is left of the Templar groups will most likely engage in criminal activities such as extortion and kidnapping, and won’t have the means to compete,” with larger transnational criminal organizations involved with drug trafficking on an international scale, the security analyst said. The capture of La Tuta is the latest in a series of high-profile arrests by Mexican security forces during Peña Nieto’s administration. For example, in February 2014, Mexican Marines captured Joaquín ”El Chapo” Guzmán, the longtime leader of the Sinaloa Cartel. The capture of La Tuta could mean the end of the Knights Templar. But Mexican security forces must remain vigilant with respect to the remaining members of the Knights Templar, who may try to form smaller criminal groups, Benitez Manaut said. La Tuta, 49, evaded capture for years while Mexican Military and law enforcement authorities captured or killed several other drug kingpins. The Mexican government had offered a $2 million reward for information leading to his capture. Other high-profile cartel arrests “This operation is undoubtedly a success for the Mexican government,” stated Benitez Manaut. “Capturing La Tuta was a very clean operation.” The transnational criminal organization engages in drug trafficking, kidnapping, extortion, firearms smuggling, and the illegal mining of iron ore. The Knights Templar is known for engaging in cult-like rituals, and its leaders have described the drug cartel in quasi-religious terms. Some new members are reportedly initiated into the group while wearing faux medieval costumes. The following month, the Mexican Military killed two of La Tuta’s top lieutenants in separate operations, “El Más Loco” (The Craziest One) Moreno and Enrique “Kike” Plancarte. La Tuta, 49, evaded capture for years while Mexican Military and law enforcement authorities captured or killed several other drug kingpins. The Mexican government had offered a $2 million reward for information leading to his capture. Other high-profile cartel arrests La Tuta began his criminal life as a small-time marijuana dealer. He eventually joined transnational criminal organization La Familia Michoacana, where he rose to a senior level leadership position. Mexican Federal Police (PF) have captured Servando Gómez Martínez –alias “La Tuta”– the leader of the violent drug cartel the Knights Templar. THE MORE HONEST POLICE OFFICERS THERE ARE, THE LESS TRAFFICKERS. It would be excellent it’s really interesting “With this arrest, the Rule of Law is strengthened in the country and [we] continue moving toward a peaceful Mexico,” President Enrique Peña Nieto tweeted after confirming the arrest. “This group does not have the same characteristics as the Sinaloa Cartel. The Sinaloa Cartel is a big, old, entrenched organization with clear mechanisms of succession,” according to security analyst Raul Benitez Manaut, president of the Collective for the Analysis of Security with Democracy (CASEDE) in Mexico. “The Knights Templar is a much more primitive cartel – much more aggressive to the population, more personality-driven by the figure of La Tuta.” The drug cartel gained notoriety in 2006, when some of its members rolled five severed heads onto a disco dance floor in the city of Uruapan along with a message proclaiming the cartel’s aim to deliver “divine justice.” He is known for appearing in YouTube videos, in which he rails against the government and claims to be fighting for social justice. He has also justified the existence of his cartel as a “necessary evil,” that protects the population from even bloodier rivals. last_img read more

Get productive: Done is better than perfect in your credit union

first_imgPerfection kills productivity.Execution creates momentum.Today make a choice to accelerate your completion… of anything… just get it done! If you constantly wait to make something perfect the world won’t see it. That means our teams, our member experience and our community won’t benefit from your brilliance.While many perfectionist, control freak readers may not like this mantra ‘done is better than perfect’ – think about it… it is a fabulous mantra for you and your team to create a valuable member experience this year.As leaders we are responsible for achieving objectives, objectives achieve results and results inspire change. Now more than ever before our Credit Unions are experiencing massive change and innovation.Here are five ways to limit perfectionism, beat procrastination and accelerate completion in your credit union.Answer email now – don’t waste time trying to craft the perfect response, answer the email with the information you have now (stop opening it and closing it and delaying the response). Do it today.Make decisions in the meeting – based on the information you have, make the call, outline the action and make others accountable. Stop wasting time having meetings to discuss the previous meeting – that’s insanity! Action it today.Limit research to three options – regardless of what you are buying or reading, decide you will look at three options, and then pick one – voila – instantly time saver. Decide today.Handwrite it – Don’t have time to type a letter, send a handwritten thank you note. Members and team members will appreciate you generosity. Get it out there. Send it today.Contact your member today – don’t wait for the perfect time, until you have the perfect script or the perfect product. Start a conversation today; find out what they need and how you can possibly help them – design a solution together. Our members want to hear from us, they need us to share with them the latest news, ways we can make their lives easier – be proactive. Contact today.Accelerate your completion by declaring your actions, make it public, share it with the team. This holds you accountable and increases your productivity. Simple. Done is better than perfect every time.How can you apply this with your credit union today? 30SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Neen James Think force of nature. Boundless energy. Timely topics. Laugh out loud fun. Eye opening ideas. Take-aways that ACTUALLY create positive change.  Sound like what YOU’RE looking for? Then Motivational … Web: www.neenjames.com Detailslast_img read more

5 reasons why today is the best time to be a small credit union

first_img 25SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Michelle Harbinak Shapiro Michelle Shapiro has more than a 15 years of experience in the banking industry to her role as Financial Services Industry Expert at Hyland Software. Her mission is to share … Web: www.onbase.com Details There’s a story out there if you Google it, about a small credit union that one day found itself facing a decision many – if not all – small credit unions face. Merge with a peer to form a larger organization (or get swallowed up by a bigger financial institution) or forge a new, independent path?For this credit union, which saw its loan volume dwindle as consumers opted to secure auto loans from dealers rather than the credit union, forging a new path and remaining independent was the way to go. It gathered its best ideas and got innovative, eventually offering a new auto loan product for consumers who didn’t bank or were underbanked. Five years later, its assets have grown from $12 million to $20 million and there’s little to say the credit union can’t go further. Get innovative or go home: Why today is the best time to be a small credit unionAsk them if it’s a good time to be a small credit union, and it is possible they’ll tell you it’s the best time to be a small credit union. New and mature technology offers efficiencies for small financial institutions that help them remain nimble and stay competitive. But it’s not just technology that makes the difference. Here are five reasons why today is the best time to be a small credit union:Evolving technology allows for strong system utilizationTechnologies exist today that allow small credit unions to contend in what is becoming an increasingly competitive financial services industry. Even with limited funds, when compared to larger financial institutions with deeper pockets, smaller credit unions can make strategic decisions about the software solutions in which they invest, in turn, creating leverage peers and competitors may not enjoy. To do so, small credits unions need to ask if their solutions can expand into other departments. If so, they may enjoy faster implementation, a smaller user learning curve and quicker ROI. Can one platform replace more than one outdated system, reducing maintenance costs and the overall IT stack? With an enterprise information platform like OnBase, it’s possible.Your (one person?) IT department can achieve the impossibleWhat makes small credit unions such a tough competitor in today’s market is the staff’s willingness to find workarounds to problems to get the job done. That innovative, can-do attitude is better served when a single enterprise platform can give your guerilla IT department the tools it needs to rapidly develop applications that solve critical business needs. It’s easier to develop a ‘relationship management’ cultureLarger financial institutions work hard to build a bridge between IT and its line of business. It is a struggle, even for community-based financial institutions. Only 30 percent of FIs consider the IT/LOB relationship “excellent.” But if you can marry those two departments, it is worth the effort. The closer IT and the line of business work together, the better the bottom line. To create a spark, consider reframing the idea that IT exists only to implement new software and fix broken technology. Rather, show your staff IT exists to build business solutions that benefit everyone. With a smaller staff than the larger competition, credit unions have an edge.Small credit unions can seize the day and redefine agilityWhen applied to a smaller financial institution, some people equate “agility” with speed. Or they think of it as a euphemism for a small staff that must wear many hats to keep the credit union up and running. Nothing could be further from the truth. Smaller credit unions have the opportunity to redefine the term as discipline, especially when it pertains to technology processes and operations. Tension in smaller credit unions swirls the front and back office, with technology in the middle of it all – especially as it pertains to missing documents, change requests and document prep. Smaller credit unions can much easier curb that tension by strengthening internal commitments (agreeing on the business commitments executives and managers owe one another), adapting external innovations (building relationships with peers to learn and adopt business solutions), and nurturing deep knowledge in critical areas (identify who needs to fully understand certain disciplines, like mobile payments).Insane member loyalty may never go awayCredit union members are among the most loyal customers any business can have. Good news: Young professionals are discovering how loyal credit unions are to their members, too. Credit unions experienced a three percent growth in Millennial members in 2016, according to Accenture. And credit union members who consider themselves “highly loyal” are nearly twice as likely to go to their credit union for checking, online banking, mobile banking, home equity or a second-mortgage loan) and first mortgage loans, according to CUInsight. Can larger financial institutions say the same thing? When 59 percent of Millennials say they are very likely to leave their bank for something as simple as false decline, it’s difficult to say they can. By redefining how they work, what products they offer and the technology they use to put it all together, small credit unions are poised for continued – independent – growth. Which means it really is the best time to be a small credit union.>> Learn more by downloading our new whitepaper Playing smarter, not bigger: How small credit unions compete on efficiency <<last_img read more

Channel four casts wider net

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PRI to appoint independent adviser for governance review

first_imgThe organisation that runs the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) Initiative is planning to appoint an external, independent adviser to help with the process of reviewing the PRI’s governance.The adviser will work alongside the PRI Advisory Council’s governance committee and the new Council chair in carrying out the review.The intention to carry out a formal review of the PRI’s governance structure and processes was agreed by the Council and Board at their joint meeting in Cape Town on 30 September 2013.This was announced at the PRI’s signatory meeting the next day, and in a letter to all signatories in late October. However, the decision to appoint an independent adviser follows the exit last December of eight Danish signatories from the PRI organisation over governance concerns.The decision was made at a joint meeting of the PRI Advisory Council and PRI Association Board.The PRI Advisory Council’s governance committee – chaired by Priya Mathur, board member of the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) – will work with the Advisory Council to finalise the scope for the governance review and request for tender by the end of January.PRI signatories will have an opportunity to provide input into scope.The review process will be overseen by the governance committee until a new Council chair is appointed, expected by the end of March.Fiona Reynolds, managing director at PRI, said improving and adapting the PRI’s governance processes to ensure it meets the needs of signatories remains a priority for the organisation.“Strong and effective governance is the foundation upon which all of the PRI’s work and success ultimately rests,” she said.“The PRI recognises that, as it calls on investors globally to drive improvements in the governance of companies and markets, it must set an example and match the levels of accountability and transparency it expects of its signatories.”She added: “The PRI is committed to ensuring this review is carried out to the highest standards of independence, impartiality, transparency and accountability, and that its finding and recommendations – along with any subsequent changes to PRI governance as a result of the review – are clear, practical, understood and supported by signatories via our decision-making processes.”The PRI will update signatories on the status of the governance review in April, following the next joint meeting of the Advisory Council and Board in London.Updates on the progress of the review will be published on the governance page of the PRI website as they become available.last_img read more

Mystery over Gina Rinehart’s prized Brisbane waterfront home

first_imgGina Rinehart has one of the most prized riverfront properties in Brisbane. Picture: NIGEL HALLETTTHE property world was aflutter over the weekend after a mysterious property update showed Australia’s richest woman Gina Rinehart was relisting her prized Brisbane estate.It seemed for all intents and purposes that the mining magnate had changed her mind about her stunning Hawthorne riverfront estate, with a listing notice linked to a Brisbane real estate agent showing the home had been on the market for five days.The riverside estate bought by Gina Rinehart’s Wingfield Avenue firm in August 2014.Whincup home doubles in priceCricket legend sells Brisbane homeFashion blogger sells beach houseBut 24 hours later, The Courier-Mail can clarify that Ms Rinehart has no intention of flicking the sprawling riverfront home.The agent linked to the update confirmed the property was not relisted “in any way shape or form” and that the entry “must be a mistake”.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus17 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market17 hours agoThe stunning home needed a custodian willing to put in the funds required to maintain the heritage property.Ms Rinehart bought the estate in a multi-sale for $14m off former Mountain Designs chairman Greg Nunn and his wife Alwyne, and followed that deal with a further $4m purchase of a neighbouring block.The titles to the riverfront site were all transferred to Ms Rinehart this year from her Wingfield Avenue firm.Wingfield snapped up the neighbouring block as well (marked in yellow).Wingfield Avenue also holds three other residential titles in Brisbane — a stunning $3.175m home in Chelmer, a $4.95m waterfront property in East Brisbane that was listed for rent two weeks ago, and a vacant block beside it. It also owns three prestige properties in Western Australia.Ms Rinehart was last year renamed as Australia’s richest person by Forbes.FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOKVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:35Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:35 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenGina Rinehart’s property portfolio00:35last_img read more

S.R. 1 Motorcycle Crash Claims Life

first_img(Image: Indiana State Police)A Fayette County man was killed after he attempted to pass a vehicle on his motorcycle on State Road 1 on Sunday evening, according to the Indiana State Police.Ben Hanson, 38, of Connersville was driving north on his 2007 Harley Davidson on S.R. 1 about a mile north of Brookville around 7:45 p.m. Sunday.Police say he attempted to pass a vehicle on a double yellow line. When a 1997 Ford van driven by 50-year-old Scott Sams of Laurel was approaching, Hanson lost control when he attempted to swerve back into his lane.The van struck the motorcycle and then swerved into the northbound lane forcing a third vehicle, a 2004 Ford pickup, driven by Susan Albright, 54, of Connersville, into the guardrail.Hanson was pronounced dead at the scene.(Image: Indiana State Police)Sams and Albright were uninjured.The Indiana State Police were assisted at the scene by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department, Brookville Fire Department, and the Franklin County Coroners Office.last_img read more

Lady Bulldogs Fall To Top Lady Tigers In Soccer

first_imgThe Batesville Lady Bulldogs lose 5-0 to The Top Ranked Lawrenceburg Lady Tigers in Girls Varsity Soccer action.The Varsity game was a tough loss for the Lady Bulldogs. After playing a great first 10 minutes with Batesville in possession for much of the time, Lawrenceburg was able to capitilize on a Bulldog defensive mistake and finish the shot. A minutes later, they did the same thing to put them up 2-0. Lawrenceburg added 2 more before halftime. In the second half, Lawrenceburg added one more goal to make the final score 5-0.The Lady Tigers JV won 1-0.“Our defense made 3 or 4 mistakes tonight that good teams will capitilize on. We have to eliminate these mental lapses and secure our defense in the upcoming matches. Our offense has been held scoreless in all 3 of our losses this season, so we need to find away to get the pressure off our defense and start out with a lead in these tough games.” Batesville Coach Kyle Laker.The Lady Bulldogs travel to Columbus on Thursday to face Columbus East. They are back at home on Saturday for a Varsity only match against Greenwood.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Kyle Laker.last_img read more

Gov. Matawalle dissolves state-owned Football Club

first_imgRelatedPosts Chairman of Sen. Marafa’s faction of APC, 125 others expelled I’m ready for true reconciliation with Sen. Marafa — Ex-Gov. Yari By-election: APC hopeful of winning Bakura Constituency in Zamfara The Zamfara State Directorate of Sports Development on Friday announced the dissolution of the state’s Football Club. Ahmad Bagu, the Special Adviser on Sports Directorate to Governor Bello Matawalle, announced the dissolution in a statement on Friday in Gusau. The statement read in parts: “We wish to inform the general public that the management of the State Football Club has been dissolved indefinitely until further notice. “Further information on the matter will be given as at when due. “The Directorate also resolved that all issues regarding the activities of the club are here by suspended.”— Tags: Ahmad BaguBello MatawalleGusauZamfara Statelast_img read more

Fans protest against name change

first_imgHull fans staged a protest against a proposed change of the club’s name to ‘Hull City Tigers’ ahead of the Barclays Premier League match against Norwich. Press Association Alam wants the club to be rebranded as Hull Tigers or Hull City Tigers. center_img Around 40 fans with placards and a banner proclaiming “a club not a brand” marched on the KC Stadium. It follows Egyptian-born owner Assem Allam saying earlier this month that the name Hull City was “irrelevant” and that he disliked the word ‘City’ because it is “common”. last_img read more