Italian police busted a Sicilian Mafia drug ring operating in Peru and Colombia, making 13 arrests and seizing 20 kilogrammes (44 pounds) of high-quality cocaine overnight, a statement said. Among those arrested was the suspected kingpin, Paolo Messina, accused of operating in rare collaboration with the Naples-area crime syndicate the Camorra, the statement said. Camorra clan leader Tommaso Iacomino, a fugitive in South America, allegedly negotiated with the head of Peruvian and Colombian drug cartels over the prices to be paid by Messina and his cohorts for the cocaine. Italy is seeking the extradition of Iacomino, who has also allegedly sent large quantities of very pure cocaine to Sicily and northern Italy on his own account. Police wiretaps determined that the drugs transited Spain, The Netherlands and other European countries through front import-export companies before reaching Italy. Italy is among the top five European consumers of cocaine, according to the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction, which reported a surge of 15 percent among young adults aged 15 to 34 in its annual report last year. By Dialogo July 21, 2010
Tags: Buckinghamshire, County Finals, Gloucestershire, Norfolk, Royal North Devon, Staffordshire, Surrey, Women, Yorkshire 21 Sep 2018 Gloucestershire battle to English County Finals victory Gloucestershire won the English Women’s County Championship today in a battle of endurance on the storm-swept links of Royal North Devon Golf Club.Storm Bronagh succeeded Storm Ali and Storm Helene to deliver more brutal conditions for the six teams, with today’s winds easily the worst of the week.Because of the adverse conditions today’s three matches were each reduced to four singles and two foursomes. At the start of play, Gloucestershire, Surrey and Buckinghamshire were all in the title hunt, with the South West team holding a slight advantage thanks to their superior total of game points.But it was Gloucestershire who literally swept to victory, beating Buckinghamshire 5-1, while Surrey’s challenge was derailed by Staffordshire who won that match 4.5-1.5. In the final match of the day Norfolk scored their first win of the week, beating Yorkshire 4-2.This is Gloucestershire’s second win at County Finals, following their 2016 success, and captain Andra Knight commented: “They are an incredible team and what they achieved today was just amazing. We were hoping for a win, but to come in 5-1 was the icing on the cake.“The wind was incredibly challenging out there but our players are so resilient and they just want it for each other.”Today, players were muffled up with only eyes showing between snoods and hats, flags bent, the winds howled and buffeted and club selection was an art form. As an example, the par three fifth measured 102 yards to the front, 115 to the flag – and was playing at 185 yards.To add insult to injury, Gloucestershire’s Alex Saunders had her ball stolen by a crow on the 10th but she was able to drop a replacement, win the hole and go on to win her match 5/4.Some of the golf was of remarkable quality by any standards and quite outstanding in the conditions. Gloucestershire’s Caley McGinty almost holed in one on the short 14th, where her ball circumnavigated the hole, and she repeatedly demonstrated her lovely short game, chipping dead on the 15th to close out her match.Moments earlier, team-mate Ebonie Lewis had also claimed her point on the 15th, after leading throughout her game. And within minutes Ffion Tynan pulled off a remarkable come-back to win on the 17th and seal Gloucestershire’s victory.The 15-year-old had been three down after 10, but after some chocolate and encouragement from her coach and her caddie, she turned her game around to maintain her 100% winning record of six wins from six games.The foursomes were played at the end of the order and Grace Connelly and Charlie Hiatt lost no time in adding another point to Gloucestershire’s total with their 8/7 winMeanwhile, a very determined Staffordshire team put paid to Surrey’s title ambitions. Emily Brennan (3/2) and Morgan Thomas (5/4) led the way for the Midland North team before Georgie Taylor (1up) and Georgina Wilkie (half) secured the win, followed by team captain Jenny Rhodes and Rachel Bishop who sped to a 7/6 win.Norfolk saved their best till last, scoring their first win of the week over Yorkshire and claiming 5th place in the final table. There were halved results for Chloe Gibbs and Imogen Leeder and wins from Tiffany Mills (2/1) and the foursomes pairings of Jo Herd and Jasmine Campbell (5/4) and Chloe Rowswell and Abigail O’Riordan (4/3).Final placings: 1 Gloucestershire 2 Staffordshire 3 Surrey 4 Buckinghamshire 5 Norfolk 6 Yorkshire.Click here for full results• Royal North Devon Golf club hosted the championship as part of its celebrations to mark 150 years of women’s golf and each player was presented with a commemorative mug.Caption: The winning Gloucestershire team, from left. Back row: Jessica Brown, Ebonie Lewis, Sam Round, Rachael Archibald, Charlie Hiatt, Caley McGinty.Front row: Ffion Tynan, Alex Saunders, Andra Knight (captain), Claudia Ovens and Grace Connelly.Image copyright Leaderboard Photography
Facebook1Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Lynessa Stone, Advanced Health Care V.P. of Marketing, planning member of the Lakefair 50+ CommitteeYou may have experienced the crowds, the sights, the food and rides of Lakefair over the years that it has been a summertime fixture in Olympia, but you’ve probably never experienced the annual event specifically geared towards this communities seniors: Lakefair’s 50+ in the Park. If you find yourself in that “50+” age category or know someone who is, we invite you to come down Friday, July 13 from 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. to experience all that this day offers to our older, but wiser, citizens.Dozens of local business, like ours at Advanced Health Care, that focus on helping our senior and older adult population will be there to provide information and resources to the community, all while providing free music, entertainment, prizes, and games! Major sponsors include Clarus Eye Center, Artesian Place, Foot & Ankle Surgical Associates and the newly constructed Fieldstone Cooper Point community.Danny Vernon returns as the beloved headliner in his “Illusion of Elvis” act. Live demonstrations of ZUMBA and the performance of Mr. Nat Jackson, the “Jump Rope King” (fastest jump roper in the United States in the 70+ age category) will leave you impressed!Raffle prize drawings held throughout the day and each business will have free giveaways at their booths, too! 50+ in the Park is a fantastic event for ALL AGES in our community and it’s FREE! We hope to see you there.Lakefair weekend: Heritage Park, Friday, July 13 from 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
By Kathy MieleSteven walked into the room and had a concerned look on his face. It was 2 o’clock in the afternoon and I was still in my pajamas.“Are you feeling alright?” he asked.“Can you hold on for a minute?” I said to my sister, then turned my head so Steven could see that I had my phone’s headset on. “Hey, you’re home early for a Saturday,” I said to him.“I’m just stopping in for a minute. I have two more appointments before I’m really home,” he said.“Hey, Liz can I call you right back? Steven just stopped in for a minute.” I clicked my headset off and turned back to Steven. “I’m sorry. What did you say when you first walked in?”“I asked if you were feeling OK.”“Yeah, why?”“You’re still in your pajamas and bathrobe,” he said.I put down the shorts I’d been sewing a button on. “No, actually I’ve had a really busy day,” I said. “I’ve baked a batch of brownies, I’m on my third load of wash, and I’ve got a pot of sauce simmering for dinner.”I cinched my robe tighter as I headed for the laundry room to switch a load out of the washer and into the dryer. “Right now I’m working on some clothes that needed mending.”“Oh,” Steven sounded happy. “Did you get a chance to sew that missing button on my shirt?”“Done,” I answered, pointing to the pile of finished pieces already on top of the dryer.Reloading the dryer, I hit the start button and headed for the kitchen. “Do you want me to make you some deviled eggs?” I asked. “I hard-boiled a dozen earlier this morning.”“Sure, that sounds great,” Steven said as he followed me into the kitchen.“Careful, I just washed the floor. It’s not completely dry yet,” I called as he stayed in the doorway and I tiptoed in to get the eggs started.“Wow, you have been busy,” he said leaning against the doorframe.“I’ve gotten so much done. I love pajama day!” I said, cracking the shell of the first egg. “How’s your day going?” I asked.“Busy,” he said. “But not as busy as yours.”I had to laugh. “I’ve still got a few more things I want to get done before I get showered and dressed. But at the rate I’m going, if it gets any closer to dinnertime before I’m finished I might as well get showered and put on a fresh set of jammies!”I handed him a plate with a few deviled eggs and sat next to him at the dining room table while he ate.Steven shrugged his shoulders. “Hey, who’s going to know, right?”Just then the doorbell rang. I looked around the corner and saw a neighbor standing at our front door. I leaned back against my chair, trying not to be seen. “Can you get that for me?” I asked.Steven looked at me. “What’s wrong?” he asked.“Are you kidding?” I waved my hand in front of me. “I’m in my pajamas! They’re going to think I’m some sort of sloth, just hanging around all day.”“You could always explain what pajama day means to you,” he said.“Very funny,” I said as I hid in the kitchen while Steven got up to get the door.“By the way,” I whispered. “I’m not home, OK?”
ARCADIA, Calif. (March 12, 2016)–Halo Farms’ front-running Danzing Candy cruised to an impressive two length win under Mike Smith in Saturday’s Grade II, $400,000 San Felipe Stakes at Santa Anita. Trained by Clifford Sise, the lightly raced Kentucky-bred colt by Twirling Candy got 1 1/16 miles in 1:43.04 and picked up 50 Kentucky Derby qualifying points, assuring him of a berth in the Run for the Roses on May 7.“He warmed up great, he was on his toes,” said Smith. “Our game plan was to put him on the lead unless he didn’t jump out of there well. We didn’t want to experiment…I left there very aggressive and he didn’t get away with anything (slow fractions). If you go 22 on this track today, you’re smokin’. And for him to hold off the caliber of horses he held off, was very impressive.”Bred by Ted Aroney’s Halo Farms and owned by Halo Farms and Jim and Diane Bashor, Danzing Candy paid $13.00, $5.20 and $3.40. A maiden special weight winner two starts back on Dec. 26, Danzing Candy was a 5 ¾ length allowance winner here on Feb. 4 and thus picked up his third win from four starts. With the winner’s share of $240,000, he increased his earnings to $308,650.“I expected him to be on the lead,” said Sise. “We didn’t want to experiment in this race. Mike just said, ‘I’ll let him come out the first few jumps and if he’s there, he’s there. If somebody sends, he’ll sit second.“He (broke) much better today. He’s good now. We’ll stay for the Santa Anita Derby (Grade I, $1 million at 1 1/8 miles April 9). He’s three for three on this track. Why would we change now? I don’t see any reason to, but you never know. You’ve got to leave that up to the owners.”Ridden by Gary Stevens, favored Mor Spirit appeared to get a bit rank around the Club House turn, but settled readily down the backside when next to last going past the half mile pole. With a cue from Stevens, he picked it up between horses around the far turn, rallied well, while within himself for second money and galloped out on terms with the winner past the wire.Off at 8-5 in a field of six Derby hopefuls, Mor Spirit paid $3.40 and $2.20.“I’m very happy, because he was way too keen in the early part of the race, he was really fresh…” said Stevens. “He was super sharp. As I was coming into the lane, I knew I wasn’t going to catch the winner, but I knew we had to get some (Kentucky Derby) points. I like where we’re sitting for the Santa Anita Derby. I lost a battle today, but I like our position. Bob (Baffert) was happy, so I’m happy…He’ll settle a little better for me in the Santa Anita Derby.Exaggerator, who is trained by Keith Desormeaux and ridden by his brother, Kent, was content to lag early and picked it up in eye-catching fashion heading into the far turn as he skimmed the rail, but he flattened out late, finishing three quarters of length behind Mor Spirit.The second wagering choice at 2-1, Exaggerator paid $2.40 to show.With the winner getting 50 Kentucky Derby qualifying points, the second, third and fourth place finishers earned 20, 10 and five points respectively.Danzing Candy set fractions of 22.96, 46.11, 1:11.04 and 1:36.38 over a main track that although was listed as fast, had been dulled by heavy afternoon rains on Friday. 1-2-3 FINISHERS HEADED TO GRADE I, $1 MILLION SANTA ANITA DERBY ON APRIL 9