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By Dialogo February 12, 2009 Ecuador has uncovered a money laundering network worth as much as 60 million dollars, prosecutors said on Wednesday. Eleven people were arrested when police wound up the network — said to be linked to Colombia’s notorious Cali cartel. “The amounts that were managed total between 50 and 60 million dollars,” said Washington Pesantez, a spokesman for Ecuador’s chief prosecutor. The scam centered on a married Ecuadorian couple who spun-off dozens of shell firms from a central business. The police sting spanned five provinces and resulted in the seizure of 30 firms. “They laundered vast sums of money for the Cali cartel,” said Jose Cisneros, a prosecutor.
1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Credit unions are fully capable of assisting the Financial Literacy and Education Commission (FLEC) in achieving its financial literacy goals, CUNA wrote to the U.S. Treasury Wednesday. The Treasury requested comment on FLEC’s draft national strategy, which proposed a call to action in four areas deemed crucial to the promotion of financial education.The goals are: building public awareness of available resources; developing tailored, targeted materials and dissemination strategies; tapping into effective partnerships; and supporting research and evaluation of financial education programs.“We believe credit unions are capable of assisting the commission in achieving these goals. In particular, credit unions are a natural partner to assist in achieving the first goal of increasing awareness of and access to effective financial education,” the letter reads. “Credit unions place a heavy emphasis on connecting directly with their members. This applies equally to answering a member’s question about a loan product as it does to educating a member on how to pay for college or save for retirement.” continue reading »
The core that has survived from Spain’s heyday contains Sergio Ramos, Gerard Pique, David Silva, Andres Iniesta and Sergio Busquets.Some of the energy and hunger missing in recent tournaments has been added by the likes of David de Gea, Koke, Isco, Thiago Alcantara and Alvaro Morata who plug the gaps left by Iker Casillas, Carles Puyol, Xavi and Xabi Alonso.Morata’s stunning start to life at Chelsea has also eased a long-running void up front since David Villa and Fernando Torres were at their peak.Villa, now 35 and plying his trade with New York City in Major League Soccer, was even recalled to the squad for the demolition of Italy two months ago.Sometimes in the glory years Spain would line up without a recognised striker, and in this qualifying campaign the goals again flowed from a richly talented midfield.David Silva is now Spain’s fourth highest goalscorer of all-time with 11 in 15 matches, whilst Isco has netted six goals in his last nine caps.Spain may have to do it the hard way in Russia. Their seeding in pot two means the likes of Brazil, Germany or France could be waiting in the group stages.“We know we’ll get a big team for sure,” added Lopetegui. “All the seeded teams are dangerous.“We take what comes with confidence, believing in ourselves.”Without doubt a revitalised Spain will be the lower seeded side others most want to avoid on Friday.Share on: WhatsApp Spanish coach Julen LopeteguiMadrid, Spain | AFP | They may not be a top seed for Friday’s World Cup draw in Moscow, but the fresh blood added by coach Julen Lopetegui has put Spain back among the favourites for glory next July.Early exits at the 2014 World Cup and Euro 2016 appeared to show the sun was setting on Spain’s most successful generation after three consecutive major tournament triumphs at Euros 2008 and 2012 either side of La Roja’s only ever World Cup title in South Africa in 2010.However, since succeeding Vicente del Bosque, Lopetegui has blended the experienced remnants of the World Cup winning side with a host of graduates from the under-21 team he led to a European title in 2013.The results have been spectacular. Sixteen games into his reign, Lopetegui has yet to taste defeat.Spain’s qualifying record of nine wins and a draw, scoring 36 goals and conceding just three, left Italy a distant second in Group G and on the brink of their World Cup abyss.Just over a year after being dumped out of Euro 2016 by the Azzurri, Spain thrashed Italy 3-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu in September in a style reminiscent of the “tiki-taka” short-passing game that bamboozled opponents and won fans across the world between 2008 and 2012.“I believe that the best thing a coach has to do is optimise and make the most of the virtues of his players”, Lopetegui told Barcelona-based sports newspaper Mundo Deportivo on Wednesday.“I think that the best quality of Spanish players is their passing ability and individual technique. Logically, we have to take advantage of that.”Lopetegui said it would be a mistake to try to adopt the Italian “door-bolt” defensive system.“Spain can’t play catenaccio because that wouldn’t make the most of the quality of our players.”Spain’s selector Julien Lopetegui has published a list of 25 players who have been invited– Youth and experience –
“I really want you to remember that moment and hold on to it because that’s what’s going to power us to many more championships. Never let that energy drop… I tell you, that propels me.“These past six years have been epic and iconic. We are now legends. Just remember that. When you go home, when you look in the mirror, when you wake up, say ‘I’m a legend’. You’ve got to say that to yourself… ‘I’m a legend’.”By common consent, Hamilton has also become a legend of F1 with an error-free season providing the foundations for the team’s double success.Technical director James Allison pin-pointed him as the key factor in Mercedes’ victory in both championships after a fiercely-fought duel with rivals Ferrari.“You’ve got to say that Lewis this year has just made the difference for us,” he said. “He keeps putting it on pole. And whenever its wet, he’s always at the front. In the races, we can make mistakes and he’ll recover it by doing something unlikely on the track that no-one sees coming.“And he spends a whole year not making mistakes. He’s just the consummate racing driver.”Amid the celebrations, team chief Toto Wolff reminded of their need to avoid complacency and next season bid for an outright record sixth title double, moving them clear of Ferrari.“The job is going to get more difficult every year. We are setting the benchmark at the moment and our competition will get more energised and motivated by us…“All points start at zero next year. We will have forgotten about the five and will fight hard to be in contention for the sixth. Whether we achieve it or not, we will see next year.”Share on: WhatsApp Sao Paulo, Brazil | AFP | Lewis Hamilton hailed his Mercedes team as legends on Monday and described his championship-clinching victory in Sunday’s Brazilian Grand Prix as the best moment in five triumphant seasons.His dramatic success confirmed Mercedes’ record-equalling fifth consecutive double of drivers’ and teams’ championships.It was his 10th victory this season, signalling that he has won 60 per cent of the team’s points, the 72nd of his career and his 50th in the 99 races held in the V6 turbo hybrid era since 2014.“It was an emotional afternoon,” he said.“And, I think, that might be the best moment I’ve had with this team… I’ve never seen the guys so happy.“We’ve been together a long time and the guys are usually happy, but reserved about it. So I was hoping that when I got back the guys could feel what I was feeling. I saw it and I’ll remember that moment for the rest of my life.”The 33-year-old Briton, who plans to celebrate with the team back at their Brackley base on Tuesday, added: “It’s hard to contemplate what’s happened in these last six years. It’s been such an incredible journey and by no means has it been easy for anybody.“It’s just the greatest team effort that I can remember. It’s really awesome.”In a show of emotional gratitude in the garage after Sunday’s victory, he told the race team: “It’s an incredible honour to work with all of you… Seeing you guys after the race, seeing that energy that you guys all had, that happiness can fill a lifetime.