Sergio González, the quarry mirror in which to look

first_imgThe truth is Sergio González had already debuted before with Cádiz and Cervera on the bench. The Carthaginian, who has been on the Tacita de Plata team for seven years, He was the first B player the coach pulled, (with Juanfran Chamizo) in the 2015-16 season, against Jaén, in the last game before playing the promotion phase to Second. Later, in last season, he had minutes in three other games with the first team (two in the League and one in the Cup). This year has been one of its emergence. Sergio has the virtue of versatility and is that he performs both in the center of defense and in the core. The Cádiz quarry has been a good memory for Álvaro Cervera since his arrival in the Cádiz team. From the first year, the coach has set his sights on Team B and has given the alternative to numerous players. This year, two footballers came regularly from the start of the campaign: Javi Navarro and Sergio González. With the departure of the winger to Ponferradina, the defender remained the only regular B player in Álvaro Cervera’s calls, becoming the showcase of the quarry. This season has been the wild card for Cervera against the plague of injuries that plagued the defense and has always counted for the coach in midfield, when Garrido or José Mari were absent. Many times even ahead of first team players. Cervera likes the criteria with which he plays the ball, his pulse does not tremble with the ball at his feet. This course has been called 14 times, being a starter six times and entering four others from the bench. Álvaro Cervera has praised the conditions of the youth squad, whenever he has had occasion: “It’s been very good since I’ve been here and for what I ask you to do it. Sergio deserves that we give him more. If by me it gave him more opportunities and whenever we have needed it, it has met to an exceptional level ”For all these reasons, last January it extended its relationship with Cádiz until June 30, 2023. “I am super grateful everyone who has put their trust in me. It was a dream I had since I came here. I always wanted to continue, and with patience and work, it has come true. I am very happy to be here until 2023 and I hope it will be many more years “, commented the player.last_img read more

Indoor pot farm allure is growing

first_imgA crackdown on meth, tighter border controls, no-money-down mortgages and the lure of large profits are behind the rise of indoor pot farms in the San Gabriel Valley and elsewhere, according to authorities. Since March, police have raided almost two dozen homes and businesses converted to large-scale marijuana farming operations. Officials believe many of the farms, which employ an assembly line-style operation and can generate up to six harvests a year, are funded by entrepreneurial gangsters looking for easy money during hard times. “My spin on it is Asian \ and Caucasian biker gangs have developed a form of marijuana that is double the potency of Mexican marijuana,” said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Capt. Dennis Werner. “The more expensive the product, the more money they can get out of it.” Narcotics officers from Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Riverside counties as well as agents from the federal Drug Enforcement Agency and detectives from the Pomona and Azusa Police Departments participated in the seizures. In all, the 23 houses and one business accounted for a street value of more than $50 million worth of pot. As with any good business model, pot growers need an outlet. Economic forces create a market. Crackdowns on methamphetamine labs provide a knowledgable work force; easy-to-obtain mortgages furnish the land; medical marijuana dispensaries and a re-emergence of the ’60s pot culture supplies the customers, said Gerald Caiden, a USC professor of economics and political science who specializes in political corruption and organized crime. Beyond that, “It’s not too difficult to come up with a little capital and use a little entrepreneurship,” said Lt. James Whitten of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. The history of one house, at 1512 Eldertree Drive in Diamond Bar, that was raided on March 21 is typical of the grow homes, Whitten said. The house sold for $823,000 in January, according to records from the Los Angeles County Assessor’s Office. The buyer, who has not been identified by authorities, apparently put together a purchase loan with little money down and made no payments for insurance or taxes. Inside the home, detectives found marijuana valued at $12.5million and an elaborate system of lighting and irrigation rigged to bypass municipal utility service. The unidentified buyer also owns a home at 7715 Emerson Place in Rosemead that deputies raided two days later and seized less than $1 million worth of drugs, Whitten said. A similar setup was employed there, officials said. Again, the home was purchased with very little money down and retained little or no equity. “We think the facts resemble a series of cases in Northern California,” Werner said, “where grow homes were bought with 100 percent financing.” The typical arrangement consists of the buyer obtaining a mortgage for 80 percent of the purchase price and then a silent second for the remaining 20 percent, Werner said. Kiet Chung, 40, of San Francisco was arrested in the Eldertree Drive house and charged with cultivation of marijuana for sale. He is being held at the Pitchess Detention Center without bail. The unidentified homeowner has been in contact with detectives through an attorney, Werner said. Although many of the houses display similar links and purchase patterns, detectives have been unable to nail down any threads tying them all together. While Asian gangs, known as drug trafficking organizations or DTOs, seem to control much of the San Gabriel Valley trade, Werner said biker gangs and other criminal organizations are also involved. A recent series of six busts in Palmdale involved African- American suspected gang members. Four were taken into custody and 690 plants were seized, Werner said. The varying ethnicity of suspects all the more proves the profitability of such ventures, Caiden said. “This is a terrific business and marijuana is a great cash crop,” Caiden said “The profits are enormous. If it wasn’t so profitable, it wouldn’t be worth the risk.” Links to the San Gabriel Valley crop up in many other busts. Last Monday, San Bernardino County deputies uncovered a grow home in Yucaipa. They arrested Huaiwen Zhu, 24, of Rosemead and Minghua Liang, 29, of Rowland Heights. A check of public records indicates Liang is connected to the now defunct Ever-Union Trading & Investment Inc. The company, which authorities claim swindled investors in Taiwan, was busted in October by Taiwanese officials and detectives from the Sheriff’s Fraud Bureau. Liang had been missing ever since, authorities said. Police said the men arrested in many of these cases refuse to talk. Most of the homeowners they interview claim to have little knowledge of the activity. “Several of the owners are elderly, in their 60s or 70s,” Werner said. “Who knows? They may be straw buyers. In a couple of cases, \ said they had posted \ at a laundry. Somebody moved in and they get cash every month. Each case is different.” Similar to meth labs, grow homes present a variety of poisonous perils from the merely mild to considerably lethal. “These houses become toxic waste dumps,” Werner said. “Mold permeates the walls. … They dump gallons of liquid fertilizer. It’s a horrible health hazard to the community regardless of how you stand on marijuana.” There is also a criminal element the farms seem to attract. An indoor farm in Azusa began to draw the attention of authorities because of the people it attracted. “I noticed different people, weirdo-druggies walking down the alleyway,” said Sherri Wells of Glendora, who works in a bakery supply company in the same complex. “After the fact though I realized how crazy it is that you don’t notice something like that until after it happens.” Authorities said some of the product might find its way to medical marijuana dispensaries, like one busted by authorities in West Covina on Monday. “They have to get their product somewhere,” Whitten said. “It would be a good venue for them to sell. Right now though we have no actual information leading us to any one of those places.” If dispensaries are the ultimate destination for the tons of marijuana produced at area grow homes, police might be overstepping their bounds, according to Bruce Margolin, head of the Los Angeles chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML). Margolin said the law protects pot grown for purely medicinal purposes. “But, the law is only as good as those who interpret it,” Margolin said. “Sometimes you have rogue cops. They want to go out and kick in the door and seize the product. Very few, if any, \ have been prosecuted.” But grow farm operators are choosing houses in the outlying suburbs because it suits their immediate needs. “Working out of a house cuts down the risks,” Caiden said. “When you cut down the transportation costs and any exposure to antiterrorist measures, you increase profits.” frank.girardot@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2717 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Suspected drunk-driver called Gardai “fat prostitutes” and spat in urine sample

first_imgA man stopped for suspected of drunk-driving called two female Gardai “fat prostitutes” and then spat into the urine sample he gave.Mark Fair appeared at Falcarragh District Court charged with a number of offences. The court heard the 26-year-old was stopped on suspicion of drink-driving at Gransha, Buncrana on August 15th, 2012.However, Garda Inspector Denis Joyce said Fair hurled a litany of abuse and insults at the two female Gardai.He said that Fair called the Gardai, “sluts, c***ts and fat prostitutes.”When arrested, Fair kicked the side window of the patrol car and threatened to spit in the face of one fo the Gardai before calling her an “ugly c***.”Fair, of Ballinahone, Fahan, was then given the option to give a specimen of his blood or urine but spat in the small amount of urine he provided and a proper test could not be carried out.The court heard that Fair has a number of previous convictions including theft, public order, cruelty to animals and passing counterfeit currently.He is currently on remand in prison facing other charges.Solicitor Frank Dorrian said his client almost suffered from a “Tourette’s-like” condition when dealing with authority or when he had alcohol taken.He said “When I meet him he is a very affable young man.”Judge Paul Kelly described the names Fair called the Gardai as “outrageous and appalling.”He fined Fair €250 for the public order offence and a further €300 and disqualified him from driving for four years for failing to give a sample.A charge of criminal damage of the Garda patrol car was struck out and a charge of frustrating Gardai was taken into account.Suspected drunk-driver called Gardai “fat prostitutes” and spat in urine sample was last modified: May 18th, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:buncranacourtGardaiMark Fairspitlast_img read more

Public sector reorganisation gets under way

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram New organisational charts were rolled out in Greece’s public administration with the aim of reducing the number of top-level civil servants and saving taxpayers more than 10 million euros per year.According to the Administrative Reform Ministry, the civil service should have 40 per cent fewer structures at the end of the process, while the number of department chiefs will be reduced from 7,717 to 4,558. The number of departments is due to fall from 5,763 to 3,324.“After decades, we are changing the public administration,” said Administrative Reform Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis. “The new organizational charts have more sparing and cohesive structures that will contribute toward creating a less bureaucratic state.”The changes will lead to public spending on salaries being reduced from 27 million to 16.2 million.Ironically, Mitsotakis’s department will see the biggest change. His ministry’s structures are due to be reduced by 63 per cent. Costs are also due to be decreased by 62 per cent.One of the knock-on effects of the reorganization is that the management of some museums, which fall under the auspices of the Culture Ministry, will be merged. But perhaps most significantly, the National Archaeological Museum in Athens will finally have its own director. A new department, responsible for the guarding of the country’s museums, will also be created.Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

Google has announced the availability of Asylo It

first_imgGoogle has announced the availability of Asylo. It is a new open-source framework and SDK designed to protect the integrity of applications and data in a confidential computing environment. It includes features and services for encrypting sensitive communications that assists in protecting data and applications.“The Asylo framework allows developers to easily build or move applications to portable enclaves, so they can be deployed on a variety of software and hardware backends,” the Google Cloud team wrote in a post. “With Asylo, we supply a Docker image via Google Container Registry that includes all the dependencies you need to run your container anywhere.”The framework is meant  for developing applications that run in trusted execution environments (TEEs). It makes TEEs accessible to the community, across a range of hardware both on-premises and in the cloud. According to the company, this helps defend attacks targeting underlying layers, which include the operating system, hypervisor, drivers, and firmware. In addition, it helps reduce the risk of being compromised by an unauthorized third-party or insider, Google explained.According to Google Aslyo’s benefits include ease of use, portability and deployment flexibility, and open source. Google explained users will not need to learn a new programming model or rewrite your app, they can easily create apps and take advantage of the security measures of TEEs, and with an open-source framework, it allows users to take advantage of confidential computing technology.“With Asylo, we can create the next generation of confidential computing applications together with the community,” the team wrote. “In version 0.2, Asylo will offer the capabilities and tools to help you develop portable enclaves. Coming soon, Asylo will also allow you to run your entire application in an enclave —just copy your app into the Asylo container, specify the backend, rebuild, and run.”last_img read more