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Spain Arrests British Fugitive Believed To Be Involved In Massive Global Cocaine Smuggling Ring




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MADRID (Reuters) - Spanish police said on Tuesday they had arrested a Briton they described as one of Europe's top 10 most wanted criminals and had helped dismantle a transatlantic cocaine-smuggling ring.

In a statement, police said Brian Charrington was taken into custody along with his son in the Mediterranean resort town of Alicante and that his girlfriend, who was not named, was arrested in Venezuela while organizing a cocaine shipment.

Thirteen people in all were arrested in the two countries, accused of smuggling drugs into Spain for sale across Europe.

"One of the arrested was Brian Colin Charrington, a long-time British criminal who is one of the top 10 most investigated criminals by European police forces," the Spanish police statement said.

It said Charrington, a former car dealer from Middlesbrough in northern England, had been living a life of luxury in Spain where he and his son owned ten…

FOCUS ON RETAIL : Loblaw Shifts to Inner City in Battle With Wal-Mart

By Ari Altstedter & Katia Dmitrieva 

- Jul 16, 2013 10:18 AM ET

Loblaw Cos. (L)’ C$12.4 billion ($11.9 billion) purchase of Shoppers Drug Mart Corp. gives the Canadian grocer an edge over bigger U.S. rivals such as Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (WMT) by adding downtown stores across the country.

The second-biggest grocery acquisition of the past decade will see Loblaw gain a drugstore chain with more than 1,240 small-format stores, many in inner cities. 

The downtown stores allow Loblaw to sell more groceries in the Shoppers’ drug stores, while adding more pharmacy items in its food outlets.

A bicyclist rides in front of a Shoppers Drug Mart Corp. store in Toronto, Ontario. Photographer: Brent Lewin/Bloomberg

The Shoppers Drug Mart acquisition is the latest attempt by Loblaw, Canada’s biggest grocer, to fend off increasing competition from Wal-Mart and Minneapolis-based Target Corp. (TGT) Target plans to open 124 stores in Canada this year, growing to 200 outlets by 2020. Wal-Mart is adding 37 s…

Panama Seizes North Korean Ship Smuggling Military Gear ...

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Panama on Monday stopped a North Korean vessel that President Ricardo Martinelli said had sailed from Cuba and tried to illegally sneak suspected sophisticated missile material through the Panama Canal.

By FRANCE 24 (text)

Panama's President Ricardo Martinelli on Monday said authorities there had seized a North Korean-flagged ship travelling from Cuba with suspected sophisticated missile material.

"The world needs to sit up and take note: you cannot go around shipping undeclared weapons of war through the Panama Canal," Martinelli told Radio Panama.

"We had suspected this ship, which was coming from Cuba and headed to North Korea, might have drugs aboard, so it was brought into port for search and inspection,” he said, describing a dramatic scene in which the ship’s captain tried to kill himself.

"The captain tried to commit suicide, and the crew also rioted," when police moved in, Martinelli said. "So we are holding this vessel for fur…

How non-employment has changed since the financial crisis

SINCE 2007 the financial crisis, global recession and euro crisis have all taken their toll on rich-world labour markets.

 In its annual Employment Outlook report, the OECD predicts that the unemployment rate is likely to stay at around 8% of the labour force until the end of 2014 across the 34 member countries. 

But unemployment alone does not tell the full story since the jobless can stop looking for work, in which case they are classified as inactive. 

A more comprehensive measure of those not in work is “non-employment”, the sum of the unemployed and inactive as a share of the working-age population (15-64 year-olds). 

Worryingly, roughly half of the joblessness is now long-term (over a year), which is more difficult to escape as individuals lose confidence, their skills atrophy and they find themselves shunned by prospective employers.

 Over half of the unemployed in the troubled euro-zone economies of Greece, Ireland, Italy and Portugal have been out of work for more than a year. 



Monday, July 15 -------- Quarantine Issued on Fruits and Vegetables in Southern Belize Jul 15, 2013

It’s the heart of the mango season and some fruit vendors import mangoes and other fruits into Belize for sale. 

 But after the Belize Agricultural Health Authority detected the presence and rapid spread of the Mediterranean fruit fly, it has decided to quarantine the southern Districts.

 BAHA’s Medfly Program Coordinator, Hernan Zetina, told us that in addition to the quarantine, a checkpoint has also been established in southern Belize. 

Statement from Hernan Zetina, Coordinator, Med Fly Program, BAHA:

“Our neighboring country such as Honduras and Guatemala, they have had this pest for a long time and in some areas they are able to control the pest and some other areas they are not and we believe it is illegal movement of fresh fruits and vegetables or medfly host commodities that allow this pest to come into Belize."

"The Mediterranean food fly attacks fruits; lays its eggs in th…

Perú: Huarochirí será declarada zona libre de mosca de la fruta este año

Permitiría exportar chirimoya a Estados Unidos

Antes de terminar el año, el distrito de Santa Eulalia, ubicado en la provincia limeña de Huarochirí, será declarado zona libre de mosca de la fruta, lo que permitiría exportar chirimoya a Estados Unidos, según indicó el encargado local del Servicio Nacional de Sanidad Agraria (Senasa), Abel Pérez.

Según señaló, en la zona existen más de 100 mil Has destinadas al cultivo de frutas, de las que el 80% es de chirimoya y el resto se divide en paltas, durazno y ciruela roja. 

Además, indicó que más del 90% de la población del distrito se dedica a la actividad agrícola.

Asimismo, Pérez recalcó la importancia de la declaración, ya que con el certificado que recibirá el distrito podrán exportar chirimoya a Estados Unidos, lo que confían mejorará los ingresos de los productores.

 “Actualmente la chirimoya sólo se exporta a países de Europa porque Estados Unidos exige el certificado sanitario. Sin embargo, este año se le entregará a la provincia el cer…

The Developed World peaked in 1978

By Janet Fang

| July 15, 2013, 5:55 PM PDT

A new study of global wealth says prosperity peaked around 1978, and quality of life in the developed world has been heading downhill ever since. 

New Scientist reports.

Governments have tended to build economic policies around gross domestic product (GDP), the sum of all monetary transactions in an economy. GDP has risen fairly steadily — and often dramatically — since the second world war, implying the world has become more prosperous. Critics point out, however, that GDP only tells part of the story.

For a more comprehensive measure — one that accounts for social factors and environmental costs — economists started using the Genuine Progress Indicator (GPI). 

It adjusts expenditure in 26 ways to account for costs like pollution, crime and inequality, and for beneficial activities where no money changes hands, such as housework and volunteering.

An international team led by Ida Kubiszewski from Australian National University gathered GPI estimates…

GRAVE: Informe de la OPEP contradice a Rafael Ramirez

por @DolarToday - Jul 16, 2013 @ 10:02AM en Noticias

Al ser consultado sobre la producción durante el primer semestre de 2013, el ministro Rafael Ramírez afirmó que Pdvsa “mantiene los mismos niveles de producción”, que cerraron en 2012 en 2,91 millones de barriles día.

 Sin embargo, cifras ofrecidas por el despacho de Petróleo y Minería a la Opep refieren una caída a 2,75 millones de barriles diarios.

Durante la V Jornada de Pdvsa y el Sector Productivo Nacional Conexo, realizada el pasado jueves en Maturín, estado Monagas, el Presidente de Petróleos de Venezuela (Pdvsa) no quiso adelantar las cifras de producción semestral, pero aseguró que la estatal se encuentra “en equilibrio”, manteniendo “los mismos niveles” de producción, trabajando para un promedio de 3 millones de barriles día, de los cuales se exportan 2,4 millones a Estados Unidos y China.

El reciente informe de julio emitido por la Organización de Países Exportadores de Petróleo (Opep) contradice lo anterior. Cifras enviadas …

Keeping the NSA in Perspective

Geopolitical Weekly

TUESDAY, JULY 16, 2013 


By George Friedman

In June 1942, the bulk of the Japanese fleet sailed to seize the Island of Midway. 

Had Midway fallen, Pearl Harbor would have been at risk and U.S. submarines, unable to refuel at Midway, would have been much less effective. 

Most of all, the Japanese wanted to surprise the Americans and draw them into a naval battle they couldn't win.

The Japanese fleet was vast. 

The Americans had two carriers intact in addition to one that was badly damaged. 

The United States had only one advantage: It had broken Japan's naval code and thus knew a great deal of the country's battle plan. 

In large part because of this cryptologic advantage, a handful of American ships devastated the Japanese fleet and changed the balance of power in the Pacific permanently.

This -- and the advantage given to the allies by penetrating German codes -- taught the Americans about the centrality of communications code breaking. 

It is reasonable t…