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Chuck Blazer: The whistleblower at epicenter of FIFA arrests




FIFA President Sepp Blatter, left, and Charles “Chuck” Blazer.

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See also: Costa Rica’s soccer chief arrested in FIFA corruption probe

NEW YORK – Once the most important man in U.S. soccer, Charles “Chuck” Blazer turned on FIFA to become the central figure in a wide-ranging graft investigation that threatened Wednesday to bring the sport’s world governing body to its knees.

The disgraced Blazer, a once imposing figure whose aging 70-year-old body is now reportedly ravaged by colon cancer, faces years in prison after he pleaded guilty in November 2013 to a litany of charges.

Blazer, former general secretary of CONCACAF and a former FIFA executive committee member, admitted to racketeering conspiracy, wire fraud conspiracy, money laundering conspiracy, income tax evasion and failure to file a Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR).

He faces a maximum prison term of 10 years for the FBAR charge and five years for the tax evasion charges, a…

MEXICO MANGO MAFIA : US Banks Close Branches Along Mexico Border to Prevent Money Laundering

Written by David GagneWednesday, 27 May 2015

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A Chase bank in Nogales, Arizona

Major US banks have recently closed branches along the southern border with Mexico in an attempt to crack down on money laundering, a reflection of the ease with which Mexican drug traffickers can legitimize illicit proceeds north of the border.

In recent months, major banks such J.P. Morgan and Bank of America have closed their branches in the border town of Nogales, Arizona, reported The Wall Street Journal. Other banks, including Wells Fargo and Chase, have reportedly closed hundreds of customer accounts, many of which belonged to Mexican nationals. 

The anti-money laundering measures come amid tightening regulations stipulating that banks can be hit with stiff fines if they fail to adequately monitor suspicious accounts, reported National Public Radio

Banks on the Mexican side of the border have also recently stepped up their efforts to combat money laundering operation…

The mango is now the official fruit of the National Women’s Soccer League in the US


Wednesday 27th May 2015, 04:23 Central Time

Mango Board pushes NWSL tie-up


1Dominican mango exports hit US$17.6m
2Peru “should focus on Asia”

3US says yes to Peruvian papayas

4Peru seeks wider access to US

5Disney delight for Freska mangoes

6Mexico set for bumper mango crop

7Jalisco to boost Chinese air links

8UAE key target for Brazilian fruit

9Calypso prospers in US market

10Mango industry to vote on NMB future

The National Mango Board (NMB) has announced that mangoes are the official superfruit of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) in the US.

All season long the NMB is partnering with premier teams and athletes to showcase the fruit; scoring big with soccer fans at sampling events with player appearances, giveaways, social media engagement and more.

The NMB’s Consumer PR & Marketing Program is designed to increase mango awareness amongst consumers in the US by using educatio…

Mexican mango crop could be record breaker

by Tim Linden | May 26, 2015

All indications are that the 2015 spring-summer mango season is shaping up to be a record-breaker. The short supplies of 2014 are long forgotten as suppliers are reporting a flood of mangos in the marketplace and unbelievable volumes shipping each week.

The Mexican season began at the end of January and will run until September with a projection of approximately 40 million boxes by mid-June. 

The production from northern Sinaloa, which will carry the volume through the second half of the summer, has not yet been estimated.

As of mid-May volume for 2015 was running almost 25 percent greater than the previous year with weekly shipments breaking records. In this year’s season, mango volume has already topped more than 4 million boxes during its heaviest week -- an 18 percent increase compared to the largest week in 2014.

The National Mango Board is strongly encouraging retailers to take advantage of the large volume and lower prices to promote the crop.

 In a press…