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Colorado Coal Industry Sees Sharpest Drop in 23 Years

first_imgColorado Coal Industry Sees Sharpest Drop in 23 Years FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Christopher Coats for SNL:Facing national and state pressure, coal mines in Colorado reported the lowest production in 23 years in 2015, with 18.7 million tons for the period. The state’s output marked an 18.5% drop from 2014 and a sharp drop from the almost 40 million tons it produced in 2004.According to data provided by the Colorado Division of Reclamation, Mining and Safety, significant drops in production over 2014 were seen at a number of local mines, including Bowie Resource Partners LP’s Bowie No. 2 mine, where production fell from 2.4 million tons in 2014 to 1.6 million tons in the last year.Peabody Energy Corp.’s Foidel Creek mine fell even further, dropping about 2.5 million tons from 2014 to end the year with 4.1 million tons. The mine, also known as the Twentymile mine, once stood as the most productive mine in the basin, but it has seen output steadily decline in recent years.Arch Coal Inc.’s West Elk mine also saw a year-over-year drop of about a million tons, ending 2015 with 5.2 million tons in production.The state’s continued slide came despite no mine closures during the year, though a few remain idled, including Elk Creek and New Elk.Full article ($): Coal production in Colorado tumbles to 23-year low in 2015last_img read more

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Dominican Republic police use intelligence to dismantle two drug trafficking groups

first_img Martínez Vizcaíno, who uses the alias “El Viejo,” had a standard approach for smuggling drugs into the Dominican Republic – and out to the rest of the world. El Viejo would pay for the young drug mules recruited by a suspected gang operative named Miguel Alexis Martínez Morrobel, also known as “Derlin” or “El Flaco”. Derlin’s mules traveled to Colombia, Perú, and Venezuela, usually for a week or two, where they would receive drugs to bring back to the Dominican Republic. There, El Viejo would send different mules to deliver the drugs to their final destinations – often in the United States or Europe. DNCD agents captured El Viejo in the Venta de Herrera region on August 14. They arrested Derlin on the same day. They caught Máximo on September 7, as he drove to the Punta Cana airport. The agents also arrested one of the passengers, Pedro Celestino Richardson, who was allegedly carrying 75 small bags of cocaine. Exploiting people who are financially desperate Several months of intelligence gathering and investigation by the Dominican Republican National Directorate for Drug Control (DNCD) culminated in a series of arrests through September that dismantled two international drug trafficking gangs. DNCD agents and officials with the Prosecutor’s Office arrested Santos Piantini Ramos, 54, and Carlos Manuel Martínez Vizcaíno, 58 – both alleged directors of gangs that recruited young couriers, known as “mules,” to transport cocaine and illicit substances. The operations have crippled dangerous organizations that place young residents of the Dominican Republic at risk – and they demonstrate the reach and skill of the DNCD’s agents. Ramos and Martínez Vizcaíno recruited young people to transport drugs By Dialogo October 09, 2014 Drug trafficking organizations often recruit people who are in dire financial straits to work as drug mules. Carrying drugs inside one’s body is dangerous, and can even cause death if the package breaks open while inside the mule’s body. Aware that drug trafficking groups often rely on drug mules who are willing to carry heroin or cocaine inside their bodies, the DNCD has been monitoring airports for such operatives. For example, on May 25, a group of DNCD agents arrested Carlos Leandro Colón Arias, an electrical engineer, at the Las Americas International Airport (AILA). DNCD agents arrested Colón Arias after he de-boarded from a flight from Colombia. After conducting an investigation, they took him to the Armed Forces Central Hospital, where doctors performed an exploratory laparotomy and found 27 small bags filled with 770 grams of liquid heroin inside the stomach of Colón Arias. On May 17, agents with the National Directorate for Drug Control arrested Johnny Omar Sánchez Girón, who is also known as “Moreno,” at AILA as he attempted to depart for New York City with 34 small bags of cocaine in his stomach. They had followed Sánchez Girón for several months as he worked as a mule for El Viejo’s gang, making several trips to Colombia. Máximo on September 7, as he drove to the Punta Cana airport. “Dismantling these cells and arresting their leaders is indicative of how successful the police’s efforts have been against international criminal gangs,” Matul Romero said. “The control measures of the authorities are becoming more difficult to overcome.” That is something very good in the Dominican Republic. Thank you I think it’s very good, but I believe a bit more is needed the (DNCD) gets nothing by putting him in jail, how many have been sentenced and for how many years,. Let’s stop kidding ourselves, here might makes right, what happened with the Mulata Segunda in Sabnete de Jasika, leave it alone Dominican law enforcement agents collected detailed intelligence on the subjects – for example, taking photographs of Ramos, known as “Máximo,” in various provinces where his gang operated. Throughout their investigation, they built a detailed picture of how the criminal organizations worked. The gangs allegedly recruited young people – male and female, including teenagers – to transport their drugs, paying between USD$700 and USD$5,000 per trip. When smuggling their contraband, the drug mules would either try to smuggle it, or tape it to their bodies, or carry it in suitcases with false bottoms. If a mule could carry a large amount of drugs in his or her stomach, Martínez Vizcaíno’s operatives referred to him as a “good eater.” A mule who arrived from another country was known as “the artist.” The gangs had other code words as well, which they used to try to avoid detection by the police. They referred to a passport as a “little book.” New York City was referred to as “the towers,” and cocaine and heroin were known as “the restaurant” or “the little check.” Such old tricks did little to deter Dominican security forces. “The method of using mules for drug trafficking is not new, it is very old,” said Daniel Matul Romero, a security analyst at the University of Costa Rica. “It is increasingly difficult to use this method due to the elevated levels of control employed at airports.” Standard routeslast_img read more

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Kiplagat, Tuei Seek 4th Okpekpe Kenya Double

first_imgTomorrow in Okpekpe, Kiplagat and Tuei will hope to re-establish Kenyan dominance in the race.Kiplagat is one of the fastest men registered for the race this year following the 27 minutes, 52 seconds he ran to place third at the Laredo 10k in Spain.He will however have to get one over Ethiopia’s Amedework Walelegn who ran faster (27 minutes 37 seconds) at the Laredo race as well as compatriot, Simon Cheprot, the 2016 winner who wants to become the first man to win the Okpekpe titles twice.Another Kenyan, Josphat Kiprono Menjo may wind back the clock to surprise the pre-race favourites.He holds an eight-year old 27:04 personal best which makes him the fourth fastest man in the all-time list.His best so far this season is the 28:28 he ran to place fifth at the Valencia 10k race in January this year and he may have to go back in time for form if he hopes to become the fifth Kenyan man to win the title.For the women, Tuei, whose 30:57 run in Valencia in January makes her the unofficial fastest woman over the distance so far this year looks good to become the fifth Kenyan woman to run away with the title.The Kenyan will however be fiercely challenged by not only her compatriots including Polline Wanjiku, the 2016 winner who hopes to make history as the second woman to win an Okpekpe title but also by Ethiopia’s Jima Bekele Reta and Bahrain’s DamarisMuthee Mutua.Reta ran what would have been the second fastest time of all time (30:10) in Dubai in June 2017 and will now have an IAAF silver label road race to prove she can run faster and be officially recognised.Mutua has been active this season over the distance. She was fourth (34:22) in the Abu Dhabi 10 km last March and fifth in April at the Kenitra 10 km in Morocco with an improved time of 34:06.She may however need to run as fast her 32:22 personal best set way back in 1994 to have a chance of upstaging the Ethiopians and the Kenyans.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Kenyan duo of Ronoh Timothy Kiplagat and Sandrafelis Chebet Tuei will spearhead Kenya’s bid for a fourth double swoop of the top prize and titles on offer when the sixth IAAF silver label Okpekpe International 10km Road Race is flagged off tomorrow in Okpekpe near Auchi in Edo State.Last year Ethiopian duo of Leul Gebriesialse and Gabru Azemra won the men andwomen’s title respectively for the second time since the second edition of the race in 2014 when Teshome Asafan ran a new 28:36 seconds new course record and Wudey Ayalew also raced into a new 32:41 seconds course record to make it a double sweep.last_img read more