1…………> Operation “Matador”: ICE
Twenty-four were arrested Thursday under Operation “Matador”, the intelligence-driven, unified effort to combat the proliferation of MS-13 and other transnational criminal gang activity in Long Island, the New York City metropolitan area and Hudson Valley.
A total of 475 individuals were arrested during this ongoing enforcement effort, most of which were confirmed as gang members and affiliates. The most prominent gangs with arrests during this operation were MS-13 with 274 arrests and the 18th street gang with 15 arrests. This operation yielded 227 total criminal arrests and 248 administrative arrests.
Of the gang members arrested during this ongoing enforcement action, 80 had additional criminal histories, including prior convictions for assault and weapons charges. 5 are facing serious criminal charges. Others were taken into custody during the operation included:
The arrestees, 462 male and 13 female, included nationals from 10 countries – El Salvador (199); Honduras (56); Mexico (31); Guatemala (27); Ecuador (05), Dominican Republic (21) and St. Lucia (1).
Operation Matador in New York is conducted under the auspices of the national gang enforcement effort, Operation Community Shield has resulted in nearly 5,000 criminal arrests and more than 3,200 civil immigration arrests of MS-13 leaders, members and associates
2…………> Escrow Fraud: Airline
A federal jury in the District of New Jersey found the former chief executive officer and the former vice president of a now-bankrupt public air charter operator guilty yesterday for their roles in a scheme to steal millions of dollars in passenger money for future travel from an escrow account.
Judy Tull, 73, and Kay Ellison, 58, both of Edenton, North Carolina, were each convicted of one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud affecting financial institutions and to commit bank fraud, four substantive counts of wire fraud affecting financial institutions and three substantive counts of bank fraud following a seven-day trial. Tull is the former CEO of Myrtle Beach Direct Air and Tours (Direct Air), which was headquartered in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, with operations in Daniels, West Virginia, and Ellison is its former vice president and managing partner. Sentencing has been scheduled for July 17, 2018, before U.S. District Judge Susan D. Wigenton of the District of New Jersey, who presided over the trial.
3…………> In Mr.Xi’s Shadow: “Nephew” Un
It was a powerful image as China’s President, “Uncle” Xi Jinping, walking with the leader of North Korea, “Nephew” Kim Jong-un aka “Comrade Un” in front of goose-stepping military honor guard, a statement of a bond forged in blood, and a “steel hands” relationship between two fanatical Communist countries on the battlefield of the Korean War, when China interceded against the US-led western forces to the tune of nearly 200,000 PLA volunteer deaths and forced the biggest retreat in American military history.
Now nearly 70 years later, China is playing a delicate game, maintaining pressure on Pyongyang but not pushing it into the abyss, backing sanctions but watering down potentially tougher international restrictions.
4…………> Letters From Below: Letters Of Love
In February 1941 SS Gairsoppa, a steam cargo ship travelling from India to Britain was attacked, torpedoed and sunk about 300 miles off the coast of Ireland by German U-boats, falling down almost 13500 feet to its grave to the North Atlantic Ocean dark depths, leaving only three survivors out of 84 crew members.
They lay there forgotten for 70 years until marine archaeologists discovered the long-lost shipwreck, and it’s cargo of millions of ounces of silver, sent from colonial India to the UK to help fund the war effort. But most importantly, a treasure trove of hundreds of lost letters, including personal messages from soldiers to their loved ones, were recovered from a World War II shipwreck in an almost pristine condition in an airlock onboard the SS Gairsoppa as it sank to the bottom of the Atlantic in 1941.
Signed, sealed, but never delivered for 77 years the letters shined a light on correspondence during the war, especially one letter, written on December 1, 1940, by Private Pete Walker was to his “most precious sweetheart”, Phyll.
5………> Where’s The Black Hole: Cosmic Mystery
“Finding a galaxy without dark matter is unexpected because this invisible, mysterious substance is the most dominant aspect of [known] galaxies. The idea is that dark matter is not just an object inside a galaxy but it helps form the galaxy,” lead author Pieter van Dokkum of Yale University University tried to explain why a galaxy, called NGC 1052-DF2, contains virtually no dark matter, contradicting the current assumption that clusters of that mysterious form of energy in the early universe attracted hydrogen gas, which solidified to form the first stars and galaxies shortly after the big bang.
Galactic cluster NGC 1052-DF2 is 65 million light-years away in the constellation of “Cetus the Whale”, and its unusually high ratio of luminous star clusters to dark matter was studied with the “Dragonfly” telescope, facing the researchers with another contradictory enigma of early cosmos formation.
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