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By Dialogo September 15, 2011 The Brazilian authorities have collected 22,200 firearms through the disarmament plan relaunched four months ago, that country’s Justice Ministry announced. “We want to collect as many as possible; the more, the better,” Justice Minister José Cardozo said. The ministry announced that approximately 10,828 revolvers, 7,600 pistols, and 3,734 long guns were recovered. The total comes to 20 more than the total turned in between January and May. The Brazilian states that had the best results were Sao Paulo (5,349), Rio Grande do Sul (2,641), Rio de Janeiro (2,602), Pernambuco (1,776), and Minas Gerais (1,572). The Government indemnifies individuals who turn weapons in to the authorities, for which purpose it has available a fund of $6.25 billion, of which $2 billion has been used. Between 1997 and 2008, the Army destroyed more than 1.8 million firearms, according to a study by a private NGO, which revealed that at least 8 million more guns are in the hands of civilians, security forces, and criminals.
By U.S. Marine Corps Forces, South June 01, 2017 U.S. Marine Corps Brigadier General Kevin M. Iiams relinquished command to Major General David G. Bellon during a change of command ceremonyin Dorak, Florida, on May 22nd, after serving as the commander of MARFORSOUTH since January 2016. Maj. Gen. Bellon was previously the director of the Reserve Affairs Division. Brig. Gen. Iiams is set to be the commander of U.S. Marine Corps Training and Education Command. Brig. Gen. Iiams praised his marines for the progress they’ve made and the impact they have had on the region during his command, telling them the effects of their work would last long after they had all left the command. “We’ve planted the seeds for trees we’ll never see,” Brig. Gen. Iiams told marines. For his part, Maj. Gen. Bellon said he was looking forward to commanding the marines of MARFORSOUTH and working with their partners in the region. He pointed to the various times he had traveled or worked in South and Central America, explaining that his family felt a special connection to the countries they had been to during his time as a marine. “This is a region that our family loves,” said Maj. Gen. Bellon. “And we love it because there are so many layers to the different cultures that we find in the region. And what we’ve found is a common set of values that resonate with our family.”
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 42-year-old Hempstead woman was arrested Thursday for allegedly robbing another woman at gunpoint in a Roosevelt Field Mall parking lot in late May, Nassau County police said. Lisa Berry was charged with first-degree robbery and criminal use of a firearm stemming from the May 26 incident, police said. Berry allegedly approached a 25-year-old woman who had just completed her shift at the mall and demanded money while threatening the victim with a black handgun, police said. The woman handed over $110, police said. Berry allegedly fled through a nearby parking garage. Berry was located Thursday night on Fulton Avenue in Hempstead and placed under arrest, police said. She is scheduled to be arraigned Friday at First District Court in Hempstead.
Now, Williams could be on the move, too.So could Jordan.It all depends on how successful the Clippers are in completing their roster makeover. A league source said recently that West, in particular, hoped to rebuild the roster quickly in the wake of the Paul trade and the signing of Griffin in order to be better positioned financially. The team acquired a protected 2018 first-round pick and a 2019 second-round selection from the Pistons.Trading Griffin, Williams and Jordan could signal the end of the Clippers’ playoff chase. They were one game out of the eighth and final spot in the Western Conference standings and one game above .500 at 25-24 after a victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday.It would also conclude what had been the most successful chapter in franchise history by far. The Clippers won 50 games in five consecutive seasons and qualified for the playoffs in six straight, after acquiring Paul from New Orleans in a franchise-altering trade Dec. 14, 2011.The Clippers could not get past the second round of the playoffs, watching from afar as the Golden State Warriors rocketed to NBA titles in 2015 and ’17. The Warriors appear primed to win it all again this season while the Clippers struggle to secure a playoff berth.Injuries appeared to doom the Clippers’ season before it got started. At one point, they played without four of their opening-night starters, including Griffin, who suffered a sprained left knee and a concussion that have limited him to 33 games. He averaged 22.6 points, 7.9 rebounds and 5.4 assists.But the Clippers regrouped and fought their way back into the race.Now, their future is uncertain, with three new players joining their roster at midseason.Bradley is a 27-year-old guard in his seventh season who averaged 15 points, 2.4 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 40 games with the Pistons in 2017-18. He is in the final season of a four-year, $32 million deal, which could give the Clippers financial flexibility in the free-agent market in the offseason.Harris is a 25-year-old small forward in his sixth season who averaged 18.1 points, 5.1 rebounds and 2 assists in 48 games. He is signed through next season, with a $14.8-million price tag after making $16 million this season.Marjanovic, 29, is a 7-foot-3 center from Serbia in his second season in the NBA. He averaged 6.2 points, 3 rebounds and 0.7 assists in 19 games. He is signed through 2018-19, making $7 million for this season and the next one.The Clippers are said to be seeking young players and draft picks as they attempt to trade Jordan and Williams. They tried to sign Jordan to a contract extension last summer, but couldn’t agree on a new deal. Jordan can opt out of his contract at season’s end.Williams also can be a free agent July 1.Depending how much salary cap room they create and when, the Clippers could be in line to pursue perceived Lakers targets LeBron James and/or Paul George this summer, but more likely are positioning themselves to be major players for a 2019 free-agent class that could include Kawhi Leonard, Kyrie Irving, Jimmy Butler and Klay Thompson among others.The Clippers’ change of course also opens the possibility that Rivers could depart. He signed a five-season, $50 million contract before the 2014-15 season, after leaving the Boston Celtics, who had started a rebuilding project after advancing to the NBA Finals in 2008 and ’10, winning in ’08.Earlier this season, while the injury-depleted team was mired in a nine-game losing streak, there were rumors that the Clippers were poised to replace Rivers. The team rallied around each other as players have returned from injuries and that chatter died last month.Griffin, who turns 29 in March, leaves a Clippers legacy that includes a number of serious injuries and playoff disappointments. He was the No. 1 overall pick in 2009 out of Oklahoma. After sitting out all of the 2009-10 season because of a kneecap injury, he went on to win unanimous NBA Rookie of the Year honors after a stellar 2010-11.Less than a week before their 2017-18 regular-season opener Oct. 19, Griffin discounted the widely-held notion that it would be transitional season for the Clippers, particularly in the wake of the Paul trade and the arrival of nine new players.“To me, transitional makes it seem like it’s a rebuilding year or something like that,” Griffin said. “I guess it would be rebuilding if we had done something. We haven’t really done anything over the past five, six years. It’s different. It’s a different team. It’s a different look.“I don’t know about transitional.” The tear-down began Monday. The Clippers traded power forward Blake Griffin to the Detroit Pistons, a move team president Lawrence Frank described as “very difficult” but “we ultimately felt it was appropriate for the franchise.”The Clippers also sent forward Brice Johnson and center Willie Reed to Detroit in exchange for guard Avery Bradley, forward Tobias Harris, center Boban Marjanovic and two draft picks in a blockbuster deal that ended an era of unprecedented success.It could be the first of several deals the Clippers make before the trade deadline Feb. 8, although nothing is set in stone, according to an NBA source. They also could trade center DeAndre Jordan and sixth man Lou Williams, positioning themselves for an offseason free-agent spending spree in the summer of 2019.Within an hour of ESPN breaking the news in the afternoon, Griffin reacted by tweeting a GIF of actor/rapper Will Smith making a surprised face. A formal announcement wasn’t made until late Monday evening. The Clippers face the Pistons on Feb. 9 in Detroit. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “Blake Griffin had a tremendous impact on this organization and his legacy within the community of Los Angeles will be permanent,” Clippers owner Steve Ballmer said in a statement. “It was a pleasure getting to know and cheer for Blake. I wish him, as well as Brice and Willie, the best of luck. While change is hard, my confidence in our front office, led by Lawrence Frank and (General Manager) Michael Winger, along with the sage counsel of Jerry West, has never been higher. I believe today, more than ever, in our ultimate goal of winning an NBA championship.”Team executives, including Ballmer, Coach Doc Rivers and special consultant West, agreed to sign Griffin to a five-season, $173-million contract last July. Their pitch to Griffin was that his would be the first jersey to be retired in the Clippers’ inglorious history.After their free agent meeting, the Clippers’ front-office team led Griffin into a darkened Staples Center, where a choir sang while a faux jersey was raised to the rafters and a public address announcer said, “Tonight, we are honoring a lifelong Clipper …”Griffin became the face of the franchise after the Clippers agreed to trade future Hall of Fame point guard Chris Paul to the Houston Rockets for a package of players that included Williams and Patrick Beverley. Griffin’s status as the first Clipper for Life lasted only 49 games.Griffin did not receive a no-trade clause in his new contract. Never forget the all-too-true joke Blake Griffin told about being traded during a stand-up set in 2016… [NSFW] pic.twitter.com/XypJzFmKk3— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) January 29, 2018
MASON CITY — A Mason City man has pleaded guilty to credit card fraud charges in Cerro Gordo and Franklin counties. 29-year-old Wayne Davis was arrested in September and charged in Cerro Gordo County with ongoing criminal conduct and three counts of unauthorized use of credit cards, as well as one count of unauthorized use of a credit card in Franklin County. A criminal complaint stated Davis was identified by an employee who turned his identification into the authorities, with the Iowa State Patrol conducting a traffic stop on Davis where a credit card skimmer, computer and cards were allegedly seized. The complaint says an examination of those items revealed that Davis was purchasing card numbers on the dark web. A search warrant at Davis’ residence allegedly produced stolen credit cards and a card skimmer. Davis pleaded guilty to one count of unauthorized use of a credit card in Franklin County and was sentenced earlier this month to time served and ordered to pay over $430 in restitution. Davis last week pleaded guilty to the Cerro Gordo County charges and is scheduled to be sentenced on January 6th.