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Fair to return in October

first_img Email the author Book Nook to reopen Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Latest Stories Published 9:01 pm Monday, March 15, 2021 File PhotoAn areal view of the Pike County Fair in 2019. “Entertainment is a big fair attraction,” she said. “The exhibits and community and business sections are also popular. And, of course, the livestock barn is a big attraction. The plan is to continue with the things that have been successful over the years.“Of course, we don’t know what’s ahead but, if things continue the way they are now, with the available vaccines and if people continue to be cautious, then things should continue to improve and we should have a great county fair.” You Might Like By Jaine Treadwell The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Skip Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Patriot Health ZoneHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential Health32-second Stretch Ends Back Pain & Sciatica (Watch)Healthier LivingThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Print Article Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Sponsored Content Big inning lifts Trojans to win over Tulane Troy snapped its six-game losing streak with an emphatic win over Tulane on a beautiful Saturday afternoon at Riddle-Pace Field…. read more By The Penny Hoarder Neal Sneed said the decision to host the Pike County Fair in 2021 was made dependent on the Center for Disease Control (CDC) regulations in October.“We will follow the guidelines of the CDC,” he said. “But right now, we are moving ahead with plans to open the doors on October 5 and look forward to all the fun and excitement of the Pike County Fair.” Neal Sneed said Modern Midway will be the contractor for the 2021 Pike County Fair.“We have been very pleased with Modern Midway, Sneed said. “The midway is fun and exciting for all ages. The company will bring some additional new rides this year,” Sneed said. Kathy Sneed said, already, a variety of entertainment is being lined up for the five nights of the fair. Fair to return in October The Pike County Fair is coming to town October 5 through 9 and already excitement is building.Neal Sneed, president of the sponsoring Troy Shrine Club, said club members made the decision to host the fair based on Gov. Kay Ivey’s decision to remove the mask mandate on April 9 and the increasing availability of the coronavirus vaccines and positive indicators. “With the recent good weather, rentals at the Pike County Fairgrounds have been increasing. We had 17 rentals last weekend and 14 the week before,” said Kathy Sneed, club secretary. “Many people have been asking about the fair, hoping that it’s coming.  The Troy Shriners are excited and we are getting ready to go.”last_img read more

PDVSA, a Major Money Laundering Operation

first_imgBy Ricardo Guanipa D’erizans August 03, 2019 State-owned company Petróleos de Venezuela (PDVSA), which was the heart of the Venezuelan economy, continues in a downward spiral that sped up with the U.S. government-imposed economic sanctions of January 2019. The United States froze commercial relations with PDVSA for being an instrument for money laundering, corruption, and fraud. According to former PDVSA executive Horacio Medina, who retired in 2002 after more than 20 years of service and now lives in exile in the United States, PDVSA’s downfall was the result of unsound management, a lack of knowledge from executives appointed by Nicolás Maduro, and corruption.The tenure of Bolivarian National Guard Major General Manuel Quevedo as president of PDVSA, since November 2017, has been a key factor in the crisis that the oil company experiences, Medina told Diálogo. “Quevedo lacks knowledge, experience, and contacts in the oil industry, which explains why oil production has plummeted in Venezuela to less than 750,000 barrels per day.” In 1998, a year before Hugo Chávez took over, PDVSA was producing more than 3 million barrels per day.According to Medina, one of the main causes for the decline dates back to December 2002, when Chávez fired more than 25,000 workers, including many subject matter experts who were essential to the development of the country’s oil industry. Corruption, Medina said, is more evident in the conflicts of interest created by a government that appoints the same official to several positions. As examples, Medina mentioned Rafael Ramírez, Venezuelan minister of Energy and PDVSA president between 2003 to 2013, and Carlos Malpica Flores — nephew of Maduro’s wife, Cilia Flores — who was national treasurer and PDVSA vice-president between 2013 to 2015.Malpica’s appointment to the board of PDVSA, Medina insists, intensified the corruption in the company, which “was becoming a massive industrial money launderer at the service of narcotrafficking,” the petroleum engineer said. “That’s where the massive money laundering cycle through PDVSA started.”Connections to organized crime Information concerning links between Chavismo and narcotrafficking date back to Chávez’s government, thanks in part to investigations by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) that show active Venezuelan service members’ involvement, said former DEA Inspector General Félix Jiménez. “They would ship cocaine from Colombia through Venezuela,” Jiménez told Diálogo. “Chávez already knew about these officials’ criminal activities when he was in office; he removed from the border all the personnel he didn’t trust and appointed his friends who were generals, and who had one or more suns [badges depicting the sun which Venezuelan generals wear] to lead cocaine trafficking operations with Colombian narcotraffickers, hence the name the Cartel of the Suns.”The DEA began to suspect that the Venezuelan oil company was also being used to launder profits from narcotrafficking and to send state money abroad. As an example, Jiménez mentioned the case of Andorra, a tax haven in the Pyrenees between France and Spain, where prosecutors allege that a network of corrupt Venezuelan officials had accepted bribes for more than $2 billion. More recently, in February 2019, Bulgarian authorities said that millions of dollars had been transferred from PDVSA to a small bank in their country.For his part, Medina said that Chávez and Maduro had simulated fictitious sales and crude production operations to justify profits coming from narcotrafficking, which were operated “directly by Ramírez.”“They used gas production figures and turned them into oil barrel production equivalents,” Medina said. “They also used diluents to produce extra heavy crude. They counted it as oil barrel production.”last_img read more