‘El Chapo’ sons charged with smuggling cheap fentanyl to US
Prosecutors revealed in a recent indictment that while Sinaloa cartel boss Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán serves a life sentence, his sons have steered the family business into fentanyl, establishing a network of labs churning out massive quantities of the cheap, deadly drug that they smuggle into the U.S. The indictment unsealed April 14 in Manhattan details a generational shift.
United Arab Emirates publishes first photo from Mars probe
This Feb. 10, 2021 image taken by the United Arab Emirates' "Amal," or "Hope," probe was released Sunday, Feb. 14, 2021, shows Mars . The Hope space probe now circles the red planet. (Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center/UAE Space Agency, via AP)DUBAI – The United Arab Emirates on Sunday published the first image for its Mars probe now circling the red planet. It shows Mars' north pole, as well as Mars' largest volcano, Olympus Mons. The probe swung into orbit around Mars on Tuesday in a triumph for the Arab world’s first interplanetary mission.
New boost for minority businesses in underserved communities
Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses initiative is providing up to $130 million to the endeavor, which will be available to clients in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas and Tennessee. Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses initiative is providing up to $130 million to the endeavor, which will be available to clients in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas and Tennessee. AdIt’s estimated that well over 100,000 small U.S. businesses have failed since the COVID-19 pandemic began, with underserved communities struck especially hard. AdParticipating small business owners can access capital provided by Goldman and take online classes offered through Goldman's 10,000 Small Businesses Initiative. A June study by University of California, Santa Cruz economist Robert Fairlie showed that while 22% of businesses nationwide closed in the immediate onslaught of the pandemic, the situation was far worse for minority-owned businesses: 41% of Black-owned businesses and 32% of Latino-owned businesses closed.
Students receive new school supplies, lesson in service
Thanks to a grant aimed at cultivating a culture of service among youth, Hope for Miami launched the “Repack the Backpack” Drive Thru Event. MIAMI – Most backpack giveaways happen a few weeks before the start of a new school year. The winter months represent a midway point in the school year when a high number of students, particularly those from low to moderate income neighborhoods, need their school supplies replenished. Thanks to a grant aimed at cultivating a culture of service among youth, Hope For Miami launched the “Repack the Backpack” Drive Thru Event. In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Day of Service, high school students from Miami gathered to pack backpacks with school supplies for some 750 children in need.
UK leader vows to use 'every second' to vaccinate vulnerable
Despite some grumbling, they voted 524-16 to approve England's third national lockdown because there is a wide consensus on the need for tougher restrictions to control soaring new infections. Britain reported more than 60,000 new confirmed cases in 24 hours for the second day in a row on Wednesday. Hospitals are jammed with COVID-19 patients and medical personnel, many of whom are exhausted after months of dealing with the virus, find themselves stretched thin. As part of the latest lockdown, Johnson ordered schools across England to close, backtracking on the government’s pledge to keep them open. Johnson ordered the national lockdown in England after public health officials warned that the rising infection rates threatened to overwhelm the National Health Service.
Father, daughter meet for the first time after 50 years
HOUSTON – It was an emotional reunion for one Tomball, Texas father and his daughter, who were separated at her birth and then came together again after 50 years. Winski’s daughter, Kerri Beggs, said at the age of 19, she began a quest to find her biological father. Beggs, who now lives in Tucson, Arizona, took a plane to Hobby Airport on Friday, a flight that was delayed. For the first time after a lifetime of missing each other, the father and daughter embraced each other. For the last four months, I’ve been looking forward to this day.”Added Winski, “She’s my little girl.
United Arab Emirates to launch spacecraft to moon in 2024
Sheikh Mohammed made the announcement Tuesday on Twitter that his country plans to send an unmanned spacecraft to the moon in 2024. Already, an Emirati space probe is hurtling through space on its way to Mars while last year it sent its first astronaut to the International Space Station. Sheikh Mohammed said the rover would be named “Rashid,” the same name of his late father, Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum. Sheikh Rashid was one of the original founding rulers of the United Arab Emirates, a federation of seven sheikhdoms on the Arabian Peninsula. ___Associated Press writers Isabel DeBre in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and Mari Yamaguchi in Tokyo contributed to this report.
UAE's Mars orbiter launch from Japan delayed by weather
The U.S., China and the United Arab Emirates are sending spacecraft to Mars in quick succession beginning this week. (MBRSC via AP)TOKYO – The liftoff of the United Arab Emirates' Mars orbiter was postponed until Friday due to bad weather at the Japanese launch site. The launch was scheduled for Wednesday from the Tanegashima Space Center in southern Japan, but the UAE mission team announced the rescheduled date on Twitter. A successful Hope mission would be a major step for the oil-dependent economy seeking a future in space. Emirates Mars Mission Project Director Omran Sharaf, who joined Monday’s briefing from Dubai, said the mission will provide a complete view of the Martian atmosphere during different seasons for the first time.
Looking to adopt a pet? Here are 6 lovable pups to adopt now in Miami
I'm looking for my forever family, but I also need somewhere peaceful and quiet while I undergo treatment for heartworm. Coco, chocolate Labrador retriever and American bulldog mixCoco is a female chocolate Labrador retriever and American bulldog mix in the care of Big Hearts for Big Dogs Rescue- Miami. Rose, golden retriever and yellow Labrador retriever mixRose is a female golden retriever and yellow Labrador retriever mix being cared for at Big Hearts for Big Dogs Rescue- Miami. Star, chow chow and terrier mixStar is a darling female chow chow and terrier mix currently residing at ResQMe, A Homeless Dog Mission. Hope, Labrador retriever and terrier mixHope is a sweet female Labrador retriever and terrier mix currently housed at ResQMe, A Homeless Dog Mission.