continue reading » 21SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr A 62-year-old Missouri woman, who worked for nearly three decades at the $30.1 million Shelter Insurance Federal Credit Union, pleaded guilty Thursday to embezzling more than $230,000 in U.S. District Court.Debra L. Wenger of Columbia, Mo., worked as a teller and administrative assistant, and assumed all of the accounting responsibilities at the credit union, according to Missouri federal prosecutors.In February 2016, an external auditor detected the misappropriation of funds after finding a discrepancy when comparing the general ledger teller cash to the cash-balancing sheet.When Wenger was questioned by Columbia Police Department investigators, she admitted to taking the cash from her teller drawer and depositing the funds into her personal account, according to federal prosecutors.
Argentinean UN peacekeeper holds a baby download during distribution of water and food to victims of tropical storm Hanna The head of the United Nations Stabilization Mission (MINUSTAH) Sandra Honoré, says the mission will cease operations in Haiti within six months.Addressing the United Nations Security Council on Tuesday, Honoré said that the progress achieved during the past 13 years in Haiti’s stabilization process is notable and it “is therefore timely to reshape the partnership among the international community, the United Nations and Haiti with a view to ensuring the sustainability of this progressIt is with this in mind, that the Secretary-General has recommended the closure of MINUSTAH in six months from now and the establishment of a smaller peacekeeping operation with concentrated focus on the rule of law and police development, with strong good offices and human rights monitoring roles.“With your support, the transition from MINUSTAH to a new and smaller Mission would be guided by a Joint Transition Plan that underpins the gradual transfer of tasks to the Government, international partners and the UN Country Team,” she added.The UN mission, established in June 2004 by a UN Security Council resolution, succeeded a Multinational Interim Force (MIF) after then President Bertrand Aristide departed Haiti for exile in the aftermath of an armed conflict which spread to several cities across the country.In January 2010, the Security Council, by resolution, endorsed the Secretary-General’s recommendation to increase the overall force levels of MINUSTAH to support the immediate recovery, reconstruction and stability efforts in the country.
LOS ANGELES >> The Brut and the Budweiser pooled up in the middle of the Dodgers’ clubhouse Sunday afternoon as players, coaches, trainers and executives arrived to celebrate their fourth straight National League West title. Their families stood outside in a hallway, safely separated from the squalor by two sets of double doors.Dodgers manager Dave Roberts briefly stepped outside to kiss his wife and his daughter. Then he looked up to see rows of wives, girlfriends, children, mothers and fathers standing on dry ground.“You guys come in! Families are in,” Roberts shouted above the clamor.With that declaration, the clubhouse grew impossibly fuller — the Dodgers’ season in a nutshell. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Forty players were active for a 4-3 win over the Colorado Rockies on Sunday. That’s happened before according to Major League Baseball, but it’s rare. It’s also uncommon for a team to cycle through 55 players (only the San Diego Padres and Atlanta Braves have used more this season), but the 2016 Dodgers did that too.The story of why the Dodgers needed so many players has been told: 28 different men spent time on the disabled list at various times, a record since at least 1987. Those injuries required 15 different pitchers to start a game and 24 different position players to swing a bat.Of the 40 active players Sunday, 10 were not in the Dodgers’ spring training camp — either because they were on the minor league side of Camelback Ranch or in another organization. But the lines between veteran and rookie, between newcomer and holdover, blurred when the division was clinched. The story of how so many players felt at home in one clubhouse is difficult to appreciate from the outside, and perhaps an underrated part of the club’s success. “You saw the injuries happen and they didn’t let it factor into anything,” pitcher Jesse Chavez said. “They just picked those guys up who were on the DL. That’s something you saw from the other side before I got here. It’s impressive to watch.”Chavez, 33, was acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays on Aug. 1. The Dodgers are the eighth organization he’s played for in a professional career that began in 2003. He said he felt at home in the clubhouse immediately, noticing quickly that the Dodgers avoided the trap of splintering into cliques.“Just the conversations you have in passing — the walking bys, the hellos — just simple stuff,” Chavez said. “The acknowledgment of everybody, the communication we have, is beyond what you could imagine.“To come here, it feels like I was in spring training with this group.”A few minutes later, standing on the opposite side of the room, veteran catcher Carlos Ruiz said the same thing.The Dodgers are Ruiz’s second organization. His 18-year run with the Philadelphia Phillies ended when he was traded for A.J. Ellis on August 25. Ruiz was just as beloved in Philadelphia as Ellis was in Los Angeles.And yet, Ruiz said, “it took me two or three days just to fit into the group. They tried to make me feel like I was here since the beginning of the season. That was big.”Two of the biggest contributors Sunday weren’t in the clubhouse for vast portions of the season. The game’s hero, Charlie Culberson, hadn’t started in four days. That was typical for him. A non-roster invitee to spring training, Culberson made the Dodgers’ Opening Day roster, then wound up on the Oklahoma City-to-Los Angeles express. He spent roughly half of the season in Triple-A.On Saturday, Roberts told Culberson he would be in the lineup Sunday. That was typical too. Culberson had a day to prepare and, by extension, a way to feel like part of the team.“He does a good job of that,” Culberson said of Roberts.The starting pitcher, Brandon McCarthy, was two weeks removed from his lowest point in the season if not his career. Technically he’d been on the disabled list with a sore hip. In reality, he had been battling a case of the yips.“You kind of forget how to throw a ball,” McCarthy said, “at least in a competitive situation.”For a moment, McCarthy feared his career might be over at age 33. A mechanical adjustment in the bullpen changed that. He re-discovered his fastball command and threw 5 1/3 innings against the Rockies, allowing only two runs.“This last month, I couldn’t have felt more removed,” McCarthy said. “That wasn’t by people excluding me. Everybody gave me the widest berth I could have to go figure things out. A couple weeks ago I was praying that someone would call from the front office and say, ‘shut this down, we’ll see you next year, let’s get things figured out.’ And you can’t feel farther away from the team at that point. “The last two weeks, it was like, ‘hey I feel like I’m part of this again.’ I wanted to get back into a game.”In the middle of the clubhouse Sunday, pitcher Kenta Maeda lifted his interpreter off the ground and dumped him into a beer cooler. The damp elbows of data analysts brushed against those of minor league coaches. Several players dispatched the clichéd metaphor about teammates as family, but it was never more appropriate. Roberts had already invited everyone’s families into the room.
The Lakers have remained economical throughout free agency, choosing less grandiose moves designed to strengthen their foundation instead of chasing the kind of transactions that could compromise long-term investments or precious salary-cap space for next summer.After agreeing to a one-year, $18 million deal with free-agent guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope late Tuesday night, the team is still considering several options for who could represent the final piece to their roster. The deal with Caldwell-Pope, 24, brings the Lakers up to the salary cap ceiling, and that leaves them with a $4.3 million salary-cap exception they can use to sign another player.The Lakers maintained interest in signing veteran free-agent guard Rajon Rondo after meeting with him on Tuesday, according to league sources familiar with the situation. Though they have not met with 22-year-old Tyler Ennis since free agency started, the player they acquired in a midseason trade with Houston remains a possibility to re-sign with them. Other free-agent guards who could fit the Lakers’ needs include Ian Clark, Isaiah Canaan and Ramon Sessions, though the Lakers have not been pursued them as aggressively.Meanwhile, the Lakers had to waive second-year guard David Nwaba on Wednesday, a move made to create enough salary-cap space to fulfill Caldwell-Pope’s deal, according to a league source familiar with the team’s thinking. The Lakers had exercised a $1.3 million team option on June 28 to retain Nwaba, but that contract was non-guaranteed and gave them extra cap space beyond their original $17 million to spend on a free agent. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe move still came at the cost of losing a player the Lakers liked for his defensive hustle.Nwaba had averaged 9 points and 2 assists while shooting 57.1 percent from the field through three Summer League appearances. Nwaba, who starred at University High of Los Angeles and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo before going undrafted, also averaged 6 points and 3.2 rebounds while shooting 58 percent in 19.9 minutes through 20 appearances with the Lakers last season.Once Nwaba clears waivers in the next 48 hours, any NBA team can sign him, while the Lakers can then sign Caldwell-Pope. It’s possible the Lakers could re-sign Nwaba to a less expensive deal if no other team claims him.