US Intercepts “Narco Sub”: Colombian Officials

first_imgBy Dialogo May 18, 2009 A US warship intercepted a submersible believed to be linked to the drug trade off Colombia’s Pacific coastline, Colombian officials said Saturday. The USS Simpson, a guided missile frigate, immobilized the craft and detained four men aboard, the Colombian Navy said in a statement. The move was authorized as part of an agreement interdicting sea crafts transporting drugs signed between Bogota and Washington. The four Colombians aboard the “narco sub” opened the valves when they saw the Simpson and sank their vessel, the statement read, noting that such crafts can transport up to 12 tonnes of cocaine. The Colombian Navy has intercepted, sometimes with help from other countries, 39 submersibles, including six in 2009, thwarting “the transportation of more than 30 tonnes of cocaine abroad.” Security officials report an increase in the use of locally-built submersibles which can be at sea for up to 14 days and have a range of up to 3,200 kilometers (2,000 miles). The vessels, often made of fiberglass, glide under the ocean surface with only the cockpit and the exhaust tubes extending above the water and are difficult to detect with radar or sonar.last_img read more

New 91 products proud holders of the label “Croatian island products”

first_imgOn Hvar, on May 26, 2018, the ceremony of awarding the label “Croatian island product” was held at the Arsenal Gallery in Hvar, and which was presented with plaques of the label “Croatian island product” (HOP) for 2018.The label “Croatian island product” can be awarded only to traditional and innovative products produced by island producers, awarded annually, in the form of plaques and models, to producers who have their headquarters on the islands and who make nominated products on the islands.This year, the label “Croatian island products” was awarded to 57 manufacturers for 91 products and production lines.The project was launched in 2007 with the intention of encouraging the production of original and quality island products, and so far 297 producers have received the Label, of which 26 eco-producers, 28 producers with a geographical indication and eight producers with a designation of origin, for 971 products and product lines with 24 islands.Our identity, history and culture are represented by products from 24 islands (Brač, Hvar, Vis, Korčula, Pag, Krk, Lastovo, Dugi Otok, Rab, Cres, Lošinj, Prvić, Ugljan, Mljet, Šolta, Žirje, Pašman, Iž, Murter , Olib, Kornat, Rava, Silba, Zlarin) and the Peljesac peninsula. These are food (wines, brandies, liqueurs, olive oils, cheeses, desserts, fish, salad marinades, jams, honey), cosmetics and clothing products, as well as souvenirs and intangible heritage.It is interesting to note that 20 percent of tourism revenues have just been generated on the islands. Namely, on the islands where every thirtieth inhabitant of Croatia lives, almost 26 million overnight stays were realized, ie a quarter of all overnight stays in the Republic of Croatia.last_img read more

Virgin Atlantic pilots vote to strike

first_img Share The union says it wants fresh talks with the airlineVirgin Atlantic pilots have voted to go out on strike for their first time in the airline’s history, in a dispute over pay.The Balpa union said 97% of its members voted in favour of industrial action, from a ballot turnout of 94%, a result it said was “overwhelming”.The ballot was called after year-long pay talks with the company broke down.Balpa said it was open for fresh talks with the airline. Virgin Atlantic has yet to comment.‘Hugely disappointed’Jim McAuslan, Balpa general secretary, said the “huge” vote in favour of strike action sent a clear message to Virgin Atlantic’s majority owner, Sir Richard Branson.“Pilots do not want to strike and are hugely disappointed by the company’s approach. There has been no UK pilot strike for 32 years,” he added.“But there comes a time when even moderate people say ‘enough’.”Balpa said that Virgin Altantic’s pilots had not had a pay rise since 2008, and were being offered a below inflation deal for 2011.“We do not want to inconvenience the public and hope that Sir Richard will use some of his undoubted Virgin flair to settle this,” Mr McAuslan said.BBC News Share LifestyleTravel Virgin Atlantic pilots vote to strike by: – June 21, 2011 Sharecenter_img Tweet 46 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring!last_img read more

Fast Shafts All-Star candidates number 73 with regional and state champions, specials winners

first_imgRichie Gustin, Clay Hale, Bobby Hogge IV, Wyatt Howard, Mitchell Hunt, Bricen James, Aaron Johnson, Cody Laney, Jeff Larson, Josh Long, Ryan McDaniel, Josh McGaha, Wade Manning, Hunter Marriott and Clay Money.  Already on the ballot were Shaw Race Cars Western Region and Oregon state champ Bricen James, Jet Racing Central Region champion Jordan Grabouski and Side Biter Chassis North Central Region king Tom Berry Jr. P.J. Egbert, Chris Elliott, Trevor Fitz-Gibbon, Junior Flores, Kelsie Foley, Troy Foulger, Jeremy Frenier, John Gober, David Goode Jr., Josh Goodwin, Daniel Gottschalk, William Gould, Jordan Grabouski and Kevin Green. And Robby Sawyer, Marlyn Seidler, Kelly Shryock, Todd Shute, Brandon Smith, Andy Strait, Shawn Strand, Matt Szecsodi, Jeff Taylor, Ricky Thornton Jr., Eric Tomlinson, Marcus Tomlinson, Nick Trenchard, Rob VanMil and R.C. Whitwell. Newly vote eligible are Dirt Works Eastern Region champion Matt Szecsodi and Razor Chassis South Central Region and Oklahoma state king William Gould, also winner of the Texas Big 4 special at Grayson County Speedway.  And special events winners already on the ballot were Smith, Grabouski and Steven Bowers Jr. State champions joining the ballot are Eric Barnes in Illinois, Cory Craver in Montana, Cory Davis in New Mexico, Trevor Fitz-Gibbon in California, Junior Flores in Idaho, Kelsie Foley in Arizona, David Goode Jr. in Texas, Josh Goodwin in Florida, Clay Hale in Missouri, Wyatt Howard in Utah, Mitchell Hunt in Michigan, Aaron Johnson in Minnesota, Josh Long in Wisconsin, Wade Manning in Wyoming, Bob Moore in South Dakota, Tom Quint in Colorado, Anthony Roth in Nebraska, Andy Strait in Nevada and Marcus Tomlinson in North Dakota.  The 73 All-Star candidates on the 2020 ballot now include: Jeff Aikey, Drew Armstrong, Austin Arneson, Casey Arneson, Chaz Baca, Eric Barnes, Brandon Beckendorf, Tom Berry Jr., Steven Bowers Jr., Cayden Carter, Kellen Chadwick, Cory Craver, Cory Davis, Zane DeVilbiss and Ethan Dotson. Putting their names on the candidates’ list with special events victories were R.C. Whitwell, in the Duel In The Desert at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway Dirt Track; Hunter Marriott, a double winner at Cocopah Speedway’s Wes Hurst Memorial; P.J. Egbert, at Heart O’ Texas Speedway’s Fall Classic; and Josh McGaha, in the Southern Challenge at Abilene Speedway.  VINTON, Iowa – The crowning of regional and E3 Spark Plugs State champions, as well as four special event winners has added 25 IMCA Modified candidates to the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot.  Bob Moore, Rodney Morgan, Josh Most, Chris Nieman, Jason Noll, Jay Noteboom, Brad Pounds, Tom Quint, Dereck Rhoden, Kyle Rohleder, Anthony Roth, Joel Rust, Cory Sample and Jim Sandusky.  Drivers winning state crowns and who were already All-Star candidates include Drew Armstrong in Arkansas, Clay Money in Kansas, Kelly Shryock in Iowa and Brandon Smith in New York.last_img read more

Age gunning for Clonmel glory

first_img Bunyan believes Age Of Glory will be an even sharper horse on the likely faster ground at the County Tipperary circuit. The Curragh handler, who trains the gelded son of Zamindar for his brother Brian, said: “He has a grand chance and we are looking forward to it. He’s improving every week and looks impressive from what we’ve seen over hurdles so far. “He’s well handicapped on the Flat but he has a big future over hurdles. “He won last time, despite the ground not suiting him, and was an unlucky second to Busted Tycoon the other day at Tramore. That one won well in Scotland (Perth) last week, so the form is there. “Paul (Townend) likes him a lot and thinks the same about the ground. He also said he’ll be a better horse with a faster pace. “He’s very much coming forward all the time and if all goes to plan, we’ll go to Galway after this.” Trainer Darren Bunyan is excited about what the future holds for Age Of Glory ahead of his next step along the ladder at Clonmel. The four-year-old is one of the major players for the Louis Fitzgerald Hotel Handicap Hurdle after he won so convincingly in soft ground at Killarney last month. Before that he was an eyecatching second on his hurdling debut at Tramore in a race which has worked out very well, and won the charity race at the Cheltenham Festival. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

FL Deputy Accused of Planting Drugs During Stops

first_imgOfficials with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement say they arrested a former deputy on Wednesday for apparently using his position to incriminate innocent people.According to Chris Williams, assistant special in charge for the FDLE in Pensacola, officers caught up with former Jackson County sheriff’s deputy Zachary Wester in the Panhandle after a year-long investigation.Wester allegedly pulled over drivers for minor traffic infractions on a regular basis, then planted drugs and arrested them on made-up drug charges.This morning, FDLE arrested former Jackson County Sheriff’s Office deputy Zachary Wester on a litany of charges, including racketeering, fabricating evidence, and false imprisonment. #arresthttps://t.co/9McYv4FT6G pic.twitter.com/fkO1oRcJCs— FDLE (@fdlepio) July 10, 2019 Prosecutors have dropped charges in nearly 120 of Wester’s arrest cases.Williams says, “There is no question that Wester’s crimes were deliberate and that his actions put innocent people in jail.”Wester is facing felony charges of racketeering, official misconduct, fabricating evidence, possession of a controlled substance, and false imprisonment. In addition, he faces misdemeanor charges of perjury, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia.He is being held without bond.The FDLE started investigating Wester last August at the request of the sheriff’s office.last_img read more

Indian Premier League IPL 2019: Hitting sixes is in my muscle memory, says Rishabh Pant

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Indian Premier League News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Visakhapatnam: Dispatching the ball deep into the stands is in Rishabh Pant’s “muscle memory” and that’s why he doesn’t need to look at who is bowling to him once he is in a mood to go hammer and tongs. Pant hit five sixes in his 21-ball-49 as he guided Delhi Capitals to a two-wicket victory in the IPL Eliminator against Sunrisers Hyderabad.”In T20s, you need 40 off 20 or so, then you have to attack one bowler. I don’t see who’s bowling. It’s in our muscle memory, and that’s why we practise so much. Today, that was special because I didn’t try to hit the ball too hard. I was just watching the ball, and I was trying to time the ball,” Pant said.Pant also mentioned that he ensured that the mindset remains positive when the team is going for improbable chases.”If you are set on a wicket like this, you have to finish the match for your team. I took it very close, but next time I will finish it for the team. (Pressure) I just try to be positive. If your mindset is negative, it doesn’t help,” he added.Prithvi Shaw, who scored the only half-century of the match thanked the support staff for keeping faith in him despite inconsistent performances.”All this is dedicated to my team as they have backed me quite well. I wasn’t scoring runs in the last few games. All thanks to support staff, players and coaches for believing in me and giving the opportunity as well. I was a bit nervous but my coaching staff helped me,” Shaw said, having scored 56 off 38 balls.”I believed in myself to get my form back and went in there and played my natural game. These kind of games I am always nervous. Rishabh batted beautifully. Whenever we needed him, he is always there for us.” Their young captain Shreyas Iyer was also ecstatic.”(Last over) I can’t express my emotions. I was sitting and those last two overs were like a hell [laughs]. An amazing feeling (to win) and I could see the happiness in everyone’s faces. The joy we share after winning was good.”Meanwhile, chasing a target of 163, Delhi Capitals, who had lost the way after a blazing start, were brought to cusp of victory by young Pant as West Indies’ Paul finished it off the penultimate ball of the innings with a boundary off Khaleel Ahmed.Pant, who resurrected the innings from a precarious 111 for 5 couldn’t have chosen a better venue than chairman of selectors MSK Prasad’s home ground to drive home a point on his much-debated World Cup exclusion.It was a sense of deja vu for Paul, who had similarly hit winning runs in an U-19 World Cup final in 2016 when Khaleel was the bowler in the final over.Delhi Capital now face Chennai Super Kings in the second Qualifier in their bid to make it to the maiden IPL final against Mumbai Indians.Needing 34 from three overs, Pant showed brilliant game awareness to target Sunrisers’ weakest link Basil Thampi, smashing him for 21 runs in the 18th over as he brought the game on even keel.A six off Bhuvneshwar Kumar brought the equation down to five runs before Pant in his bid to finish the game was holed out with five required from seven balls. last_img read more

The Latest: 2 fined at US Open for entourage virus violation

first_imgThe Latest: 2 fined at US Open for entourage virus violation Associated Press Spain’s Marcel Granollers was first in line to fill Paire’s spot, but he declined in order to focus on doubles. Escobedo then moved in and will face Kamil Majchrzak on Tuesday.___11 a.m.The second day of the U.S. Open is underway at Flushing Meadows with the Williams sisters ready to play and Andy Murray taking a big step in his comeback from hip surgery.Serena Williams is scheduled to play during the day and Venus at night, looking to add to their combined eight titles at the U.S. Open. Serena has won the championship six times but has been runner-up each of the last two years in New York. Two seeded men at the U.S. Open — No. 2 Dominic Thiem and No. 32 Adrian Mannarino — have been fined because someone in their entourage violated the tournament’s COVID-19 protocols.Mannarino was docked $2,500 for unsportsmanlike conduct, and Thiem was fined $1,500.Mannarino has acknowledged he is part of a group of players who were in contact with Benoit Paire, the only U.S. Open entrant to test positive for the coronavirus so far. That group was placed under additional restrictions in case they might have been exposed to the virus by Paire.The U.S. Tennis Association specified that Thiem’s entourage violated the rule requiring universal masking. There was no explanation of what exactly Mannarino’s entourage did wrong.The only two fines for female players announced so far were $3,000 each for Paula Badosa and Arantxa Rus for getting coaching help, which is not allowed at Grand Slam tournaments. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. Open tennis tournament (all times local):___3:45 p.m. September 1, 2020 “I’m fine and calm at the moment and willing to face whatever comes,” Suarez Navarro said.She turns 32 on Thursday.Suarez Navarro has been ranked as high as N. 6 and is currently No. 71. She is a seven-time Grand Slam quarterfinalist, including at the U.S. Open in 2013 and 2018.___3 p.m.center_img Sumit Nagal became the first Indian man to win a match at the U.S. Open in seven years.The 23-year-old resident of New Delhi beat Bradley Klahn 6-1, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1. Nagal came in ranked No. 124 in the world.___2:10 p.m.Sam Querrey was knocked out of the first round of the U.S. Open by a player who missed more than two years because of a hip injury. More AP tennis: https://apnews.com/apf-Tennis and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Andrey Kuznetsov beat Querrey 6-4, 7-5 (6), 6-2 to complete the long comeback, getting his first tour-level win since 2017. The Russian returned to play last month at a Prague Challenger event and lost his only match after a two-year, seven-month layoff because of the hip. Kuznetsov was ranked No. 39 in 2016 before the hip problems sidetracked his career. He’s the first unranked player to win a Grand Slam match since Nicolas Kiefer at Wimbledon in 2007.___1 p.m.Californian Ernesto Escobedo has moved into the men’s singles bracket at the U.S. Open, filling the spot that opened when Benoit Paire tested positive for the coronavirus shortly before the start of the tournament. Murray is playing his first Grand Slam event since the 2019 Australian Open, before hip problems forced him to have surgery and start a long comeback.Murray faces Yoshihito Nishioka in Arthur Ashe Stadium, followed by Serena Williams against Kristie Ahn.The first day of the tournament didn’t have any notable upsets. Novak Djokovic and Naomi Osaka both advanced in night matches.The weather is favorable, with a forecast of partly cloudy skies and temperatures around 80 degrees Fahrenheit (27 degrees Celsius).___ ___3:20 p.m.Former top-10 player Carla Suarez Navarro has announced that she will need six months of chemotherapy to treat Hodgkin lymphoma.Suarez Navarro pulled out of the U.S. Open last month.In a video posted on Twitter on Tuesday, the Spaniard she was diagnosed recently.last_img read more

Syracuse men’s basketball opponent preview: What to know about St. John’s

first_imgUPDATED, 6:01 p.m.: Red Storm reserve guard sharpshooter Federico Mussini did not make the trip to Syracuse, according to The New York Post.Syracuse (7-4) gets ready to take on St. John’s (5-7) on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Carrier Dome. The Red Storm is the Orange’s penultimate nonconference opponent. SU is coming off a 48-point blowout win over Eastern Michigan on Monday.Here’s everything you need to know about St. John’s.All-time series: 51-39, Syracuse leads.Last time they played: Last season, the Orange traveled to Madison Square Garden on Dec. 13 and suffered an 84-72 loss to St. John’s. SU went just 24-of-67 from the field. The Orange cut the deficit to seven points but never got closer than that after halftime. Malachi Richardson went 0-for-11 from 3 but proclaimed after the game that his shots would eventually fall. Under then-interim head coach Mike Hopkins, SU used a press defense to try and mount a comeback, but the hole was too big at that point. St. John’s’ Federico Mussini poured in a team-high 17 points on 5-of-7 from behind the arc.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe St. John’s report: The Red Storm enters its matchup with Syracuse on a two-game losing streak, dropping games to LIU Brooklyn and Penn State. St. John’s ranks as the 136th best team in the country, according to Kenpom.com. In adjusted efficiency, its offense ranks 157th and its defense ranks 133rd. Those numbers bode well for Syracuse, a team in search of stockpiling as many wins as possible due to the lack of impressive victories. A victory over the Red Storm wouldn’t qualify as impressive, but a win nonetheless.St. John’s also ranks second-to-last in all of Division I in “luck,” meaning it’s lost more close games than would be expected considering the number of close games SJU has played in. Six of the Red Storm’s seven losses have been by 11 points or less. That said, St. John’s has lost to some of college basketball’s worst teams: LIU Brooklyn, Old Dominion and Delaware State, among others.How Syracuse beats St. John’s: Don’t let Shamorie Ponds, Bashir Ahmed and Marcus LoVett get hot early in the game. St. John’s’ top three scorers could pose problems if they are all playing well together. They combine to average 46.5 points per game. Outside of those three, the Red Storm doesn’t have many other weapons. The Red Storm is allowing opponents to score 72.4 points per game so if SU can limit St. John’s’ offense, the Orange will roll to its eighth win of the year.Stat to know: 28 — Percent of possessions St. John’s’ Bashir Ahmed is used on, per Kenpom. That ranks fifth in the Big East and 136th nationwide. Percentage of possessions used means 28 percent of the Red Storm’s possessions end with an action by Ahmed while he’s on the court. Ahmed only plays 23.8 minutes per game, but when he’s in, the Red Storm’s offense flows through him. He’s also averaging 11.8 points and has a team-high 35 turnovers.Player to watch: Shamorie Ponds, guard, No. 2Ponds is one of just two players on the Red Storm who have started every game. He’s averaging 16.9 points and 5.5 rebounds in 33 minutes per game. His 56.8 effective field-goal percentage ranks 277th in the country. In St. John’s’ last four games, Ponds has scored an average of 20.3 points. He’s the player Syracuse has to be concerned about. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on December 20, 2016 at 5:42 pm Contact Paul: pmschwed@syr.edu | @pschwedslast_img read more

Beat writers select Syracuse to beat Cornell handily before start of ACC play

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Amid one of its worst stretches in recent years and only days removed from its worst-ever Carrier Dome loss, Syracuse (7-5) will look to avoid another humiliating nonconference loss against Cornell (3-8) on Tuesday night in the Carrier Dome. The Big Red lost by four to Colgate, a team SU blew out by 28 points in the season opener, and have lost three of four. But Syracuse, which begins Atlantic Coast Conference play next week, has dropped five of its last eight.Our beat writers explain below how they think Tuesday’s matchup between in-state foes will unfold.Connor Grossman (7-5)Point of no returnSyracuse 81, Cornell 55If Syracuse was a car on the highway, it’s pulling off for a final rest stop. It’s the last one for the next three months. What should have been a relatively smooth drive up to this point has been anything but that, and SU is now left with one cushy opponent before conference play begins. Running the numbers on inferior opponents has proved senseless up to this point. That’s because we don’t know which Syracuse team is going to show up: The one that trounces weak teams by 30 or the one that gets bullied by the same margin. SU should win on Tuesday. But if nothing else, we’ve learned that means nothing.Matt Schneidman (8-4)Calm before the stormSyracuse 78, Cornell 58AdvertisementThis is placeholder textI’m not going to dive into stats or analytics since, well, Syracuse has showed those clearly don’t matter in determining the outcome of a game. St. John’s had no business beating the Orange, let alone by 33, but this SU team has defied logic when predicting these games. So this prediction will go as so: Syracuse will dominate Cornell because it should, not because the Big Red turns the ball over a certain number of times or because Cornell shoots a certain percentage from beyond the arc compared to from 2-point range. Cornell is 3-8 and that’s even worse than St. John’s coming in, so enjoy the New Year with a Syracuse win before it gets ugly.Paul Schwedelson (8-4)The last giftSyracuse 79, Cornell 61The Orange can’t afford to lose another game before conference play begins, but SU won’t have to worry against Cornell. Syracuse should cruise in the second half as the stress meter drops to the lowest it will be the rest of the season. Eleven of the ACC’s 15 teams have winning percentages above .800 and the Orange will be scrapping for wins over the next two months. That is, after SU blows out the Big Red, a team that doesn’t have a player averaging more than 5.3 boards per game and a team that ranks 340th in the country in height, per Kenpom.com. Comments Published on December 26, 2016 at 3:51 pmlast_img read more