Colombian Navy Destroys 3 Narco-labs on the Pacific Coast

first_imgBy Myriam Ortega/Diálogo November 04, 2020 In mid-September, the Colombian Navy dealt a new blow to narcotrafficking during an operation conducted in Cauca department, on the Pacific coast of Colombia. Three labs used to process coca base paste, which belonged to dissidents of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, were found and destroyed, the Navy said in a press release.Guided by naval intelligence, troops of the 42nd Marine Riverine Battalion, the 2nd Counternarcotics Battalion, and the 7th Air Command deployed in a hard-to-reach jungle area, where they found three illegal facilities capable of accommodating about 20 people, the Navy said.Guided by naval intelligence, Navy troops found three illegal structures that produced coca base paste in a jungle area of the Cauca department. (Photo: Colombian Navy’s Pacific Naval Force)On site, units found two seedbeds with 60,000 coca plants, 5,640 liters of coca base paste in process, 1,125 kilograms of macerated coca leaves, 9,728.5 liters of gasoline, 200 kg of solid chemical precursors, and several weapons. Service members also found three industrial leaf choppers, three presses, four motor pumps, and an industrial stove, among other tools used to produce the drug, and a fiberglass boat, the Navy reported in the statement.Colombian Marine Corps Colonel Wisner Paz Palomeque, 2nd Marine Brigade commander, told Diálogo that the three labs were capable of producing 2,000 to 3,000 kg of coca base paste monthly.“The [criminal] groups Structure 6 and Structure 30 are the owners of that drug; they own those manufacturing sites and labs that we’re destroying,” Col. Paz said.At the same time, near the mouth of the Bubey River, in Cauca department, the Navy made another seizure. “In one of the controls carried out by Battalion 42, upon inspecting one of the vessels that was crossing the river, that substance [cocaine hydrochloride] was seized,” Col. Paz said. “The drug was bound for one of their clandestine manufacturing sites; we are using intelligence to look for the exact place to be able to destroy that lab.”The vessel, with two crew members on board, carried 20 packages of cocaine, the Navy said. “On several occasions, we’ve seized boats carrying several kilograms, 300, 150 of coca base paste,” Col. Paz said.According to the Pacific Naval Force,  in operations carried out along the Pacific coast of Colombia from January 1 to September 29, the Navy destroyed 67 labs; seized 114,759 kg of cocaine, 33,020 kg of marijuana, and 269 long-barreled guns and handguns; and captured 138 people for narcotrafficking.last_img read more

This year’s Idul Fitri traffic accidents fall by 31 percent

first_imgRead also: 710 vehicles seized for violating ‘mudik’ banNational Police traffic corps chief Insp. Gen. Istiono said 156,774 vehicles were prevented from going on mudik.“This is the longest operation we have ever done, as the usual traffic operation during the Idul Fitri holiday is normally held for 14 to 15 days. In addition to managing traffic, we urged people not to go on mudik to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus,” Istiono said on Monday, as quoted by Jakarta Police reported that 70,719 vehicles had been asked to turn around while trying to enter the capital during the traffic operation, about 29,000 of which were not allowed to enter the city between May 27 and June 7 because of the absence of an entry and exit permit (SIKM).“I appreciate all personnel from the police, military and related agencies who have worked together during this year’s Operation Ketupat,” said Istiono. (aly)Topics : The National Police have reported that the number of road accidents during this year’s Idul Fitri mudik (exodus) season was 31 percent lower than last year’s, a decline from 2,851 accidents to 1,980.The death toll decreased by 63 percent – from 1,116 in 2019 to 418 this year.Security personnel intercepted motorists intending to return to their hometowns despite the mudik ban during this year’s Operation Ketupat, a security operation during Ramadan and Idul Fitri, between April 24 and June 7.last_img read more

Flood defences save Venice from second high tide

first_imgVenice’s floods, “acqua alta” (high water) in Italian, are caused by a combination of factors exacerbated by climate change – from rising sea levels and unusually high tides to land subsidence that has pushed down the city ground level.Of the 23 tides ever recorded above the 140-cm level, 14 have occurred in the last two decades, including five last November when the city’s St Mark’s Square was submerged under a meter of water.Mose was originally due to go into service in 2011 but got swamped by corruption, cost overruns and construction delays.It is designed to protect Venice from tides of up to 3 metres, well beyond current records, but critics have questioned whether it would ever prove effective and said upkeep could be prohibitive, pointing to the fact that some barriers are already badly rusted.Topics : Defying the naysayers, a flood barrier has protected Venice from a high tide for a second time, rising up from the lagoon floor on Thursday as strong winds started to push water into the city.The system of 78 floodgates, known as Mose, had a successful first outing in early October and showed its mettle again, saving Venice from a tide that officials had predicted would reach 135 cm (4.43 ft). At that level, roughly half the city would normally be left underwater.The local tidal authority said on Twitter the tide rose as high as 141 cm in areas not protected by Mose, while in Venice it was just 52 cm, leaving the squares and alleyways clear.last_img read more

Damen’s Acquisition of Mangalia Shipyard Nears Completion

first_imgDutch Damen Shipyards Group is expecting that Romanian government’s pre-emption right regarding Mangalia shipyard will be waived by the end of the month, enabling Damen to acquire a share in the yard.Once the waiver of the pre-emption right is made public, Damen will be able to complete the transaction, the shipbuilder said in a statement.“We look forward to a positive result of the shareholders’ vote at the extraordinary shareholders meeting of March 30, where hopefully the pre-emption right will be waived. This is the key hurdle in the process towards a long-term strategic partnership with the Romanian government,” René H. Berkvens, CEO of Damen Shipyards Group, said.In November 2017, Damen signed a share purchase agreement for the acquisition of Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering’s (DSME) shareholding in Daewoo Mangalia Heavy Industries (DMHI). DSME owned 51% of the shares in the yard and the Romanian government the remaining 49%.However, the government was blocking the agreement between Damen and Daewoo for several months as it wanted to exercise its pre-emptive right through its shareholding in Santierul Naval 2 Mai SA Mangalia.On March 21, 2018, negotiations between Damen and the Romanian government on DMHI were completed. The state decided to waive its pre-emptive right to acquire the stake owned by DSME under one condition. Specifically, Damen will have to assign 2% of the 51% share bought from Daewoo.With this agreement, the Romanian government is becoming the majority shareholder in DMHI. As a result, the government will own a 51% stake in the yard and Damen the remaining 49% stake, Romanian Ministry of Economy said in a separate statement.“Together with the great support of the Romanian government, Damen will restore the financial health of the yard, rebuild employment numbers and increase activity levels of high-end projects. In the meantime, Damen will facilitate a smooth transition and keep talented and skilled resources meaningfully employed,” Berkvens added.Located on the Black Sea coast, the Daewoo shipyard in Mangalia was established in 1997 as a joint venture between Daewoo and 2 Mai Mangalia Shipyard with Daewoo as majority shareholder. The facility has been undergoing capital erosion since 2008 due to the lack of orders amid the global financial crisis, production delays and accumulated losses.last_img read more

WV’s COVID-19 cases zoom to 810

first_imgOn the other hand, the case who died was indigenous, according to the Department of Health (DOH) Region 6.                  * Antique – 15 The patient died on July 7, according to Dr. Ma. Sophia Pulmones, head of DOH-6’s Local Health Support Division, two weeks before his test result came out (yesterday). People can catch COVID-19 from others who have the virus. The disease can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth which are spread when a person with COVID-19 coughs or exhales./PN * Guimaras – zero  *23-year-old male from Molo, Iloilo City (Patient No. 799) The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. The 13 cases – four from this city and nine from Iloilo province – were the following: * Aklan – six * 24-year-old male from Carles, Iloilo (Patient No. 803) * 32-year-old female from Ajuy, Iloilo (Patient No. 810) * 22-year-old male from Mandurriao, Iloilo City (Patient No. 808) * 57-year-old male from Santa Barbara, Iloilo (Patient No. 806) Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don’t feel unwell. * Repatriates – 595 Here’s the breakdown of the region’s 810 COVID-19 cases: * 42-year-old male from Zarraga, Iloilo (Patient No. 800) * Iloilo province – 67 Patient No. 804 who died had fever on June 25. On June 29 he had himself checked by a doctor and was hospitalized on July 6 then tested. They were three medical healthcare workers and 23 family members. ILOILO City – This city and Iloilo province recorded 13 new cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), one of whom died. The cases brought to 810 Western Visayas’ cases as of yesterday. * 69-year-old male from City Proper, Iloilo City (Patient No. 804, died) Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness. * 24-year-old male from Carles, Iloilo (Patient No. 801) * 30-year-old male from Tigbauan, Iloilo (Patient No. 807) * 36-year-old female from Dumangas, Iloilo (Patient No. 805) Most of these new cases were locally stranded individuals; three were repatriated overseas Filipino workers. * 38-year-old male from Barotac Viejo, Iloilo (Patient No. 809) * Negros Occidental – 32 * Bacolod City – 27 His 26 close contacts were immediately ordered to undergo home quarantine beginning yesterday, said Pulmones. * Iloilo City – 49 Western Visayas’ COVID-19 mortality is now at 16, with 506 cases having recovered – leaving the region with 288 active cases. Patient No. 804 had long been suffering from hypertensive cardiovascular disease, Pulmones added. * 25-year-old female from Carles, Iloilo (Patient No. 802) * Capiz – six * 26-year-old male from La Paz, Iloilo City (Patient No. 798)last_img read more

Greensburg manufacturer lays off 16 workers

first_imgDelta Faucet laid off 16 hourly employees due to supply and demand. (Image: Google)GREENSBURG, Ind. – Delta Faucet is laying off 16 workers in order to bring operations in line with demand.The company told the Greensburg Daily News that the moves are not specific to one department.The products made in Greensburg have seen fluctuating supply and demand, the newspaper reported.The faucet manufacturer invested $12 million into the plant last year and has also received training grants and tax credits to encourage the hiring of Hoosiers.Delta currently employs 300 in Greensburg and the company said that furloughs will continue until demand justifies more staffing.last_img read more

Dunne set to play a part

first_img Press Association The 33-year-old central defender has not made a single appearance for either his club Aston Villa or his country all season because of injury. However, having trained with his international team-mates for the last few days, he is set to end his enforced exile at the Aviva Stadium. Trapattoni said: “I have spoken with him and I have already said he will play some of the game on Sunday. Whether he will start or come on later, we have to decide, but it is possible for him to play.” Full-back Marc Wilson, who missed Wednesday night’s 1-1 draw with England because of a calf problem, will also be involved, and both back-up keepers, Keiren Westwood and Darren Randolph, could see action. However, Trapattoni has indicated that key midfielder Glenn Whelan will be rested five days before the World Cup qualifier against the Faroe Islands. center_img Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni has confirmed Richard Dunne will play some part in Sunday’s friendly against Georgia.last_img read more

Hull in Huddlestone talks

first_img Hull boss Steve Bruce has been busy in the transfer market since winning promotion to the Barclays Premier League, but has so far shopped prudently. Former Birmingham centre-half Curtis Davies, who came in for £2.25million, has been his most expensive addition to date with a combination of free transfers, loan deals and cheaper arrivals such as Yannick Sagbo and Allan McGregor ensuring Bruce has operated well within budget. But he has made it clear that midfield is an area which needs significant bolstering, especially since the departures of Corry Evans and Tom Cairney to Blackburn and a pre-season injury to Stephen Quinn. ‘You’re always looking, that’s the manager’s job…always wanting one more,” Bruce told Sky Sports News on Tuesday. ”We’re a little thin on the ground in midfield areas. We’ve let a couple out and it’s one area we are looking to strengthen. Hopefully by the time the window shuts we’ll get two or three bodies in that department to help us.” Huddlestone fits the bill as a player who can play as a midfield anchor who is also comfortable on the ball and Bruce would consider it money well spent if he can come to an agreement with the former Leeds man. Sunderland were also on the lookout for such a player and Black Cats boss Paolo Di Canio had upped his interest in Huddlestone only to see Hull make a more decisive move this week. The Tigers make their top-flight return at Chelsea on Sunday and will be hoping to have Huddlestone on board by then. Fellow Spurs man Jake Livermore has also been linked with a move to Hull on loan. Press Association Huddlestone, who has been capped four times for England, is in Hull discussing terms with Tigers representatives. The club are unwilling to disclose the fee agreed for the 26-year-old, but Press Association Sport understands it at least matches their £5million record signing of Jimmy Bullard. center_img Hull are in talks with Tottenham midfielder Tom Huddlestone and are hopeful are finalising a deal for the player in the next 24 hours.last_img read more

Evans joins Murray in Australian Open fourth round

first_imgDAN Evans joined Andy Murray in the last 16 of the Australian Open tennis yesterday with a brilliant performance to give Britain two men in the fourth round of a Grand Slam for the first time since 2002.Top seed Murray made short work of American Sam Querrey, winning 6-4, 6-2, 6-4 in one hour 59 minutes.Evans, the world number 51, then upset Australian 27th seed Bernard Tomic with a 6-3, 7-6(7-2), 7-6(7-3) victory.Tim Henman and Greg Rusedski reached round four at Wimbledon 15 years ago.It is the first time Evans has made it so far at a Grand Slam, and he next faces French 12th seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.Murray, meanwhile, plays Germany’s Mischa Zverev, the world number 50.Querrey was the man who upset then world number one Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon last summer, but Murray made sure he did not fall victim to another shock after the Serb’s surprise defeat by Denis Istomin on Thursday.With six-time champion Djokovic out, Murray is a clear favourite among many observers to finally land the third leg of the career Grand Slam.Dan Evans“I don’t worry about that, really,” said Murray, who has lost four Melbourne finals to Djokovic.“Obviously, if you’re to get to the final, then it has an effect. A lot of the times when I’ve been in the final here, I’ve played against him. Had some tough ones.”Andy Murray column: Everyone needs to give Djokovic a break.Querrey gave the Scot plenty to think about in the early stages of their third-round match, attacking the net and hurrying the top seed, but a first-serve percentage of just 57% was not enough to keep Murray at bay.The American missed a fleeting chance with a break point in game eight and Murray immediately took advantage, getting the break himself in the next game with a beautiful lob.He took a firm grip on the match with a run of six out of seven games, easing through the second set with two more breaks.There was a flurry of resistance as Querrey reeled off three straight games to lead 3-2 in the third set, but Murray once again turned up the pressure with his return to break for a fifth time on his way to a comprehensive victory.“Sam, especially in the first set, was hitting a huge ball,” added Murray, who had no problem with the ankle he turned during his previous match.“There was a key moment at 3-4 when I saved a break point and then managed to break the next game and had the momentum after that.” (BBC Sport)last_img read more

Indian Premier League IPL 2019 Delhi Capitals vs Royal Challengers Bangalore highlights: Delhi beat Bangalore by 16 runs, qualify for the playoffs

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Indian Premier League News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Delhi Capitals have chosen to bat against Royal Challengers Bangalore. Shikhar Dhawan put the hosts in a great position with his 37th fifty. Shreyas Iyer’s 13th fifty and a cameo from Sherfane Rutherford helped Delhi Capitals reach 187/5 and Royal Challengers Bangalore will have an uphill task in front of them if they have to stay alive in the race for the playoffs. This win has ensured Delhi Capitals reach the playoffs for the first time since 2012 while for Royal Challengers Bangalore, their playoff chances are all but done barring a mathematical miracle. (SCORECARD)19:40 hrs IST: Delhi Capitals have qualified for the playoffs for the first time since 2012 as they win by 16 runs against Royal Challengers Bangalore. For Virat Kohli’s side, their chances are all but done now.19:14 hrs IST: Marcus Stoinis keeps Royal Challengers Bangalore in the hunt with a big six off Lamichhane but Royal Challengers Bangalore need over 12 runs an over.19:10 hrs IST: Amit Mishra finishes his spell, 2/25 from four overs and Royal Challengers Bangalore need 62 off 30 balls at a required rate of 12.4. Big task now for Marcus Stonis. Royal Challengers Bangalore really missed Moeen Ali today.19:04 hrs IST: Amit Mishra gets the big wicket of Shivam Dube and Royal Challengers Bangalore are sinking fast here. Big task now for Marcus Stoinis as Delhi Capitals near a playoff spot.18:58 hrs IST: Amit Mishra gets the big wicket of Heinrich Klassen as the batsman attempts a lap scoop but the ball takes the bottom  edge onto the back pad and Rishabh Pant runs to his left to take a smart catch. Royal Challengers Bangalore are stuttering18:54 hrs IST: Sherfane Rutherford has taken the massive wicket of AB de Villiers and Axar Patel takes a superb catch close to the boundary. The umpires check for whether his foot was touching the rope but he is alright. Massive blow this for Royal Challengers Bangalore.18:50 hrs IST: Lamichhane ends the over badly as Shivam Dube blasts another six. He is playing a blinder while de Villiers is playing second fiddle.18:47 hrs IST: Shivam Dube launches a massive six off Axar Patel and Royal Challengers Bangalore need less than 100 but the asking rate is reaching close to 10.18:40 hrs IST: Catch dropped! Shivam Dube top-edges the slog sweep but Rahul Tewatia botches it up horribly and spills the catch. Delhi Capitals are not helping themselves.18:34 hrs IST: Amit Mishra concedes just three runs in his first over as Delhi Capitals look to fight back. They get a big boost with Axar Patel getting rid of Kohli as the RCB skipper mistimes a pull shot to be caught at deep midwicket. AB de Villiers the key now.18:29 hrs IST: Parthiv Patel slams a boundary off a 150 kmph delivery but next ball, Rabada bowls it short and Parthiv makes room to cut to backward point where Axar Patel takes the catch. Still a great start provided by Parthiv18:25 hrs IST: Delhi Capitals misfield and their powerplay woes continue. If Royal Challengers Bangalore maintain this, they can continue their winning run at the Kotla.18:21 hrs IST: Parthiv Patel and Virat Kohli slam a boundary each of Kagiso Rabada while Kohli edges Ishant to Pant. However, the replay is not clear whether Pant grabbed the ball cleanly and the skipper survives. Kohli responds with a big six off Ishant as RCB hurt Delhi.18:13 hrs IST: Parthiv Patel blasts three boundaries in Sandeep Lamichhane’s bowling as Royal Challengers Bangalore score at a run-rate of over 11.18:08 hrs IST: Parthiv Patel launches Axar Patel into the stands at deep midwicket and he continues to bat with confidence. Royal Challengers Bangalore have started off in grand style.18:04 hrs IST: Parthiv Patel begins in style as he hammers two fours off Ishant Sharma and Royal Challengers Bangalore have made a great start in the first over.17:47 hrs IST: Three fours and a six in the final over bowled by Navdeep Saini and Sherfane Rutherford’s cameo has propelled Delhi Capitals to 187/5. On this pitch, this is a good total. Royal Challengers Bangalore need Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers to be at their absolute best.17:28 hrs IST: Colin Ingram blasts a four and a six off Navdeep Saini but the bowler has the last laugh as he mistimes the scoop to the short fine leg region where Sundar takes the catch. Delhi Capitals continue to struggle in the death overs.17:23 hrs IST: Royal Challengers Bangalore are fighting back in the death overs. Iyer looked to launch Sundar down the ground but the ball grips the surface and spins back in, Iyer mistimes the hoick and holes out to Kohli at deep midwicket.17:17 hrs IST: Shreyas Iyer notches up his 13th fifty with two sixes off Chahal but Rishabh Pant is trapped LBW and even the review does not save him. Can RCB restrict DC below 160?17:06 hrs IST: Shikhar Dhawan premeditates the sweep and he holes out to short fine leg. Yuzvendra Chahal takes the wicket but there are not too many celebrations.17:02 hrs IST: Shikhar Dhawan blasts his 37th fifty and Delhi Capitals are in a really strong position now.16:53 hrs IST: Shreyas Iyer sweeps Washington Sundar to the fine leg fence as Royal Challengers Bangalore continue to leak runs.16:47 hrs IST: Dhawan continues to pummel the short ball and Navdeep Saini continues to leak runs. Delhi Capitals continue to dominate. Royal Challengers Bangalore need to take wickets quickly.16:40 hrs IST: Shreyas Iyer deposits Yuzvendra Chahal into the Mohinder Amarnath stand for a big six. The legspinner’s day continues to get worse.16:33 hrs IST: Shreyas Iyer brings up the fifty of Delhi Capitals and Dhawan continues in his aggressive way. Washington Sundar tries to take a difficult catch but the ball lands in front. After the end of the powerplay, Delhi Capitals are 59/1.16:25 hrs IST: After smashing two boundaries off Yuzvendra Chahal, Dhawan continues his great run with a flicked six off Navdeep Saini over long leg. This is a good start in the powerplay for Delhi Capitals.16:20 hrs IST: Umesh Yadav strikes! Extra bounce off the Kotla deck from Umesh Yadav and Prithvi Shaw goes for the cut, Parthiv Patel takes the catch and Royal Challengers Bangalore have struck.16:13 hrs IST: Prithvi Shaw cracks a couple of boundaries off Washington Sundar and Delhi Capitals have started well. Shikhar Dhawan gets going with a six off Yuzvendra Chahal.16:02 hrs IST: We are all set to begin. Umesh Yadav open the bowling and Prithvi Shawis on strike. Remember, a loss for Kohli’s RCB knocks them out of the tournament.15:42 hrs IST: Delhi Capitals have brought in Sandeep Lamichhane in place of Chris Morris. For Royal Challengers Bangalore, Washington Sundar finally comes in. Here are the playing XIs of both sides.Delhi Capitals: Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer(c), Rishabh Pant(w), Sherfane Rutherford, Colin Ingram, Axar Patel, Kagiso Rabada, Sandeep Lamichhane, Amit Mishra, Ishant SharmaRoyal Challengers Bangalore: Parthiv Patel(w), Virat Kohli(c), AB de Villiers, Marcus Stoinis, Heinrich Klaasen, Shivam Dube, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Washington Sundar, Navdeep Saini, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal15:37 hrs IST: Delhi Capitals have chosen to bat against Royal Challengers Bangalore. On a dry wicket, this is a good move.15:28 hrs IST: A warm, sorry, a hot welcome to the Kotla. It is a difficult situation for Virat Kohli. A loss will knock them out of the competition while Delhi Capitals will seal their spot. last_img read more