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Ecuadorean Security Forces Seize Almost 6.5 Tons of Drugs

first_imgBy Guillermo Saavedra/Diálogo November 02, 2020 Nearly 6.5 tons of drugs, including cocaine and marijuana, were seized in less than a week in Ecuador, in 11 operations carried out between September 5-9 the National Police reported in a statement.On September 9, the National Police seized 3.8 tons of marijuana hidden in a truck that was attempting to enter from Colombia through a border crossing in northern Ecuador, with Peru as its final destination, the institution reported. The marijuana found was distributed in more than 3,000 packages, hidden in false -bottoms found all over the vehicle.In one of the most important blows, during an operation coordinated by the Ecuadorean and Colombian navies, service members seized 1.3 tons of cocaine in a vessel that was sailing near the coastal city of Santa Elena on September 8, the Ecuadorean Navy said in a press release. The vessel “was attempting to transport the drug to Central America,” Ecuadorean Interior Minister María Paula Romo said on her Twitter account.During the operation, units of the Ecuadorean Navy had to destroy the boat’s false-bottom to remove the cocaine hidden among food supplies and bottled water, the Ecuadorean newspaper El Universo reported. The captain of Salinas Port, Magno Bermeo, told the newspaper that the crew was going to jettison the cocaine in the ocean for it to be collected by another vessel.In another seizure on September 5, the Special Mobile Anti-Narcotics Group and the National Police Canine Unit carried out a joint operation in Imbabura province, where they captured a narcotrafficker who was transporting 298 kilograms of cocaine in a truck that was carrying bags of legumes.During these operations, authorities detained 12 citizens of different nationalities, the National Police reported.According to InSight Crime, an organization that focuses on security threats in Latin America, more than a third of the cocaine produced in Colombia reaches Ecuador. “The drug leaves the country’s ports, coasts, and airports, and from there is sent worldwide, to the United States, Europe, and even Asia and Oceania,” the organization said.Ecuador’s geographic location and other characteristics “provide incentives for transnational organized crime, which takes advantage of the country as a drug transshipment point, a safe haven for logistics, for narcotraffickers to rest and reorganize,” InSight Crime added.last_img read more

Irish Open tees off today

first_imgWith new sponsors and increased backing, the tournament which is hosted by the Rory Foundation now boasts an impressive four-million euro prize fund which has attracted some of the big names of European golf to County Kildare.Tournament host Rory McIlroy says that he’s hoping to fill-in one of the most glaring omissions from his impressive CV…McIlroy will be one of the afternoon starters today when he’s joined by defending champion Søren Kjeldsen and England’s Andy Sullivan on the first tee at 25-past one. Paul McGinley, Padraig Harrington and 2009 champion Shane Lowry will be among the players to begin their challenge this morning.The action begins at the K Club at half-past seven.last_img read more

March Madness 2019: Minnesota coach Richard Pitino addresses facing Louisville in NCAA Tournament

first_img“I’m excited about the fact we’re in the NCAA Tournament,” Pitino said. “I’ll play whoever. I’m excited. There’s not one part of me that isn’t 1,000 percent honored, appreciative, humbled by the fact that we’re in the NCAA Tournament.”Minnesota’s game against Louisville is set to tipoff at 12:15 p.m. ET in Des Moines, Iowa. The younger Pitino addressed playing Louisville when he met with reporters one day before the matchup.”When you see Louisville pop up, you’re more about, ‘What am I going to say to the media? How am I going to lie to the media?'” Pitino said, via ESPN. “You have to be prepared for those questions.” Related News Pitino worked with his father on the Louisville staff from 2007-09 and then again from 2011-12.”From an emotions standpoint, when you play in the Big Ten, there are so many emotional games,” Pitino said. “I learned that. I’m only 36. That’s a young head coach. But you have to keep your emotions in check. I think I do a pretty decent job of that.”Pitino said he’s only focusing on the task in front of him and his team on the court.”When I’m watching film and I’m watching Louisville play it’s not really (about) what the name on the front of the jersey is,” Pitino said. “But I’m watching a really good team in Louisville, a really well-prepared and well-coached team with a lot of good talent and how can I put myself in a position to help our team beat them?” Pitino said he’d never “complain about anybody” that his team has to take on in the big dance. Richard Pitino isn’t distracted by his team facing Louisville in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, the Minnesota coach said Wednesday.Pitino’s Golden Gophers squad will face the Cardinals — the school that fired his father, Rick, in Oct. 2017 after he was linked to the FBI investigation into college basketball — in a Round of 64 matchup Thursday.center_img March Madness 2019: 5 most intriguing first-round matchups March Madness 2019: Duke’s Marques Bolden (knee) returns to practicelast_img read more

Michael Jordan’s disapproving mom put a stop to his cigar smoking in ‘The Last Dance’ interviews

first_imgClose, but … one cigar.Michael Jordan is no stranger to tobacco. After all, there’s nothing like lighting up a Cuban cigar after winning a championship. But Jordan’s cigar habits go deeper than just one at a time, as images and video of Jordan smoking cigars are rampant throughout ESPN’s “The Last Dance.” It must be a little bit of a shock to Jordan’s system, considering the cigar aficionado has up to six a day, according to a Sports Illustrated report from 2017.Deloris, Jordan’s mother, has proven to be instrumental to the growth of Jordan as a person and player, as most mothers are. She urged Jordan to take Jordan’s initial meeting with Nike in the 1980s, leading to a multi-billion dollar brand empire some years later.Leave it to moms to be protective of the lung health of their children. During one episode of this weekend’s “The Last Dance,” viewers noticed something curious: In just one interview that Jordan did with the production team, he had a cigar resting beside him. this was right before we found out that michael jordan went and got dennis rodman from vegas who was in bed with carmen electra.— whitney medworth (@its_whitney) April 27, 2020MORE: The Air Jordan 1 and why the NBA didn’t want it on the courtOn ESPN’s Jalen and Jacoby “The Last Dance” aftershow, docuseries director Jason Hehir revealed why Jordan had just one cigar during the interview process.”He couldn’t have a cigar on set because his mom got mad at him,” Hehir said. “And he said, ‘I can’t have the cigar today because my mom got mad at me because she saw me smoking a cigar.”last_img read more