Coast Guard, Colombia Navy Interdict 7.5 Metric Tons of Suspected Drugs In Western Caribbean Sea

first_imgBy U.S. Coast Guard Public Affairs July 07, 2020 The U.S. Coast Guard and partner agencies interdicted approximately 1,500 packages testing positive for cocaine on a motor vessel approximately 74 kilometers northeast of Panama, June 8, 2020.While on routine patrol, a Coast Guard HC-130 Maritime Patrol Aircraft crew detected a suspect motor vessel traveling northeast of Panama. The Coast Guard Cutter Vigilant (WMEC 617) crew launched an Over the Horizon small boat with an embarked law enforcement team, who proceeded to board the vessel and discovered the vessel was taking on water.Pictured are interdicted packages that tested positive for cocaine near Panama, June 8, 2020. (Photo: U.S. Coast Guard)The cutter Vigilant sent a rescue and assistance team aboard, who were able to contain the source of flooding at the request of the motor vessel crew. The cutter Vigilant’s law enforcement team continued the boarding and discovered general cargo that was suspected of containing contraband. After completing the initial boarding, a further inspection was completed in port to more fully access the cargo and cargo holds.Coordinating with Colombian authorities, the cutter Vigilant crew placed the motor vessel in tow and transferred the vessel to the Colombian coast guard and navy. The Colombian navy continued the boarding pier side and discovered over 7,575 kilograms of suspected contraband. Lab test reports yielded positive hits for cocaine, which validated both the efforts of the Vigilant crew and the Colombian partners. As final lab testing continues, this drug seizure is predicted to be worth up to $286 million.“Despite the various challenges our crew faced during this multi-day boarding, they demonstrated the utmost professionalism and resiliency, identifying numerous indicators of contraband in arduous conditions while preserving the seaworthiness of the vessel,” said U.S. Coast Guard Commander Fred Bertsch, commanding officer of the Vigilant. “We are extremely appreciative of the coordination and substantial efforts undertaken by our Colombian partners to continue the law enforcement efforts where we left off. As transnational criminal organizations continue to adapt their techniques and procedures, we will continue to work with our partner nations to thwart their illicit activities in the region.”On April 1, U.S. Southern Command began enhanced counternarcotics operations in the Western Hemisphere to disrupt the flow of drugs in support of Presidential National Security Objectives.“As we address the persistent threats our Nation faces across our maritime approaches, the success of this highly collaborative operation speaks to the value of our relationship with our valued international partner, Colombia, and of the mutual successes we achieve when we coordinate our efforts,” said U.S. Coast Guard Rear Admiral Eric C. Jones, commanding officer of the Seventh District. “We look forward to continuing to build and strengthen our relationships with other Caribbean Basin nations as we strive to be the regional partner of choice.”last_img read more

Conduct Debate

first_imgThere are so many college athletes getting in trouble these days that sports writers and commentators have a debate going on as to who is to blame for all of these bad actions.  Is it the coach, the academic advisor, the college recruiter, or the player himself?Most agree that the coach sets the standards and limits that are expected from his athletes.  If you are a first-year coach at a university, this is sometimes hard to achieve.  In some universities, such as Miami of Florida, coaches are known for their lax rules.  Who can forget the Miami football team of a few years ago showing up for a Bowl game wearing camouflage clothing?  They looked like a bunch of hoodlums.  This behavior led to the start of this debate.Some believe that a coach has so many duties today that it should be the advisors who keep track of individual athletes.  Xavier University in Cincinnati is at the forefront in this philosophy.  A nun at the school has seen that all of their players have graduated in recent years.  If they don’t meet her standards, they are asked to leave her program immediately.Recently, IU basketball has come under fire because 6 members of their team have been involved in some type of alcohol abuse. Two of their players have been released from the program over this.  Purdue had the birthday party debacle a few years back where one of the starters was released.  Notre Dame has had a lot of trouble with football players cheating on papers due (especially in summer school).  Recruiters need to know what kind of student athlete they are recruiting.last_img read more

Weld revels in Park life

first_img His Flat speed then put the race to bed approaching the last, sprinting clear for an impressive three-and-three-quarter-length success from John Ferguson’s Parlour Games under Tony McCoy, with Nichols Canyon a rare reverse for Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh. Vyta Du Roc was still in with a chance of a place when he made a serious blunder at the final obstacle. The talk for the winner afterwards was of a possible raid on the Royal meeting in the summer. Weld said: “It’s very enjoyable. I’ve only a few jumpers nowadays. “He’s a dual-purpose horse and you’ll see him on the Flat as well. “I thought he’d be very hard to beat. I had a lot of confidence in my own horse. “He’s done everything right and he’s enjoyed the trip. This was lovely ground for him. “He could be entered for a Gold Cup (at Royal Ascot). Trainer Dermot Weld is more used to the delights of Royal Ascot but has always enjoyed the challenge of Cheltenham and despite only training a handful of hurdlers – and all of those double up on the Flat – the man who has broken boundaries worldwide is proving a dab hand at getting one right for March. Sent off at 9-2 having run well behind the favourite Nichols Canyon last time out on ground softer than ideal, Davy Russell was exemplary in the saddle, sitting just off a slow early pace before taking the box seat coming down the hill. Press Association “He’s a versatile horse. He’s done everything right and is a joy to train – he’s a stayer with speed. “He could be entered at Ascot, but today was the day. Coming here I thought he would be hard to beat, because he is a good ground horse and has been running well in deep winter ground. He’s a very nice young horse and had a lovely prep for this. “We will see where we go next, he’ll never want extremes of ground and while today was the day, Punchestown would seem the logical progression. “I don’t have many jumpers, just six at the moment, and they are all dual-purpose horses. We had a winner here last year, too (Silver Concorde).” Russell said: “All credit to Dermot Weld and his team – he’s a master. “He (Weld) told me that jumping is his hobby. It’s some hobby, isn’t it? “He jumped every hurdle really well and I never had any issue with stamina.” Winning owner Dr Ronan Lambe said: “Davy gave him an absolutely wonderful ride.” Of a possible Ascot bid, Lambe, enjoying a terrific spell at the Festival with horses in his colours and who has defending champion Lord Windermere to look forward to in the Gold Cup on Friday, said: “Let’s not carried away at this stage. One never knows.” Ferguson said of Parlour Games: “You have to be delighted with that. He has run well and I can’t complain when they run as well as that. AP (McCoy) rode him perfectly, it was just that he was beaten by a better horse. We will sort out if he goes to Aintree when we get home.” Graham Wylie, owner of Nichols Canyon, said: “The horse didn’t settle and by the time they got to the end he was flat to the boards. “I am delighted with the run as it showed he handled the good ground and now means we can run him on both soft and good ground. It was a good race to watch he just needs to learn to settle.” Windsor Park emerged as a possible Ascot Gold Cup contender after striking in the Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle on day two of the Cheltenham Festival.last_img read more

Regent Theater to show “Mama” this weekend

first_imgMovie Synopsis: Guillermo del Toro presents Mama, a supernatural thriller that tells the haunting tale of two little girls who disappeared into the woods the day that their mother was murdered. When they are rescued years later and begin a new life, they find that someone or something still wants to come tuck them in at night. The day their father killed their mother, sisters Victoria and Lilly vanished near their suburban neighborhood. For five long years, their Uncle Lucas (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and his girlfriend, Annabel (Jessica Chastain), have been madly searching for them. But when, incredibly, the kids are found alive in a decrepit cabin, the couple wonders if the girls are the only guests they have welcomed into their home. (c)UniversalRotten Tomatoes rating (movie critics collective approval ratings): 62%. Audience review: 69% approval.Movies ahead at Regent Theater:March 1 – Warm Bodies.March 8 — Identity Theft.March 15 — Safe Haven.March 22 — Escape from Planet Earth. When: Friday, 7 p.m., Saturday, 7 p.m., Sunday, 7 p.m. This week at the Regent Theater: “Mama” (Movie trailer is below) Rated: PG-13. Length: 1 hour 40 minutes. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +1 Vote up Vote down Billy · 389 weeks ago If the roads are too dangerous for kids to get to school Friday, how are they going to make it to an afternoon movie? Report Reply 0 replies · active 389 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more