Peruvian Police Seizes Nearly 1.5 Tons of Cocaine

first_imgBy Julieta Pelcastre/Diálogo August 17, 2020 On June 19, the Peruvian National Police Anti-narcotics Special Operations Division seized 1,466 kilograms of cocaine in La Convención province, in Cusco, and arrested 15 people who carried the drug in backpacks to the Urubamba River valley to be shipped via air, the Peruvian Ministry of the Interior reported.“Intelligence work enabled us to plan and send our agents […] to those inhospitable areas in Urubamba,” Colonel Percy Pizarro Ramón, head of the Police Anti-narcotics Administration Intelligence Division, told Diálogo. “Backpackers move in groups of 10 to 20 people on seven-day trips. Each one carries about 14 kg of cocaine.”Urubamba has long been a transport route for cocaine paste from the Andean foothills to processing fields and clandestine airstrips in Brazil, Mongabay, an independent environmental journalism site reported in December. Airstrips are appearing in new areas, and locals report that they are seeing more and more strangers on foot, likely cocaine backpackers, in the country’s most remote native communities, Mongabay says.“These networks of backpackers have a very dynamic modus operandi, which adapts very well to the demands of a criminal ring,” Col. Pizarro said. “Once the drug produced in the Apurímac, Ene, and Mantaro Rivers Valley [VRAEM, in Spanish] is collected, backpackers take it to a different location in the VRAEM, where another group of people coordinates the final arrangements for shipment in light aircraft.”Narcotrafficking networks look for new routes in Peru to transport their shipments; the frequent seizures in Ucayali department show how important this region is for exporting cocaine to Bolivia and Brazil, indicated InSight Crime, an investigative and journalistic organization that specializes in organized crime in Latin America and the Caribbean.On March 31, Peruvian counternarcotics security forces confiscated 320 kg of coca base paste inside backpacks, arrested nine people, and destroyed three clandestine airstrips in the Masisea district, Ucayali. The drug was to be transported in light aircraft to Bolivia to be processed and later shipped to Europe, the Peruvian newspaper Ahora reported. “These groups have improved their response amid police action,” Col. Pizarro said. “Initially, they set up clandestine airstrips in rugged areas. Now, they put the airstrips near rivers, beaches; there are [criminal] rings that set up the airstrips.”last_img read more

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GAMELY STAKES QUOTES

first_imgPETER FLUOR, PART-OWNER HARD NOT TO LIKE, WINNER: “She’s our first winner. We now own two horses but only Hard Not to Like is running right now. It’s just the beginning. We got her last fall in the November sale and it’s Hard Not to Like that decision right now.“I grew up in Arcadia, went to USC and moved to Texas in 1972. My father and my partner’s (K.C. Weiner) father were horse partners and nine months ago I told K.C., ‘Let’s get some horses.’ My father was Bob Flour, who had El Rancho Murrietta.“It’s been a homecoming. It was an amazing ride by Victor. K.C. is home watching the race on TV today.“Our office address in Houston is on Buffalo Speedway Blvd. and we thought Speedway (Stables) would be better than ‘Buffalo’. Those buffalo aren’t as fast.” TYLER BAZE, BLINGISMYTHING, THIRD: “She’s a hard-trying filly. I let her get comfortable. She’s a nice filly and she gives me 100 percent; so happy with the way she ran. I didn’t think I’d be that close to the pace but when there’s only one speed horse in the race I’d hate to get stuck behind a bunch of horses and not have a chance to run.” JOE TALAMO, FANTICOLA, SECOND: “Tough beat, a real tough beat. She ran her butt off.” TRAINER QUOTES -30-             LEE VICKERS, ASSISTANT TO CHRISTOPHE CLEMENT, HARD NOT TO LIKE, WINNER: “I thought she always looked the winner, but I thought she was going to be the unluckiest loser of the day. He’s got some pair of (shorthand for male anatomy), Victor Espinoza. That was a brilliant ride, but the man’s on fire and he rode with confidence, that’s all I can say.”Pre-race instructions? “He was told to get cover, he did exactly that and he rode the race accordingly.” VICTOR ESPINOZA, HARD NOT TO LIKE, WINNER: “When she broke and crossed the dirt everyone was going a different direction so I dropped her all the way down to the rail. I was going to stay there and if it opened up, it opened.“In the stretch when I saw the rider in front of me switch his stick to his left hand I knew that normally a horse will drift out a little. I knew it was my chance and that’s how I got through on the inside.“I called Christophe and he told me to put her in the middle of the pack and to cover her up and move her to the outside if she got rank. Sometimes things can change and when she crossed the dirt and was so forward, she was doing it so easily, and was comfortable, so I left her alone.” JOCKEY QUOTES NOTES: The winning owners are Peter Fluor and K.C. Weiner, who race as Speedway Stable, LLC.last_img read more

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`Gilded Age’ on view at mansion

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsThere also will be a feather tree, which was the first kind of artificial tree developed by the Germans to stem the deforestation of pine forests due to the popularity of Christmas trees, Bovard said. “Then we have what we call the white tree, which is a highly stylish version where everything – ornaments, candles and the wrapping on presents – was all white. This was a real stylish thing during the Victorian and Edwardian era,” Bovard said. Visitors also will learn about the presents, creche, dining table settings and entertainments of the period, as well as the development of wrapping paper. The Finnish Consulate office will be open, too, so visitors can see traditional Finnish decorations. “This really makes you feel like you’re walking back in time 100 years,” Bovard said. “It’s so gracious. You can imagine yourself in a sweeping long skirt coming up this gorgeous walkway, seeing this incredible architectural jewel and then walking in and seeing this massive Christmas tree and the beautiful foyer with greenery, the beading and Christmas carols playing. It’s magical.” Bovard is looking forward to the layers of greenery, flowers and beads in the dining room and foyer and along the grand staircase. They have been put together with the help of nearly 100 volunteers in collaboration with designs from local florist Mary Falkingham. Tour docents will spread some additional joy by sharing letters written by East Coast visitors to Fenyes Mansion during the holidays. An optional tea at the Raymond Restaurant will be offered after the tour. The tea will continues the historic theme. The building was originally the cottage of the caretaker for the Raymond Hotel and, according to Bovard, is the only place left from its time. Today the space is known for its cuisine. “Don’t come full already because it’s absolutely scrumptious,” she advised. The goodies may make visitors feel a bit guilty, but they can rest easier knowing that a portion of the restaurant bill will be donated to the Pasadena Museum of History. Advance payment is required for the tour, while payment for the tea can be made at the door. Reservations are required for both. [email protected] (626) 962-8811 Ext. 2128160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PASADENA – The Pasadena Museum of History has decked the halls of its Fenyes Mansion for a special event. The “Gilded Age Holiday in the Mansion” on Thursdays – from Dec. 6 through Dec. 27 – will feature a tour followed by a tea at the Raymond Restaurant. “They are going to see the dining room, which has indigenous materials that were utilized in the decor of the Southern California region, as opposed to trying to replicate things you might see if you lived in Boston or New York or Seattle or London,” said Jeannette Bovard, the museum’s media consultant. Table top trees were very popular during the Edwardian period, so visitors will see trees traditionally lighted with old fashioned bulbs, as well as unlit candles. last_img read more

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Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast, December 18, 2018

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Another dry day in store today over the state, with high pressure in control. We slide onto the backside of the high overnight tonight, allowing for some south wind to develop. That will bring better cloud chances tomorrow. Clouds will be on the increase from tomorrow midday on through the afternoon and overnight. While we still think the best chances of precipitation upcoming are from later Thursday through Friday, we are seeing some signs that point to some hit and miss rain potential already Thursday morning. Coverage and amounts will be minor, but there can be some spits and sprinkles around. Rain from later Thursday through Friday still looks to be the most impressive, but we are dialing back the amounts just a bit…most totals will be between .25″ and 1″. Statewide coverage will be around 90%. The map at right shows rain totals through Saturday morning. We are dry for the balance of Saturday and most of Sunday morning and early afternoon. Much colder air will be blasting into the region, taking temps to below normal levels. We are leaving our chance of some light snow overnight Sunday night through early Monday and but pulling snow totals back to snow totals at a coating-1 inch. Coverage is getting pulled back to 50%, and we think the best chances will be in the northern half of the state We are dry from Monday night through the 27th. We do expect temps to stay cold through the period. We also will be watching the Tuesday (Christmas Day) period very closely, as some models this morning are trying to bring precipitation back into the state. With the cold air, the biggest threat would be snow. However, this is a sharp change in our forecast, and we do not make changes based on one model run. So, our forecast stays the same this morning, and we will sift through any new data through the day today. Warmer air starts to arrive on south winds late on the 27th ahead of precipitation that starts to fall for the 28th. We expect rain. Moisture continues moving over the state with at least 2 more waves on through January 2nd. For now, we are leaving liquid equivalent precipitation totals at half to 1.25” and coverage at 100% of the state. The predominant precipitation type will be rain, but there is plenty of time for the pattern to change before we get there.last_img read more

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Kolkata Metro Rail Corpn. can’t demolish damaged buildings till it submits land: Mayor

first_imgCity mayor Firhad Hakim has said Kolkata Metro Rail Corporation (KMRC) will not be allowed to demolish damaged buildings or remove debris from Bowbazar area till it submits a land stability certificate of the central Kolkata locality to the civic body. Several houses at Bowbazar have either collapsed or developed cracks due to tunnel boring work for the East West Metro corridor by the KMRC, leading to the evacuation of over 400 people.“Until and unless they (KMRC officials) provide us (Kolkata Municipal Corporation) with land stability certificate from a recognised organisation, we will not permit them to remove debris or commence demolition of the buildings. Till then, there is no question of reconstructing the houses,” Mr. Hakim told reporters at the State secretariat on September 5.Mr. Hakim, also the State’s Urban Development Minister, held a meeting of the core committee, formed to look into developments arising out of the incident of subsidence and cracks in the buildings.“If we permit them to demolish houses or remove the debris, labourers would have to go inside. And if any building collapses then and they get killed, who will be responsible for that?” he said.He said KMRC officials have told the State government that they have sought advice from international experts to arrest the ground subsidence.“The KMC’s building department is conducting surveys of every house in the area. The KMRC officials are also visiting every house to check on the damages,” he said.Mr. Hakim said the former residents of the collapsed buildings will have to lodge FIRs regarding their important documents, such as Aadhaar and voter cards and bank papers, which went missing during the incident. Several buildings at Durga Pituri Lane and Syakra Para Lane collapsed or developed cracks on August 31, when an aquifer broke during tunnel boring work and water and silt gushed in, leading to a severe ground loss in the vicinity. The residents had to evacuate the buildings in haste, leaving behind their belongings, identification documents among other things.last_img read more

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Police: Venus Williams driving ‘lawfully’ at time of fatal crash

first_img(FILES) This file photo taken on June 2, 2017 shows US Venus Williams as she plays against Belgium’s Elise Mertens during their tennis match at the Roland Garros 2017 French Open in Paris. / AFP PHOTO / Lionel BONAVENTURENew evidence shows Venus Williams was driving “lawfully” when she was involved in a deadly car crash that sparked a lawsuit against the tennis star, police in Florida said Friday.An initial police report on the June 9 crash in Palm Beach Gardens described Williams as being “at fault” in the incident.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend On Friday, Palm Beach Gardens police issued a statement saying new video obtained of the collision showed that “the vehicle driven by Venus Williams lawfully entered the intersection on a circular green traffic signal, and attempted to travel north through the intersection to BallenIsles Drive.”She was forced to halt in the intersection when a south-bound vehicle turned in front of her, police said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsOnce that car passed, Williams began to proceed through the intersection, also in accordance with traffic laws.By that time, however, the light had changed and a vehicle driven by Linda Barson, traveling west on an intersecting street, collided with Williams’ car. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Heat make it official, signing Waiters, Johnson and Olynyk Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ Barson’s husband, 78-year-old Jerome Barson, died on June 22 of injuries sustained in the crash.Barson’s family filed a lawsuit against Williams in Palm Beach County claiming she “negligently operated” her vehicle.She has not been cited for any violation, and police said Friday their investigation continues.Michael Steinger, a lawyer for the Barsons, said the video confirmed that Williams blocked his clients’ right of way.“The video released by the Palm Beach Gardens Police Department (PBGPD) continues to support the fact that Ms Williams remained in the intersection at a red light, violating the Barsons’ right of way,” Steinger said.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Nikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infection LATEST STORIES “There is nothing that disputes Ms Williams was in the intersection on a red light, and the witnesses clearly confirm the Barsons’ had a green light and lawfully entered the intersection.”Williams, 37, reached the last 16 at Wimbledon on Friday. Earlier in the week at the All England Club, she broke down in tears during a press conference when asked about the crash.Lawyers for both sides were in court on Friday in Palm Beach Gardens, where Williams’ attorney wanted a judge to set guidelines on how both parties could inspect the cars involved and retrieve data from on-board computers.Williams’ lawyer had obtained an emergency court order preventing the Barson family from unilaterally inspecting the vehicles. Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

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