Ecuadorean Navy Finds Drug Submersible

first_imgBy Dialogo January 12, 2012 A submersible belonging to Colombian drug traffickers was located by the Ecuadorean Navy off the Pacific coast, the Military announced on January 10. According to the Ecuadorean Navy, a helicopter discovered the submersible together with two Ecuadorean-flagged fishing vessels, 97 kilometers off the coast of Puná Island, during a routine exploratory maritime air patrol. “The vessels and their crews were held for investigation, while the submersible could not be captured, since it was sunk by its occupants, who remained floating adrift,” the Navy indicated in a statement, without specifying whether any drugs were seized. According to a note published on the Ecuadorean Ministry of National Defense website, the Coast Guard Operations Command, “dispatched the missile corvette Galápagos, which rescued and arrested the submersible’s crew upon receiving the report from the personnel of a naval helicopter.” Meanwhile, the Coast Guard vessels Isla Puná and Río Chone initiated the interception and capture of the two fishing vessels. In July 2010, a submarine capable of transporting up to 12 tons of cocaine and expected to make its first voyage to Mexico was seized in Ecuador. Ecuadorean military and police personnel found the nearly-completed vessel under construction in an improvised shipyard camouflaged amid a mangrove swamp near the Colombian border.last_img read more

The gloves come off

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Silverwood promises no complacency from favourites England

first_imgPOTCHEFSTROOM, South Africa (Reuters) – South African cricket may be in the doldrums with challenges on and off the pitch, but England coach Chris Silverwood says there will be no complacency from his side ahead of the first test in Pretoria on Dec. 26.South Africa have lost their last five tests, including two shock losses at home to Sri Lanka in February and a 3-0 whitewash in India in October. Meanwhile, boardroom upheaval has sponsors threatening to quit the sport and a strike mooted by the country’s player union.But Silverwood believes that despite their troubles, South Africa will present a big challenge to his side on home soil. “Complacency is one thing we don’t have and I expect South Africa to come out hard‚ they are a proud nation,” Silverwood told reporters after a training session at their Potchefstroom base on Monday.“We expect them to come back hard in all departments and they will be hungry.“But it’s more about concentrating on ourselves‚ getting our things in order and making sure we’re in the best possible position when the first Test arrives.” England lost a two-match Test series in New Zealand at the start of this month and having claimed the 50-over World Cup earlier in the year, Silverwood says they want to concentrate more on five-day cricket for the time being.“The one thing we really want to drive forward is the Test team and we’ll put things in place that will help us do that,” he said. “The New Zealand tour was part and parcel of that and we switched up the batting line-up and looked at new ways of doing things.“It’s not reinventing the wheel by a long shot‚ but New Zealand was a great learning curve for us and we’ll look to keep pushing on from there. “The challenge is getting those first innings runs and as soon as we do that‚ we’ll be very hard to beat.”England might have battled with overseas success on a consistent basis of late, but they do appear to enjoy touring South Africa, where they have won two series and drawn the other on their last three visits.South Africa’s last series success on home soil against the English was in 1999. In the 13 Tests played since, England have won five, South Africa three and there have been five draws.last_img read more

Q & A with Malcolm Cater

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 3, 2010 at 12:00 pm Though most of the attention has been focused on freshman linebacker Marquis Spruill, a fellow freshman has made noise at the same position. Malcolm Cater has played a key role on special teams while occasionally fitting into the linebacker rotation on defense. Cater, a 6-foot-1, 212-pound linebacker from Riverhead, N.Y., has 11 total tackles and a sack this season. The Daily Orange caught up with Cater this week to discuss his freshman season thus far and look ahead to Saturday’s contest with Louisville and beyond. The Daily Orange: Going back to the game against Maine when you had five tackles and a big hit on a kickoff return, was that your coming out party? Cater: Yeah, it was exciting just going out there as a freshman and showing my team that I’m ready to be on the field and be ready to just play ball. I’m out here to play ball and show what I can do. Have you heard the nickname ‘Clothesline Cater’ off that big hit? Yeah, that was pretty funny. I saw it online and everything. It’s a pretty cool nickname to have. In my recent game I played against Cincinnati, I just played all right. I have to work a little more now, wrap up a little more. But I took some shots out there that I’m a little upset about, and I should have made those tackles. I’ll make it better.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text How important is the hard-hitting, physical aspect for you as a linebacker? That’s very important. I’m a very physical person. I like to be a hard-hitter. I like to make big plays. It’s just being a middle linebacker. That’s what you have to do. You have to come between those tackles, and you have to fill the gaps. You just have to keep playing hard and keep doing it. SU head coach Doug Marrone was talking Monday about how some of the matchups with Louisville worried him. What are some of the matchups you guys are worried about on defense and are looking at as keys to come out on top? We need to stay in the ‘camera club.’ Everybody just has to fly to the ball, just run to the ball and keep tackling. Just keep going for shots and make things happen. We have a great defense on the field. Everything needs to flow on defense. I’m not really worried about defense. I think our defense is going to keep going hard and fly to the ball like we usually do. As a freshman linebacker, what have you learned from Doug Hogue and Derrell Smith? Just hard work. How they study film and how they’re so focused on film. They want to learn more and more every day. Even though they’re good players, they work on the small, small details. How they ‘dip and rip,’ how they burst through the hole, how fast they close to the ball, how they take the right angle to the ball-carrier. Just small things like that, they stress so much. And being seniors, they show us as freshmen how to be more focused. It’s really good working behind Doug and Derrell. Along the same lines, what have you learned from fellow freshman starting linebacker Marquis Spruill? What’s your relationship like, and what do you see from you guys going forward? Me and Marquis are roommates. We just talk about the future and everything. We talk about how he could make better plays and how he could focus up a little more on small details and just how he slow-plays sometimes and could speed it up. Seeing him play, everybody wants to be in that position. But just seeing him and how he works so hard, he makes me work hard. He’s a hard-working kid. Next year, it’ll be me and him. I’ll be middle linebacker, he’ll be outside linebacker. It’ll be a great duet. [email protected]center_img Commentslast_img read more

Half-time: QPR 0 Reading 1

first_imgKaspars Gorkss’ goal against his former club left QPR staring at the prospect of another defeat.Gorkss, who also scored in Rangers’ recent League Cup loss against Reading, pounced after the home side failed to deal with Nick Shorey’s right-wing corner.Sean Morrison headed against the bar and Gorkss’ left-footed follow-up found its way through the hands of keeper Julio Cesar and past Esteban Granero on the line.Rangers, bottom of the table and without a league win this season, were on the back foot for much of the opening 45 minutes.Djibril Cisse, restored to the R’s starting line-up, sent a long-range effort over the bar before Junior Hoilett saw an effort go wide.But Reading remained a threat, especially at set-pieces, with Morrison dominant in the air.And they stayed in front after a brilliant save by keeper Alex McCarthy, who tipped Granero’s free-kick onto the bar before Jose Bosingwa volleyed over from the rebound.QPR (4-4-2): Cesar, Bosingwa, Ferdinand, Nelsen, Traore; Hoilett, Granero, Diakite, Taarabt; Hoilett, Mackie. Subs: Green, Derry, Hill, Wright-Phillips, Onouha, Zamora, Faurlin. 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Takeaways: Sharks call Bennett’s hit ‘gutless’, ‘predatory’

first_imgCALGARY, Alberta — Calgary Flames coach Bill Peters guaranteed it. His team delivered.In a conversation with Sharks coach Pete DeBoer on Monday morning, Peters guaranteed that his team would bring its A-game to the rink in the showdown for first place in the Pacific Division, a response to the Flames’ 1-2-2 record over their previous five games. The Flames showed up and proved just how much offensive fire power they have, scoring eight goals in a romp of the Sharks on home ice.In doing so, …last_img

R33bn upgrade for South Africa’s ports

first_img4 May 2012 Port operator Transnet Port Terminals will spend R33-billion (US$4.3-billion) over the next seven years on upgrading and expanding South Africa’s ports, as part of a massive state-led infrastructure drive aimed at boosting the country’s economic growth. The R33-billion capital expenditure will form part of state-owned Transnet Group’s R300-billion (US$39.1-billion) expenditure on port and rail capital projects until 2018/19. Unveiling details of the expenditure in Durban on Thursday, Transnet Port Terminals CEO Karl Socikwa said Transnet’s new market demand strategy “has major implications for our division’s responsibility to facilitate unconstrained growth, unlock demand and create world-class port operations through improved efficiencies.Boosting port competitiveness, efficiency “It entails an acceleration of our capacity creation programmes at all our major terminals, to ensure that we are able to grow the economy and make the ports as competitive and efficient as possible,” Socikwa said in a statement. Seventy-one percent of the R33-billion spend will be on port expansion projects, while the remaining 29% will go towards “capital sustaining projects”, including the replacement and refurbishment of equipment, Socikwa said. The expansion projects will see major increases in the container handling capacity of the ports in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal and Ngqura outside Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape.Container handling capacity Durban Continer Terminal’s Pier 1 will see its capacity grow from 700 000 to 1.2-million TEUs by 2016/17, while its Pier 2 capacity will expand from 2.1-million to 3.3-million TEUs by 2017/18. The Ngqura Container Terminal, which has been earmarked as a transshipment hub, will be expanded from 800 000 to 2-million TEUs by 2018/19. Container capacity is also being created in other terminals, such as the Durban Ro-Ro and Maydon Wharf Terminal, through the acquisition of new equipment, including as mobile cranes, and various infrastructure upgrades.Bulk handling capacity The bulk handling capacity at Ngqura, Richards Bay in KwaZulu-Natal, and Saldanha in the Western Cape will also come in for major expansion. R3.7-billion has been set aside for the ageing Richards Bay Terminal, with investments in mobile equipment, quayside equipment and weighbridges fast-tracked for 2012/13, and safety-critical, environmental and legal compliance projects also in the pipeline. R1.2-billion will be spent on creating new capacity, including new storage areas, at Richards Bay, while Transnet also pursues the reengineering of the port to create additional capacity for bulk products at the terminal. Saldanha’s iron ore bulk facility, which has undergone significant expansion in recent years, will be further expanded, taking its capacity from 60 to 82 million tons per annum. Additional manganese capacity will be created by relocating the existing, 5.5mtpa export facility in Port Elizabeth to a new two-berth manganese facility at the Port of Ngqura, boosting capacity to 12 million tons per annum from 2016/17. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

SCI welcomes Beck

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Seed Consultants, welcomes Brandon Beck as a new area seedsman covering Northwest Indiana. Brandon holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from Ball State University and has been working with farmers in Northwest Indiana for the last seven years.“Brandon is focused on servicing the needs of his customers and has a strong passion for the seed industry,” said Brian George, Regional Sales Manager for SCI.last_img

Web-Based Information Systems Launched

first_imgThe Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining has launched two web-based information systems geared at providing energy stakeholders with real time data.The systems, dubbed the National Energy Information Clearing House (NEICH) and the Energy Database and Management Information System (EDMIS), were officially unveiled during a press briefing at the Medallion Hall Hotel in Kingston on Thursday, March 21.Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Hillary Alexander, said both programmes were developed as part of plans to implement the Ministry’s National Energy Policy.She said the NEICH is designed to provide up-to-date information on energy related matters to industry stakeholders. In this vein, the system will enable professionals, students and other interest groups to access real time information, prepared by numerous organisations in the energy sector via the internet.“It will facilitate dialogue, which is something we all value,” she stated.Additionally, the Ministry has collaborated with the University of Technology’s (UTech) Faculty of Engineering and Computing, to develop EDMIS.This database solution and information management system is designed to strengthen the data management, analytical and planning capacity of the Ministry’s Energy Division.“Our Ministry is (about) policy and we must be data driven in defining those policies; and we must take very good care to provide well collected, reliable data to inform decision-making and policies,” Mrs. Alexander stated.She further remarked that these tools will together provide the Ministry with improved capabilities to be able to forward plan and make better decisions.“(The programmes will also) enable us to take corrective action where it is necessary, to encourage dialogue, to encourage research, and to provide a framework for investment in the energy sector and renewed interest in an area that is so formative to our future development,” she said.For his part, State Minister, Hon. Julian Robinson, noted that partnership is critical to development, while lauding the partnership involving the Ministry, UTech and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in creating the systems.Mr. Robinson said it is even more satisfying that the systems were developed locally.“I know we have the capacity to build world class solutions and systems right here in Jamaica and it is through the development of these types of solutions that we can solve local problems. But more importantly create opportunities that will allow us to earn (well-needed) foreign exchange for our country,” he stated.Head of the School of Computing and Information Technology at UTech, Arnett Campbell, said the institution’s vision is to further collaborate with the Ministry to commercialise EDMIS, making it an energy data management system for the CARICOM region and beyond.He further noted that UTech is willing and ready to forge new partnerships with public and private sector stakeholders to solve Jamaica’s energy problems.“It is our belief and conviction that a university cannot realise its full potential until it is able to find innovative solutions to the problems of society,” he stated.He said EDMIS is just the beginning of ventures geared at finding solutions to Jamaica’s energy problems by combining skills in computing and engineering.The NEICH and EDMIS websites are accessible at, and, respectively.By Athaliah Reynolds-Baker, JIS Reporterlast_img read more