U.S. Coast Guard seizes 567 kilograms of cocaine

first_img [The Miami Herald (United States), 01/07/2013; CBS (United States), 01/07/2013] MIAMI, U.S.A. – Crew members of the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Northland on July 1 unloaded 567 kilograms of cocaine it seized during a counter-narcotics operation in the Pacific Ocean off the Costa Rican coast on May 29. Lt. Cmdr. Gabe Somma, a Miami Coast Guard spokesperson, said six suspects were arrested in connection with the seizure. The U.S. Coast Guard interdicted about 236,000 pounds of cocaine worth US$3.5 billion and 124,000 pounds of marijuana worth US$112 million during the 2012 fiscal year, Somma added. The interdiction was another success scored under Operation Martillo, a regional counter-narcotics mission that brings together Western Hemisphere and European countries to cut the flow of illicit drugs through Central America. The operation is led by Joint Interagency Task Force South, based in Key West, Fla., but it relies heavily on working with law enforcement and military agencies in other countries. By Dialogo July 02, 2013last_img read more

New track boost for Calabar High

first_imgBesides hosting the inaugural staging of the McKenley/Wint Track and Field Classic on Saturday, January 23, the newly laid track at Calabar High School is already reaping huge benefits for the Red Hills Road-based institution. Principal of Calabar, Albert Corcho, revealed yesterday that the school stands to save hundreds of thousands of dollars in transportation costs alone. “We are benefiting already because we usually go to the stadium to train. Once the track is officially handed over we cut out all of that,” he said, following the launch of the track meet at the headquarters of the Jamaica Baptist Union on Washington Boulevard yesterday. “We had to rent buses every day to take the young men to the stadium and back,” he added. He estimated that it costs the school about $15,000 a day for transportation, money that can now be diverted to other areas of the school’s sports development. “Some of that money will go back into the programme; some of it will go elsewhere. It’s a complex we are developing, so in the middle, there is a football field and we are looking at basketball because we want to ensure that we are putting up a sporting complex that will benefit the young men,” the principal said. Lights are also to be installed at the facility. At the launch attended by Sports Minister Natalie Neita Headley, Jamaica Administrative Athletics Association General Secretary Garth Gayle and Calabar alumnus attorney Michael Eaton, it was announced that the track will be handed over during a dedication ceremony set for Friday, January 22. The inaugural meet will serve as an incentive for 400- and 800-metre runners striving to replicate the impact made by Messrs Arthur Wint and Herb McKenley, former Calabar High School athletes described by Minister Neita-Headley as “two great stalwarts of modern Jamaica on whose shoulders we now stand”. At the 1948 Olympic Games in London, Wint won Jamaica’s first ever Olympic gold medal in the 400m; McKenley the silver. In Helsinki, Finland in 1952 both men were members of Jamaica’s mile relay team, along with George Rhoden and Les Laing, which broke the world record in winning gold. As such, the overall fastest times in the boys and girls 400 metres will be given the Arthur Wint Trophies donated by the Wint family while the top performers in the men’s and women’s Olympic Development 400m and 800m will be awarded cash prizes donated by members of the McKenley family and the Calabar Old Boys’ Association New York Chapter. ENTIRE SPORTS COMPLEXlast_img read more

Questions abound as Test ends in farce

first_img UNEXPECTED EVENT PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC): There were more questions than answers left hanging after the fourth and final Test between West Indies and India finished in a farcical draw on the final day yesterday. For the fourth straight day, play was abandoned without a ball bowled because of a wet outfield at Queen’s Park Oval, despite an abundance of sunshine at the ground in recent days. Umpires made the call around 9:30 a.m. when it was became apparent, following an early inspection of the ground, that the outfield would not be fit for play. Rain halted play just before lunch on last Thursday’s opening day and the action never resumed, raising huge questions about the historic ground’s drainage system and mopping up operations. West Indies head coach Phil Simmons, a Trinidadian, said he had been surprised by the inability of the outfield to recover. “(I am) extremely surprised. As far as I know in my years here, this has never been a ground like that,” he told reporters here yesterday after the game was called off. “I don’t know what is the position over on the other side, but after two days of sun, when I saw it (outfield) yesterday morning, I couldn’t believe how bad it was. “I don’t know what the position is and what caused that, but I’m surprised because I never expected that here.” All told, only 13/4 hours’ play was possible in the game – in the morning session of the opening day – before rain forced the abandonment of the last two sessions. West Indies had reached 62 for two after winning the toss and choosing to bat first, with opener Kraigg Brathwaite unbeaten on 34 and partnered by Marlon Samuels on four. The two batsmen to fall were opener Leon Johnson for nine and fellow left-hander Darren Bravo, who made 10. On Sunday, play was abandoned at 10:25 a.m. and umpires had ruled out any possibility of play on Saturday’s third day at midday. Several inspections were made on the second day before play was abandoned at 2:25 p.m. India captain Virat Kohli said what transpired over the last few days had been beyond his side’s control. “Here, we didn’t have a game and we couldn’t control the result. The other two games we played, we won convincingly and that pleased the whole squad,” Kohli said. West Indies lost the opening Test in Antigua by an innings and 92 runs, drew the second in Jamaica before slumping to a 237-run defeat in the third Test in St Lucia. All-rounder Ravi Ashwin was voted Man of the Series for his two centuries at an average of 57 and 17 wickets.last_img read more