Liquid Cocaine: A New Challenge for Latin American Authorities

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Liquid Cocaine: A New Challenge for Latin American Authorities

first_img BOGOTÁ, Colombia – In their constant efforts to deceive counter-narcotics agents, drug traffickers have found another way to camouflage cocaine: diluting it. The method recently was exposed in Bolivia, where agents from the Special Force in the Fight Against Drug Trafficking (FELCN) confiscated 13 kilograms (28 pounds) of liquid cocaine in the city of Abapó in the department of Santa Cruz on April 28. Authorities also seized 500 kilograms (1,102 pounds) of sodium hydroxide in 20 bags before arresting the driver of the truck transporting the narcotics. “Drug traffickers will always try to use unconventional methods, because their goal is to deceive police controls so the substance can pass unnoticed,” Lt. Col. Fernando Amurrio, head of the FELCN in Santa Cruz, said during a media conference. It’s easy to transform cocaine into liquid because the narcotic is highly soluble. Half a kilogram (1.1 pounds) of the drug can be diluted in a liter (0.26 gallons) of water. It’s also easy for liquid cocaine to be returned to its original state, as 90% can be decanted and filtered, according to FELCN. A kilogram (2.2 pounds) of cocaine costs about US$1,300 in Bolivia, but it’s worth more in Argentina (US$5,000), Spain (US$60,000) and New Zealand (US$100,000), according to the Bolivian daily El Día. Roberto Carlos Achá Arandia, a counter-narcotics prosecutor in Bolivia, said the trafficking of narcotics in their liquid forms is becoming more common throughout South America. “The mules [people who swallow the drug to transport the merchandise] now carry it in capsules made out of condoms [to protect the drug and the carrier’s digestive system],” said Achá, according to El Día. This type of smuggling makes the drug much harder to detect through the use of X-ray or ultrasound scanners, Arandia said. By Dialogo May 13, 2011 One of the largest seizures of liquid cocaine was on board the “Guasare II” vessel, sailing under a Venezuelan flag, in international waters. During the operation, carried out in April 2008, the U.S. Coast Guard confiscated a shipment of 2,000 liters (528 gallons) of liquid cocaine, according to Mexican daily El Universal. “Trafficking methods are like fads: What is hot today is cocaine in a solution, particularly in fuels,” said Hernán Bernal, coordinator of the Studies and International Relations Group of Colombia’s National Directorate on Narcotics, according to El Universal.center_img In March, Colombian National Police reported the seizure 276 kilograms (608 pounds) of liquid cocaine during an operation in the city of San Félix in the department of Antioquia. “It is not usual to find [liquid cocaine], much less the level of purity found [by the police],” said Gen. Yesid Vásquez, commander of the Medellín Metropolitan Police, according to the website El Colombiano.com. Vásquez said narco-traffickers are smuggling liquid drugs to the United States and Europe more frequently because they are easier to get through airport security checkpoints without detection. On April 18, in the city of Barranquilla in the department of Atlántico, a drug-sniffing dog from the North Region Counter-Narcotics Company of Colombia’s National Police detected a 1,400-kilogram (3,086-pound) shipment of cocaine stored in seven motor oil containers on the ‘Seven Seas’ ship, sailing under a Honduran flag. Meantime, on April 25 in Argentina, authorities stopped a Bolivian woman carrying five kilograms (11 pounds) of liquid cocaine in her luggage on a bus departing from the province of Salta, on the Bolivian border. Police agencies worldwide are on alert. Barcelona National Police arrested a Spanish man and Brazilian woman at El Prat Airport on May 2 after finding eight kilograms (17 pounds) of liquid cocaine had been injected into clothing and two insect repellent cans allegedly in the couple’s possession.last_img read more

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Work set to begin today on walkway in south Donegal

first_imgHighly anticipated work is set to begin today (Sat) on a walkway from Donegal Town to Killymard Church and school.The project is being carried out under the Community Improvement Scheme (CIS) in conjunction with Killymard Old Church Restoration Committee and Donegal County Council.It is understood that members from the committee will take charge of major clearance work on the site before Donegal Council’s road crew put the walkway in place over an eight-week period. A spokesperson for the Killymard Old Church Restoration Committee said: “We are delighted to announce that work will begin on the walkway from Donegal Town to Killymard Church and School on Saturday.”“Of course this will mean that there are some disruptions but I’m sure you will all agree that this is a much-needed walkway that will allow safer use of this very busy road for pedestrians.“We suggest that you allow extra time for your journeys if using this road, or consider alternative routes.“Thank you for your co-operation.” Work set to begin today on walkway in south Donegal was last modified: October 4th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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MTN launches cloud services for SMEs

first_img11 April 2013 Mobile telecommunications operator MTN went live in Ghana and Nigeria on Wednesday with a range of cloud computing services for small and medium enterprises (SMEs), with launches in Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, South Africa and Uganda to follow later this year. Cloud computing involves the delivery of computing resources over the internet. Users access cloud-based applications through their web browsers or mobile apps, while software and data are stored on remote servers. MTN launched cloud pilot projects in Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Nigeria, Uganda and South Africa in December, becoming the first mobile network operator in Africa to adopt the cloud service brokerage model, in which access to services is centralised, with MTN in this case acting as the single point of contact for customers. “The focus is on convenience, as centralising access to services eases the administrative burden for businesses, where instead of dealing with multiple service providers, they now deal with one,” MTN said in a statement on Tuesday. “What the pilot project confirmed is that our offerings are on the mark,” said Farhad Khan, executive for MTN’s group enterprise business unit. “There is great appetite for ICT solutions that are relevant, customised and affordable. SMEs are looking to technology service providers such as MTN to bring them world-class tools that improve their business efficiencies. MTN Cloud offers exactly that.” MTN Cloud offers an impressive list of services. As part of the trial, participating companies were offered access to Office Desktop, a cost-effective e-mail and collaborative software; Mozypro, a back-up service for the effective management of files and servers; and Dialcom, an on-demand video conferencing offering. Also on offer were McAfee, a popular anti-virus and anti-spam security software; Averiware, used for companies’ HR, accounting, finance and sales force automation needs; and Microsoft SharePoint, a staff and cross functional collaborative tool. This is in addition to Microsoft Dynamics CRM, a customer relations management tool. According to MTN, the most popular solutions during the trial were Averiware, MozyPro Online Backup, and McAfee SaaS. Companies that participated in the pilot ranged from SMEs in the IT, manufacturing and hospitality sectors in Ghana to those in media and advertising in Nigeria. “MTN is optimistic about the uptake of MTN Cloud,” Khan said. “Our focus as MTN is to contribute to the development of enterprises and the sustainable growth of economies, and SMEs are key economic growth drivers in most of our markets.” MTN said that business customers would receive a 30-day trial of MTN Cloud. Customers who subscribed to MTN Cloud through MTN Business would also be able to pay for services using airtime. “Plans are also under way to enable businesses to use MTN Mobile Money to pay for MTN Cloud services, with payment being effected in the local currency of the participating market,” the company said. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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Feeding Farmers Week 3 – Watson Farms, Sandusky County

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Week number three of Feeding Farmers, courtesy of AgriGold, took the Ohio Ag Net crew to Watson Farms in northern Ohio on the Sandusky-Seneca County line.The family operation is headed up by Dusten Watson. He took over in recent years after his dad Lee handed down the keys to the next generation, something he plans to do himself down the road. The farm also recently brought on the full-time employee Joe Ringholz.They’ve experienced a unique planting season. Some much needed rain this past Thursday was “a godsend.” Dusten did say that they should’ve stayed home with regard to planting on May 9th as everything put in the field that day had to be replanted.Ty Higgins talks more about the farm in the video below.last_img read more

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Cartoon: A Use Case for the iPad

first_imgAh, yup. Between the price point, the locked-down App Store approach, the spiffy design, the tech specs, the lack of camera, the lack of multitasking, the lack of phone, the cool iBook Store, the corny iBook shelves, the impending transformation of personal computing, the impending collapse of Apple stock, the green light for 3G voice-over-IP apps, the telco deals, the publisher deals, the rumor fact checks, the comparisons with Windows, the Kindle-killing, the not-Kindle-killing and the just-have-to-wait-and-see, all of the good points are taken.Okay, except maybe pointing out how disappointed cartoonists are that there’s no pressure-sensitive stylus. But That Would Be Self-Serving, so I won’t say it.I’m sure there are probably a few more sanitary-napkin jokes left waiting in the wings (Anyone joke about a Maxi model yet? They did? Bugger.) but I’d like to think I’m above that. (Addendum:Alex tells me that “wings” is also circulating as an iPad joke. God, I’m clueless about this stuff. Is there a course I can take somewhere? Or maybe an app?)All I can say is this: Dollhouse wrapped on Friday night, and I’m just about certain that even if the zombie apocalypse was brought about, not by the depradations of the Rossum Corporation, but by an iPad OS update that went horribly, horribly wrong… I’d still want one of the gorgeous damn things. Related Posts 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Tags:#Cartoons#web rob cottingham 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout More Noise to Signal. 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

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AI flight skids off runway in Pune

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Edie Falco Urges Families To Skip The Circus

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The March Of The Penguins Shouldnt Be This Difficult

It wasn’t easy, but the Pittsburgh Penguins kept their bid for a second-consecutive Stanley Cup alive on Thursday night, surviving the surprising Ottawa Senators with a double-overtime win in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals. On paper, there was little reason to think the Sens would pose much of a threat to the defending champs, let alone take them into the 85th minute of Game 7. But that’s the way things have been for Pittsburgh all playoffs long.Chris Kunitz’s game-winning goal saved Pittsburgh from what would have been the biggest conference-finals upset since 1996, when the Florida Panthers knocked off a very different version of the Penguins. According to Hockey-Reference.com’s Simple Rating System (SRS), Pittsburgh ranked fourth in the league during the regular season (0.59 goals per game better than average), while Ottawa ranked a distant 18th (0.01 goals per game below average).1In 1996, the Pens ranked third and the Panthers ranked eighth, though the gap between the two teams — 0.6 goals — was just as big as the gap between Pittsburgh and Ottawa this season.It was the second series in a row that Pittsburgh has been taken the distance by its opponent, after Washington pushed them to seven games in the conference semifinal. To their credit, the Penguins weathered each onslaught; they even outgunned the Sens by 45 combined shots in the East final, including 49 over the series’ final four games. But Pittsburgh has also been living dangerously. Its even-strength possession metrics over the entire playoffs are not as good as they were during last year’s run to the Cup final, nor do they compare well with the postseason numbers of the Penguins’ upcoming opponent, the Nashville Predators.The Preds didn’t play particularly great hockey during the regular season — they ranked 13th in SRS (in part because brilliant defenseman P.K. Subban missed 16 games with an injury). But they’ve saved their best work for the playoffs, where they rank second in possession rate (Pittsburgh is 12th out of 16 teams) and first in SRS2Playoff SRS is calculated by adjusting each team’s playoff goal differential for the regular-season SRS ratings of the teams they’ve played, with a home-ice advantage adjustment to account for where each game was played. (Pittsburgh is second). Pittsburgh was better in the regular season, but Nashville’s been the hotter team of late.So which situation would you rather be in, heading into next week’s series? Intuition might say it’s better to be the comparatively less worn-down Preds, rolling with the more impressive postseason stats. But history suggests otherwise. Going back to 1988,3The earliest season of data in Hockey-Reference’s indispensable game finder tool. there have been 14 cases in which one Stanley Cup finalist had the better regular-season SRS, but its opponent had the superior SRS in the playoffs leading up to the final.414 other times, SRS from both the regular season and postseason agreed who the better team was; those clear favorites won their series 79 percent of the time. Of those, the better regular-season team won the Cup nine times (64 percent). And that’s not even considering that the Penguins’ regular-season edge was slightly wider than the typical favorite’s, or that they’ll have home-ice advantage in the final.If we’ve learned anything about the Penguins these playoffs, it’s that they rarely make things easy. (And if we’ve learned anything about the NHL since 1998, it’s that repeating as a champion is really hard.) But a grueling, complicated postseason run isn’t necessarily a handicap in the Stanley Cup Final, if you’ve had a championship track record all season long. read more

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Goncalo Guedes desperate for Valencia move

first_imgParis Saint-Germain winger Goncalo Guedes is desperate to seal a permanent move to Valencia this summer after a successful loan spell last season, reports Football-EspanaThe Portugal international made 38 appearances for Los Che during his loan stint the last term and managed to score six goals as the club secured a top-four spot in La Liga and a return to the Champions League.But it appears that Guedes’ circumstances at PSG have not changed upon his return to France this summer and now the 21-year-old is reportedly desperate to seal a permanent return to Valencia before the end of the summer transfer window.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.Although, it remains to be seen whether Marcelino Garcia Toral’s side will be able to match PSG’s asking price of between €40m to €50m.The Ligue 1 champions are still under pressure for the UEFA over the Financial Fair Play regulations and they will likely want to recoup as much money as possible from Guedes sale in order to satisfy the football governing body.last_img read more

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Fowler slams totally unacceptable Salah diving debate

first_imgLiverpool legend Robbie Fowler has risen to Mohamed Salah’s defence over the “hostile” diving debate and suggested he’s being singled out as a foreign player.Due to his apparent willingness to fall to the ground too easily in a challenge, Salah has faced plenty of backlash over the last few weeks.Unlike fellow Reds legend John Aldridge, however, Fowler reckons Salah is within his rights to go down to the ground when touched.“I was never one for diving — if I had a chance to get a shot off, I’d always take it,” Fowler wrote in the Daily Mirror.“Yet, I’ve been shaking my head in disbelief at the criticism aimed at Mohamed Salah in recent weeks for what people have been particularly eager to call cheating.“It’s been sustained and hostile, and I’m wondering why.“Why it’s been much worse than that aimed at Harry Kane this season, for instance, or in the past say Michael Owen or David ­Beckham (and I’m not singling them out!).“We have to be very careful as football fans. We need to stop and think about whether Salah is being targeted for where he comes from and who he is.“It seems like stereotyping, and­ possibly because he’s an overseas player.“If that is the case, it’s totally ­unacceptable.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.He added: “Yes, there have been times when Salah has gone over a bit ­theatrically, ­sometimes he may have gone down a bit easily.“Two things. One, who doesn’t now? Two, he’s ­almost always been kicked.“In fact, he has been kicked mercilessly for 18 months. And if he doesn’t go down in a way which lets the ref see he’s been kicked, then will he get the decision? No chance.“Watching the Arsenal-Manchester United game on Friday, Paul Pogba went through early, got hacked from behind, but didn’t go down and then lost the ball. No free-kick.“Soon after, goes through again, gets pulled back slightly. What does he do? Of course, he goes down, because otherwise, he knows if he tries to get a shot off and fails, he gets nothing again. It is not as simple as people are making out.“If Salah was this massive cheat people seem to be trying to portray him as, why was the penalty he ­converted against Newcastle at the end of December the first awarded for Liverpool at Anfield in 18 months?“In that time, he’s scored almost 50 league goals, and not one until this past Boxing Day was a penalty in a home game.”Fowler is a former striker, who scored 183 goals in 369 games across two separate spells for Liverpool.The 43-year-old won the FA Cup, League Cup and UEFA Cup in his time at Anfield and is considered a “god” among the supporters.last_img read more

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