Paraguayan Navy Seizes Almost 500 Kg of Marijuana

first_imgBy Juan Delgado/Diálogo July 29, 2020 On June 6, the Paraguayan Navy, with the cooperation of the Paraguayan National Anti-Drug Secretariat (SENAD), seized 498 kilograms of marijuana, estimated to be worth about $150,000, while on patrol on the Paraná River in Ciudad del Este, Paraguay, the SENAD said in a press release.“Blow to narcotrafficking,” the Paraguayan Navy said on its Instagram account. “The shipment was about to be sent to Brazil, but it was left behind when the criminals saw the control team,” the SENAD, for its part, said on its Facebook page.During a river patrol, authorities spotted a boat with several people around, who fled as soon as they noticed the security forces. “Based on this suspicious action, we conducted an intense search in the area and found 21 large packages near this canoe […] containing 498 kilograms of pressed marijuana,” the Navy said.Service members continued the search and found another vessel similar to the first one in the same area, which led authorities to assume that traffickers were going to refloat both vessels to send the shipment to Brazil, the Navy said on its statement.With the support of the Specialized Unit against Narcorafficking of the Attorney General’s Office, the shipment of marijuana and the vessels seized were transferred to the Eastern Naval Base to carry out the necessary procedures.“These activities are part of the direct fight against narcotrafficking and aim to prevent people and goods from entering the country illegally, in compliance with the Health Emergency Decree against the spread of COVID-19 in our country,” the Navy said.“The seizures that result from our operations have a direct impact on the finances of crime, as well as on the drug market in our society. We continue to work for the people on a daily basis,” SENAD said on its Twitter account.“From March to June, authorities seized more than 1.5 [metric] tons of pressed marijuana in several operations carried out in the Alto Paraná area,” Lieutenant Commander José María Aguiar Cristaldo, head of the Paraguayan Navy Social Communication office, told Diálogo. “We conducted these procedures with riverine, air, and land patrols that monitor the areas bordering Brazil and Argentina. The marijuana seized is estimated to be worth about $850,000 in neighboring countries, which means a significant loss for narcotrafficking.”last_img read more

Update on the latest in sports:

first_imgUpdate on the latest in sports: UNDATED (AP) — A Pennsylvania man has pleaded guilty to bribing Georgetown University’s former tennis coach to get his daughter admitted as a fake athletic recruit.Robert Repella pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud. Prosecutors are recommending a sentence of 10 months in prison and a $40,000 fine.Charging documents released Tuesday say Repella paid Georgetown tennis coach Gordon Ernst $50,000 in 2017 to get his daughter admitted as an athlete.Repella is the 55th person to be charged in the nationwide college admissions bribery scandal.NBA-WIZARDS-WALL Wall says he’s fully recoveredWASHINGTON (AP) — Washington Wizards point guard John Wall says he is fully recovered after two operations that sidelined him for the past 1½ years. He also says he is “itching” to get back on the court next season.The five-time All-Star has not played in an NBA game since December 2018. Surgery for bone spurs in his left heel ended that season and while he was working his way back from that, he tore his left Achilles tendon and needed another operation in 2019.That held Wall out for all of the current season, which was suspended in March because of the coronavirus pandemic.He spoke during a video call to discuss his relief program to help pay rend for people in the nation’s capital affected by the coronavirus pandemic.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 — Formula One carmaker McLaren says 1,200 jobs will be lost across its entire group’s operations because of the coronavirus outbreak. It was not immediately clear how the cuts would affect the group’s F1 operation. The sport has yet to start its 2020 season amid the pandemic. The cuts represent about a quarter of the group’s workforce.— New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy tweeted that as long as the NFL’s Giants and Jets and the NHL’s Devils follow health and medical protocols, they could open training camps or even hold competition. The NFL’s preseason and training camps wouldn’t begin until midsummer — teams are doing virtual workouts in place of the usual on-field activities because of the coronavirus pandemic.— The top men’s soccer league in Ukraine will resume Saturday in empty stadiums after a suspension because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Ukrainian Premier League says it has received approval from the country’s health ministry to restart. No games have been played since March 15.COLLEGE ADMISSIONS-BRIBERYProsecutors say guilty plea coming in college bribery case Associated Press VIRUS OUTBREAK-NFL-ROSSDolphins owner says there will be a 2020 seasonMIAMI (AP) — Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross says there definitely will be an NFL season in 2020.In an interview on CNBC, Ross says the question is whether there will be fans in the stadiums.The NFL has said it expects to play a full schedule beginning Sept. 10, but is preparing contingency plans in case the coronavirus pandemic makes venue changes or games without fans necessary. Ross says the NFL’s flexibility will allow the league to start on time. He says the country needs sports entertainment. WORLD TEAMTENNIS-FANSWorld TeamTennis hoping to play before fans within weeksUNDATED (AP) — World TeamTennis says it is planning to allow up to 500 spectators at outdoor matches during its three-week season from July 12 to Aug. 2 at a resort in West Virginia.All tennis events sanctioned by the ATP, WTA and International Tennis Federation are on hold at least until late July because of the coronavirus pandemic. But World TeamTennis is not affiliated with those tours and no ATP or WTA ranking points are available for its matches. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-NHLNHL to move straight into playoffsUNDATED (AP) —The NHL will abandon the rest of the regular season and go straight into the playoffs with 24 teams instead of 16 if it is able to resume play. The decision, announced Tuesday by Commissioner Gary Bettman, is not a guarantee that games are coming back. The NHL and the NHL Players’ Association must still figure out health and safety protocols and solve other issues, including where to play.Still, ironing out the format represents significant progress since global sports were largely shut down in March as the coronavirus outbreak turned into a pandemic. Bettman has said the goal has always been to play again and award the Stanley Cup, but details remain uncertain.Instead of limiting the Cup chase to the usual 16 teams that qualify for the playoffs, the league and players agreed to expand the field to 24 of its 31 teams because of the unusual circumstances.The top four teams in each conference ranked by points percentage will play separate round-robin tournaments to determine seeding. The remaining 16 teams will be seeded by conference.Games are expected to be played in two hub cities and Bettman said and 10 are in the running: Chicago, Columbus, Ohio, Dallas, Las Vegas, Pittsburgh and Minneapolis/St. Paul in the U.S. and Edmonton, Toronto and Vancouver in Canada. May 26, 2020 World TeamTennis is increasing its prize money to $5 million. That is $1.5 million more than for its 2019 season.NASCAR-BUSCH-MASKSKyle Busch supports wearing a mask in publicCHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Kyle Busch says he supports wearing a mask in public so “we all can take care of our neighbor” amid the coronavirus pandemic. It’s a rare instance of the two-time NASCAR champion wading into a social issue. Busch entered the debate after images from short tracks over the weekend showed packed grandstands with little social distancing and few people wearing masks. He retweeted a photo from South Alabama Speedway in Ozark, Alabama, and added his own message. Busch applauded fans for supporting their local short tracks but suggested mandatory masks for admission for “healthier practices.” The reigning Cup Series champion rarely speaks on non-racing issues. In other developments related to the coronavirus:last_img read more

West Ham v Chelsea: Blues unchanged

first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesChelsea have named an unchanged side for the derby at the London Stadium after Eden Hazard was passed fit.Hazard picked up a knock in training last week but is able to play for the Blues, who will go 10 points clear at the top of the Premier League table if they win tonight’s game.Cesc Fabregas keeps his place in midfield, with Nemanja Matic again among the substitutes.Meanwhile, Andy Carroll returns for West Ham after a month out with a groin injury.The Hammers are without Michail Antonio, who is suspended.West Ham: Randolph, Kouyate, Fonte, Reid, Cresswell, Noble, Obiang, Feghouli, Lanzini, Snodgrass, Carroll. Subs: Adrian, Byram, Masuaku, Collins, Fernandes, Ayew, Calleri.Chelsea: Courtois; Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Cahill; Moses, Fabregas, Kante, Alonso; Pedro, Diego Costa, Hazard Subs: Begovic, Terry, Zouma, Matic, Loftus-Cheek, Willian, Batshuayi.   Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Drink This Before Bed, Watch Your Body Fat Melt Like Crazy x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Three big takeaways from Mike Mayock’s Raiders introduction

first_imgClick HERE if you’re unable to view the gallery on your mobile device.ALAMEDA — The Raiders introduced Mike Mayock as their new general manager Monday, with the renowned NFL Network draft analyst flanked by owner Mark Davis and head coach Jon Gruden in the auditorium at Raiders HQ.The Raiders’ season ended Sunday in Kansas City with a 35-3 loss to the Chiefs, a game Mayock watched from the press box. He told reporters before the game he was there by coincidence even as his name surfaced as a …last_img read more

How to Animate a Text Stroke in Adobe After Effects

first_imgStep 5: Customize DesignIn addition to fine-tuning the animation, I can adjust a plethora of stroke attributes to customize the design, including color and width. Changing the stroke cap and joints can give me a smoother and curvier look. I can even change the stroke to dashes and keyframe the offset property of the dashes to bring them to life. Be careful here, though, as the multitude of choices can lead to way too much fun in After Effects . . . Step 4: AnimateIt’s time to bring the stroke to life. The new stroke attribute contains a number of keyframable properties, including color, opacity, width, and a handful of others. However, I just want to animate the path of the stroke in and out. To do this, I’ll add a Trim Paths attribute via the Add button in the Timeline panel. This is a powerful tool that provides me with a keyframable range selector. Once applied, I can animate the Start, End, and Offset properties of the stroke path for some cool results. Looking for more After Effects Tutorials? Check out these articles.Create Your Own Sci-Fi HUD VFX in After EffectsCreate an ‘X-Men’ Inspired Eye Replacement in After EffectsCreate ‘Star Trek Beyond’ Inspired Titles in After EffectsCreate a Fighter Jet Attack Scene in After EffectsLearn After Effects in Under 2 Hours Step 3: Add the StrokeMy new shape layer contains every letter as an individual shape element, each with its own path, stroke, fill, and transform properties. While all of the letters have their own stroke attribute, I want to control all of them at the same time. To do this, I need to add a new stroke attribute. I’ll go to the Add button and select Stroke. This adds a new stroke that applies to the entire word. Since I’m just creating an isolated animated stroke, I’ll turn off the fill property for each letter. Step 1: Create the Text LayerFor the first step, I will create some text. I can use the Type tool and start typing, or I can highlight the Timeline panel and select Layer > New > Text. An After Effects text layer is a simple vector file, meaning the layer will continuously rasterize as I change the scale or font size. This will preserve the sharp edges of my text no matter how many adjustments I make. In this video tutorial, learn how to create a customized animated stroke effect in After Effects for your next video production project.When it comes to working with text, the stroke can be a powerful design element. Adobe After Effects has a number of tools that allow you to quickly add and modify a text stroke. These tools, however, are often lacking something. The Character panel gives you color, width, and positioning options, but not much else. Animating attributes of a stroke can be a bit more complex, so let’s take a closer look at a unique method that will bring a text stroke to life in just a few simple steps. Step 2: Convert to ShapesNext, I will convert my text to shapes. While After Effects has a lot of tools for text, shape layers provide a bit more versatility. By converting my text to shape layers, I’ll open up a number of animation features that weren’t previously available. To create my shapes, I’ll grab the text layer and select Layer > Create Shapes from Text. You can tell the difference between Shapes and Text layers via the symbol next to the layer’s name in the Timeline panel. Shapes have a star, while text layers have a T.last_img read more

power over PAIN

first_imgLook at the irony of it. I have a broken back, broken knees, I have torn my shoulders six or seven times and I’m playing a superhero.?? That’s 38-year-old actor Hrithik Roshan’s way of poking fun at his intimate enemy of 27 years: Constant and relentless pain. “I don’t remember those days when I did not have any pain.?? He was just 11, when his knees hurt and a “strange, shooting pain?? often hit him like a knife up the spine. At 19, he ended up with a herniated disc, excruciating pain and a long list of can’ts and don’ts. That was also the first time he heard the words: “You should not be an actor.?? He proved his doctors wrong. But at 33, when he was put on crutches for six months for arthritis on his right knee, he despaired. “The pain was unbearable. There was hardly any cartilage left. That’s when fear set in and made me imagine the worst.??His journey captures the story of seven million Indians, who live, work and fight with debilitating pain every year. Modern medicine has conquered many diseases andhalted others, but attitude towards patients in pain-even the terminally ill-has largely remained primitive. Roshan, however, is free of pain now. He happens to be a beneficiary of the new emerging science of pain. After decades of slow progress, an explosion of new research, treatments and therapeutics is changing the way pain is understood and managed. There is new hope in what scientists have learned about how pain works: That it’s not the reality of your injury or illness, pain is how unwell your brain thinks you are.advertisementIs a pain-free future on the horizon? Roshan, for one, certainly thinks so. He has gone through cutting-edge treatments-from functional manual therapy to myofascial tissue massage-that would have been impossible even a few years ago. Now Indian scientists have come up with a new drug that can target cells at the level of molecules and stop the brain from responding ’emotionally’ to what it perceives to be damage to the body-or pain. Now waiting for global patent, it is the only reported such pain molecule in the world to have gone through clinical trials.Pain hit the headlines this year with a vengeance, as Bollywood’s glamorous stars went in and out of hospitals. Amitabh Bachchan blogged in April about his “horrendous pain?? that made it difficult for him to “walk, stand, sit or lie down??. Shah Rukh Khan wrote on Facebook in January about pain in his ribs: “Hurts only when I laugh or breathe.?? Salman Khan complained of “unbearable pain?? in his jaws and cheeks, a recurring issue. Roshan went public about his condition after completing 85 days of “non-stop, hardcore action?? for his forthcoming science fiction film, Krrish 3: “Hanging from a harness 100 feet off the ground is probably the worst thing for any spine.??It hasn’t quite made the headlines but the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (aiims) is organising lectures on pain management for mbbs students this year-the first such in India. “For years, chronic pain has been neglected by doctors,?? says Dr Sushma Bhatnagar, anaesthesiologist with the cancer centre at aiims. “Most treat it as a symptom of other diseases and not as a disorder that should be targeted in itself for relief.?? The Medical Council of India recognised it as an md specialisation in 2011, after global ngo Human Rights Watch revealed in its report the lack of basic knowledge among Indian doctors about pain management.The God is in biology. Way back in the 1990s, when behavioural neurologist V.S. Ramachandran experimented with mirrors on a patient tortured by “phantom pain?? in an amputated arm, it led to the most exciting story in all of pain science: That chronic pain has more to do with the way the brain rewires itself after mining all its data-thoughts, feelings, beliefs, expectations, memories and genetics.”It was a radical shift in opinion,?? says Ramachandran, now the director of Center for Brain and Cognition at University of California, San Diego, US. “We have been urging the new view that something like chronic pain is caused by a shift in equilibrium in the brain. Often, you just need a reset button to shift it back with very simple procedures.?? A decade-and-a-half of brain imaging has proved that.Imagine this: You get hurt. Your cells start oozing enzymes, signalling white blood cells to come over and heal. The heat produced in the rush upsets little ‘molecular thermometers’ located on the pain receptors of your skin. They communicate electrical impulses about what is happening in your body’s environment through the spinal cord to your brain. The brain immediately sends it to various units to interpret the signal: Where does the pain came from? What is it like? How does it compare with other pain it knows? The emotional hub, the limbic system, is the final interpreter. Depending on how it decides to ‘feel’ the pain, you yell, cry, break out in sweat, or your heart starts racing. All within a fraction of a second.advertisementWhat if there is a drug that can stop the little ‘thermometers’ from communicating with the brain? That’s exactly what a team of 60 scientists is trying to do at the sprawling Novel Chemical Entities lab of Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Ltd at Mahape in Navi Mumbai. A world of biotech is gathering momentum here since 2007 on pain therapeutics. Scientists are designing novel molecule structures and making new compounds. “The new science shows unique pain pathways,?? says chief scientist Neelima Joshi. The molecule they have discovered, GRC 15300, can act on one such pathway, ‘molecular thermometer’ TRPV3, and block it from transmitting signals to the brain. “No pharma company in the world has been able to discover and develop a TRPV3 molecule and take it to clinics,?? she adds. “There has been little breakthrough in pain therapeutics in the last 80-100 years,?? says Glenn Saldanha, chairman and md of Glenmark. “Old pain-relieving options like opioids and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (nsaid) have limited impact, addiction potential and safety issues.?? But the market for painkillers is going up by 16-20 per cent a year, as chronic pain-lower-back pain, arthritis and headaches top the list-keeps 30 per cent of Indians from enjoying life, according to data compiled by the Delhi Pain Clinic. Moreover, with few or no drugs available for excruciating pain linked to cancer, osteoarthritis or neuropathies, there is a large unmet need for pain as an area of treatment.So what goes wrong in chronic pain? Shouldn’t the pain stop after an injury or damage heals? “In chronic pain, the body’s alarm system breaks down,?? says orthopaedic surgeon Dr Rajesh Malhotra of aiims. “There is no threat to the body, yet nerves continue to fire pain messages to the brain and that becomes the pattern.?? But why do some patients develop chronic pain while others don’t? The answer is likely to be genetic, he says.That raises another sticky issue: Is it possible to measure pain? “Most physicians work largely in the dark,?? says neurologist Dr Sumit Singh of Medanta-The Medicity in Gurgaon, “relying on patient narrative and the four vital signs: Temperature, pulse, respiration and blood pressure.?? But new ways of rating pain, allowing patients to choose their pain level, are being devised: From verbal to numerical, facial expression to visual analogue scales.New treatment approaches are pouring out of clinics and hospitals. Hip-replacement surgeries are often being substituted by a newer alternative, visco-supplementation, a relatively painless procedure where a liquid is pumped into the joint for temporary relief for arthritic pain. Skin patches that deliver painkiller drugs are also being used to treat back-neck-shoulder pain due to a sedentary lifestyle, or chronic arthritis and muscle pain. Botulinum toxin A, a wrinkle-fighter, is gaining currency as a tool for fighting headaches. Botox blocks a neurotransmitter that sends messages from brain to muscles to clench.advertisementThe new approach to pain management is making seasoned hospital entrepreneurs to look for an edge in marketing healthcare in a new avatar: The pain clinic. Dr Gerd Mueller’s brand new pain boutique, ActivOrtho, in Vasant Vihar, Delhi, is one such. An orthopaedic surgeon and expert in pain and sports medicine, Mueller has been running centres in Germany. But the continuous flow of patients from India led him to the idea of creating a broader pain management clinic in Delhi.”We are bringing in the idea of European Rehabilitation focused on a multidisciplinary approach towards chronic pain,?? says Mueller. That means addressing all the dimensions of a person’s life to treat pain: Structural issues (is there any problem with the spine or bones?); functional (are the muscles in order?), social (what sort of lifestyle and social support does the patient have?) and psychological (is the patient suffering from anxiety and depression?).Clinics like Mueller’s show how quickly pain treatment is changing. As a student in the 1970s, Dr Rajesh Malhotra remembers how little was understood about the processes behind pain. “Most of the neurotransmitters were not known,?? he says. Can pain be conquered? “I certainly think so,?? he says with infectious optimism.Roshan still gives himself an hour a day to stay out of pain, but that old fear of mortality is gone. He can play with his children, act and lead an active life again. And he certainly does not have to say goodbye to dance or to his movies. “If I believed what was told to me by my doctors, I would have given up very early in life,?? he says. “But I’ve always believed that nothing is impossible. And here I am.??with Shilpa Mehtalast_img read more

Embassy of Philippines wants stronger bond with TCI Government

first_img Filipino Community in TCI Fun Run for Everyone! Related Items:bational environmental center, filipino comminity tci, katrina borja-martin, labor migration policy, passport renewal, philippine embassy Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 08 Feb 2016 – The Filipino Labour force in the TCI stands at 500 according to the Embassy of that country which had representatives in Turks and Caicos this past weekend from Washington, DC. The visit focused mainly on updating national documents and records.“Conducting a renewal of passport applications so we basically delivering the services on site and they are applying for the renewal of their passports and some other documents like civil registration, legalization of some documents and those are the usual services we do offer.”Katrina Borja-Martin was spokesperson and said they were not fielding complaints from Filipinos, but that their government would enjoy a stronger connection to the TCI since Filipinos make up such a significant part of the workforce. “As you know the Philippines has a very advanced labour migration policy precisely because of the number of workers we have abroad and we are really trying to work on our labour arrangements with the receiving countries to ensure the welfare of our Nationals. We do not have such an arrangement in place with the Government of the Turks and Caicos, it would be definitely great to sit down with the authorities, the immigration, the labour department to see how we can work on this matter.”Nonetheless, the visit certainly seemed very helpful as around 300 of them turned out for the all day Saturday initiative at the National Environmental Center, which was organized through the Filipino Community in TCI organization. The majority of the resident Filipinos work in hospitality, in the IT and media sectors, some are in care-giving and housekeeping and Borja-Martin assured there are no complaints to the embassy emanating from the local population of Filipinos. Recommended for youcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp International Clean Up Drive A Successlast_img read more

No new Zika cases for TCI country praised by Consultant

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, April 5, 2017 – Providenciales – Zika Communications Strategy consultant, Salorne McDonald announced there have been no new cases of Zika in the TCI for 2017.  Speaking to Magnetic Media Monday, McDonald said the 25 cases of Zika reported in 2016 was a cause for concern in a small population.  McDonald referred to the reduction in cases this year as “fantastic,” however, and credited initiatives from the Ministry of Health and other partners for this success.The Consultant, who started work with the TCI since October, said that TCI is managing the Zika issue better than many others in the region.  “TCI is doing very well. In a number of other places we’ve been in contact with, they’re still having challenges with getting communities to buy into how to dispose of large debris,” said McDonald.  He added there has been strong support for government initiatives from communities and NGOs such as the Red Cross.According to McDonald, there has not only been a decrease in cases of Zika, but a decrease in the number of larvae found in traps set by the Environmental Health division of the ministry. The next steps for the government will be to ensure that breeding sites continue to be eliminated and to continue with current community clean-up programmes.  “We have to remain vigilant and we have to continue collaborating because collaboration thus far has been the strongest weapon in the fight (against Zika).”Story by:  Zahra Gordon#MagneticMediaNews#newzikacasesforTCI#zikacasesreducedinTCI#fightagainstzika Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#fightagainstzika, #magneticmedianews, #newzikacasesforTCI, #zikacasesreducedinTCIlast_img read more

Burton gone as CEO review announced of treatment abroad policy

first_img Related Items:#BurtongoneasCEO, #magneticmedianews, #treatmentabroadpolicyreview Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, June 21, 2017 – Providenciales – Another termination with immediate effect as Zaneta Burton is now gone for good from the National Health Insurance Board and Dr. Nations is holding on as acting CEO.    When the Premier was asked about the shake up at NHIP, again, she said at this time, there is no comment.During that press conference Tuesday, Health Minister, Edwin Astwood revealed that there is serious consideration being given now to the treatment abroad policy.  He said that the policy as it is appears not to be working for the people of the TCI.#MagneticMediaNews#BurtongoneasCEO#treatmentabroadpolicyreview Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more