Venezuela Unearths Half a Million Dollars of Drug Money

first_img How strange that we have not learned about this through the media in our country, or through any news outlet but through Dialogo. What hope is left for our country, that this has not been made public so far 12-27-2012. By Dialogo November 27, 2012 Venezuelan authorities found buried underground more than a half million dollars allegedly belonging to traffickers who ship drugs from Colombia to Central America, police said on November 24. The $550,000 in cash was buried in a plastic bag at an illegal camp near the Meta River in the western state of Apure, the anti-drug office said in a statement. The camp was used by an international drug trafficking gang “for the concealment of drugs, money, fuel and spare aircraft that departed from unauthorized runways nearby,” the statement explained. The gang uses Venezuela as a stopover spot to ferry drugs from Colombia to Central America, it added. In addition to the money, officers found 1.5 kilograms of cocaine, an assault rifle made in Germany, five ammunition magazines, two cars and satellite phones and other devices. While Venezuela is designated by the United Nations as a country free of illicit crops, it is considered to be a major transit point for drugs into the largest consumer markets in the United States and Europe. last_img read more

Manchester United have to find balance – Wayne Rooney

first_img Van Gaal blamed the negative tactics adopted by the club’s opponents for their recent difficulties after the game, but Rooney insists scoring goals remains their focus as they prepare for Sunday’s trip to Liverpool. Rooney said: “We’re always trying to create chances. Obviously we know that’s our aim, that’s what we work on everyday at the training ground. “Sometimes it’s difficult, but on nights like tonight we did it so we need to keep working and keep trying to improve.” Wayne Rooney has warned Manchester United they cannot afford to keep throwing away points if they are to hit their targets this season. He told MUTV: “After going 2-0 up, we were in control of the game, and then we’ve let them back into it. To then get our third goal and concede again was disappointing from us. “They were silly goals to concede on our behalf and they were avoidable. They have cost us two points so we’re disappointed. “We can’t keep going on conceding three goals every game, so we have to work on that and create the chances without giving goals away. “You can score as many goals as you want, but if you keep conceding goals, then it’s a problem. We have to keep trying to get that balance right and keep creating chances, scoring goals and keeping them out.” It all started so well for Rooney and his team-mates when the England captain gave them a ninth-minute lead from the penalty spot after defender Chancel Mbemba was adjudged to have handled Daley Blind’s corner and when Jesse Lingard made it 2-0 seven minutes before the break, they looked to be in complete control. But Georginio Wijnaldum pulled one back before half-time and when Aleksandar Mitrovic levelled from the spot with 67 minutes gone after being hauled down by Chris Smalling, the Magpies were in the ascendancy. Rooney’s well-taken second looked to have secured victory with 11 minutes remaining, but Paul Dummett snatched a point at the death when his 90th-minute piledriver was deflected past keeper David de Gea by the unfortunate Smalling. United, who have now won just twice in 11 games in all competitions, went into the game with manager Louis van Gaal having admitted even he had been bored by some of their recent performances and at 2-2, there were chants of “Attack, attack, attack” from the supporters high up behind Newcastle keeper Rob Elliot’s goal. United squandered 2-0 and 3-2 leads at struggling Newcastle on Tuesday evening to draw 3-3, in the process slipping to sixth place in the Barclays Premier League table. Rooney, who edged to within eight goals of Sir Bobby Charlton’s club record of 249 with a double at St James’ Park, admitted that his side had to find a balance between attack and defence after a game which went some of the way towards exciting the travelling fans. Press Associationlast_img read more

Morgan, Gayle, Steve Smith available for main draft

first_imgENGLAND’S World Cup-winning captain Eoin Morgan, West Indies batsman Chris Gayle and Australia’s Steve Smith have made themselves available for The Hundred player draft on October 20.The inaugural 100-ball competition, which is comprised of eight city-based teams, takes place next summer from July 17 to August 16.Other big names to have stated their interest include Afghanistan spinner Rashid Khan, Australia opener David Warner and former Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi.England’s contracted Test players such as Joe Root, Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer are not on the list because they will be part of an initial draft for England’s red-ball cricketers tomorrow.In that mini draft, teams will select up to three players, with the Leeds-based side, for instance, choosing between Root, Stokes and Jonny Bairstow as their first pick.They will also have the opportunity to select local icons. The eight teams will be based in London (two teams), Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds, Nottingham, Cardiff and Southampton.The main draft will be held later this month and among the other international cricketers to have made themselves available for the competition are Shakib Al Hasan, Moeen Ali, Babar Azam, Tom Curran, Quinton de Kock, Faf du Plessis, Aaron Finch, Lasith Malinga, Kieron Pollard, Kagiso Rabada, Jason Roy, Mitchell Starc and Kane Williamson.Players are able to set a reserve price for their services, with each team having two spaces in their squad in each of the following pay brackets: £125,000, £100,000, £75,000, £60,000, £50,000, £40,000 and £30,000.The Hundred draft explained in detailEngland limited-overs captain Morgan is a vocal supporter of the new competition.Speaking earlier in the summer, Morgan said: “The Hundred, yes, I do think we need it. We need one franchise-based tournament, with fewer teams, in order to consistently sell the game to the country.“Anybody I speak to who loves sport but doesn’t necessarily love cricket is crying out for a tournament that he or she understands, because 18 teams going for a long period of time just doesn’t make sense to anybody.”Next summer, the BBC will have live television coverage of two England men’s international T20 matches, one England women’s T20 international, plus live TV coverage of 10 men’s matches from The Hundred and up to eight live matches from the women’s Hundred tournament, including both finals.It all amounts to – appropriately – 100 hours of cricket back on BBC television, also including highlights of England’s international matches each evening. (BBC Sport)last_img read more

‘Walk to End Lupus’ taking place on Sunday

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAlpena, Mich. — With some pretty decent weather coming our way this weekend, a walk is a perfect way to get outside and enjoy the Sunrise Side, and what can make a walk brighter is walking for a cause.The community will gather at Bay View Park for a walk to end Lupus. Lupus is an autoimmune disease that affects the skin joints and organs. This is the first year of the walk.Event organizer Rachel Quaine hopes to raise awareness, and funding for the disease she knows all to well.“I have Lupus, I was diagnosed about 17 years ago, so I just thought that it would be a cool thing to do to bring awareness,” said Quaine.The walk takes place on Sunday at noon. Meet by the Bay View bandshell. Be sure to wear purple and show your support on this mile walk through the park.“Any type of funding we can get donations or anything to the Lupus Foundation to help it aid and research would help me also,” said Quaine.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: alpena, autoimmune disease, Bay View Bandshell, Bay View Park, Lupus, Lupus Foundation, Sunrise Side, WalkContinue ReadingPrevious Photo of the Day for Friday, May 3Next Future nurses prepare for the worst case scenariolast_img read more

Curtis Cup squad train at Nairn

first_img24 Mar 2012 Curtis Cup squad train at Nairn The Great Britain & Ireland Curtis Cup squad – including five England internationals – is at Nairn, Scotland, this weekend for a final trial before the team is announced on Tuesday. The England players are: Holly Clyburn (Woodhall Spa), Georgia Hall (Remedy Oak), Bronte Law (Bramhall), Lauren Taylor (Woburn) and Kelly Tidy (Royal Birkdale). They are joined by Amy Boulden (Wales), Leona Maguire (Ireland) Lisa Maguire (Ireland), Becky Harries (Wales), Kelsey MacDonald (Scotland), Pamela Pretswell (Scotland) and Stephanie Meadow (Ireland). Lauren Taylor, the British champion, is injured and unable to hit full shots and a 13th player has been drafted in for the weekend. She is Chloe Williams of Wales. The team will be announced by the Ladies Golf Union at noon on Tuesday. The biennial match against the USA takes place at Nairn Golf Club, Scotland, from 8-10 June 2012. The squad players are pictured with team captain Tegwen Matthews. The English players are: Back row 1st left Kelly Tidy, 2nd left Georgia Hall. Middle row: 1st left Bronte Law, 1st right Holly Clyburn. Front row: centre Lauren Taylor.last_img read more

Olympia City Council Considers Option to Purchase LBA Woods Parcel

first_imgFacebook178Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by The City of OlympiaOlympia City Council will consider an option to purchase the 74 acre portion of the property commonly referred to as the “LBA Woods”.The Olympia City Council will consider approval of an option to purchase real estate owned by DR Horton, consisting of approximately 74 acres adjacent to LBA Park, at its regular business meeting on July 21. This parcel, located at 3355 Morse-Merryman Road, is the site of the proposed Ashton Woods Development, formerly known as Trillium. As a condition of the option agreement, DR Horton is preserving their ability to move forward with Preliminary Plat Process to protect their ability to develop the property, in the event the City does not fully exercise the option to purchase.Acquisition of “LBA Woods” was the top priority identified by the community during a public process the City recently conducted as part of its update of the Olympia Parks, Arts and Recreation Plan. The option to purchase would preserve the City’s ability to acquire the 74-acre property if voters approve the proposed Olympia Metropolitan Park District (MPD).  The City Council has taken initial action to place an MPD ballot measure before the voters in the coming months.If purchased, this parcel would be the largest property acquired by the City since Grass Lake Nature Park in 1990.  LBA Park would also become Olympia’s fourth largest park behind Priest Point Park, Grass Lake Nature Park, and Watershed Park.last_img read more

Arrests rise to 13 over St Patrick’s Weekend

first_imgThe number of arrests across Donegal has risen to 13 over the St Patrick’s Weekend period.A total of 12 people were arrested for suspected drink-driving while another was arrested for driving while under the influence of cocaine. All of those charged are expected to appear before the local courts shortly.Garda Inspector Michael Harrison told Donegal Daily “We had a very busy weekend which also included a number of public order incidents.“So far a total of 13 arrests have been made.”The spate of arrests followed a disclosure by Inspector Harrison that the number of road offences across Donegal had risen sharply in the first two months of this year compared to the same period last year.Drink-driving, the non-wearing of seatbelts and the use of mobile phones while driving are all significantly up.Arrests rise to 13 over St Patrick’s Weekend was last modified: March 18th, 2019 by StephenShare 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) Tags:arrestsdonegalSt Patrick’s Daylast_img read more

Darwinists Bemoan Creation/ID Obstinance, Strategize to Improve Darwin Image

first_imgHolden ends on that encouraging note.  Odd, though, all this attention on Charles Darwin (see also 11/17/2005).  Evolutionists often criticize creationists for calling it “Darwinism” instead of evolution; they argue that most of the good thinking about evolutionary theory has occurred well after his time.  Oh well, Darwin Day is Sunday; have fun (see 02/09/2006 commentary).1Yudhijit Bhattacharjee, “Strategies Evolve as Candidates Prepare for Kansas Board Races,” Science, 3 February 2006: Vol. 311. no. 5761, pp. 588 – 589, DOI: 10.1126/science.311.5761.588.2Elizabeth Culotta, “Evolution: Is ID on the Way Out?”, Science, 10 February 2006: Vol. 311. no. 5762, p. 770, DOI: 10.1126/science.311.5762.7703Constance Holden, “Evolution: Darwin‘s Place on Campus Is Secure—But Not Supreme,” Science, 10 February 2006: Vol. 311. no. 5762, pp. 769 – 771, DOI: 10.1126/science.311.5762.769.These articles can be celebrated by creationists and proponents of intelligent design as more indicators of the imminent demise of Darwinism.  Why?  Because they said nothing about evidence for evolution, but talked only about strategies to keep Charlie as their figurehead.  Notice several things.  Despite a complete monopoly on education from kindergarten to graduate school, and far more hours of instruction than any church provides, they can’t get a large number of students to believe their theory.  Students are coming prepared with hard questions.  They are not becoming convinced.  Evolutionists keep losing at the polls.  Their only remedy to elected school boards who try to provide opportunities for criticism of evolution is to threaten lawsuits.    This must be terribly exasperating for the Darwin Party.  Notice also that the same names keep popping up: Ken Miller, David Sloan Wilson, Will Provine, and a few other usual suspects: is the Darwin Party itself losing champions?  Their methods of fighting back are laughable.  One-sided lecture series (no opportunity for rebuttal), computer games (be sure to read Royal Truman’s critique of Avida on ISCID), and organized indoctrination programs like Wilson’s smiling “Evolution for Everyone” by The New Teacher (aka Facilitator, see 12/21/2005 commentary), and most ridiculous of all, the carnival-atmosphere Darwin Day parties with Charlie in his New Clothes.  Incredible.  Have you ever considered the possibility, Darwinists, that all these opponents might find your best arguments unconvincing?  Why not just calmly join the debate and let’s all talk about the evidence?  You’ve had plenty of time and opportunity to give your side, so listen for a change.  These critics can’t all be the dunderheads and religious fanatics you portray them as.  In fact, since everyone is someone else’s weirdo, you look like fanatics to them.  Might as well cool your jets now before you become the laughingstock of history.  Apparently natural selection is weeding out Darwinism.  Survival of the fittest, you know.(Visited 16 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 The journal Science devoted three articles in eight days to the intelligent design controversy.  Last week, Yudhijit Bhattacharjee used warfare metaphors in a report from Kansas:1 battle, attack, defenders juxtaposed with talk of tiptoeing gently around voters’ concerns about voting in “godless atheists” to the school board.  He spoke of “moderates” like Harry McDonald and Don Weiss trying to unseat incumbents on the board, and how they feel the need to downplay their pro-evolution stance in this region where billboards pronounce “Evolution is a fairy tale for grown-ups.”  None of the candidates are making their pro-evolution beliefs primary issues in their campaigns because of the wide support for intelligent design (what one candidate labeled “faith-based education”) in the state; “McDonald takes care not to come across as a passionate evolutionist,” for instance; another campaigns on “improving the quality of education in Kansas, so that our kids can compete in a global economy.”    This week, Elizabeth Culotta in Science2 asked “Is ID on the way out?” because of the recent defeats in Dover, Pennsylvania (12/23/2005, 11/09/2005) and Frazier Park, California (01/25/2006).  The short answer is, no.  Despite some premature optimistic claims by Robert Pennock and Joel Cracraft that “ID is on the way out,” the sowers of dissent are busy in Kansas, Georgia, Michigan and elsewhere working on this year’s “crop of antievolution legislation.”  She quotes Alan Leshner, CEO of the AAAS: “These people are well-financed and ideologues in the true sense, and they are not giving this up.”    So, how to respond?  Constance Holden reported, “Darwin’s place on campus is secure—but not supreme.”  First, she quoted evolutionist professors lamenting the fact that creationist students are not becoming convinced of evolution, despite “an expanding application of evolutionary theory throughout the sciences.”  Polls show that roughly half the population accepts creation, and many of them recent creation.  “A college degree is no guarantee that the graduate agrees with Darwin,” she said, and reported that professors like Will Provine (Cornell), James Colbert (Iowa State), and Randy Moore (U of Minnesota) among others have become exasperated that few of their creationist students have changed their minds at the end of their evolutionary biology courses.    Why the resistance to change?, Holden asks.  More students are coming to class contesting the effect of evolution on their Biblical beliefs.  It’s not just in biology class, where professors threatening the validity of Adam and Eve and teaching human evolution are finding more students “far more vocal and in some cases disruptive.”  The earth sciences, too, are encountering more young-earth creationists.  Holden quotes geologist Joseph Meert of the University of Florida, Gainesville.  “I think the earth sciences are on the front lines of this battle,” he said.  “If you have an old earth, evolution has a chance to happen” (emphasis added in all quotes).  For this reason, the Geological Society of America sees the rise of creationism as “a serious attack on legitimate science, not just evolution” (see 10/17/2005).    Yet the numbers keep rising despite a monopoly of pro-evolution science teaching.  Evolutionary professors feel threatened not just about biology, but all of science.  Holden gave a cameo appearance to Kurt Wise, a Harvard-educated young-earth creationist paleontologist who teaches at Bryan College in Dayton, Tennessee (hometown of the Scopes Trial).  Wise thinks evolutionists have an exaggerated fear of “fundamentalists like himself” —But Wise’s is distinctly a minority view.  Most geologists agree with Meert when he says that “it’s time to stop pussyfooting around…. Young-Earth creationism and the ID movement are challenging the foundations of not just biology but also geology, physics, chemistry, astronomy, and anthropology.”Now that Holden has gotten agreement that something must be done, what should the Darwinists do?  Redesign science classes?  Sign petitions?  Teach ID as mythology, like Paul Mirecki tried at University of Kansas? (11/29/2005).  Veteran warriors Lawrence Krauss (Case Western Reserve U) and Ken Miller (Brown U) have found that “few academics are proposing new approaches to teaching evolution in biology or geology class,” Holden says.  Here’s where a few action items – and works in progress – come to light in her report:Diversify:  Ken Miller says “evolutionary concepts are dispersing in other ways, in emerging fields such as rational drug design, comparative genomics, and computational biology.”Illustrate:  “With a grant from the National Science Foundation, a group is adapting a research platform called Avida to enable undergraduates to watch digital organisms called Avideans develop complex functions through replication, mutation, and natural selection.”  According to Robert Pennock, this computer program “lets students see that evolution works as advertised” and is a good way to teach about science, states another proponent of Avida.Inculcate:  Holden talks at length about David Sloan Wilson’s “Evolution for Everyone” program (see 11/01/2005 story).  As she summarizes it, “His approach was to face moral and political objections to the theory head-on and have students apply evolutionary theory to a wide variety of behaviors, from drug abuse to yawning,”Evangelize:  “Another approach is being developed at the University of Georgia, where evolutionary geneticist Wyatt Anderson, ecologist Patty Gowaty, and others have established a Center for the Study of Evolution,” the article continues.  “The center will feature speakers from a variety of disciplines, a certificate program, and outreach to public schools.  According to Gowaty, “It’s not as evangelical [sic]” as David Sloan Wilson’s program.Confront:  Alarmed that 45% of Americans and 56% of Alabamans believe God created man within the last 10,000 years, psychologist David Boles (U of Alabama) organized faculty members to hold “a lecture series called ALLELE, for Alabama Lectures on Life’s Evolution.” Celebrate:  Last but not least, Holden talks about the value of Darwin Day – or, make that Darwin Week:Another means of spreading the word are Darwin celebrations on campus that coincide with the biologist’s 12 February birthday.  The College of Charleston started a “Darwin Week” 6 years ago to combat attempted antievolution “mischief” in the state legislature, says Dillon.  The University of Alabama is having its first “Darwin Day” this year, and Provine says Cornell is considering starting one.  The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, has celebrated the great man’s birthday since 1997, when Pigliucci sought to rebut an “equal time” bill being considered in the state legislature.    “The first time we offered Darwin Day, a local TV station made fun of the whole thing by taking shots of chimps at the zoo,” recalls Pigliucci.  Ecology grad student Marc Cadotte says the media have moved on but that quite a few local high school teachers are attending the Darwin Day teachers’ workshop: “It’s an encouraging sign that our activities are making a difference.”last_img read more

Soleil, surf et observation des baleines

first_imgDes etendues de sable sauvages de la cote ouest jusqu’aux rivages subtropicaux du Maputaland, il existe une plage pour chaque occasion. Regardez le soleil se lever sur l’Atlantique ou l’Ocean Indien, obtenez un bronzage parfait ou soyez plus actif : l’Afrique du Sud offre les meilleurs sites de surf, planche a voile et plongee du monde. Et puis il y a les baleines.UN TERRAIN DE JEUX AQUATIQUESNos lieux de plongee vont des forets de varech aux recifs coralliens, notre surf comprend des vagues amusantes se brisant sur la plage, des tubes creux et de vrais monstres et nous offrons de superbes possibilites de ski nautique, kayak en mer et voile.Le surf, la planche a voile, le kitesurf et le kayak en merL’Afrique du Sud est l’un des meilleurs pays ou surfer au monde avec des paysages cotiers sublimes, un surf de haute qualite, un style de vie de qualite mais bon marche et une culture unique dont nous pouvons etre fiers  declare Steve Pike, redacteur de Wavescape.Tres peu de visiteurs nous contrediront. Il existe des centaines de vagues a surfer a travers le pays : environ 50 d’entre elles se trouvent a une heure de route du Cap.Elles vont de la petite houle parfaite pour les enfants et les debutants a des vagues spectaculaires qui effraient meme les concurrents les plus avertis lors des competitions internationales qui se deroulent dans le pays en juin et juillet.La province d’Eastern Cape pres du Cap St François, la Baie de Jeffreys et Port Elizabeth, collectivement connus sous le nom de Jay Bay par les surfeurs locaux, sont celebres dans le monde entier pour la qualite de leurs vagues.Les nombreux hotels pour routards a travers le pays louent des planches, proposent du surf encadre et des leçons de surf et il existe des ecoles de surf a Durban et au Cap.L’Afrique du Sud possede des spots incroyables de planche a voile et de kitesurf. Langebaan, pres du Cap, est connu dans le monde entier comme etant l’un des meilleurs lieux pour la planche a voile et le kitesurf, et il en existe beaucoup d’autres.Une façon plus accessible de faire l’experience de la mer est le kayak de mer. Il existe des visites guidees au Cap, a Hermanus, Knysna, Plett et Durban.La voileLa cote d’Afrique du Sud est l’une des plus stimulante au monde pour la voile avec quelques ports, des conditions mouvementees et, tres souvent, une mer demontee. Ce n’est donc pas un bon choix si vous n’avez pas d’equipage.Cependant, c’est un superbe endroit pour apprendre la voile; il y a des ecoles au Cap, a Port Elizabeth et a Durban, et nous sommes presents dans toutes les courses autour du monde. Il existe de nombreuses courses locales egalement et celle du Cap a Rio est l’une des courses sur l’ocean les plus accessibles au monde et attirant de nombreux bateaux de plaisance.La plongeeSi vous devez vous convaincre de l’ampleur de la cote d’Afrique du Sud, ne cherchez pas plus loin que les nombreux naufrages historiques et recents, tous des tragedies mais cependant de bonnes nouvelles pour les plongeurs. Nous pouvons cependant offrir bien plus que ces sites poignants. Notre environnement sous-marin est varie et magnifique avec un grand nombre de sites de plongee remarquables.Nous possedons un littoral extremement etendu allant du 35°S au 27°S, ce qui n’est pas la zone habituelle de la plongee tropicale. Cependant, le courant du Mozambique qui descend le long de la cote et apporte une eau chaude et tropicale et dans la Baie de Sodwana au KwaZulu-Natal se trouvent les recifs coralliens les plus au sud du monde.Vous trouverez la toute une variete de jolis poissons colores et de magnifiques nudibranches, y compris l’extravagante danseuse espagnole (ou hexabranchus sanguineus). On rencontre souvent des requins baleines, des tortues, des dauphins et des requins feroces dans ces zones particulieres.Si vous descendez le long de la cote, l’environnement sous-marin change progressivement jusqu’a ce que, une fois le Cap atteint, vous plongiez dans des forets de varech froides mais magnifiques. Ils sont uniques : Il existe deux grandes varietes de varech et elles poussent toutes deux a proximite de la cote de la region du Western Cape.Plonger dans du varech est comme marcher dans une foret. Vous flottez en dessous de la canopee et admirez la surprenante vie coloree du recif. Au large du Cap, les plongeurs peuvent regulierement voir des anemones dont les couleurs vont du bleu electrique ou du rouge intense au rose pale, des nudibranches de toutes les couleurs imaginables et une variete de petites creatures pres et autour des eponges jaune souffre et orange vif.Il existe des ecoles de plongee danslast_img read more

Infographic: How to live through load shedding

first_imgAt a briefing on 15 January Eskom warned that load shedding will become a regular feature of daily life for South Africans for the foreseeable future. We bring you a handy guide on how to deal with the darkness.As CEO Tshediso Matona explained, in stage one load shedding, they still supply 95% of the country. In stage two 90% of the country receives power. “Stage three, we are still supplying 86% of the country. A blackout is when you supply nothing, zero!”Click image for a larger view.last_img read more