Bolivian Security Forces Seize Helicopter with Drugs Near Peruvian Border

first_imgBy Erick Foronda/Diálogo September 06, 2019 Authorities made the seizure in Ixiamas community, La Paz department, near the border with Peru. Authorities first identified a clandestine airstrip and a coca paste purification and recycling lab, which led them to find the aircraft and the drugs.The Brazilian-registered helicopter was carrying eight bags of marijuana and four bags of coca paste. According to the authorities, the operation’s haul, including the helicopter, was valued at $750,000.It’s the first time that counter-drug units led by the Bolivian National Police’s Special Drug Trafficking Combat Force have seized a helicopter used to transport drugs. Between 2017 and 2018, the government said it had captured 38 clandestine small planes used in the narcotrafficking air bridge.“This is a new modus operandi, involving the use of a different aerial technology for drug smuggling, by helicopter in this case,” Bolivian Minister of Government Carlos Romero told the press. The Robinson R44 helicopter can fly above 13,000 feet and cover distances of more than 310 miles.Bolivia and Peru share a 1,047-kilometer long border, and according to the U.S. Department of State 2019 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report, Bolivia is one of the main transit regions for Peruvian cocaine and the third largest cocaine producer in the world.“Undoubtedly, there are at least two air bridges that have been established between Brazil, Peru, and Bolivia: one in the northern Amazon, and another one in the southern Amazon,” Romero told the press. “From the samples collected in the lab, we can conclude that the drug was taken from the VRAEM [Apurímac, Ene, and Mantaro Rivers Valley] in Peru, in the form of cocaine sulphate, and that the lab installed [in northern Bolivia] was for drug processing,” he added.Franklin Alcaraz, a Bolivian specialist in narcotrafficking issues, said that multinational criminal partnerships operate especially in regions where governments do not have the institutional capacity to establish a presence, much less to enforce the law. Northern Bolivia and southern Peru are vast areas with almost no state control, Alcaraz said.“If we add to this the fact that Bolivia has expelled the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration from the country, the capacity to share information between governments is extremely limited, which favors criminals,” said Alcaraz, former director of Bolivia’s Latin American Center for Scientific Investigation, which studies drug consumption in the country.In mid-2018, as part of a test phase, Bolivia started using 13 French-made radars that will enable airspace coverage. “Still, there is no solution for illegal flights that attempt to avoid air radars, but it will definitely be of great help,” Romero said. In the same period, the government announced the implementation of a control policy for Bolivian aircraft, so they can be monitored in real time along with each aircraft’s complete history.Alcaraz believes that coordination with Brazil and Peru is essential to counter narcotrafficking and transnational criminal groups. “But the Bolivian government led by [President] Evo Morales does not show any interest in building these international partnerships,” he concluded.last_img read more

BPCL lift PSPB Inter Unit Volleyball Tournament title

first_imgOur Sports ReporterGUWAHATI: BPCL lifted 40th PSPB Inter Unit Volleyball Tournament 2019-20 title defeating ONGC in the final held on Friday at Numaligarh. BPCL won the tie by 3-0. Host NRL won the second runners up spot defeating OIL by identical margin. Ajit Lal of BPCL, who represented India in the Asian Games 2018, was adjudged the ‘Best Player of the Tournament’ while Basab Borah from NRL was declared the ‘Most Promising Player’ of the meet.The Closing function of the tournament was attended by Director (Finance) NRL Indranil Mittra, Joint Secretary of PSPB KLTejwani, Sr CGM (HR & Legal) of NRL D Choudhury, secretary of Assam Volleyball Association Amal Baruah and a few others.Santiago: We have very good pool of young boxers and they are capable to deliver. We just need to improve a few areas like infrastructure of this game and the number of competitions which I feel should be more.Also Read: Sonowal Government Indifferent about BPCL Privatization: Debabrata SaikiaAlso Watch: Team ‘Ratnakar’ Celebrates its First Successful Week at Nakshatra Cinema Hall in Lakhimpurlast_img read more

Toy story has new chapters ready to be written

first_img Emily Toy blew out the candles on her 22nd birthday cake during a recent gathering of the England Women’s squad at Woodhall Spa.It’s fair to say that – birthday cake apart – there hasn’t been much huffing and puffing required for Toy in 2019.The year has been a roaring success for the Cornish golfer who claimed her biggest title to date with a sparkling performance to win the Women’s Amateur Championship at Royal County Down in June.Toy was also a key member of the England Women’s squad which defeated Spain and then retained the Home International crown with a nail-biting victory in the series played at Downfield GC near Dundee.There was also academic as well as sporting achievement when Toy graduated with a degree in Sport and Health Science.Now one of the rising stars of women’s amateur golf is planning ahead for 2020 with several new and exciting adventures on the horizon.As well as continuing to represent England with distinction on the international stage, Toy has a busy individual schedule to plan for as she looks to take her game to the next level.Thanks to her success at Royal County Down, there’s a place reserved for her at the US Women’s Open at the Champions Club in Houston in June.There’s also the prospect of battling to earn her place on the Great Britain and Ireland squad for the Curtis Cup being staged at Conwy GC in Wales later that same month.Both events have Toy licking her lips in anticipation – and before that is the small matter of a visit to Augusta.Part of the reward for her victory over New Zealand’s Amelia Garvey at the Women’s Amateur was an invite to the Augusta National Women’s Amateur Championship in April 2020.Only 54 of the world’s leading women amateurs will take part in the event – with the final round of the event staged on the hallowed turf of Augusta National where the Masters will be held later the same month.Before Toy gets to wander down Magnolia Lane and follow in the spike marks of the game’s legends, there is a winter of hard work to come.After teaming up with her England colleagues during a recent squad session at the National Performance Centre, Toy is homing in on an exciting 2020.“It was great to be back with England again,” said the 22 year-old pictured above with team-mate Bel Wardle during the victory over Spain earlier this year.“I live in the middle of nowhere so can feel a little bit isolated at times. It’s not as if I can arrange to meet up with friends for a day’s practice somewhere because I’m miles from anyone else!“Meeting up with my England team-mates is always great fun but also brings an extra focus to practice sessions.“I celebrated my birthday with them as well which was fun as by the time I drove back to Cornwall to see my actual family my birthday was over!“There’s so much to look forward to next year and I will start to piece together my schedule in the coming weeks.“For now, I’m concentrating on my practice routine. Coming up to Woodhall Spa to be with the other girls and coach Steve Robinson was great.“I’ve been working on my short game, also on keeping my head still as I’m prone to move it about too much and I guess I’ll be forever working on putting.“I’m not a bad putter just a streaky one.“I’ve dusted down an old Scotty Cameron putter that I used to play with and replaced the Ping one I’ve had recently.“That’s a switch from a mallet to a blade and we’ll see how it goes.“Every golfer is the same if you aren’t happy with putting. I tend to scare my putters by putting them away for a bit in the hope that when they come back out the cupboard they’ve learned to behave!”Toy’s season of success was recently recognised by her home club when she was given honorary life membership.For the past nine years she has played out of Carlyon Bay in St Austell and the club – quite rightly – is immensely proud of her achievements.“It’s been a busy few weeks,” admitted Toy whose grandad first introduced her to the game as a youngster.“The England squad has started back with coaching sessions and then the club held a night for me last week where I was surprised to receive an honorary membership.“It was a lovely touch from a club I really enjoy representing.“There’s a lot to look forward to in the next year, but I’m not setting any goals. I’ll just work hard and see where it takes me.”Image credit: Leaderboard Tags: Cornwall, England squads, england women 21 Oct 2019 Toy story has new chapters ready to be written last_img read more

Chelsea star reveals mother reduced to tears after severe racial abuse

first_imgImage Courtesy: Getty ImagesAdvertisement 8vNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs5ov2Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E4mygvzd( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 3v3rWould you ever consider trying this?😱3tCan your students do this? 🌚d72e3Roller skating! Powered by Firework Racism is a massive issue in football, and several dark skinned players of the game have been sufferers. Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham has been one of the most recent victims of racial abuse, and the forward has recently said that it caused his mother to weep.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Getty ImagesBack in August, the Blues forward was targeted by racist fans on social media after he missed the penalty kick against Liverpool in the UEFA Super Cup final in Istanbul.Soon following the match, the 21 year old was swarmed with xenophobic attacks on Twitter, and it went to such extent that the club gaffer, Frank Lampard himself went into disgust, and the Stamford Bridge hierarchy took strong action against the perpetrators.Advertisement In a recent interview the Chelsea youth graduate revealed that the attacks caused his mother to burst into tears.“I remember speaking to my mum, she was emotional, she was in tears. You know, she’s just thinking: ‘Why him? Why him?’ It’s obviously not nice to hear, especially seeing your son getting abused.” Tammy spoke to CNN International.Advertisement “For me, I am a strong character, it doesn’t affect me as much, but it could affect people who don’t have my personality.” the youngster added.Soon after the vile incident, Manchester United forwards and fellow countrymen Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard were two of the several people that came forward to support Abraham.Chelsea are taking on Wolves this Saturday at the Molineux Stadium. Advertisementlast_img read more