Tweet Share NewsRegional Caribbean islands fingered in Croatian drug ring. by: – May 15, 2012 Sharing is caring! 63 Views no discussions Share Share Martinique and the Dominican Republic in Croatian drug network as 11 suspected cocaine smugglers are arrested.FORT DE FRANCE, Martinique – Nine Croatians, one Serb and a Columbian have been arrested in police raids on Martinique and in the Dominican Republic as the net closed on an international drug ring last week.The major bust took place on Martinique where the drugs were hidden in packages of mustard and coffee on a yacht rented by the Croats in Martinique.In all, 11 people suspected of smuggling 174 kilos of cocaine from Columbia to Europe were arrested in a multi-state international police operation according to media reports.It was the first major cocaine smuggling operation masterminded and carried out by Croats, Dinko Cvitan, the head of Croatian anti-drugs agency, was quoted as saying.Croatian, Dutch, Italian and French police and the US anti-drug agency DEA were involved in the bust following investigation that opened in October 2011 at the behest of the Croatian police.The cocaine, estimated to be worth eight million euros, was destined for three potential buyers in Europe, whose identity wasn’t revealed, the reports said.Cvitan said the suspects were known to possess property whose value far exceeded their legal earnings, and which will be confiscated if they are found guilty.The Balkans has become a major route for cocaine smuggling from South America to Europe in recent years, a business mainly involving Serbian and Montenegrin citizens.Caribbean 360 News
Glenn and Shanel were rushed to theIkaayong Lawas Foundation Hospital in Victorias City, Negros Occidental, butwere later transferred to a hospital in this city. The 34-year-old resident Glenn Beronio and her 7-year-old daughter Shanel sustained head and body injuries, police said. According to police investigators, Glennand Shanel were about to turn left going to a school when they were hit by astake truck driven by 66-year-old Romeo Marcial of Barangay Magsaysay, CadizCity, Negros Occidental. BACOLOD City – The motorcycle they were riding crashed against a truck on the national highway in Barangay Punta Mesa, Manapla, Negros Occidental. The incident happened around 7:45 a.m.on Feb.26. Marcial, meanwhile, was brought to theManapla municipal police station, where he was detained./PN
Tuesday’s Girls Varsity Soccer matchup between the Batesville Lady Bulldogs and the Lawrenceburg Lady Tigers lived up to the hype that led into the match. It was 4th ranked Batesville hosting 14th ranked Lawrenceburg in a 2A EIAC showdown. The Lady Bulldogs edged out Lawrenceburg with a tight 1-0 victory. The Lady Tigers came out of the gates firing and had Batesville under pressure early, but it was senior goalkeeper, Ellie Waechter who made a big save to keep the score 0-0. Batesville would soon counter that effort with some of their own and it was Georgia Gratz scoring her 10th goal of the season to put the Lady Bulldogs up 1-0 which proved to be the game winner. Denise Davalos won the ball in the middle of the field and found Gratz sitting the in the pocket of the defense, Gratz cut right and left the defender going left as Gratz struck the shot past the outreached hands of Lawrenceburg’s goalkeeper Olivia Bosch. After the score, Lawrenceburg was on the offensive for much of the remaining 30 minutes, but it was the stingy defense from Batesville who kept the score 1-0 going into intermission.In the second half, both teams had some good scoring opportunities. Waechter came up big with some nice saves on the Lawrenceburg chances. Late in the match, the Lady Tigers caught an unfortunate bounce as a shot struck the far post and into the hands of Waechter. “Our defense was tested for much of the game tonight. I am very proud of their effort and the fact that they recorded a shutout on a night when two of our strong forwards went down with ankle injuries and we were forced to play defense for a majority of the match. These types of wins will make us stronger come October tournament time!” Coach Laker commented. The defense was led by Ellie Waechter and Abbey Prickel who were tracking balls to the wings for much of the match. Liz Heidlage came up with a big sliding save late in the game to help maintain the shutout. Batesville outshot Lawrenceburg 17-13 for the match.Batesville is now 4-0 in conference play and 6-0 on the season. The Lady Bulldogs are back in action Thursday as they travel to Columbus East.In the JV game, the Lady Tigers defeated the Lady Bulldogs 5-1. Batesville was able to find the back of the net early in the match on a goal by Catherine Raab to take an early 1-0 lead. After the score, it was Lawrenceburg’s depth that was able to wear out the Lady Bulldogs in the heat and found the back of the net 3 times in the first half to take a 3-0 lead into halftime. The Lady Tigers were able to add two more in the second half to defeat the Lady Bulldogs.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Kyle Laker.
BELLEVILLE, Kan. – Belleville Motorsports will be making room in the trophy case for another Manufacturers’ Cup award.For the fifth straight year, and for the sixth time in the program’s seven-year history, the Belleville, Kan., chassis builder had the top point total among manufacturers entered in the Cup contest; points were awarded based on top 10 drivers (10 points for first, nine points for second, etc.) in each of the five Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified regions.BMS continued its dominance in the Eastern Region while totaling 53 points. GRT Race Cars won both Western and Central Region titles and was second with 25 points.Chase Allen Motorsports ruled again in the South Central Region and tied Skyrocket Chassis for third place with 21 points.Razor Chassis and Rage Chassis share the North Central Region crown. Larry Shaw Race Cars completed the top five in points with 20.All regional winners get plaques and BMS receives a $500 cash prize and trophy during the IMCA national awards banquet in Lincoln, Neb., on Nov. 28.“Twenty-two chassis builders were part of the Manufacturers’ Cup program this year and 14 of them put a car in the top 10 in one or more of the five regions,” noted IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder. “Drivers who won championships in four of the five regions drove cars built by regional champion or co-champion manufacturers all or part of the season.”“Congratulations to the Modified drivers from across the country who helped us win this award. It was another banner season for BMS with not only another Manufacturer’s Cup but the national Northern SportMod national championship,” manager Brandon Blochlinger said. “While we’ve been purchased by Xtreme Motor Sports, our customers can look forward to the same quality chassis and service.”Blochlinger also shared Manufacturers’ Cup success with dealers Close Racing Supply, Jimmy Reeves Motorsports, Sebo Motorsports and KSI Racing Supply.
— Former big league manager Jim Frey has died at age 88. Frey managed the Kansas City Royals to the 1980 AL pennant and the Chicago Cubs within one win of the 1984 World Series. His 1980 Royals swept the Yankees in the ALCS, then lost to Philadelphia in a six-game World Series. His Cubs wasted a 2-0 lead against San Diego in the 1984 NLCS.—Former World Series MVP Steve Pearce is retiring, saying he’s done playing after an injury-plagued season for the Boston Red Sox. Pearce made the announcement Monday night on Boston radio station WEEI while it aired a replay of the 2018 World Series opener between the Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers. The career journeyman homered and hit a three-run double in Game 4 of that matchup, then homered twice the next day as the Red Sox took title and he won the MVP.NASCAR-LARSON FIREDLarson fired over slurCHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Kyle Larson has been fired by Chip Ganassi Racing, a day after nearly every one of his sponsors dropped the star driver for using a racial slur during a live stream of a virtual race. In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic:—The Senior British Open has been postponed amid the coronavirus outbreak, but organizers are still hoping the last senior major of the year can be played in 2020. The event, due to take place at Sunningdale from July 23-26, is the fourth of the five senior majors to lose its scheduled place on the calendar because of the pandemic.— The Tour de France won’t begin as planned because French President Emmanuel Macron (eh-mahn-yoo-EHL’ mah-KROHN’) has canceled all public events with large crowds through mid-July in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Tour organizers say it is now impossible for the three-week race to start on June 27.— The NHL will remain on pause through at least the end of the month. The league on Tuesday announced it was extending its self-quarantine recommendation for players, coaches and staff through April 30. The announcement marks the third time the NHL has pushed back its timetable.— Major League Soccer says its hopes of returning in mid-May are “extremely unlikely.” In a statement Tuesday, the league said guidance from federal and local public health officials is making it unlikely the league will be able to restart in about a month. Hank Steinbrenner dead at 63UNDATED (AP) — New York Yankees co-owner Hank Steinbrenner has died. The oldest son of George Steinbrenner was 63. The team said he died at home in Clearwater, Florida, due to a long-standing health issue.Hank Steinbrenner was one of the four siblings who own the team’s controlling shares. He had hoped to succeed as father as the team’s controlling owner. Between the 2007 and 2008 seasons, he became the public voice of the Yankees ownership. He didn’t appear to have much involvement in the team’s operations in recent years and devoted more time to racing interests.In other baseball news:—The San Francisco Giants and Arizona Diamondbacks are two of the Major League Baseball teams participating in a study of the coronavirus that will test hundreds of people — including players — from the various clubs for antibodies. The Oakland Athletics also are taking part. Associated Press He’s coming off a breakout season in which he was named a first team All-Southeastern Conference selection by The Associated Press and league coaches. His per-game scoring average increased 10 points this season to 14.0 while starting 30 of 31 contests to help the Wildcats earn the SEC regular season title. Richards also ranked fourth nationally in shooting at 64% and made the SEC all-defensive squad with averages of 7.8 rebounds and 2.13 blocks per game.In other college basketball news:— Florida will have its top scorer back next season. Forward Keyontae Johnson announced on social media Tuesday that he plans to return for his junior year with the Gators, a huge boost for coach Mike White’s program. Johnson averaged 14.0 points a game to lead the team in scoring and was second in rebounding. He also led the team in steals with 38, was second in 3-point shooting at 38% and ranked third in assists with 49.NFL-CHARGERS-PARHAMChargers sign former XFL tight end Donald Parham Jr. — Major League Baseball is moving its annual celebration of Jackie Robinson online because of the delay in the season caused by the new coronavirus. The Jackie Robinson Foundation is launching a virtual learning hub to coincide with Wednesday’s 73rd anniversary of Robinson breaking the major league color barrier.—The Chicago Cubs are putting Wrigley Field to use as a food distribution hub to help support COVID-19 relief efforts. The Cubs said they will use the famed ballpark’s concourse as a food-packing and distribution center starting this week while working with Lakeview Pantry.— There will be no Golden Spikes Award this year, ending a streak of 42 consecutive seasons. USA Baseball made the announcement Tuesday. It followed the NCAA’s decision to cancel spring sports seasons due to the new coronavirus.— The University of Cincinnati has eliminated its men’s soccer program as other colleges weigh cutbacks because of budget problems resulting from the coronavirus pandemic. College are grappling with revenue losses from spring sports cancellations.MLB-NEWS April 15, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSESPN asks personalities to take pay cutsUNDATED (AP) — ESPN is asking some of its on-air personalities to take a 15% pay cut over the next three months because of the coronavirus pandemic. The request applies to about 100 ESPN commentators. The voluntary pay cuts would apply to ESPN’s highest-paid broadcasters. They are designed to help deter further immediate furloughs that would affect network employees who might be more financially vulnerable. Update on the latest sports COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — Donald Parham Jr., who led XFL tight ends in yards and receptions, has signed a multi-year contract with the Los Angeles Chargers.Parham had 24 receptions for 307 yards and four touchdowns for the Dallas Renegades before the XFL season ended due to the coronavirus pandemic. Parham was also the only tight end in the league to have a 100-yard receiving game.Parham spent time with the Detroit Lions and Washington Redskins during the offseason last year.In other NFL moves:— Offensive tackle Storm Norton has signed a multi-year contract with the Los Angeles Chargers. Norton played for the Los Angeles Wildcats of the XFL before the league ended midway through its season due to the coronavirus pandemic. He played for the Minnesota Vikings in 2018 and had previous stints with the Detroit Lions and Arizona Cardinals.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Larson was in his seventh Cup season with Ganassi and had been prepping to test free agency for the first time. Just weeks ago, the 27-year-old was considered the top free agent in NASCAR. Now he is out of a job in what could ultimately be an eight-figure blunder.He was suspended without pay by Ganassi early Monday, then suspended indefinitely by NASCAR and Larson, who is half Japanese, was ordered to complete a sensitivity training. But his entire program fell apart as primary sponsors McDonalds and Credit One Bank pulled their funding from Larson. Chevrolet suspended its relationship with him, and all but one commercial partner denounced Larson’s comment and indicated they were ending their relationship.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-NEWSKentucky’s Richards is fourth player to enter NBA draftUNDATED (AP) — Kentucky forward Nick Richards will enter the NBA draft and forego his final season of collegiate eligibility by signing with an agency.
ST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC) – Batsman Shane Dowrich and fast bowler Miguel Cummins have been chopped from the 15-man squad for the three One-Day Internationals against England starting here Friday.Dowrich is yet to make his debut in ODIs while fellow Barbadian Cummins has played two games.The 13-man squad will now turn their attention to finalising preparation for the opening ODI at the Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium, with the second game set for the same venue on Sunday.Kensington Oval in Barbados will host the final encounter on March 9.SQUAD – Jason Holder (captain), Devendra Bishoo, Carlos Brathwaite, Kraigg Brathwaite, Jonathan Carter, Shannon Gabriel, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Evin Lewis, Jason Mohammed, Ashley Nurse, Kieran Powell, Rovman Powell.
Candidates for Undergraduate Student Government president emphasized differences in their platforms and biographies in an hourlong debate Wednesday night to an audience of about 150 students in the Ronald Tutor Campus Center Forum.Talking points · USG presidential candidates Jared Ginsburg, Mikey Geragos and Theo Offei squared off in the USG debate Tuesday. – Razan Al Marzouqi | Daily TrojanThe debate was moderated by Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics Director Dan Schnur, Daily Trojan News Editor Rachel Bracker and Annenberg Television News Multimedia Director Robbie Heeger.“All three candidates were tremendous,” Schnur said. “They were prepared for all the substantive questions, they all found a way to articulate their priorities and they all showed a sense of humor when we threw a curveball at them.”Candidates were asked which platform point mattered the most to them. Jared Ginsburg, current USG director of campus affairs, said he would want a fall break. Theo Offei, said he would advocate for a two-unit class to prepare students for graduate school entrance exams, such as the LSAT and MCAT. Mikey Geragos, current USG director of university affairs, said he wanted to improve the quality of food in residential dining facilities.Vice presidential candidates posed one question each to a president on another ticket.Samantha Coxe, who is running with Ginsburg, asked whether Geragos’ decision to designate a line for Troy Camp on the USG budget was because the sister of Geragos’ running mate, Vinnie Prasad, serves on the organization’s board.Geragos said his rationale for placing Troy Camp in the line-item budget was because Troy Camp had always run out of money, and it would also leave more funding available for other organizations.“It’s not that we are playing favorites,” Geragos said. “They have shown in the past that they have maxed out their funding.”For his question, Prasad asked Ginsburg how he would represent all constituencies, because Ginsburg and Coxe make the only all-Greek ticket.Ginsburg said his and Coxe’s experience with other organizations showed their diversity and he would actively work to reach out to all Trojans.“If you look on our website, you will see details for every kind of constituency,” Ginsburg said.Still, some students like Jennifer Lemus, a sophomore majoring in astronautical engineering, expressed concerns about Ginsburg and Coxe’s membership in the Greek community.“The only thing that stood out to me was Jared and Sam being Greek,” Lemus said. “I feel they might give preference to Greek organizations despite what they say. I do want [a president] who represents all USC.”Schnur said that in the four years he has been moderating the debate he had never seen a higher turnout. USG President Monish Tyagi noted a larger attendance than usual.“The turnout was absolutely amazing,” Tyagi said. “I think this shows how people care about USG; and people are getting more invested in it.”When asked about how some of their platform priorities would be funded, such as extending campus center hours, Offei proposed that USG fundraise rather than raise student fees. He said when he was student body president at Cabrillo College, before transferring to USC, his administration had raised $16,000 to aid Japan after the earthquake.“USG should start putting effort into fundraising,” Offei said. “It doesn’t hurt to fundraise.”The candidates also pointed out their differences on the addition of a fall break. Ginsburg said he would push for a fall break in October but would be open to other options, and Offei said students would prefer an extended Thanksgiving break because international students could not afford two trips home.“I do not think giving students a fall break in October, as Mr. Ginsburg has proposed, is a good idea because some students do not live in this vicinity,” Offei said. “I think extending it during Thanksgiving break could make more sense.”Jerry Ting, a sophomore majoring in political science, said a fall break in October would not allow students to travel home. Instead, he favors an extended winter break.“I have friends who live in China, and it is not feasible to go back for that time,” Ting said. “Extending winter break would make more sense to me.”For more coverage on the 2012 USG elections, click here.
With the top men’s tennis players converging today in the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships in Flushing Meadows, N.Y., two players from the No. 1 USC men’s tennis team hope to notch singles titles in the esteemed four-day tournament.Last stand · Senior Daniel Nguyen, in his first appearance at the ITA National Indoors, hopes to capture the singles individual championship. – Mannat Saini | Daily TrojanNo. 16 senior Daniel Nguyen and No. 15 sophomore Ray Sarmiento will participate in a loaded 32-player singles draw that includes all of the top 10 players in the nation. The tournament will take place in the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, home of the U.S. Open.Nguyen will begin his run against No. 1 seed freshman Mitchell Frank from Virginia, who, despite his age, captured the ITA Men’s All-Americans singles title in early October and has yet to lose a singles match in his collegiate career.En route to his championship in the All-Americans, Frank defeated five seniors, including Nguyen, No. 5 Chase Buchanan of Ohio State and No. 7 Dennis Nevolo of Illinois. In the semifinals of the tournament, Frank upset Nguyen 4-6, 2-6.“This is my last season, so I definitely want to try and do well, maybe even win it,” Nguyen said. “It’s definitely a special tournament for me.”Nguyen hopes to exact his revenge on Frank on Thursday at 1 p.m., and Sarmiento will challenge No. 6 seed Buchanan on the same day at 3:30 p.m.Sarmiento will play for the first time since his championship performance in the ITA Southwest Regionals in Malibu two weeks ago.“It’s always great to win tournaments, so it’s definitely a confidence booster,” Sarmiento said. “Daniel and I have both been to New York, so we have a good feel of the courts in Flushing.”For the past two years, USC senior Steve Johnson has represented the Trojans in the finals of the Indoor Championships, taking home the 2009 title and losing in 2010. With Johnson taking the fall semester off, Nguyen and Sarmiento hope to maintain USC’s presence at the tournament.“I just talked to [Johnson] about the courts, and he told me that it’s really quick, and I need to try to transition a lot and come into the net,” Nguyen said. “I definitely feel like I prepared myself for New York.”Nguyen gained entry to the Indoor Championships after advancing past the quarterfinals of the All-Americans, and Sarmiento earned his berth for winning the ITA Regionals.“These guys both legitimately earned it,” USC coach Peter Smith said. “Daniel getting to the semis of the All-Americans and Ray winning the regionals without losing a set says a lot about how much our guys are improving.”The National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships began in 1978 for men and 1984 for women, and past champions and finalists of the tournament include professionals Bob and Mike Bryan, James Blake, John Isner, Laura Granville and Lisa Raymond.Despite the tournament’s prestige, Sarmiento is not fazed.“It’s one of the biggest tournaments in the fall, but I’m also going to treat it like it’s any other tournament,” Sarmiento said. “We’re prepared to play and make a good run.”
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisA Michigan agency issued a recall notice for several of its medical marijuana products. The Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs says the agency failed E. coli, salmonella and chemical residue tests.Products such as Citrix, Gelato, Green Crack and Oreoz were sold the last week of December (27-30). Patients should return the products to Compassionate Care by Design for proper disposal. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Alpena Teen Honored for Completing ’50 Yards Challenge’Next DDA close to hiring new parking enforcer
A man was killed Thursday morning after a crane crushed a car at a construction site on Douglas Road.Miramar police said the car crashed into the crane about 2 a.m., causing it to fall on top of the vehicle, killing the driver.A view from Sky 10 showed the crane resting on top of the crushed vehicle. Police are investigating what led to the crash.Douglas Road will be closed for several hours from County Line Road to the 3700 block during the crash investigation. Yesterday, a construction accident involving wet cement damaged several cars in Miami-Dade County.Cars covered in liquid concrete after Miami Beach construction accident #ConstructionAccident #MiamiBeach https://t.co/0gbYFf6Of7— CBS4 Miami (@CBSMiami) July 31, 2019 The concrete showered all over the cars trapping one driver in his vehicle yesterday afternoon in Miami Beach in a bank parking lot on Lincoln Road.No one was hurt, and there’s no estimate on the cost of the damages to the cars. The contractor says it’s reviewing the incident to find a cause.