Big Cocaine Seizure Made Off Guatemala’s Pacific Coast

first_imgBy Dialogo December 07, 2009 The Guatemalan navy and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration detained 12 people who were transporting 2,000 kilos (about 2.2 tons) of cocaine aboard four speedboats off Guatemala’s Pacific coast, officials said. A Guatemalan army spokesman told reporters that the joint operation was carried out in the country’s territorial waters, some 80 nautical miles off the coast of the southern province of Escuintla. Because it was an operation led by the DEA and the case is still under investigation, the identities and nationalities of the suspects were not revealed. According to local media, the drug smugglers departed from South America and had Mexico as their final destination. On Oct. 21, the DEA, with the support of the Guatemalan navy, captured a semi-submersible vessel in which three Colombians and two Mexicans were transporting five tons of cocaine. That shipment was seized off Guatemala’s Pacific coast and was the biggest cocaine haul ever confiscated in that country’s territory. About 11 tons of cocaine have been seized this year in Guatemala, according to official figures. Separately, Guatemalan security forces seized a shipment of 82,899 tablets of pseudoephedrine – the key ingredient in methamphetamine – that had been shipped from Bangladesh. The pseudoephedrine, whose importation and sale has been banned in Guatemala since February, was found at a warehouse near La Aurora international airport. The shipment of the drug had been hidden in a shipment of women’s clothing that had recently arrived in Guatemala from the Asian country, the National Police’s press office said.last_img read more

Samsung Smart Monitor With Mobile and PC Connectivity Launched: All You Need to Know

first_imgThe latest Samsung Smart Monitor series has a refresh rate of 60Hz, a 16:9 aspect ratio, and VA panels. All models run Samsung’s Tizen 5.5, feature VA panels with a 8ms (GTG) response time, a typical brightness of 250 nits, and support for the HDR10 standard. The monitors also support Bluetooth 4.2 and Wi-Fi 5 connectivity, and feature two 5W built-in speakers.As mentioned, the Samsung Smart M7 monitor series has a single 32-inch variant, featuring an ultra-HD (3,840 x 2,160 pixels) resolution, while the M5 is available in 27-inch and 32-inch variants, both of which have a full-HD (1,920 x 1,080 pixels) resolution. The M7 has a USB Type-C port that allows for data transfer and charging up to 65W. There are three USB 2.0 ports on the M7, while the M5 has two. Both variants have two HDMI 2.0 ports as well. Both support VESA (100mm x 100mm) wall mounting.Users can connect their mobile devices using Tap View, App Casting or Apple AirPlay 2. With wireless Samsung DeX, you can have a desktop experience using a mobile device on the Samsung Smart Monitor. It is possible to use mobile productivity apps, see photos, and watch movies using your monitor and phone.- Advertisement – For entertainment, you can stream content from Netflix, YouTube, Apple TV and more, without a connection to a PC or mobile device. The content can be accessed with a remote control. There is also voice assistant support for Alexa, and Bixby 2.0. The Samsung Smart Monitor incorporates Microsoft Office 365 applications without a PC connection. You can use remote access to access files from an office computer or a laptop placed somewhere else.The Smart Monitor has Adaptive Picture, which optimises picture quality by automatically adjusting brightness and colour temperature in response to room conditions. The monitor also has an eye-saver mode to reduce blue light, and flicker free features. You can use Ultrawide Game View to adjust your screen to 21:9.Will Apple Silicon Lead to Affordable MacBooks in India? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –center_img Samsung Smart Monitor was launched in two series on Monday, a new lineup that is meant to incorporate mobile and PC connectivity apart from offering smart TV features like video on demand (VOD). The Samsung Smart Monitor is available in two series – the M7, which currently features a 32-inch model that supports ultra-high definition (UHD) resolution, and the M5, currently available in 32-inch and 27-inch models that support 32-inch. All the models in the Smart Monitor run the company’s Tizen OS (v5.5), come with two 5W built-in speakers, and offer DeX and mirroring features. Samsung calls the monitor ‘The world’s first do-it-all screen.’Samsung Smart Monitor M5, M7 price and availabilityThe Samsung Smart Monitor will be available in Canada, China, and the US from today, November 16. The South Korean tech giant has plans of expanding the Smart Monitor to global markets at the end of this month. In the US, the Smart Monitor M7 model is priced at $400 (roughly Rs. 29,800); the 27-inch variant of the Smart Monitor M5 lineup is priced at $230 (roughly Rs. 17,130) and the 32-inch M5 variant at $280 (roughly Rs. 20,900).Samsung Smart Monitor M5, M7 features and specifications- Advertisement –last_img read more

Tokyo marks one year to go until Olympics… again

first_imgBy Jack Tarrant, Akira TomoshigeTOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese swimmer Rikako Ikee, who is battling back from leukaemia, provided a glimmer of hope for embattled Tokyo Olympics organisers during a sombre yet poignant ceremony to mark one year to go until the rearranged Games on Thursday.The Olympics were due to begin on Friday with an extravagant opening ceremony in the National Stadium but the Games have instead been delayed until July 23, 2021 because of the global COVID-19 pandemic.A subdued 15-minute ceremony took place in an empty and dark National Stadium, where footage was shown to highlight next year’s Games.Ikee, who won six titles at the 2018 Asian Games and was considered a strong medal contender for the Olympics before her illness, stood under a spotlight dressed in all white as she represented a figure of hope for Tokyo. “Imagine the world a year from now,” she said while holding the Olympic flame in a lantern.“How wonderful it will be to see the curtain raising on the Olympic and Paralympic Games. We are currently living in a world of ups and downs. I sincerely hope that the peace and calm of daily life returns as soon as possible.”Various venues that will host Olympics events next year, including the newly-built Ariake Arena, were lit up in the Olympic colours to mark the occasion. Last year, International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach presided over a glitzy ceremony to mark the occasion in the Japanese capital and declared Tokyo the best prepared host city he had ever seen.This time around the atmosphere was much more subdued and Thursday’s small ceremony is a sign of things to come in the lead-up to the Games next year.“We have to prepare for multiple scenarios of the Games,” Bach told broadcaster Eurosport, the Games’ official broadcaster in Europe, on Thursday.“We don’t know how the world will look like in one year. So we are preparing for all the different scenarios. The top priority is that these Olympic Games will only take place in a safe environment for everybody,” he said. Asked whether the Games could go ahead even without fans, Bach said the organisation needed to adapt to the circumstances.“In this world you have to adapt yourself. We are working to optimize the Games, to simplify the Games, to adapt it to the time we are living in. We are not living on a spacecraft, we are in the middle of the world society.”The head of the IOC’s Coordination Commission John Coates has said rearranging the Games meant focusing on the “must haves” in a simplified event.In response, Tokyo 2020 Chief Executive Toshiro Muto said over 200 simplification measures were under consideration.  Thursday’s landmark comes as the Japanese capital reported 366 new coronavirus cases, a new daily record, fuelling fears of a second round of infections.last_img read more

Impact of Covid-19 on basketball in Ghana

first_imgThe novel coronavirus has affected sports like nothing in history. Usually, when there is a significant world event, sports serve as a distraction and a way to unify people. We saw that with 9/11, Hurricane Katrina and many other events throughout history. In the Covid-19 pandemic, sports is a central part of the story, part of the problem. The virus easily spreads in large crowds and I think it will be months, if not years before people feel comfortable attending events with thousands of people.Like all sporting disciplines, basketball in Ghana has not been spared of COVID-19 obstruction. With new and exciting basketball programmes to be introduced this year and another BIG NBA Star expected in Ghana sometime June/July, basketball fans would have so much to see, read about and enjoy this year. The novel coronavirus has unfocused the flow of basketball events in Ghana.Yaw Sakyi Afari, CEO of Rite Sports PromotionsRite Sports, the leading sports events production and management firm in Ghana, partnered with the Mayor of Accra Hon. Mohammed Adjei Sowah to organize the maiden Accra Mayor’s Cup for selected High Schools in Accra last November. The event which was the first basketball event at the Bukom Boxing Arena was won by Presec-Legon.  In December 2019, the best basketball players in Accra and Tema clashed in the maiden Africa Basketball Festival (akin to the popular NBA All-Star Game held every February) at the Bukom Boxing Arena which marked the second basketball game to be held at the arena which hitherto was known for just boxing events.In January 2020, thousands of basketball fans congregated at the El-Wak Sports Stadium for the finals of the 2019/2020 Sprite Ball Championship which was the 14th edition since its inception in January 2007. The boys’ division had Keta Business School winning but were later disqualified and banned indefinitely for fielding unqualified players. Shama Senior High School won in the Girls’ division making it the first Girls’ School from the Western Region to win the prestigious Championship.The 2020 GUSA Games were successfully hosted by University of Ghana in January producing some exciting moments. University of Ghana won in the basketball competition, repeating the feat chalked in 2010 when they last hosted the prestigious GUSA Games.With Ghana prospering in 3X3 Basketball Games in recent times, Rite Sports was going to throw the spotlight on the game with the maiden BALL OUT, a national 3×3 Championship in February which will see the winner take home GH10,000 was rescheduled to end of April 2020 (this month) but with the unfolding events, that hangs in a limbo. The 7th edition of the annual UPAC Basketball Championship, the biggest national University basketball programme, was launched successfully and games played in two Zones. Radford University College won Zone One in Koforidua and Takoradi Technical University emerging winners in Zone 2 over University of Cape Coast, tipped as one of the favourites to win this year’s Championship. Per the schedule, thousands would have gathered at the University of Ghana Basketball Court to witness yet another exciting finals yesterday Saturday 18th April but intricate to say which teams would have been in the final.A conversation has started late last year with the agent of a popular American NBA Player (name withheld for now) to host him in Ghana in June/July for several projects including a basketball clinic, educational support programme and rural community support. With COVID-19 predicted to linger around for some more months, the visit hangs in a balance.After all the activities, a night is set aside to celebrate all the stakeholders who excelled during the year under review, the Ghana Basketball Awards. It was scheduled for sometime in June. Need I say more about its destiny?Beyond the activities of Rite Sports, competitive basketball leagues across the country have been affected by the Corona Virus and eventual ban on social gatherings. The Accra Basketball League (ABL) 2020 season had just commenced with Round One games played out at the Lebanon House Court in Tudu.With a majority of the participating clubs drafted from Ghana’s security service, the season is likely to be shortened to give security personnel who double as players’ ample time to prepare for the Parliamentary and Presidential Elections. The Western Basketball Association (WBA) League was close to concluding but the effects of the Corona Virus have forced organizers to suspend the league with no games expected to be played at the Takoradi Technical University league venue.The calendar for the GSP Basketball League in Sunyani has been disrupted due to the suspension while league players who double as students of Tertiary institutions are likely to miss out on crucial tune up games for the UPAC. GSP League games have been important in preparing participating institutions to star in the UPAC. Sunyani Technical University and Catholic University College, Ghana  (CUCG) are GSP teams competing in the 2020 UPAC Basketball Championship.For now, jobs, opportunities and fun to be derived from these games have to wait- WaterPark and ClockWork (both produce and sell sports apparels) were hoping to sew more jerseys for participating teams, replica jerseys for fans of participating teams and their favourite NBA teams but have to revise their expectations.  The food vendors (I was looking forward to drinking ice kenkey produced and sold by Gracefield, former UG Basketball star turned entrepreneur) have to revise their revenue projections, the lady we rent canopies and chairs from might have to wait for some months to enjoy those funds, the painter and his boys who mark the floor ahead of every final must wait for a couple of months and the list continues.Gail Sheehy, an American author, journalist, and lecturer once said, ”If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we aren’t really living”.  Indeed, Ghana Basketball is reeling under COVID-19 but the big question is, has this pandemic changed how we see the sport? Will anything change about how we activate the sport world over and in Ghana?last_img read more

England hero Harry Kane says Three Lions never stopped believing

talkSPORT will be with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network. England celebrate the last-gasp winner Two-goal hero Harry Kane says England never stopped believing as they sealed a dramatic late victory over Tunisia.The Three Lions got their World Cup campaign off to the perfect start thanks to their skipper, whose 91st-minute header sent the country wild. Kane swivels to head the winning goal It had looked like classic England at a major tournament. Early promise faded as Kane’s opener was cancelled out by a seemingly-soft Ferjani Sassi penalty, conceded by Kyle Walker.But the talismanic striker was on cloud nine after his team fought to earn a vital three points in their Group G opener.He told talkSPORT: “I’m so proud of the lads, so proud of all the staff. We’ve worked so hard for this moment.“We’ve watched a lot of games, been excited, been nervous and I thought we did very well, especially in the first-half.“We were a bit unlucky to be one-all at half-time but we dug deep. It could’ve been one of them nights where it just didn’t go our way but we kept believing and got what we deserved in the end.“The best thing for me is that we didn’t panic. We stuck to the game-plan; it was one-all for a long time.“We never looked like conceding so we were secure. We said we don’t want to do anything stupid and end up losing the game. We just kept moving it. The subs came on and made an impact.” 2 Dynamic football has come to characterise Gareth Southgate’s side. But for all their expansive play, they were wasteful in front of goal and ironically won the game via two set-pieces.Kane added: “We were a danger from set-plays the whole game. We took our time, got our positions, and it worked out well.“There’s still a long way to go. We know the next game is a massive game. Every game in the World Cup is big.”The Tottenham Hotspur man admitted he and his team-mates were conscious of letting the nation down as the minutes ticked by.He continued: “This puts us in a great position and that’s what we wanted. If we drew 1-1 then everyone would’ve been disappointed and then we’d have to get up for it again.“We’re all buzzing, we’re going to go home, recover well and try to do the same again.” 2 read more