Ecuador Seizes 1.3 Tons of Cocaine in Fruit Going to Belgium and Spain

first_imgBy Dialogo April 15, 2011 Ecuador seized 1.3 tons of cocaine hidden in pineapples and bananas that were to be sent to Belgium and Spain, the head of the Antinarcotics Police, Col. Edmundo Mera, announced on 12 April. The largest part of the shipment, 1,021 kg, was camouflaged in pineapples intended for export and had Belgium as its destination, Col. Mera added. The drugs, which were going to be shipped from the port of Guayaquil (in southwestern Ecuador), were discovered by drug-sniffing dogs, the officer indicated. “It’s believed to be a job with Colombians behind it,” said Mera, who reported the arrest of four individuals whose nationalities he did not specify. In November, 963 kg of cocaine camouflaged in pineapples were confiscated in an operation in which eight Colombians were detained in the city of Santo Domingo de los Colorados (130 km west of Quito). The officer added that anti-narcotics agents found another 289 kg of cocaine hidden among boxes of bananas intended for export, also at a port in the Guayaquil region, with Spain as their destination. On 8 April, Interior Minister Alfredo Vera indicated that Ecuador seized nine tons of drugs in the first quarter of 2011, compared to a record-setting 68 tons in all of 2009 (including 64 tons of cocaine) and 18 tons in 2010.last_img read more


Indonesian health system might collapse soon: COVID-19 task force

first_imgThe Indonesian health system might collapse quickly if the public continues to ignore COVID-19 prevention protocols, says a member of the national COVID-19 task force. “We really need the public’s help to implement the health protocols. If we continue this [poor] situation, the nation’s health system will hit the ground,” the task force’s coordinator for medical volunteers, Jossep William, said as quoted by kompas.com on Monday.He also said the health system in Indonesia had been overwhelmed by the crisis. Once the system collapses, it will be difficult to overcome the COVID-19 issue in Indonesia, he added.Therefore, Jossep urged the public to comply with the health protocols in order to keep the nation’s health system in a stable condition by reducing the number of COVID-19 patients.Read also: Jakarta gears up for possible collapse of healthcare system“Avoid public gatherings, maintain physical distance from each other, wash your hands and wear a mask,” Jossep said.Community health centers and ambulances in Jakarta have been struggling to send patients to the COVID-19 temporary hospital at the Kemayoran athletes village in Central Jakarta.The athletes village is currently operating four towers, namely towers 4, 5, 6 and 7. Towers 4 and 5 are used to treat asymptomatic COVID-19 patients, while towers 6 and 7 are used to treat those with moderate symptoms. As many as 2,355 patients are currently undergoing treatment in towers 6 and 7, while 1,497 patients without symptoms are being treated in Tower 5. (dpk)Topics :last_img read more


NOS and NYK Sign CTV MoU for Japanese Market

first_imgNYK and NOG, the parent company of Northern Offshore Service AB (NOS), will start a joint study of a new CTV service to contribute to the success of offshore wind projects in Japan. Japan’s government has since identified eleven areas as potentially suitable for the development of offshore wind farms. As reported earlier, NYK has also signed an MoU with Van Oord to jointly own and operate offshore wind installation vessels under the Japanese flag. Sweden’s Northern Offshore Group AB (NOG) and Japanese shipping company NYK have agreed to a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for a crew transfer vessel (CTV) business for offshore wind projects in Japan. The shipping major plans to find a partner for the cable-laying segment.center_img In April 2019, a new law intended to facilitate the development of offshore wind projects off Japan became effective, and demand within the offshore wind power generation market is expected to expand. Source: NYK NOS and NYK will discuss the optimized design, ownership, and operation of a CTV so that crews can have safe access to wind power generation facilities off Japan even when sea conditions are harsh, NYK said. In the future, the two companies will also discuss the possibility of collaborating in overseas businesses.last_img read more


Stapleton calls time on intercounty hurling

first_imgThe Borrisoleigh clubman helped Tipp to the All Ireland title in 2010, and was part of the panel that regained the Liam McCarthy in September of this year. In a statement released on the Tipperary GAA website Stapleton announced his decision to retire from the intercounty scene having been involved with the Tipp set-up for a decade. He thanked his family, partner and close friends for their support over the years as well as Colaiste Mhuire in Thurles – he added it will be a pleasure to give back as much as he can to his club Borrisoleigh now in the coming yearslast_img