Ecuador has Seized 24 Tons of Drugs since January 2012

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first_imgBy Dialogo August 22, 2012 Ecuador has seized about 24 tons of drugs since Jan. 2012, through operations that have left about 2,000 people arrested, said the national director of the Ecuadorian Anti-narcotics Police, General Juan Barragán. “So far this year, we have seized about 24 tons of various drugs in the country,” the official told Radio Quito, adding that police also managed to dismantle a “high number” of criminal organizations at different levels. Barragán noted that the confiscated drugs, included 8.4 tons of marijuana and cocaine paste intended for the “local market”. “Already 2,000 people have been detained and 2,440 operations were conducted with good results”, said the anti-narcotics chief. In Ecuador, drug seizures reached 26 tons in 2011, compared with 18 tons in 2010 and a record 68 tons in 2009. On July 25, President Rafael Correa said his country was implementing mechanisms to prevent infiltration of international drug trafficking organizations. “We are taking every measure to prevent the infiltration of international cartels in Ecuador”, said the president, stressing that “throughout the Andean region, Ecuador is the only country that does not produce coca.”last_img read more


There are big financial gains from multi-dwelling living

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first_img25 Hubert St South TownsvlleFROM granny flats to subdivided home, multi-dwelling living may the answer to help cover mortgage repayments and other property related costs.Whether you’re a savvy investor or first homebuyer, your next property purchase could help you maximise your income — that is, if you’re willing to think outside the box.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:15Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:15 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenProperty Investment Explained01:15According to McGrath Estate Agents Principal Brad Matheson, properties that offered multiple rental returns were gold mines for savvy investors.25 Hubert St, South Townsville“We all know that there are certain costs that come with owning a home so if you could part lease your property, the income could easily pay your mortgage,” he said.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“I currently have three properties on the market that fit these criteria, including 25 Hubert St, South Townsville which is a big Queenslander with two separate self-contained apartments underneath.“People like the idea of being able to have a three-bedroom house and being able to pay the mortgage with the rental income from the two properties underneath.“The current owners are receiving $220 and $230 per week downstairs and it is estimated that the upstairs house would receive $370 if it was to be rented out as well.”19 Cook St, North Ward19 Cook St in North Ward is equally enticing for investors with the house subdivided into two apartments, both of which are currently rented at $350 per week.Alternatively, 5 Collins St in Aitkenvale may just be what you’re after with the duplex currently leased for $220 per week, per unit.5 Collins St, Aitkenvale“The great think about these homes is that you could easily live in one of the units and rent out the rest, letting someone else pay your mortgage,” Mr Matheson said.“All three properties are also in popular locations which will help find good tenants in the future.”last_img read more


Dual-living opportunity drove interest in this Clontarf home

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first_img14 Deborah St, Clontarf. Picture: realestate.com.auIT WAS the dual-living opportunity which really drove interest in this Clontarf home at 14 Deborah St.According to CoreLogic figures, the home sold for $637,500 on June 19.Marketing agent Andrew Reibelt of RealWay Property Consultants Redcliffe said it was a bit of a unique offering in the local market because of its dual-living potential.“It is reasonably rare,’’ he said.More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019“This was one that was very well done, it had a complete kitchen upstairs and downstairs.’’Mr Reibelt said the buyers had recently sold another property in Rothwell. 14 Deborah St, Clontarf. Picture: realestate.com.auHe said the local market was still fairly busy with most properties selling within a 30-day time frame.Mr Reibelt said the home also had good street appeal and had been beautifully renovated.It also featured polished floors on the upper level and a large timber rear deck that overlooked a swimming pool and oasis-style gardens.CoreLogic figures reveal the median house price for Clontarf is $425,000 with 172 houses sold in the year to March. The median unit price is $328,500 with 36 units sold in the same period.last_img read more


Qld home values: Rich getting richer, poor getting poorer

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first_imgHouses and apartment buildings are seen in the blue chip Brisbane suburb of Hamilton. Image: Darren England/AAP.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus14 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market14 hours agoOver the final quarter of 2018, Brisbane home values fell 0.1 per cent, while across regional Queensland, they declined 0.2 per cent.But in the 12 months to December last year, home values in the Queensland capital rose by 0.2 per cent.CoreLogic research analyst Cameron Kusher said weaker housing market conditions nationally were being influenced by a downturn across the capital cities, especially in Sydney and Melbourne. A new home is seen under construction. Image: AAP/Brendan Esposito.“Despite a strong start to last year, approvals for detached houses have taken a turn for the worse, declining in the second half of 2018 and ending six per cent down on the previous 12 months,” Mr Bidwell said. “The figures also reveal that the slide in unit approvals has slowed, and are down four per cent when compared to the previous 12 months.” The luxury homes of Sovereign Islands on the Gold Coast. Photo: Glenn Hampson.Capital city home values are 6.7 per cent lower than their peak.Mr Kusher said regional housing markets were holding up better than the capital cities.It comes as the latest figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics reveal building approvals in Queensland have dropped to their lowest level since mid-2014.Master Builders Queensland deputy chief executive Paul Bidwell said the 39,995 approvals recorded at the end of 2018 was in stark contrast to the peak of 52,000 approvals in August 2016.center_img Expensive homes in Queensland are gaining in value and more affordable ones are falling, research shows. Image: Darren England/AAP.THE divide between rich and poor is getting bigger in Queensland’s housing market.Research reveals the most expensive homes in the state have risen in value over the past year, while properties at the lower end of the market have fallen.Analysis from property researcher CoreLogic shows home values across the most affordable sector of the state’s market dropped 0.8 per cent in 2018, while values in the top quarter of the market increased 0.1 per cent.In Brisbane the gap is even wider, with values falling half a per cent across the most affordable properties and rising a third of a per cent among the most expensive.It supports anecdotal evidence from real estate agents on the ground who are reporting higher sale prices for prestige properties. last_img read more


Lady Bulldog Varsity & JV Hoops Results

Posted On Sep 23 2020 by

first_imgThe Batesville Lady Bulldogs went 1-2 over the Christmas break. Batesville defeated Connersville by a score of 64-47. Four players scored in double figures for the Lady Bulldogs. Ashley Nobbe led the way with 18 points followed by Carlie Werner with 15. Makayla Granger was third on the team with 12 points, while Catherine Raab added 11.One day later, the Lady Bulldogs suffered losses to Franklin (58-40) and Terre Haute North (61-52).Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Bryan Helvie.The Batesville JV Ladies had 3 games over Christmas break. On Friday the 27th, The Bulldogs defeated Connersville 45-18.  Great defense caused many turnovers that led to great shots.  Capitalizing on those shots led to our 2nd highest point total of the season.  Scoring:  Emma Weiler 8, Carley Pride and Calley Kaiser 7.  Three girls Sarah Ripperger, Makayla Granger- Young, and Ava Hanson scored 6.  Cora Deputy 2, Gabby Elston 2. Rounding out the scoring Lizzy Nobbe 1.  Saturday the 28th the Lady Bulldogs traveled to Franklin to play in a Holiday Tournament. In the first game against Franklin Community, the Bulldogs got off to a good start leading at halftime by 5.  Unfortunately, we struggled to find the bottom of the net the second half and fell 47-33. Scoring for the Bulldogs:  Sarah Riperger 12, Emma Weiler 7 Calley Kaiser 5, Ava Hanson 4, Gabby Elton 3, Carley Pride 2.   In the second contest, the JV Lady Bulldogs were defeated by a talented Terre Haute North Team 49-33.   Scoring: Calley Kaiser and Carley Pride 7, Emma Weiler and Sarah Ripperger 6, Ava Hanson 4, Olivia Raab 2, and Lizzy Nobbe 1. The Bulldogs will look to get back on track this week as we play in the Ripley County Tourney Thursday against South Ripley.  Go Dogs!!!   Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Clint Pridelast_img read more


Unstoppable Fraser-Pryce blazes to 100m glory in London

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first_imgLONDON (Reuters) – Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce produced a superb display to outclass local favourite Dina Asher-Smith and Ivory Coast’s Marie-Josee Ta Lou as she won the women’s 100 metres in 10.78 seconds at the London Diamond League on Sunday.The 32-year-old double Olympic champion made a blistering start to dominate the race from start to finish, giving Asher-Smith (10.92) and Ta Lou (10.98) no chance of catching her.“It’s a long season and I’ve been training and training. To come out here and run 10.78 is a fabulous time,” Fraser-Pryce, whose season’s best time of 10.73 came at home in Jamaica last month, said.“I feel good. The aim is to make sure when I get to the Doha (world championships) that I’m on point. Right now the females are so close in terms of time so you definitely just have to come out and make sure that you’re ready to run.“My aim for Doha is definitely to be on the podium. For me, its a long season from here so I am hoping my experience will come into play.”Hellen Obiri sealed the women’s 5,000m in a time of 14:20.36 while fellow Kenyan Agnes Tirop also finished ahead of new mile world record holder Sifan Hassan who was third.“In the last lap I was thinking, ‘work hard’ and said to myself when I went past Hassan ‘let me go, see if you can catch me,” Obiri, who set the best time of the year as well as a new meet record, said.Akeem Bloomfield won the men’s 400m race with his season’s best time of 44.40 seconds, ahead of Jonathan Jones of Barbados and Jamaican compatriot Nathon Allen.Swede Daniel Stahl surpassed Gerd Kanter’s 2010 meet record in discus with a 68.56m effort.last_img read more


USC to partner with SETI for projects and research

Posted On Sep 17 2020 by

first_imgSearch for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, commonly know as SETI, recently agreed to partner with USC to “pursue the study of the living universe.”The SETI Institute is a non-profit organization that performs research and has a center for education and public outreach.The collaboration will be effective immediately. As a result, USC will gain access to the Institute to embark on joint projects. According to Randolph Hall, Vice President of Research, involvement is expected from physics, astronomy, biology, electrical engineering, computer science, cinema and the Keck School of Medicine.“USC and the SETI Institute have common interests in understanding life in all its forms, as well as communicating with students and the public on exciting scientific topics,” Hall wrote in an e-mail. “We are looking forward to starting joint research programs, education and internship opportunities for students, and creation of multimedia for science education.”The idea of a collaboration emerged three months ago when Dr. David Agus, the director of the USC Center for Applied Molecular Medicine and the USC Westside Prostate Cancer Center, met with Jill Tarter, the Director of the Center for SETI Research at the SETI Institute in Mountain View, Calif. at a conference. There, they talked about a possible collaboration between USC and SETI.Although the exact details of the collaboration are not yet known, Hall and Dr. Seth Shostak, a senior astronomer at SETI, see benefits for both USC and SETI.Although it is still in discussions, people from the SETI Institute might come teach classes at USC.Research opportunities for the faculty will also be prevalent, and, if things go according to plan, so will undergraduate summer internships.“There are a lot of things we do that might be of interest to some of the students and some of the faculty at USC,” Shostak said. “We’re also interested in the stuff that you do in film and television and that sort of thing because we do a lot of outreach here; there are television crews here all the time and it will be useful to have, for example, material made that illustrates the kind of work we do and whatever we’re doing with USC.”One of the major shared interests is looking for microbial life in otherwise inhospitable environments.For some students, the prospect of working with SETI is exciting.“It would be really cool especially since I am a computer science major and SETI does things like listen to noise from the universe and try to find intelligent signals within that noise,” said Nakul Joshi, a freshman majoring in computer science.last_img read more


Video: On the Beat: Beat writers break down Syracuse’s NCAA Tournament draw

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Syracuse field hockey blows chances in overtime loss to Connecticut in NCAA tournament quarterfinals

Posted On Sep 16 2020 by

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Lies Lagerweij spun past one Connecticut defender, then dipped around another. The crowd rose to its feet as Lagerweij entered the arc and ripped a reverse shot. Connecticut goalkeeper Nina Klein denied the shot with her body. The save was one of three she made while Syracuse played with an extra player for the first seven and a half minutes of overtime.The Orange outshot Connecticut 6-2 in overtime. But the Huskies were the ones celebrating when the ball crossed the goal line for the final time on Sunday.Despite playing on its home field, third-seeded Syracuse (15-4, 4-2 Atlantic Coast) played from behind all game before eventually falling to sixth-seeded Connecticut (22-1, 7-0), 3-2, in double overtime in the NCAA tournament quarterfinals. Syracuse didn’t hold a lead at any point and tallied just three shots in regulation. A late surge from Syracuse’s offense, including a game-tying goal, was not enough to complete the comeback on Sunday at J.S. Coyne Stadium. With the loss, SU won’t defend its national title.“(UConn) has a stingy defense,” Syracuse head coach Ange Bradley said. “It took us a while to be able to figure out how to manipulate it and beat it.”Twenty-two minutes into the game, UConn forward Charlotte Veitner tipped a blast from Anna Middendorf, to put the Huskies on the board first. Syracuse answered quickly. Less than two minutes after Veitner’s goal, Liz Sack tipped a ball off of a UConn defender inside the arc, earning a penalty corner.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textNijsje Venrooy’s insert went directly to Lagerweij, who ripped a low, screaming shot out in front of the net. Serra Degnan extended her stick to redirect the ball into the back of the net. As the team gathered around Degnan in celebration, Lagerweij gave a fist pump and jogged back to her position in the back line.Following the equalizer, UConn’s defense tightened up. Under constant pressure, passes along the back line began to go wild for Syracuse. Venrooy attempted to work the ball out along the sideline before being held up by several UConn defenders. After losing possession, Venrooy failed to protect her feet, which the ball hit, leaving the opportunity for the Connecticut forward to earn a corner.Sam Ogozalek | Staff Writer“I think what makes us dangerous in the postseason is we pride ourselves on our defense.” Middendorf said. “The way in which not just the back three but our goalkeeper and midfield, forwards pressuring, we were not going to let much into our circle.”UConn entered halftime with a 2-1 lead. At the break, Syracuse trailed Connecticut seven to one in total shots. Syracuse earned one penalty corner in the first frame while Connecticut produced five penalty-corner opportunities.After yellow cards were issued to Connecticut’s Barbara Hoogen and Veitner, Syracuse played two minutes with a two-player advantage. The Orange struggled to maintain possession despite the extra players. On a delay of game restart deep in Connecticut territory, Emma Tufts struggled to penetrate the UConn back line as she gave the ball up to a UConn defender.As UConn advanced the ball down field, Syracuse midfielder Laura Hurff dashed down the middle of the field in hot pursuit of the ball. Instead of stealing it, Hurff shouldered the UConn player and received a 10-minute yellow card for the play.The mistakes mounted as the half carried on. Lagerweij failed to connect with Venrooy as the ball bounced out of bounds. Jamie Martin missed a pass on the following break-out attempt. Hurff battled to get the ball but lost control. Martin once again found herself with the ball but the play again ended with Connecticut possession. Syracuse called timeout.Syracuse re-entered play with a newfound energy. Sack darted into the offensive zone, attacking the corner with speed. She played the ball on to Tufts, who hit the ball off a UConn defender earning a corner. Roos Weers received the insert from Venrooy, took one step in and rocketed a shot to the bottom left of the net to tie the game with four minutes left in regulation.“I was really proud of our kids that they didn’t quit,” Bradley said. “They found a way to get themselves back in the game to win it.”In the huddle before overtime, Lagerweij rallied her teammates. She pointed to her head as she looked at each of her teammates.“One main point that we said a lot today and especially toward the end of the game and overtime is this is our field and we never ever give up,” Lagerweij said.But the Orange never found the back of the net on its six overtime shots.UConn needed only two. Comments Published on November 14, 2016 at 2:42 am Contact Josh: jlschafe@syr.edu | @Schafer_44last_img read more


No. 1 Syracuse limiting turnovers on offense

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first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 19, 2017 at 11:26 pm Contact Charlie: csdistur@syr.edu | @charliedisturco Week after week, Syracuse head coach John Desko mentioned one thing the Orange could improve upon: turnovers.“We need to play better than we did in our last road trip, minimize our turnovers,” Desko said March 16.“Get rid of our turnovers, have better possessions against these good teams … All of your possessions are important,” he said a week later.“We want to keep the turnover numbers down,” Desko said April 4.In the middle of the season, the Orange struggled to limit turnovers. Some bad passes sailed out of bounds. Occasionally, the offense tried dodging and fighting through double teams rather than passing to the open man. Other times, players peppered the goalie with an easy shot, which Desko considers a turnover.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMaking smarter decisions has helped the top-ranked Orange (10-1, 4-0 Atlantic Coast) limit its turnovers as the season progressed, contributing to its jump into the No. 1 spot. By making better passes and not forcing shots, Syracuse has staved off top competition in close games and kept its eight-game win streak alive. Against ranked opponents through March 18, Syracuse posted 11 turnovers all three times. Since, the Orange has posted single digits against each ranked opponent.Turnovers can make or break a game’s outcome. As the game comes down to the wire, one quick turnover can lead to a fast break and goal on the opposite end. A stretch of consecutive turnovers creates runs for opponents that otherwise shouldn’t be in a close contest against the Orange.Against St. John’s on March 11, turnovers slowed down the Orange offense. In the first 15 minutes, Syracuse had five goals and one turnover to its name. But over the next three quarters, the offense struggled to create production, finishing with four goals and 14 turnovers the rest of the way — including six in the fourth and three in the last five minutes of the game.With 20 seconds left, Paolo Ciferri turned the ball over and started a St. John’s counter attack. A wide shot as time expired gave the Orange a 9-8 win against the Red Storm — a game that could’ve ended in a blowout had SU played smarter with the ball.“We just started making some ugly turnovers,” senior attack Jordan Evans said. “Myself included. That was leading to goals on the other end and them capitalizing it.”Leigh Ann Rodgers | Staff PhotographerIn practice, when players made turnovers, they had to do pushups based on how badly the turnover was, Brad Voigt said. Even though pushups were not hard, something small like adding a penalty for turning the ball over creates an added level of importance. And it worked.On March 25, Syracuse had its first single-digit turnover performance in a month against Duke. In a one-goal game during which freshman midfielder Jamie Trimboli netted the game-winner in overtime, Syracuse forced 15 turnovers — a plus-six margin.A week later, against Notre Dame, the Orange dethroned the then-No. 1 Fighting Irish by one. In the last quarter of the game, SU forced three turnovers including one with two seconds left to seal the win.“Every team gets better as the season goes on,” Voigt said. “We put major emphasis on not turning the ball over.”The increased ball control can be largely attributed to smarter play out of Sergio Salcido and Evans, the two feeders on offense.Salcido is the No. 1 target for defenses, and had to adapt from a shooter to a passer. In the beginning, he tried to force shots and had seven turnovers to his name through March 18 (Johns Hopkins). But he has since turned the ball over only four times and racked up 14 assists.“You have to know how to value the ball. We control the ball when the ball’s in our stick,” Salcido said. “… It was a mutual understanding of when to push the ball and when to be a little conservative.”Evans entered the year as the main threat but has since changed his role. Like Salcido, his turnover numbers have dropped since the Johns Hopkins game. Through the JHU game, Evans had six turnovers. Since, he’s had four and added six assists.“If you look at (Evans’) numbers and the lack of turnovers,” Desko said, “something that doesn’t reflect in the points category is being able to run the offense and get to the right places and tell other people where to go.”Syracuse knows one turnover can be the difference between an early exit or the national championship. It’ll need its feeders, and team overall, to keep limiting turnovers to make a deep playoff run. And so far, that’s been the case. Commentslast_img read more