U.S. DEA: Óscar Naranjo appointed as a special agent

first_img Brazil, Colombia and Peru agree on military cooperation BOGOTÁ, Colombia – Authorities have confiscated eight kilograms (17.6 pounds) of cocaine they discovered in a bed inside one of the main stores at the international airport in the nation’s capital this past weekend, police officials said. Police said they were making routine checks when an officer noticed that the back of the bed looked abnormal. “After taking the bed to the scanner, the drug was detected,” police said, according to the Colombian website Vanguardia.com. The narcotics, which were handed to authorities, were destined for the U.S., where the drug had a street value in excess of US$240,000. The cocaine’s owner is unknown, police said. Colombia: Eight kilograms of cocaine seized at international airport BOGOTÁ, Colombia – Military commanders from Brazil, Colombia and Peru have agreed to work together to strengthen their border patrols during a meeting in the Colombian city of Leticia in the southern department of Amazonas. The militaries will work to improve the exchanging of intelligence to stop narcotics and weapons trafficking, as well as the illegal exploitation of natural resources along the countries’ borders. The militaries also will focus on fighting terrorism, as Colombian guerrillas have been entering Peru through Putumayo, Peruvian Gen. Francisco Javier Contreras Rivas said, according to the Colombian website Caracol.com.co. Nicaragua: Officials seize 87 kilograms of cocaine SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador – One of the owners of the Club Deportivo Vista Hermosa soccer team has been arrested for his alleged participation in a cocaine deal, police said. Cristóbal Benítez Canales was among a group of four suspected of participating in a deal that involved more than two kilograms (4.4 pounds) of cocaine when they were apprehended inside a parked vehicle in the municipality of San Carlos in the northeastern department of Morazán. It is unclear whether Benítez was the buyer or seller, according to a police statement. Police also raided Correcaminos stadium, the team’s home field, as well as four businesses owned by the Benítez family, according to The Associated Press. center_img By Dialogo October 27, 2010 WASHINGTON, D.C., U.S.A. – Gen. Óscar Naranjo, Colombia’s national police chief, has been appointed as an honorary special agent of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), agency officials said. Naranjo’s appointment was conducted in a closed-door ceremony under tight security measures during the 117th Annual Conference and Exposition of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), held this week in Orlando, Fla. The honorary designation is a demonstration “of our greatest appreciation, gratitude and respect for Gen. Naranjo,” said DEA Acting Administrator Michele Leonhart, according to the Colombian website El Espectador.com. Naranjo has been fighting narcotics trafficking for more than three decades in the Andean nation. “I receive [the recognition] on behalf of my government and on behalf of the policemen who throughout the years have sacrificed their lives,” Naranjo said, according to the Colombian website El Colombiano.com. “I receive it on behalf of my 13 police officers who remain in captivity in the depths of the jungle and on behalf of Colombians who have given us their support and confidence to help us move forward in fulfilling our duty.” Naranjo, who was recognized for his work in the fight against narcotics, is focused on securing the release of 13 policemen who are being held captive by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). MANAGUA, Nicaragua – Police arrested six suspects and seized 87 kilograms (192 pounds) of cocaine following an inspection of a tour bus traveling south on the Pan-American Highway, Commissioner Carlos Martínez, deputy chief of police in the southern city of Rivas, said. The narcotic was stored in 72 packages and concealed inside two caches. The bus driver Santiago Antonio Castellón Portillo and five others were taken into custody. The men had departed from the Peñas Blancas border post and were bound for Costa Rica, Martínez said, according to the Nicaraguan website El Nuevo Diario.com. El Salvador: Soccer team owner arrestedlast_img read more

Nokia 8000, Nokia 6300 With 4G Could Be Launched by HMD Global Soon, Telecom Listing Indicates: Report

first_imgIs Android One holding back Nokia smartphones 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. HMD Global may be bringing back 4G models of the Nokia 8000 and Nokia 6300, as per reports. The old models were spotted on Swedish telecom operator Telia’s refreshed list of devices that will support Wi-Fi calling, according to reports. However, Telia’s site no longer mentions the phones. The listing indicates that Nokia 8000 and Nokia 6300 may be up for a revamped relaunch soon, cashing in on the nostalgia of customers who used the Nokia phones back in the 2000s.As per a report by German site WinFuture, Nokia 8000 and Nokia 6300’s 4G models were mentioned on Telia, indicating that improved versions of the old Nokia phones with 4F LTE support will be making a comeback. No other specifications were mentioned on the listing or by HMD Global.- Advertisement – The listing, however, no longer has these two Nokia models under its list of devices that will support Wi-Fi calling. Other Nokia phones such as Nokia 8, Nokia 9, Nokia 4.2, Nokia 3.2, Nokia 5.3, Nokia 7.2, Nokia 2720 flip, Nokia 8.3, Nokia 3.4, Nokia 2.4, and Nokia 225 4G are mentioned. Latest models from Apple, Samsung, Huawei, OnePlus, Xiaomi, and other brands are also mentioned in the listing.Nokia 6300 was released back in 2006. It had a 2-megapixel camera, an S40 OS, and was a popular phone at the time. Nokia 8000, meanwhile, could be based on any of the Nokia 8000 series models that the company was making.However, since the two Nokia phones were taken off the Telia listing, the possibility that the names made it there by mistake still remains. If Nokia does indeed plan on releasing 4G versions of Nokia 8000 and Nokia 6300, it is likely to release some more details about the same soon.- Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement –last_img read more

Ghana Rugby sensitises members on anti-doping

first_imgThe Ghana Rugby Football Union (GRFU) has embarked on a campaign to sensitize the Rugby Family in Ghana on the seriousness of doping.The campaign follows a shocking revelations in the McLaren report which pointed to  state-sponsored doping in Russia.The findings indicated that urine samples of Russian competitors were manipulated across the “vast majority” of summer and winter Olympic sports from late 2011 to August 2015.According to the President of the GRFU, Mr Herbert Mensah, Rugby has been known to keep its nose relatively clean in the area of doping but that he has instructed his administration to sensitise the Rugby patrons in the light of the latest revelations.Mensah also said, “We have kicked off the sensitisation campaign by bringing World Rugby’s stringent guidelines as outlined in Regulation 21 to the attention of all administrators and players via our online communication channels.”He said World Rugby has regulated doping extensively and infringements are subject to sanctions that may, depending on the seriousness of the offence, lead to a lifetime ban. Besides Russia some of the biggest doping scandals to hit sport include1. Athletics doping cover-upBigger than anything that has come before due to senior figures in the sport – including former IAAF president Lamine Diack – being charged with criminal offences after allegedly taking of bribes from Russian athletes, who were found to be part of a state-sponsored doping programme that “sabotaged” London 2012. Russia became the first country suspended for drugs offences.2. Lance ArmstrongPrior to the current scandal engulfing athletics, the revelation by the US Anti-Doping Agency that Armstrong had cheated his way to all seven of his Tour de France titles was the most shocking doping story in sport. Also involved unproven – and vehemently denied – allegations of a cover-up involving cycling’s world governing body. 3. Ben JohnsonThe most reviled drugs cheat in athletics. The Canadian was found to have taken steroids to win the 1988 Olympic 100 metres title in a world-record time of 9.79secs. Ultimately, six of the eight finalists from that race tested positive for banned drugs or were implicated in a doping scandal in their careers.4. Diego MaradonaOne of the greatest footballers of all time was kicked out of the 1994 World Cup after testing positive for ephedrine.5. The BALCO scandal Britain’s Dwain Chambers (pictured), Olympic sprint champion Marion Jones and baseball great Barry Bonds were among those found to have been customers of the steroid-producing Bay Area Laboratory Co-operative.6. Operacion PuertoAlready a huge doping scandal – the name was bestowed on the case by Spanish police who were targeting the doping ring of doctor Eufemiano Fuentes (pictured) – this could yet be the most explosive ever if an appeal against the destruction of blood bags by a Spanish judge is upheld. Cyclists named in the case included Ivan Basso, Jan Ullrich and Alberto Contador (the latter was ultimately cleared of involvement in the affair by the Spanish courts), and there are suggestions many other high-profile sportspeople could be implicated.7. The Festina affairThe discovery of a cache of doping products in the possession of Bruno Roussel’s Festina cycling team during the 1998 Tour de France was the first great drugs scandal of modern cycling. The affair led to the formation of the World Anti-Doping Agency. 8. The Mitchell ReportFormer United States Senator George Mitchell’s inquiry into widespread drug-taking in Major League Baseball found that during the random testing period in 2003, up to 7 per cent of players tested positive for steroid use. In all, 89 former and current MLB players – including legends such as Barry Bonds – were named in the report.9. Floyd LandisLandis was considered the biggest drugs cheat in cycling until his predecessor as Tour de France champion, Lance Armstrong, was finally exposed. The 2006 Tour winner tested positive for an unusually high ratio of testosterone to epitestosterone and was banned for two years.10. Justin Gatlin Twice banned for testing positive before returning to sprinting and running faster than ever. The US sprinter almost beat Usain Bolt at this year’s World Championships.Although Rugby does not feature in any of the major scandals, South African rugby was rocked on Tuesday with the confirmation that two players had tested positive during routine testing for using banned substances.Mr Mensah said that the initial sensitisation steps will be followed up by the appointment of a select committee to delve into this menace and make recommendations to him and his Board on how to keep Rugby clean.last_img read more

Antonio wants Wi-Fi free throughout L.A.

first_imgHoping to offer free high-speed Internet access across Los Angeles, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa introduced a plan Tuesday to create what would be the nation’s single-largest citywide wireless network. Villaraigosa’s plan calls for the city to hire a technology expert to work with the private sector to develop a massive Wi-Fi network that would allow people with wireless-equipped laptops and other devices to surf the Web without having to plug into a phone line. The service would be free throughout the city, although users who want a faster connection could pay for speedier service. “By giving every resident high-speed access, we will transform Los Angeles into a cutting-edge city across every neighborhood and every economic sector,” Villaraigosa said. Wi-Fi, short for wireless fidelity, sends data over radio waves through a network of transmitters. Communities across the country have rushed to try to build such networks. Even as Villaraigosa was announcing his effort, Houston officials disclosed a deal with EarthLink to build a citywide wireless Internet network that would eclipse L.A.’s. More than 200 communities across the country have undertaken some form of wireless access for residents. Still, many efforts remain limited to isolated and experimental areas. Some plans, as in San Francisco, have run into contract disputes. [email protected] dailynews.com (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more