Uruguay Deals Blow to Organized Crime

first_imgBy Juan Delgado/Diálogo September 02, 2020 On July 8, the Uruguayan Police, with the support of the Uruguayan Navy and Air Force, dismantled a narcotrafficking organization as part of Operation Guaraní. Law enforcement forces carried out more than 23 raids in several cities in Colonia department, as well as in Montevideo.Authorities arrested 29 people, including leaders of the organization and drug suppliers, the Uruguayan Ministry of the Interior said in a press release published on the same day. During the operation, they also seized weapons, ammunition, drugs, vehicles, cell phones, and cash. According to Uruguayan news portal La Colonia Digital, authorities had been investigating and gathering intelligence for 11 months to support the operation.In mid-March, the Uruguayan Armed Forces strengthened the country’s land, air, and maritime borders as part of the fight against organized crime. (Photo: Uruguayan Army)“Over the last few months, there have been many operations against organized crime,” Uruguayan Minister of Defense Javier García said in a statement published on July 10. “The last one was yesterday [July 8], a joint operation […] that consisted of several raids and the seizure of drugs and other items.”In another operation on April 29, in Artigas department, authorities seized 454 kilograms of cocaine hydrochloride (valued at $11.3 million) and 61 kg of coca base paste, which were jettisoned from a light aircraft. Agents captured two individuals during the operation, the Ministry of the Interior said in a press release on April 30.“This is a modality used by drug cartels to ship the substance from one place to another, and our country has paid close attention to these types of maneuvers, which is why we set up this important operation,” the Ministry of the Interior said.Upon taking office in March 2020, Uruguayan President Luis Lacalle Pou announced measures to strengthen land, air, and maritime borders, so as to keep up the progress made in the fight against narcotrafficking in late 2019, Uruguayan newspaper El País reported.In December 2019, Uruguayan authorities seized more than 4.4 tons of cocaine hidden in containers in the port of Montevideo that were bound for the city of Lomé in Togo, Africa. Jaime Borgiani, Uruguay’s Customs director, told El País that the finding was the largest cocaine seizure in Uruguay’s history.In mid-March, the Uruguayan Armed forces launched patrols and reconnaissance missions at the borders, in compliance with the Border Control Act that was passed in 2018, the Ministry of Defense said on its Twitter account. Some 1,000 service members deployed to combat crime in all its forms, more particularly drugs, arms, and human trafficking, and contraband, the digital magazine Infodefensa reported.“We are in areas where the Uruguayan State was not present before, because it’s in the middle of nowhere, where organized crime used to take advantage of the situation, and there is a deterrent effect,” García said in a press release.last_img read more

De Laurentiis: Osimhen actually cost Napoli €80m

first_img Promoted Content7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterHere Are The 10 Most Famous Female Racers Of All Time5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The World8 Things That Will Happen If An Asteroid Hits EarthTop Tastiest Foods From All Over The WorldDisney’s Live-Action Simba Was Based On The Cutest Lion Cub EverA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of ArtPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body7 Mind-Boggling Facts About Black Holes8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth The 21-year-old striker was finally announced unveiled on Friday, following weeks of complex negotiations and moments in which it looked as if the whole deal was off. Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis, has confirmed that Lille ‘will receive circa €80million’ for the Nigeria striker, Victor Osimhen, who was the main target for Gennaro Gattuso, and the player will earn ‘€4-4.5m’ per year. It was initially speculated that the deal would be sealed with €70 million but after Osimhen changed his agent, it suddenly raised up in value. According to Sky Sport Italia, the actual cash fee is only €47.5m net (€50m gross), with another €10m in hard to get bonuses, plus four players put together and valued at €20m. The 21-year-old Nigerian striker becomes the Serie A club’s record signing after joining for an initial €50 million-plus add-ons. “We are very happy at Osimhen’s arrival,” said De Laurentiis on Radio Kiss Kiss. “The young man has been enchanted by Partenope (the ancient name for Naples, ndr). He will wear the Number 9 jersey.” This is only a taster of the full radio interview, which will be transmitted this evening, but the radio station did release some key quotes, including the debate over how much the transfer cost. “Gattuso really wanted to sign Osimhen. (Director of sport Cristiano) Giuntoli did a great job because the lad changed his agents during the negotiations. “Lille will receive circa €80m, while the player over the years will get between €4m and €4.5m per season.” read also:Osimhen talks tough after sealing €50m Napoli switch These are goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis, plus youth team players Claudio Manzi, Ciro Palmieri and Luigi Liguori. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… last_img read more

USC prepares for rematch with Stanford

first_imgFor head coach Clay Helton and the USC Trojans, a fall from here would be a long way down. Being named Pac-12 South champions to the tune of trouncing rival UCLA caused the teams’ spirits to be immensely high during practice Tuesday as they prepared for the game against No. 7 Stanford and a chance at the Rose Bowl.USC Athletic Director Pat Haden minimized the potential impact by labeling Clay Helton as the permanent head coach Monday.“Besides marrying my wife and the birth of my children, this was the most special moment of my life,” Helton said. “This is the pinnacle of college football and to have the responsibility to lead it is not only the greatest challenge but also the [most] exciting thing that has ever happened to me. And I look forward to that opportunity.”Haden and assistant coaches agree that in a season defined by changes since the dramatic departure of Sarkisian, Clay Helton has been the one constant that players have relied on, trusted and needed. And among  all of the subsequent emotions and confusion, offensive line coach Bob Connelly said that the players bought into Helton’s philosophy of playing as a family. Helton has preached that no one outside of USC’s locker room could understand what they were going through and that if they were going to survive, they would have to do so together.“In my opinion, there is not a better guy out there for the job obviously when you look at the response of our football team after it was announced by Haden,” Connelly said. “To me, it doesn’t matter what is on the outside. What matters is the inside, and when those kids have the belief that they have for him, there is going to be something special. He is a phenomenal man and phenomenal leader. He is a great football coach, so I could not be happier for him or more proud to be a part of his staff.”Much of USC’s success since Helton became the interim head coach has largely been attributed to the dominant play of the offensive line. Connelly says that his line has been encouraged by Helton’s mantra to run the ball and control the time of possession while doing so, which was evident against UCLA where USC had 40 minutes of possession time and rushed for 235 yards.“When you are an offensive lineman and you are put in that position in a game like that — that is a prideful thing,” Connelly said. “Absolutely, they are excited about that, and they were very thankful that they are able to execute that game plan. There is no better feeling as an offensive line coach than when you are in a situation like we were in last week where you have to control the ball, keep them off the field and kill the clock.”Su’a Cravens agrees that the family mentality that Helton has instilled within the team has translated into its plays on the field. He said that players feel more accountable for their individual actions for the betterment of the team and not themselves, which was evident in their defensive performance against UCLA. Cravens said this week that they are going to have to do the same, plus make their tackles, if they are going to slow down the “extremely athletic and physical” Christian McCaffrey and Stanford. Cravens compared McCaffrey to USC’s Adoree’ Jackson in that he is so versatile and dangerous with the ball in his hands. Like Jackson, Cravens noted that McCaffrey is a threat to break away and score at any position on the field but added that McCaffrey is more physical and has the ability to also run the ball inside, and they are going to have to gang-tackle if they are going to bring him down.“I think we are just a better team all around since the last time we played them,” Cravens said. “We know our play book and we know the guys that we are working with and we trust each other after all the experiences. There were a lot of problems in the beginning of the season where we didn’t trust each other and we were trying to do somebody else’s job and make a big play instead of just trying the system and the game plan.”Helton admitted he is not a person who is going to change, saying that the keys to defeating Stanford will be running the ball, stopping the run and winning the turnover battle as it has been all season long. But he added that today’s practice was focused on being more efficient on first and second down on both offense and defense in order to get into the third and short yardage situation so that they can extend the drives and time of possession. Helton said that third down and long situations make the team one-dimensional and expose the quarterback, but that if they can run the ball effectively to begin the series then they can open up the play action and free up receivers downfield for big plays.Though USC lost in its first meeting against the Cardinal at the beginning of the season, Helton said that his team has changed tremendously, as they have learned to play more physical and inspired football. In that game, the USC offense watched helplessly from the sideline as the Stanford offense marched down the field controlling the line of scrimmage with an aggressive rush attack and the time of possession in the fourth quarter.“I think that we have just got to be disciplined if we want a better shot at beating Stanford,” Cravens said. “Physicality is going to be a huge part of this game. I think that is why they beat us in the fourth quarter last time we played. They averaged like six or seven yards a carry. We have really got to stop the run. I think that we have shown that we can now.”last_img read more