At least 435 civilians living in the border areas were displaced as fresh shelling by Pakistan Rangers on the Line of Control (LoC) disrupted life in Rajouri district in the Pir Panchal Valley.“A total of 2,180 civilians are living in relief camps now. The fresh ceasefire violation on Tuesday night forced evacuation of 435 more people to the camps,” Deputy Commissioner, Rajouri, Shahid Iqbal Choudhary said .On the crossfireThe official said bullet-proof bunkers and ambulances were used to shift the civilians following heavy shelling in the Balakote sector.A defence spokesman said the violation of the ceasefire started at 12.50 p.m. and continued till 1.30 p.m. Small arms, automatic weapons and 82 mm and 120 mm mortars were also used earlier in the evening in Nowshera sector, said the spokesman. “A fitting reply was given to Pakistan’s violation,” he added.The areas affected by the shelling included Ans Bhandhaar, Lam and Kalsian.Three civilians were killed and around seven injured in the past one week due to shelling by the Pakistan Rangers in Rajouri district.National Conference provincial president Devender Singh Rana has cautioned against the tendency to make the LoC “a political theatre.”Collective strategyHe called for a collective strategy towards minimising the suffering of the border dwellers. “We urge all the political parties to rise above politics and work towards seeking a safe, secure and better life for our people, who remain at the receiving end whenever border skirmishes take place,” Mr. Rana said, during his visit to Nowshehra sector of Rajouri. He said successive governments at the Centre promised construction of shelters, community bunkers, allotment of plots and jobs to the border youth. “On the ground, there has been no forward movement,” he alleged.
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Spain suffered a surprise defeat in their Olympic football opener on Thursday, going down 1-0 to Japan and having a man sent off. Yuki Otsu was the hero for Japan at the match at Glasgow’s Hampden Park, beating Spanish goalkeeper David de Gea with a strike on 33 minutes before Inigo Dominguez picked up a straight red card for a foul on Kensuke Nagai nine minutes later.Japan could have sealed their win with a breakaway goal on 86 minutes, but De Gea managed to block Nagai’s low shot, before Hotaru Yamaguchi hit the ball over the bar in stoppage time as Spain’s desperate attempts to equalise left them open at the back.The world and European champions had started brightly, with Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata their main creative outlet, but struggled to break down a compact Japanese defence, even before having Dominguez sent off.After the red card, Japan took control and restricted Spain’s shooting chances while creating plenty of their own.Spain’s next match is against Honduras on Sunday, before they play Morocco on Wednesday.Honduras and Morocco drew 2-2 in their opener on Thursday.
An Indian-American firm is planning to introduce a new method of teaching science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) to middle and secondary school students in India through experiential learning, as reported in PTI.The Atlanta-based STEM Academy will open a “Centre of Excellence” in Delhi next month that will train and certify teachers.”If US can get benefited with STEM, so can India with its current focus on aggressive programmes like ‘Make in India’, ‘Digital India’, ‘New India’ etc.” said Amitabh Sharma, a co-founder of the Academy.Indian school outreach and implementation is being done by Gurgaon-based India channel partner, MPower Global STEM Education according to co founder of the academy.What is the programme about?The programme will be launched in selected schools across India from January 1 for students enrolled in grade 4 to 10The programme targets students enrolled in schools affiliated with four major boards that regulate primary and secondary school education in India — the Central Board of Secondary Education, the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examination, State School Boards and International BaccalaureateIt is an interdisciplinary way of teaching maths and science, integrated with day-to-day engineering and technologyRather than teaching the four disciplines as separate and discrete subjects, STEM integrates them into a cohesive learning paradigm based on real-world applicationsSTEM jobs do not at all require higher education or even a college degree. Less than half of entry-level STEM jobs require a bachelor’s degree or higherRead: Supreme Court directs UP to promote mainstream education for specially abled childrenadvertisementRead: Sports enthusiasts in schools to get financial aid by Delhi governmentFor more updates, follow India Today Education or you can write to us at email@example.com
Arsenal boss Emery: Banega a very good playerby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery has admitted his admiration for Sevilla ace Ever Banega.Banega has been linked with a move to Arsenal this month.And Emery says, “I know this player and he’s a very good player.”I cannot tell you more.”I can say to you that the club is working, the club is telling me the different situations in each moment. At the moment, we haven’t had any news today about that.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
India lose to Oman after taking lead in opening World Cup QualifierIndia lost 1-2 against Oman in their opening Group E match of the 2022 FIFA World Cup and the 2023 AFC Asian Cup Joint-Qualifiers and now India will take on World No. 62 Qatar next in away match on 10th September.advertisement Next Press Trust of India GuwahatiSeptember 5, 2019UPDATED: September 5, 2019 23:38 IST World Cup Qualifier: India lose to Oman (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia dominated the first half with more shots at opposition goal and also enjoyed possession.The visitors made a strong fightback in the second half to leave the home team disappointedThe 87-ranked Oman rallied to score twice through Rabia Alawi Al Mandhar in last eight minutes of regulation timeCaptain Sunil Chhetri’s early strike went in vain as India surrendered a one-goal advantage to lose 1-2 to Oman in their opening fixture of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers here on Thursday.The 87-ranked Oman rallied to score twice through Rabia Alawi Al Mandhar in the last eight minutes of regulation time.The 35-year-old Chhetri, international football’s second-highest scorer among active players, pushed India ahead in the 24th minute with his 72nd strike.However, Mandhar broke Indian hearts when he flicked the ball past Gurpreet Singh Sandhu to restore parity in the 82nd minute. More disappointment was in store for the 103-ranked India as Mandhar completed his brace in the 89th minute in a stunning turnaround.India dominated the first half with more shots at opposition goal and also enjoyed possession.Ashique Kuruniyan, who returned to the team after missing the Kings Cup and Intercontinental Cup due to injury, created problems for the Oman defence with his pace and trickery in the left channel.Following one such run down the left flank in the 24th minute, he was fouled by Abdulaziz Al Ghailani and India got a free kick on the left edge of the box.Brandon Fernandes took the set-piece, sent a grounder in the middle of the box and Chhetri fooled his marker to drill in a left-footer into the Oman net, much to the celebration of a vociferous crowd.Before that, India were denied lead in the 15th minute when Udanta Singh’s shot off a Chhetri pass beat the Omani goalkeeper but it struck the crossbar, to the dismay of the home side. Udanta was also denied a goal in a similar fashion against the UAE in the Asian Cup earlier in the year.advertisementThere were periods of incessant Indian attack in the first half and central defender Sandesh Jhingan sent the ball over the bar in a free header off a corner taken by Anirudh Thapa in the 20th minute.Oman pressed hard in the closing stages of the first half and goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu made a great save in the 43rd minute, blocking an Ahmed Kano header in a one-to-one situation to keep India’s lead intact.The visitors made a strong fightback in the second half to leave the home team disappointed.Also Read | I just have to be good example for players: Sunil ChhetriAlso see:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow Sunil ChhetriFollow India vs Oman
Rabat – Morocco’s national carrier Royal Air Maroc (RAM) has denied reports that a dispute between flight attendants led to trays and bottles to be scattered in the plane’s aisle.Media outlets reported that a ‘fight’ between two flight attendants on board a flight from Casablanca to Lisbon in Portugal caused meal trays and cutlery to be scattered on the plane’s floor.In a communiqué published Wednesday, RAM said that one of the air stewards had forgotten to lock the service trolley in the back of the cabin so its contents fell during landing. Nous regrettons l’info détournée insinuant une dispute entre PNC sur un vol Casa Lisbonne. Il s’agit de plateaux tombés par inadvertance 1/2— Royal Air Maroc (@RAM_Maroc) 21 Août 2015RAM tweeted: “We regret news reports insinuating a fight between two members of staff on a Casablanca-Lisbon flight. The plates actually fell inadvertently”. Nous nous excusons auprès des passagers de ce vol pour la gêne occasionnée 2/2— Royal Air Maroc (@RAM_Maroc) 21 Août 2015In a second tweet, Morocco’s national airliner added: “We are sorry to all passengers on this flight for the disturbance caused”.In another incident, Royal Air Maroc denied reports suggesting that one of its planes was severely damaged during an emergency landing at Agadir International Airport.The accident in question was that of a private jet that was forced to carry out emergency landing after the pilot could not release the landing gear.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission
Saturday 16 Jun 2018, 4:31 PM Jun 16th 2018, 4:31 PM 8 Comments Short URL Share11 Tweet Email 19,454 Views Cameron Reilly. Teen arrested in Cameron Reilly murder investigation released without charge Cameron Reilly was found dead in a field in Dunleer, Co Louth last month. Cameron Reilly. By Gráinne Ní Aodha AN 18-YEAR-OLD MAN arrested in connection with the murder of Cameron Reilly has been released without charge.Cameron was found dead in a field at Shamrock Hill, Dunleer on Saturday 26 May. A post-mortem concluded that the 18-year-old died in “violent circumstances”.Yesterday, a teenager was arrested in Dunleer as part of the investigation into his death.Gardaí said that a file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.There have been numerous appeals for people who may have information to come forward; Gardaí have been particularly keen to talk to young people in the community, and have requested that locals search their bins and gardens for Cameron’s phone. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article http://jrnl.ie/4074809
New Species of Giant Flying Reptile Identified By ScientistsGiant Prehistoric Lion Fossil Discovered in Museum Drawer Stay on target You know about bears, and you know about dogs, but what about beardogs? They went extinct millions of years ago, but scientist are just now figuring out where these creatures fit in the evolutionary history of life on Earth. A new analysis of beardog fossils has resulted in the reclassification several animals, which alters our understanding of how they are related to living carnivores.Beardogs, or amphicyonids, were members of several species of quadrupedal carnivorous mammals that went extinct 37 million years ago. However, they are members of the same evolutionary line as bears, wolves, weasels, foxes, and the modern domesticated dog. Beardogs ranged in size from just a few pounds (like a Chihuahua) to more than 1,000 pounds (like a very large polar bear). See the size comparison below. The newly reclassified beardogs are on the small end of the scale, but they’re important to our understanding of all related animals because they were some of the first species to evolve.Susumu Tomiya, a researcher at the Field Museum in Chicago, noticed that two of the jaw fragments attributed to known beardog species had some important morphological differences. Both jaws featured teeth with flat surfaces, which would have made them suited for crushing rather than only ripping and tearing like a pure carnivore. They were much more like the larger beardogs that evolved later. Both animals would have gone extinct around 37 million years ago.Tomiya used a CT scan to reconstruct the animal’s skull from the remaining fragments and found that the anatomical features didn’t match the previous identification. Thus, the two specimens were given new names, Gustafsonia cognita and Angelacrtocyon australis. This helps clarify how beardogs evolved and where. These animals were native to what is today the southern US, indicating this region was more important to beardog evolution than previously thought. This work could help researchers studying the evolution of other carnivores as well.
The Senate Environment & Public Works (EPW) Committee is expected to unveil their draft surface transportation reauthorization bill, commonly referred to as the highway bill, on Thursday. The current highway bill expires at the end of September 2014, but it is uncertain whether Congress can come together on a full five or six year reauthorization or even a short-term extension. ASA sent a letter to committee leaders and members reiterating our transportation priorities and that letter can be viewed here.At a hearing this week held by the Senate Finance committee, which has jurisdiction over funding and financing portions of the highway bill, EPW Chair Barbara Boxer (D-CA) testified that $94 billion in new revenue would be needed to support a six-year bill that replenishes the Highway Trust Fund. Finance Committee Ranking Member Orrin G. Hatch (R-UT), responded that such a large sum would be difficult to accommodate.Just stabilizing the trust fund to cover existing levels of highway, bridge and transit spending through fiscal year 2015 would require $18 billion, according to Congressional Budget Office estimates presented to the Finance Committee, with an additional $13 billion to $18 billion a year needed after that.EPW Chair Boxer and Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx also warned at different hearings that the trust fund levels will fall to levels this summer that will force the Department of Transportation to start slowing its project reimbursement payments to states. To avoid funding disruptions Congress will need to find some way to add $18 billion into the highway trust fund. Options that have been discussed to shore up the highway trust fund include using revenues generated through corporate tax reform, expanding alternative finance options, authorizing the sale of infrastructure bonds, or greater use of public- private partnerships. Increasing the federal gas tax, which is the current primary revenue source for the trust fund, does not have much support from Congress or the Administration. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that the tax would need to be increased by 10-15 cents per gallon to keep road and transit programs at current levels.The trust fund has needed more than $50 billion in bailouts from general tax revenues since 2008. For fiscal year 2014, the fund’s highway account received a general revenue transfer of almost $10 billion; however, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) has previously stated that he does not believe that House Republicans would support another transfer to get the account through fiscal year 2015. The House Transportation Committee is not expected to move forward on their draft bill for several more weeks.
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Massive sell-off witnessed across the global stock markets on Monday have raised fears that the economy is headed for another recession in seven years, but a global brokerage said that the world economy is not at risk of recession despite a slump in Chinese markets.”The global economy is not at a risk of a recession in spite of recent concerns over China’s economy and weakness in commodity prices,” Goldman Sachs said.Chinese stock markets plunged over 5% for the second consecutive day on Tuesday, after falling by over 8.5% in the previous session.Tracking the fall, the US stock markets ended nearly 4% down on Monday, posting their worst decline in four years. Asian, European markets also tumbled to multi-year lows, as worries grew over the world’s second largest economy China.Chinese economy has been the growth engine for the world economy for the past two decades and a vast demand for commodities like oil, copper and iron in the country has underpinned the growth in many other countries.A recent data showed that China’s manufacturing activity fell sharply to a six-year low in July, despite many stimulus measures taken by the country’s authorities to prop up the growth.As a result, China resorted to yuan devaluation two weeks back to boost its slumping exports. Owing to Chinese currency devaluation move, prices of many commodities including crude oil saw further sell-off.”The drop in commodity prices during the past year and recent economic and foreign exchange weakness in China and other emerging markets will not tip the global economy into recession,” analysts at Goldman Sachs said in a note to Reuters.Crude oil prices have been halved since June last year, with China’s slowdown being one of the reasons, apart from oversupply situation. Investors see the decline in oil prices as a signal of further slowdown in the global economy.”We see a meaningful risk that markets are over-interpreting the collapse of oil and commodity prices as a negative growth signal,” the analysts said.Goldman Sachs said that lower oil prices are mainly “a reflection of excess supply rather than weak demand.”
-A man was killed in an alleged gunfight with police at Tigharia village in Kashba upazila of Brahmanbaria early Saturday, reports UNB.The identity of the deceased is yet to be known. The police claimed that the killed man was a robber.According to police claim some 15/20 masked robbers attacked a patrol team of police around 1:00am, prompting the law enforcers to fire back that triggered a gunfight.At one stage, a masked robber was caught in the line of fire and died on the spot while four police officials suffered injuries, said Mizanur Rahman, superintendent of Brahmanbaria police.The body was sent to sadar hospital for autopsy, he added.
ballparksofbaseball.comColt Stadium, the home of Houston’s first Major League team, the Colt .45’s. Listen 00:00 /19:35 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Share The Astros return host Game 3 of the American League Championship Series today with the series tied 1-1. As the Astros strive to defend their first-ever championship, you could argue that we’re currently living in the golden age of Houston baseball. And while this is a great time to be a baseball fan in this city, Houston has had a rich history with the game, as we discussed earlier this year with Houston historian Mike Vance.He’s written two books on the early days of Houston baseball – Houston Baseball: The Early Years 1861-1961 and Houston’s Sporting Life: 1900-1950.In the audio above, we revisit our conversation with him from July of 2018 about the Buffaloes, the Colt .45s, and the city’s love of Dizzy Dean.
Back in November 2009 Epic Games decided to make its Unreal Development Kit completely free to use. That way it could be picked up by an individual or indie team with little to no money to spend on their first project.Epic is in the business of making money, though, so while the engine was free to use some royalty payments kicked in after a time. Non-commercial use remains free forever, but if you sold a game Epic would start claiming a 25% royalty after said game had accrued more than $5,000 in revenue.While it still allowed a developer to make some serious cash with a popular game, $5,000 was still quite a low threshold for royalty payments. So yesterday Mark Rein, CEO of Epic, announced on the Unreal Development Kit forums that the threshold for royalties had been lifted. Now instead of $5,000 a game can earn $50,000 before Epic want a cut.In the post Rein explains:We’re really excited about folks making some amazing things with UDK and we realize that a lot of you are just started in the business so not having to pay royalties on your first $50,000 should help you get a financial footing toward building a quality game development business. Developers using the Unreal Engine are understandably very happy about this news, which some are appropriately stating is “epic”.Read more at Unreal Development Kit forums, via Gamesindustry.bizMatthew’s OpinionEpic clearly see this free access to the Unreal Engine as an investment in the future. Those developers using it today for free may be paying customers in the future with large teams of developers requiring a license.The threshold increase also makes sense from a long-term viability standpoint. If a small developer starts losing 25% of its income past $5,000 then the chances of them growing are cut. Give them $50,000 per game, though, and there may be money in the bank to fund a new, and bigger project. In the end Epic end up with more paying customers who have grown out of this program.
If you’ve been following the Duke Nukem Forever saga for the last decade or so, you were more entertained than surprised when Gearbox delayed the launch of the game one last time in March from the original May launch dates to June 14th in the United States and June 10th internationally. If you’re still skeptical the game will ever appear at all, Gearbox has something to help you keep the faith: a demo, slated for June 3rd.In a brand new video, Gearbox President Andy Pitchford says that the launch dates are for real this time, and the decades-long Duke Nukem Forever saga will soon come to an end. First, Gearbox will unveil a demo of the game on June 3rd that members of the First Access Club will be able to download and play to get a taste of what the full game will look and play like.If you’re not already a member of the First Access Club, you can still become one by purchasing the Borderlands Game-of-the-Year edition, or by pre-ordering Duke Nukem Forever from select retailers around the globe. At this point, only First Access Club members will be able to play the demo. Gearbox hasn’t said whether or not they’ll make the demo available to anyone else, or make it freely available once the game is officially released.If you want to get your hands on a demo code, you can visit the game’s official site to see a list of the select retailers you’ll have to pre-order from. In the United States, you can buy from Amazon or GameStop, in Canada you’ll have to buy from EB Canada, and in the UK you can order from GAME, Play.com, TheHut.com, or Zavvi.com. When Duke Nukem Forever is officially launched, it’ll be available for Windows, XBox 360, and PlayStation 3.Read more at Duke Nukem Forever and SlashGear, via GamePro
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A study has suggested that LGBTI people in America are significantly poorer than their straight peers.Lesbian and bisexual men were worse off than gay and bisexual men – with racial minorities suffering even more. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) GAYSTARNEWS- Published by the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, the study found that while gay and bisexual men are more likely to be college graduates, their personal incomes were lower.Women fared worse across the boardLesbian and bisexual women were least likely to own their own properties. In that group, black and hispanic women were the least likely.They are also more likely to be living on the poverty line.The study followed 14,051 young people, who were followed from seventh to twelve grade, until they were 24 to 32-years-old.This research highlights the wage discrimination being used against the LGBTI community.The rainbow ceilingMeanwhile, evidence is mounting that LGBTI people contribute significantly to businesses. A study earlier this year revealed that businesses with LGBTI people in managerial positions performed better overall and have better business outcomes. The report, released by the Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce, found notable higher ‘levels of organizational performance, social and environmental corporate social responsibility, workforce quality and utilization, as well as high performance human resource management practices.’The evidence may show benefits, but businesses aren’t capitalizing on it. Another study in the UK showed that gay men are ‘significantly’ less likely to reach high-level managerial positions.It found that gay men outperform their straight counterparts in lower level managerial roles, the trend drops higher up in the career ladder.More from Gay Star News: Female bosses judge LGBTI applicants as ‘more hireable’, study findsThree-quarters of gay and bisexual women don’t come out at workNew program aims to curb trans unemployment ratesGot a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Read the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/lgbti-people-poorer-straight-america/
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Mexico’s Peña Nieto wants expert debate on marijuana legalization SAN YSIDRO, California — Mexican traffickers are sending a flood of cheap heroin and methamphetamine across the U.S. border, the latest drug seizure statistics show, in a new sign that the United States’ marijuana decriminalization trend is upending the North American narcotics trade.The amount of cannabis seized by U.S. federal, state and local officers along the boundary with Mexico has fallen 37 percent since 2011, a period during which U.S. marijuana consumers have increasingly turned to the more potent, higher-grade domestic varieties cultivated under legal and quasi-legal protections in more than two dozen U.S. states.Made-in-the-USA marijuana is quickly displacing the cheap, seedy, hard-packed version harvested by the bushel in Mexico’s Sierra Madre mountains. That has prompted Mexican drug farmers to plant more opium poppies, and the sticky brown and black “tar” heroin they produce is channeled by traffickers into the U.S. communities hit hardest by prescription painkiller abuse, offering addicts a $10 alternative to $80-a-pill oxycodone.“Legalization of marijuana for recreational use has given U.S. consumers access to high-quality marijuana, with genetically improved strains, grown in greenhouses,” said Raúl Benitez-Manaut, a drug-war expert at Mexico’s National Autonomous University. “That’s why the Mexican cartels are switching to heroin and meth.”U.S. law enforcement agents seized 2,181 kilograms of heroin last year coming from Mexico, nearly three times the amount confiscated in 2009.Methamphetamine, too, has surged, mocking the Hollywood image of backwoods bayou labs and “Breaking Bad” chemists. The reality, according to Drug Enforcement Administration figures, is that 90 percent of the meth on U.S. streets is cooked in Mexico, where precursor chemicals are far easier to obtain.“The days of the large-scale U.S. meth labs are pretty much gone, given how much the Mexicans have taken over production south of the border and distribution into the United States,” said Lawrence Payne, a DEA spokesman. “Their product is far superior, cheaper and more pure.”Last year, 15,803 kilograms of the drug was seized along the border, up from 3,076 kilos in 2009.“Criminal organizations are no longer going for bulk marijuana,” said Sidney Aki, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection port director here at the agency’s busiest crossing for pedestrians and passenger vehicles, just south of San Diego. “Hard drugs are the growing trend, and they’re profitable in small amounts.”Voters in the District of Columbia and 23 U.S. states have approved marijuana for recreational or medical use, with Colorado, Washington state, Alaska and Oregon opting for full legalization. Estimates of the size of the U.S.’ marijuana harvest vary widely, and DEA officials say they do not know how quickly it may be increasing as a result of decriminalization.Mexican cartels continue to deploy people as “mules” strapped with 50-pound marijuana backpacks to hike through the Arizona borderlands and send commercial trucks into Texas with bales of shrink-wrapped cannabis so big they need to be taken out on a forklift.But the profitability of the marijuana trade has slumped on falling demand for Mexico’s “brick weed,” so called because it is crushed into airtight bundles for transport across the border. Drug farmers in the Sierra Madre say that they can barely make money planting mota anymore.The cartels, and consumers, are turning away from cocaine, too. Last year, U.S. agents confiscated 11,917 kilograms of cocaine along the Mexico border, down from 27,444 kilos in 2011.This reflects lower demand for the drug in the United States, experts say, as well as a cartel business preference for heroin and meth. Those two substances can be cheaply produced in Mexico, unlike cocaine, which is far pricier, and therefore riskier, because it must be smuggled from South America.The Sinaloa cartel, considered Mexico’s most powerful drug trafficking organization despite the capture last February of leader Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, remains the dominant criminal power along Mexico’s Pacific Coast. Its territory spans the entire western half of the U.S.-Mexico boundary, from Ciudad Juárez, opposite El Paso, to Tijuana, on the Pacific Coast.Related: How do ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán’s kids live? Follow them on Twitter Members of the Mexican Army carry boxes with heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine to be incinerated at a military base in Monterrey, Nuevo León, on Aug. 23, 2013. The Mexican Army incinerated more than 7.7 tons of drugs, the majority of it marijuana, seized from drug traffickers in the north of the country. Julio Cesar Aguilar/AFPAt harvest time, the cartel’s middlemen make their rounds to remote Sierra Madre stream valleys in pickup trucks and four-wheelers, armed with guns and cash. They buy sticky balls of raw opium from hardscrabble farmers and deliver them to crude heroin kitchens that prepare the drug for shipment. The U.S. interstate highway system is less than a day’s drive away.Heroin and meth are far easier to transport and conceal than marijuana. Especially worrisome to U.S. officials is a growing trend of more border-crossing pedestrians carrying the drugs strapped under their clothing or hidden in body cavities.“The criminals are trying to blend in among the legitimate travelers, who are 99 percent of the individuals crossing through here,” said Aki, the San Ysidro port director. “That’s the hard part for us.”At the San Ysidro crossing, soon to expand to 35 lanes, U.S. agents with drug-sniffing dogs and foot-long screwdrivers weave among the lines of cars that back up into Mexico.Agents say the screwdrivers, some so old their handles are worn to a nub, are their most valuable investigative tool. Agents knock them against tires and gas tanks for a quick sonic impression.“If you tap a tank with something solid inside, there’s a thud,” one inspector said. “It’s like hitting concrete.”Harder to detect are “deep-concealed” drugs buried in fake engine cylinders, dashboard panels, even acid-proof capsules inside car batteries. One vehicle seized here last year carried liquid meth in its windshield-wiper reservoir.Finding small packages in the river of cars and trucks coming across is akin to a game of “Where’s Waldo?” for U.S. inspectors. Vehicles that arouse the suspicions of border agents or get their dogs barking and lunging are sent to a secondary inspection station with giant X-ray machines and larger teams of screwdriver-wielding inspectors.If drugs don’t appear, the agents may drive the vehicles into garages to open their engines, pry apart interior panels and search for any signs of suspicious alterations. Traffickers will sometimes mist decoy vehicles with marijuana oil or resin to provoke the dogs and draw agents into a fruitless search.“It’s like a fish fry,” Aki said. “The fish is gone, but the scent is still there.”With the dogs and agents tied up inspecting the decoys, the traffickers may try sneaking meth and heroin through.In recent years, Mexican cartels also have begun producing higher-value “white” heroin, typically associated with traffickers from Colombia or Asia, according to DEA officials.“The Mexicans are evolving in their production abilities and getting more sophisticated,” said Payne, the DEA spokesman. “It’s not just black tar anymore.”Colombian and Caribbean traffickers once controlled heroin distribution east of the Mississippi River, but Mexican criminal groups now dominate the entire North American market, he said.The United States has an estimated 600,000 heroin users, Payne said — a threefold increase in the past five years. But that number is dwarfed by the estimated 10 million U.S. citizens who abuse prescription painkillers.Those addicts are the prime target for the booming heroin business. A U.S. crackdown on prescription opiates has driven up the price for drugs such as OxyContin and Percocet, enticing desperate addicts to switch to cheap heroin to fend off withdrawal symptoms.The profile of U.S. heroin addiction is also changing, said Phil Herschman, chief clinical officer with the CRC Health Group, which operates 170 treatment centers in 30 U.S. states.“Now, we’re seeing housewives coming in who had been addicted to Vicodin for two or three years before switching to heroin, or adolescents who got hooked by snorting it, thinking it was safe, only to end up injecting themselves,” he said.“You can’t even begin to measure how it tears families apart,” he added. “It’s devastating.”See also: Tico lawmaker presents bill to legalize medical marijuana© 2015, The Washington Post Facebook Comments
The Seychelles Tourism Board recently announced an upcoming, major international video competition which will start on July 29, 2015, involving participants to register their personal details via a dedicated website and, once the competition commences, uploading a personal video of their holiday experience in the Seychelles (My Seychelles Experience) of maximum two minutes’ duration.The competition, which is part of the ‘I Love Seychelles’ national theme for 2015, boasts one of the richest prizes ever offered by the Seychelles Tourism Board: a once-in-a-lifetime, all inclusive, VIP holiday to Seychelles including business class air tickets; VIP transfers upon arrival in and departure from Seychelles; a 3-night stay on fabulous North Island; a four-night stay at Four Seasons Resort’s luxurious Ocean Villa; optional two-day sea cruise among the islands, plus a special surprise holiday gift package courtesy of the Seychelles Tourism Board.“This is an amazing opportunity for the lucky winners to return to the islands as VIPs, travelling in luxury, staying at 5-star hotels, and experiencing the very best that Seychelles has to offer because competitions like this do not come along very often,” stated Sherin Naiken, CEO of the Seychelles Tourism Board.The Seychelles Tourism Board is working closely with Maven (maven.sc), a creative agency specialising in design, print, web, and TV with offices in Seychelles and Serbia, who will be attending to all the technical details associated with the competition once it has started. Maven is also behind the creation of the competition’s brand as well as many of the collateral materials connected with its promotion internationally.