US Says Narcotrafficking from Venezuela Has Increased in Recent Months

first_imgBy Voice of America (VOA)/Edited by the Diálogo Staff October 07, 2020 Since April 2020, U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) has seen an increase in narcotrafficking through and from Venezuela toward Central America and Europe, two U.S. government officials said on August 28.“Venezuela has become a criminal paradise […] for narcoterrorists and drug traffickers,” U.S. Coast Guard Rear Admiral Andrew Tiongson, SOUTHCOM director of Operations, said.In a teleconference with journalists, Rear Adm. Tiongson said that his team has seen an increase both in the flow of narcotics and in flights leaving Venezuela and passing through Central American countries, including Guatemala.The head of operations explained that, due to COVID-19 and the counternarcotics operations that the United States launched, narcotraffickers have had to change routes and methods to reach their objectives.“We’ve seen […] that traffickers are transitioning methods because of the port closures, the airport closures. The drug traffickers have had to adapt, and they have,” Ambassador Jean Manes, SOUTHCOM’s civilian deputy to the commander and senior foreign policy advisor, said.Rear Adm. Tiongson said that his unit was working on “detecting, disrupting, and defeating drug smugglers,” and he emphasized that the U.S. Coast Guard had recently seized more than 12,000 kilograms of cocaine and marijuana in the area of operations.“These operations are a significant part of our enduring commitment to our partners in the region,” he said.last_img read more

Spurs denied Europa League win.

first_imgAnd Celtic are at the summit of Group D following a 1-0 home win over Dinamo Zagreb. Tottenham conceded an 89th minute equaliser in drawing 1-1 at home to Turkish team Besiktas in the Europa League last night.  It was a penalty, scored by ex-Chelsea man Demba Ba.Spurs are now third in Group C on 2 points.Everton top Group H after a 1-1 draw in Russia against FK Krasnodar.last_img

Nick Bosa, Brandon Aiyuk out at least 1 week for 49ers

first_img Written By COMMENT WATCH US LIVE First Published: 26th August, 2020 06:30 IST LIVE TV Last Updated: 26th August, 2020 06:30 IST Nick Bosa, Brandon Aiyuk Out At Least 1 Week For 49ers San Francisco 49ers star edge rusher Nick Bosa and rookie receiver Brandon Aiyuk will both miss at least one week of practice with lower-body injuriescenter_img SUBSCRIBE TO US San Francisco 49ers star edge rusher Nick Bosa and rookie receiver Brandon Aiyuk will both miss at least one week of practice with lower-body injuries.Coach Kyle Shanahan said Tuesday that Bosa had complained last week of soreness in his leg and got time off from practice. When that didn’t help he underwent an MRI that showed a muscle strain that has him out on a week-to-week basis.“He was about to go out and practice through it because he didn’t think it was much,” Shanahan said. “Fortunately, he got that and we were able to prevent him from hurting it worse.”Bosa won AP Defensive Rookie of the Year last season and is a key part of the strong pass rush for the defending NFC champions.Aiyuk had been extremely impressive early in camp before coming up lame on a deep pass during Sunday’s practice. He was diagnosed with a mild left hamstring strain that was not as serious as initially feared. He also is week to week.The Niners had been counting heavily on Aiyuk, especially with starter Deebo Samuel still sidelined by a broken foot. Samuel has not been able to practice all camp, but Shanahan said he’s still hopeful he could be back for the opener Sept. 13.The Niners also hope Aiyuk will be back by then as well. The Niners traded up six spots in the draft last April to take Aiyuk 25th overall and are expecting him to be a major part of the offense.“Hopefully it’s only one, two weeks,” Shanahan said. “When it is, that will give him time to come back. He can’t check out while he’s rehabbing, which how he is, I’m not worried about that. He’ll stay in it mentally.”In other injury news, edge rusher Dee Ford sat out practice with calf irritation, while tight end Jordan Reed took part in his first padded practice since signing at the start of camp. Defensive tackle D.J. Jones also returned from a concussion.NOTES: The Niners announced that they will have no fans for the season opener Sept. 13 against Arizona. “I totally understand it, but it’s not going to be that fun,” Shanahan said. The team is working with state and county officials to determine whether it will be safe enough later in the season for fans. … CB K’Waun Williams (calf), C Ben Garland (ankle) and TE Ross Dwelley (foot) also remain sidelined. … RB Raheem Mostert got a veteran’s day off. … San Francisco signed TE Erik Swoope to a one-year deal and waived RB Salvon Ahmed to make room on the roster.Image credits: AP Associated Press Television News FOLLOW USlast_img read more