$377 million drug bust includes almost 40,000 combined pounds of cocaine and marijuana

first_imgiStock(FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.) — The U.S. Coast Guard has seized millions of dollars’ worth of cocaine and marijuana at a Florida port.“The Coast Guard Cutter James (WMSL-754) crew is scheduled to offload approximately 28,000 pounds of seized cocaine worth an estimated $367 million and approximately 11,000 pounds of seized marijuana worth an estimated $10.1 million at Port Everglades,” according to a press release from the U.S. Coast Guard.The U.S. Coast Guard shared a video on Twitter of the 28,000 pounds of cocaine that was intercepted.“What you see is 19 tons of narcotics seized from 18 separate Coast Guard interdiction events, with a street value worth more than $375 million,” Capt. Jeffrey Randall, Coast Guard Cutter James commanding officer said in a statement. “These drugs will not reach Main Street USA due to the efforts of the James crew and other Coast Guard cutters involved in these interdictions,”Capt. Randall added that the crew worked in cooperation with “regional partner nations, like Columbia, Costa Rica and alongside the agencies involved in Operation Martillo to stop the flow of illegal narcotics into the United States.”As a result, Randall said, “we maintain an offensive against criminal networks and criminal organizations.”The contraband was interdicted in 18 separate operations of suspected drug smuggling vessels in international waters of the Caribbean Basin and Eastern Pacific Ocean off the coasts of Mexico, Central and South America, officials said.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

The non-native chironomid Eretmoptera murphyi in Antarctica: erosion of the barriers to invasion

first_imgAntarctica is the continent least affected by invasive species, but climate change and increasing human activity are increasing this threat. Antarctic terrestrial ecosystems generally have low biodiversity with simple community structures and little competition for resources. Consequently, species with pre-adaptations or capabilities that allow them to tolerate polar conditions may have disproportionately large ecosystem impacts when introduced to Antarctica compared with other regions of the Earth. Here we investigate the invasion risk associated with the flightless chironomid midge, Eretmoptera murphyi, which was accidentally introduced from South Georgia (54°S) to Signy Island, South Orkney Islands (61°S), probably during plant transplantation experiments in the 1960s. Larval size class distribution analysis indicated that E. murphyi has a 2 year life cycle on Signy Island, supporting previous suggestions. Estimates of litter turnover show that recent large increases in E. murphyi population density and extent are likely to increase nutrient cycling rates on Signy Island substantially. Existing physiological adaptations may allow E. murphyi to colonise higher latitude locations. Growth rate and microhabitat climatic modelling show that temperature constraints on larval development on Anchorage Island (68°S) are theoretically similar to those on Signy Island even though it is ~750 km further south. Establishment of this non-native midge at climatically similar intervening locations along the western Antarctic Peninsula is therefore plausible. Currently, lack of effective natural dispersal mechanisms is probably limiting the spread of the midge. However, dispersal to other areas of the Antarctic Peninsula may occur via human-assisted transportation, highlighting the importance of appropriate biosecurity measures.last_img read more

Five mistakes women make when trying to find Mr. Right.

first_img 137 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring! LifestyleRelationships Five mistakes women make when trying to find Mr. Right. by: – April 14, 2011 Tweetcenter_img Share Share The bar scene, speed dating, online dating. If you’re single and looking for a man, you have probably tried all of these things.After a while, it can seem as if all the good guys are taken and you are doomed to a life of microwave meals for one and reading sappy novels for a romance fix.The longer you are single, the more impossible you may think it is to find the right man. Before you give up forever, make sure that you aren’t making mistakes in your approach to finding Mr. Right.Creating the “perfect” man who doesn’t existThis is one of the most common reasons women remain single. There is absolutely nothing wrong with knowing what you want in a guy, but if you have got your heart set on a perfect man you will be sorely disappointed. You don’t have to lower your standards but you must be realistic. Remember that everyone is flawed, and focus on the things you like about a potential partner instead of the things you don’t.Acting as if you are desperateDo you throw yourself at every man who looks at you? If so, you could be giving the impression that you will settle for anyone. Another mistake you may be making is spending a lot of time on your Facebook profile, complaining about how you wish you had a boyfriend. Just because you are among friends, it doesn’t mean there isn’t someone on your friends list who might be interested in you. Unfortunately, he will run a mile if he thinks that you are simply looking for “a” man rather than “the” man.Trying to rush things alongIt’s a great feeling when you meet a wonderful guy after a long search. However, if you plan on keeping him, it is important to remember to take things slowly. Don’t let your eagerness to settle down ruin what could have been an amazing relationship. Trying to move yourself into his apartment or discussing having children when you have only been dating for a month will only scare him away.Not realizing your own self worthYou have probably heard this a thousand times, but you won’t find a guy who sees how fantastic you are if you can’t see it yourself. Don’t let being single damage your self-esteem because it won’t make the situation any better.Have you ever noticed that when you have a boyfriend, other men start to take an interest in you? It isn’t because they want what they can’t have, it’s because you look happy and secure in yourself. Men are always attracted to women who are comfortable with who they are.Being too worried about your single statusBelieve me, I am familiar with the panic of being single. Up until a few months ago, I was in the exact same position. It wasn’t until I calmed down and realized that stressing about not having a boyfriend wouldn’t make me find one any faster, that Mr. Right came along. I am not a believer that you will find a boyfriend if you stop looking. But if you stop worrying about it, it is a lot easier because you aren’t pinning your hopes on the first guy who looks your way.There is no escaping it –finding Mr. Right is hard work. But once you relax and learn to appreciate who you are and what you already have, your ideal man will find his way to you. Accept that it won’t happen overnight, but make small changes and you will soon find yourself inundated with offers from eligible bachelors!By Karen SandersYahoo Shinelast_img read more

A candlelight vigil for survivors of sexual assault

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. — Every 98 seconds another child or adult is sexually assaulted in the united states. In honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Hope Shores Alliance and Alpena Community College stood up to sexual assault at Wednesday’s candlelight vigil.The candlelight vigil was a celebration of survivorship. Hope Shores, ACC and special guests talked about advocacy and incorrect ideas about rape in american culture. A few survivors did not expect to share their story, but outreach advocate Jeanine Kaltz says survivors openly spoke on their trauma because they felt safe.“The goal was to make everyone feel like they were represented because sexual assault thrives in silence and when people don’t feel like they’re being seen or heard, they’re less likely to come forward,” said Kaltz. “So we lit 12 candles. From those 12 candles we then shared with our neighbors and lit each others.”Contact the Hope Shores Alliance crisis hotline for counseling, emergency shelter, and long–term housing at 800-396-9129. The hotline is open 24 hours a day to provide survivors and families of survivors access to free resources. All calls are confidential. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Four buses completely destroyed at Oscoda Area SchoolsNext ‘It’s really important to switch up these kids’ day to day education’last_img read more

LA Dodgers will limit Carl Crawford’s exposure upon return

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Dodger left fielders are hitting .235 without Crawford. Howie Kendrick — Crawford’s surrogate on on the All-Star ballot — has struggled at the plate, batting .159, and wasn’t in the starting lineup Tuesday.To make room for Crawford, the Dodgers optioned Zach Lee to Triple-A Oklahoma City. The pitcher didn’t appear in a game during his three days in the majors.Crawford made three rehab appearances with Oklahoma City and Single-A Rancho Cucamonga, combining to hit .364 (4 for 11) with two doubles and three RBI. His last game was Sunday with the Quakes.Kazmir good to goScott Kazmir didn’t throw a bullpen session after leaving his last start with a sore left thumb Friday in Denver. The left-hander will start today’s game against the Marlins anyway. Kazmir is 1-1 with a 6.63 earned-run average in four starts this season and Roberts suggested that the injury played a part in the results.“Kaz is a pro,” Roberts said. “He doesn’t want to use it as an excuse. When you have the wrist/thumb thing it’s kind of hard for him to get on top of the baseball. I think he was getting a little outside and under it. Now, even just watching him play catch he was getting the extension he needed. The ball was coming out well. I think he’ll be fine.”Kazmir has faced the Marlins only once in the last seven years. For what it’s worth, he didn’t allow a run in that game on August 4, 2013, when he was pitching for the Cleveland Indians.Left-hander Justin Nicolino is being summoned from Triple-A to start for the Marlins to make be his 2016 debut. In 12 games last year, Nicolino went 5-4 with a 4.01 earned-run average, including a June 26 start at Dodger Stadium in which Nicolino allowed five runs in four innings.The Marlins optioned right-hander Jarred Cosart, who had been scheduled to start, to Triple-A New Orleans.AlsoHyun-Jin Ryu and Brandon McCarthy threw bullpen sessions Tuesday. Ryu is back to throwing bullpen sessions every fifth day, Roberts said, following a brief setback in his shoulder labrum rehab when he suffered a groin injury. … McCarthy threw for about 20 minutes at Dodger Stadium. The right-hander underwent Tommy John surgery almost one year ago, on April 30, 2015. … Roberts might shuffle the rotation when the Dodgers get two off-days in the same week next Monday and Thursday. “We’re talking about kind of moving some things around maybe, but right now we’re going to keep things as is,” Roberts said. “With Ross (Stripling), and just kind of with his usage, that’s something still in his infancy.” … Stripling is on an innings limit this season that the Dodgers haven’t disclosed. Four starts into the season, the rookie right-hander has a 3.22 earned-run average and has accrued 22 1/3 innings.center_img Carl Crawford was activated from the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday. His first game since April 9 lasted more than seven innings, which should come as a mild surprise.Crawford played five games at the beginning of the season before he was sidelined with a sore lower back. He never played a full nine innings, and Dodgers manager Dave Roberts hinted Tuesday that will continue.“We’ve seen there’s a propensity to get injured,” Roberts said of Crawford, who missed 75 games last year recovering from a strained oblique. “Even in the beginning of the season you saw I took him out even to get him off his feet. The idea of running him out there until he breaks is not something I believe in. I just try to kind of conserve as much as possible and just use that depth.”Roberts said that “optimally” Crawford would play “three, maybe four times a week.”last_img read more