By Dialogo June 05, 2009 BOGOTA, 04 June, 2009 (AFP)-On Thursday, the Colombian Navy reported that during the course of this week, Colombian authorities have confiscated five submarines used for drug trafficking. According to a press release, one of the last two vessels that were found was under construction. The vessels were discovered on Wednesday in an area of a stream located in the Sanquianga National Park on the Pacific Coast. A third vessel was found on Wednesday in this sector of Nariño department (in the Southwest) and the other two vessels were found in the Gulf of Urabá (in the Northwest), according to the report, which estimated the cost of each of the submersibles at 1.6 million dollars each. In operations conducted with the support of the Prosecutor’s Office and the Intelligence Service, 1,528 kilos of cocaine chlorhydrate, a speedboat, weapons, munitions and communication equipment were seized. The report indicated that “the approximate value of the material that was seized and destroyed amounts to $42 million (USD)”, and it points out that each vessel has the space capacity to transport between 8 to 10 tons of drugs. The report stated that “the drug trafficking organizations use these devices in order to transport large quantities of drugs from storage facilities located in Colombia, to the coasts of Central American countries. According to the Navy, the submersibles that have been found up to now-some 44 of them-are capable of traveling some 1,000 to 2,000 miles, which is equivalent to one to two week trips. According to the United Nations, Colombia produces some 600 tons of cocaine each year, which represents 60% of the worldwide supply.
REGGAE Boyz Andre Blake and Kemar Lawrence, who play in Major League Soccer in the United States, recently had deals to move to the English Premier League fall through because Jamaica isn’t ranked high enough on the FIFA rankings.Jamaica are ranked 61, but according to criteria imposed since 2015, the Reggae Boyz have to be ranked within the top 50 in the world for such transfers to happen.The Reggae Boyz have not been ranked in the top 50 for more than a decade and the outstanding Blake, who is the goalkeeper for the Philadelphia Union and Lawrence who is a fullback at New York Red Bulls are the latest Jamaicans to be denied opportunities because of the rule change.According to football website Goal.com, “Premier League sides Brighton and Crystal Palace made multi-million dollar offers for Blake this past summer after his outstanding CONCACAF Gold Cup showing. Unfortunately for Blake and the interested clubs, the deals fell apart because Blake doesn’t qualify for a U.K. work permit. The main reason for Blake’s inability to secure a work permit? Jamaica’s low FIFA ranking.”Blake has expressed frustration over the missed opportunity caused by things that are beyond his control.“I knew everything all the way, and it’s such a tough situation but I can’t get too worked up over it, even though it’s a very good opportunity I’m missing out on. Maybe it’s not time yet, or maybe it wasn’t meant to be. I’ve just got to keep working hard and maybe someday, somehow, if it’s supposed to be, it will happen,” he said.Lawrence, who was also a key member of the Reggae Boyz, which became the first Caribbean team to make consecutive finals of the CONCACAF Gold Cup, said this wasn’t the first time he was missing out on an opportunity because of his country’s poor FIFA ranking.“It’s hard to know that you want to play in that top division, that top league, and you can’t get to go because of stipulations like that. It’s their rules and you have to live by it,” he said.“We talk about it on a regular basis, but these things take time. More than one time opportunities like that have presented themselves for me, but we already know that if they’re not talking about a $10 million or $11 million transfer it’s a no-no for Jamaican players in England.”According to Goal, more suitors are expected to line up for Blake who is nearing the end of his MLS contract, and unless Jamaica make it into the top 50 by then, his frustrations will continue.“It’s super tough, but it’s something I can try my best to change,” Blake said.“I can’t do it on my own, but that’s part of my job as captain, to make sure we go in and take every game very seriously, and for the guys to understand that ‘Listen, it’s not just for me, it’s for everyone. If we have better rankings it will open up opportunities for everyone’.” (Sportsmax.com)
India has submitted a written statement to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in support of Mauritius’s demand for sovereignty over Chagos Archipelago from Britain.Sources told The Wire that New Delhi submitted its statement on the Chagos question to The Hague-based ICJ on February 28, a day before the deadline.The ICJ was asked by the UN General Assembly to give its advisory opinion on whether UK’s continuing possession of Chagos was in violation of international law. The General Assembly had agreed through a resolution on June 22, 2017 to refer two questions to the UN’s main judicial organ to give their advisory opinion. India was one of the 94 countries that voted in favour of the resolution.Read it at The Wire Related Items