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Cocaine Discovered in France in Container of Chilean Seafood

first_imgBy Dialogo July 13, 2012 A shipment of around 21.6 kg of cocaine, worth 1.3 million euros, was discovered in the port of Le Havre (in northern France), in a container of frozen mussels from Chile, the French customs service announced on July 12. According to the preliminary results of the customs investigation, the cocaine was introduced into the container without the knowledge of the shipper or recipient. The traffickers replaced the container’s original seal after introducing the drugs. This technique, which is being used with increasing frequency, according to the customs service, was employed to transport 113 kg of cocaine seized in this port in June. In that case, the merchandise, with an estimated worth of 7 million euros, was placed in a container of cans of tuna from Ecuador. Separately, on June 21, customs officials seized 3.5 kg of cocaine in the port of Le Havre in a container of personal effects coming from Surinam and destined for Holland. The drugs, hidden in thermos bottles and in the speakers of a computer, were discovered by a trained dog.last_img read more

Lakers receive permission from Golden State to interview Luke Walton

first_imgWalton quickly became an attractive option for a few reasons. He has strong ties with the Lakers as a former reserve (2004-12). Walton also guided the defending NBA champion Warriors to a 39-4 record this season as interim coach while head coach Steve Kerr recovered from offseason back surgery. During the 2011 NBA lockout, Walton also served as an assistant coach at the University of Memphis. Once his 10-year NBA career ended after the 2012-13 season with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Walton became a player development coach for the Lakers’ Development League affiliate, the D-Fenders. That soon parlayed into a position as an assistant coach with the Warriors once Kerr became the head coach in 2014-15. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The Lakers are completing the beginning steps of their coaching search by pursuing someone both familiar by name and intriguing by potential.The Golden State Warriors have granted the Lakers permission to interview assistant Luke Walton on Wednesday once their first-round series ends against the Houston Rockets. Later that evening, the Warriors accomplished just that. That makes Walton’s schedule relatively more flexible before Golden State faces the winner of the Clippers-Portland first-round series. With Portland leading that series 3-2, the Warriors would face the Trail Blazers on Sunday if they close out their series in Game 6 on Friday. If the Clippers force a Game 7 on Sunday, the Warriors would face the winner on May 3. Golden State generally allows its assistants to interview for head-coaching positions even before the NBA playoffs end so long as it does not interfere with their current job. For example, the New Orleans Pelicans were granted permission to interview former Warriors assistant Alvin Gentry in mid May last year before the Warriors’ eventual title run. last_img read more

Rivers Ready To Get Back On The Court

first_imgThe Bulldogs welcome back a pair of double-digit scorers this year, but also return one key component that the team was without for the bulk of last season in junior guard, C.J. Rivers.Rivers started in 11 of the first 16 games of 2015-16 before suffering a broken bone in his left hand. The injury forced him to the bench for nearly the rest of the season before returning for the season finale at the MVC Tournament. Rivers will take to the court with the rest of the team this Friday, Nov. 11, for the Bulldogs’ first game of the season against South Dakota with tipoff scheduled for 8:35 p.m.While the injury physically sidelined Rivers, it helped him grow as a leader and a more cerebral player.”It helped in two major ways,” Rivers said of how the injury made him better. “First, it forced me to be more of a leader because the only way I could be a leader was to be vocal. Second, I saw things from a different perspective. I was able to take everything in and pick the coaches’ brains.”The role of a vocal leader forced the normally soft-spoken Rivers outside of his comfort zone, especially for a player who just in his second year in the program.”The toughest part was being so young and I only had one season under my belt and didn’t know what I needed to be saying,” Rivers said. “Learning that helps me now to know what needs to be said and when.”Before the injury, Rivers had earned a starting role primarily due to his defense while averaging 3.8 points per game. In the game before being sidelined, Rivers poured in a career-high 13 points against Indiana State and appeared to be hitting his stride. But three days later he went to the floor at UNI’s McLeod Center with the near season-ending injury. Watching the next 14 games and countless practices tested Rivers’ resolve as the Bulldogs struggle on the court.”Obviously, I wanted to be on the court, and that was the toughest part,” Rivers said. “We went through a tough patch, and I felt helpless having to watch my team and not being able to help.”Rivers worked his way back onto the court and spent the entire offseason trying to return not just to form, but to expanding his game and becoming more of an offensive threat. During the summer months, Rivers committed to making 100,000 jump shots, a feat he accomplished.”I’ve been shooting and getting acclimated after the injury to my shooting hand,” Rivers said. “Just getting the feeling and muscle memory back in that hand was the biggest thing for me to accomplish.”With those hours of hard work and frustration of being sidelined for nearly all of the Valley season last year, Rivers is more than excited to get back under the bright lights on the Knapp Center court.”I’m chomping at the bit,” Rivers said. “I’m looking forward to putting everything together that I’ve been working on through the offseason. I’m excited to help my team out.” Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more