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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

Orange seek 1st win over ranked opponent since 2015

first_img Published on October 3, 2018 at 11:13 pm Contact Andrew: arcrane@syr.edu | @CraneAndrew Comments One day after losing 3-0 to No. 3 BYU, Syracuse led No. 10 Southern California, 2-0.In the third set, Syracuse fell behind 6-1 early and couldn’t recover. In the fourth, USC’s 15-4 lead proved insurmountable. And in the fifth, the Orange couldn’t flip the momentum and lost, 15-13. The next day, SU lost to their third ranked opponent in as many days, a 3-1 decision to No. 25 Marquette.“We were right there with those teams, it wasn’t like they destroyed us,” senior middle blocker Santita Ebangwese said. “We were making them nervous.”Less than a month later, the Orange (8-4, 4-0 Atlantic Coast) find themselves off to their best ACC start in program history, and enter this weekend as one of three undefeated teams in the conference.On Friday, Syracuse matches up with No. 8 Pittsburgh (15-0, 4-0), a team they haven’t beaten since 2015. If the Orange are to upset their first ranked opponent since that same season, they will have to finish, something they’ve failed to do against top 25 teams this season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Pittsburgh will definitely come in with high confidence,” associate head coach Erin Little said. “For us to be able to match that, knowing the opponents that we faced and how we played against those will only help us here.”Pittsburgh, one of two undefeated teams in the country, currently hold their highest ranking in program history. The Panthers enter Friday’s matchup winners of their last 13 ACC matches, dating back to last season.Laura Angle | Digital Design EditorThrough 12 matches in 2018, Syracuse has dominated the net defensively, posting a conference-best 2.8 blocks per game, but will have to defend against Pittsburgh’s front row, which tallies 14.4 kills per set, first in the ACC.The keys for Syracuse are to serve aggressively, contain the balanced Pitt offense and be smart in how they set up their blocks, Little said.“It goes back to the saying ‘Defense wins games,’” senior Amber Witherspoon said. “It’s good for them to be a good offensive team, but we’re going to try to come back with our defense and our blocks.”Even if the Orange aren’t able to get the block, Ebangwese said, a strong game at the net allows Syracuse to set up their offense.The return of redshirt senior Christina Oyawale has helped SU’s presence at the net. After an ankle injury forced her to miss seven matches, she returned in a Sept. 23 win over Clemson and finished second on the team with three blocks.“(Oyawale) puts up a nice block,” Ebangwese said, “and she also deters some hitting outside, like bouncing balls and helping with the momentum.”Facing a team that’s 35-5 at home since 2016, the Orange need to create their own momentum to eliminate Pitt’s home court advantage.“We’re used to that (road) type of atmosphere … we’re used to being cheered against,” Witherspoon said. “We honestly thrive off of that. It’s like, ‘We’ll show you who we are … you’re going to know our name.’”Despite their historic start, Syracuse knows that they have to clean up parts of their game, or as Ebangwese puts it, “dotting our I’s and crossing our T’s,” in order to continue their run.“Some things we were able to get away with against Wake Forest,” she said, “we won’t be able to get away with against Pitt.”center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more