Uruguayan Navy Collaborated on Seizure of 270 kg of Marijuana in Haiti

first_imgBy Dialogo April 16, 2010 The Uruguayan Navy collaborated on the seizure of 270 kilograms of marijuana in Haitian territorial waters, the navy’s spokesperson, Capt. Anselmo Borges, announced in Montevideo. The seizure took place Tuesday, when Naval Aviation Helicopter A063, a Bölkow BO105, was performing a reconnaissance mission near Ile a Vache, according to a statement by the navy. Borges explained that the helicopter, embarked on board the ship ROU 04 “General Artigas,” which had begun its return voyage to Montevideo after unloading various Uruguayan donations in Port-au-Prince – principally two water-purification units, food, and medicine – carried out the reconnaissance mission at the UN’s request. While the mission was underway, the aircraft was alerted by the ship’s crew “to the presence of a suspicious craft heading toward the coast from the open sea at great speed,” for which reason the helicopter “proceeded in search of it, successfully intercepting it a few minutes later,” the statement says. “The launch’s three crew members, upon seeing that a military helicopter was approaching, ran the craft straight for the coast and left it adrift with its entire cargo as they ran to hide in the jungle,” the statement adds. The Uruguayan aircraft “immediately reported the events to the UN mission in Haiti and requested support from the Uruguayan naval base in Port Salut (part of Minustah), a few miles away, so that the base would send ships to seize the launch,” which they then “turned over to the competent authorities,” Borges said. Uruguay has a contingent of 1,162 ‘blue helmets’ deployed with the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (Minustah).last_img read more

Southland Conference Partners with VICIS

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – The Southland Conference and VICIS announced a partnership today to provide access to the VICIS ZERO1 football helmet conference-wide and educate football players on the latest safety advancements in sports equipment.The VICIS ZERO1 recently ranked first for the third consecutive year in the National Football League (NFL) and the NFL Players Association (NFLPA)’s Helmet Performance Testing, which assesses the performance of all helmets used in the NFL to determine their ability to best reduce the severity of head impacts at the professional level. The ZERO1 outperformed 33 other helmets tested. The ZERO1 is also top-rated in VIRGINIA TECH® Helmet RatingsTM for collegiate and high school play.“The Southland Conference is pleased to partner with VICIS in the important area of student-athlete health and safety,” Southland Commissioner Tom Burnett said. “VICIS is a proven leader in the industry and we are excited to be able to offer their top-rated helmets and education to our members.  The Southland has made setting a standard of excellence in health and safety a strategic priority, and this agreement works toward that goal.” Through the partnership, Southland Conference football coaches, trainers and equipment managers will have access to on-field safety-related educational seminars provided by VICIS personnel, as well as receive significant discounts towards the purchase of helmets and accessories, all with the focus of improving student-athlete safety in the sport of football.”Our team salutes Commissioner Burnett and the Southland Conference for its commitment to better protect and educate its players,” said Dave Marver, VICIS CEO and co-founder. “This new partnership is a strong expression of our shared values to ensure student-athletes have access to the highest performing protective technology.”The most technologically advanced helmet available, the ZERO1 features a deformable outer shell and a unique columnar layer designed to slow impact forces while enhancing players performance. Players from more than 1,200 high school programs and 150 professional and college teams have embraced the ZERO1. ABOUT VICISVICIS is driven by its mission to help athletes at all levels and elevate head protection in sport. Applying insights from medical research and advancements in engineering + design, VICIS creates technologies that reduce impact forces and improve performance. Since its launch in 2017, the ZERO1 football helmet has ranked first in NFL/NFLPA Helmet Performance testing three consecutive years and was named one of TIME Magazine’s 25 Best Inventions. VICIS’ ZERO1 YOUTH helmet is the first football helmet truly optimized for kids and is the best testing football helmet in the history of VIRGINIA TECH® YOUTH HELMET RATINGS™. Named one of Fast Company’s 2018 Most Innovative Companies, VICIS is funded and advised by current and former professional athletes Aaron Rodgers, Russell Wilson, Jerry Rice, and Roger Staubach, as well as experts in neurosurgery, sports and pediatric medicine. For more information, visit www.vicis.com.  ABOUT THE SOUTHLAND CONFERENCE Closing in on six decades of service, the Southland Conference continues to be a model of innovation, stability and consistent achievement as it celebrates the academic and athletic accomplishments of its member institutions and more than 4,200 student-athletes.   The Southland operates within a structure of shared core values by its membership: Excellence, Student-Athlete Focused, Integrity, Diversity and Inclusion, Sportsmanship, and Fiscal Responsibility.  Founded in 1963, the Southland Conference has transformed itself into a dynamic and respected consortium of 13 comprehensive universities in Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas, including Abilene Christian University, University of Central Arkansas, Houston Baptist University, University of the Incarnate Word, Lamar University, McNeese State University, University of New Orleans, Nicholls State University, Northwestern State University, Sam Houston State University, Southeastern Louisiana University, Stephen F. Austin State University and Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.  The Southland sponsors 19 championship sports at the NCAA Division I level. It is also the host conference for the annual NCAA FCS National Championship game in Frisco, Texas.last_img read more

Murdered footballer’s brother identifies “Nasty Man” as assailant

first_imgOne day after Delon Henry, called “Nasty Man”, denied the September 29, 2015, murder of Dexter Griffith, the deceased footballer’s brother, Keshawn Griffith, on Thursday told the 12-member jury that while in hiding, he saw the defendant firing a gun moments after his brother was shot. Henry is on trial before Justice Sandil Kissoon at the Demerara High Court.Accused killer Delon HenryThe younger Griffith recalled taking cover near his East Ruimveldt, Georgetown home after the shots rang out; noting that a man clad in white, ran passed him. He said a while later, he saw Delon Henry in dark clothing shooting.He added that he recognised him from the day before, staring at his brother while also wearing dark clothing. He remembered that on the day in question, his brother had asked him to borrow $3000 – money which the younger Griffith used to buy food for his older sibling. It was while he was at the shop that he heard the shots ring out before he saw the man in white and the other in dark attire.He observed that he was reading the newspapers on October 12, 2015 when he recognised Delon Henry as the gunman. He called his mother immediately and was told to inform the Police which he did. Sometime later, he was called to an Identification Parade where he picked out Henry from pictures of 16 males with like resemblance. According to Griffith, he did this, “based on instructions received”.Griffith also testified accompanying his brother to hospital who was pronounced dead by doctors. Meanwhile, the mother of the deceased man’s children, Allison Weeks, also testified before Judge and jury. She emotionally recounted hearing the gunshots and identifying her partner lying with a wound to his head.Weeks said she was a seller in the city and had often accompanied her late reputed husband from where they lived at Beterverwagting, East Coast Demerara to East Ruimveldt, Georgetown. She also claimed that on the night of the shooting, she saw a male run past her in white clothing but could not make out who it was because she saw him from behind.Weeks also said that just after the shooting, when the crowd gathered, Dexter’s brother Keshawn shouted: “Is who shot my brother?”Dexter Griffith was shot near his mother’s East Ruimveldt home. Earlier this week, the deceased man’s mother, Lavern Griffith, recalled running to the Warlock area from her home where she and other relatives saw the footballer lying in a drain.After being shot, Griffith reportedly managed to stand and walked a short distance in an attempt to escape from Henry but eventually fell unconscious to the ground, while his assailant escaped. Public spirited persons near the scene of the crime eventually took the injured Griffith to a city hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.Prosecutors Lisa Cave and Orinthia Schmidt are prosecuting the State’s case. The accused is represented by Attorney Adrian Thompson.last_img read more