By Myriam Ortega/Diálogo December 14, 2020 In late October, the Colombian Navy intercepted a semisubmersible with more than 2 tons of cocaine, the Colombian Military Forces’ General Command (CGFM, in Spanish) said in a press release. The operation, which units of the Tumaco Coast Guard Station carried out off the coast of Nariño department, will likely affect the finances of the criminal group United Guerrillas of the Pacific, dissidents of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia.“Naval intelligence had been monitoring this [criminal] organization; the moment we found out that they were taking the vessel out, we coordinated with a Navy aircraft that began to conduct search flyovers,” Colombian Navy Rear Admiral Hernando Enrique Mattos Dager, commander of the 72nd Poseidon Task Force Against Narcotrafficking, told Diálogo. “We had a coast guard boat, and when the ship reported that it was initiating pursuit, another boat left from Tumaco to support the maneuver.”An Ecuadorean, a Colombian, and a Mexican national were manning the naval vessel that carried a shipment of 2,045 kg of cocaine on board, October 27, 2020. (Photo: Colombian Navy)The semisubmersible, manned by a Colombian, an Ecuadorean, and a Mexican national, carried 2,045 kilograms of cocaine hydrochloride and was heading for Mexico, the CGFM said. According to Rear Adm. Mattos, naval intelligence determined that the Jalisco New Generation Cartel would have received the drug.The semisubmersible, its crew, and the drugs were transferred to Tumaco, where the detainees where handed over to the competent authorities for the alleged crimes of trafficking, manufacture, or possession of narcotics, and of construction, commercialization, and/or aggravated possession of semisubmersibles or submersibles, the Navy reported.“To date [November 5] we’ve seized 31 semisubmersible vessels so far in 2020, 136 tons of cocaine hydrochloride, and more than 35 tons of marijuana,” Rear Adm. Mattos said. “These seizures were not [made] only by the Colombian Navy and our units, nor have all [the drugs] been seized on Colombian coasts. We also carry out international operations with our partner countries […]. We have a great partnership to combat narcotrafficking […]. It is an important synergy of the entire region to fight narcotrafficking.”
Debutant Eric Dier scored a dramatic injury-time winner to get Mauricio Pochettino’s era at Tottenham off to a winning start against London rivals West Ham. Both sides finished with 10 men but it was Spurs who came out on top as new defensive recruit Dier popped up on the edge of the Hammers’ box in injury time to round Adrian and slip home a winning goal. The visitors should have been behind at that stage but Mark Noble missed a first-half penalty for West Ham, with full-back Kyle Naughton sent off after handling in the box. Tottenham came close to breaking the deadlock against the run of play as Erik Lamela stole the ball off Noble and played in Aaron Lennon, who could only whip his shot over the bar. Vaz Te finally forced Lloris into a save, albeit a routine one, as he headed into the ground and straight into the hands of the France goalkeeper. After the break it was Downing who stung the palms of Lloris, with Pochettino deciding to change things on the hour-mark as Andros Townsend and Lewis Holtby were introduced moments before the contest was evened up. Collins picked up his second yellow card as he stopped Emmanuel Adebayor in his tracks with referee Chris Foy having a busy first day of the new season. Christian Eriksen may have fluffed his lines from the free-kick that followed but Spurs were soon in the ascendancy for the first time in the game. Townsend forced Adrian into the best save of the match before seeing a similar effort deflected off target shortly afterwards. With both sides a body light, the game opened up as the half wore on – with Noble only able to shoot straight at Lloris after Younes Kaboul had failed to bring the ball out of defence for the visitors. Allardyce brought on summer signing Enner Valencia for a 10-minute cameo with the Ecuador striker receiving a rapturous reception from the home fans. It was Downing, though, who came close to winning it late on for West Ham. The England winger exchanged neat passes with Kevin Nolan on the edge of the Spurs box before forcing his way through on goal, with Lloris doing well to close in and block Downing’s shot. Adrian had to be lively at the opposing end to push out a long-range Nabil Bentaleb drive but the Spaniard could do nothing as Dier, a summer signing from Sporting Lisbon, kept his cool to send the travelling Spurs fans into delirium. Press Association James Collins went the same way as Naughton in the second half as he picked up a second booking – with Tottenham only coming to life when the teams were level at 10-a-side. Sam Allardyce had the jinx over Spurs last season as he guided the Hammers to three wins against their London rivals – and the 59-year-old will be left bemoaning his side’s inability to hit the target despite enjoying periods of sustained possession earlier in the game. Hugo Lloris made a superb save from Stewart Downing in the closing stages as both sides appeared destined to share the spoils before Dier, playing at right-back following Naughton’s dismissal, stayed onside and latched onto Harry Kane’s through ball to steer home a winner and give Pochettino a victorious start. During the summer Allardyce had been tasked with bringing a more entertaining brand of football to Upton Park and, up against Pochettino’s supposedly free-flowing Spurs side, his team started the brighter. Midway through the half Ricardo Vaz Te miscued when a Collins flick-on found the Portuguese winger in plenty of space at the back post and shortly afterwards debutant Cheikhou Kouyate’s diving header flew inches wide of Lloris’ goal. With just under half an hour on the clock the hosts were given the perfect opportunity to open the scoring when they were awarded a penalty for handball against Naughton. The full-back was arguably unlucky to be sent off for the misdemeanour but Noble could only drag the resulting spot-kick wide, with Lloris diving the wrong way. The Hammers remained the dominant force for the remainder of the half but could not find a way past Lloris, with Vaz Te flashing an effort wide as Allardyce’s side continued to struggle in their quest to find the target.
Godwin Enakhena, who until recently was chairman of MFM FC, has been elevated to sports administrator of MFM worldwide.Daniel Olukoya, who is the General Overseer MFM Worldwide, is MFM FC new chairman, while Emmanuel Aiyeyun has been appointed MFM FC director.Enakhena’s new responsibilities include:1) He has now been saddled with the responsibility of re-jiggling the rested annual DKO Olukoya International Youth Football competition that used to be held at MFM Prayer City2) He is to ensure that sporting events like the annual basketball, tennis and athletics competitions that have been rested are brought back immediately3) The above sporting events are to enjoy same attention as MFM FC4) The reintroduction of the DKO Youth Football competition will give MFM youths across Nigeria and beyond a sense of belonging and also serve as recruitment ground for players into MFM FC5) This is in response to the yearnings of MFM youths, who have subtly protested the neglect of other sports in the church since the promotion of MFM FC to the NPFL.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Naomi Cowan (second left) at Kanye West’s October 18 Sunday Service concert at Emancipation Park in Kingston. From left is Jesse Royal, Carlene Davis, Jamaica’s Entertainment and Culture minister Olivia Grange, Kanye West and Tommy Cowan. KINGSTON, Jamaica – Hours before she headed to Emancipation Park in Kingston with her family for Kanye West’s Sunday Service show on October 18, singer Naomi Cowan heard of a shooting incident near her office, a five-minute walk from the venue.By that evening, her concern had given way to hope as she was in the massive crowd that watched the rapper and his gospel group turn in a mesmerizing performance.It was enough to wash her blues away.“All he’s doing is telling people to be fearless, telling them how to be creative,” said Cowan. “He was using contemporary sounds and R&B riffs but the message was so strong you could not help but be a part of it,” Cowan said.Cowan was accompanied to the event by her parents, veteran artist manager/producer Tommy Cowan and his wife, singer Carlene Davis. Several Jamaican gospel singers also attended, as did Jesse Royal, a key figure in the roots-reggae revival and the country’s entertainment and culture minister, Olivia “Babsy” Grange.The Kingston show was a pop up gig for the controversial West who recently embraced Christianity. He is currently promoting Jesus is King, his first gospel album, released in October.Cowan has done a handful of gospel songs but made her mark in 2018 with Paradise Plum, a catchy dance track that did well on regional charts in the United States.While her day started ominously, she credited West and his Sunday Service singers for making it worthwhile in the end.“I had a fantastic time and I’m so full of gratitude. I really was on Cloud Nine and so thankful for life,” she said.West has held several Sunday Service shows in the US since its launch in January. His Jamaican leg was not without incident, as Grange issued a statement ordering the rapper to stop selling merchandise bearing Jamaica’s national emblem.