By Dialogo February 07, 2012 In early January, the Ecuadorean Navy detected another drug submersible 60 miles off the coast of Puná Island, in an action in which three Colombian nationals and one Ecuadorean citizen were arrested after they succeeded in sinking the vessel. This is the second large drug seizure of 2012, following the announcement by the police and the Navy on January 27 that 1.3 tons of cocaine had been seized in the gulf of Guayaquil, where three Ecuadorean nationals were also apprehended. Ecuador seized around 26 tons of drugs during 2011, compared to 18 tons in 2010 and a record of 68 tons in 2009 (64 of them cocaine), according to the police. “More than a ton of drugs, nine people arrested, high-caliber weapons (…) are the results of a police operation,” Justice Minister José Serrano reported on his Twitter account, where he also congratulated the Anti-narcotics Police for their work. The seizure took place in the maritime port following the arrest of the nine suspects in various locations in Guayaquil and in the locality of Mocache, which belongs to the neighboring province of Los Ríos. That shipment was being stored on a Puná Island shrimp boat, according to authorities, who simultaneously discovered a submersible on Santa Clara Island, 25 km south of Puná, which was used to transport alkaloids to Central America. The individuals arrested were brought before a judge to be arraigned for alleged narcotics trafficking, according to the police. The Ecuadorean police seized at least a ton of cocaine in the city of Guayaquil, southwest of Quito, in an operation in which nine people were arrested, authorities announced on February 5.
West Ham manager Sam Allardyce accepts his toughest job will be staying focused in the wake of a promising start to the Barclays Premier League season. Press Association Allardyce, though, will attempt to keep a lid on any complacency, with some Hammers’ fans already dreaming of Europe. “It is a difficult one, the players in our team and squad, have to maintain 100 per cent almost – a physical, mental, technical and tactical attitude to every game,” he said. “They have to be on top form to have a chance of winning every game they play. Anything less than that then the opposition in the Premier League is so strong – whether you play the bottom or top team – that you will get beat. “Our level has to be within 95-100 per cent of our capabilities. Some of the big sides can play not well at all but win the game. We are not that level. That is a difficult thing to maintain. “In the past, I have experienced it, particularly when I was at Bolton. Eventually, though, we got there, we got a team that could play consistently well and get results to maintain our position in the top half of the Premier League.” The summer additions of Senegal forward Sakho and Ecuador international Enner Valencia along with former Arsenal midfielder Alex Song, on loan from Barcelona, have added a new dynamic to the West Ham squad which at times struggled for consistency last season, with Allardyce often criticised for a perceived negative approach. However, having seen how quickly teams can fall from grace, with Villa losing six in a row since winning at Liverpool on September 13, Allardyce will keep all targets realistic for the time being. “It is only 10 games, it is far too early. Look at Aston Villa’s start: everyone was going on what a fantastic start they had, with 10 points in the first four or five games. Look at how quickly it can turn,” said Allardyce, who was named manager of the month for October, while Sakho scooped the player award. The Irons host struggling Aston Villa on Saturday on the back of four wins from the last six matches, which have propelled them up into fifth place, behind Arsenal only on goal difference. Striker Diafra Sakho is expected to return from a shoulder injury, having scored in six consecutive league games including the impressive 2-1 win over champions Manchester City at the Boleyn Ground a fortnight ago. “Our big test comes in the end of November and December when all the games come thick and fast. “I believe this year, if we keep the squad fit, then we have a much better November and December than we have had in recent years. “So until we get to the end of this year, I am not going to change any areas of the targets we are trying to hit.” Paul Lambert has urged his critics to look at the bigger picture as the pressure grows on the Aston Villa boss. Villa go to West Ham on Saturday having lost their last six Barclays Premier League games to sit just above the drop zone. In defeats to Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City, Everton, QPR and Tottenham they have scored just once – against Spurs – and are without the suspended Christian Benteke at Upton Park. But Lambert insisted the context of Villa’s run must be taken into account as he looks to arrest their slide. “You’re hoping to pick up a lot more points, but there’s been no real let up,” he said. “People haven’t seen the way it’s happened. “If we’d taken three points the other night, we’d have been above Spurs and level with Man United. “We’ve played 10 games, and six of them have been against the top six from last year. “People say ‘You took points from them last year’ but we took points from Liverpool and should have done against Tottenham. “Against Man City we were eight minutes away from getting something – the difference this time is we’ve bounced from one to the other in succession, maybe last year we had one, the four games later there was another one. “There was a bit of respite. “This time they’ve gone bang-bang-bang, straight through them. “Mentally and physically it’s a major thing. “We are one of the very few teams that’s played the top six. “Some teams have only played them once. “It’s not an excuse, it’s the way it’s worked out.” Gabby Agbonlahor is expected to replace the suspended Benteke after his red card against Tottenham on Sunday. Philippe Senderos may return after a thigh injury and Lambert knows the players are also under pressure to perform but is confident they will not be affected. “That happens – but look at Sunday, the confidence wasn’t lacking. They were well in that game before circumstances changed the whole thing,” he said. “In training, the players haven’t been a problem – but it’s easy to say that. With your own eyes you can see they’ll be fine.”
Pistorius, the first double-amputee runner to compete on the track at the Olympics, is facing a charge of premeditated murder in South Africa in the Valentine’s Day slaying of his girlfriend.In a brief statement announcing the contract suspension, Nike says “we believe Oscar Pistorius should be afforded due process and we will continue to monitor the situation closely.”Pistorius is a multiple Paralympic medalist, but he failed to win a medal at last year’s London Olympics, where he ran in the 400 meters and on South Africa’s 4×400 relay team.Nike dropped Lance Armstrong in October 2012, but stood by Tiger Woods after he admitted to infidelities and went to rehab for sex addiction.
Alabama linebacker Eyabi Anoma is out of the NCAA’s transfer portal, according to multiple reports.The rising sophomore, who was the No. 4 overall recruit in the nation in the recruiting class of 2018, was reported to be in the portal on Tuesday, but a day later the Tuscaloosa News reported that coach Nick Saban said Anoma no longer was in it. AL.com confirmed the report, citing an unidentified source. A 5-star recruit, Anoma chose the Crimson Tide over numerous other offers, including from Georgia, Michigan and Florida. But the 6-foot-5, 245-pound edge rusher played in a reserve role last season, registering nine tackles in 12 games. Still, he was voted to the SEC All-Freshman team.Established last fall, the NCAA’s transfer portal, an online database, allows players to express their interest in transferring and allows interested teams to contact them. However, a player who enters the portal isn’t obligated to trasnfer.Anoma apparently has chosen to withdraw his name.