Nicaraguan army naval unit seizes cocaine shipment

first_imgBy Dialogo July 18, 2012 MANAGUA, Nicaragua — The Nicaraguan army seized 432.8 kilos (954.2 pounds) of cocaine on the country’s Northern Caribbean coast after a shootout with four drug dealers who escaped, authorities said. The drug traffickers were spotted by a vessel of Nicaragua’s Army Naval Force July 14 in Sandy Bay, a beach area located in the country’s Autonomous Region of the Northern Atlantic. “Boats from the Naval Force pursued [the narco-traffickers],” the army said. “[The narco-traffickers” then opened fire against soldiers, with no casualties registered.” The dealers escaped in a jungle area close to the beach, authorities added. After boarding the abandoned vessels, soldiers found the drugs inside 17 sacks, along with a shotgun, seven cell phones, five barrels of oil, 15 communication radios, waterproof boots and bodysuits, balaclavas and lifeguard vests. [Laprensa.com.ni (Nicaragua), 17/07/2012; Nicaraguahoy.info (Nicaragua), 18/07/2012]last_img read more

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Whale That Washed Up in Hamptons Died of Starvation

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The True’s beaked whale that washed up in Westhampton Beach last week was an emaciated eight-foot-long female calf that died of starvation, according to The Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation.Marine biologists who performed a necropsy Thursday on the emaciated whale that found it had no food in its stomach and had died days before being found Tuesday, a spokeswoman for the group said.“It is believed this whale was still dependent on its mother, and would still have been nursing at this stage,” the group said in a news release, which noted that the whale’s carcass had been scavenged on by animals on the beach.The whale was found the day after a 28-foot-long juvenile humpback whale washed up on Fire Island. The foundation determined that the humpback died of injuries consistent with being struck by a ship.As far as the True’s beaked whale, the foundation noted that little is known about them since they’re rarely observed by humans because they inhabit deep ocean waters far from shore.They can grow up to 17-feet long and weigh 3,000 pounds, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).Their name is derived from Frederick W. True, a curator at the Smithsonian Institution, who described the species in 2002 after one was found stranded on a North Carolina beach, according to the NOAA.Although it’s rare that one of these type of whales washes ashore, an adult 15-foot-long female True’s beaked whale was found on a Long Island beach a day before one of her nearly 9-foot-long calfs also washed ashore last year, the Riverhead foundation said.The lactating mother had ulcers in her stomach, a heavy burden of parasites and was thin, the group said. Although initially stranded alive, she was pushed back into the water by people on the beach before she re-stranded herself and died while the team was in transit.The group wants to remind the public that it is a violation of federal law to interact with federally protected animals like these mammals. Anyone who finds marine wildlife on the beach should call the foundation’s stranding hotline: 631-369-9829.last_img read more

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Mitchell Starc ruled out for tourists with stress fracture

first_imgAUSTRALIA fast bowler Mitchell Starc has been ruled out of the final two Tests in India after suffering a stress fracture to his right foot.The left-armer, 27, took five wickets in the first two Tests, with the four-match series tied at 1-1.Cricket Australia said it would name a replacement player in the next few days, with Starc returning to Australia for treatment and rehabilitation.Jackson Bird, 30, is the reserve fast bowler in Australia’s squad.“Mitchell experienced some pain in his right foot during the second Test in Bangalore, which unfortunately had not subsided a few days after as we had hoped,” team physio David Beakley said.“We made the decision to scan his foot in Bangalore this morning and unfortunately it has revealed a stress fracture.”The third Test begins on Thursday in Ranchi. (BBC Sport)last_img read more

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