Queen Latifah ‘stoked’ to land post-Super Bowl slot for show

first_imgLOS ANGELES (AP) — Queen Latifah says she’s “stoked” to land the post-Super Bowl timeslot for her new CBS series “The Equalizer.” Debuting after the big game on Feb. 7, the Oscar-nominated actress plays an ex-CIA officer who uses her skills to help those who can’t defend themselves. It’s a reboot of the 1980s original series starring Edward Woodward. But Latifah is putting her own spin on it, making her character cool and skilled at work while getting thrown for a loop at home by her teenage daughter. Latifah gets to fight and ride a motorcycle on the show.last_img read more

Ecuadorean security forces make series of large drug seizures

Citizen cooperation Ecuadorean law enforcement authorities recently seized more than 3.5 tons of drugs in more than 100 security operations. Security forces seized the drugs during a span of seven days in mid-November 2013. Security forces also captured 83 suspected drug trafficking operatives. Among them were 75 Ecuadoreans, six Colombians, and two Mexican nationals. Security forces also detained 14 minors who allegedly collaborated with the drug traffickers. By late November, security forces had seized 53 tons of drugs. The yearly record for drug seizures in Ecuador is 68 tons, which were seized in 2009. The volume of drugs seized by Ecuadorean security forces has increased dramatically in recent years.’ In 2010, security forces seized 18 tons of drugs. In 2011, authorities seized 26 tons of drugs. Ecuador cooperates with Peru and Colombia in fight against organized crime Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa recently signed agreements with the presidents of Peru and Colombia that call on the three countries to cooperate in the fight against organized crime. Correa and Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos discussed Colombia’s ongoing peace talks with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), during a binational meeting held on Nov. 25, 2013. The two leaders met in the border region which divides the two countries, in the Colombian city of Ipiales. Correa, Santos, the foreign ministers of both countries and several Ecuadorean and Colombian Cabinet ministers met for about four hours to discuss progress on agreements that were reached during the First Binational Cabinet meeting between the two countries. That meeting was held in December 2012 in the Ecuadorean city of Tulcán. Following the Nov. 25 meeting, Correa and Santos signed eight agreements regarding issues such as security, transportation, education, tourism, and the oil industry. Nine days before that meeting, Correa and the president of Peru, Ollanta Humala, agreed to have their respective security forces strengthen their cooperation in the battle against human trafficking and the illegal sales of stolen fuel. Humala and Correa announced the initiatives after they met on Nov. 14, 2013, in the city of Piura, Peru, near the Ecuadorean border. The meeting between of the two presidents concluded the VII Binational Ministerial Cabinet Meeting. The two presidents announced they had signed the two security cooperation agreements. Ecuadorean citizens are helping security forces by providing information about the suspected activities of drug traffickers, authorities said. Such cooperation is crucial in the battle against drug traffickers and other organized crime groups, according to security analysts. For example, information received from citizens led to the security operation “No Return,” in late November 2013, authorities said. Security forces received information from a citizen or citizens that drugs were hidden in a fiber boat docked at Las Piedras Viejas in Tachina, Esmereldas. Security forces inspected the boat and found 208 packages of cocaine hidden on the vessel, authorities said,. Targeted police operations Large drug seizures ‘El Chapo’ in Ecuador A transit point for drug trafficking By Dialogo November 29, 2013 The Sinaloa Cartel and Los Zetas, two violent Mexican transnational criminal organizations, operate in Ecuador, transporting drugs, according to authorities and security analysts. In February 2013, 19 inmates escaped from a high-security Ecuadorian prison in Guayaquil, located about 420 kilometers south of Quito. Among the escapees was Cesar Demar Vernaza Quinonez, who is known as “The Entrepreneur.” He is the leader of a gang, known as “The Courageous,” which collaborates with the Sinaloa Cartel, authorities said. The Courageous transports and protects drug shipments for the cartel, which is led by fugitive drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. Colombian security forces recaptured The Entrepreneur in that country in April 2013. Authorities extradited The Entrepreneur to Ecuador, where he is facing drug trafficking charges. Ecuadorean police have made a large series of drug seizures by specifically targeting and focusing on organized crime groups, said Bertha Garcia, a security analyst at the Catholic University of Ecuador. “Ecuador is not a drug-producing country, but it is a country of drug collection and passage,” the security analyst said. “Drug shipments come in from Peru and Colombia. Although we cannot say these are huge quantities of drugs which are being seized, because Ecuador is a small country, but the volume is obviously increasing.” The November operations closely followed a major drug seizure in late October 2013. In that operation, Ecuadorean security forces found and seized more than a half-ton of drugs – cocaine alkaloid — in the seaport of Guayaquil. Security forces found the cocaine alkaloid hidden inside a container filled with pineapples. Drug traffickers intended to transport the cocaine alkaloid by boat to Belgium, according to police Gen. William Balarezo, commander of the Guayas province police district. The port drug seizure was reported by Interior Minister Jose Serrano, via his Twitter account. The series of large drug seizures indicate that Ecuador is becoming an important transit point for drug traffickers who smuggle drugs to Europe and Asia, a security analyst said. “Drug smugglers are increasingly using Ecuador as a shipping point directly to the intended markets,” explained Hector Chavez, a security analyst at the University of Guayaquil. Drug traffickers are decreasing the volume of drugs they transport to Central American markets through Ecuador, Chavez said. “Lower volumes of drugs are being shipped to Central American markets or Mexico from Ecuador,” Chavez said. “Criminals have realized that it is more cost effective and less risky to ship directly to European and Asian markets directly from Ecuador,” Chavez said. Ecuadorean security forces have used intelligence, technology, and cooperation with the Armed Forces to make a series of important drug seizures in recent months, according to Deputy Interior Minister Javier Cordoba. Among the seizures: • In October 2013, the Ecuadorian Navy and police forces collaborated to seize 799 kilos of cocaine in the country’s territorial waters, drugs which were destined for Central America and ultimately north to the United States, authorities reported. Advanced technology helped the authorities find the boat that was smuggling the cocaine, according to Naval officials. • Also in October 2013, Ecuador’s anti-narcotic agents from the National Police seized at least three tons of cocaine in an operation held in the southwestern coastal province of Santa Elena, Ecuador’s Interior Minister Jose Serrano announced. Security forces captured 11 suspects, Serrano announced via Twitter. The suspects were connected to a powerful Colombian drug trafficking organization, “Los Urabeños,” Serrano said via Twitter. • In May 2013, Ecuadorian police arrested five Ecuadoreans and four Mexicans who were suspected of being part of a drug trafficking network. Police also seized 453 kilograms of cocaine and $276,567 in cash. The arrests and seizures were part of part of “Operación Aluvión.” • In April 2013, Ecuadorean police alerted the Coast Guard that a yacht, the “Green Onion,” was transporting a large quantity of cocaine. The Coast Guard pursued the boat, which escaped into international waters. The Ecuadorian Navy alerted the U.S. Coast Guard, which captured the boat in waters near Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. When they realized they were about to be captured, the crew burned about four tons of cocaine. read more

The stylish Queensland homes with the best wet bars

first_imgDrinks anyone?More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market19 hours agoOver on the Gold Coast this waterfront mansion is perfectly set up for a good party.With polished timber floorboards, the stylish room has more than enough room to store your drinks, as well as space for a pool table and video game machine. 70 Woodlark Crescent, Parkinson Old school style.What is not to like about the this? The billiards room in this Parkinson home has two wet bars, and if you need more the home also comes with a wine cellar that can store 2500 bottles. 72 Macdonald Steet, Norman Park FANCY: Take a look at the wet bars in these impressive Queensland homes.THERE would never be an excuse to not bring the party back to your place with these amazing wet bars.We found some of the most impressive wet bars in Queensland properties that are currently on the market. 31-33 Clear Water Bay Avenue, Clear Island Waters center_img Laid-back comfort.This stylish Brisbane home over in Norman Park has this spacious wet bar on the ground floor. Includes a bar fridge and plenty of space for a pool table. Although all these homes are currently on the market, sadly the alcohol is not included.last_img read more

Pulis plots misery for Mourinho

first_img And, after his side went down to a closely-fought 2-1 loss at Stamford Bridge, Pulis is hoping to get his own back on Blues manager Mourinho, who he holds in high regard having only come up against him for the first time last year. “For me Jose is one of the elite managers in the world,” Pulis said. “If you look at his record he has managed the great teams and the great teams need to win and he does that for them. He doesn’t just do it on home soil, but does that away as well. “I met him after the game at Stamford Bridge and he’s interesting. “Whether you like him or dislike him for what he is, there is no doubting he is a top manager. The time I had with him was charming, but they had just beaten us. It would be nice to see on Saturday if he’s charming.” With three wins in his first six league games in charge at Selhurst Park, Pulis’ approach gave Palace fresh impetus following his initial appointment. Other impressive results, particularly at home, have followed but a lack of consistency means the Eagles remain only three points from safety and sit precariously in 17th place in the table. “It was always going to be tough,” Pulis said. Palace welcome Barclays Premier League leaders Chelsea to Selhurst Park on Saturday, with their own top-flight status still in the balance. Pulis, who was appointed as Ian Holloway’s replacement in November, is looking to become the first man to keep a Palace side in the Premier League beyond a single season. Tony Pulis was charmed by Jose Mourinho when the Portuguese led his Chelsea side to victory over Crystal Palace in December – but the Eagles boss is aiming to send him home miserable this weekend. Press Association “But it’s not about 10 games. The Premier League is from start to finish, as we will see this year. It is not just about a run of 10 games. You have to keep going and working hard and the lads have been brilliant. “In the last eight we have four at home and four away. It’s all evened up and we’re still three points out of the relegation zone which is not too bad.” Having scored just once in their last five league games, accruing just one point in the process, Palace continue to suffer from a lack of fire-power in front of goal as both Marouane Chamakh and Dwight Gayle remain sidelined with injuries. That means the burden for goals falls heavily on the fit-again Glenn Murray and Stoke loanee Cameron Jerome, but Pulis wants to see his whole side chipping in with the goals that could stave off relegation. “We’ve got Gayle out and Chamakh, but Cameron and Murray have done smashing when we have played them,” Pulis said. “We need goals from everyone in the team. I think it’s more confidence and good fortune. We need a break – we need things to go for you and at the moment one or two things aren’t. When we create chances we have to take them.” last_img read more

Brock Lesnar vs Daniel Cormier: Will there be a UFC fight ever?

first_imgLast Updated: 23rd September, 2019 23:35 IST Brock Lesnar Vs Daniel Cormier: Will There Be A UFC Fight Ever? Brock Lesnar is an American wrestler who has been a great influence on the WWE universe. Read more about the challenge to Daniel Cormier, after UFC 226 event Written By SUBSCRIBE TO US 11 months ago Brock Lesnar: UFC records of the MMA Star, Upcoming Fights and more WATCH US LIVE COMMENT WE RECOMMEND FOLLOW US First Published: 23rd September, 2019 21:13 IST 11 months ago Ken Shamrock expresses desire to share ring with Brock Lesnar ALSO READ | Brock Lesnar: UFC Records Of The MMA Star, Upcoming Fights And More Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White announced that Brock Lesnar, who is the current WWE Universal Champion, wants to fight against Daniel Cormier, UFC Heavyweight Champion. White also said in an interview that both the contenders want the match really bad and it would be a good one. The clash between Brock Lesnar and Daniel Cormier was first introduced at UFC 226 in July 2018 after Cormier beat Stipe Miocic for the title. Lesnar has also pushed Cormier while exchanging words in the Octagon. Brock Lesnar has managed to win the Universal title at Crown Jewel and has maintained it. UFC’s Megan Olivi confirmed that both Lesnar and Cormier want the fight and so does the UFC.ALSO READ | Brock Lesnar: Interesting And Unknown Facts About ‘Beast Incarnate’Brock Lesnar back with WWEALSO READ | Ken Shamrock Expresses Desire To Share Ring With Brock LesnarBrock Lesnar had signed a contract with WWE which will make the fight against Daniel Cormier very difficult to happen. However, the contract with WWE has already expired after WrestleMania 34. Lesnar has also not competed in the UFC since 2016. Daniel Cormier has said that he wants to retire after hitting the 40-year mark and if he sticks to his statement, many dream matches won’t be possible. Brock had defeated Mark Hunt by a unanimous decision but was later changed to no-contest when Lesnar was tested positive for a banned drug, which led to his suspension. He took the drug test again and is now eligible to fight whenever he wants. It might be difficult for the American wrestler as he has not won a fight inside the Octagon since 2010. Fighting the former two-division world champion, who has held the heavyweight and light heavyweight world championships simultaneously will not be an easy task.ALSO READ | Brock Lesnar Returns To SmackDown, Decimates WWE Champ Kofi KingstonUFC President Dana White posts a picture with Brock Lesnar on Twitter 11 months ago WWE SmackDown: History, Controversy, Everything You Need To Know 11 months ago Brock Lesnar returns to SmackDown, decimates WWE Champ Kofi Kingston LIVE TV 11 months ago Brock Lesnar: Interesting and unknown facts about ‘Beast Incarnate’ Sahil Mirani last_img read more