By Gonzalo Silva Infante/Diálogo October 15, 2020 On August 23, the Peruvian Navy (MGP, in Spanish), through the Iquitos Port Captaincy, seized more than 1 ton of marijuana in a riverine operation on the Napo River, Loreto department. During the operation, the MGP said in a press release, a confrontation took place with armed individuals, leaving one MGP service member wounded. Two of the three suspects were neutralized, while the third escaped.“As a result of this operation, they [the authorities] approached this vessel to inspect it, and when they approached, they [the suspects] opened fire on our personnel,” MGP Rear Admiral César Benavides Iraola, commander of the Fifth Naval Zone and head of the Captaincy District N.°5, which includes the Iquitos and Yurimaguas captaincies, told Diálogo.“They [MGP service members] approached and found packages on board during the search,” Rear Adm. Benavides said. The marijuana seized totaled 1,020 kilograms, the MGP reported.In addition to the drug, authorities seized an M-4 assault rifle, an AR-15 automatic light rifle, a submachine gun, and ammunition.From January 1 to August 23, with the support of the National Police and the Office of the Attorney General, the MGP carried out 26 riverine operations in the Peruvian Amazon to fight against narcotrafficking and illegal mining, Rear Adm. Benavides said. The seizures, he said, included “1 ton of marijuana, 6,700 gallons [25,362 liters] of chemical precursors, 47 facilities, [and] 25 labs. We’ve seized weapons and confiscated seven vessels that were under investigation because of their connection with [illicit] activities. This shows that the effort is paying off.”
“Big game — I’m a freshman — Oregon’s definitely one of the spots I have wanted to play at,” freshman forward Isaiah Mobley said. “I heard it’s a crazy environment. They’re a top-ranked team in the country right now, and I think we’re starting to roll … so I think if we execute and work hard we can beat anyone.” Sophomore guard Elijah Weaver will figure to play a critical role should the Trojans upset Oregon in Eugene Thursday night. (Sarah Ko | Daily Trojan) Both teams have 15 overall wins and four conference wins on the season. USC is currently in first place in the Pac-12, but Oregon is the highest-ranked team in the conference and USC remains unranked nationally. “Oregon, they are an experienced team. They have some older guys, really good point guard Payton Pritchard and [a] couple good young big men,” Mobley said. “But I think we’re extremely talented too.” The Trojans are coming off their most impressive win of the season against Stanford, while Oregon is coming off a comeback win of its own against Washington. In what will be its biggest test so far this season, the USC men’s basketball team is preparing to take on the No. 12 Oregon Ducks in Eugene, Ore. “Knowing where to be at all points on offense and defense, so if I need to be in a certain position at a certain point in the game, I know better now to be there,” Mobley said. “[The coaches] know we’re young so they know we’re going to make mistakes.” Oregon has been dominant at home — not losing a single game at the Matthew Knight Arena — but that does not mean every game has come easy. The Ducks nearly lost to the Arizona Wildcats earlier this month in a 74-73 overtime battle, but as has been the case often this year, senior guard Payton Pritchard led the Ducks to another victory. Much of this success can be attributed to contributions from USC’s youth. Sophomore guard Elijah Weaver, who scored the game-tying 3-pointer against Stanford to force overtime, has shot over 40% from the field in his last three games for a combined 27 points off the bench. Pritchard is one player the Trojans have to keep in check if they’ll have any chance of winning. The possible front-runner for National Player of the Year has been dominating college basketball all season, averaging nearly 20 points and 5.7 assists on 41.2% 3-point shooting and 48.7% overall from the field. A statement win against the Ducks would more than likely thrust USC into the national spotlight. The Trojans, who have not made the NCAA Tournament since 2017, are on track to finish the season better than that year, when they advanced to the Round of 32. Mobley said USC’s coaching staff has helped him and the team’s younger players improve recently. Head coach Andy Enfield’s Trojans have been hot of late. USC currently has a three-game winning streak, which includes two dominant wins against UCLA and UC Berkeley and a 21-point comeback win against Stanford. USC has won nine of its last 10 overall. If USC has any hope of beating one of the best teams in the country, it will have to rely on Weaver, Mobley and the rest of its roster to play cohesively. USC also has to do a better job of protecting the ball, as it has turned it over 15.2 times per game this season — compared to 12.2 a game for Oregon. The Trojans and Ducks will tip off at 8 p.m. Thursday on ESPNU.
Former Hearts of Oak striker and three time Ghana Premier League goal king Ishmael Addo, is set to join MTN FA Cup winners New Edubiase United by close of the week.The 1999 Fifa U-17 World Cup top scorer had a failed career in Europe after warming benches of clubs in France, Israel, Greece and Cyprus.The 30year has been on holidays in Ghana since 2008 after a loan spell with India football club East Bengal but the Bekwai side is optimistic of his exploits.Meanwhile President of the club, Abdul Salam Yakubu in an interview with Asempa sports ” my side would need experienced players like Addo next season in our quest to make an impact in the Ghana premier league and Africa cup campaign come next season”.New Edubiase will represent Ghana in next year’s CAF Africa confederations Cup competition and Abdul Salam believes his side’s new signings like Samed Oppong, Addo Quaye Addo ,Fuseini Nuhu, Fuseini Alhassan will boost the club’s performance in every competition it finds itself come next season.