Panama Stops N. Korean Ship over Missile Equipment

first_imgBy Dialogo July 17, 2013 Congratulations to His Excellency President Ricardo Martinelli for detaining the questionable material that certainly would end up at the North-Korean dictator’s hands. PEACE MUST RULE OUR PLANET, but the actions should be sensible and steady. No matter how painful it may be to some people. Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli said on July 16 counter-narcotics agents found suspected missile material on board a North Korean vessel it stopped en route from Cuba. Outlining a dramatic sequence of events, President Martinelli said the ship was targeted by drug enforcement officials as it approached the Panama Canal and was taken into port, but a search revealed cargo of far greater concern. The vessel’s estimated 35-man crew also rioted when police stepped aboard, according to Martinelli, who said the suspicious goods were found hidden in a consignment of sugar. “The world needs to sit up and take note: You cannot go around shipping undeclared weapons of war through the Panama Canal,” he told Radio Panama. “We had suspected this ship, which was coming from Cuba and headed to North Korea, might have drugs aboard so it was brought into port for search and inspection [on the country’s Atlantic coast],” Martinelli added. Initial reports said the ship was last boarded on July 12. “When we started to unload the shipment of sugar we located containers that we believe to be sophisticated missile equipment, and that is not allowed,” Martinelli said. The ship, named Chong Chon Gang, is being held as are the crew not only resisted the approach from the Panamanian authorities, but also attempted to sabotage the search, he said. “The captain has tried to commit suicide, and the crew rioted” during the operation, the president said. The boat was headed back to North Korea when it was stopped and taken to Manzanillo, east of the Atlantic opening of the Panama Canal, which is a major cargo distribution center.last_img read more

Broome County launches ‘STAR Project’ to recognize senior athletes affect by virus

first_imgFor a map detailing where cases are located in the county, click here. Senior athletes Schools in the Southern Tier have been asked to create a showcase of their student athletes that will be displayed at the Broome County Forum Theater at 236 Washington St. in Binghamton. In total, 567 cases of the virus have been reported. (WBNG) — Broome County officials are looking to recognize high school senior athletes amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The “STAR Project”, or Southern Tier Athletic Recognition Project aims to showcase senior athletes that could not play their sport this season due to the coronavirus. Showcases will be viewable from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. once available. A specific start date was not announced.center_img There are 116 active cases of the coronavirus in Broome County. 44 people died from the virus and 407 people have recovered. Coronavirus numbers Broome County June 2 coronavirus update The showcases consists of a photo and some text describing the senior athlete. The county says this project has been in the works for “weeks” and a few slideshows have already been received by county officials.last_img read more

Tyler Roberson is putting all the pieces together at the right time

first_imgST. LOUIS – For almost 10 minutes in the second half, the player who had anchored Syracuse down low for the past 70 sat on the bench. Tyler Roberson wore his white long-sleeved warmup shirt in between assistants Adrian Autry and Mike Hopkins, a water bottle sitting between his legs as he watched Syracuse put away a game that he wasn’t a part of anymore.Right before he exited with 12:05 remaining in the second half, Roberson’s head collided with the floor after Tyler Lydon inadvertently mounted him when both contested a rebound. Roberson fell to his chest, turned over and winced while clutching his head.“Possibly, I mean I don’t know really,” Roberson said of why he sat for half of the second stanza, a smile spreading across his face. “…I’m good.”Even with the game well past decided in the waning minutes, Roberson re-entered with 2:45 on the clock and proceeded to finish a thunderous two-handed alley-oop. Less than a minute remained and his stat line was once again filled, the demands from Jim Boeheim for more consistency from the junior satisfied.His 12 points and nine rebounds in Sunday night’s 75-50 win against No. 15 seed Middle Tennessee State (25-10, 13-5 Conference USA) that helped propel No. 10 seed Syracuse (21-13, 9-9 Atlantic Coast) to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 followed a 10-point, 18-rebound domination from two days prior. All of a sudden, the player thrown in the doghouse by Boeheim less than a month ago has emphatically emerged from it.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“When he plays like that, with that energy, we’re just a different team,” assistant coach Mike Hopkins said.Roberson picked up where he left off to start Sunday’s game, hitting all three of his shots in the first half and grabbing eight rebounds. His boards came in a variety of ways – one tipping a ball to himself at the peak of a scrum, one chasing after a loose ball by himself, one mounting Middle Tennessee’s Aldonis Foote before holding onto the ball with one hand and untangling the other.His makes also came of varying flavors, a left-handed tip-in, a pump-fake-and-lay-in and a mid-range jumper. He showcased versatility on both ends while manning the paint for the majority of a 20-minute span for the third consecutive half.“He’s capable of doing this night in and night out,” Tyler Lydon said.Roberson even hit all four of his free throws, the ball gently spinning off the edge of his fingertips and through the hoop each time. He was the only player on the team to make all of his attempts from the charity stripe on a night when Syracuse shot an abysmal 59 percent from the line.Since the offseason, Roberson has emphasized expanding his perimeter game. Check. Boeheim wanted more consistency on the glass. Check. After a 1-for-8 performance from the foul line against St. John’s in Syracuse’s worst loss of the season, he had to improve. Check.Roberson’s entire arsenal is materializing at just the right time on just the right stage. He’s had all these tools at his disposal, but he’s finally putting them to use all at once.“These last two games, that’s what we need out of him,” assistant coach Adrian Autry said. “That’s what we know he can do pretty consistently.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 20, 2016 at 11:26 pm Contact Matt: [email protected] | @matt_schneidmanlast_img read more