On January 30, the Brazilian police arrested three individuals who were transporting 24.5 kilos of cocaine for manufacturing crack, a highly addictive derivative of the drug. The shipment, seized during an operation in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, was hidden in a vehicle, the Federal Police stated. In December 2011, the Brazilian Government launched an offensive against what it called “a crack epidemic,” as a consequence of the tenfold increase in users between 2003 and 2011. During January, 18 traffickers of that substance were arrested in Rio Grande do Sul, on the border with Uruguay, according to a police statement. The majority of the cocaine that circulates in Brazil comes from Bolivia and Peru, two of the world’s leading cocaine producers, according to authorities. By Dialogo February 01, 2012
The George Stevens Academy boys’ basketball team traveled to the State House in Augusta with its Gold Ball yesterday in honor of winning the Class C state title for the second year in a row. During the team’s visit, Sen. Brian Langley (R-Hancock County) presented a Legislative Sentiment recognizing the Eagles for their hard work.“It was great to have the reigning Class C boys’ basketball champions visit to receive recognition before the entire Senate for their hard work and accomplishments,” Sen. Langley said. “You don’t just win a state championship; it takes months of hard work, dedication and teamwork. I’m proud of the players and coaches alike. Well done.”Unlike last year, this Gold Ball returned to Blue Hill in one piece. The Eagles’ original 2016 trophy was destroyed on a conveyor belt at the security check point when the top of it struck the belt and popped.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text
By Mark GleesonADDIS ABABA, (Reuters) – African soccer faces an uncertain future after Confederation of African Football (CAF) president Issa Hayatou was swept from power and a raft of new officials were voted into powerful positions.New president Ahmad promised widespread consultation as he seeks to make the game more inclusive after his shock presidential victory on Thursday at the CAF Congress.“We need to be open to discussion again and open to advice on how to improve. We want to talk to Africa’s top players to see how we can run the game better. We want anyone with a love for football and ideas on how to improve the game to feel they can come and discuss this with us,” Ahmad said yesterday.On a day of seismic shock for the African game, Hayatou was deposed after 29 years and replaced by the unknown Malagasy, who has served as sports and fisheries minister in his native Madagascar but only as a CAF executive for the last four years.The diminutive Ahmad, 57, initially looked as bewildered as his predecessor after the result of the vote handed him an upset 35-20 victory in a clear repudiation of Hayatou’s long-standing rule.But Ahmad quickly flexed new-found muscle as he persuaded delegates at the CAF Congress to overrule Hayatou, who continued to chair the rest of the meeting despite his election defeat, and postpone important votes on the appointment of independent auditing and oversight structures.Also left over were changes to the confederation’s statutes that had been requested by FIFA, but did not receive a two-thirds majority from a rebellious Congress.If the drastic changes at FIFA where a raft of senior staff have been removed since Gianni Infantino was elected last February are any indication to go by, CAF’s administration in Cairo is also set for a shake-up.Its new-look executive committee has little experience after Hayatou’s allies were summarily removed in elections that followed his own dramatic fall.Infantino called for support for the new CAF president after witnessing Thursday’s coup.“Now that the elections are over, everyone should be focusing on a bright future for African football,” he told reporters at the end of the Congress.