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first_imgDays later, they also captured Héctor Emilio Fernández Rosa in an upscale neighborhood nestled in mountains about 15 miles north of Tegucigalpa. Fernández, who is also known as “Don H,” is an alleged drug trafficker suspected of working with the Mexican transnational criminal organization Los Zetas. The United States has charged him with drug trafficking, and is seeking his extradition. The assault may have been a response to FUSINA’s successful operations against street gangs like Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13), Barrio 18 (M-18), and drug trafficking groups like Los Cachiros and the Valle brothers. An attack by gang members against the home of a spokesman for the National Interagency Security Force (FUSINA) may have been in retaliation for the squad’s successful anti-crime efforts. By Dialogo November 05, 2014 At about 10 p.m. on September 27, at least 20 armed men streamed into a Tegucigalpa neighborhood where the FUSINA spokesman, Lt. Jose Antonio Coello, lived with his family. The men pretended to be police, cordoned off the area surrounding his house, and knocked on his door, claiming to have a warrant. On September 30, police captured six people, including one woman, who are suspected of participating in the attack on Coello’s home. They conducted a series of raids in several Tegucigalpa neighborhoods, during which they arrested four suspects in possession of a submachine gun and other powerful weapons. The suspects were charged with firearms offenses and conspiracy. FUSINA confronts criminal organizations The assault on Coello’s home has not deterred FUSINA from going after alleged drug traffickers and gang members. For example, on October 3, its forces captured brothers Miguel Arnulfo Valle Valle, 42, and Luis Alonso Valle Valle, 45; they also seized $11.2 million (USD) and several firearms. FUSINA troops captured the brothers, who are the alleged leaders of the international drug trafficking cartel Los Valles, inside a newly-built hacienda in the town of Florida, in the western department of Copán. When no one opened the door, several of the men opened fire – some using high-powered rifles. At least 20 bullets struck the house. The attackers left before police arrived; fortunately, Coello and his family members weren’t injured. Since President Juan Orlando Hernández announced the organization’s formation in February, FUSINA has aggressively confronted gangs and international drug traffickers. Its agents have captured more than 1,800 criminal suspects, including individuals wanted for kidnapping, extortion, homicide and other offenses; it has also dismantled at least 41 criminal extortion gangs, some of which engaged in kidnapping for ransom. As of September 26 – the day before gunmen attacked Coello’s home – FUSINA had seized 13 tons of cocaine. That represents a huge increase from 2013, when Honduran security forces seized 1.7 tons during the entire year. On September 30, police captured six people, including one woman, who are suspected of participating in the attack on Coello’s home. They conducted a series of raids in several Tegucigalpa neighborhoods, during which they arrested four suspects in possession of a submachine gun and other powerful weapons. The suspects were charged with firearms offenses and conspiracy. For example, on October 3, its forces captured brothers Miguel Arnulfo Valle Valle, 42, and Luis Alonso Valle Valle, 45; they also seized $11.2 million (USD) and several firearms. FUSINA troops captured the brothers, who are the alleged leaders of the international drug trafficking cartel Los Valles, inside a newly-built hacienda in the town of Florida, in the western department of Copán. Since President Juan Orlando Hernández announced the organization’s formation in February, FUSINA has aggressively confronted gangs and international drug traffickers. Its agents have captured more than 1,800 criminal suspects, including individuals wanted for kidnapping, extortion, homicide and other offenses; it has also dismantled at least 41 criminal extortion gangs, some of which engaged in kidnapping for ransom. As of September 26 – the day before gunmen attacked Coello’s home – FUSINA had seized 13 tons of cocaine. That represents a huge increase from 2013, when Honduran security forces seized 1.7 tons during the entire year. When no one opened the door, several of the men opened fire – some using high-powered rifles. At least 20 bullets struck the house. The attackers left before police arrived; fortunately, Coello and his family members weren’t injured. It likely happened “because of the operations conducted by the military and special forces,” said Armando Rodríguez Luna, a security analyst at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). Fusina is an elite team composed of Army soldiers and Honduran National Police agents. An attack by gang members against the home of a spokesman for the National Interagency Security Force (FUSINA) may have been in retaliation for the squad’s successful anti-crime efforts. It likely happened “because of the operations conducted by the military and special forces,” said Armando Rodríguez Luna, a security analyst at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). Fusina is an elite team composed of Army soldiers and Honduran National Police agents. Attack does not slow down FUSINA Attack does not slow down FUSINA The assault may have been a response to FUSINA’s successful operations against street gangs like Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13), Barrio 18 (M-18), and drug trafficking groups like Los Cachiros and the Valle brothers. At about 10 p.m. on September 27, at least 20 armed men streamed into a Tegucigalpa neighborhood where the FUSINA spokesman, Lt. Jose Antonio Coello, lived with his family. The men pretended to be police, cordoned off the area surrounding his house, and knocked on his door, claiming to have a warrant. FUSINA confronts criminal organizations The assault on Coello’s home has not deterred FUSINA from going after alleged drug traffickers and gang members. “The arrests of the Valle brothers has been very important in the sense that it was the main criminal group operating drug trafficking in Honduras and on the border with Guatemala,” said Rodríguez Luna. “The arrests of the Valle brothers has been very important in the sense that it was the main criminal group operating drug trafficking in Honduras and on the border with Guatemala,” said Rodríguez Luna. Days later, they also captured Héctor Emilio Fernández Rosa in an upscale neighborhood nestled in mountains about 15 miles north of Tegucigalpa. Fernández, who is also known as “Don H,” is an alleged drug trafficker suspected of working with the Mexican transnational criminal organization Los Zetas. The United States has charged him with drug trafficking, and is seeking his extradition. WHEN WILL IT BE THAT IN VENEZUELA WE CAN BAN THOSE WHO ARE LOCKED UP FROM HAVING CELL PHONES. THEY WOULD ONLY BE ABLE TO COMMUNICATE WITH OFFICIAL CELL PHONES OR TELEPHONES, AUTHORIZED FOR THIS OBJECTIVE. THAT WOULD REDUCE CRIMINAL ACTIONS ON THE STREETS OF VENEZUELA.- Let the Zs do their work. Don’t trap themlast_img read more


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first_imgEvery year, the Junglas Command of the Colombian National Police trains dozens of new officers from throughout the world in its drug enforcement program. The Colombian Military has earned a world-wide reputation for its effectiveness in fighting terrorist groups like the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), the National Liberation Army (ELN), and criminal gangs, amassing vast experience in conducting counter terrorism operations, effective methods of gathering intelligence, anti-kidnapping tactics, and mounting effective demobilization campaigns with the support of the U.S. Armed Forces, which helped train and build their capacities over time. Since 1989, the Junglas have trained approximately 1,600 police officers from countries including Perú, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Honduras, Costa Rica, Panamá, Brazil, Argentina, Afghanistan, and México, according to the Section Commander of the Junglas Company, Wilson Forero. The Junglas Command is a specialized group within the Colombian Drug Enforcement Police whose mission is to conduct a frontal assault on drug trafficking, as well as to offer training internationally. The Colombian Military has also lent their assistance in training Spanish security forces on the best ways to dismantle improvised explosive devices (IEDs); demining methods; how to conduct interdictions at sea and on other waterways; counter-terrorism operations; and the most effective tactics for conducting rescues in combat zones. Every year, the Junglas Command of the Colombian National Police trains dozens of new officers from throughout the world in its drug enforcement program. Defense officials laud the Colombian Military In another example, last October, Pinzón participated in the Tswalu Dialogue in South Africa, where he met with global security experts and learned that several African countries intend to adopt the Colombian Armed Forces’ methods of fighting drug trafficking and terrorism. Contributions of the Junglas Command The Military is not the only Colombian security force to provide training to other countries. International cooperation is crucial in the battle against transnational criminal organizations. They provide training that focuses on the “planning, preparation, execution and evaluation of operations on interdictions, location and destruction of coca processing laboratories, destruction of landing strips and high-value objects, in any topographical area,” according to Forero. The Military is not the only Colombian security force to provide training to other countries. Soldiers from Colombia have provided insight to their specialties: the best ways to conduct counter-terrorism and anti-kidnaping operations, and how to combat transnational crimes, among others. They provide training that focuses on the “planning, preparation, execution and evaluation of operations on interdictions, location and destruction of coca processing laboratories, destruction of landing strips and high-value objects, in any topographical area,” according to Forero. The Colombian Military has earned a world-wide reputation for its effectiveness in fighting terrorist groups like the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), the National Liberation Army (ELN), and criminal gangs, amassing vast experience in conducting counter terrorism operations, effective methods of gathering intelligence, anti-kidnapping tactics, and mounting effective demobilization campaigns with the support of the U.S. Armed Forces, which helped train and build their capacities over time. By Dialogo January 29, 2015 Between 2010 and 2014, the Armed Forces of Colombia have assisted in training about 20,000 Soldiers and police officers from 63 nations, including El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Spain, Italy, and Afghanistan, thanks to cooperation agreements between the countries. The Colombian Military has also lent their assistance in training Spanish security forces on the best ways to dismantle improvised explosive devices (IEDs); demining methods; how to conduct interdictions at sea and on other waterways; counter-terrorism operations; and the most effective tactics for conducting rescues in combat zones. So it is not surprising that countries facing similar challenges regularly call upon Colombia’s Armed Forces to provide their know-how and lessons learned when designing training programs for their Military and police forces. In recent years, more than 60 countries around the world have benefitted from training with the Colombian Armed Forces. In another example, last October, Pinzón participated in the Tswalu Dialogue in South Africa, where he met with global security experts and learned that several African countries intend to adopt the Colombian Armed Forces’ methods of fighting drug trafficking and terrorism. “In today’s world, where crime is an international concern, our countries must work together for stability, and Colombia serves as an example of rarely seen persistence and seriousness,” said Admiral Juan Francisco Martínez, Spain’s director of Defense Policy during a visit to Colombia in May 2014. “Spain admires characteristics such as the abilities the Armed Forces have developed in the fight against terrorism,” Martínez said. “There are tons of things that could be of use to us, and useful to Colombia,” he added. For example, following an October 10, 2014, meeting with United States Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel at the Tolemaida Fort, Colombian Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzón suggested that Colombia could contribute to the international fight against the radical Islamist group ISIS by training Coalition Troops. Soldiers from Colombia have provided insight to their specialties: the best ways to conduct counter-terrorism and anti-kidnaping operations, and how to combat transnational crimes, among others. So it is not surprising that countries facing similar challenges regularly call upon Colombia’s Armed Forces to provide their know-how and lessons learned when designing training programs for their Military and police forces. The Colombian Military has the depth of experience and knowledge to help security forces throughout the world thanks to cooperation agreements they themselves have sustained with partner nations like the United States, which in turn, allow other countries to benefit from their experience and knowledge. Contributions of the Junglas Command For example, following an October 10, 2014, meeting with United States Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel at the Tolemaida Fort, Colombian Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzón suggested that Colombia could contribute to the international fight against the radical Islamist group ISIS by training Coalition Troops. International cooperation is crucial in the battle against transnational criminal organizations. In recent years, more than 60 countries around the world have benefitted from training with the Colombian Armed Forces. The Junglas Command is a specialized group within the Colombian Drug Enforcement Police whose mission is to conduct a frontal assault on drug trafficking, as well as to offer training internationally. Between 2010 and 2014, the Armed Forces of Colombia have assisted in training about 20,000 Soldiers and police officers from 63 nations, including El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Spain, Italy, and Afghanistan, thanks to cooperation agreements between the countries. Defense officials laud the Colombian Military In May, the Junglas will offer its Fifteenth International Course, to be attended by 80 students, including 50 from the Colombian National Police, and 30 from other countries. They must be training the competition, to the point of coming out with weaponry in front of their superiors and nothing happens, like what goes on in Pereira Very good articles of interest on the presence and progress of terrorism all over the world. I congratulate you. Very good. Keep it up. The Colombian Armed Forces have the best experience in this 60 years of combat in the jungle and regions apt for ambush which cost them 870 deaths, against several guerrilla groups such as the FARC, ELN, UP, PARAMILITARIES, M-19 and others, trained by Cubans, Vietnamese, Russians, narco guerrillas other left-wing governments such as Venezuela, Ecuador and others. The army has kept is morale and ability to fight, adding to the experience in Korea, where it fought with a Colombian battalion, performing excellently, deserving praise from the American generals and receiving the U.S. Congressional Star. The war has been very difficult given the lack of collaboration from some presidents in the past who did not want an all-out fight, just enough to keep them at arm’s length. In Latin America other armies are very disciplined in their parades, but they’re backyard barracks armies who have nothing else to do. Morale during combat is where an army’s ability can be seen, for the “archer” special forces of Colombia, the word impossible does not exist”increase professional I just happened to find this magazine. I am already subscribed and I have been reviewing the excellent articles for four hours. As a currently retired Venezuelan Colonel, I served in the U.N. in Central America and the west Sahara, and during the Haitian earthquake of 2010 also, non-military mission. I have had the honor and the pleasure to work with officers from our sister republic of Colombia, and they are excellent professionals of arms. Onward! Everything is fine with your article. But I have not seen any news or comments on the latest killings of the Qom in the northern region of our country. They are also our brothers and no one is organizing marches as if to say “we are all in this together…” for each one of them who is killed to take away their lands. How long will we be subject to so much impunity?Please, I ask you to inform the whole country, as you do with the Nisman, Lola or other people’s cases which also deserve to be known what happened to them.Sincerely,María del Carmen Gori the armed forces are our guarantee. Keep it up The truth is, when I read this article, I want to cry, because I am Argentine and it hurts me profoundly that a pseudo LEFT wing government (with the workers’ money) has emptied the country and mainly the army, which was considered to be among the best in the Americas and there is nothing left. Now that I’m 80 years old, I have to continue to put up with these corrupt Peronist traitors. Thanks to a people who settle for crumbs while they (the pseudo Peronists) fill their treasury with gold. Maria del Carmen Gori, you are an educated person, (a teacher), therefore you should know that what you comment is not the army’s fault, rather the lady who governs the country’s fault, who talks a lot about human rights but does nothing about them. She is the ONLY PERSON RESPONSIBLE FOR EVERYTHING THAT HAPPENS TO US IN ARGENTINA, STARTING WITH HOW WE ARE DIVIDED. : YOO, AGUSTIN The Armed Forces are the pride of the nation. Well, the police are very good. My congratulations to the Brazilian Army, Brazilian police. They really do need to be well prepared. I approve of the command of the state police (PM) and Armed Forces of Brazil. Oh, how I miss it. I would like to be part of this group, or family, [because] that is how I see the servicemembers in our country, Brazil, and all who are honest. Higher salaries are also needed for this group. It’s terrific I am an officer with the Secretariat of the Mexican Navy and I would like to take the jungle commando course next year, 2016, but where can I get information, I went to the Colombian Embassy in Mexico and they told me they would ask about the dates of the course. But I haven’t had an answer, and my institution is asking me for the exact dates of the course to be able to process my application “In today’s world, where crime is an international concern, our countries must work together for stability, and Colombia serves as an example of rarely seen persistence and seriousness,” said Admiral Juan Francisco Martínez, Spain’s director of Defense Policy during a visit to Colombia in May 2014. “Spain admires characteristics such as the abilities the Armed Forces have developed in the fight against terrorism,” Martínez said. “There are tons of things that could be of use to us, and useful to Colombia,” he added. Since 1989, the Junglas have trained approximately 1,600 police officers from countries including Perú, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Honduras, Costa Rica, Panamá, Brazil, Argentina, Afghanistan, and México, according to the Section Commander of the Junglas Company, Wilson Forero. The Colombian Military has the depth of experience and knowledge to help security forces throughout the world thanks to cooperation agreements they themselves have sustained with partner nations like the United States, which in turn, allow other countries to benefit from their experience and knowledge. In May, the Junglas will offer its Fifteenth International Course, to be attended by 80 students, including 50 from the Colombian National Police, and 30 from other countries. last_img read more


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first_img March 15, 2006 Regular News House Judiciary to take up measure to undo voucher ruling House Judiciary to take up measure to undo voucher ruling The Florida House Judiciary Committee is set to consider a constitutional amendment intended to overturn the Florida Supreme Court’s recent ruling in the school voucher case, Bush v. Holmes, case no. SC04-2323.The measure, PCB JU 06-03, was on the committee’s February 22 agenda, but Chair Rep. David Simmons, R-Altamonte Springs, announced at the beginning of the meeting that it would not be taken up that day. He said the measure was still being worked on, as was the staff analysis. He said the proposed amendment is likely to come up before the committee early in the Regular Session, which began March 7, after this News went to press.After the meeting, Simmons said the amendment is about “vested rights, it’s dealing with the proper interpretation of the constitution.”While a five-justice majority in Bush v. Holmes found that a state voucher program violated the constitutional provisions requiring the state to provide a uniform system of free, quality education, Simmons said he agreed with the two dissenting justices who said it was within the legislature’s powers to decide how that system of education should be provided.The majority opinion “flies in the face of well-known constitutional principles. . . that all power is vested in the people and their representatives,” Simmons said. “This is something we need to do to clear up the constitution.”The amendment would add language to Section III of the constitution which says, “No person belonging to one branch shall impose, apply, or enforce a limitation on the power appertaining to any of the other branches, unless the limitation is expressly provided herein.”Another addition to Section III reads, “Nothing in this constitution shall be interpreted to limit the power vested in the legislature, except as expressly limited herein.”The amendment would also add language to Section X, which in part reads, “The specification of a manner of fulfilling a state obligation shall not be construed as limiting any power to adopt alternatives in addition thereto, if otherwise within the powers vested or granted herein, unless the limitation is expressly provided herein.”The amendment also specifies that it applies retroactively.last_img read more


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first_imgThe home comes with an outdoor spa and garden shed.Mr Lu said the home had six split-system airconditioners throughout, an underground rainwater tank, gas hot water and solar panels. “This conveniently located home is only a walk to the bus stop and minutes away from Bellas Fruit Market, Warrigal Square, Runcorn Plaza, Garden City Shopping Centre, child care and a primary school,” Mr Lu said. More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020The open plan living, dining and kitchen area has timber flooring.Inside, there are four generously sized bedrooms with an ensuite to the main bedroom. The open plan kitchen has granite benchtops, pendant lights, stainless steel appliances and striking blue splashbacks. The living and dining room are open plan and feature timber flooring. Sliding doors connect the living area to the covered back patio with timber decking. Upstairs there is a balcony with views over the rooftops while outside there is a massage spa and a garden shed. The home at 107 Chester Rd, Eight Mile Plains is close to shops and schools.THIS modern two-storey home is new to the market in Eight Mile Plains. Auspro Properties marketing agent Jun Lu said 107 Chester Rd was easy to manage and well suited to family living. “This home is perfect for both the young family and for accommodating a growing brood,” he said. The four-bedroom home is on a fenced 405sq m block with established gardens and lawns. last_img read more


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first_imgHamptons-style is still growing in popularity as the Queensland coastline home buyers look for a sophisticated coastal feel.Stockland general manager of residential Queensland, Kingsley Andrew, said the developer was seeing a spike in interest for Hamptons-style homes in its Queensland residential communities. “The demand has been so strong that we’ve worked with our builder partners to feature Hamptons-style homes in the display villages of our Newport, Aura and Sovereign Pocket communities, so buyers can come along and see the quality and beauty of a Hamptons home up close,” Mr Andrew said.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investorless than 1 hour agoThe popularity of the Hamptons-style home sees a return to the more traditional, postcard-pretty houses symbolic of beachside living in Queensland. “Buyers have seen the beauty of the older Queenslander homes being renovated in Hamptons-style in South East Queensland and they want to achieve the same style of elegant home without the hassle of a renovation,” Mr Andrew said. “Not only that, but building a brand new home means buyers can design the home that’s right for them without having to work around existing features of an older house that may not suit their requirements.”The trend is proving to be a popular style at The Elements, an exciting new village at the Sunshine Coast’s Aura community.“These exquisite homes blend indoor and outdoor living seamlessly, making them a perfect fit for a tranquil setting like The Elements,” Mr Andrew said.“We’re also seeing a lot of interest in the Aston Milan Hamptons display home at our waterside Newport community as buyers seek a light, airy home to suit their coastal lifestyle.”last_img read more


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first_imgThe Port of Blyth and Newcastle College have entered into skills partnership which will open up career opportunities for young people in the region.In a skills first approach, Newcastle College and Port Training Services (PTS) are joining forces to develop and deliver training programmes with direct pathways into the offshore energy sector.The partnership combines the technical expertise of the Energy Academy, a centre of innovation and training for the sector, with the industry insight and working environment of Port Training Services, to develop offshore, marine, subsea and port related training, Port of Blyth explained.Marc McPake, director of Business Partnerships said: “The North East region is a UK hub for the energy sector, with many key employers based here. The industry has grown more than 60% since 2010 and it is no surprise that it is seen as a priority growth area for both the North East and the UK as a whole.“With another 27,000 jobs set to be created by 2030, it’s important there are enough skilled people being trained to fill those roles and a partnership between Newcastle College and Port Training Services will ensure that young people living in the region can benefit from those opportunities.”The students will be based at the PTS complex in Blyth, benefiting from both PTS’ teaching accommodation and the real-working facilities of the Port of Blyth, including a fully functional wind turbine nacelle and a fully erected wind turbine training asset, to be completed in the summer of 2019.With the first intake of students expected in September, two initial programmes are being created. These will include a two-year Level 3 engineering qualification, with focus on offshore energy and subsea engineering, as well as the Maintenance and Operations Engineering Technician (MOET) apprenticeship, which can be tailored to suit the needs of employers.On completion, the courses will offer routes directly into employment or into higher education within Newcastle College University Centre.The partnership aligns itself to the strategic priorities of both the North East LEP, particularly its current focus on the growth of the energy sector and the education & training to provide the skills required by the industry, and the North of Tyne devolution arrangement.Port of Blyth chief executive Martin Lawlor said: “This partnership offers excellent outcomes for both offshore energy related businesses based in the region and young people keen to get into an industry with excellent prospects.“Through the unique opportunity this partnership will provide, students will not only benefit from high quality training but will also gain access to both real world facilities and employers actively searching for the talented workforce of the future.“For some time, PTS has been at the forefront of tackling the skills challenge in the port and marine sector and through this partnership with Newcastle College, we’re delighted that the team at PTS will be able to utilize their skills and experience directly in an offshore energy training environment.”last_img read more


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first_imgNZ Herald 18 August 2020Family First Comment: “High quality and affordable New Zealand-grown cannabis medicines could be available for patients next year after the country’s largest company in the sector secured a new commercial licence… Helius chief executive Paul Manning said the licence means patients can expect high quality, affordable and NZ-grown cannabis medicines as soon as early next year.”So why is the Yes side using medicinal as justification for recreational use?Easy.They’re desperate to win and will use this smokescreen. Don’t be fooled.#ItsnotworththeriskHigh quality and affordable New Zealand-grown cannabis medicines could be available for patients next year after the country’s largest company in the sector secured a new commercial licence.While the medicinal cannabis industry may play an important role in the nation’s economic recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.The Ministry of Health’s Medicinal Cannabis Agency has granted Helius Therapeutics (Helius) the licence to cultivate and process active cannabis ingredients. The company said it applies to its 8800sq m state-of-the-art medicinal cannabis cultivation and manufacturing facility in East Tamaki.The New Zealand-owned biotechnology company’s new production facility is one of the largest in the Southern Hemisphere.In a statement to the Herald, Helius chief executive Paul Manning said the licence means patients can expect high quality, affordable and NZ-grown cannabis medicines as soon as early next year.The licence allows Helius – the country’s largest licenced producer – to cultivate an unlimited number of cannabis plants, including high THC and CBD cultivars. It will also see a number of proprietary varietals yielding valuable minor cannabinoids at the Auckland site, the company said.READ MORE: https://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=12357507last_img read more


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first_img Jonathan Phillips was denied on a breakaway by Stingrays goaltender David Brown and Steelers twice hit the frame of the goal before C ory Tanaka tied the game up at 48.40 after a review. With time running out and overtime looming, Roy – the league’s leading point-scorer this season – pounced with a goal given after a review to break the hearts of the Stingrays, who were furious a high-stick call was missed. Coventry Blaze will face Steelers in Sunday’s final after they overcame Belfast Giants 3-2 after penalty shots. Giants, beaten in the final for the past two years, went ahead through Jeff Mason at 11.21 but Justin DaCosta levelled for Blaze just 29 seconds later following a review. Ray Sawada restored Giants’ lead at 29.15, but Blaze hit back once more with Jereme Tendler tapping in the loose puck at 41.52. Giants goaltender Carsen Chubak made a brilliant double save to deny Steven Goertzen on a breakaway and also foiled Ryan O’Marra with 1.33 remaining in overtime. The match moved to a shoot-out and Ben Arnt had the only successful attempt for Blaze, who reached the final for the first time since 2008 when they lost 2-0 to Steelers. Roy, who this week signed a new two-year deal with Steelers, struck from close in to move the Elite League champions one step closer to the double. Steelers had a goal ruled out after a review before Eric Galbraith nudged Stingrays in front at 31.41. Darrell Hay levelled on the powerplay at 34.51 before Colton Fretter made it 2-1 to the holders at 37.51. Mathieu Roy scored a powerplay goal with just four seconds remaining as holders Sheffield Steelers booked their place in the Elite League play-off final with a 3-2 victory over Hull Stingrays.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more


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first_imgBrisbane: Second-seed Kei Nishikori of Japan on Saturday eased into the Brisbane International final with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Frenchman Jeremy Chardy, moving a step closer to his first title since 2016.Chardy, who won his maiden and lone ATP title in 2009, saw his quest for only the fourth final of his career undermined by an eyebrow raising 26 unforced errors, compared to just eight by his Japanese opponent over the 66-minute match.”Nothing better than this today. I felt like I was too fast on the court today… Tomorrow I will go for a trophy,” Nishikori, the 2014 US open finalist said after the win.The 29-year-old Nishikori managed to break Chardy’s serve four times – out of five opportunities he created – twice in each set, while he was able to save all two break points he faced to improve their head-to-head record to 7-2, reports Efe news.Eying his 12th title in his 26th career final, Nishikori will take Daniil Medvedev of Russia who beat Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-6 6-2. IANSAlso Read: Kei Nishikori tops Dimitrov to face Chardy in Brisbane International semislast_img read more


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first_imgNigeria’s Asisat Oshoala is hungry for more success with Barcelona Femenino after winning her first major trophy in Spanish football.The 25-year-old scored a brace on Sunday as Barcelona thrashed Real Sociedad 10-1 to clinch the maiden Spanish Women’s Super Cup in Salamanca.“To add the Super Cup to last year’s Copa Catalunya was a great experience,” Oshoala told BBC Sport. “But my professional priority is to keep doing well and winning, so I can’t take my eyes off the targets.“We still have the league, UEFA Women’s Champions League and the Spanish Cup to contest this season as a team.”Unbeaten Barcelona currently sit atop the Primera División as they seek their first league title in five years and they face Spanish rivals Atletico Madrid in the quarterfinals of the UEFA Women’s Champions League next month.Oshoala who netted a late consolation for the Catalan club in their 4-1 loss to French side Lyon Feminines in last year’s continental final is keeping her feet firmly on the ground.“Individual ambition is same as a collective one for the team this season,” she added.“We do not have the satisfaction yet because we’re challenging for success in all competitions, so we need to keep going.”Oshoala won the Confederation of African Football’s (Caf) Women’s Player of the Year award last month – for a fourth time equalling the record of fellow Nigerian Perpetua Nkwocha.The maiden BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year winner scored at the 2019 Women’s World Cup to help Nigeria reach the last 16 in France.She joined the Spanish outfit initially on loan from Chinese champions Dalian Quanjian in January 2019 before signing a permanent deal five months later.Oshoala moved to Quanjian in the Far East in February 2017 from English side Arsenal Ladies with whom she won the Women’s FA Cup at Wembley in May 2016 .She finished as the Chinese Women’s Super League top scorer in 2017 with 12 goals to help her club to the title same year.Oshoala, who began her European career at Liverpool Ladies, won her third Women’s Africa Cup of Nations with the Super Falcons in Ghana in 2018, scoring three goals as Nigeria lifted the title for a ninth time.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more