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Bangladesh makes record drugs seizure amid crackdown

DHAKA, Bangladesh – Bangladesh seized a record 53 million methamphetamine pills in 2018 – up 33% in a year – amid a deadly nationwide crackdown on the trade, officials said Sunday, February 10. Nearly 300 suspected drug dealers were killed last year , according to authorities, who insisted the seizure figure was ........»»

Category: newsSource: rappler rapplerFeb 10th, 2019

Drug godfathers to surrender in Bangladesh

DHAKA, Bangladesh – Over 100 suspected meth traffickers are expected to surrender to Bangladeshi authorities this week thanks to a deadly, Philippines-style police crackdown that has sown fear, officials said Tuesday, February 12. Bangladesh in 2018 launched a "war" on drugs following a proliferation of illegal substances in the South Asian nation ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 13th, 2019

Malaysia makes record 30-ton pangolin seizure

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – Malaysian authorities have made a record seizure of about 30 tons of pangolins and their scales worth some $2 million in raids on major processing facilities, police and environmentalists said Tuesday, February 12. The haul included about 1,800 boxes full of frozen pangolins stuffed inside 3refrigerated containers, ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 12th, 2019

DepEd mulls including drug education in public school curriculum

MANILA, Philippines---The Department of Education (DepEd) is considering the inclusion of drug education in the public school curriculum amid the government's relentless crackdown on illegal drugs, Malacaang said Thursday.   Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the plan was announced during Wednesday's Cabinet meeting in Malacaang.   "The third item discussed (in the Cabinet meeting) was the incorporation of drug education in the public school curriculum," Panelo said.   According to Panelo, Education Secretary Leonor Briones presented the proposed curriculum to President Duterte and the Cabinet, along with its other efforts to teach students ab...Keep on reading: DepEd mulls including drug education in public school curriculum.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 7th, 2019

Bill in Philippines Could Lower Criminal Liability Age to 9 (VIDEO)

Watch Video A proposed law in the Philippines could make 9-year-olds criminally liable. It comes amid President Rodrigo Duterte's crackdown on drugs . The legal minimum age for juvenile criminal l.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJan 25th, 2019

Bangladesh TV station shut, 7 journalists assaulted on election day

DHAKA, Bangladesh (3rd UPDATE) – A leading Bangladesh news channel was taken off the air and 7 journalists were assaulted as the country voted for a new government Sunday amid allegations of a media crackdown. The private Jamuna TV said the action was taken late Saturday, December 29. "Cable operators took Jamuna ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 30th, 2018

Duterte institutionalizes PH Anti-Illegal Drugs Strategy

President Rodrigo Duterte has issued an order institutionalizing the Philippine Anti-Illegal Drugs Strategy (PADS) amid the government's relentless crackdown on illegal drugs. Duterte signed on Monday Executive Order No. 66 which directs all government agencies, offices, departments and bureaus including government-owned or -controlled corporations (GOCCs) and state universities and colleges (SUCs) to implement the PADS in accordance with their respective mandate. Malacaang released to the media a copy of the order on Wednesday. Non-government organizations, civil society organizations and private institutions are also encouraged to actively support the projects under the PADS. ...Keep on reading: Duterte institutionalizes PH Anti-Illegal Drugs Strategy.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 31st, 2018

SWS: Majority of Filipinos want drug suspects caught alive

NINE out of 10 Filipinos believe it is important that drug personalities should be captured alive amid the government’s crackdown against illegal drugs. The poll from June 27 to 30 among 1,200 Filipino adults nationwide, showed that 96 percent said it was vital that authorities captured drug suspects alive, while 4 percent did not mind… link: SWS: Majority of Filipinos want drug suspects caught alive.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsSep 26th, 2018

SWS: Majority of Filipinos want drug suspects caught alive

NINE out of 10 Filipinos believe it is important that drug personalities should be captured alive amid the government’s crackdown against illegal drugs. The poll from June 27 to 30 among 1,200 Filipino adults nationwide, showed that 96 percent said it was vital that authorities captured drug suspects alive, while 4 percent did not mind [...] The post SWS: Majority of Filipinos want drug suspects caught alive appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsSep 26th, 2018

Amid brutal drug war, Duterte’s administration touts success

MANILA, Philippines - Philippines’ firebrand leader, President Rodrigo Duterte, who vowed to crackdown on corruption and drugs in June 30, 2016, when he first assumed office, has waged a ruth.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJul 22nd, 2018

Amid Duterte’s bloody drug war, his government touts success

MANILA, Philippines - Philippines’ firebrand leader, President Rodrigo Duterte, who vowed to crackdown on corruption and drugs in June 30, 2016, when he first assumed office, has waged a ruth.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJul 22nd, 2018

Chelsea fires manager Antonio Conte after 2 years in charge

By Steve Douglas, Associated Press Antonio Conte's protracted divorce from Chelsea was finalized on Friday when he was fired after a two-year tenure in which he won the English Premier League and FA Cup but failed to gain the power he craved at the London club. Chelsea began a terse, four-sentence statement on its website, "Chelsea Football Club and Antonio Conte have parted company." Leaving Stamford Bridge was always the likely outcome for Conte following a season in which Chelsea missed out on Champions League qualification after a fifth-place league finish, 30 points behind champion Manchester City. The Italian coach regularly grumbled about his failure to exert control, particularly over transfers. Contrast that to the end of his first season at the club, where Conte was feted for leading Chelsea to the league title by seven points after a record-breaking run of 13 straight wins in the middle of the season, sparked by an inspired and bold change of formation. Conte took preseason training this week at Chelsea's practice base in Cobham with players who hadn't featured at the World Cup, but reports emerged in the Italian media on Thursday saying Conte had been fired. That speculation only intensified when Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas and former Chelsea captain John Terry paid tribute to Conte on social media. "Thank you boss," Terry wrote on Twitter. "Great man, Great manager. I wish you every success in the future." The club's 64-word announcement was eventually made on Friday, ending with: "We wish Antonio every success in his future career." Conte still had a year left on a revised deal he signed last summer after delivering the fifth Premier League title since Roman Abramovich bought Chelsea in 2003. Only the pay was improved, though, with Conte's contract still running for just another two seasons — hardly a show of commitment by either the club or its manager. The Italian's main gripe for the past year was Chelsea's failure to land the signings he really wanted for its Premier League title defense. Chelsea was beaten to the signing of Romelu Lukaku by Manchester United and then Fernando Llorente by Tottenham, for example. "The club decides every player," he moaned last season. Winning the FA Cup by beating Manchester United at Wembley Stadium in May — and getting one over his great managerial rival, Jose Mourinho — proved to be Conte's last hurrah and maintained his record of winning a trophy every season he has been in charge of Juventus — where he won the Serie A for four straight years — and Chelsea. Chelsea seeks a 13th permanent manager under Abramovich's ownership, and at possibly the most turbulent period of the Russian billionaire's trophy-filled reign. It emerged in May that Abramovich had yet to have his British visa renewed amid a crackdown by authorities on associates of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Chelsea also halted plans to redevelop Stamford Bridge, citing an unfavorable climate to invest in the 500 million pound ($665 million) project. Conte leaves amid reports in the British and Italian media that former Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri will take over at Chelsea for next season. Sarri's future has been up in the air since Napoli hired Carlo Ancelotti as its new coach in May. Sarri spent three years at the club and led it to two runner-up finishes and a third place, playing an entertaining and high-energy brand of football like that seen at Man City under Pep Guardiola, Tottenham under Mauricio Pochettino, and Liverpool under Juergen Klopp. Sarri didn't win a major title at Napoli, however, and that would not be tolerated at Chelsea. As Conte and many of his predecessors have learned, even winning trophies is no guarantee of job security at Chelsea under Abramovich......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 13th, 2018

Bangladesh body count mounts; group urges U.N. action to stop drug war

DHAKA/MUMBAI — The death toll in a Bangladeshi “zero tolerance” crackdown on drugs has risen to 140, with about 18,000 people arrested, the government said on Thursday, as a group of activists urged the United Nations to step in to stop the bloodshed. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina approved the anti-narcotics campaign in early May to […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsJun 8th, 2018

Bangladesh’s deadly drug war being compared to PH

Bangladesh says Akramul Haque was a meth kingpin who died after opening fire at police, one of 130 accused dealers killed in murky late-night shootouts in an increasingly bloody war on drugs. But his wife has gone public with tapes that she says prove her husband was murdered in a set-up, causing a sensation in Bangladesh as the police crackdown faces its first real scrutiny. Ayesha Begum says the phone conversations she recorded with Haque on the night he died contradict the official narrative -- that he was armed and shot at police, who returned fire in self-defence. "They killed him in cold blood," Begum told AFP from Teknaf in southeast Bangladesh, where her husband, a local...Keep on reading: Bangladesh’s deadly drug war being compared to PH.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 7th, 2018

US voices concern over increasingly deadly Bangladeshi anti-drug drive

DHAKA, Bangladesh (Reuters) — The United States has expressed concern about a Bangladeshi anti-drugs campaign in which more than 100 people have died, but the government has dismissed any suggestion of extra-judicial killings and said the crackdown had popular support. The Bangladesh government launched the drive against trafficking this month, and police have arrested more […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsJun 1st, 2018

Bangladesh Kills 86, Arrests 7,000 in Anti-Drugs Campaign

DHAKA - Bangladesh police have killed at least 86 people and arrested about 7,000 since launching a crackdown on drug trafficking this month, officials said on Monday, raising fears from rights act.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsMay 29th, 2018

Bangladesh Kills 86, Arrests 7,000 in Anti-Drugs Campaign

DHAKA - Bangladesh police have killed at least 86 people and arrested about 7,000 since launching a crackdown on drug trafficking this month, officials said on Monday, raising fears from rights act.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsMay 28th, 2018

NCRPO bares low Metro crime rate

THE National Capital Region Police Office has registered a record low average monthly crime rate in Metro Manila owing to the stepped-up crackdown against drugs and other forms of criminality ordered by Philippine National Police chief, Director General Oscar D. Albayalde, the NCRPO chief announced yesterday. A month after he….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsMay 26th, 2018

Myanmar minister makes landmark visit to Rohingya camp

KUTUPALONG, Bangladesh – A Myanmar minister on Wednesday, April 11, toured one of the Bangladesh camps struggling to provide for some one million Rohingya Muslims, the first such visit since a Myanmar army crackdown sparked a massive refugee crisis. Social welfare minister Win Myat Aye visited the giant Kutupalong refugee camp ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 11th, 2018

New era, new challenges emerge for Warriors

By David Aldridge, TNT Analyst "It’s the lack of faith that makes people afraid of meeting challenges, and I believe in myself. He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life. I figured that if I said it enough, I would convince the world that I really was the greatest." -- Muhammad Ali Ali defended his heavyweight championship 20 times, during two eras: when he was young and unstoppable, after beating Sonny Liston in Miami in 1964, and when he was old and vulnerable, after beating George Foreman in Zaire in 1974. He was the fastest heavyweight ever in the first era; he was smart and could take a punch in the second. A generation later, the Golden State Warriors are defending their NBA title for a second time, in three years. But they, too, are doing so in two eras. In 2014, no one had seen anything like what Golden State did on a basketball court, and how Stephen Curry’s and Klay Thompson’s shooting range changed the geometry of NBA defenses. They stretched to the breaking point trying to get out to Curry and Thompson. They couldn’t figure out how to handle the Warriors’ five-man switching defenses. They couldn’t stand up under Golden State’s withering pace. There is no need to hold a telethon yet for the Warriors, three years later. They are 49-14 today, with four All-Stars among their five starters, including Kia MVP candidate Kevin Durant, in the prime of his career, who wasn’t there when the Warriors first beat the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2015 Finals. They are still first in the league in Offensive Rating, first in True Shooting Percentage, first in Effective Field Goal Percentage. They still are unsolvable to most opponents. But maybe not all, not anymore. The margin of separation between Golden State and the rest of the league is still there, most of the time. But there are tiny signs of slippage. Tiny. You recall what Warriors assistant coach Bruce Frasier said in the preseason, when no one is injured and everyone thinks they’re going 82-0. “Teams are starting to figure us out a little bit,” he said then. “We’re talented, so that sometimes overrides strategy. But I feel like teams are figuring certain things out to do to counter what they’ve seen. Year one, it was really hard, because it was all new. The pieces have changed a little bit, but I feel like our challenge will be to see if we can layer on some of the offense, our fluid movement, and counters, and change things up, and execute better. Defense is always big, too, so I wouldn’t go into the complacent (problem). I think it’s going to be more execution, and how smart can we really be, and can we keep that energy up through this year?” In each of their previous three seasons, the Warriors led the league in margin of victory -- 10.1 points in 2014-15, 10.8 points in 2015-16 and 11.6 points last season. This year, though, they’ve fallen to third, behind the Houston Rockets and Toronto Raptors -- and their win margin is down to 8.5 points per game. Two years ago, the Warriors were fourth in the league in Defensive Rating (100.9). Last season, Golden State was second (101.1). This season, the Warriors are fifth, at 103.4. In 2014-15, they were 14th in the league in points allowed in the paint; this year, they’re 24th (to be fair, they were 23rd last year, when they won it all anyway). Are they bored? Tired? Aging? Is their bench inconsistency this year the result of vets saving themselves for the playoffs, or guys just getting old? And will it matter against anyone other than Houston? “Once you start getting a little older, it’s harder and harder,” guard Shaun Livingston said last week. “We definitely need the youth, we definitely need the health. We’ve got to be healthy. We’ve got to be healthy. Sometimes you see teams that maybe are over the hill -- they have the experience, but maybe not (the ability). It’s human nature. Obviously, I don’t think we’re there yet. We’ve got guys that are still in their prime. It’s mental now.” In the Jean-Pierre Coopman phase of their latest title defense (oh, how one misses spectacles like Ali fighting Coopman, the “Lion of Flanders” -- with Pat Summerall and Tom Brookshier on the call!), the Warriors came to Washington last week. There was no White House visit on the docket, only time with D.C. area kids and a trip to the African-American History Museum, with owner Joe Lacob and GM Bob Myers on the trip as well. They have been in the public eye for five years now, back to Mark Jackson’s last season as coach, when the Splash Brothers exploded into the national consciousness. That’s a long time for one NBA team to have all that light and heat on it. For a minute, the Warriors tried to convince themselves that there was a backlash building against them nationally, that people had grown tired of their 3-pointers and video game point totals. It was, of course, a ridiculous posit -- Golden State and its players are more popular than ever, the love for Curry such that he felt perfectly comfortable posting a photo of the glass table he accidentally smashed in his hotel room on Instagram, any criticism surely to be muted amid America’s love for the two-time MVP.   when you feel like you’re on the @pgatour so you gotta get some swings going in the hotel room 😂😂😂 #idiot A post shared by Wardell Curry (@stephencurry30) on Mar 1, 2018 at 1:33pm PST “There was a little guy who was probably eight years old, and he came up and introduced himself,” Steve Kerr said. “His name was Ryan, and I’m talking to him, and he goes ’oh, my God, there’s Quinn Cook!’ And he ran over to Quinn Cook. Not Steph, not me -- he loved Quinn Cook. That was cool.” Throughout the Warriors’ run, they’ve faced down different challengers in the Western Conference -- the first iteration of the Rockets with Harden, a hybrid inside-out attack where Houston unhappily and unsuccessfully tried to meld Harden and Dwight Howard in the post. The Durant/Russell Westbrook one-two combo in Oklahoma City. The Spurs, morphing from the Tim Duncan/Tony Parker-led team to the Kawhi Leonard-dominant one. The “Lob City” Clippers, followed by the Chris Paul/Blake Griffin halfcourt version. But this season’s Rockets, with Paul at the point, may be the most unique and dangerous threat to the Warriors. They are much more than a team that just rains 3-pointers on you -- though they most certainly do that, and do it historically well. They’re also an outstanding defensive team, with the additions of P.J. Tucker and Luc Mbah a Moute giving them a grit they haven’t had in past seasons to pair with the shot blocking and rim presence of Clint Capela. The numbers are stark: Houston is 32-1 this season when Paul, Harden and Capela all play, including two wins over the Warriors The Rockets have no obvious weakness. They have no fear of Golden State, either, having won two of the three meetings with the Warriors this season. It’s not just that they’re good, it’s how they’re good that makes them look like the greatest challenge yet to Golden State’s hegemony in the West. “I mean, yes, because they do it a different way, I guess,” Curry said last week. “They adopted the power of the three ball and try to use it as a main weapon, and obviously with James and CP together. Honestly, we know that they’re playing well. We’re chasing that number one seed and keeping tabs on how they’re playing and whatnot. But at the end of the day, we’ve got a lot of time left before we have to face them again. We know they’re serious. But so are we.” The Warriors have had to deal with great adversity during their run, to be sure. The biggest challenge came about this time last year, when a collision between teammates -- Zaza Pachulia and Durant, in D.C., ironically -- culminated in a Grade 2 MCL sprain and bone bruise for Durant, taking him out of the lineup at the worst possible part of the season. Golden State had just ripped off wins in 23 of its previous 27 games since a lamentable Christmas Day loss to the Cavs. Curry had started to figure out how to play with KD, and vice versa. They were in the middle of a brutal stretch of seven road games in eight overall, with the one brief return home to play the Celtics. When Durant went down, the initial fear was that he’d torn his ACL and would be out for the season. The Warriors’ locker room was funeral after the Wizards game. “Obviously, we were trying to figure out if he was like ’done-done’ for the year, or whether or not there was going to be a chance he’d return,” forward David West said. “We were, at the time he got hurt, we were just starting to figure out the sort of roles, everybody was getting comfortable with roles. We basically had to reset., change some of the functions we were doing. We lost a few games  trying to literaly just figure out and recalibrate and re-balance. That was one of those periods where we were just looking at each other, trying to start this thing -- we lost this huge, huge piece.” Yet the Warriors figured it out on the fly. And how they responded then provides a big clue to how they might respond to the challenge the Rockets present to them now. “It took us, I think we needed to get home before we were able to stablize,” Kerr said. “I want to say we lost three of the last four on the trip or something  (they did lose three of four, but one of the three losses was at Oracle in that one home game with the Celtics). We got home and righted the ship and got going. But sometimes (an injury is) a galvanizing force when a guy gets hurt, and you have to do certain things. Like, for us, when Kevin got hurt, we talked about it and we said we have to be the best defensive team in the league. We don’t have that luxury of throwing the ball to Kevin and saying ’get us 30 points tonight.'” During that stretch without Durant (March 2, 2017 to April 5, 2017), who returned just before the start of the playoffs, the Warriors led the league in the league in Defensive Rating (100.0, just head of San Antonio’s 100.2), first in opponent field goal percentage (.429), tied for second in opponent 3-point percentage (.316) and fourth in opponent points allowed per game (100.9). And once Durant returned for good, the Warriors again flexed. They tore through the West, winning all but one game en route to a third straight NBA Finals. And they took the Cavaliers apart in five games for their second title in three years. “You could see Draymond, Klay, Andre, Shaun, those guys, even Loon (Kevin Looney), were like, ’we didn’t have KD last year,’ ” West said. “For someone like myself, I just followed their lead. Klay got a little more aggressive. Draymond sort of settled everybody defensively. And we started winning.” That muscle memory will come in handy this year. Durant and Curry have missed time with injuries, and Golden State hasn’t figured out things at center just yet. (Would it shock me if rookie Jordan Bell played a big role there down the stretch? No, it would not.) But the Warriors still are smoking people in the second halves of games; per teamrankings.com, the Warriors lead the lead in third-quarter scoring margin at 5.3 points per game, more than double the margin of the second-place Denver Nuggets. Whether it’s adjustments or something else (“mainly, fiery halftime speeches, Knute Rockne style,” Kerr opines), they have again put a lot of opponents away with 12 minutes to spare. Since the All-Star break, they’re fourth in the league in opponent field goal percentage (.433) and Defensive Rating (100.3). “This year, obviously, knock on wood, we want to stay healthy,” Curry said. “We want to continue to push in the right direction. Every year’s different. That’s the fun part about this league. No matter how much success you’ve had and what your expectations are, it’s a different journey every year. We’re right in the middle of that right now. We have an amazing record, considering how we’ve played. I think we’d all say we haven’t lived up to our own expectations. That’s okay. We have an opportunity to build the right habits and the right momentum going into the playoffs this year and do it, all 15 guys.” Longtime NBA reporter, columnist and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer David Aldridge is an analyst for TNT. You can e-mail him here, find his archive here and follow him on Twitter. The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NBA, its clubs or Turner Broadcasting......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 6th, 2018

Myanmar makes record drug bust with 30 million meth pills

YANGON, Myanmar – Myanmar has seized 30 million meth pills along with more than two tons of "ice" and heroin in a record bust, the government said Thursday, January 18, as drugs pour from labs in lawless border regions. The operation in a remote part of northern Myanmar came after the ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 18th, 2018