Video: Police find and destroy 35,000 marijuana plants the Vraem region

35,000 cannabis plants were destroyed Thursday and also half a ton of dry marijuana was burnt in a joint operation between Peruvian national police and the Peruvian army, report the Ministry of the Interior.

The drugs were found thanks to intelligence information which alerted the authorities that the illegal plants were being grown in an area locally known as ‘hacienda caldera’, in the Ayacucha district of Anco. The drugs were subsequently sent to Lima.

The local Vraem Police (Valley of the Apurímac, Ene and Mantaro Rivers) front and the special Vraem Commando went to the area with five cars and found four hectares of land with approximately 35,000 plants being grown on it

In the same area, the National Police and the Peruvian Army found eight rustic buildings used as storehouses where they confiscated and destroyed 500kg of dried marijuana.

The area of Vraem is often dubbed as ‘cocaine valley’, and news source Aljazeera states that there is good reason for this, as 70 percent of the country’s cocaine is grown in this region. It is a particularly poor area with high levels of childhood malnutrition, and drug production is often the only way to earn a decent wage.

This news comes soon after a lieutenant in the Peruvian army was arrested for aiding drug trafficking in the Vraem area.

Granville Street SkyTrain station escalators to be closed for two years

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Starting May 26th, three escalators will be replaced at the Granville Street Station which will take two years to complete.

This is part of TransLink’s maintenance and repair program to fix aging infrastructure. The cost to repair the structure originally built in 1986 will be an estimated $14.5 million.

Sany Zein, who is the VP of Infrastructure Management and Engineering of TransLink, explains these are the three largest escalators in Metro Vancouver which is why the project is lengthy.

“These are very large units each one requires six to eight months to be replaced and we can only do them one at a time. Because the work crews need the space to be able to actually do the work so when one unit is disassembled they will work from the space next to it. And they need the third escalator for their own transportation up and down for the equipment,” he says.

“So effectively we’re closing this entire side of this station and we’ll be doing one escalator in every six to eight months sequentially, so that adds up to about two years. During construction we’ll be doing all we can to obviously speed up the work but workers safety and reliability of this station is important.”

Congestion will be a concern since all customers will be directed to the Dunsmuir side, but Zein says TransLink has done computer monitoring in that area. He says it will function and be safe because they have done proactive measures to make sure the Dunsmuir escalators are reliable.

“And we’ve have installed new compass gates on that side of the station. We’ll be helping our customers through this with a lot of additional signage to find out the new flow directions of the station, and we’ll have a lot of additional staffing to help customers navigate the station,” he explains.

“We very much appreciate our customers patience as we do this, this a really important maintenance project and as the Expo Line ages we’ll be doing more maintenance work to make sure our assets are safe, reliable, and provide the service our customers can expect.”

Customers can also consider using Burrard or Stadium-Chinatown station which is a five to eight minute walk away. Also customers are asked to give themselves extra time during their commute.

Sobering thought in wake of clampdown of alcohol sales at sports venues

By ANDREW ATKINSON ….. With the 2017-18 amateur football season set to kick-off this month clubs across Spain have been notified of an alcoholic ban at sports venues.

“Spanish laws leave no doubt that this season alcohol will not be sold at the ground,” said CD Montesinos spokesperson Eddie Cagagio.

Champagne corks were flying at the end of last season at the Los Montesinos, Alicante based club after achieving promotion to the 1st Regional, making club history.

But this season supporters will have to drink alcohol elsewhere – before, during and after fixtures – as the authorities have informed sports venues that heavy fines will be imposed to those breaking the law.

“It is an offence to sell alcohol inside every sports facility in Spain – that’s a Government rule throughout Spain,” said Eddie.

And it is understood that the Guardia Civil will be making ‘spot checks’ at sports grounds this season.

It was mooted that during the summer the Guardia Civil inspected a Youth tournament in San Miguel and fined a club 3,000 for selling alcohol at the ground.

“We have received a letter – via the Council – asking us to submit our fixture list for the 2017-18 season,” said Eddie.

“We have also been advised about the law – and informed that ‘spot checks’ will be made this season,” said Eddie.

Football clubs within the Regional football leagues, along with all sports clubs, will see a fall in much needed revenue following the imposed alcohol ban.

An alcohol ban was initially imposed at the Spanish Grand Prix in 2015 and it was reported at the time that punters were paying €11 for non-alcoholic beer.

The alcohol ban remained at the 2017 Spanish Grand Prix in May. A spokesperson said: “A full alcohol ban was introduced at the circuit in 2015 and remains in force.

“People were told not to bring any beer or alcohol into the circuit. Only non-alcoholic beer is on sale inside the circuit.”

There are different policies in place regarding the purchase of alcohol during sports events at Wembley Stadium. The sale and consumption of alcohol is permitted at Rugby League events – and other sporting events such as American Football.

There are strict rules regarding the sale and consumption of alcohol at football events at Wembley Stadium.

It is permitted on the concourses – in restaurants and private hospitality areas – at England international friendly games, the FA Cup and Football League games.

At UEFA and FIFA fixtures alcohol is only allowed to be sold and consumed within the restaurants and private hospitality areas – not on the public concourses.

Alcohol must not be consumed inside the main Wembley Stadium bowl or within view of the pitch, during the FA Cup Final, Semi-finals and other Cup Finals.

CD Montesinos stage their first 2017-18 1st Regional home fixture at The Municipal Stadium, Los Montesinos, against Santa Pola CF on September 24.

Added to the non sale of alcohol in sports stadia supporters are also prohibited to take alcohol into grounds for their own consumption: “That too is prohibited,” said Eddie.

“And, should the Guardia Civil inspect, and any individual is found to be consuming alcohol, they are personally responsible – not the club,” said Eddie.

Heavy drinking among women has been normalized, and it’s killing them in record numbers

The ads started popping up about a decade ago on social media. Instead of selling alcohol with sex and romance, these ads had an edgier theme: Harried mothers chugging wine to cope with everyday stress. Women embracing quart-sized bottles of whiskey, and bellying up to bars to knock back vodka shots with men.

In this new strain of advertising, women’s liberation equaled heavy drinking, and alcohol researchers say it both heralded and promoted a profound cultural shift: Women in America are drinking far more, and far more frequently, than their mothers or grandmothers did, and alcohol consumption is killing them in record numbers.

White women are particularly likely to drink dangerously, with more than a quarter drinking multiple times a week and the share of binge drinking up 40 percent since 1999, according to a Washington Post analysis of federal health data. In 2013, more than a million women of all races wound up in emergency rooms as a result of heavy drinking, with women in middle age most likely to suffer severe intoxication.