The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has closed. It’s been replaced by the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO).FCDO guidance, services and informationThese services are now provided by FCDO: foreign travel advice consular help and services abroad document legislation History of FCOFCO was a ministerial department from October 1968 to September 2020. It merged with the Department for International Development to create FCDO.
Jamaica seizes 121 kilograms of cocaine Meanwhile in Colombia, authorities released on probation late drug lord Pablo Escobar’s top hit man in exchange for his cooperation in the trial of Elberto Santofimio. John Jairo Velásquez Vásquez, aka Popeye, began four years of probation Aug. after serving as a witness for the state in the Santofimio trial. Velásquez Vásquez’s testimony was instrumental in the conviction of Santofimio for the murder of presidential candidate Luis Carlos Galán in 1989. Galán, whose campaign pledged to bring cartel members brought to justice, was fatally shot by Escobar’s hit men in a public square outside in Soacha in the department of Cundinamarca, where he was to deliver a speech. He was the favorite to win the election when he was killed on Aug. 18, 1989. Santofimo, a former justice minister and Galán’s rival in the election, is serving a 24-year prison sentence for ordering Galán’s murder. Velásquez Vásquez, 52, had eight years left on the sentence he received after being found guilty for murdering presidential candidate Luis Carlos Galán in 1989. After serving as the top hit man for late drug lord Pablo Escobar, he had spent 22 years in prison after confessing to murdering 300 people and coordinating the slayings of 3,000 others. Velásquez Vásquez said he also kidnapped former President Andrés Pastrana and killed his own girlfriend at the behest of Escobar, who led the ruthless Medellin cartel until his death in December 1993. By Dialogo September 01, 2014 Massive seizures of cocaine in Peru and Jamaica and the release on probation of late drug lord Pablo Escobar’s top hit man highlight the last few days of drug-related news. In Peru’s largest seizure in its history, authorities found six tons of cocaine hidden in a shipment of coal in Trujillo, police said on Aug. 27. The drugs would have been trafficked to Spain and Belgium, police said. Nine suspects – seven Peruvians and two Mexicans – were arrested in connection with the bust. The interdiction culminated a six-week operation that included cooperation with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, according to Vicente Romero, the head of the Anti-Narcotics Division of Peru’s National Police. The cocaine may belong to a Mexican drug cartel, he added. The seizure represents a major step in Peru’s counter-narcotics fight since the country supplanted Colombia as the world’s leading cocaine-producing nation. According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime’s (UNODC) 2012 Crop Monitoring Report, Peru is home to 13 regions encompassing 60,400 hectares that grow coca, which is the main ingredient used to produce cocaine. Peruvian authorities seized 2,200 metric tons of precursor chemicals bound for coca-growing regions, Romero said. The confiscated chemicals, combined with the coca crops that were destroyed, preventing at least 190 metric tons of cocaine from being produced, according to the National Commission for a Drug-Free Life (DEVIDA). Ninety-three percent of the country’s coca crops are used for the drug trade, with the remaining plants used for traditional consumption and industrial use, according to DEVIDA. So far this year, the Peruvian government is more than halfway to reaching its goal of eradicating 30,000 hectares of illegal coca crops in 2014, according to DEVIDA. “For the first time in several years, Peru is the only country in the Andean region with exponential eradication rates,” DEVIDA President Alberto Otárola told the United Nations Economic and Social Council on July 16. “We have managed to eradicate illegal coca by 17.5% in 2013. DEVIDA’s post-eradication plan seeks to address the problem from a development perspective on three axes – social inclusion, government investment and the environment.” Pablo Escobar’s enforcer cooperates with authorities, granted probation Jamaican security forces also succeeded in counter-narcotics operations. Jamaican authorities recently seized 121.1 kilograms of cocaine. Jamaica’s Transnational Crime and Narcotics Division (TCND) and the Contraband Enforcement Team interdicted the haul during a joint operation at Kingston Wharves, police said in a prepared statement on Aug. 25. The haul is valued at $1.29 million (USD). Authorities found the cocaine in four bags while searching a container that contained lumber on a ship that had arrived from Suriname and was destined for China. Authorities made no arrests in connection with the seizure. Police are asking anyone with information regarding the cocaine’s owner to contact the TCND or the nearest police station.
SIGNE BRESTER/Herald photoVictor Diaz made sure the game was in hand when it had barely begun.The senior forward put the Badger men’s soccer team (7-6-2) ahead early, scoring 41 seconds into the game after taking a centering pass from Brandon Miller.“I wasn’t even into the game yet,” the senior forward Diaz said. “It was the best start you could possibly imagine.”Green Bay (4-7-3) never recovered from the early goal, and UW added another goal before halftime to finish the game’s scoring. The Badgers extended their unbeaten streak to seven games over in-state rivals.Wisconsin could have had a larger lead than the 2-0 margin they took into halftime. The Badgers dominated possession and had numerous quality chances in the first half. Miller, a senior defender, was unable to connect three times from inside 12 yards, once putting the ball straight over on an open net.“That’s one thing we need to work on,” Miller said of putting away easy goals. “We did a good job of getting in the first half, especially since we’ve been starting slow a lot. But we definitely need to do a little better … when we get against teams like Penn State who can definitely punch us when they get chances like we did.”Despite the misses, head coach Jeff Rohrman likes the energy Miller brings to the team. Miller was active all over the field, dropping back to make plays on defense, as well as helping move the offense. His activityveness had a downside, however, as he was taken out for junior Brian Bultman in the 39th minute.“He just needed some oxygen,” Rohrman said. “He’s been such an inspiration in terms of his work rate. Unfortunately, he didn’t get a goal tonight, but when Brandon’s working like that, other players reap the benefits.”The benefits were evident even when Miller was on the sideline, as Bultman quickly made an impact, drawing a penalty in the 42nd minute that resulted in UW’s second goal. Diaz took the free kick from 10 yards outside the 18-yard box, finding junior Taylor Waspi, who connected on a header for the score.“I tried to look for Waspi,” Diaz said of the free kick. “He’s the main target. I was just [trying to see] where he was.”The Badgers had trouble carrying the momentum from their strong start into the second half. UW did not control the ball as well as it did early in the game, and had to weather late attacks from Green Bay — as well as its own sloppy play at times.However, Wisconsin played strong defense to post its fifth team shutout. Though the winning goal was scored less than a minute in, Rohrman believes capitalizing on the abundant scoring chances will be a priority heading into the team’s last Big Ten game against Penn State.“I thought we were a little unfortunate to not get a few more goals,” Rohrman said. “I thought we were buzzing and making things happen. Nonetheless, we did what we needed to … to preserve the win.”
1. Gerrit Cole to New York Yankees (2020), $36 million AAV ($324 million, 9 years)One of the biggest deals in MLB history. While Gerrit Cole’s trade to the Yankees broke Mike Trout’s stay at the top of the list, it also came close to being the most expensive trade by value in MLB history. The Yankees paid $324 million for Gerrit Cole, $6 million shy of the 13-year, $330 million deal the Phillies cracked with Bryce Harper.Also Read: Gerrit Cole Signs Stratospheric Record-breaking Deal With Yankees, To Earn $324 Million2. Mike Trout to Los Angeles Angels (2019), $35.5 million AAV ($430 million,12 years)Mike Trout’s contract with the Los Angeles Angels broke many sporting records. The deal is the highest valued in the history of world sport. Trout signed a 12-year deal worth $430 million running for 12 years with an average annual value of $35.5 million.3. Stephen Strasburg to Washington Nationals (2020), $35 million AAV ($245 million, 7 years)Stephen Strasburg stole headlines when he re-signed with Washington Nationals. The 2019 MVP signed a 7-year deal worth $245 million, making him one of the most expensive pitchers in the MLB. While Strasburg did not manage to touch the heights of former teammate Bryce Walker, he certainly joined some elite company.Also Read: MLB Trade Rumours: Zack Wheeler, Philadelphia Phillies Agree To 5-year Deal4. Justin Verlander to Houston Astros 2019, $33 million AAV ($66 million, 2 years)Justin Verlander signed a 2-year, $66 million extension with the Houston Astros that will keep him with the club through the 2021 season. Houston acquired Verlander in an August 2017 trade with the Detroit Tigers, where the right-hander had spent the first 13 years of his career. Verlander went 4-1 in the 2017 post-season, leading the Astros to their first-ever World Series title.Also Read: MLB Trade Rumours: Gerrit Cole Deal Could Have Domino Effect On Other Free Agent Moves WATCH US LIVE Last Updated: 11th December, 2019 22:53 IST Gerrit Cole Deal: 4 Largest Contracts In MLB History By Average Annual Value Gerrit Cole broke records after signing with the New York Yankees worth $324 million for 9 years. Let’s take a look at the biggest deals in MLB history. The 2019 MLB winter meetings created the buzz which was quite expected in the busiest four days of the off-season. The New York Yankees and Washington Nationals stole headlines after offering record deals for star free agents, Gerrit Cole and Stephen Strasburg. Here, let’s take a look at MLB’s largest contracts by Average Annual Value (AAV).Also Read: MLB Trade Rumours: Stephen Strasburg Re-signs With Washington Nationals In Record Deal First Published: 11th December, 2019 22:53 IST LIVE TV Written By COMMENT FOLLOW US SUBSCRIBE TO US Sreehari Menon