On 12 May, Honduran and U.S. authorities seized more than one thousand kilos of cocaine on a speedboat in the Caribbean, on which they detained three Hondurans and one Colombian, a Honduran government source announced. Defense Minister Marlon Pascua indicated at a press conference that the detentions took place off Gracias a Dios Cape, on Honduras’s Caribbean coast, after a pursuit that lasted more than two hours. “The average cargo carried by these speedboats is estimated to be a ton and a half,” the minister said, specifying that the exact amount of drugs confiscated will be determined following an inventory. The highest-ranking Honduran military commander, Gen. René Osorio, explained that the arrest of the four crew members “took place in the framework of Operation Blue Shield,” conducted jointly with the U.S. government. “It’s another blow that we’re striking” at the drug traffickers, he said. The drugs were in thirty-seven bales, equivalent to around 1,000 to 1,500 kilos, and there were also ten empty fuel drums in the vessel, “implying that those people were coming from South America, from Venezuela or Colombia,” he indicated. Osorio said that the confiscated drugs and the arrested crew members will be taken to Caratasca, in the department of Gracias a Dios, around 700 km east of Tegucigalpa, where there is a naval base. “The authorities will possibly arrive there, and counting the drugs and interrogating the detainees, to see what information they give us, will begin tomorrow (Friday) or tonight,” he added. By Dialogo May 16, 2011
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DES MOINES — Iowa’s secretary of state is encouraging Iowans to vote-by-mail in the June 2nd Primary and Paul Pate has extending the absentee voting period to a total of 40 days.Pate released a recorded message late Monday afternoon. “The safety of voters takes precedence and by encouraging Iowans to vote absentee, we can reduce the risk of community spread of COVID-19,” Pate said. “We still plan on having our polls open on June 2nd for voters who prefer to cast ballots in person, but this effort will help reduce the risk of infecting others.”The vote-by-mail period for the June 2nd primary will now begin on April 23rd. During primary elections earlier this month in Arizona, Florida and Illinois, election officials announced public health precautions like disinfecting voting booths and machines regularly, plus poll workers were given gloves, cleaning supplies and hand sanitizer. But there were reports of poll workers failing to show up, causing lines and — in some cases — polling sites had to be moved or consolidated.Under current state law, the early voting period for primaries and the General Election is 29 days. Pate used his authority in a disaster to extend the absentee ballot period by 11 days.