By Dialogo December 27, 2012 So far this year, the Nicaraguan Army seized 7 tons of drugs from drug cartels that crossed the Caribbean Sea, where the Naval Force will reinforce its presence to protect the spaces that the International Court of Justice (ICJ) granted the Central American country after the dispute with Colombia, a military source informed. “This year over 7 tons of drugs have been seized” by the Army only, as part of the so-called “contention strategy against drug traffickers,” Chief General Julio Avilés of the Army confirmed after receiving a donation from Taiwan in a ceremony in Managua. Avilés said that this strategy allowed the institution to confiscate 131 tons of drugs between 2000 and 2012. This initiative seeks to “prevent the drugs coming from the south to north to enter” Nicaragua, and “we will continue stepping up these spaces restored by the ICJ’s ruling,” stated Avilés. On November 19, the ICJ passed a ruling stating that all the isles of the Archipelago of San Andrés belong to Colombia, and establishing new boundaries, extending Nicaraguan sovereignty over the Caribbean. On November 29, Nicaragua announced that the counter drug operations to be carried out in the Caribbean by the Army along with the United States in 2013, will also extend to the maritime areas assigned by the Court of The Hague. Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega invited Colombia to participate in counterdrug operations that the Nicaraguan and U.S. Forces will perform in the area. Drug trafficking “is a battle that we should fight together, in this case with the U.S. and Colombia, as well as with the countries that are willing and available to join,” said Ortega on December 5.
1 Transfer rumours and paper review Thursday, June 30 Here’s all the top transfer-related stories in Thursday’s newspapers…Ryan Giggs is set to end his 29-year Manchester United career after rejecting the offer of a reduced coaching role under new manager Jose Mourinho. It is claimed the Red Devils have gone back on an agreement to give him the top job after he served under David Moyes and Louis van Gaal. (Daily Mail)Arsenal believe Arsene Wenger will dismiss the FA’s interest in making him their new England manager to stay on at the Emirates. (The Sun)Meanwhile, former PSG boss Laurent Blanc has emerged as a serious contender for the England job (Daily Mirror), and Luiz Felipe Scolari also reportedly wants to be considered. (Daily Mail)Real Madrid could make a £75million move for Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard by offering striker Alvaro Morata, plus £40m. (Daily Mirror)The Spanish giants also want to sign Leicester and France midfielder N’Golo Kante. (Marca)Manchester City could swap striker Wilfried Bony for Everton defender John Stones, if the Merseyside club sell Romelu Lukaku. (The Sun)Chelsea are expected to now abandon their plan to re-sign Everton striker Romelu Lukaku, after closing in on in-demand 22-year-old Marseille frontman Michy Batshuayi for £33.2m. (Daily Star)Liverpool have told Crystal Palace they will have to pay £30m to sign Christian Benteke this summer. (Daily Telegraph)Meanwhile, Slovakian centre-back Martin Skrtel is set to complete his move from the Reds to Turkish side Fenerbahce this week. (Liverpool Echo)Tottenham and Leicester are among several Premier League clubs interested in signing Iceland defender Ragnar Sigurdsson from Russian club FC Krasnodar. (The Guardian)Norwich have made an approach to sign Scotland striker Steven Fletcher on a free transfer when his Sunderland contract expires next week. (Daily Mail)And here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…?EXCLUSIVE: FA chief Martin Glenn tells talkSPORT he’s not bothered about nationality of next England manager‘Rio Ferdinand has a lot to offer England’ – Former FA executive Adrian Bevington tips ex-defender for Three Lions coaching roleLISTEN: Terry Butcher’s damning verdict on England’s Euro 2016 humiliation at hands of IcelandCrystal Palace leading the race to sign Newcastle United star Andros Townsend – talkSPORT sourcesLiverpool FC transfer news: Fenerbahce confirm deal for Reds defender Martin Skrtel ‘almost done’‘If Antonio Conte calls, we’ll fly to Chelsea’ – Emanuele Giaccherini’s agent says Sunderland midfielder would be keen on Blues switchTransfer report: James Rodriguez eyeing Premier League switch as Chelsea and Manchester City consider movesTransfer report: Tottenham joined by French giants Paris Saint-Germain in battle for Dutch striker Vincent JanssenGonzalo Higuain’s agent puts Arsenal and Liverpool on red alert by announcing striker will NOT sign new Napoli dealManchester United to discover by Sunday whether Borussia Dortmund will accept £26m Henrikh Mkhitaryan offer