Turkish security forces have seized one tonne and 71 kilograms of heroin on board an offshore supply ship identified as Commander Tide, Turkish anti-narcotics police department said.The Democratic Republic of Congo-flagged cargo ship was raided by Turkish naval forces, the coastguard and special police forces, on June 2nd while sailing in international waters bound for Turkey.The contraband, estimated to be worth around USD 57 million, was found in secret compartments on the ship.As informed, this is a record drug bust for the security forces in Turkey.Commander Tide’s nine crew members were detained and taken to a naval base in Marmaris, Reuters reports.The 1984-built vessel’s current position on Marine Traffic shows that the vessel, which is said to be laid-up, was stopped.According to the data by VesselsValue, the ship was bought by Marshall-Islands-based Corbata Maritime.World Maritime News Staff
New Delhi: Nitish Rana made a great start in the 2019 Indian Premier League with 68 against Sunrisers Hyderabad in the opening game while he smashed 63 off 37 against Kings XI Punjab in the second game. Rana’s consistency in the middle order has boosted the two-time IPL champions and has helped them team reach the top of the table. However, Rana is aware that he had started off in a similar vein in the 2018 edition of the tournament. After a solid showing, his form slipped away and he ended up with just 304 runs at an average of 23.38. Speaking after the 28-run win against Kings XI Punjab, Rana said he was aware of how his progress was last year and he want to sustain it.“”I haven’t thought too far ahead. But for the last couple of seasons, I start well but my form fizzles out towards the later half of the tournament,” Rana said after the win. “So this time around, I want to work on this. I want to continue the kind of form I have started in till the end of the tournament.” Rana did not have a good season with Delhi in the domestic circuit, managing just 147 runs form 10 matches in the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 and 191 runs from six matches in the Ranji Trophy. Disturbed by his poor form, the top order KKR batsman spent some time at the Mumbai-based KKR Academy speaking to Abhishek Nayar and Dinesh Karthik. “I did not work on batting as such but I worked on the mental toughness. KKR academy was quite helpful in that sense because I got one-on-one time with Abhishek bhaiya and DK bhaiya. They helped me clear self doubts. Now, I feel, I’ve become a better player.” RELATED Having impressed at different batting positions, Rana said, “That’s the sign of a good team. My plan was clear — to hit a loose ball and then, let DK (Dinesh Karthik) or (Andre) Russell take over for the last four-five overs.” Four of his seven sixes came against India’s top off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin but Rana said the attack was not pre-planned. “I was just trying to build my innings. I was taking it ball by ball at the start and then when I thought I could charge, I did that. It doesn’t matter for me who the bowler is. My game plan was simple. I thought that was the time to attack and I did. That was the plan for the two overs — of Ashwin and South African pacer (Hardus Viljoen).” Rana also hailed Andre Russell’s 17-ball 48 and said the lifeline, when the Jamaican survived owing to a no ball, gave them 20-25 runs extra. “Having 218/4 definitely worked in our favour, how Russell got a lifeline and that probably gave us those 20-25 runs extra. But even if we had 180 or 200, we would have fought this hard. It wasn’t very easy (to chase) because the ball started seaming in the second innings.”-With PTI inputs- Andre Russell escaped a no-ball from Mohammed Shami.Kings XI Punjab lost by 28 runs against Kolkata Knight Riders.Kolkata Knight Riders are on top of the table in IPL 2019. For all the Latest Sports News News, Indian Premier League News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. highlights
Edinburgh Gunners blast Rosignol United 3-0; … Berbice Police share points with Arsenals FCEDINBURGH Gunners shot past Rosignol United while Berbice Police and Arsenals FC battled to a draw as the GT Beer/BFA/Candy Boss & Antics Promotion’s inaugural invitational 8-a-side football tournament continued in Berbice over the weekend at All Saints Church ground in New Amsterdam.Edinburgh Gunners blasted Rosignol United 3-0 while Arsenals FC clung onto the youthful B” Division Police squad for a 2-all draw.The double-header matches, which were attended by a well-supported crowd, saw in the opening match between Arsenals FC and B’ Division Police team, Arsenals’ Derick Taylor opening the scoring in the 8th minute to take the lead after Lomar Reid failed to convert on the kick off with the long shot to goal for the lawmen.Reid, however, made amends to level the score 1-1. The discipline of the lawmen was demonstrated as they took possession of the ball over the experienced Arsenals players and dominated the game.Substitute Vivian Bowling Jr gave Police the lead once again with his first possession of the match. Bowling evaded two defenders and hit home the ball past Arsensals goalkeeper to see his team to a 2-1 lead at halftime.On resumption, Arsenals took the game to the lawmen, who demonstrated their discipline and executed the game plan set out by the technical staff, headed by Deputy Commander Senior Superintendent Edmund Cooper and coach Mark Bradford. They held off their opponent from scoring.But it was the determination of Arsenals forward Derick Taylor who converted in a goal area scrimmage and equalised at the end of regulation time 2-2.The supporting game saw Edinburgh Gunners thrash Rosignol United 3-0.Gunners marksman Joseph Giddings scored in the first goal in the 22nd minute of the game and scored his second three minutes later to give his team a 2-0 lead at halftime.Gunners’ Ronaldo August was bang on target in the 41st minute to seal victory for his team.Over 30 teams are competing in the tournament sponsored by Banks DIH Limited under GT Beer brand and several other organisations including the National Sports Commission, Jumbo Jet, Guyana Police Force, Homeline, Impressive Signs and Fly Jamaica.The final is set for New Year’s Day at All Saints Church ground.