Authorities View post tag: Service Back to overview,Home naval-today US Coast Guardsman Awarded for Role in Drug Busts US Coast Guardsman Awarded for Role in Drug Busts View post tag: americas View post tag: Busts View post tag: role Share this article View post tag: USCG View post tag: Drug View post tag: awards View post tag: Commandant View post tag: News by topic The Commandant of the Coast Guard Adm. Paul Zukunft recognized Petty Officer 2nd Class Matthew Baasch, a gunner’s mate aboard the Cutter Bertholf, for his actions during two counter narcotics operations off Colombia June 28 and July 20. Baasch’s direct involvement resulted in the seizure of more than 7,450 pounds of cocaine with an import value of more than $113 million and the apprehension of six suspected smugglers.During the first drug bust, Cutter Bertholf came across the Costa Rican-flagged fishing vessel Goliat I in international waters June 28. Costa Rica gave the Coast Guard crew permission to board the vessel. Boarding parties from the Cutter Bertholf including a team led by Baasch conducted a search of the vessel that lasted several days. The team located more than 5,900 pounds of cocaine hidden in the vessel’s fuel tank and detained four suspected smugglers.Baasch and the crew of Bertholf intercepted the fishing vessel Jandry in international waters about 90-miles northwest of Colombia during the second bust July 20. The vessel’s flag-state could not be determined so the Coast Guard boarded it to investigate. Narcotics testing kits picked up traces of cocaine on the vessel, and a team from Bertholf led by Petty Officer 2nd Class Matthew Baasch began an extensive search of the boat’s compartments. Baasch and his team found more than 1,550 pounds of cocaine hidden throughout the vessel.Bertholf returned home from a 140-day counter narcotics deployment off the coast of Central and South America Aug. 11. Bertholf is the first of eight planned national security cutters, the service’s newest, most capable cutter and was built in Pascagoula, Miss., at Northrop Grumman Ship Systems.[mappress]Press Release, September 17, 2014; Image: USCG View post tag: Naval The US Coast Guard’s highest ranking officer made a surprise visit to Cutter Bertholf Tuesday to recognize a Coast Guardsman for his role in two drug busts off the Colombia coast. View post tag: member September 17, 2014 View post tag: Navy
KOLKATA (Reuters) – Fifties from Lahiru Thirimanne and Angelo Mathews kept Sri Lanka firmly on course for a handy first-innings lead against India on day three of the rain-hit first Test on Saturday.The islanders, bidding for their first test victory in India, dismissed the hosts for 172 and closed on 165-4, as the rain stayed away after allowing only 32.5 overs to be bowled in the first two days.Niroshan Dickwella was batting on 14 when bad light stopped play and skipper Dinesh Chandimal was on 13 with the tourists seven runs behind.After India resumed on a precarious 74-5, the bottom half of their order contributed 98 runs in the morning session to lend respectability to their total on a green Eden Gardens track.Cheteshwar Pujara brought up his 16th test fifty but was clean bowled by Lahiru Gamage for 52, a patient knock in trying conditions that included 10 boundaries.Wriddhiman Saha and Ravindra Jadeja refused to retreat into a defensive shell, though they were not entirely convincing during their 48-run partnership.Wicketkeeper-batsman Saha, who made 29, was lucky to get a reprieve four runs before his dismissal when Dickwella missed an easy stumping off Dilruwan Perera.Jadeja, who made 22, hit Perera for a six over long-on but the off-spinner responded by removing both batsmen in the same over.Suranga Lakmal dismissed Bhuvneshwar Kumar to claim his fourth wicket, his tidy 19 overs including 12 maidens.Mohammed Shami made a breezy 24 down the order but India still fell short of the 175-run mark.Sadeera Samarawickrama’s 23 off 22 balls gave Sri Lanka a fast start but Kumar exploited the conditions well to peg back the tourists.The paceman dismissed Dimuth Karunaratne lbw for eight and had Samarawickrama caught behind in his next over.Despite their occasional discomfort against the moving ball, Thirimanne and Mathews thwarted the hosts with a match-high 99-run stand.Dropped by Shikhar Dhawan on 27, Thirimanne went on to make 51, while Mathews, playing as a specialist batsman on his return from injury, made 52 before Umesh Yadav dismissed both in successive overs.INDIA 1st innings (Overnight: 74-5)L. Rahul c Dickwella b Lakmal 0S. Dhawan b Lakmal 8C. Pujara b Gamage 52V. Kohli lbw b Lakmal 0A. Rahane c Dickwella b Shanaka 4R. Ashwin c Karunaratne b Shanaka 4W. Saha c Mathews b D. Perera 29R. Jadeja lbw b D. Perera 22B. Kumar c Dickwella b Lakmal 13M. Shami c Shanaka b Gamage 24U. Yadav not out 6Extras (b-6 lb-4) 10Total (all out, 59.3 overs) 172Fall of wickets: 1-0 L. Rahul,2-13 S. Dhawan,3-17 V. Kohli,4-30 A. Rahane,5-50 R. Ashwin,6-79 C. Pujara,7-127 R. Jadeja,8-128 W. Saha,9-146 B. Kumar,10-172 M. ShamiBowling: Suranga Lakmal 19 – 12 – 26 – 4, Lahiru Gamage 17.3 – 5 – 59 – 2Dasun Shanaka 12 – 4 – 36 – 2, Dimuth Karunaratne 2 – 0 – 17 – 0,Rangana Herath 2 – 0 – 5 – 0, Dilruwan Perera 7 – 1 – 19 – 2.SRI LANKA 1st innings Sadeera Samarawickrama c Saha b B. Kumar 23Dimuth Karunaratne lbw b B. Kumar 8Lahiru Thirimanne c Kohli b U. Yadav 51Angelo Mathews c Rahul b U. Yadav 52Dinesh Chandimal not out 13Niroshan Dickwella not out 14Extras (lb-4) 4Total (for 4 wickets, 45.4 overs) 165Fall of wickets: 1-29 D. Karunaratne,2-34 S. Samarawickrama,3-133 L. Thirimanne,4-138 A. MathewsTo bat: D. Shanaka, D. Perera, R. Herath, S. Lakmal, L. GamageBowling: B. Kumar 14.4 – 2 – 49 – 2, M. Shami 13.5 – 5 – 53 – 0,U. Yadav 13 – 1 – 50 – 2, R. Ashwin 4 – 0 – 9 – 0,V. Kohli 0.1 – 0 – 0 – 0.
Fijabi also thanked sponsors and organisers of GOtv Boxing Night, saying their intervention has rescued boxing.“A person like me would never have gone professional if not for GOtv Boxing Night. I wanted to remain an amateur because there was nothing to aspire to as a professional. But GOtv came, offering considerably better remuneration and offering encouragement to boxers. I am glad I took the opportunity,” said Fijabi, a two-time winner of the N1million cash prize for the best boxer at the event.He called on other corporate organisations to emulate GOtv by getting involved in the promotion of boxing.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Olaide “Fijaborn” Fijabi, national light welterweight boxing champion, has explained why he stopped Tombraye “Tornado” Christmas, his opponent at GOtv Boxing Night 8, in the first round.Fijabi, whose explosive combination of punches ended ‘Christmas’ dream of an upset in 58 seconds, said his fight with Christmas was aimed at putting fear into his future opponents.“I knocked him out as a warning to my future opponents. I hope they got the message that I am not that type of guy to go messing around with. This warning is to every boxer in my category on the African continent, as I am gunning for the African title. That is my immediate ambition,” he said.