Paraguay Dismantles ‘VIP Marijuana’ Labs

first_imgBy Eduardo Szklarz/Diálogo November 25, 2020 In September, the Paraguayan National Anti-Drug Secretariat (SENAD, in Spanish) dismantled four urban clandestine labs that produced so-called “VIP marijuana,” the most expensive variety in the market. This is a new marijuana strain with high levels of THC, the main psychoactive substance in cannabis.“The network produced marijuana strains with THC levels of 20 to 30 percent,” SENAD said in a press release on September 23. “Conventional marijuana, produced in the forests of border areas, has THC levels of 2 to 8 percent and is much more affordable.”The network operated with special systems for lighting, ventilation, insulation, and marijuana storage, then selling the product to customers with high purchasing power. (Photo: Paraguayan National Anti-Drug Secretariat)Agents carried out 12 raids in the cities of Asunción and Fernando de la Mora as part of Operation Gorilla Glue, named after a strong variety of marijuana.Eleven people were detained, designated by Paraguay’s Office of the Attorney General as financiers, producers, and distributors in the illicit business. “All of them are between 20 and 32 years old, with good purchasing power and agronomic knowledge,” SENAD indicated.Set up in urban housing, the labs had special systems with artificial lighting, ventilation, insulation, and marijuana storage. The equipment and seeds were purchased abroad.According to experts, what is known as “VIP marijuana” are hybrids made from the cannabis sativa variety.“[The producers] were crossbreeding all the marijuana sub-varieties, including indica, ruderalis, and sativa itself,” Ricardo Galeano, director of SENAD’s Forensic Laboratory, said in statements published on the website HOY.“They combined these varieties, obtained the hybrids, and took the cuttings from the mother crops to continue growing and producing marijuana with higher THC [levels],” Galeano said.In other operations aimed at seizing regular marijuana, SENAD agents destroyed a warehouse in the Sargento José Félix López district, in Concepción department, on October 4.“We detected two narco-camps and seized more than 2.7 tons of processed marijuana during a raid,” SENAD said.last_img read more

NBA games today: Full TV schedule for 2020 season restart on Saturday, Aug. 1

first_imgMORE: Watch select NBA games live with fuboTV (7-day free trial)National TV broadcasts of the NBA games from the Orlando bubble will be shown by four different networks — ABC, ESPN, TNT, NBATV — and Saturday’s schedule features an ESPN quadruple-header. Below is the complete schedule of NBA games for Saturday, Aug. 1, including the four national TV games.NBA games todaySaturday’s schedule of games is about as good as it gets for the casual NBA fan. It features four national TV games in a row, all on ESPN. The only exception is the 76ers-Pacers game, which only will be available locally or on NBA League Pass.GameTime (ET)National TVHeat vs. Nuggets1 p.m.ESPN, fuboTVJazz vs. Thunder3:30 p.m.ESPN, fuboTVPelicans vs. Clippers6 p.m.ESPN, fuboTV76ers vs. Pacers7 p.m.—Lakers vs. Raptors8:30 p.m.ESPN, fuboTVESPN and TNT are available from almost all United States cable providers, but NBATV is only offered by Verizon (channels 89 and 589) and Comcast (channels 734 and 478).For those who have ESPN and TNT included in their cable/satellite subscriptions, live stream presentations of those networks’ NBA games can be found on the ESPN app and the Watch TNT app, respectively.For those who don’t have a cable or satellite subscription, there are five major OTT TV streaming options that carry ESPN — fuboTV, Sling, Hulu, YouTubeTV and AT&T Now. Of the four, fuboTV, Hulu and YouTubeTV offer free trial options.Below are links to each.fuboTV (free trial)SlingHulu (free trial)YouTubeTV (free trial)AT&T NowOf the four services, Hulu is the only one that does not carry NBATV. FuboTV carries NBATV but not ESPN or TNT. All NBA seeding games played in Orlando also will be available to steam via NBA League Pass at a reduced price ($28.99) since there are so few games left in the season. However, games on NBA League Pass are blacked out in local markets.NBA schedule 2020The full 2020 NBA regular-season schedule, including tip-off times and TV channels, is listed below by date.Times and TV channels for the final two days of seeding games have not yet been revealed.July 30GameTime (ET)National TVJazz vs. Pelicans6:30 p.m.TNTClippers vs. Lakers9 p.m.TNTJuly 31GameTime (ET)National TVMagic vs. Nets2:30 p.m.—Grizzlies vs. Trail Blazers4 p.m.NBA TVSuns vs. Wizards4 p.m.—Celtics vs. Bucks6:30 p.m.ESPNKings vs. Spurs8 p.m.—Rockets vs. Mavericks9 p.m.ESPNAug. 1 GameTime (ET)National TVHeat vs. Nuggets1 p.m.ESPNJazz vs. Thunder3:30 p.m.ESPNPelicans vs. Clippers6 p.m.ESPN76ers vs. Pacers7 p.m.—Lakers vs. Raptors8:30 p.m.ESPNAug. 2GameTime (ET)National TVWizards vs. Nets2 p.m.—Trail Blazers vs. Celtics3:30 p.m.ABCSpurs vs. Grizzlies4 p.m.—Kings vs. Magic6 p.m.NBA TVBucks vs. Rockets8:30 p.m.ABCMavericks vs. Suns9 p.m.—Aug. 3GameTime (ET)National TVRaptors vs. Heat1:30 p.m.NBA TVNuggets vs. Thunder4 p.m.NBA TVPacers vs. Wizards4 p.m.—Grizzlies vs. Pelicans6:30 p.m.ESPNSpurs vs. 76ers8 p.m.—Lakers vs. Jazz9 p.m.ESPNAug. 4GameTime (ET)National TVNets vs. Bucks1:30 p.m.NBA TVMavericks vs. Kings2:30 p.m.—Suns vs. Clippers4 p.m.NBA TVMagic vs. Pacers6 p.m.—Celtics vs. Heat6:30 p.m.TNTRockets vs. Trail Blazers9 p.m.TNTAug. 5GameTime (ET)National TVGrizzlies vs. Jazz2:30 p.m.—76ers vs. Wizards4 p.m.NBA TVNuggets vs. Spurs4 p.m.—Thunder vs. Lakers6:30 p.m.ESPNRaptors vs. Magic8 p.m.—Nets vs. Celtics9 p.m.ESPNAug. 6GameTime (ET)National TVPelicans vs. Kings1:30 p.m.NBA TVHeat vs. Bucks4 p.m.TNTPacers vs. Suns4 p.m.—Clippers vs. Mavericks6:30 p.m.TNTTrail Blazers vs. Nuggets8 p.m.—Lakers vs. Rockets9 p.m.TNTAug. 7GameTime (ET)National TVJazz vs. Spurs1 p.m.—Thunder vs. Grizzlies4 p.m.NBA TVKings vs. Nets5 p.m.—Magic vs. 76ers6:30 p.m.TNTWizards vs. Pelicans8 p.m.—Celtics vs. Raptors9 p.m.TNTAug. 8GameTime (ET)National TVClippers vs. Trail Blazers1 p.m.TNTJazz vs. Nuggets3:30 p.m.TNTLakers vs. Pacers6 p.m.TNTSuns vs. Heat7:30 p.m.—Bucks vs. Mavericks8:30 p.m.ESPNAug. 9GameTime (ET)National TVWizards vs. Thunder12:30 p.m.—Grizzlies vs. Raptors2 p.m.—Spurs vs. Pelicans3 p.m.ABCMagic vs. Celtics5 p.m.—76ers vs. Trail Blazers6:30 p.m.NBA TVRockets vs. Kings8 p.m.—Nets vs. Clippers9 p.m.NBA TVAug. 10GameTime (ET)National TVThunder vs. Suns2:30 p.m.—Mavericks vs. Jazz3 p.m.NBA TVRaptors vs. Bucks6:30 p.m.ESPNPacers vs. Heat8 p.m.—Nuggets vs. Lakers9 p.m.TNTAug. 11GameTime (ET)National TVNets vs. Magic1 p.m.—Rockets vs. Spurs2 p.m.NBA TVSuns vs. 76ers4:30 p.m.—Trail Blazers vs. Mavericks5 p.m.—Celtics vs. Grizzlies6:30 p.m.TNTPelicans vs. Kings9 p.m.TNTBucks vs. Wizards9 p.m.—Aug. 12GameTime (ET)National TVPacers vs. Rockets4 p.m.NBA TVRaptors vs. 76ers6:30 p.m.ESPNHeat vs. Thunder8 p.m.—Clippers vs. Nuggets9 p.m.ESPNAug. 13GameTime (ET) National TVWizards vs. CelticsTBDTBDTrail Blazers vs. NetsTBDTBDKings vs. LakersTBDTBDBucks vs. GrizzliesTBDTBDPelicans vs. MagicTBDTBDMavericks vs. SunsTBDTBDSpurs vs. JazzTBDTBDAug. 14GameTime (ET) National TV76ers vs. RocketsTBDTBDHeat vs. PacersTBDTBDThunder vs. ClippersTBDTBDNuggets vs. RaptorsTBDTBD The NBA’s official restart of its 2019-20 season in the Orlando bubble technically came Thursday night with a doubleheader featuring Pelicans vs. Jazz and Lakers vs. Clippers, but Saturday’s slate of NBA games is the second in what will be 15 straight days of nonstop basketball.Each of the 22 teams that were invited to resume the NBA season after four-plus months away from the court is scheduled to play eight seeding games before the playoffs begin in mid-August. That means the NBA had to pack up to six games per day over the span of a couple weeks — a beautiful sight for basketball fans.last_img read more