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

Pension fund tenders smart-beta equity mandate using IPE Quest

first_imgInterested parties should state performance, net of fees, to the end of September and have a track record of at least three years (preferably five).The deadline for applications is 30 October.The IPE news team is unable to answer any further questions about IPE Quest tender notices to protect the interests of clients conducting the search. To obtain information directly from IPE Quest, please contact Jayna Vishram on +44 (0) 20 3465 9330 or email [email protected] A pension fund based in Germany has tendered a €20m smart-beta equity mandate using IPE Quest.According to search QN-2125, interested parties should have at least €250m in assets under management in the asset class.The mandate is to cover Europe excluding the UK and adopt the MSCI Europe Multi-Factor or similar index as a benchmark, observing a maximum tracking record of 10%.The pension fund said it was creating a long-list of managers, and that a manager might therefore not be appointed.last_img read more

Cuba is special to us, say CARICOM foreign ministers

first_img 10 Views   no discussions Tweet Share Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img Share NewsRegional Cuba is special to us, say CARICOM foreign ministers by: – September 27, 2011 Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, Cuban Minister for Foreign Affairs. UN Photo/JC McIlwaineNEW YORK, USA — The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has re-affirmed its 15-member weight of support behind the government of Cuba in that country’s struggle to get the United States to lift trade embargos against it, asserting that “Cuba is special to us.”Cuba’s Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla made a courtesy visit to the 14th informal consultations of the CARICOM Council on Foreign and Community Relations (COFCOR) held within the margins of the 66th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Friday.At that meeting CARICOM foreign ministers welcomed the Cuban delegation warmly and expressed their appreciation for the functional cooperation which CARICOM member states had deepened with Cuba in health, education, sport and science.The meeting agreed that they would explore ways to strengthen the collaboration further especially in new priority areas. The meeting further expressed appreciation for the continued generosity Cuba had shown in providing technical assistance and support towards enhancing the quality of human resources within CARICOM countries. Pledging their support for the December summit set for Trinidad and Tobago, the CARICOM foreign ministers expressed hope that the summit would provide the platform for frank and fruitful discussions and for opportunities to build stronger relations. The Cuban foreign minister also congratulated Irwin LaRocque on his appointment as CARICOM secretary-general, noting that he was looking forward to advancing excellent relations as his country sought to enhance cooperation among CARICOM member states.Caribbean News Nowlast_img read more