By Dialogo July 31, 2012 The Bolivian Government and Brazilian embassy personnel have flown over regions of the border between the two nations in order to evaluate the future installation of radars to detect drug trafficking by air, Bolivia’s Deputy Social Defense Minister Felipe Cáceres said on July 27. “An overflight was made to identify strategic locations, in order to install radars in the area in the future,” stated Cáceres, the politician with primary responsibility for the fight against drug trafficking, as reported by the Government news agency. He said that “these maneuvers and these exercises have been conducted in complementary fashion by the Bolivian Air Force and the Brazilian Air Force,” but he did not reveal the date on which the installation of the radars is expected to begin. The two countries share a border of 3,133 kilometers, chiefly in the Amazon, taken advantage of for drug trafficking by air, land, and river and for smuggling weapons and stolen cars. In January, Bolivia, Brazil, and the United States signed an agreement to support La Paz’s efforts in the fight against drug trafficking. The two pillars of the agreement among the three countries are monitoring of the approximately 31,000 plots of land planted with coca (according to the UN) and air traffic control. Brazil also offered a batch of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for the same purpose. Bolivia produces around 115 tons of cocaine a year, according to the United Nations, the majority of which is sold to Brazil and then to Europe.
Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersFor the Lakers, the consequences could have an immediate impact. ESPN reported that the Chinese Education Bureau had canceled an NBA Cares event in which the Brooklyn Nets were to dedicate a play center at a Shanghai school. The Lakers’ community event scheduled for Wednesday was canceled late Tuesday night PT, and there has been speculation as to whether the two exhibition games between the Lakers and Nets scheduled for Thursday (in Shanghai) and Saturday (in Shenzhen) will even take place.An NBA spokesman told The Orange County Register early Tuesday afternoon that no other cancellations were anticipated but acknowledged plans could change. Silver said the Tuesday event with the Nets was “ceremonial” in nature, and he hoped nothing else would be stricken from the itinerary.The pot started boiling over the weekend as Morey tweeted in support of protesters in Hong Kong, who are engaged in a months-long standoff with the mainland government over a proposed extradition law. The fallout was swift as Chinese businesses and officials – even former Rockets All-Star and current Chinese Basketball commissioner Yao Ming – condemned Morey, and others in the Rockets organization tried to apologize on Morey’s behalf.The NBA issued a statement from Silver shortly before his Tuesday press conference in Tokyo with more vigorous support of Morey’s self-expression.“The NBA will not put itself in a position of regulating what players, employees and team owners say or will not say on these issues,” he said. “We simply could not operate that way.” At the same time, it’s clear Silver and the league will have a lot to do to mend fences with Chinese partners. The country, in which an estimated half a billion people watched some portion of NBA programming last year, is an important economic partner to the league, and many players have economic interests there. In addition to superstars like LeBron James who travel to China annually, Rajon Rondo, for example, has a signature shoe deal with Chinese company Anta that reportedly includes an ownership stake.Silver seemed committed to finding the nuance of the situation. Planning to attend the NBA China Games after his trip to Tokyo for NBA events in Japan, the commissioner pointed to discussions ahead with partners, including Yao, to try to find common ground and continue the league’s outreach into China.Related Articles A tense press conference in Tokyo involving NBA commissioner Adam Silver provided backing for Daryl Morey, the general manager of the Houston Rockets who embroiled his team and the league into conflict with China with just a tweet.But while defending Morey’s right to expression, Silver cast a grim vision of what that could cost the NBA – and by extension, the Lakers, who are in limbo in Shanghai.“What I also tried to suggest is I understand that there are consequences from that exercise of, in essence, his freedom of speech,” he said. “We will have to live with those consequences.”In a flurry of developments since the weekend, the consequences already include profound commercial impact: China’s state-run television network CCTV will halt broadcasts of NBA preseason games, including the ones being played in the country this week, and several media and advertising partners are vowing to blacklist the Rockets (one of the most popular franchises in the country). Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions “It’s my hope that when I’m in Shanghai, I can meet with the appropriate officials and discuss where we stand, and again, put those remarks from Daryl Morey and my remarks in an appropriate context of a many-decades-long relationship and see if we can find mutual respect for each other’s political systems and beliefs,” he said. “But I’m a realist as well, and I recognize that this issue may not die down so quickly.”The nuance of American values expressed about Chinese political controversy seemed to be lost in other quarters. CBS reported that CCTV pledged to weigh whether it will continue its relationship with the NBA.“We are strongly dissatisfied and opposed Adam (Silver)’s claim to support Morey’s rights of free expression,” the statement said. “We believe that any speech that challenges national sovereignty and social stability is not within the scope of freedom of speech.”One of Silver’s closing thoughts in his statement was how he hoped basketball could be a “unifying force” for the divided peoples of the world. Love of the game might be the only thing both sides of the aisle have in common at the moment. How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
Senior receiver Seth Dawkins can pinpoint the moment he bought in to his new coach: It was during an early-morning workout under strength coach Mike Sirignano, who held the same position at App State. He didn’t like the energy from his team, and let them know.”We have a 7 o’clock lift group, and we came not in energized and very lackadaisical,” Dawkins said. “This man ran the mess — I’m talking about we were running 45 or 50 minutes straight half-gassers — I think we ran 28 or 30 of them.”Sirignano left the players with a message throughout each sprint.”Winners win.”The players started to learn how Satterfield operated at App State, and they were surprised how much they liked it. Satterfield took inventory on the roster and found some surprises of his own. The Cardinals had 18 receivers and eight offensive linemen on scholarship, a trend he wants to reverse immediately. He went about trying to revive a team that ranked 122rd in scoring offense (19.8 ppg) and 128th in scoring defense (44.1 ppg) in 2018.MORE: Ranking ACC coaches for 2019 season”When you left App and go to an ACC school, and I’m thinking, ‘We had a good team at App, but we’re going to a different level,'” Satterfield said. “That wasn’t the case.”Satterfield isn’t about to make excuses, though. He went to work on the recruiting trail, where the first-year coach has pieced together a top-30 recruiting class so far. Louisville ranked No. 69 according to 247Sports’ Composite rankings last year. He invited Iowa State coach Matt Campbell, a close friend in the coaching ranks dating back to their time together at Toledo, to practices. Campbell is in Year 3 of a remarkable turnaround with the Cyclones.”It’s 100 percent possible,” Satterfield said when asked if Louisville could enjoy the same makeover. “Timeline, I don’t know. That’s possible here, and that will be the goal. That’s what we’ll get to.”Dawkins said the offense has been simplified from Petrino’s version, and that the smaller playbook will lead to better results. Linebacker Dorian Etheridge said the end of the spring brought the team closer to their coach, even if that process took time.”When I first met him, he’s real laid back, laid-back guy,” Etheridge said. “I didn’t know how I really felt about that. Every coach I’ve ever had has been an up-in-your-face type of guy. He’s laid back until you, like, start messing up, then definitely he’ll gladly intervene.”—Satterfield plans on building Louisville’s identity at the most important position. Jackson elevated the program’s profile with a Heisman Trophy. Bridgewater and Brian Brohm played in BCS bowls. That work will now fall to Jawon Pass and Malik Cunningham in 2019.”We’re utilizing the success I’ve had with quarterbacks in the past at App,” Satterfield said. “It’s at a different level, but they were among the best in the country at that level. We certainly want to get the top-notch players, and I think we’ve got a few coming in that will.”Satterfield’s quarterback tree includes Richie Williams, Armanti Edwards, Taylor Lamb and Zac Thomas, who earned Sun Belt Player of the Year honors last season. Williams and Edwards won FCS national championships, and Lamb and Thomas helped establish the Mountaineers in the FBS.Of course, Appalachian State’s signature games remains the 34-32 upset against Michigan on Sept. 1, 2007. Satterfield was the quarterbacks coach for that game. He was the head coach when the Mountaineers nearly shocked Tennessee in a 20-13 loss on Sept. 1, 2016, and again when they fell to No. 10 Penn State 45-38 on Sept. 1, 2018. Both of those games went to overtime.Appalachian State has that identity. It’s the same mindset the coach intends to bring to Louisville.”I think we’re going to similar stuff with the identity we had at App as far as football goes.,” Satterfield said. “We want to do things right. I want teams when they play us to say, ‘Man those guys played their tails off. They played as hard as any team we played this year.’ That’s what I want. What that translates to win-wise, I don’t know, but that’s all we ever wanted at App.”Louisville gets that now, and that line of thinking makes Satterfield one of the more intriguing first-year coaches. Mack Brown and Les Miles should make an impact at North Carolina and Kansas, respectively, but they’ve won national titles before. Ryan Day will be expected to do the same at Ohio State, but expectations in Columbus are different than at other other programs across the country.Satterfield will find out just how far the Cardinals need to come in a Labor Day opener against Notre Dame. That will be the first step in reshaping a program still looking to take the next big step in the ACC. Louisville Athletics https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/6e/bd/scott-satterfield-081519-lv-ftrjpg_2nruil1oqwc318jgn1ifptva8.jpg?t=-1938032868&w=500&quality=80 CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Scott Satterfield is largely responsible for establishing Appalachian State’s identity in the FBS over the last five seasons.The Mountaineers won at least a share of three straight Sun Belt championships under Satterfield, who played quarterback at the school from 1991-95. If he’d desired, he could have stayed in the comfort zone of Boone, N.C., until he retired. Satterfield, 46, knew a few offers would come during the offseason. He just didn’t know much about Louisville when athletic director Vince Tyra called. Satterfield did not have time to research when, as he put it, “things got real.”MORE: Meet the first-year head coaches: How they’ll fare in 2019 and beyond”With Louisville, you think Teddy Bridgewater and Lamar Jackson,” Satterfield told Sporting News from the ACC Kickoff in Charlotte, N.C., in July. “These guys are some great players and did some really good things, so in my mind it’s like, ‘You can win there.’ Then, they are in the ACC. So those two things told me we wanted to take a look at this school.”Satterfield took the job at a Louisville program that has been trying to find its longterm identity since Bobby Petrino took the job the first time in 2003. The Cardinals have gone through four conferences with four coaching changes — including two stints by Petrino — to get to Satterfield. There were highs (Lamar Jackson’s epic run to the Heisman Trophy) and lows (notably, last year’s 2-10 bottom-out that included a winless record in the ACC Atlantic).The Cardinals have a .645 winning percentage in the FBS since 2003, a touch higher than the Mountaineers’ five-year mark at .647. It’s not that different — only on a bigger stage that Appalachian State might never get to take. Maybe Satterfield is on to something. Louisville is, too. Satterfield easily could pan out as the best longterm payoff among the 2019 batch of first-year coaches.—Satterfield was candid when discussing the difficulty of leaving his alma mater for Louisville. After talking to Tyra about the opening, Satterfield knew the decision would have to be made quickly. He conducted as much research as possible and, admitting that wasn’t enough, consulted his wife Beth, who ran track at Appalachian State. Only then did he make the decision that would affect his family of five, including three children.”My kids were not real fired up,” Satterfield told SN. “They’re all in high school. They’re going to have to move. Beth was like, ‘Listen. We need to take advantage of this opportunity, and let’s go. We’ll make the most of it.'”Any time you go to a new town it’s tough,” he said. “It’s hard, and it takes a while to get ingrained in the town and engrained with the people.”That’s honesty that cuts through both ways. Satterfield spent all but three years coaching since 1998 at Appalachian State. He got the job at Louisville after Purdue coach Jeff Brohm — a Louisville native who played quarterback for the Cardinals from 1989-93 and served as an assistant on the team from 2003-08 — turned town his alma mater to remain head coach at Purdue.”Satterfield was pretty warmly received,” Louisville radio host Mark Ennis, publisher of CardinalSports.com, told SN. “I think it was totally unanimous because of the whole flirtation with Jeff Brohm, but almost from the day he was introduced until now he’s done a very good job winning people over with his own personality.”Satterfield fits that ACC coach profile. He speaks with a Southern twang, has deep roots entrenched in the Carolinas and spent a chunk of the ACC Kickoff telling a story about rooming with Steve Spurrier’s son at a football camp when his dad was still the Head Ball Coach was at Duke.That’s apropos, considering it was a game against No. 2 Duke basketball in February where Satterfield saw the full effect of Louisville’s fan base.”My first deal with the fans was at the basketball games and going to the (KFC) YUM Center and seeing Coach (Chris) Mack and what they did basketball-wise,” Satterfield said. “That was phenomenal when Duke came in. We’ve got 23,000. We’ve got a ‘Blackout.’ That was awesome.’ We’ve got to generate excitement in our stadium so we can get the same passion in our stadium, too.”The Cardinals lost that game 71-69, but Satterfield had an idea by then that this could work once the program was back up to speed. After all, Louisville lost 77-16 to No. 2 Clemson on the football field in November. It will “get real” again for Satterfield at that point, with one major difference: He has no decision to make now. He knows where he belongs.That is where a new identity starts.”I’ll sit back at pregame and look around and say, ‘This is awesome,'” Satterfield said. “I’ll soak it up and soak it in, then hopefully we find a way to get a first down when reality hits. I’ve had a lot of success coaching bowls and coaching national championships, but I’ve always taken time to enjoy it.”