Acierto, ex-PDEA officer, others indicted over shabu in magnetic lifters

MANILA, Philippines — Prosecutors from the Department of Justice (DOJ) indicted the “core conspirators” and several others for the smuggling of billions worth of shabu inside magnetic lifters. In a 45-page joint resolution dated April 8, 2019, the four-man panel of prosecutors led by Assistant State Prosecutor Mary Jane Sytat has found probable cause to file a case for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 specifically for importation of dangerous drugs against former Customs Intelligence Officer Jimmy S. Guban, former Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Deputy Director for Administration Ismael Fajardo, and former police officer Eduardo P. Acierto. Guban, Fajardo, and Acierto, based on the complaint of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), are the “core conspirators” in trying to smuggling the shabu into the country. Acierto earlier surfaced and linked President Rodrigo Duterte’s former adviser Michael Yan in the illegal drugs activity. Aside from the three, also facing the same charges are Chan Yee Wah; Zhou Quan/Zhang Quan; consignees Vedasto Cabral Baraquel Jr. and his wife Maria Lagrimas Catipan of Vecaba Trading; and E...

It’s been four months since Polar announced their new Vantage series of multisport watches. This series

It’s been four months since Polar announced their new Vantage series of multisport watches. This series is currently comprised of two watches, the Vantage V and Vantage M. The V is the higher end multisport watch, meant to be a direct replacement of the nearly 5-year old V800.  While the Vantage M focuses on the mid-range, and carves out a bit of a new segment for Polar, it is meant to compete with Suunto’s Spartan Trainer Wrist HR, as well as undercut Garmin a bit in the multisport game. The two units are incredibly similar, both from a design and functionality standpoint. Despite that, this review will be focused on the Vantage V from a data collection standpoint. Said differently: I’ve just done the vast majority of the workouts with the Vantage V as opposed to the Vantage M. I will note however in this review when there are V-only features that don’t apply to the M.  By and large most people are finding similar performance between the M and V units from an accuracy standpoint. Still, I’ll likely aim to do a Vantage M focused review later next month (which also coincides with travel to warmer locales where getting more openwater swim testing is viable again). In any case, onc...