U.S. Says that Fighting Drug Use Reduces Violence in Latin America


first_imgBy Dialogo July 29, 2009 Mexico City, 27 July (EFE).- U.S. drug czar Gil Kerlikowske, speaking today in the Mexican capital, affirmed that preventing and treating addictions, particularly with regard to the use of narcotics, “is fundamental” for reducing violence caused by drug trafficking in Latin America. “When we put more emphasis on prevention and treatment, we’re not only helping our own country (the U.S.); we’re also helping to reduce violence” in the region, said the director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, who is on a four-day visit to Mexico. “If we cut down on the use of drugs, we will also be able to cut down on violence and crime in Mexico and in Latin America,” Kerlikowske said while touring a treatment center for addicted minors, where he was accompanied by Mexico’s first lady, Margarita Zavala, and the Mexican Secretary of Health, José Ángel Córdova. The official affirmed that U.S. policy in the fight against drugs seeks to understand, appreciate, and support work done in other countries. He commented that 20 million individuals over twelve years of age used drugs in the last month in the United States, and around 23 million Americans need treatment. “Only ten percent of these people end up in treatment, in part because it’s not available, and because people think they don’t need it,” he added. Mexico’s first lady, Margarita Zavala, agreed that the fight against drugs is fundamental because “drug use generates violence, destroys families, and destroys society.” During the event Iris Vianney Velázquez Martínez, a young patient at the New Life Center, affirmed that she is addicted to alcohol and that with the treatment she has received, she has learned how to make decisions and how to avoid hurting those she loves the most. In the country there are 320 centers like New Life which also provide outpatient services for early detection and prompt treatment of addictions.last_img read more

Webster Edmond sentenced on possession of marijuana and firearm charges.


first_img Share Accused Webster Edmund being escorted handcuffed by police from the magistrate’ court photo credit: Dominica centralThirty seven year old Webster Edmond of Layou has been sentenced to two years four months in prison for the unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition.He received a five week sentence for possession of marijuana. Edmond was charged last week in connection with 15 year-old Shanice Jemmot who was missing for forty days.According to a report filed by Curtis Matthew of DBS News, “ten charges were brought against Edmund but only four were expected to be dealt with on April 7th, the drug and gun related matters. Magistrate Ossie Lewis told the court that the case has gained tremendous national interest but each matter would be dealth with according to law.”He further filed “Edmond pleaded guilty to all four charges; possession of 67 grams of Marijuana, and possession of marijuana with intent to supply, the unlawful possession of a firearm, and the unlawful possession of ammunition. He was sentenced to twelve months each for possession of ammunition anda firearm and five weeks for possession of marijuana.”Defence counsel Peter Alleyne asked the court to consider several factors before sentencing.”He said his client co-operated all through with the police and he was the one who showed the police where the missing girl could be found. Alleyne said; “even in court he did not waste the court’s time by pleading guilty.”Edmond has been charged in the past for battery on police, theft, throwing missles, malicious damage but Alleyne said these were not serious matters.Superintendant of Police, Claude Weeks told the court; “On March 28th, 2011 at seven in the evening Edmond entered a certain house in Clarkhall. He was disarmed swiftly, arrested and found with a fully loaded 12 guage firearm.”The firearm was described the firearm as one of the deadliest pieces of weapons. The ammunition and marijuana were found on arrival in the spot where the missing girl was found and were seized. Weeks said the accused told the police that he got the gun at Pointe Michel.A crowd at the St. Joseph playing field watched as Edmond took a five minute walk with police from the court to the waiting police bus.The preliminary inquiry into the six other matters including kidnapping is set for August this year.Dominica Vibes News Tweet 27 Views   no discussions LocalNews Webster Edmond sentenced on possession of marijuana and firearm charges. by: – April 8, 2011center_img Sharing is caring! Share Sharelast_img read more

ESPYS: Snoop Dogg, Pau Gasol pay tribute to Kobe Bryant


first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Kobe Bryant’s death remains an emotional topic for many in the city of Los Angeles and across the sports world.Rapper Snoop Dogg and former Los Angeles Lakers forward Pau Gasol paid tribute to Bryant during the 2020 ESPYS broadcast, which was held virtually by ESPN for the first time as a result of the pandemic.last_img

Supreme Court Blocks More Senators-elect


first_imgThe Supreme Court of Liberia through Justice-in-Chambers Philip A.Z. Banks III has prohibited from taking office three more Senators-elect whom the National Elections Commission (NEC) declared winners.The Court’s Writs Of Prohibition were issued to Maryland, Grand Kru and River Gee Counties’ Senators-elect, J. Gbleh-bo Brown, Albert Tugbe Chie, and Commany B. Wesseh, respectively, citing alleged elections irregularities. The Congress of Democratic Change (CDC) Representative Dr. Bhofal Chambers complained of massive wrongdoings during the election in Maryland County. Former Superintendent Rosalind S.T. Sneh of the ruling Unity Party (UP), who ran for Senator from  Grand Kru County,  complained to the High Court of  huge election irregularities; while ex-Lone Star striker, Jonathan Boye Charles Sogbai protested that there was voter fraud in River Gee County.Earlier the Supreme Court prevented the certification of Senators-elect Cllr. Varney G. Sherman of Grand Cape Mount, Dr. Jim W. Tornonlah of Margibi County and Atty. Morris G. Saytumah of Bomi County.The CDC candidates Dr. Foday Kromah and Prof. Ansu Sonii and incumbent Senator Lahia G. Lansanna of the National Patroitic Party (NPP) are the petitioners.Up to press time yesterday, the three latest stalled Senators-elect and their lawyers separately held conference hearings with the Justice-in-Chambers.The investigation of election irregularities by the Supreme Court meant the six (6) Senators-elect may not be inducted as Senators on Monday, January 12, 2015, if they have not been cleared by the opinion of the Supreme Court.It may be recalled that last Saturday, the National Elections Commission (NEC) certified 12 of the 15 Senators elected during the December 20, 2014 Special Senatorial Election.The certification ceremony took place at the headquarters of the National Elections Commission in Monrovia.In his remarks during the ceremony, the Chairman of the Commission, Cllr. Jerome G. Korkoya, said the certificates issued to the Senators-elect are testimony of the Power that was transferred to them by the people of Liberia when they went to the polls on December 20, 2014.Chairman Korkoya said the NEC acknowledges the low turnout during the election and will take the necessary measures to encourage higher voter participation in future elections.Also speaking during the ceremony, the Vice President of Liberia, Joseph N. Boakai, expressed regret over the deaths of some registered voters as a result of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease in the country.“I kindly ask you to remain on your feet and observe a moment of silence in memory of those registered voters who did not have the opportunity to vote; Ebola took their lives.  So we just want to remember them with silent prayer,” VP Boakai stated. Vice President Boakai then cautioned the newly elected Senators to become useful leaders in the new Legislature.He also lauded Liberians, including both winners and losers, for ensuring a peaceful election, adding that it was remarkable to see the losers respectfully conceding defeat and remaining peaceful. VP Boakai has at the same time expressed thanks and appreciation to the international community and other partners, on behalf of the Government of Liberia, for standing by the country and its citizens during the Ebola epidemic in the country.  Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more