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

Show respect for the flag and stand up


first_imgRe May 29 letter, “NFL anthem stance is unAmerican”: As I understand it, Denis Brennan seems to think the “piece of cloth” (the American flag), as he puts it, is just that and that it doesn’t represent the ideals of being an American.  I would ask him to check with the family members of the thousands of men and women who lost loved ones fighting for that flag and what it represents to them. To stand for the national anthem, he says, is forced patriotism. I call it respect for what the flag means to most Americans.Linda CorteseNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesNiskayuna girls’ cross country wins over BethlehemEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusPuccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfect Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

Environmental Coordinating Unit to be converted into a full-fledge government department


first_img Share 135 Views   no discussions Share Tweet Dr. Kenneth Darroux. (file photo)The Ministry of Environment, Fisheries and Natural Resources are discussing plans to soon transform the Environmental Coordinating Unit (E.C.U) into a full-fledge governmental department.Minister for Environment, Fisheries and Natural Resources, Honorable Dr. Kenneth Darroux said that this move is just one of many to address some of the environmental issues affecting the country.The issue of climate change, global warming, air and sea pollution are critical areas that environmentalists around the globe are now battling to control.Dr Darroux says under the GEF Programme in Dominica, the government is hoping that many of the issues can be dealt with speedily under a government department rather than a private entity.“One of the things we are hoping to do under this project, in addition to the new laws, is harmonizing and modernizing these laws is to have the Environmental Coordinating Unit (ECU) converted into a full-fledge government department with government enforcing the laws. Of course, with this we will need new personnel; we will need new training, so even then as the minister I’ve attended a number of international meetings to look at ways to receive scholarships for training for our people in terms of environmental engineers”. The government is hoping that under a government portfolio, the Ministry responsible for environment will be able to collate the existing laws governing the issue of environmental preservation and conservation.“At the ministerial level one of the things we have done at Part two of the GEF Project is that we are currently in the process of harmonizing and also modernizing our environmental legislation. What we have noticed is that legislation dealing with environmental issues, they are scattered throughout various numbers ofgovernments and departments including fisheries, health and forestry among others”. Dr Darroux said that the government has already identified persons who will be contracted to revise the existing laws; some of which are outdated and need to be removed or amended.“So what we have done in the first part of this project has been completed meaning that we’ve compiled all the environmental laws. Currently we found over 100 of them also dating back 100 years. We’ve hired a few environmental personnel to go through this legislation and make the adjustments where necessary, of course that would have to go through the legal affairs for vetting and also through parliament”. He believes that this move will also position Dominica to better maximize the many opportunities for developmental funding and training available by environment agencies in the region and the world.“The Environmental Coordinating Unit, which was established over a decade ago was set up to deal with Dominica’s obligations to international environmental protocol but over the years I think we can appreciate the importance that environment and climate change has taken in everything; in politics, finance etc. We in Dominica we have to position ourselves in order to take advantage of funding and other environmental programs that are available”.The Minister also underscored the work that the Ministry of Environment is doing as it relates to addressing the many issues affecting the environment. The ministry is planning a cleanup campaign to be carried out in rivers across the island. “We are doing a lot in the Ministry of Environment, a lot of what we do is just not being seen. One of the things that I’ve been challenged to do is to try to get the ministry involved in some more visible environmental projects, but as we know, everything costs money and I’ve already sat down with the permanent secretary and the Director of the E.C.U to see how we can seek funding to go on a nationwide cleanup campaign, for example, to clean up our rivers. In addition to the cleanliness of the rivers, one can appreciate it can also be used as a mitigation method to avoid disaster like what happened in Layou”.Dominica Vibes Newscenter_img Share Sharing is caring! LocalNews Environmental Coordinating Unit to be converted into a full-fledge government department by: – November 11, 2011last_img read more

Barcelona, Juventus confirm Arthur, Pjanic swap deal


first_img Loading… Both players will remain at their respective clubs for the remainder of the 2019/20 seasons including for the Champions League in August, which means they could face their future clubs in the competition – scheduled to be played in Lisbon.Pjanic, 30, joined the Bianconeri from Roma in the summer of 2016 and has clocked up 170 appearances in that timeframe, scoring 22 goals. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Barcelona have signed midfielder Miralem Pjanic from Juventus in a deal worth up to €65m while Arthur Melo will join Juventus in a transfer that could reach €82m.The deals were confirmed on Monday afternoon with the Blaugrana paying an initial €60m for Bosnian midfielder Pjanic alongside a further €5m in add-ons, with his four-year contract including a €400m release clause.Arthur’s move to the Italian champions has been processed for an initial €72m transfer fee with a further €10m in potential add-ons included.center_img Promoted ContentWhat Is A Black Hole In Simple Terms?6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This DayCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayWhat Are The Most Delicious Foods Out There?Top 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooTop Tastiest Foods From All Over The World12 Countries With The Most Impressive Technological InnovationsBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made8 Best 1980s High Tech Gadgets Read Also: Video: Messi pulls off genius assist from free-kick against Celta VigoArthur joined the Blaugrana in 2018 in a deal from Gremio worth an initial €31m plus a further €9m in variables and he had a contract with the club until the summer of 2024 with a €400m release clause, while transfermarkt gives him a market value of €55m.As has been widely reported, the Brazilian’s reluctance to leave the Camp Nou has been the biggest stumbling block for the exchange deal being processed but that hurdle has now been overcome.last_img read more