The United States agrees with the Peruvian proposal to reduce the arms race in the region, the chief U.S. diplomat for Latin America, Arturo Valenzuela, said Tuesday, after arriving in Lima on a trip that also includes Chile and Ecuador. “Each country is sovereign and has every right to build up its arms, but we agree with the proposal that Peru has made” on reducing the arms race, Valenzuela said after meeting with Peruvian foreign minister José García Belaunde, the official news agency Andina reported. Spending on arms in recent years “has generally decreased,” the official affirmed. “This demonstrates that, in fact, countries are at peace, and it’s important to ensure that there are resources for investment in education and infrastructure,” he added. In September 2009 Peruvian president Alan García proposed to the Union of South American Nations (Unasur) an agreement to limit expenditures on arms purchases and sign a nonaggression pact. Valenzuela and García Belaunde met for two hours in the foreign ministry in Lima, where they discussed issues such as the environment and the role of Unasur. “We covered a series of regional issues, as well as other mechanisms of collaboration we might have,” Valenzuela indicated. The assistant secretary of state for Western Hemisphere affairs arrived in Lima with Todd Stern, the U.S. special envoy for climate change. By Dialogo July 15, 2010
Brazilian authorities break up drug smuggling ring SANTIAGO, Dominican Republic – The Northern Division of the National Directorate for Drug Control (DNCD) arrested five, seized 195 kilograms (429 pounds) of cocaine and dismantled a drug trafficking syndicate that was based in the municipality of Jarabacoa in the province of La Vega. Officials confiscated 174 packages of cocaine, two firearms, ammunition, two SUVs, a dump truck, a motorcycle and US $1,362 during the raid, said Abel Rojas, a DNCD spokesman, the Dominican Republic website Hoy.com reported. Rojas, however, refused to divulge further details, including the names of the detainees, because law enforcement agents still are pursuing suspects connected to the ring. By Dialogo September 01, 2010 BOGOTÁ, Colombia – Police arrested two in connection with the recent seizure of 84 kilograms (184.8 pounds) of cocaine at the El Dorado Airport in the nation’s capital. Cesar Leonel Gómez Pineda and Edison Antonio Osuna Sánchez are suspected of placing the cocaine, which was packed in steel containers, in a hangar designated for cargo to be exported, which would have enabled it to be placed on any aircraft, police said, according to the Colombian daily El Espectador. Colombian authorities seize 84 kilograms of cocaine SÃO PAULO, Brazil – Police arrested two and seized three planes and five vehicles suspected of being used to traffic narcotics during an operation law enforcement officials said dismantled a drug gang. The raid in the city of Atibaia on Aug. 25 was aimed at ceasing operations of a gang that’s suspected of trafficking a ton of cocaine monthly in the state of São Paulo, officials said. “The heads of the group are now arrested, which will make it harder for the group to be reestablished and start distributing drugs again,” said Marco Antônio Pereira dos Santos, the director of the Department of Narcotics Investigations (DENARC), the Brazilian website G1.com reported. The cocaine is suspected of being smuggled into Brazil from neighbors Bolivia and Paraguay, Santos said. VERACRUZ, Mexico – Mexican soldiers killed at least six suspected members of drug gangs during recent gunfights close to where the 72 migrants were massacred last week, according to the military. The fights started earlier this week in the city of Pánuco, which borders northeastern Tamaulipas state, where there’s been an escalation in violence that’s included bombings and the slaying of a local mayor in the past week. The soldiers were attacked with fragmentation grenades and gunfire as they approached a house where gang members were thought to be living, according to a military statement. One soldier was killed, five others were injured, six suspects were apprehended and several weapons were confiscated, according to a statement by the military. Veracruz Gov. Fidel Herrera said it was “a rumor for now” that the Los Zetas, who are suspected in the slayings of 72 migrants, were involved in the gunfights in Pánuco, according to Agence France-Presse. Mexico: Soldiers kill six suspected drug gang members
LocalNews DAIC reiterate calls for working on Sunday by: – May 30, 2011 DAIC logo. Photo credit: Caribana.comThe Dominica Association of Industry and Commerce is reiterating calls for lifting in whole or in part, the statutory restriction on Sunday trading in Dominica.The DAIC says while it is not asking for an increase in the working hours of employees or denying an employee the right to worship his Creator, its membership is aware that some employees insist on Saturday as their day of worship while others maintain the traditional Sunday.The DAIC says the need to amend the legislation is strictly to regularize a situation that is already accepted by the Government, the General Public and even the very ones who suggest that Sunday should be left alone while agreeing that it is OK for businesses to open on Sundays once they pay employees double time.The DAIC says it is not denying that it is in the interest of its members not to have to pay double time for work done on Sunday.However, the DAIC says it is happy and willing to uphold and support the payment of overtime on work.Dominica Vibes News Sharing is caring! 107 Views no discussions Share Share Share Tweet
“I think we’re not far off,” the Holland international said in an interview for Manchester United’s season review DVD. “If you look at the end of this season we’ve done well and we’ve picked up a lot of points, even though the last few games were difficult, but I think we have a good chance next year. “If you look at the games we’ve played against the top teams, we’ve won a lot of points and a club like Manchester United will always aim to win the title. Next year, we’re going to do that. “I think in a lot of games this year we’ve carried on fighting until the end and got some points because of that. “It comes from the players and the dressing room is really great, everyone gets on really well with each other. “We want to fight for each other, on and off the pitch, and that’s where the spirit comes from.” Blind was brought to Old Trafford by Van Gaal, who managed his father Danny at Ajax, having got to know the 25-year-old’s qualities while Holland boss. They have both adapted well to English football but Blind knows there is more to come. The Red Devils finished fourth in Louis van Gaal’s first season in charge but were 17 points adrift of champions Chelsea and nine behind second-placed Manchester City. However, Blind does not think that is too big a gap to close. “It’s a different league to the Dutch league. The pace of the game is much higher here but I think I’ve adapted well – I think perhaps I could have done better in a few games at the end of the season,” he added. “Overall, though, I think I’ve had a good first season and I can be proud of that.” On working under van Gaal he said: “I was really excited for that because I knew that he could make players better. “This year I think I’ve learned a lot from him and I’m very happy that he has a lot of confidence in me and that he brought me to this beautiful club. “You have to work very hard for him. He asks 100 per cent of you every day but that’s good, it keeps you sharp and makes you better. “He’s very honest too, he knows what he wants and he’s always himself – that’s a great quality.” Press Association Manchester United midfielder Daley Blind believes the club have a good chance of challenging for the Premier League title next season.