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Central America Needs US$150 Million to Renew Defense Armaments

first_img Central American defense ministers acknowledged that the region needs an immediate budget of US$ 150 million dollars to renew armaments and equipment, as well as other security needs, in order to effectively battle organized crime. This was confirmed by Salvadoran Defense Minister Gen. David Munguía Payés in the context of a meeting with the majority of his regional counterparts in San Salvador on 27 July, as part of the Conference of Central American Armed Forces (CFAC), a body the Higher Council of which Munguía also chairs. The Dominican Republic also participates in the Central American Armed Forces body as a guest, as in the majority of the isthmus’s integration institutions. U.S. Under Secretary of the Army Joseph W. Westphal, who is on a tour of the region, also participated as a special guest in the high-level meeting of military leaders from the Central American region and the Dominican Republic. With regard to the deficiencies in the equipment of the region’s armies, Munguía Payés again drew attention to El Salvador’s lack of air defense, since the A-37 fighters of the Salvadoran Air Force (FAS) are presumed to be grounded due to the planes’ age and their high cost of operation. In May, Munguía announced that the Salvadoran Army would need a budgetary supplement of more than US$ 30 million for the remainder of the year, but President Mauricio Funes announced in July that many ministries would have to tighten their fiscal belts for the rest of the year, since the state would not have enough money. The lack of these planes is noticeable, above all, because they were the “interceptors” of planes suspected of carrying drugs that invade Salvadoran airspace and are then escorted out of it in order to prevent them from unloading their cargo on the country’s territory, General Munguía acknowledged. “As you know, the United States has a monitoring center at El Salvador International Airport, but at the moment, we lack the aircraft that can intercept planes that enter our airspace illegally,” Munguía said. Guatemala urgently needs at least two or three primary radars to cover its airspace and combat “small drug planes” or other kinds of planes carrying illicit cargos. In the case of Honduras, it is also believed to need equipment of that kind for its waters and airspace in the Caribbean, where on 13 July it detained a crew who were in possession of drugs and had scuttled a submersible allegedly carrying more narcotics. Honduras is also weighing the purchase of a fleet of Embraer Super Tucanos. General Munguía also recalled the concept of the shared responsibility of the United States, especially in the area of drug trafficking, and that seed money of US$ 200 million has already been offered, following President Barack Obama’s visit to El Salvador in mid-February. “In fact, in the particular case of El Salvador, we work very closely with the U.S. Southern Command; we liaise with the monitoring facilities they have in Florida to track drug trafficking,” the Salvadoran military leader specified. By Dialogo August 01, 2011 The USA has 150 Million for defense against organized crime…Why not use it instead on education and legalize the business of those that are occupied with the organized crime? I suppose that trafficking of drugs is the most lucrative, it seems like a good start…..last_img read more

Solochek: Fantasy baseball not summer fun

first_imgDespite the wintery weather we have experienced so far this past March, opening day is upon us.This means a revived hope for baseball fans that have longed to see their teams take the field in ballparks across the nation. It means hot dogs, the occasional adult beverage and spending quality time with your buddies.The beginning of baseball also means the interminable season that is fantasy baseball.Being one of the original fantasy games, fantasy baseball was born from statistics freaks who took their obsession mainstream by creating a game out of it and allowing team “managers” across the nation to bet on their teams.While fantasy baseball may be the most intense fantasy game, it still does not offer the enjoyment or the following of fantasy football for several reasons.First, no one wants to do the work required to have a successful fantasy baseball season, especially during the summer. Sure, when school is still in session and you just had your fantasy draft, you are going to be completely gung-ho about your league. You will watch “Baseball Tonight” every night to try to pick up whatever irrelevant fifth starter that goes 2-0 in the first few weeks of the season.The school lets out, you start your summer job (or real job) and watching the games every afternoon takes a back seat to catching a tan. Next thing you know, your starters are riddled with injuries and your team has fallen to last place in the league. The demise of your squad will not be realized until August when you finally check your team.The lack of commitment most give fantasy baseball leagues is not the only thing which makes them less fun than sitting through a three hour lecture in July. The fact there are people out there, probably friends of yours, who know every single pitching and hitting stat of every player for the last 10 years. These guys make playing fantasy baseball infinitely less fun because they not only try to watch every single game, but they try to rip you off because they know everything.Of course, these supposed friends of yours will get the gratification of winning the league and probably remove about 10 bucks from your wallet in the process, but you know, in your heart, you probably did better things over the summer than memorize the WHIP (walks plus hits per innings pitched) of every starting rotation in the major leagues.These fantasy baseball fanatics also hold another advantage over most of us. They know every single person on every single roster in the league and have a good knowledge of many of the farm systems as well. The sheer amount of players on each roster and the amount rosters change makes keeping up a fantasy baseball team a major pain in the rear end.With fantasy football, there are only a set number of players each manager has to worry about. There are no minor league football teams, no guys getting brought up or brought down and starting rotations are more solid. In baseball, however, until the “Dog Days of Summer” begin, rosters are in constant flux. Pitchers spots in the rotation are constantly being changed, as are lineups. Unless you constantly keep up with these changes, it is easy to let your team go into disarray.While baseball season is one of the best times of year, it is easily complicated by the confusion and frustration the fantasy season can cause. It takes away from the fun of the game and the enjoyment of sitting at a ballpark while you are worrying if your starting pitcher is doing well half way across the country.Baseball is meant to be enjoyed outside, not in front of the computer screen. Once it gets cold out, you can hunker down inside to watch some NFL games while dominating your fantasy football league.Ben is a senior majoring in journalism and history. Get frustrated by fantasy baseball, too? E-mail him at [email protected]last_img read more

Demetrius Andrade accuses GGG of ducking him, says Canelo and De La Hoya know about it

first_imgJoin DAZN and watch Andrade vs. Sulecki on June 29In a couple tweets late Sunday afternoon, “Boo Boo” accused Golovkin and his promoter Tom Loeffler of ducking a fight with him and choosing Rolls as an opponent, instead. He claimed that De La Hoya and Canelo know this alleged bit of information about their rival, which is exactly why De La Hoya told GGG to get a belt before cementing a trilogy fight.#TRUTH @DAZN_USA tried to make the fight between @GGGBoxing and I as soon as he signed. @TomLoeffler1 and GGG said absolutely not! We aren’t fighting Andrade in our first DAZN fight! @OscarDeLaHoya @canelo know that which is Y they telling GGG to get a belt!— Demetrius Andrade (@BooBooAndrade) June 9, 2019Andrade claims the only reason he is fighting Sulecki is because of GGG dodging him.I wouldnt be fighting @SuleckiMaciej and @GGGBoxing wouldn’t have fought Steve Rolls if GGG would have accepted a fight with me! GGG is #1 in the @WorldBoxingOrg he was given the opportunity to fight me and said NO WAY! #TRUTH #TallBlackandHandsome #ATeam— Demetrius Andrade (@BooBooAndrade) June 9, 2019Andrade has been on a campaign of landing a fight with GGG and Canelo for quite some time now. The latter bout would be for the undisputed world middleweight crown since Canelo holds the IBF, WBA and WBC titles and Andrade has the WBO strap.Promoting his upcoming bout with Sulecki hasn’t stopped the 31-year-old Andrade from keeping that campaign going. After watching Golovkin’s devastating KO of Rolls, Andrade told DAZN’s Chris Mannix that, “If Canelo and GGG don’t fight me, they need to stop boxing!”Before any thoughts of landing either fight come to fruition, Andrade will look for a convincing victory over Sulecki at the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence, live on DAZN on June 29. Demetrius Andrade has a significant title defense scheduled just more than two weeks away in his hometown of Providence, R.I., against Maciej Sulecki on June 29.But he watched Gennadiy Golovkin score a knockout victory over Steve Rolls and call out his rival Saul “Canelo” Alvarez for a trilogy fight in September. Andrade also watched Oscar De La Hoya jab at “GGG” by telling him he needs to grab a middleweight belt before fighting Canelo once again. And, well, the WBO middleweight champion simply could not resist letting his Twitter fingers talk for him.last_img read more

Jasmina Tinjić in the Quarterfinals of the ITF Tournament in Podgorica

first_imgBosnia‘s tennis player Jasmina Tinjić reached the quarterfinals of the ITF Challenger Tournament in Podgorica. In the second Round, of$ 25,000 worth tournament, Tinjić is the fourth carrier and 243rd player on the WTA list that won against Brazilian Laura Pigossi(355) with 6:2, 4:6,7:6(2). In the match for the semi-finals 22year old player from Tuzla will play against Yvonne Neuwirth from Austria (WTA 477).Another B&H representative in the tournament is the16-year-old player from Sarajevo Dea Hedželaš. After a brilliant performance at the start and the victory over the second holder–Czech woman Renata Voracovom, in the 2nd round she is eliminated from the Slovak Karine Morgosove (WTA 453) with 6:3, 6:3.(Source: Klix.ba)last_img read more

This diseased spine may hold clues to early doghuman relationship

first_img Q: How did you test it?A: I spent about 4 or 5 months traveling to museums and universities in the U.S. and Europe that housed wolf and dog remains. I looked at the bones of 136 dogs, the vast majority of which were pets and had not been used as working dogs. I also looked at 19 sled dogs and 241 modern wolves; most were wild, but a few had lived in zoos.Spondylosis deformans was very common in dogs, regardless of whether or not they pulled sleds. It was also common in wolves. The biggest correlation had to do with age: By 3 to 5 years of age, half of the dogs had some sort of spondylosis deformans, and the older they got, the more of them had it. By 9 years old, almost everyone had it. There’s no evidence that spondylosis deformans should be used as an indicator of dogs pulling loads. It’s just a product of the normal wear and tear of aging, as it is in people.Q: So what can the presence of the condition in ancient dogs tell us?A: Ancient dogs with a lot of spondylosis deformans are probably older dogs. And in order for them to have reached that age, someone must have been taking care of them. Humans were likely giving them food and sharing the warmth of their fires and the protection of their shelters. Also, if these dogs got injured when helping humans hunt, people probably tended to their wounds. Wild wolves usually don’t live past age 5, often because they’re injured while hunting. And indeed we found that wolves living in captivity were far more likely to suffer from spondylosis deformans than wild wolves, probably because they were living a lot longer. All of this suggests that humans viewed early dogs differently than other animals. It could be that they valued them as important hunting assistants, or it could have gone deeper to something like companionship.I have two dogs—we spend thousands of dollars on their food and care. We spoil them rotten. I don’t think it was too much different in the past. By David GrimmJun. 14, 2019 , 8:00 AM Email Sign up for our daily newsletter Get more great content like this delivered right to you! Country This diseased spine may hold clues to early dog-human relationship Katherine Latham Country * Afghanistan Aland Islands Albania Algeria Andorra Angola Anguilla Antarctica Antigua and Barbuda Argentina Armenia Aruba Australia Austria Azerbaijan Bahamas Bahrain Bangladesh Barbados Belarus Belgium Belize Benin Bermuda Bhutan Bolivia, Plurinational State of Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba Bosnia and Herzegovina Botswana Bouvet Island Brazil British Indian Ocean Territory Brunei Darussalam Bulgaria Burkina Faso Burundi Cambodia Cameroon Canada Cape Verde Cayman Islands Central African Republic Chad Chile China Christmas Island Cocos (Keeling) Islands Colombia Comoros Congo Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Cook Islands Costa Rica Cote d’Ivoire Croatia Cuba Curaçao Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark Djibouti Dominica Dominican Republic Ecuador Egypt El Salvador Equatorial Guinea Eritrea Estonia Ethiopia Falkland Islands (Malvinas) Faroe Islands Fiji Finland France French Guiana French Polynesia French Southern Territories Gabon Gambia Georgia Germany Ghana Gibraltar Greece Greenland Grenada Guadeloupe Guatemala Guernsey Guinea Guinea-Bissau Guyana Haiti Heard Island and McDonald Islands Holy See (Vatican City State) Honduras Hungary Iceland India Indonesia Iran, Islamic Republic of Iraq Ireland Isle of Man Israel Italy Jamaica Japan Jersey Jordan Kazakhstan Kenya Kiribati Korea, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Republic of Kuwait Kyrgyzstan Lao People’s Democratic Republic Latvia Lebanon Lesotho Liberia Libyan Arab Jamahiriya Liechtenstein Lithuania Luxembourg Macao Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Madagascar Malawi Malaysia Maldives Mali Malta Martinique Mauritania Mauritius Mayotte Mexico Moldova, Republic of Monaco Mongolia Montenegro Montserrat Morocco Mozambique Myanmar Namibia Nauru Nepal Netherlands New Caledonia New Zealand Nicaragua Niger Nigeria Niue Norfolk Island Norway Oman Pakistan Palestine Panama Papua New Guinea Paraguay Peru Philippines Pitcairn Poland Portugal Qatar Reunion Romania Russian Federation Rwanda Saint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha Saint Kitts and Nevis Saint Lucia Saint Martin (French part) Saint Pierre and Miquelon Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Samoa San Marino Sao Tome and Principe Saudi Arabia Senegal Serbia Seychelles Sierra Leone Singapore Sint Maarten (Dutch part) Slovakia Slovenia Solomon Islands Somalia South Africa South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands South Sudan Spain Sri Lanka Sudan Suriname Svalbard and Jan Mayen Swaziland Sweden Switzerland Syrian Arab Republic Taiwan Tajikistan Tanzania, United Republic of Thailand Timor-Leste Togo Tokelau Tonga Trinidad and Tobago Tunisia Turkey Turkmenistan Turks and Caicos Islands Tuvalu Uganda Ukraine United Arab Emirates United Kingdom United States Uruguay Uzbekistan Vanuatu Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of Vietnam Virgin Islands, British Wallis and Futuna Western Sahara Yemen Zambia Zimbabwe Katherine Latham with her dogs Spark (left) and Lucy (right) Click to view the privacy policy. Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*) Q: What does this spine condition look like?A: If you look at the spine of a dog with spondylosis deformans, you can see these bony growths on the vertebrae, from small spurs to large scoop-shaped growths. In some cases, they grow over the joints that separate vertebrae. Spondylosis deformans is very common in mammals; if you’re over 30, you probably have it. But most people—and dogs—don’t have symptoms unless the growths are very large, in which case they can sometimes lead to back stiffness.Q: Why would load pulling lead to this condition in ancient dogs?A: The idea is that the stress of pulling or carrying loads might contribute to the disease in dogs, as it seems to in other draft animals like cattle. Since at least the 1970s, many archaeologists have assumed the condition is a telltale sign that early dogs pulled heavy loads. But there was no empirical evidence. It’s an idea that has become perpetuated in literature without anyone going back and testing it. Katherine Latham Scientists are still debating when and where dogs were domesticated, but there’s one thing most of them agree on: Early canines were working animals. Dogs evolved from gray wolves earlier than 15,000 years ago—before humans settled down in permanent villages—and they likely helped us hunt small game like deer and rabbits and pulled sleds or other transport equipment across vast plains. To buttress the idea that early dogs helped us carry supplies, archaeologists have often pointed to an aberration in the spines of many ancient canines: an overgrowth of bone known as spondylosis deformans, which researchers thought was caused by hauling heavy loads.But a new paper debunks that idea. Reporting in PLOS ONE, Katherine Latham, a graduate student at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada, finds that heavy lifting cannot be definitively linked to spondylosis deformans in dogs. The condition, however, may tell us something equally fascinating about our ancestors’ bond with canines. Latham discussed her new work with Science.This interview has been edited for clarity and length. The spine of a dog with spondylosis deformans, seen most prominently in the scoop-shaped structure jutting out from the middle vertebra.last_img read more