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 crimeâ€¦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 startâ€¦..
Despite 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]
Join 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.
Bosnia‘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)