Perú declares state of emergency to fight drug trafficking

first_imgBy Dialogo September 15, 2014 The President of Perú declared a 60-day state of emergency Sept. 11 in the Amazonian districts of Mariscal Ramón Castilla and Yavari, in the Loreto Region, to allow security forces to increase their efforts to fight drug trafficking. Security forces are focusing on fighting drug trafficking in regions bordering Colombia and Brazil. The state of emergency allows security forces to conduct searches without warrants and prohibits public gatherings. The National Police and the military are cooperating to “effectively combat illegal drug trafficking” in the districts that are home to about 28,000, the Executive branch of the government said in a prepared statement said. The state of the emergency is declared in the Executive Order 057-2014-PCM. Peruvian security forces recently destroyed numerous drug laboratories in Mariscal Ramón Castilla and Yavari, where authorities plan to eradicate 3,500 hectares of coca, the main ingredient used to produce cocaine. Perú is the world’s leading cocaine-producing country, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). In 2012, criminal organizations cultivated more than 60,000 hectares of coca crops in Perú, according to the UNODC’s annual report, “Perú: Cocaine Cultivation Monitoring 2012.” Perú is home to 13-coca growing regions, with 60,400 hectares which are used for coca cultivation, according to the report. Peruvian, Colombian and Brazilian police have noticed in spike in narco-trafficking – specifically in shipments of drugs and precursor chemicals – along the countries’ borders. Drug trafficking groups process about 200 tons of cocaine in Perú’s Apurimac, Ene and Mantaro River Valleys (VRAEM) annually, Peruvian security analyst Rubén Vargas told La República. Drug traffickers transport about 90 percent of that cocaine through the air, he said. The cocaine is then transported throughout the world, with shipments headed to Central America, North America, Brazil, Mexico, Europe and Asia. In recent months, Peruvian security forces dismantled 37 clandestine drug trafficking air strips in early September. Security forces blasted massive holes in the runways to prevent them from being used. Local residents build the secret airstrips and charge drug traffickers a fee, to use them, according to Peruvian police. Peruvian authorities must remain vigilant in their efforts to dismantle drug trafficking air strips, Deputy Defense Minister Iván Vega said: “We might destroy the runways, but locals financed by drug traffickers will come to put them together again so the flights continue.” From January 1 through August 31 2014, Peruvian authorities destroyed 12,721 hectares of coca plants, according to Peru’s National Commission for a Drug-Free Life (DEVIDA). Their goal is to eradicate 30,000 hectares of the crop in 2014. Ninety-three percent of coca crops in Peru are used to produce the drug, according to DEVIDA. In 2013, Peruvian security forces authorities eradicated more than 23,947 hectares which were used for coca cultivation, a significant increase from the 14,234 hectares security forces destroyed in 2012.last_img read more

Raul Sanllehi salvaged Arsenal’s move for Celtic defender Kieran Tierney after deal looked dead

first_imgAdvertisement Raul Sanllehi salvaged Arsenal’s move for Celtic defender Kieran Tierney after deal looked dead Raul Sanllehi got the deal over the line (Picture: Getty Images)Tierney is set to complete his medical at the Emirates on Thursday ahead of completing the £25m move agreed between Sanllehi and Lawwell.AdvertisementAdvertisementThe transfer is yet to be confirmed and the Scot has suffered numerous injuries in recent seasons, which will keep Gunners fans sweating, but the club still expects the move to go through.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityThe 22-year-old looks set to be one of two new defenders for Arsenal on transfer deadline day, with David Luiz also arriving at the club.Unlike for Tierney, there was no build up at all to a deal for the Brazilian, with the centre-back becoming available on Wednesday and an £8m likely to go through on the final day of the window.That is likely to complete the signings that the Gunners make this summer, although there is still the possibility of out-goings, with Shkodran Mustafi available for transfer and Everton pursuing an interest in Alex Iwobi after having an initial bid of £30m turned down.Sanllehi has largely been credited for an unexpectedly successful summer in the transfer market after initial reports suggested the Gunners would struggle to make signings due to a severely limited budget.However, Luiz and Tierney will be added to the deals already done for Nicolas Pepe, Dani Ceballos, Gabriel Martinelli and William Saliba.MORE: Arsenal pass up chance to sign Philippe Coutinho from Barcelona after new offerMORE: Arsenal taking the ‘lazy option’ with ‘woeful’ David Luiz signing, says Stan Collymore Metro Sport ReporterThursday 8 Aug 2019 1:32 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Advertisement The Kieran Tierney deal is finally going to be completed (Picture: Getty Images)Kieran Tierney’s imminent move from Celtic to Arsenal was rescued by the Gunners’ head of football at the eleventh hour with just one phone call.The Scotland international has been linked with a move to the Emirates for years and there has been much haggling between the clubs over his value this summer.After multiple bids were rejected by the Scottish champions it looked like a deal was dead, before Raul Sanllehi stepped in on Wednesday, just 24 hours before transfer deadline day.The BBC’s David Ornstein reported: ‘Contact re-established this [Wednesday] morning via Raul Sanllehi call to [Celtic chief executive] Peter Lawwell & deal swiftly concluded.’ADVERTISEMENT Commentlast_img read more

All 92 counties are eligible for disaster assistance

first_imgStatewide—Governor Eric J. Holcomb announced Friday that Indiana farmers are eligible for assistance under a secretarial natural disaster designation by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.This was in response to a letter Gov. Holcomb sent to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue in July, requesting assistance due to the excessive rain and flooding farmers experienced during planting season.Seventy-four counties were designated as primary natural disaster areas. USDA deferred its decision on the remaining 18 counties. However, since they border one or more of the primary disaster areas, they are considered contiguous disaster counties – allowing farm operators in those areas to be eligible for the same assistance.In order to qualify, farm operators must show at least a 30 percent loss in crop production or a physical loss to livestock, livestock products, real estate or chattel property. Farmers can borrow up to 100 percent of actual production or physical losses to a maximum amount of $500,000, according to USDA.In addition to emergency loans, farmers with existing FSA loans, who are unable to make their payments, may be eligible to have certain payments deferred. Farmers are encouraged to work with their local FSA office for assistance regarding payment forbearance or emergency disaster loans.last_img read more

Allardyce sticking to his guns

first_img Allardyce is wary of just how dangerous Roberto Martinez’s compact side can be. “We have to be aware and stop the service they give to the forwards, then when you have possession you have to make sure you use it correctly and exploit the spaces they do leave,” he said. “A key part for us will be trying to make sure we limit Everton’s attacks by stopping those players like Seamus Coleman and Leighton Baines, if he is fit, because they are very good at going forward with the ball.” The 6ft 3in forward offers a different focal point for the Hammers, but Allardyce insists that in itself will not necessarily mean switching to a more direct style. “We play slightly differently, in that we play more into Andy’s feet than we do into (Enner) Valencia or Sakho,” said the West Ham manager. “Valencia and Sakho are so pacy that we are a massive threat in behind the opposition when the midfield players like (Mark) Noble, (Alex) Song or (Stewart) Downing start sliding balls down the side of defenders, that has been a really big threat for us and on the back of that we have scored goals. “Whereas Andy is not such a big a threat in that area, he is a much bigger threat in terms of setting up attacks to get into the final third by playing into his feet or chest and not playing into his head. “No way do I tell a player to just knock it up to Andy’s head. I don’t want them to knock it up to Andy’s head, I want them to be talented enough to knock it into Andy’s feet or chest. “We want it on Andy’s head when it is getting crossed into the box because that is where he is at his best and where he can score a lot of goals, as Sakho has proved this season. “I think we have scored more headed goals than anybody else, even without Andy Carroll.” Everton have started to slowly build some momentum following an indifferent start to the campaign, and are unbeaten in six though all competitions since losing at Manchester United on October 5. Diafra Sakho, who had netted six goals to help West Ham climb to fourth in the Barclays Premier League, is a major doubt for Saturday’s trip to Merseyside after suffering a back problem while away on international duty with Senegal. Carroll looked lively when coming on as a late substitute in the goalless draw against Aston Villa, his first appearance since recovering from pre-season ankle surgery, and almost scored a winner with a late header. Sam Allardyce will tell his West Ham team to adapt but not abandon their dynamic attacking style should Andy Carroll once again lead the front line at Everton. Press Associationlast_img read more