The fight against the banning of drugs (licit and illicit) is a war without quarter and not only a battle. For this reason, it is necessary and urgent to build and move forward with a common front that is more powerful in every sense. At present, a coherent and well-structured policy against drug activities does not exist, since the lack of political will is evident, as is, in some cases, the unfamiliarity with the drug traffickers’ structures, as well as the lack of logistics, of systematic and selective recruitment of human resources, and of electronic and logistical means appropriate to the institutions involved in this fight. It should be understood that only with concentrated attacks by air, land, and sea will it be possible to obtain the positive results to be looked for from a strategy and a planning process focused on joint operations. The National Council against Drug Trafficking, created to define short-, medium-, and long-term policies and strategies, has not fulfilled this purpose. Over the course of time (since its creation by Decree 35-90 of April 1990), it has on occasion tried to unite people, institutions, and ideas that present themselves as having the force to change the system of laws that neither deter nor quickly and effectively punish those who dedicate themselves to this kind of lucrative business, tremendously harmful to our society. Attempts were made to reform the law that created the Council and to implement regulations governing it, since this was not done at the beginning, but all these endeavors turned out to be in vain. Multiple meetings held with the different institutions fighting this plague had as their fundamental purpose the design of a national strategy against this evil, since it was urgent to have clear policies and unified standards in order to further the efforts made up to that time. In the discussions pursued with the national anti-narcotics institutions, the strengths and weaknesses of each one were identified, leading to the conclusion that the development of a national drug strategy was needed, and the collaboration of the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD/OAS) was requested in order to start the study and structuring of the document in March 2008 and put it into action in January 2009. This institution was in charge of coordinating the project, which turned out to be a matter of interest to all the participating entities. Up to now, however, this document has also not been published for application by each of the participating entities, although this would be the most suitable manner of confronting the drug phenomenon, both operationally and in terms of prevention. For many years, the National Council against Drug Trafficking has been unable to function appropriately due to its failure to meet, as well as to the scant importance given to the issue in question, and the entire effort has been limited to leaving the Executive Secretariat to manage solely the administrative aspects, since according to the law, the Secretariat is only intended to follow up on resolutions taken at the Council’s sessions. In the draft of the Council Act’s Implementing Regulations, which have not been approved for unknown reasons, the administrative functions of each agency are classified in order to improve their functioning, since in this way, it would be possible to transparently administer the budgets assigned, as well as the programs to be developed. The operational institutions, such as the Fight against Drug Trafficking Directorate, the National Defense Secretariat, and the Security Secretariat, among others, have been left to act as the protagonists of actions against drug activities, without providing them adequate technological, logistical, and budgetary support to confront an evil that is growing at a disturbing rate every day. As Alfredo Landaverde has already warned on multiple occasions, if the efforts needed for a frontal attack on drug trafficking are not made, from all the angles considered in a national strategy, it will be very difficult to prevent the drug bosses from penetrating many institutions and buying loyalty or acquiescence. For now, we are only in the process of becoming aware of the large number of drug planes that land on our territory, but it is logical to suppose that much remains to be done in order to learn who is receiving the product that these aircraft transport. By Dialogo February 03, 2011
FRISCO, Texas (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys and rookie receiver CeeDee (SEE’-dee) Lamb have agreed to a four-year, $14 million contract with $7.8 million guaranteed. Lamb joins a young receiving corps led by 26-year-old Amari Cooper and third-year player Michael Gallup, who is coming off his first 1,000-yard season. The Oklahoma product was the third receiver taken behind Alabama teammates Henry Ruggs III and Jerry Jeudy (JOO’-dee). NASCAR-KANSASHamlin gets 5th Cup win of season — The White Sox have reinstated Yoán Moncada from the injured list. That clears the way for their star third baseman to open the season in the lineup after missing the start of summer camp because he contracted COVID-19. Moncada, hit .315 in a breakout season last year. — The Cubs have placed left-hander José Quintana on the 10-day injured list because of a thumb injury suffered before the start of summer camp. The 31-year-old Quintana wasn’t expected to be ready for opening day after cutting himself washing dishes at his home in Miami last month. The Cubs also placed infielder Daniel Descalso on the 45-day injured list with a sprained left ankle and announced that outfielder Mark Zagunis opted out for the season. — The Cardinals have recalled outfielder Austin Dean, right-hander Junior Fernandez, catcher Andrew Knizner and infielder Edmundo Sosa on Thursday as they finalized their roster for opening day against the Pirates at Busch Stadium. St. Louis also announced that right-hander Kodi Whitley made the initial 30-man roster for the start of the season. — The Twins set their opening day roster on Thursday, with right-hander Jake Odorizzi (oh-duh-REE’-zee) on the 10-day injured list due to mild soreness in his upper back. Rich Hill will take Odorizzi’s place the first time through the rotation, scheduled to start on Saturday in Chicago against the White Sox. José Berríos will take the mound for the opener on Friday. — Nate Pearson was not included on the Toronto Blue Jays’ 30-man roster for Friday’s opener at Tampa Bay, a move that likely will delay free-agent eligibility of the hard-throwing right-hander by a year until after the 2026 season. He was 5-4 with a 2.30 ERA in 25 starts across three minor league levels last season that included three starts at Triple-A Buffalo. — The Orioles placed left-hander John Means on the 10-day injured list with left shoulder fatigue. Means was originally scheduled to start the opener Friday night in Boston but has been replaced by Tommy Milone (mih-LOHN’), who pitched for Seattle last season. Dwight Smith Jr. is on the Brids’ roster after recovering from COVID-19. — The Cleveland Indians will consult with Native American leaders as they consider changing the name of their franchise for the first time since 1915. Owner Paul Dolan gave more details on the steps the team is taking toward a potential name change amid a national movement to remove racist symbols and monuments. — The Indians’ drummer won’t be silenced on opening day. Although John Adams won’t be allowed in Progressive Field on Friday because of COVID-19 protocols, he’ll be there in spirit and sound. The Indians are placing a cardboard cutout of their famed drummer in the ballpark and playing a recording of his familiar beat. Adams hasn’t missed a home opener since 1955, when he was 4. NFL-WASHINGTON-TEMPORARY NAME Redskins become Washington Football Team for 2020 season Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-NEWS Yanks open MLB season with win over champs UNDATED (AP) — The New York Yankees have opened the Major League Baseball season by defeating the defending World Series champs. Giancarlo Stanton and newcomer Gerrit Cole led the Yanks to a 4-1, rain-shortened win at Washington. Stanton opened the scoring with a two-run blast in the first inning off Max Scherzer, who struck out 11 over 5 1/3. Cole tossed one-hit ball over five innings and blanked the Nationals after Adam Eaton’s solo shot in the first.The Yankees had runners on first and third with one out in the sixth when the game was called.Dr. Anthony Fauci had the honor of throwing out the first pitch, a toss that skipped between home plate and the Nationals’ dugout. Washington had to begin the season without slugger Juan Soto. The outfielder tested positive for COVID-19 and was put on the injured list hours before gametime. The second and final game of the day has the Los Angeles Dodgers hosting the San Francisco Giants. Dustin May had the starting assignment for the Dodgers against Giants ace Johnny Cueto (KWAY’-toh). Neither starter will factor in the decision. May made his first opening day start. He was given the opportunity when Clayton Kershaw went on the injured list with back spasms. Like the Nationals and Yankees, the Dodgers and Giants took a knee before the national anthem as a sign of unity for social justice. In other MLB news: — Major League Baseball and the players’ union have agreed to expand the playoffs from 10 teams to 16 for the pandemic-delayed season. According to MLB, each of the 16 teams will participate in a best-of-three first round before heading into a best-of-five Division Series. A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that MLB agreed to guarantee a postseason pool that would be $50 million if the entire postseason is played. — Red Sox pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez will be shut down from all baseball activities for at least a week after he experienced a setback in his return from COVID-19. Manager Ron Roenicke (REHN’-ih-kee) says Rodriguez hasn’t had another positive test after testing positive for the coronavirus before the start of summer camp. But he said the left-hander did experience some minor complications that the team’s medical staff felt were serious enough to restrict him from activities for now. KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Denny Hamlin was the winner of a crash-filled race at Kansas Motor Speedway, giving him five NASCAR Cup victories already this season. Hamlin avoided two major wrecks and later passed Kevin Harvick in the closing laps before holding off Brad Keselowski. Joey Logano, Jimmie Johnson and Ryan Newman were among the drivers to wreck.Martin Truex Jr. came across third, Harvick wound up sliding to fourth and Erik Jones rounded out the top five to cap a banner night for Joe Gibbs Racing. JGR made all the right calls during a crash-filled final stage to win in front of empty grandstands.PGA-3M Open Werenski has 3M lead BLAINE, Minn. (AP) — Richy Werenski sank a short birdie putt on the par-5 18th for an 8-under 63 and a one-shot lead over Michael Thompson through one round of the PGA’s 3M Open in Minnesota. UNDATED (AP) — The NFL team formerly known as the Redskins will go by the Washington Football Team for the 2020 season. The temporary name gives the organization time to choose a new moniker. Washington will keep its burgundy and gold colors and replace the Indian head logo on helmets with a player’s jersey number. Owner Dan Snyder recently dropped the Redskins name amid pressure from sponsors and after decades of criticism from Native American advocacy groups. NFL-COWBOYS-LAMB Lamb gets his 1st NFL contract NHL-SEATTLE KRAKEN Release the Kraken: Seattle unveils name for NHL franchise SEATTLE (AP) — The NHL’s newest team finally has a name: the Seattle Kraken. The expansion franchise unveiled its nickname Thursday, ending 19 months of speculation about whether the team might lean traditional or go eccentric with the name for the league’s 32nd team. Seattle bypassed options like Sockeyes, Evergreens or Metropolitans, the last of which would have been a nod to Seattle’s hockey history.The primary logo is a tentacle shaped into an “S” in the style of the old Seattle Metropolitans jersey and logo. The Metropolitans were the first American team to win the Stanley Cup in 1917. Associated Press July 23, 2020 The 24-year-old Werenski is winless in on the PGA Tour and ranked 248th in the world. He broke a tie with Michael Thompson with his ninth and last birdie on the warm, windy afternoon at the TPC Twin Cities. Dustin Johnson withdrew because of a back injury after a 78. Johnson’s departure comes after he posted back-to-back 80s last week at the Memorial for the highest 36-hole score of his pro career. NHL-HURRICANES-HAMILTON Hurricanes’ Hamilton doesn’t practice RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Carolina Hurricanes All-Star defenseman Dougie Hamilton didn’t practice today after leaving Wednesday’s workout early “in some visible discomfort. Hamilton’s status is unclear as the team prepares for the return to play next week. He hasn’t played a game since breaking his left leg in January, but he had returned for the beginning of training camp. Update on the latest sports COLLEGE FOOTBALL-BLAKE-OBIT UNDATED (AP) — Former Oklahoma football player and head coach John Blake has died at age 59. Blake became the Sooners’ first Black head coach in any sport when he was hired in December 1995. He had a 12-22 record in three seasons, but his recruiting success laid the foundation for the program’s resurgence. Blake’s wife, Freda, said he had a “heart-related emergency” at his home in Dallas on Thursday morning. She said attempts to revive him at home failed and he died at Baylor University Medical Center.
Joe Flacco injury update: Ravens QB (hip) to ‘ramp up’ practice Wednesday Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes has received a fair amount of praise over the course of his record-breaking season. Everyone from coaches Jon Gruden and Bill Belichick to players like Aaron Rodgers have complimented Mahomes strong arm and play-making abilities.Similarly, Ravens defensive coordinator Don “Wink” Martindale has dished out his share of flattery, like when he said Baker Mayfield is the Brett Favre of this era. But, this time around it’s Mahomes who is getting compared to another Hall of Fame quarterback. Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes on Kareem Hunt video: ‘We don’t do those things’ Mahomes, in his first season as a starter, is also building an impressive resume to live up to the likes of Montana. He continues to be a front-runner for the MVP award after throwing 41 touchdown passes — tied for the second most through 12 games in league history — and leading the league’s most potent offense.Martindale has to prepare Baltimore’s defensive unit, the best in the NFL, to face Mahomes and the league’s highest-scoring offense. The Chiefs have scored 37 points per game, while the Ravens’ lead the NFL in fewest yards (281.7) and points allowed (17.8).It’s a tall task, but it leaves the Ravens excited for the matchup. Mahomes has largely played mistake-free but does have 10 interceptions — three were against the Rams on Nov. 19 — and seven fumbles this season. “I think Mahomes is (Joe) Montana — I’m talking about the San Francisco Montana and not the Kansas City Montana,” Martindale said ahead of the team’s Week 14 contest against Kansas City, via ESPN. “I think how everything is cyclical and history repeats itself. I think you’re seeing that combination between Andy (Reid) and Mahomes of Montana and Bill Walsh. I really do.”Montana finished his illustrious career with the Chiefs after 14 years with the 49ers organization and is considered one of the best quarterbacks in NFL history. Related News “He’s wise beyond his years, the way he controls the line of scrimmage, the way he checks, the audibles, snap count, the way he moves the safeties with his looks and his dropbacks,” safety Eric Weddle said.”(I’m) obviously impressed with what I’ve seen, and it’s exciting for me to go out there and try to make him mess up with what I can do and maybe force him into some throws he wouldn’t want to do.”Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. ET on Sunday from Arrowhead Stadium.
The debate surrounding the suicide of Hyderabad Central University (HCU) student Rohith Vemula does not seem to have died down in the Parliament.The Opposition tried to corner the ruling benches on the sensitive issue as the major opposition parties on Saturday mooted bringing a privilege motion against HRD Minister Smriti Irani over her remarks in relation to Vemula in Parliament.The Congress along with CPI(M) and JD(U) accused Irani of “willfully misleading the Parliament”, hitting back at the minister who had targeted Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi and the Left during a debate on the JNU incident and the HCU controversy.”The HRD Minister has not only been economical with truth but has also willfully misled Parliament on the unfortunate suicide of a young Dalit student, Rohith Vemula,” said Congress general secretary Mukul Wasnik.Wasnik said the Congress planned to bring privilege motion in the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha soon, while CPI(M) leader Mohammad Saleem said he would be doing so on Monday. “I will be giving a notice for breach of privilege against Irani to Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan for misleading the House on Rohith Vemula issue,” Saleem said.JD(U) leader and Rajya Sabha MP KC Tyagi said he and nominated member KTS Tulsi would give the privilege notice against Irani to Chairman Hamid Ansari on Monday. “There are contradictions in many statements of Irani regarding Rohith Vemula case. This is a fit case of breach of privilege,” Tyagi said.The Opposition has made the remarks of Vemula’s mother Radhika as the chief plank to target the HRD Minister. Radhika had said: “Your Ministry had written that my Rohith and other Dalit students were anti-national extremists. You said that he is not a Dalit. You accused him of getting a false certificate.” The Opposition alleged that these strong words of a mother who had “lost her son to BJP and in particular the HRD Minister’s campus politics” was a stamp of the recklessness and ruthlessness of the party that was “hell bent on clamping down the voices of dissent”.advertisementThe Opposition claimed that Irani had also insinuated that Vemula was not a Dalit, and pointed that it had been rubbished by Radhika.Meanwhile, scores of NSUI supporters on Saturday protested outside Irani’s residence, demanding her resignation over the Vemula row in the Parliament.ALSO READ:Smriti Irani’s Durga comments expunged from Rajya Sabha records I am a Durga worshipper, says Smriti Irani amid apology demands from Opposition