80 million poppies destroyed in Guatemala

first_imgBy Dialogo May 24, 2012 GUATEMALA CITY – Guatemalan security forces have eradicated more than 80 million poppy plants near the border with Mexico this week in a blow to regional drug traffickers, authorities said May 23. Some 800 narcotics investigators and police took part in the operation, which also destroyed about 245 million poppy bulbs and thousands of marijuana plants, according to authorities. Deputy anti-drug minister Eunice Mendizábal said farmers were using drip irrigation on the sprawling plantation in order to improve the quality of the plants, with men, women and children helping with the farming. Mexico and much of Central America has been hit by a massive crime wave in recent years linked to the lucrative cross-border drug trade. [AFP (Guatemala), 24/05/2012; Terra.com (Guatemala), 23/05/2012]last_img read more

No coordination, no docking of OFW ships; OWWA hit for neglecting OFWs

first_imgThe 266 OFWs were residents of the following: * Iloilo City – 35 The OFWs from this city, provinces of Iloilo and Guimaras were temporarily quarantined at a hotel here. Only OFWs not infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, would be allowed to return to the region, he stressed. * Guimaras – five * Antique – 18 For his part, Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr. urged OWWA to make sure all Ilonggo OFWs from Manila are negative of COVID-19 before transporting them to Western Visayas. ILOILO City – Ships transporting repatriated overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) will be turned away if the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) has not coordinated with the city government, said Mayor Jerry Treñas. * Bacolod City – 24 On the other hand, OFWs from Bacolod City and Negros Occidental were dropped by Bacolod before the ship proceeded to Iloilo City./PN “Ang lain sa inyo kay plano-plano kamo, pag-abot sang problema itudlo ninyo sa amon,” said Treñas. OWWA did not have enough personnel, admitted its officer-in-charge, Connie Binarao.center_img * Aklan – 37 * Capiz – 12 Meals of the OFWs who were quarantined at a hotel here were delayed, and there was no regular checking of their health condition, such as their temperature. (Fever is one of the symptoms of COVID-19.) * Negros Occidental – 27. During Saturday’s meeting of the regional inter-agency task force on the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), Treñas skinned OWWA Region 6 for neglecting the Ilonggo OFWs whom the latter transported to Iloilo City from Manila on April 29. * Iloilo – 68 Last week, OWWA transported to Western Visayas 266 OFWs (mostly seafarers) stranded in Metro Manila. Five of them (four from this city and one from Guimaras) turned out to be positive for COVID-19 when their specimens were tested at the Western Visayas Medical Center. Those from Aklan, Capiz and Antique were fetched by their respective provincial governments for quarantine in their hometowns. Office of Civil Defense Region 6 director Jose Roberto Nuñez also reminded OWWA it was the latter’s responsibility to shoulder the food and accommodation of the repatriated OFWs. The Maritime Industry Authority, on the other hand, must make sure repatriated OFWs have travel authority, Nuñez added.last_img read more

Deontay Wilder: Anthony Joshua fight ‘is going to happen’

first_imgWilder, who will fight Dominic Breazeale next month, appears to have put aside thoughts of a rematch with Tyson Fury after their thrilling draw in December.”Fury don’t want to fight me no more. He doesn’t want to feel my power no more,” he said. “I’m learning this business as I go on and I know what me and Joshua means to the sport of boxing. The fight will happen one day, and you’ll see that I was right all along when they give me my roses and I get to smell them.”Promoter Eddie Hearn said Thursday that he expects to announce early next week who Joshua will face at Madison Square Garden in June if the ruling against Miller is upheld pending testing of a B-sample. Deontay Wilder believes a fight with Anthony Joshua to determine the undisputed heavyweight champion is inevitable.Joshua was scheduled to defend his WBA, IBF and WBO titles June 1 in New York against Jarrell Miller.  Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearHowever, that fight has been thrown into doubt after the American returned an “adverse finding” in a drug test conducted last month by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association. Miller denies any wrongdoing and has appealed the decision to deny him a boxing license.Previous negotiations between Joshua’s and Wilder’s camps appeared tempestuous and did not result in an agreement.But Wilder, the WBC champion, is confident he and Joshua eventually will put everything on the line in a blockbuster bout.”Believe me, this fight is going to happen,” Wilder told Sky Sports. “There will come a day, a day real soon, when there can only be one. The heavyweight division belongs to me, and I’ve known that for a very long time now, but I’m not satisfied with what I’ve achieved so far. I want every single belt, I want to be the undisputed champion, and I want the day to come when there can only be one king and that man will be Deontay Wilder.”This reign will be EVERLASTING!Long Live The KING. @Everlast_ @CrunchGym #AndStill #WorkTime pic.twitter.com/6B6gnKdOUU— Deontay Wilder (@BronzeBomber) April 11, 2019He added: “It’s the fight that sets me apart from everybody else. I’ve fought and hurt every single person that’s been in the ring with me and still they want questions answered. Bermane Stiverne, Alexander Povetkin, Luis Ortiz, and Tyson Fury. I took them all on and hurt them. I’ve proven time and time again that I will fight any heavyweight, but when it’s as big as me and Joshua, then it has to be right.”last_img read more