Peru Converts Coca-growing Areas into Productive Projects

first_img Legal alternatives provide opportunities for the civilian population These shifts in production have crucially disrupted the cocaine trade in recent years. Peru was listed as the world’s largest producer of coca leaves, with a total of 49,800 hectares under cultivation, in the 2013 Coca Crop Monitoring Report published by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and DEVIDA. But in 2014, the country eliminated 240 metric tons worth of illegal cocaine crops, which would have generated up to $7 billion in sales in the United States and Europe, according to DEVIDA. The government’s goal is to eradicate 35,000 hectares of illegal coca crops this year — an escalation from 2014’s record, when Peruvian law enforcement authorities eliminated 31,205 hectares of illegal crops. They dedicated about 53,000 hectares to alternative crops that year, which are expected to directly benefit about 43,000 families throughout the country. To put those figures in perspective, just 13,200 hectares were dedicated to harvesting alternative crops in 2011, according to the National Commission for Development and Life Without Drugs (DEVIDA)’s Promotion and Monitoring Director José Chuquipul. “The drug problem requires a comprehensive solution,” he said. “The negative trend of growth has been broken,” said Rubén Vargas, a Peruvian security analyst. “This is the expression of a political decision to not allow an expansion of these crops. It’s a breaking point in the fight against drugs.” “With the coca crop eradication figures that have been achieved in 2014, Peru is no longer the leading producer of the drug, nor the country with the most territory devoted to coca crops,” said Alberto Otárola, DEVIDA’s executive president. While the Armed Forces work to create a safe environment for farmers to cultivate alternative crops, the government is contributing other forms of aid. Preventing the illegal cultivation of coca “The drug problem requires a comprehensive solution,” he said. Other government institutions are contributing to the effort, said security analyst Roberto Chiabra: for example, Peru’s National Customs and Tax Administration (SUNAT), which is responsible for monitoring the precursor chemicals that illegally enter the coca-growing regions. Despite their recent victories, however, Peruvian authorities have to remain vigilant, he said: “They still can’t let their guard down. There are new areas that are starting to replant coca crops.” These shifts in production have crucially disrupted the cocaine trade in recent years. Peru was listed as the world’s largest producer of coca leaves, with a total of 49,800 hectares under cultivation, in the 2013 Coca Crop Monitoring Report published by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and DEVIDA. But in 2014, the country eliminated 240 metric tons worth of illegal cocaine crops, which would have generated up to $7 billion in sales in the United States and Europe, according to DEVIDA. “Technical assistance and training is being provided to the population in order to improve the cultivation and production of these products,” said Luis Rojas Merino, executive secretary of the Multisectoral Commission for the Pacification and Socioeconomic Development of the VRAEM (CODEVRAEM). Other government institutions are contributing to the effort, said security analyst Roberto Chiabra: for example, Peru’s National Customs and Tax Administration (SUNAT), which is responsible for monitoring the precursor chemicals that illegally enter the coca-growing regions. The main alternative crop farmers cultivate is cacao, which presently accounts for 38,052 hectares of land; they also grow coffee in 12,801 hectares, and palm oil in 2.74 hectares. Such alternative products generated $250 million of revenue for Peru in 2014. The main alternative crop farmers cultivate is cacao, which presently accounts for 38,052 hectares of land; they also grow coffee in 12,801 hectares, and palm oil in 2.74 hectares. Such alternative products generated $250 million of revenue for Peru in 2014. Peruvian authorities plan to invest $47.5 million in 2015 on alternative development projects in areas where illegal coca crops have been eliminated. “Technical assistance and training is being provided to the population in order to improve the cultivation and production of these products,” said Luis Rojas Merino, executive secretary of the Multisectoral Commission for the Pacification and Socioeconomic Development of the VRAEM (CODEVRAEM). center_img Preventing the illegal cultivation of coca To put those figures in perspective, just 13,200 hectares were dedicated to harvesting alternative crops in 2011, according to the National Commission for Development and Life Without Drugs (DEVIDA)’s Promotion and Monitoring Director José Chuquipul. That solution, implemented by the Armed Forces and other government agencies, is providing local residents the chance to change their lives. “The farmers who are currently harvesting coca now have the opportunity to exit this illegal activity with tools for their own development that will improve their quality of life,” Chuquipul said. That solution, implemented by the Armed Forces and other government agencies, is providing local residents the chance to change their lives. Everything that’s going on with the country is incredible. I really don’t know if this is the webpage my teacher gave me as homework, which I’m supposed to put into English, the author, what happened etc. 🙂 Well, anyway, I am surprised by what’s going on now. Thank you it’s better than anything else that’s happened in this world. The government needs more support and courage I would like to take this opportunity to invite you to reflect on what is happening in Latin America. The truth is that many of the presidents want to take over countries following the Cuban model. That is why they don’t attack Venezuela, because they want to do the same thing. The truth is that this is not a sustainable model and they are just doing damage by not allowing their countries to develop. Cool. I had never seen a cocoa tree with fruit that big. nacional I really enjoyed it because I never imagined a cocoa tree was so short. Change is necessary for humanity: cacao instead of coca, what a good decision by the government Peruvian authorities plan to invest $47.5 million in 2015 on alternative development projects in areas where illegal coca crops have been eliminated. Despite their recent victories, however, Peruvian authorities have to remain vigilant, he said: “They still can’t let their guard down. There are new areas that are starting to replant coca crops.” The Military plays a key role in this effort by providing security in regions where farmers have grown illegal coca crops. For example, the Armed Forces of Peru are pacifying the Apurímac, Ene, and Mantaro Rivers Valley (VRAEM), which is the country’s main area for coca production; in 2014, they reduced the areas where terrorist groups like the Shining Path operate from 120,000 square kilometers to 5,000 square kilometers. “The negative trend of growth has been broken,” said Rubén Vargas, a Peruvian security analyst. “This is the expression of a political decision to not allow an expansion of these crops. It’s a breaking point in the fight against drugs.” “The farmers who are currently harvesting coca now have the opportunity to exit this illegal activity with tools for their own development that will improve their quality of life,” Chuquipul said. Legal alternatives provide opportunities for the civilian population “With the coca crop eradication figures that have been achieved in 2014, Peru is no longer the leading producer of the drug, nor the country with the most territory devoted to coca crops,” said Alberto Otárola, DEVIDA’s executive president. By Dialogo March 27, 2015 While the Armed Forces work to create a safe environment for farmers to cultivate alternative crops, the government is contributing other forms of aid. The government’s goal is to eradicate 35,000 hectares of illegal coca crops this year — an escalation from 2014’s record, when Peruvian law enforcement authorities eliminated 31,205 hectares of illegal crops. They dedicated about 53,000 hectares to alternative crops that year, which are expected to directly benefit about 43,000 families throughout the country. The Military plays a key role in this effort by providing security in regions where farmers have grown illegal coca crops. For example, the Armed Forces of Peru are pacifying the Apurímac, Ene, and Mantaro Rivers Valley (VRAEM), which is the country’s main area for coca production; in 2014, they reduced the areas where terrorist groups like the Shining Path operate from 120,000 square kilometers to 5,000 square kilometers. last_img read more

Changes to voting on your school district’s budget

first_img“Of course without the funding by the voters, then it has an impact on student programs,” said Andrews. That’s along with a cut in state aid schools are already facing because of the pandemic. Districts like Maine-Endwell and Windsor say it’s led to a higher voter turnout than usual. “What we’re seeing is a significant increase, in our case, already just about double the typical number of voters,” said Windsor Central School District Superintendent Jason Andrews. But the absentee ballot change makes it unclear as to what happens if a budget doesn’t pass. All of that combined makes a budget failing even more concerning to districts this year. But districts are staying positive, hoping voters will still cast their ballots while making an informed decision. Governor Cuomo says school budget absentee ballots can be accepted by hand delivery through 5 p.m. on June 9 and received by mail through June 16 by the school district. Without a revote, districts would have to move straight into a contingency budget. “A contingency budget for Maine-Endwell would require an additional reduction of $474,000,” said Van Fossen. “When you make tough decisions, students are going to be impacted one way or the other.” “State funding was reduced. There was reduced, there’s a possibility, a likelihood, of additional reductions in state funding moving forward,” said Andrews. “It does not appear to be, the governor’s executive order does not speak to a revote. Typically you would have the option for a revote,” said Andrews. “We’re very concerned that a no vote is going to be devastating to Maine-Endwell,” said Van Fossen. (WBNG) — School budget voting looks different this year. Governor Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order for all districts in New York to conduct school budget voting through absentee ballots to avoid person-to-person contact. “We’re optimistic that our community will continue to support the school budget, especially because it is the lowest tax levy increase in over a decade,” said Andrews. “For us, on average, around 800 to 1,000 typically come out to vote. This year, with absentee ballots, we’ve already received over 2,500,” said Maine-Endwell School District Superintendent Jason Van Fossen.last_img read more

PREMIUMLengthy AGO investigation blamed for ARV shortage

first_imgLOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Linkedin A shortage of antiretroviral (ARV) drugs in dozens of cities and regencies across the country has raised public concerns, prompting a civil society group to demand that the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) speed up its investigation into alleged corruption in the government’s procurement of the drug.Indonesia AIDS Coalition (IAC) director Aditya Wardhana criticized the AGO, saying it had not done enough to settle the case after more than a year of investigating.“The attorney general [office] must be firmer. It should find out whether corruption was found in this case,” Aditya told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday.If there was evidence of corruption, he added, the AGO should name a suspect and continue with the legal process.“Even if the AGO found no evidence [of corruption], the office should at least issue an SP3 [investigation terminati… Log in with your social account Facebook Google Topics : Forgot Password ? HIV HIV-AIDS ARV antiretroviral-therapy health-ministry procurements AGO graft graft-allegation corruption kimia-farma Indofarmalast_img read more

After busy day of signings, hard to ignore contrast between MLB and NBA free agency

first_imgIn one day, this happened …by my count, 48 nba contracts were agreed to in the first 8 hours of free agencythey’re worth more than $3.175 billion pic.twitter.com/DCuYcNGTS9— Matt Ellentuck (@mellentuck) July 1, 2019MORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZNThink about that. On the first day alone, 48 players landed contracts. And that other number is kind of crazy, that $3.175 billion. It was a frenzy. It was fascinating. And I couldn’t help but think back to a phone conversation I had with Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo this spring, when I asked him about the glacially slow pace of his sport’s free agency process during the 2018-19 offseason. “The late signings are definitely different,” Rizzo told me, “especially when you see all these sports where guys are signing pretty much on the first day of free agency.”So, yeah. You can bet baseball players noticed the opening day of NBA free agency, too, and not just because they wanted to see what their hometown team did to improve. You can also safely bet that they felt twinges of jealousy and anger. It’s not like Kimbrel and/or Keuchel are bad pitchers who should feel lucky to finally have a team. When Sporting News ranked the top MLB free agents this offseason, Keuchel was sixth and Kimbrel was seventh. Both USA Today and MLBtraderumors.com had Keuchel forth and Kimbrel fifth. Heck, even MLB.com had Kimbrel fifth and Keuchel sixth. You get the point. Easily top-10 free agents — both entering their Age 31 seasons, both 2017 All-Stars — and they had to wait until the season was more than two months old to find a team. Kimbrel eventually signed a three-year, $43 million deal with the Cubs and Keuchel had to settle for a one-year deal, at $21.2 million with Atlanta.Meanwhile, in the NBA, on the first official day of free agency, inconsistent point guard Terry Rozier (9.0 points, 2.9 assists per game) got a three-year deal for $58 million, center Dewayne Dedmon (1.1 blocks per game) got four years and $40 million and wing Al-Farouq Aminu (9.4 points per game) got three years and $29 million. Even Khris Middleton getting the max — five years, $178 million — had to feel a bit stunning to baseball players; only two baseball players (Bryce Harper and Manny Machado) have gotten larger contracts in the past three years. And the point of this isn’t to say NBA teams are crazy for throwing out all those years and dollars. The point is this: The NBA has figured out a way to make free agency into a good thing, an event that keeps the sport front and center in the offseason. The NBA free-agent process is like the opening day of the NCAA Tournament. Your only real goal is to try and keep up with the fast-paced highlights happening all over the country. Baseball’s free-agent process? It’s like chilling at the campsite at Frozen Head State Park, waiting for the 40 crazy ultramarathoners to finish laps of the Barley Marathons. Sure, it’s fun when someone eventually staggers over the line, but the sitting around and waiting can be excruciating, exhausting, and, quite honestly, a bit of a turn-off. If you want fans to get excited and to care about the sport, maybe it’s not a bad idea for teams to get excited and act like they care about the sport? Not to quote a football movie in a column about baseball and basketball, but attitude reflects leadership, y’know? Nets fans have the rest of the offseason to buy Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving jerseys and dream of deep playoff runs and possible championships. Celtics fans have the rest of the offseason to get excited about Kemba Walker’s first season. Knicks fans have the rest of the offseason to … well, maybe the Knicks aren’t the best example.  The contrast is hard to ignore. Impossible, really. Only 22 days after All-Star free-agent pitchers Craig Kimbrel and Dallas Keuchel finally landed contracts with new teams — 214 days after MLB free agency officially started — the NBA opened up its free-agency period.  When the Phillies finally signed Bryce Harper on March 2 and held his introductory at their spring training stadium in Clearwater, Fla., team owner John Middleton was only too happy to talk about the excitement generated by the signing. “We sold 100,000 tickets on Thursday,” Middleton said. “We sold 80,000 yesterday. Philadelphia just reacts.”Funny thing, fans responding positively to a franchise showing excitement and improving the team. Almost like you’d want to generate more of that reaction.last_img read more

Stow breaks his duck on US collegiate circuit

first_img27 Mar 2014 Stow breaks his duck on US collegiate circuit Ben Stow secured his maiden US collegiate victory after a dramatic playoff with Niclas Carlsson from Sweden in a tournament at Bulls Bay in South Carolina. A member of the University of Kentucky team, Stow shot rounds of 69 73 and 67 to tie with Carlsson on seven-under-par 209. But Stow won the individual title in sudden death with a birdie on the 18th, the first playoff hole. England international Stow from Wiltshire (image copyright Leaderboard Photography) helped his college team, Kentucky Wildcats, to sixth place in the team event but Carlsson had the consolation of steering his team, Auburn, to the team title with a closing 66. Stow, 22, went into the final round tied for third at two under par but his closing bogey-free 67 brought his birdie tally for the event to 14, including six on the final day. “How good is Ben Stow to bounce back and win this week with a birdie on the first playoff hole?” said Kentucky head coach Brain Craig. “I am so proud of him. He works his tail off and it is nice to see it play off with a win.” Stow’s closing 67 was his third sub-70 of the season, while his best finishes before the victory were two fourth places. Full results of eventlast_img read more