Colombian President Highlights Mexico’s Fight Against Drugs

first_img Santos also presented Mexican Secretary of Public Safety Genaro García Luna and U.S. Director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement John Morton with the Medal for Merit in recognition of their cooperation in the fight against drug trafficking. Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos highlighted the fight against drugs waged by the administration of his Mexican counterpart, Felipe Calderón, and insisted that this fight should be a global one. “President Calderón understood that in dealing with drug traffickers and drug cartels, it’s necessary to confront them with courage, with force,” said Santos, who also lamented the “high price” that Mexico has paid in “that courageous and necessary action.” By Dialogo May 23, 2011 “This fight against drug trafficking has to be a global fight. A single country can’t fight against such a plague,” the president added, speaking at a police graduation ceremony in Bogotá. last_img read more

UNC looks to extend streak vs ND

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNorth Carolina (10-15, 3-11) vs. Notre Dame (15-10, 6-8)Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center, Notre Dame, Indiana; Monday, 7 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: North Carolina looks for its eighth straight win in the head-to-head series over Notre Dame. North Carolina has won by an average of 12 points in its last seven wins over the Fighting Irish. Notre Dame’s last win in the series came on Feb. 6, 2016, an 80-76 win. UNC looks to extend streak vs ND SENIOR STUDS: Notre Dame has relied heavily on its seniors this year. John Mooney, T.J. Gibbs, Prentiss Hubb and Juwan Durham have collectively accounted for 65 percent of the team’s scoring this year and 68 percent of all Fighting Irish points over the last five games.MIGHTY MOONEY: Mooney has connected on 30 percent of the 80 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 7 of 25 over his last five games. He’s also converted 63.7 percent of his foul shots this season.WINLESS WHEN: North Carolina is 0-9 when scoring fewer than 65 points and 10-6 when scoring at least 65.STREAK STATS: Notre Dame has won its last three home games, scoring an average of 83.3 points while giving up 74.7.DID YOU KNOW: The Notre Dame offense has recorded a turnover on only 14.3 percent of its possessions, which is the lowest rate in the country. The North Carolina defense has forced opposing teams to turn the ball over on just 16.6 percent of all possessions (ranked 323rd among Division I teams).___ For more AP college basketball coverage: and was generated by Automated Insights,, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comcenter_img February 16, 2020 Associated Press last_img read more

Kweku Baako questions Mahama Ayariga’s communications skills

first_imgEditor-in-chief of the New Crusading Guide Newspaper, Kweku Baako says the Sports Minister’s refusal to disclose the AFCON budget to the public dents the trust the public has in him.He said the Minister’s refusal to disclose the budget before the tournament and his blatant refusal to do so after the Black Star’s arrival in the country casts a slur on his credibility.Mr Ayariga told Peace FMs’ morning show host Kwame Sefa Kayi Wednesday morning that the only place he can disclose the budget was in Parliament or in a report to the Auditor General and that he is not answerable to him [Sefa Kayi].He said the information will be made available to the public once he has presented it to the appropriate authorities.However, Mr Pratt in commenting on the interview with the minister said “the quality of the minister’s communication is becoming questionable.”He said the minister could have used the opportunity to change people’s perception about the ministry especially after the Brazil World Cup fiasco. He indicated that the issue about how much was spent on the team for the tournament should not have degenerated into an argument because “announcing the budget whether it is from the Consolidated Fund or the GNPC, the very moment the money is released to the national team it becomes public funds.“Even if it is a private bank the moment it is released to the custody of the state, it becomes public funds and how it is managed is subject to the principle of public accountability”, he continued.Mr Baako admitted that the laws indeed stipulate that an account be rendered to parliament and the Auditor General,but  announcing it to the public should not be a “big deal” and the minister loses nothing if he announces it.“Indeed the laws say it should be made known to parliament and Auditor General, what was the big deal in just announcing it to the public especially when questions were being asked. Saying that he will not discuss it created unnecessary and needless suspicion.Mr Baako also expressed disappointment at the minister’s lack of information on the company which sponsored some 500 supporters to watch the final match between Ghana and Ivory Coast. The minister had said he was not interested in knowing the company that sponsored the trip to Equatorial Guinea although he was aware of it.He was aware of the presence of the supporters and what he should have done was to direct the journalist to who sponsored the trip even if he did not want to say it himself, Mr Baako noted.Meanwhile the Sports Minister has disclosed that that government approved about GH₵17.9million to fund Ghana’s participation in the AFCON 2015 event in Equatorial Guinea.He revealed the figures while taking questions on the floor of Parliament Wednesday.last_img read more