By Dialogo September 14, 2009 Argentine Defense Minister Nilda Garré ended her visit to the United States at the Pentagon’s Defense Acquisition University, where she presented her country’s defense system as centered on cooperation in international peace missions. “Argentina maintains a defensive strategic posture, excluding power politics with regard to third states,” Garré emphasized in her speech at the military university, located outside Washington. The minister added that the Argentine model exists “within the framework of a democratic state under the rule of law” and pointed to the regulations contained in the National Defense Act as the principal pillar of defense policy. In addition, she emphasized the country’s interest in participating in peace missions, like those carried out by the UN’s Blue Helmets in countries like Haiti and Cyprus, and the creation of specialized organizations like the Latin American Association of Peace Operations Training Centers (ALCOPAZ). Following her speech, the Defense Minister once again expressed her satisfaction with the agreement she reached yesterday with her U.S. counterpart, Robert Gates, to revise and update the cooperation agreements signed by the two countries in the 1950s and 1960s. The points to be revised will be determined at the next meeting of the U.S.-Argentine bilateral working group, which will be held in Buenos Aires in October, according to a statement issued by the Argentine ministry. According to the Argentine minister, much of the content of the agreements and of subsequent specific conventions “involves topics and activities typical for conceptions associated with the Cold War,” for which reason they have become obsolete. In addition, the agreements touch on matters related “to the country’s internal security, to exchanging intelligence on subjects that the Armed Forces are prohibited from being involved with today, such as drug trafficking, terrorism, and other threats to security,” therefore “requiring” review and modification, Garré added. The minister, who arrived in the United States on Sunday, has also met with the head of the Southern Command, Gen. Douglas Fraser, and the senior director for Latin America of the White House National Security Council, Dan Restrepo. Following the cancellation of planned meetings with peace-keeping officials at the United Nations, the minister will not go on to travel to New York, but will return to Argentina before participating in the Unasur summit to be held in Quito on the 14th and 15th.
By Dialogo October 20, 2011 Peru’s government has scored some early victories in its bid to overhaul anti-drugs policy in the world’s top coca grower while keeping the United States as a key partner, the country’s new drug czar said. Ricardo Soberón, a lawyer who previously worked for a legislator with close links to coca growers, was seen as a risky choice to lead anti-drug efforts in a country that may surpass Colombia as the world’s top cocaine producer. Peru gets about half its anti-drugs money from the United States and Soberón is in a delicate dance with U.S. envoys as he tries to change existing drug policies without alienating them. Shortly after President Ollanta Humala took office in August, Peru surprised Washington by suspending all coca eradication for a week to evaluate anti-drug programs that are still being reworked. That made for a rocky start in relations, but eradication has resumed and Soberón said he has had some success winning over U.S. officials to accommodate Humala’s emphasis on alternative development for farmers who now cultivate coca. He wants programs giving land titles and market access to poor farmers to help bring them into the formal economy. Controlling Chemicals, Tackling the VRAE Soberón insists Humala’s commitment to fighting drugs is already showing results. Peru seized 955 kilos of cocaine last week and blocked some $25 million worth of the drug from entering Europe. The government has also closed 18 unlicensed gas stations in the world’s most densely planted coca region, the Apurimac and Ene River Valley, or VRAE. It says the raids show its determination to control the chemicals used to refine cocaine — mainly kerosene and gasoline — instead of just pulling up coca farms. Former President Alan García was criticized for not doing more to target chemicals. The new tactic will also benefit from a $20 million investment in long-delayed software to monitor chemicals at 220 points countrywide, Soberón said. One issue still unresolved with the United States is how to tackle the VRAE, where remnants of the Shining Path rebel group that wreaked havoc in the 1990s still pose a threat and have killed 50 soldiers in the last two years. Soberón said the United States would rather focus on safer coca growing areas outside the VRAE, whereas Humala, a former military officer, regards the valley as a top priority. “We’d like to see some percentage of this money go to the VRAE, with the best security possible so that every U.S. dollar in the budget is well spent, with visible results,” he said.
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Danny LambDanny Lee Lamb, 70, died on Nov. 13, 2013. Memorial service will be held on Mon. Nov. 18, at 4 p.m., Affinity Mortuary, 2850 S. Seneca, Wichita, Kans.Danny worked at Boeing and Eby Construction as a crane operator, before retiring. He was born in Wichita to the late Delbert M. and Lavon (Collins) Lamb on May 10, 1943.Survivors, wife, Loretta Weidner, Wellington, children: Rick (Cathy) Lamb, Dana (Dick) Welch, Nichole Lamb, Paul (Christy) Lamb, Tina Weidner and Tara Weidner, Wellington, KS, brothers: Doc (Sharon), Jay (Vita), and Gary (Savannah) Lamb, 14Â grandchildren, and 15 great grandchildren. To share an online condolence please visit www.affinityallfaithsmortuary.com.
The Patriots got off to a sluggish start Sunday night against the Texans. Tom Brady tried to get some of his teammates to pick up the pace by airing them out on the sideline.An NBC camera picked up Brady telling his receivers (Phillip Dorsett and Julian Edelman were shown on screen) to be “faster, quicker, more explosive” after another empty New England drive in the first half. Tom Brady telling his receivers they have to play “Faster, quicker, more explosive.”pic.twitter.com/cBpgNjSvZM— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) December 2, 2019The rest of the lip-reading is up to you.Brady finished the half with 7-of-19 passing for 82 yards and an interception. Jakobi Meyers was the leading receiver with 25 yards. The reigning Super Bowl champs were trailing 14-3 at the break. PATRIOTS VS. TEXANS: Live updates, highlights New England was hit by a teamwide illness during the week, a situation that required altered travel plans, but obviously that can’t be used as an excuse.The offense has just been sickly against a Texans defense that’s feeling great.
FILE PHOTO: Arjen RobbenTokyo, Japan | AFP | Superstar Dutch winger Arjen Robben is lining up a move to J-League outfit FC Tokyo after he leaves Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich, local media reported on Tuesday. Share on: WhatsApp The 35-year-old, in his prime considered one of the world’s best wingers, told German football magazine Kicker last month he had no plans beyond the end of this season.“That’s not entirely clear, perhaps I will stop playing — it’s about waiting and seeing what possibilities there are,” he said.“If offers come in, I’ll really consider them 100 percent and if it’s something nice, I’ll play on, but if no ideal offers come, then that could be it.“I have three children and they also must be happy… The family plays a very important role in every decision of mine.”After spells at Chelsea and Real Madrid, Robben joined Bayern in 2009 and spent nearly a decade with the Bavarian giants. His winning goal in the 2013 Champions League final at Wembley sealed a 2-1 victory over Borussia Dortmund.The fleet-footed, injury-prone veteran has won 19 trophies with Bayern and was named Bundesliga player of the year after his first season in Germany.FC Tokyo finished sixth in the J-League last year. The 35-year-old has already confirmed he is leaving Bayern at the end of the season after a glittering career that saw him win seven Bundesliga titles and nearly 100 caps for the Netherlands.If confirmed, it would be the latest high-profile transfer to the Japanese league, after Spanish World Cup winner Andres Iniesta and German striker Lukas Podolski joined Vissel Kobe.Iniesta’s World Cup winning teammate Fernando Torres is also playing at J-League rival Sagan Tosu.The Sports Nippon daily said there was a “rapidly emerging” chance of Robben playing in Japan next season.“Robben’s family, who are believed to have a big say (in his decision), seem positive about coming to Japan,” it said.“Several Japanese clubs are interested but FC Tokyo are close to clinching his signature,” the paper quoted anonymous sources as saying.A spokesperson for the club declined to comment when contacted by AFP.
The Birmingham police department has taken a person of interest into custody after a 3-year-old girl went missing during a birthday party.Kamille “Cupcake” McKinney, was last seen at the Tom Brown Village housing community, in Birmingham, Alabama around 8:30 p.m. on October 12th.Several children at the party told authorities that they saw a woman and a man in a dark colored SUV leave the party with Kamille.An 11-year-old boy then more specifically told authorities that he witnessed a man grab Kamille and put her into the vehicle.Officials say they believe the couple was “enticing children with candy.” According to an Amber Alert, Kamille is described as 3 feet tall, weighing 60 pounds. She has brown eyes and black hair and was last seen wearing a pink Minnie Mouse leopard print shirt, leopard print shorts, and has yellow, white and blue bows in her hair.Kamille’s parents also reported that she only responds to her nickname “Cupcake,” as this is the name she is most often called.If you have any information about this child’s disappearance, you are asked to contact Birmingham Police at 205-254-1757.