Panama, U.S. Sign Security Agreement
By Dialogo June 21, 2010 The United States and Panama signed a security agreement to reduce and prevent the crime in Darien province, bordering with Colombia. The agreement called the “Darien Initiative” was signed by Panamanian Economy and Finance Minister Alberto Vallarino and U.S. ambassadress to Panama Barbara Stephenson. Vallarino said he was optimistic about the achievements on implementing the agreement, which is mainly centered on the cooperation of the local authorities in order to create “safer communities,” to face the external threats against the civilians. According to Vallarino, the Darien is a vulnerable zone for illegal actions such as weapons trafficking, smuggling and drug trafficking. “The cooperation will be centered on creating better life conditions for the people, mainly for the younger,” added Stephenson. “The goal is to protect vulnerable young people and change their lives with scholarships and create safer communities.” Darien is considered the zone of higher risk for its proximity to Colombia, where there has been armed conflicts since more than 40 years before, including, guerilla, paramilitaries and drug traffickers.
Dillon, Lewis throw hat into political arena
MERVYN Dillon, a fast bowler for West Indies from 1997-2005, is a nominee for the Toco/Sangre Grande seat for the PNM in the next general election, expected to be held this year.Dillon’s contract as head coach of the TT Red Force team came to an end on April 30. Dillon was born in Toco and has a street named after him in the area.Dillon, 45, declined comment when asked about his political aspirations on Saturday and said Newsday should call him this week.Lewis, who has been president of the TT Olympic Committee (TTOC) since 2013, is a nominee for Port of Spain South. Lewis, the president of the Caribbean Association of National Olympic Committees (CANOC), was secretary of the TTOC from 2005-2013.Lewis grew up close to the area he is hoping to contest, having spent his childhood in Belmont.He also chose not to comment on Saturday.(Reprinted from Trinidad Newsday)
BiH Karate Player Meris Muhovic brilliant at the European Championship
BiH karate player Meris Muhovic won the silver medal at the European Championships in karate for seniors, which took place in French Montpellier.Turkish national team member Ugur Aktas was the only one who managed to stop Muhovic on his way to gold. After a few years of break, this is the first European medal in BiH brought by senior karate players.“Meris will be dominant competitor in the future,” said the president of the Karate Club “Champion”, Mensur Agovic.“This is a result of all of us in BiH,” he added.It is interesting that Muhovic was brilliant on the European festival karate players in France, although he just recovered from the injury.(Source: nap.ba)