By Dialogo March 15, 2011 Security in Central America, which has become one of the world’s most unsafe regions due to gang and drug-cartel activity, will dominate the agenda at a meeting between UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and isthmus leaders on 16 March in Guatemala. Ban will arrive in Guatemala on the evening of 15 March and will participate on the following day in bilateral meetings and a plenary session with the Central American presidents, who are seeking aid from the international community to confront the pressing security problems in their countries. All the presidents of the isthmus “have confirmed their attendance” at the meeting with the UN head, who will leave Guatemala on 17 March, Guatemalan Foreign Ministry spokesperson Andrea Furlán told AFP. In the case of the Dominican Republic, which is also a member of the organizations promoting Central American integration, Vice President Rafael Albuquerque will attend, Furlán added. Central America, which has forty million inhabitants, has become one of the world’s most unsafe regions due to the activity of its feared ‘maras’ or gangs, which victimize business owners and drivers of public buses through extortion rackets, and of cartels shipping drugs from South America to North America. Three countries on the isthmus — Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador — have high homicide rates, but the crime wave has also spread recently to the other nations in a region in which more than 40% of the population lives in poverty. The process of Central American integration has been stalled for almost two years, first as a consequence of the June 2009 coup d’état in Honduras and then due to the border dispute between Nicaragua and Costa Rica, which broke out in October 2010 and is now in the hands of the International Court of Justice in The Hague. At the last Central American summit, held on 16 December on an island in Belize, only four of the eight invited presidents attended, so the meeting with Ban in Guatemala on Wednesday may incidentally contribute to relaunching the process of regional integration. Ban is coming to Guatemala to sign an agreement to extend for two years the mandate of a UN special commission working to strengthen the country’s judicial system, which has a reputation as corrupt and ineffective, and to eradicate clandestine groups sheltered by the state apparatus. The International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG) was created by the UN General Assembly in 2006, and its current mandate concludes in September. A UN source indicated that Ban will recommend the creation of a fund for the consolidation of peace in Guatemala, fifteen years after the end of a civil war (1960-1996) that left 200,000 dead and missing, according to a UN report. In addition, Ban will thank Guatemala for supporting UN peace-keeping missions, since it has troops in Haiti and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the source told AFP. This will be Ban’s first visit to Guatemala, and he will be accompanied on the trip by officials from several UN agencies.
MORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZN An excerpt from Price’s comments, per Masslive.com: We’re trying to grow this game in the African-American community. Put that guy (Betts) on commercials. That’s how this game grows. MLB is probably the worst at marketing their players. They need to do a better job of that. We’ve talked about that to the union and (MLB commissioner) Mr. (Rob) Manfred many times.”Betts appears more than capable of handling the role.He’s a viral video star thanks to his multisport ability, which includes football, basketball and bowling (he has rolled a 300 game in a PBA Tour event). He’s engaging even while he’s playing; the past two spring trainings, he has entertained ESPN audiences with his commentary from the outfield:[email protected] has some opinions on diapers. And they are HILARIOUS. pic.twitter.com/ClHWVVsTZF— MLB (@MLB) March 7, 2019We need more @mookiebetts play-by-play. 😂 https://t.co/rvltA0A8Fb pic.twitter.com/Y7qbrZRhBW— Cut4 (@Cut4) March 27, 2018A Mother’s Day spot with his mom — Betts’ first coach — might be a good start. David Price wants to see more of MVP teammate Mookie Betts on TV, beyond the on-field show Betts puts forth daily.Price told reporters Friday that MLB is wasting an opportunity to attract younger fans, specifically fans of color, by not making an effort to promote one of the sport’s best players. read more
The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) has appointed arbiters for the matches between Bosnia and Herzegovina and Northern Ireland in the League of Nations.The main referee of the match that will take place on Monday will be Finnish Mattias Gestranius, and he will be assisted by Jan-Peter Aravirt and Mikko Alakare.Additional referees behind the goals are also from Finland, and they are Antti Munukka and Dennis Antamo, while fifth referee is Jukka Honkanen.A forty-years old Gestranius has been a FIFA arbiter since 2009, and is known to have a very harsh criterion, easily giving cards.BiH national team player had been training in Training Center Butmir after their return from Turkey.All were training except Miralem Pjanic and Ognjen Vranjes. Pjanic was training in gym while working on fitness, while Vranjes was spared because of tiredness.The match will take place on Monday at Grbavica Stadium in Sarajevo at 20:45 o’clock. read more