The Director of Liberia’s Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), Anthony K. Souh, has decried what he termed as “impediments to the fight against illicit drugs in the country.” Since its creation by an Act of Legislature, the DEA has been struggling to gain traction due to the lack of a proper legal framework and logistical support to the agency, says Mr. Souh. DEA needs the required logistics and trained manpower if it is to meet public expectations in terms of limiting the power of those engaged in the illicit drug trade against our national security, health and economic interests, Director Souh explained. Souh made those comments in a statement of appreciation to authorities of the United Nations Organization on Drugs and Crimes (UNODC) in Monrovia who recently donated several vehicles and equipment to the DEA. UNODC Representative to Liberia, Jesus Agvilar Cereno, on making the presentations said the donations to the DEA signify a strong dedication and collective commitment to building a modern, efficient internal security and criminal investigation system. The equipment and two vehicles, valued at US$80,000, are to further empower the DEA to cope with challenges of transnational crime, organized crime, and drug trafficking that are taking advantage of the country’s vulnerabilities, which can undermine the country’s stability and development efforts, said Mr. Cereno. The donation has added impetus to the work of the agency, said Director Souh, declaring that fighting drug- related crimes is critical to the stability and security of the country. He said drug abuse is deadly and needs to be addressed decisively to prevent obstruction to national security interests.UNODC is an agency of the UN that is leading in the fight against illicit drugs and international crime with the mandate to assist member states in their struggle against illicit drugs, crime and terrorism jointly with international partners, notably the US State Department and the US Embassy accredited near Monrovia. The US has committed to enhancing the security sector, including the DEA and the Trans International Crime Unit (TCU) to be efficient and reliable antinarcotics and anti-organized crime agencies. The presentation was witnessed by several government officials including the Assistant Justice Minister for Administration, Wheatonia Dixon Barnes, who received the keys to the donated vehicles and later presented them to DEA Director Souh. She admonished that the donations, particularly the vehicles, should be maintained and used for the intended purposes.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Adrian Peterson, the Minnesota Vikings superstar running back who is already facing felony charges in Texas for child abuse, was accused in a separate incident involving another son who was 4 years old.This news, reported by KHOU-TV in Houston, did not prevent the Vikings from reinstating Peterson to the team Monday. But it did move hotel chain Radisson to suspend its sponsorship with the team.This newly uncovered incident — coming on the heels of Peterson’s arrest for using a “switch” to recently bruise a 4-year-old son — is more than a year old and unfounded, according to Peterson’s attorney.The TV station cited text messages that reportedly include a photo of the boy with an apparent head wound covered by bandages.Peterson was at the Vikings facilities this week and did not entertain questions from the media. But he did issue a statement that read, in part: “I want everyone to understand how sorry I feel about the hurt I have brought to my child.”I am not a perfect son. I am not a perfect husband. I am not a perfect parent, but I am, without a doubt, not a child abuser. I am someone that disciplined his child and did not intend to cause him any injury.”No one can understand the hurt that I feel for my son and for the harm I caused him. My goal is always to teach my son right from wrong and that’s what I tried to do that day.”I accept the fact that people feel very strongly about this issue and what they think about my conduct,” Peterson said. ”Regardless of what others think, however, I love my son very much and I will continue to try to become a better father and person.”The Vikings, amid speculation that they were protecting a star player, said via general manager Rick Spielman: ”I understand that this is a very difficult thing to handle. But we also feel strongly as an organization that this is disciplining a child. Whether it’s an abusive situation or not, or whether he went too far disciplining, we feel very strongly that that is the court’s decision to make, but we also understand the seriousness of abusing children as well.”Vikings owners Zygi and Mark Wilf made the decision to reinstate Peterson after consulting with Spielman and coach Mike Zimmer, and the players who were available to the media Monday lined up to support it.”We’ve just got to stick together. That’s how the best teams win games and that’s how the best teams grow as a team and (build) team chemistry,” defensive end Everson Griffen said. ”The best thing we can do right now is support the Minnesota Vikings, support the decisions that they made to reinstate Adrian Peterson and fully support Adrian.”Radisson is the first company to back away from a sponsorship deal since the league has been facing criticism over its handling of domestic violence cases. Radisson’s sponsorship includes a press banner that is behind those speaking at Vikings news conferences. The banner was behind Spielman as he discussed the team’s decision to reinstate Peterson.Peterson faces a charge of reckless or negligent injury to a child, which carries penalties of up to two years in prison and a $10,000 fine. His initial court appearance in Conroe, Texas, near Houston, was scheduled for Oct. 8.
The Italian player remembers how he grew up loving football and the way he made it part of his day to day life.Giuseppe Rossi started playing professionally in 2004 with Manchester United. He then moved onto play with Newcastle United, Parma, Villarreal, Fiorentina, Levante, and Celta.He retired in the 2017-2018 season after just nine games with Genoa in the Italian Lega Serie A.But former Italy forward has explained how football came into his life.“I remember after a game when I was 16 [and playing for Parma’s youth team] a person approached me with a pin in his hands and he gave it to me and he says: ‘Look down. This is the team that I work for and we are very interested in you,’” he told ESPN.“I looked down and it was the Manchester United pin and inside of me I was like: ‘Oh my gosh this is something crazy.’ So I went home. I talked to my father and it all started from there.”“I am here today loving the game as much as I did as when I was a kid,” he says.“The passion I have for the game came from my father.”“One hundred percent. He was born in Italy. He was a huge Milan fan and I grew up being a Milan fan also,” he explained.Serie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“We used to wake up at 9 o’clock in the morning every Sunday, catch the games, go out in the backyard every day, kick the ball around.”“He used to come back from work for lunch, put a couple of cones around and I would always be dribbling in between them, I was two years old, so it was in my blood since I was that young,” Rossi continued.“I love this game too much. I have sacrificed too much for this game. Not just me, my whole family, and I don’t want to let anybody down. I don’t want to let them down.”“I don’t want to let myself down. This is what I love to do. This is what I love to do,” he explained.“You get knocked down, once, twice, three, four times, whatever it was during my career but I’ve always had that mentality to come back, to continue competing at a high level and that’s what I’m here to do today.”🇬🇧 1 Coppa di Lega🏅 Miglior Giovane dell’Anno di Premier del 2005⚽ Capocannoniere Olimpiadi 2008🎂 @GiuseppeRossi22 compie 32 anni. Auguri Pepito!#SkySport pic.twitter.com/bWaIPvVZfi— Sky Sport (@SkySport) February 1, 2019