The governments of Bolivia, Brazil, and the United States will soon sign a joint agreement to verify the eradication of coca plantings on Bolivian territory, an official source revealed in La Paz on 5 July. “Next week, or in the worst-case scenario, by 16 July, the agreement, which is beneficial to the government” of Bolivia “is going to be signed,” Deputy Minister of Social Defense Felipe Cáceres, the chief political figure in charge of the fight against drugs, said at a press conference. He explained that this is a “pilot project to verify the eradication of excess plantings,” which also includes “the equipment and modernization” of state institutions linked to the fight against drug trafficking. The initiative will make it possible to obtain information “in real time on the hectares of coca eradicated,” Cáceres added. Bolivia and Brazil also have an agreement to monitor drug trafficking using Brazilian unmanned planes. Until 2008, Washington was the chief source of economic support for the fight against drugs in Bolivia, which is one of the world’s leading cocaine producers, along with Colombia and Peru, according to the United Nations. Bolivia currently has 30,900 hectares planted with coca. Of that total, only 12,000 hectares are legally recognized, for infusion, chewing, and Andean religious rituals. By Dialogo July 07, 2011
Bio Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Latest Posts MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020 Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 BLUE HILL — Morgan Dauk had the ball in her hands, but there wasn’t much time.It was late in the first quarter of the George Stevens Academy girls’ basketball team’s game against visiting Bucksport, but the Eagles were starting to take control. With her team ahead 14-8, Dauk looked up at the rim and prepared to box out as a Bucksport player received a pass and got ready to shoot.The shot grazed off the front of the rim, and Dauk got the rebound and took two dribbles toward midcourt. Right before she reached it, she dribbled again — this time behind her back. As she drove to the basket, she sidestepped a defender and sank a 3-point shot just before the buzzer sounded.The gymnasium erupted in celebration, but Dauk and her GSA teammates went straight to their head coach. There were three quarters left to play, and the Eagles were deter,omed to ride that excitement and momentum as much as possible.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textFrom the start of the second quarter, the Eagles did so — and they ran away with it.Dauk’s 29 points and 16 rebounds propelled the GSA girls to a 69-27 win over the Golden Bucks on Friday. It was the team’s second-biggest margin of victory this season.“We needed a win like this,” Dauk said. “Our entire team played well, and we showed we can bounce back from those two losses we’ve had.”Both teams started the game off slowly, but GSA’s offense gave it a bit of breathing room as the first quarter progressed. Dauk’s 3-pointer at the end, though, was the start of something much better.“That shot just got the whole team revved up,” GSA head coach Bill Case said. “I though we were much better on both ends of the floor after that.”GSA outscored Bucksport (7-7) 20-4 in the second quarter to take a 37-12 lead into halftime. The team continued to dominate on both ends of the floor in the second half and extended its lead to 59-18 after three quarters.The game was different from the previous encounter between GSA and Bucksport. When the two teams met in Bucksport back in December, it took four overtimes for the Eagles to prevail in a game Case said was one of the most remarkable he’s experienced in his coaching career.“The last time we played them was wild, but we didn’t play as well defensively and had 23 turnovers,” Case said. “They press hard, and if you let your guard down, that defense of theirs can really wear you out and cause issues. I thought we responded better this time around.”GSA also got a double-double from Mazie Smallidge, who finished with 11 points and 12 rebounds. Bree Coombs led the Golden Bucks with 15 points.GSA’s next game will be on the road against the Narraguagus Knights (11-4) at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 30. Both teams are contenders in Class C, but a victory over Narraguagus, which won the state championship last season, would all but assure GSA of a first-round bye to the quarterfinals at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.As soon as the clock hit zero against Bucksport, Narraguagus was all Dauk could think about. In each of her previous three years in high school, GSA has made the playoffs but lost the play-in game to fall one win short of a trip to Bangor. A win Monday could go a long way toward ending that hex.“We’ve been so close to the Cross Center the past few years, and it’s been heartbreaking not to get there,” Dauk said. “None of us want to go through that again. We want to finish this thing.”Bucksport faces Stearns (13-0) on the road at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb.2.