Venezuelan Vice President Tareck El Aissami, left, with President Nicolás Maduro.The Bolivarian government of Venezuela is fighting back against the outrageous allegations and sanctions levied against Vice President Tareck El Aissami by the Trump administration on Feb. 13. The U.S. has accused him of being an international drug kingpin with millions of dollars in assets in the United States to be frozen. The opposite is true. President Nicolás Maduro on Feb. 14 went on national television in Venezuela demanding a retraction and formal apology from the U.S. Workers World freely shares here a public letter from Vice President El Aissami, published as a full-page ad in the New York Times on Feb. 22. The letter has been lightly edited by WW.Mr. Steven T. MnuchinWashington, D.C.I write to you as a Venezuelan citizen and in my capacity as Executive Vice President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, … [in] reply to the issuance of sanctions against me by the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) last Tuesday, Feb. 13.First, in your capacity as OFAC Authority you have been deceived by political sectors, lobbyists and stakeholders in the U.S. whose essential interest is to prevent the United States and Venezuela from restoring their political and diplomatic relations on the basis of mutual recognition and respect.These stakeholders not only lack any evidence to demonstrate the extremely serious accusations against me, but they also have built a false-positive case in order to criminalize — through me — the government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, a country that is decidedly waging a war on the transnational drug trafficking business.You should be aware that when I headed the public security corps of my country, in 2008-2012, our fight against drug cartels achieved the greatest progress in our history and in the western hemisphere, both in terms of the transnational drug trafficking business and their logistics structures.During those years, the Venezuelan anti-drug enforcement authorities under my leadership captured, arrested and brought 102 heads of criminal drug trafficking organizations not only to Venezuelan justice but also to the justice of other countries where they were wanted.From these 102 captured drug lords, 21 were promptly deported to the USA and 36 to Colombia, in accordance with the requests made by the authorities of each country and in compliance with the international agreements on the fight against organized crime, facts formally acknowledged by the U.S. and Colombian authorities.Between 2005 and 2013, the seizure of drugs by the Venezuelan authorities averaged 56.61 tons per year, which is a far higher figure than the 34.94 tons per year averaged in the six preceding years, when the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency was operating in Venezuela.This figure shows by itself the lack of commitment of the DEA to fighting drug trafficking, and upholds the very well-documented assertion of the connections between that U.S. agency with the criminal drug organizations. In addition, Venezuela has always been recognized by the United Nations as a drug-free territory.The extraordinary progress made by the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in the fight against drug trafficking — which I directed in my capacity as head of the public security corps — was acknowledged by international organizations, such as the United Nations Organization, and appears in the archives of the judicial bodies of the United States and Colombia, which countries also acknowledged the efforts that I headed against organized crime, which is unprecedented in our hemisphere.Further, [with] firm determination to face the international drug trafficking mafia, President Nicolas Maduro enacted a law in 2012 enabling the interdiction of any drug-trafficking aircraft violating Venezuelan airspace.Thanks to this modern legal instrument, Venezuela has destroyed, disabled or brought down over 100 aircraft belonging to the drug transport structure from Colombia and neighboring countries illegally flying over our territory.Venezuela is waging an all-out war against drugs because it is a cross-border crime against humanity, and because such fight is a shared responsibility, as members of the international community.Venezuela also fights drug cartels because our country and our people are victims of drug trafficking, particularly of the powerful Colombian illegal drug industry, the main supplier of the drug that floods the streets of the United States and Europe.You would need to investigate further before endorsing such false and reckless accusation, crafted by bureaucrats and anti-Venezuelan stakeholders, which sets a dangerous precedent in the relation between sovereign nations.The decision of 120 countries to reject these illegal measures adopted against Venezuela clearly demonstrates that this unilateral decision is a serious error of the U.S. administration, contrary to international law.But beyond any political and geopolitical considerations, OFAC’s decision constitutes a serious violation against my human rights and seriously damages my dignity and honor. I have led my personal, professional and political life in my country, which I love deeply and to which I devote my life through a political project whose supreme objective is the happiness of our people, equality and social justice.I have no assets or accounts in the United States or in any country of the world, and it is both absurd and pathetic that [a U.S.] administrative body — without presenting any evidence — adopts a measure to freeze goods and assets that I do not own at all.The intended sanctions, approved by the head of OFAC, on the very day of his confirmation as Secretary of the Department of the Treasury, are illegal and in violation of International Law. Acting ex officio and without any evidence, as an extraterritorial police and without having powers to do so, is a format that violates the entire international human rights system, whose doctrine prevails in the world.Paradoxically, whereas a governmental office dares to accuse, without evidence, people anywhere in the world — as recognized by the international organizations and academic research — the “war on drugs” has failed all over the planet and especially in the U.S.Today more drugs are brought into the United States than ever before, while a corrupt and legal powerful financial structure legitimizes and recycles dirty money from this international illegal activity, which deprives thousands of [U.S.] young people of their life and future.The United States owes the world and their own people a reflection on the resounding failure of their fight against drugs. In the country where theso-called “war on drugs” has been implemented as a unilateral strategy, the drug cartels today are stronger than ever; the production of illegal drugs has multiplied, bringing about economic losses and, more importantly, more loss of human lives.How many chiefs of criminal drug organizations have been captured by the U.S in its territory? How many banks and tax havens have been closed down by the U.S. for supporting this gigantic illegal business and crime against humanity?Even though the U.S. claims an extraterritorial power to certify, accuse and punish people and countries, it has failed to ratify any of the international treaties concerning this sensitive issue.The United States must rethink this matter and rectify, particularly as to the application of policies and measures that are clearly against international laws and are aggressive and unfair in the realm of human rights; in addition, they are dangerous for international relations and unconstitutional in light of the U.S Constitution itself.The U.S. should [recognize] that only through joint, transparent and honest cooperation between the States, can the fruits the international community and world citizens be harvested.I am a Venezuelan citizen, I am a Bolivarian and a Latin American. I am fully convinced of the ideals of independence, justice and freedom for which our liberators gave their lives and I am willing to submit to the same fate in the defense of our sovereignty, our Homeland and our People.Tareck El AissamiExecutive Vice PresidentBolivarian Republic of VenezuelaFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
While Dead & Company’s tour doesn’t begin until June 10th, the band is itching to play! They’ve booked themselves a new late night appearance, scheduled for Jimmy Kimmel Live on May 10th. The band features three of the four surviving Grateful Dead members, including Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart, as well as John Mayer, Oteil Burbridge, and Jeff Chimenti.The late night show is the band’s second thusfar, having previously performed on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon back in February. There, they played two songs, “Brown Eyed Women” and “Shakedown Street.” Watch those videos here.The band seems as excited as ever to hit the road, as Mayer and Weir recently gave a teleconference interview to answer all questions about Dead & Company. There are all sorts of possibilities, including a potential album and many more tours ahead. Read some of that coverage here.For those who live in the Los Angeles area and want to attend the taping of Dead & Company’s Jimmy Kimmel Live episode, you can request tickets here. Dead & Company’s full tour schedule can be seen below:Dead & Company Summer 2016 Tour6/10/16: Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion6/12/16: Manchester, TN – Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival6/16/16: Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center6/17/16: Indianapolis, IN – Klipsch Music Center 6/20/16: Camden, NJ – BB&T Pavilion6/21/16: Saratoga Springs, NY – Saratoga Performing Arts Center 6/23/16: Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live6/25/16: Flushing, NY – Citi Field6/26/16: Flushing, NY – Citi Field 6/28/16: Hartford, CT – Xfinity Theatre7/2/16: Boulder, CO – Folsom Field7/3/16: Boulder, CO – Folsom Field7/7/16: Detroit, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre7/9/16: Alpine Valley, WI – Alpine Valley Music Theatre7/10/16: Alpine Valley, WI – Alpine Valley Music Theatre7/13/16: Pittsburgh, PA – First Niagara Pavilion7/15/16: Boston, MA – Fenway Park7/16/16: Boston, MA – Fenway Park 7/22/16: Portland, OR – Moda Center7/23/16: George, WA – Gorge Amphitheatre 7/26/16: Irvine, CA – Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre7/27/16: Chula Vista, CA – Sleep Train Amphitheatre 7/29/16: Wheatland, CA – Toyota Amphitheatre 7/30/16: Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre
An Indiana grandfather in jail on negligent homicide charges for dropping his granddaughter off of a cruise ship in July.The incident happened in Puerto Rico months ago, but charges against Salvatore Anello were not announced until Monday.He’s being held on an 80-thousand-dollar bond.Anello dropped his two-year-old granddaughter Chloe Wiegand from an open window on the cruise ship.He claims he thought the window was closed, and reportedly blames the cruise ship company for leaving it open.He is due in court in November.
A 15-year-old Georgia girl is dead and her sister and mother are recovering, after their car crashed into trees along I-75 in north Florida on Tuesday, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.An FHP trooper clocked the vehicle, which was being driven by 34-year-old Cinceria Cooke of Atlanta, at 103 mph as it headed north on the highway near White Springs. The trooper began following the vehicle, which was passing cars on the shoulder and driving recklessly.The incident report states that Cooke abruptly exited the interstate, before returning onto it. She refused to stop for either of the marked patrol cars and tried to leave the highway again, but lost control and slammed into several pine trees that line the shoulder of the road.Cooke’s daughter, Aniyah Bynes, died at the scene. Her other daughter, 17-year-old Clexia Bynes, suffered minor injuries, while Cooke was taken to UF Shands Hospital in Gainesville in serious condition.It is unknown whether alcohol was a factor, as the investigation is ongoing.
The Palm Beach police department responded to the area of Bahama Lane on Saturday morning after receiving a report of a possible immigrant boat landing.Police say 9 immigrants were detained and turned over to U.S. Border Patrol agents.
Officials in Ohio are reporting that they have arrested a 59-year-old man who intentionally drove his vehicle into a gas station pump and began making verbal threats towards witnesses.The incident occurred in Painesville, Ohio on Saturday.Investigators say surveillance video shows the suspect Michael Craig ,inside of a Buick SUV in the parking lot of the convenience store. He then suddenly took off in that vehicle and rammed it into a gas pump. The impact of the collision caused the pump to dislodge and strike a Ford pickup truck housing two adults and a child.Thankfully the occupants of the truck were uninjured and were able to escape the truck before a small fire started.Craig then continued driving and entered the roadway where he struck a moving vehicle and slammed into a chain link fence before the vehicle caught fire.When witnesses approached Craig to try and help him, Craig reportedly told them that he had a gun and that he was going to kill everyone.Moments after authorities arrived at the scene, Craig exited the burning vehicle holding a pair of pliers in his hands. When authorities realized the object in Craig’s hands was not a gun, they deployed bean bag rounds and eventually used a taser to take Craig into custody.Once in custody Craig was taken to an area hospital where he was treated for several minor burns. He has since been transferred to the Lake County Jail.
By Brian DeakyneRED BANK — In the midst of the madness around them, Rumson-Fair Haven forwards Hunter Rotchford and Brian Robinson didn’t take note at who scored the game-winning overtime goal.“I was hacking and hacking at it and eventually it went in,” Rotchford said. “Robinson said he hit it in, I said I hit it in, I really don’t know who got the better piece of it.”The goal, which was credited to Rotchford, came with 3:45 remaining in overtime to lift the second-seeded Bulldogs to their first Dowd Cup final in school history, topping Red Bank Regional, 3-2 Wednesday afternoon in the semi-finals of the Dowd Cup.RFH scored a short-handed goal in the early stages of the second period, and a goal late in the period to take a 2-1 lead over sixth-seeded Red Bank Regional, but the Bucs’ came back in the third period, sending the teams to overtime.Rotchford’s goal was the only shot registered on RBR goalie Charlie Fox, who finished with 36 saves on the game.“Charlie’s a great goalie. He never lets the first one in,” Rotchford said.Rotchford took a pass from Robinson, short-handed, and after being stopped by Fox, he slipped in his own rebound inside the right post, drawing even with the Bucs with 8:44 remaining in the second period.“Brian made a nice pass to me and I was able to finish,” Rotchford said.Gary Cali fed Robinson later in the period, who was left alone in the slot, and he lifted the puck top-shelf, giving the Bulldogs their first lead of the game.“They [Red Bank Regional] were coming off a good win against St. Rose and we knew it was going to be a tight battle,” Rumson-Fair Haven coach Chris McCafferty said. “They kept coming. They fought, they stuck with their gameplan it was a good game and well-matched.”The Bucs took the early lead when Sam Marascio blasted a power play goal past Bulldogs’ goalie Dominic Padula with 4:21 left in the first period. Joe Franco looked to squeak a puck into the net from the side, and the rebound kicked out to Marascio, who put it away.Padula stopped 28 of the 30 shots he faced, but Fox faced much more pressure on the other end of the ice throughout the game.“I told Charlie that, for the past four years, it’s been nice to know that we’ve had the better goalie every single night,” Red Bank Regional head coach Tim Hall said.Josh Saboyu tied the game at two with 8:22 left in the game, grabbing possession of the loose puck in front of the net, and beating Padula to his right.“I told the boys in the locker room that tonight is who we are,” Hall said. “It’s been a challenge for us to play up to our potential. RBR has traditionally not had a hockey culture, but we are building on next year.”After a back-and-forth minute of play in overtime, Rotchford put home a net-mouth scramble after Fox appeared close to covering it.“I was told that he didn’t have a solid glove on it, and the puck was constantly loose, so it couldn’t be whistled dead, and that’s fine with me,” Hall said.Red Bank Regional converted on their opening power play, but couldn’t capitalize on their following three.The Bulldogs didn’t have a single power play for the second game in a row.Charlie Fox of RBR making one of his 36 saves against RFH in the Dowd Cup Semifinal WednesdayRotchford nearly added a second short-handed goal, on the same penalty kill, in the second period, but Fox turned away his breakaway attempt.Saboyu had a breakaway attempt of his own, six minutes into the game, but he was stopped by Padula.“Dominic has had the nickname “The Dominator” since he was 8 years old, and that’s because he makes the big saves when he has to,” McCafferty said.The Bulldogs will take on fifth-seeded Marlboro in the Dowd Cup final on Saturday at 7 p.m. at Red Bank Armory. RFH will be looking for their first ever Dowd Cup championship and Marlboro will be hoping to repeat from last year’s championship.
The number of pupils being taught through Irish in a primary school in Donegal is one of the highest in the country in the recent school year.Irish as the primary language of education has risen steadily from 6.4 per cent of primary pupils in 2000 to 8.1 per cent in 2018/19.The majority of schools – 147 with almost 38,000 pupils – are located outside Gaeltacht areas, according to a report. More than 10 per cent of pupils in the county are offered classes through Irish.Other areas with rates over 10 per cent include Cork city and county, Galway county, and Monaghan.In contrast, Cavan has the lowest rate at less than 1 per cent of pupils, with only one school in the county offering classes through Irish.An Foras Pátrúnachta, the largest patron of gaelscoileanna, has welcomed the recent initiative announced by the Education Minister Joe McHugh to increase access to Irish-medium education. Donegal among highest in country for teaching primary pupils in Irish was last modified: September 9th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
Chelsea will take a valuable lead into their Champions League second leg in the Nou Camp, but we still don’t think it will be enough against Barcelona.Chelsea are 6/1 from 8/1 with BetVictor for the Champions League with Barcelona even-money favourites and Real Madrid 11/4 and Bayern Munich 4/1.Barcelona are 2/9 to win the second leg with Chelsea 12/1 and the draw 11/2.Given the lack of an away goal, the 2/1 for Chelsea to qualify makes plenty of appeal, although Barca have never been at their best in the narrow confines of Stamford Bridge.Didier Drogba was the man of the hour as far as Chelsea supporters are concerned but his histrionics did not go down very well with everyone.Can Drogba stay on his feet?The referee will have to make many difficult calls in the second leg and some will revolve around whether or not they allow the trainer onto the field to treat the Drog. We have a market and bet:How many times will the Chelsea physio treat Didier Drogba on the pitch in the Nou Camp? (Drogba must start or bets void):0: 3/11: 6/42 or more: 11/8With the other semi-final also fascinatingly poised we are asking can you name the finalists next month and bet:Barcelona v Real Madrid 11/8Barcelona v Bayern 2/1Chelsea v Real Madrid 4/1Chelsea v Bayern 5/1The Blues also have a vital league game this weekend against Arsenal, who are 1/8 to finish in the top four with Chelsea 7/4.Roberto Di Matteo is sure to make changes from the side that played at Wembley and at Stamford Bridge for the Emirates, but they still look a big price at 14/5 to take all three points with Arsenal a shade of odds-on at 20/21 and the draw 11/4.QPR are 8/11 to be relegated and with Blackburn (Norwich) and Bolton ( Swansea) facing winnable home games before their late kick off with Spurs, they will know where they stand in relation to the other clubs in fear of the drop.Spurs, who badly need the points for their Champions League aspirations, are 10/11 favourites with Rangers 16/5 and the draw 27/10.We think Mark Hughes’ side can add to Spurs’ recent woes.There is a fragility to Spurs that the Hoops can exploit and if they can cope with Bale I see no reason why Spurs won’t go the same way as Liverpool and Arsenal.Fulham entertain the very much in-form Wigan after their near-fortnight break.It should be a cracker and the hosts are a shade of odds-on at 9/10 with the draw at 13/5 and the Latics at 7/2.The World Snooker Championships begins in Sheffield on Saturday and we at Betvictor are offering money back on losing bets in the outright market placed pre-event if Ronnie O’Sullivan lands a fourth title.Judd Trump is our 9/2 favourite and I think he can go one better than last year when runner up to John Higgins.For all your weekend odds check out betvictor.comFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook