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United States Declares Central America Area Free of Land Mines

first_imgBy Dialogo January 09, 2012 A U.S. State Department report has declared Central America a region free of land mines. According to the annual report To Walk the Earth in Safety, made public by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Central America is the first area of the world to be free of armaments of this kind. According to the official statement, thousands of land mines and unexploded munitions remain buried in former conflict zones throughout the world, making it unsafe and unusable and causing 4,000 deaths a year. In the Central American region, mines were left buried following the internal armed conflicts in Guatemala, El Salvador, and Nicaragua, which took place from the mid-1960s to the early 1990s. Clinton said that the annual number of victims “is still an unacceptably high figure,” but she noted, “Over the last decade, we have helped decrease the worldwide number of landmine casualties from around 15,000 to 20,000 annually to approximately 4,000 in each of the last two years.”last_img read more

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Franklin County school board approves drug testing policy

first_imgBROOKVILLE, Ind. — The Franklin County School Board approved a drug testing policy that will take effect starting in June.Franklin County Sheriff Ken Murphy stated he was in favor of the policy saying it gives students a reason to not fall into peer pressure and not experiment with drugs.Seventh through twelfth graders can be randomly drug tested after the policy goes into effect.The program will only apply to students who drive to school, or who participate in sports or other extracurricular activities.School officials say if students test positive they will face penalties found in the student handbook, but will not be expelled.last_img

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Megan Rapinoe victim of possible hate crime, according to NYPD

first_img USWNT invited to bipartisan meeting with female U.S. senators Women’s World Cup 2019: USWNT returns with hardware … and champagne … in hand Rapinoe and the rest of the U.S. women’s team were in New York City Wednesday for the championship parade after winning the 2019 Women’s World Cup. New York City police are looking into a possible hate crime committed against U.S. women’s soccer star Megan Rapinoe.Posters of Rapinoe were defaced with derogatory slurs in the NYC subway system in midtown Manhattan, which has prompted an investigation by the city’s Hate Crime Task Force, according to ESPN . Abby Wambach on Megan Rapinoe, USWNT: They’re redefining ‘what it means to be a woman’ Rapinoe, who is openly gay, has been vocal in her support of the LGBTQ community and the need for gender equality.She hasn’t publicly commented on the messages on the posters, which have since been cleaned up. Related News She gave an empowering speech calling for everyone to be kinder to each other, and said the diversity on their team is what made it so great.“Just (a) shoutout to the teammates … This group is so resilient. Is so tough. Has such a sense of humor. Is just so badass,” Rapinoe said Wednesday. “There’s nothing that can faze this group. We’re chillin’. We’ve got tea sippin’. We’ve got celebrations. We have pink hair and purple hair. We have tattoos and dreadlocks. We’ve got white girls and black girls, and everything in between. Straight girls and gay girls.”Rapinoe hasn’t commented on the posters nor the derogatory language.last_img read more

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