Bolivian Soldiers and Police Begin Eradication of Coca Fields

first_imgBy Dialogo January 17, 2012 On January 15, more than 2,000 Bolivian military and police personnel began work on the eradication of excess coca in several regions of the country, with special emphasis on ecological reserves. “We’re going to start the work of eradicating excess coca both in the tropical area of Cochabamba (where President Evo Morales got his start as a union leader) and in the Yungas area of La Paz, chiefly prioritizing national parks,” Deputy Minister of Social Defense Felipe Cáceres told reporters. The announcement follows an incident that took place in the region of La Asunta, in the Yungas area of La Paz, where three unions expelled 20 members of a joint task force during an opposition-led demonstration against the destruction of excess coca fields. The government invited those unions to a meeting planned for January 16 to reach a consensus on joint actions to fight drug trafficking, which feeds on excess coca crops. A force of 1,700 military personnel and 400 police officers of various ranks will be deployed to the camps, Cáceres announced, without going into details. The law regulating coca and controlled substances recognizes areas of coca production for legal uses in the amount of 12,000 hectares, but a recent United Nations report asserted that there are a total of 31,000 hectares of coca fields in Bolivia. Bolivia is the world’s third-largest producer of coca, the chief raw material for cocaine, behind Peru and Colombia.last_img read more

Wakerley home bursting with flavour

first_img <<>> The outside view of 31 Sylvateere Crescent, Wakerley.For a family, 31 Sylvateere Crescent offers three full bathrooms, six bedrooms, including one that doubles as a retreat and a kitchen with a walk-in pantry.The master bedroom has a walk in wardrobe and spa bath.Outside is an alfresco entertaining area, a large inground pool, and landscaped gardens. Freshly-baked pastries have been made in this kitchen for three years but with the owners leaving, the menu is about to change.PARISA Sekhavati’s name means generous in Iran and for three years she has welcomed family and friends into her Wakerley homewith the promise of freshly baked pastries.But this trained pastry chef needs a bigger kitchen and her family is growing too, so 31 Sylvateere Crescent is on the market. The kitchen and lounge area of 31 Sylvateere Crescent. More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020While Ms Sekhavati, her husband Shahram Sasa, and their two teenage children are moving, they have found a house in the same suburb.“I love this area, it is the best area for families,” she said.“It’s green and calm and peaceful. A lot of my friends live close to the CBD but we are just 20 minutes to the city, it’s easy.” Clean lines with minimal foliage accentuate the pool.“We did a bit of change, not too much,’’ she said.“There were some glass shelving for decorations, we just painted all the fences around the house, and put wallpaper behind the TV.”A backyard makeover has seen the inclusion of plants from a local Persian nursery.“It was only lawn and we planted the shrubs and lots of flowers, and fruits, passionfruit, and limu shirin which is like a sweet lemon.” “This was our first house we bought in Australia,’’ Ms Sekhavati said.“People here move around a lot, it doesn’t mean that you don’t like that house.“The things that you expect from your house, they change over time.“Things don’t stay the same.”last_img read more