The report, a threat assessment issued by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and entitled Transnational Organized Crime in West Africa, cautions that the profit from cocaine trafficking alone may still be larger than the national security budgets of several West African countries, causing difficulties for local law enforcement.In addition, it notes that West African criminal groups have become increasingly independent and enterprising in their ability to bring drugs into the region.“Transnational organized crime is clearly a serious threat to West Africa,” Pierre Lapaque, the UNODC Regional Representative for West and Central Africa, said in a press statement marking the report’s release. “State institutions and the rule of law are weak in most of these countries and unless these organized crimes are tackled, instability is likely to persist and increase.”According to UNODC estimates, at least 50 tons of cocaine from the Andean countries transit through West Africa every year, heading north to Europe where they are worth almost $2 billion in street value. Most cocaine entering Africa from South America makes landfall around Guinea-Bissau in the north and Ghana in the south and are shipped to Europe via drug mules on commercial flights.The new report points out, however, that cocaine is not the only illicit drug affecting the region. In particular, it cites the “worrying” emergence of methamphetamine production in Nigeria, where two methamphetamine labs were detected in the 2011-2012 biennium, and a growth in trans-regional trafficking with some 3,000 methamphetamine couriers alleged to have transported an estimated $360 million worth of drugs from West Africa to East Africa in 2010. The report says that this is an indication that West African criminal groups are becoming increasingly influential in the transnational drug market. Last July, Yury Fedotov, the UNODC Executive Director, confirmed to the UN Security Council that with the increased trafficking, production and consumption of drugs, as well as piracy and insecurity, West Africa represented one of the key challenges for his agency as it had steadily transformed from being simply a transit route into a final destination of illegal substances as well.“The complex challenges West Africa faces represent a severe test for the individual countries and for the region as a whole,” Mr. Fedotov said. “UNODC will continue to work with its partners to build the commitment and develop the necessary solutions in this extremely fluid and fast-moving environment.”Other criminal markets are also discussed in the report, including the smuggling of migrants from West Africa to Europe, the trafficking of fraudulent pharmaceuticals from Asia to West Africa, and maritime piracy in the region.The report warns that while the trends and profits for these diverse markets tend to vary, their potential for sowing corruption, political instability, hampering development and promoting conflict remains “too large for the region to deal with on its own.”“West African States need to do more in terms of data collection and sharing, regional coordination in law enforcement and enhanced drug treatment and rehabilitation services, to mention some recommendations,” admits the UNODC report, while noting that the countries in the region are unable to fight the crime epidemic alone.“They will need support from the international community to make substantial progress in reducing the negative impact of transnational organized crime on the region’s development.”
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Hailing from Austin, Texas, Mamafesta is a band creating waves on both the local and national level. This unique five-member band brings a sound that is the “sum of all of our individual musical influences,” says Zack Morgan (keys/vocals). Mamafesta made their KAABOO debut at KAABOO Del Mar 2017 and returned again in 2018. They are set to play the festival’s debut Texas edition the weekend of May 10-12th at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.All Things KAABOO Texas: An Indulgent Adult Escape In TexasWe sat down with the band to catch up on all things Mamafesta, KAABOO, and what is in store for the future of this Texas Groove-Rock bowl of musical gumbo. Born in 2011 from a broad palette of sounds and a conscious awareness for the rhythms of the universe, Mamafesta has created a sound that entirely stands on its own two legs. 2019 has already been loaded with success for these guys– with highlights including a Texas run with Perpetual Groove and a slew of new music for their upcoming second album.Morgan says that “the band itself represents a sound reminiscent of The Allman Brothers, Little Feat, The Meters, and other southern rock and funk staples.” Lowell Carrico (guitar/vocals) voices that as a writer, his “role models include Tom Waits, Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Hunter Thompson, and Ken Kesey.”A distinctive feature of Mamafesta is that every member of the band contributes to the vocals of their songs. Morgan says the band “puts a lot of work into the lyrics and vocal arrangements…each voice has its own characteristics and when they’re blended together it makes something special.”Lowell comments on the writing process of the band and that “regardless of how the song is conceived, it always matures with the help of all members of the band, the audience and the environment in which it is raised up in. No song shall be served before its time.”The band is absolutely thrilled to be a part of the KAABOO Texas lineup after playing two years at the fest’s Del Mar gathering. The 2019 KAABOO Texas lineup showcases some legendary musicians, and Morgan adds “we are honored and blown away every time we look at the list of artists. This year at KAABOO Texas I am really looking forward to Sting, The Avett Brothers, Lauryn Hill, Lukas Nelson, and many others.”Carrico sums up the festival quite wonderfully, “KAABOO, at its core, is the idea that a high end, luxury experience can take the shape of a giant, living, outdoor, feel good, let your hair down, rock and roll show and still provide the decadent culinary, world-renowned artwork and top tier comedic relief for the concert goer who thought their festival days were over as well as the youth of America in their coming of age.” We could not have said it better ourselves.We also heard that their tour DAD-AGER (tour manager/dad), Steve Sullivan, is making synthesizers inside of Tupperware containers that the band is now using at live shows…for real! Be sure to keep up with all things Mamafesta on the band’s Facebook and Instagram pages as well as catch their set at KAABOO on Sunday, May 12th. KAABOO Texas will feature performances from The Killers, Kid Rock, Sting, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Little Big Town, The Avett Brothers, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Pitbull, Counting Crows, Alanis Morissette, The Black Eyed Peas, Ludacris, Flo Rida, Garbage, Andy Grammer, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Violent Femmes, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, and many more.
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmail(New York, NY) — The 2018 NIT champion will be crowned tonight at Madison Square Garden.Second-seeded Utah will play fourth-seeded Penn State in the title game. The Utes beat Western Kentucky in Tuesday’s semifinals to advance, while the Nittany Lions knocked off Mississippi State.The game can be heard on KSVC 980 AM and 100.5 FM with a 5:00 tip off and 4:45 pregame show. Robert Lovell March 29, 2018 /Sports News – Local NIT Champion Crowned Tonight At MSG; Utes vs. Nittany Lions Written by Tags: Basketball/NIT/Utah Utes