Argentine football legend Diego Maradona arrived in northern Mexico on Saturday to begin his new job as head coach of the second-tier club Dorados of Sinaloa. Maradona is one of the most recognisable names in international football, having led Argentina to the 1986 World Cup championship in Mexico with his infamous “Hand of God” goal. Diego Maradona on Monday insisted he had left his off-the-pitch issues behind. The 57-year-old has publicly struggled in the past with alcohol and drug addiction. But he told reporters he would take his new job seriously, and hadn’t come to Mexico for a holiday. His new club is located in Culiacan, considered the heart of the Sinaloa cartel, one of Mexico’s most powerful drug smuggling gangs. Some critics have described Maradona’s new role as a publicity stunt for the team and a last-ditch effort to resurrect his career. Maradona will reportedly earn 150,000 US dollars a month to coach players who have complained of missed paychecks. (HT Correspondent )read more
In a hut on the top of mountain in northern Laos, Vo Pali gets high on opium, a sap extracted from poppies grown illegally by the poor hill tribes. “It has damaged my life. I have no income. But I get sick without it,” the 60-year-old ethnic Hmong villager said in a barely audible rasp of his 30-year habit. The Hmong have grown and smoked opium as a medicine -- and as recreation -- for generations.
Diego Maradona’s colorful career has included stints coaching the Argentine national team and a series of clubs around the world, and he had just started a job as president of Belarus side Dinamo Brest in July. read more
It could be a game-changer for the states facing the menace, with the government, police forces and experts from all states being in the thick of things. But drug abuse is far more sinister than it seems. read more
During the surprise check, the health officials found that the centre, which has permission for 40 patients, had 110 patients admitted.Few patients even complained of being thrashed by the staff. read more
With a large concentration of the student population eager to experiment, the district is fast becoming a hunting ground for drug peddlers; though police have started a crackdown and a helpline, the supply will stop only when the demand dries up. read more