WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Preliminary figures show that Poland’s economy shrank 2.8% during 2020 due to the pandemic, ending three decades of constant growth. The report released Friday showed that the usual driving forces of the economy faltered. Private sector spending shrank by 3% and investment contracted by 8.4%. It was the first contraction in Poland’s GDP since a 7% drop in 1991, when the economy was going through a painful transformation from being centrally-run to a market-driven system. Like most other countries, Poland’s economy was disrupted severely in 2020 by restrictions on public life meant to contain the coronavirus.
By Dialogo July 22, 2014 BOGOTÁ, Colombia – Anti-narcotics police have intercepted a motorboat carrying 1.2 tons of cocaine chlorohydrate in the Pacific ocean 70 nautical miles south of Panama’s Azuero Peninsula, National Police reported on July 21. The interception, which was supported by the United States’ Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), was part of Operation MARTILLO, a multinational effort to disrupt transnational criminal organizations by limiting their ability to use Central America as a transit zone. Four suspects were arrested in connection with the drugs. According to the police, the boat and the cocaine belonged to an organization that has been using the coastal region of the Naya river, Cauca, as a drug-trafficking route to the central American countries. [AFP (United States), 21/07/2014; National Police (Colombia), 21/07/2014; El Espectador (Colombia), 21/07/2014]