By Dialogo May 15, 2009 On Thursday military and defense experts from around the world concluded a three-day meeting in Miami in which they analyzed measures to combat illicit trafficking in weapons of mass destruction and their components, the U.S. Southern Command reports. The conference, organized by the U.S. Department of Defense and the Southern Command, brings together 34 countries. One of the topics of discussion was the traffic in weapons of mass destruction and related materials within the Americas. “Latin America, the Caribbean, and the United States share a common interest in preventing the proliferation of WMD in our hemisphere,” said Paul Trivelli, Foreign Policy Adviser to the Southern Command, who considers it essential for countries to coordinate their efforts in the prevention of trafficking in weapons and combating networks that profit from it. For his part, Gary Moore, who coordinates the monitoring of the proliferation of armaments and weapons of mass destruction at the White House, said that President Obama “has promised to pursue the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons,” but that this goal cannot be achieved without international security initiatives to prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. Together with North American and Canadian experts, Latin American representatives of Argentina, Chile, El Salvador, Honduras, Panama, and Paraguay also took part of the event.
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“I do not see the connection of Jimmy having much to do with spacing,” Brown said. “In fact, I think it completely enhances the possibility to have better spacing.”The 76ers went on to beat the Pistons and bring the team’s record to 10-3 with Butler on the roster — without the veteran forward Philadelphia was 8-6. Joel Embiid was held out of Friday’s matchup against the Pistons due to “rest,” but the 76ers center said its not recovery he needed Friday.Embiid explained he has struggled recently due to how he is being used in the offense since the arrival of Jimmy Butler, and that his absence wasn’t because he’s tired. “I haven’t been myself lately,” Embiid told the Philadelphia Inquirer. “I think it’s mainly because of the way I’ve been used, which is I’m being used as a spacer, I guess, a stretch five, which [is why] I’m only shooting  percent [from 3-point range.]“But it seems like the past couple games, like with the way I play, our setup, [Brown] always has me starting on the perimeter … and it just really frustrates me. My body feels great, and it’s just I haven’t been playing well.” Related News 76ers center Joel Embiid to miss Pistons game for rest, coach Brett Brown says Embiid rested one game removed from tying a season-low scoring output with 10 points. His 25 points over his last two games was his worst two-game stretch of the year.However, since Butler has been integrated into the 76ers lineup, Embiid’s numbers have stayed steady. Before Butler arrived the 2014 No. 3 overall draft pick was averaging 28.2 points and after he is putting up 23.8. And, if his recent three-game slump where he scored a total of 41 points isn’t factored in, he is averaging 27.6.The former Kansas Jayhawk is struggling of late, but his head coach isn’t sure it has much to do with Butler.