Colombia top cocaine producer despite shrinking coca fields: UN
Colombia in 2020 managed to reduce by seven percent its land surface under coca cultivation, but remained the world's largest producer of cocaine, a UN report said Wednesday. The country last year had 143,000 hectares of illegal coca plantations, down from 154,000 hectares in 2019, said the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). However, "cocaine production continued to increase," UNODC representative Pierre Lapaque said at a press conference in Bogota, with a higher coca leaf yield despite the shrinking surface area.Colombia thus remained the world's biggest producer of cocaine, derived from the coca leaf, ahead of Peru and Bolivia.
Soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo's removal of two Coca-Cola bottles during a press conference at the European Championship has coincided with a more than $A5 billion fall in the share price of the drinks giant. © EPA PHOTO Cristiano Ronaldo continues to be a major influence on and off the football field.
The Portugal captain is a renowned health fanatic and make it clear what he thinks of the carbonated soft drink.
The 36-year-old shifted the bottles of Coca-Cola away from him during a press conference on Monday in the prelude to his country's Group F game against Hungary.
Ronaldo followed it by holding up bottle of water before declaring in Portuguese: 'Agua!', appearing to encourage people to choose that instead.
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Coca-Cola share price dropped from $US56.10 ($73) to $US55.22 ($71.86) almost immediately after Ronaldo's gesture, a 1.6 per cent dip.
The market value of Coca-Cola went from $US242b ($315.2b) to $US238b ($310b) - a drop of $US4b ($5.2b).
Coca-Cola is one of the official sponsors of Euro 2020.
A UEFA spokesperson said: "Players are offered water, alongside Coca-Cola and Coca-Cola Zero Sugar, on arrival at our press conferences".
"Everyone is entitled to their drink preferences."
Ronaldo is one of the greatest soccer players in history and a pop culture colossus, boasting nearly 300 million Instagram followers.
On Tuesday, Ronaldo scored twice in a 3-0 win over Hungary in Budapest for European champions Portugal - moving beyond France legend Michel Platini as the record goalscorer at the European Championship finals with 11.
Australian, New Zealand companies earning millions through sale of sugary drinks to Pacific Islands battling an obesity crisis .
The co-author of a new study highlights the "irony" of Australian taxpayers paying for the escalating costs of chronic disease in Pacific nations through aid funding, while its companies profit from sending junk food to the same countries.Her mother had recently died at age 62 from septicaemia brought on by undiagnosed diabetes.