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El Salvador Creates First Elite Unit to Combat Gangs

first_img On April 19, a total of 302 Salvadoran police officers graduated from the first anti-gang unit, specialized in intelligence and even in the language of the so-called ‘maras,’ although the two most feared groups, MS-13 and M-18, have a truce that has reduced crime. With blue-black uniforms, sawed-off assault rifles, and ski masks, the agents, including 12 women, were sworn in on a soccer field at the National Public Safety Academy in Comalapa, 44 km southeast of San Salvador. The unit “was created with the aim of strengthening the fight against criminal organizations like gangs,” President Mauricio Funes declared after presiding over the graduation ceremony. “I want to express my gratitude for the dedication of those who are demonstrating that in order to have an active, efficient, honest, and brave force confronting a powerful enemy that is attacking the very entrails of the Salvadoran state, a great deal of courage and bravery are required today,” Funes exclaimed. Accompanied by security authorities, President Funes emphasized that the agents were “highly trained in the areas of intervention, investigation, and intelligence.” Between June and July, the elite unit, which is led by Commissioner Pedro González, will receive new training from the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). “I want to emphasize that these 302 new police officers underwent a rigorous selection process, with the aim that they meet the requirements of suitability, both moral and physical integrity, and commitment in carrying out their work with the Salvadoran people,” Funes commented. Of the 302 agents, 68 are part of an intelligence division, 174 make up the intervention (suppression) group, and 60 are part of the the investigative division, according to official reports. The unit’s primary task will be to combat extortion, which is widely practiced by gangs, chiefly targeting bus owners and retailers, but also families. The police force, which will be deployed in coming days, will fall under the new anti-gang subdirectorate of the National Civil Police (PNC), which will also include the 150 personnel of what is known as the Special Police Operations Group and the Transnational Anti-Gang Center. As of February, El Salvador had an average homicide rate of 65 per 100,000 inhabitants, making it one of the world’s most violent countries. By Dialogo April 23, 2012last_img read more

2012 Dominica Calypso Hall of Fame will celebrate the life of Urban Harrigan

first_imgAlex Bruno. Photo courtesy: Alex BrunoMedia-Communications Specialist and Coordinator of the Dominica Calypso “kaiso” Hall of Fame Alexander “Alex” Bruno says Urban Harrigan’s life will be celebrated and as a result enhance the awards ceremony.Urban Harrigan a seventy year old who was a veteran broadcaster, master of ceremonies, sports personality and community activist died last week Thursday at the Princess Margaret Hospital after battling with heart and lung related illness for a period of six years.The Dominica Calypso Hall of Fame announced earlier this month that Harrigan would receive a Hall of Fame Recognition Award along with Bernard “Rabbit” Alexander and Tasha “Tasha P” Peltier on the 9th of February, 2012 for their contribution towards the development and practice of calypso.Sadly, Harrigan passed on just about twenty one days before he could have been bestowed with this award. Bruno told an exclusive interview with Dominica Vibes News that although this is a very sorrowful occasion he believes that Harrigan’s death will give “new life” to intended purpose of the Kaiso Hall of Fame.Urban Harrigan. Photo courtesy Janice Roberts“I think people like Urban you really cannot mourn their loss you have to celebrate their life and that is what I personally will be doing, I will be celebrating the life of Mr. Harrigan and I believe his passing though sorrowful and sad will give new life to what the Kaiso Hall of Fame is intended to do; to bestow a particular honor on people for the work they’ve done and Mr. Harrigan is well deserving of the honor of having performed in a very interesting area of the arts in terms of entertainment, presentation, master of ceremonies.”Bruno also noted that he is saddened by the fact that he did not have the opportunity to document Harrigan’s life story.“In his time and even now there is no other person like Urban Harrigan and there will not be another so there will be a tremendous loss. It saddens me because I spoke with him officially to inform him of his induction or his honor and he was very elated, he was very happy and he told me that when I come down he will be more than happy to give me his entire story. I came down and one day after I miss him. So now his story is gone with him.”Meanwhile Bruno confirmed that the members of the Dominica Calypso Hall of Fame will attend Harrigan’s funeral to pay their last respects as well as document the funeral which will be reproduced at the Hall of Fame. Bruno says though Harrigan’s death has left a huge void for the 2012 Kaiso Hall of Fame, this will not dampen the proceeding but they will use his death as “life for the event”.Dominica Vibes News Share Share Tweet LocalNews 2012 Dominica Calypso Hall of Fame will celebrate the life of Urban Harrigan by: – January 23, 2012center_img 21 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more

Nigerian international pens RC Genk four-year deal

first_imgRelatedPosts Branislav Ivanovic joins West Brom Batshuayi double helps Belgium to massive win over Iceland Castagne signs Leicester City deal Nigerian international, Cyriel Dessers, has penned a four-year deal with Belgian top side, RC Genk.The Belgian club has been trying to sign the forward for weeks and negotiations finally concluded earlier this week. Heracles Almelo received over €4 million for the striker.Dessers supported the club as a boy and now gets his dream move.Dessers had an excellent campaign for Heracles, finishing joint top scorer in the league with 15 goals, while also adding five assists.The 25-year-old previously played for NAC Breda and Utrecht before joining Heracles in 2019.Born in Belgium to a Belgian father and Nigerian mother, but he elected to represent Nigeria at international level. Dessers was called up by Super Eagles’ coach Gernot Rohr for the African Cup of Nations qualifying fixtures against the Sierra leone National football team in March.Tags: 4 Year DealBelgiumContract NegotiationsCyriel DessersPlayer SigningRC GenkTransfer Windowlast_img read more

Syracuse escapes, Tyus Battle struggles and more takeaways from Syracuse’s 65-56 win at Pittsburgh

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ PITTSBURGH — On the last leg of a three-game road trip, Syracuse (16-6, 7-2 Atlantic Coast) picked up its second win in as many weeks over Pittsburgh (12-10, 2-7), by a score of 65-56. Here are three quick takeaways from Saturday might’s game at the Petersen Events Center.Near goose eggJunior shooting guard Tyus Battle didn’t score until the midpoint of the second half, when he cut to the middle of the floor and got a floater to go down. On Wednesday at Boston College, he scored 31 and put on a show. The contrast was stark in Pittsburgh. He had five dimes, sometimes running the point, but he shot just 2 for 13. He didn’t attack with the aggressiveness he vowed he should, and he didn’t shoot often — or well — in what’s likely just a blip on his scoring resume.Big man on campusSenior center Paschal Chukwu finished with 10 points and eight rebounds, one of the more complete performances of his season. While he allowed a couple of Pitt backdoor cuts behind him, he managed the pick-and-roll game well and handled dump-off passes. That’s new. In recent weeks, he’s mishandled passes and given up second-chances.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textDuring conference play, Chukwu has largely been ineffective. SU head coach Jim Boeheim spoke with a concerned tone Wednesday night after SU’s win over BC, saying Chukwu and sophomore forward Marek Dolezaj need to produce more inside. Chukwu entered the weekend coming off back-to-back two-point games. He totaled 11 rebounds in his previous three games combined, a total he nearly matched Saturday alone.Holding onWhile Syracuse’s more challenging section of conference play lies ahead, the Orange have managed to handle games that are close. Boston College ended up being a two-possession game. Duke was an overtime win by four points. Pittsburgh represents the latest example in a trio of conference wins for SU, which is far from great at this stage in the season — but they’ve shown an ability to close out games in which they could have faltered. The difference is three wins, not three losses, and a 7-2 ACC record versus a losing one. Published on February 2, 2019 at 8:01 pm Contact Matthew: mguti100@syr.edu | @MatthewGut21center_img Commentslast_img read more