El Salvador’s Armed Forces Receive New Vehicles to Fight Violent Street Gangs

first_imgThe Águila and Trueno Commands, with 1,302 service members and 600 officers respectively, have the single mission of combating and eradicating gangs. “Soldiers participate in the ‘Safe House’ operations, in which they enter houses and search to ensure to that no one is hiding illegal weapons or drugs,” explained Patricia Elena Segovia, a university student living in a crowded condominium building in San Salvador’s historic center. “They have also removed gang members who were squatting in abandoned residences.” El Salvador’s Armed Forces (FAES) have received a new fleet of 47 pick-up trucks to respond rapidly to emergency calls from civilians reporting criminal attacks. The vehicles will be deployed on preventive operations, surveillance and deterrence patrols, and anti-gang missions. From January to December 2015, the Águila and Trueno Commands conducted thousands of security operations and detained 2,896 suspects. “The Armed Forces’ work is fundamental to building a society of peaceful coexistence,” President Salvador Sánchez Cerén, FAES’ Commander in Chief, said during the ceremony delivering the vehicles on November 24th. “Service members have assumed the responsibility and commitment to the mission of supporting security efforts to protect Salvadoran families. This has earned the population’s trust.” “We feel peaceful having the Soldiers nearby in our communities and near our homes. We know that if we ask them for help, they will come without fear,” said Julio Aníbal Vega, a 53-year-old carpenter and resident of the town of Ilopango. “I believe the gangs will think twice when they see the Armed Forces are in the area, and we hope [the FAES] doesn’t leave.” The FAES has been cooperating with the National Civil Police (PNC) to dismantle Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) and Barrio 18 (M-18) – two of the country’s violent street gangs – since June 2014. “The effectiveness of units committed to supporting public security will be substantially improved thanks to this fleet of vehicles. We are grateful for the support given to us and promise to continue working to bring security and tranquility to Salvadorans,” said Minister of Defense David Munguía Payés. The Zeus Command has 2,821 service members deployed in 42 high-crime zones. This command is divided into nine Task Forces whose primary activities are searching persons and vehicles, conducting patrols, and arresting criminals. The procurement of the new fleet is part of a budget addition of US$13 million that was allocated for national defense and approved by the Legislative Assembly in Decree No. 44 on July 9, 2015. The FAES organizes its security operations through the “Nuevo Amanecer” [A New Dawn] campaign and are entrusted to the special commands “Zeus,” “Sumpul,” “San Carlos,” “Águila,” and “Trueno.” “We have been supplying the transportation needs of the Armed Forces Logistics Bureau, but these vehicles will let us increase our response capacity and improve the mobility of our Troops in serving citizens,” said 1st Lieutenant René Benítez, Commanding Officer of the Sumpul Command. FAES fights gangs in high-crime zones In 2015, the Sumpul Command seized 521 firearms; 29,681 units of drugs; 193 head of smuggled livestock; 24,512 items of smuggled clothing; and US$22,220 in cash. Commands work to dismantle violent gangs “Without a doubt, our institutions’ security mission is extremely important and vital for the comprehensive development of our country,” President Sánchez Cerén said at the end of his speech. “The mission therefore requires that we expand their technical and human capabilities to fight crime effectively.” My regards to you, success and keep moving forward so cool to be a police By Dialogo January 19, 2016 In 2015, the Zeus Command captured 5,815 suspects, seized 591 firearms, confiscated 103,651 units of drugs and US$29,629 in cash. The Sumpul Command, which has more than 1,000 Troops, is responsible for combating the smuggling of drugs, weapons, livestock, stolen vehicles, grain, clothing, cigarettes, and liquor along the 375-kilometer Salvadoran land border. last_img read more

Binghamton University research highlights ecosystem problems, can it be managed?

first_img“We found that invasive species plant chemistry, or at least solutions that mimicked invasive species plant chemistry, more negatively impacted our native frogs compared to the non-native frogs. This was particularly true when we exposed frogs to both invasive plant chemistry and also road salts,” said Meindl. With human population still on the rise, road salt is likely not the only human-caused impact to ecosystems, a problem we face moving forward. How have these changes in ecosystem chemistry impacted amphibians? Which is why Meindl will continue his research to look for solutions in an ever-changing world. VESTAL (WBNG) — Binghamton University’s Nature Preserve has been the location of an interesting study focusing on wetland ecosystems. “So in all likelihood negative impacts are going to get worse before they can get better. So we need to change the ways that we’re interacting with natural landscapes to limit the damage,” said Meindl. Though invasive species are an issue, a large portion of the problem comes from road salt. Finding alternatives to salt, like beet juice, is a start. Wetlands in particular can be susceptible to human-caused disturbances and chemical contamination too,” Visiting Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies George Meindl. “What we focus on are the impacts of road salt runoff and also the impacts of invasive species,” he says. “Climate is changing, road salts are being introduced into environments, excessive pesticides, herbicide and fertilizer use, and agricultural landscapes are impacting native communities. So increasing the complexity of studies are really important. Understanding how multiple stressers can interact to effect natural ecosystems,” said Meindl.last_img read more

ICC Champions Trophy: Virat Kohli not taking “dangerous Bangladesh” lightly in semi-final

first_imgVirat Kohli has said India will not take Bangladesh lightly since they are a dangerous side and have made rapid strides in international cricket.India and Bangladesh will face each other at Edgbaston on Thursday in the second semi-final of the ICC Champions Trophy.Kohli, in his first ICC tournament as captain, led India to two victories out of three matches in the league stages and as group toppers face Bangladesh, erstwhile minnows of world cricket. However, the Tigers are now a much improved side and India are in no mood to take them for granted.”It’s no surprise anymore that Bangladesh are doing well. They have players who are taking responsibility. They are a dangerous side on their day and they have taken huge strides. You cannot take any opposition lightly.”If they are in the top eight sides in the world, they are doing a lot of things right. They are really keen to win a lot of games at this level and it shows in their attitude. They showed a lot of composure in chasing down that target against New Zealand.India reached the semi-finals by defeating arch-rivals Pakistan and world number one South Africa. Their only loss came against Sri Lanka, when the bowlers failed to fire on a flat pitch and allowed the islanders to gun down 322.Bangladesh on the other hand lost to England, escaped with a no-result against Australia and beat New Zealand to progress to the last-four of an ICC semi-final for the first time ever.advertisementIndia and Bangladesh had clashed against each other in the quarterfinals of the 2015 World Cup. Thanks to a stylish Rohit Sharma hundred and some terrific bowling by India’s seamers, the then reigning world champions triumphed by a whopping 109 runs.last_img read more