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

Louis van Gaal says he has been driven to boredom and anger by his players

first_img “At this moment we have a lack of creativity and you can see that but they have done it (played well in the past) so they can do it.” So why, after spending over a quarter of a billion pounds on new players, can Van Gaal not inspire his team to perform well on a regular basis? Is it because he refuses to come to the touchline in matches to bark orders at his players like Sir Alex Ferguson did? “I’m not Sir Alex, as you know,” said Van Gaal, who has rarely come to the touchline to speak to his players during his spell at the club. “Everybody is different and I don’t believe in yelling from the sidelines. I believe in communication during the week, during the preparation and I believe in my players who have to perform. “It’s very difficult because of the noise. “A lot of managers are (yelling from the sidelines) but I doubt if they have real influence.” At times on Monday it seemed as if Van Gaal was in denial. He even offered the theory that traffic could have been to blame for the exodus by scores of supporters before Wayne Rooney’s 93rd minute penalty on Saturday. ”They are not thinking that we would score, I think, and maybe also because of the traffic,” he said. Van Gaal even suggested United fans should be happy with their team’s current form. ”You have to be happy as a Manchester United fan that we are in next round and we have won the last two games,” he added There was also a reminder to the supporters that life was not always rosy before he took over. “The fans have to know that we can’t always play fantastic football,” Van Gaal said. “And that was also the case in former days. I’m sorry, but it is like that.” Ryan Giggs and Scholes were ever-presents during Ferguson’s successful spell at the helm. Giggs has rarely been allowed to speak in public since he became Van Gaal’s assistant, so his thoughts on Scholes’ criticism of his boss are unknown. “No,” was the flat answer when asked whether Giggs ever discusses Scholes’ criticism of the club. Van Gaal insists the former winger who symbolised United’s attacking traditions with his playing style, does have serious input when it comes to the team’s current tactics, though. “He has a lot of influence in our decisions because I communicate every decision with my staff so he can have a big influence,” Van Gaal said. “I work in a fantastic way with Ryan so that’s the only thing I can say but when you want to hear something about his feelings according to what Paul Scholes or Gary Neville are saying, you have to ask him.” Louis van Gaal admits his Manchester United players have driven him to boredom and anger at times this season. Those wins have merely papered over the cracks, however. The pressure is still on Van Gaal because of the often dull and uninspiring performances of his team. Paul Scholes branded United’s style of play “boring” earlier this season and following Saturday’s 1-0 victory over Legue One opposition, the former club great claimed both Van Gaal and his players looked “bored” during the third round tie. Van Gaal has been at odds with Scholes for much of his 18-month spell at the club, but on Monday the 64-year-old conceded some of the football on display at Old Trafford this season has been rather dull. “There are matches that I have enjoyed,” Van Gaal said. “And there are also matches where I’m very bored or angry because we are not disorganising our opponent’s defence but that is football.” Van Gaal railed at the suggestion that his primary aim is to stifle the opposition, rather than attack. “Do you know that,” Van Gaal snapped during an edgy press conference at Carrington. “I am not concerned (about defending more than attacking). Van Gaal’s future as United boss will be thrown into question again on Tuesday if his team fail to win at Newcastle. United ended an eight-match winless run by defeating Swansea nine days ago and then followed that victory up with another triumph in the FA Cup against Sheffield United. Press Associationlast_img read more

Carlos Correa injury update: Astros star (back) pulled from game vs. Tigers, sent home to rest

first_imgSince being activated from the IL in late July after his rib injury, Correa has batted .241 with eight home runs and 21 RBIs. He’s slashing .279/.359/.588 this season with 19 homers and 56 RBIs in 71 games for the AL West-leading Astros (80-46).He hasn’t played more than 110 games in the regular season since 2016 — his second season in the majors.Jack Mayfield shifted to shortstop Monday after Correa’s exit, but it’s unlikely he’ll take over the position if Correa misses extended time as Alex Bregman shifted over from third base for the majority of Correa’s previous IL stint. Corey Kluber injury update: Indians ace (broken arm) suffers potential setback in rehab start Braves claim speedster Billy Hamilton off waivers after Ender Inciarte’s injury Related News Red Sox ace Chris Sale avoids Tommy John surgery “I don’t like it at all,” Hinch said after the 5-4 win. “It’s not comfortable, but hopefully we’ll hope for the best.”AJ Hinch on Carlos Correa who left the game with back discomfort: “I don’t like it at all. It’s not comfortable..We’ll hope for the best.” #Astros pic.twitter.com/pQ8kQsSSR3— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) August 20, 2019Correa missed 50 games earlier this season with a fractured rib, but this latest hiccup is worrisome because he has a history of back issues. The 24-year-old missed a month of last season with back issues before adopting a new postgame routine (which includes a foam roller and hot/cold-water tub dunks) to help loosen his back. Carlos Correa’s disappointing 2019 season took another unfortunate turn Monday when he was pulled from a game against the Tigers with discomfort in his back.After striking out in the first inning, Correa was taken out of the game and sent home to rest. Astros manager AJ Hinch said his shortstop is day to day and would be evaluated Tuesday.last_img read more