El Salvador’s Army Deploys Armored Vehicles in Fight against Violent Gangs

first_imgConsequently, in late 2009, the United States donated an initial batch of 18 Humvees, which the Salvadoran Military incorporated into its Cavalry fleet. The U.S. followed with several donations during next five years – ultimately providing about 50 M1151s and M1165s, along with 25 M1025 Armament Carrier Humvees. “We want to keep improving our fleet by making low-cost investments in the conditions of the vehicles that we have produced, and in the fleet of Humvees that we already have,” he said. In April, the Armed Forces incorporated many of the Humvees into the recently created Special Reaction Forces (Fuerzas Especiales de Reacción, FER for its Spanish initials), a strategic Army unit of 600 Troops divided into three Battalions. A history of using armored vehicles Specialized Army unit FER repels gang attack But that began to change by the 2000s, when Salvadoran security forces confronted growing violence by the MS-13 and Barrio 18 after both formed alliances with Mexican cartels to transport drugs through El Salvador. In 1985, the Cashuat was followed by 20 Astroboys, light armored vehicles built using Ford F-250s. They were important in the so-called “Final Offensive” of the Civil War, which lasted from 1979-1992. From 1992 until the mid-2000s, armored vehicles weren’t used nearly as much, largely because the Civil War was over and few internal threats required their presence, Colonel Moz Linares said. The Salvadoran Military has been using armored vehicles for more than four decades, starting in 1969, when the country’s Cavalry acquired a few American M3 Stuart light tanks designed for conventional warfare. And by the early 1980s, private Salvadoran companies built their first APCs and light tanks, which the Army used in the country’s Civil War. “We’ve adapted our combat methods to the missions we’ve been assigned in the conflict,” Colonel Lucio Edilberto Moz Linares, Chief of the VIII Group of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of El Salvador’s Armed Forces, said on July 1 at the 4th Annual Latin America Armored Vehicles Conference in Bogotá, Colombia. “The Humvees offer us versatility,” Colonel Moz Linares said. “They are great support for public security units in our fight against the maras.” El Salvador’s Army is significantly increasing its use of armored vehicles to confront violent street gangs like the Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) and Barrio 18 (M-18) in several of the country’s cities. Army Troops are using M1151 Enhanced Armament Carriers, upgraded versions of the HMMWVS (Humvees), M1165 Control MRC Radio Trucks, modified pick-up trucks and locally made armored vehicles like the VCTA1 and VCTA2 to provide cover and support during urban operations. By Dialogo July 24, 2015 I hope they get going on this because it’s tough Good day. How shameful, our legislators fighting like any street thug Lets get all the gang members out of the country. Let’s see if there’s even 1 nation that wants to be screwed up the way El Salvador is. Relatives of gang members enough already. Let’s get started and get our relatives out. Gang bangers… Polo. I want to know about the seismic activity that has been seen in the municipality of Alegría This kind of person can only be eradicated with the death penalty. I am really sorry for my brother who’s involved in this but every action has a consequence Enough already, gentlemen of the Assembly. You need to reform these laws to get rid of these gang members once and for all. We are tired. They use extortion as they please and against whomever they please, and no one does anything that you would expect. The country is lost, this has no way to be fixed and it’s going to get worse. This is because the criminals are inside the community itself and that makes it very hard to get rid of them. Juliany came from the USA and just came to take money away and when he saw the guys he was going into the Assembly with, it’s better he left before they could hurt him. GREAT SECURITY In addition to the Humvees, the Army has benefited from using the VCTA1 and VCTA2, two locally made armored vehicles with 20mm cannons. Presented in 2011, these armored vehicles were produced using Dodge Ram chassis. Since their introduction, they have been involved in most urban operations against gangs, as they can withstand high-caliber weapons, grenades and other explosives, according to Colonel Moz Linares. Their primary task is to combat gangs and criminal organizations while supporting local police and other Soldiers. Since its inception, FER Soldiers have repelled an M-18 attack in Zacatecoluca in the department of La Paz; combated gangs who had attacked police in Jucuapa in the department of Usulután; and conducted security patrols in cities nationwide. last_img read more

City step up expansion plans

first_img The plans are the latest evidence of the rapid growth of City on and off the field under their Abu Dhabi owners. They already have one large construction project under way with their new £200million academy and training complex due to open in a year’s time. Two options for stadium redevelopment are being considered, with the most likely being that work to the South Stand is first undertaken to initially take capacity to 54,000. Following completion the North Stand would then be extended. The second option is to press ahead with expansion on both sides of the ground concurrently. City state that the work would allow them to introduce a new season card priced at £299. City’s head of infrastructure and corporate responsibility, Pete Bradshaw, said: “Manchester City Football Club strives to provide its supporters and visiting fans with one of the best possible matchday experiences in the Premier League and European football. “Games are selling out frequently prior to going on open sale and there is rising demand from supporters for more season tickets, matchday tickets and premium seating. This is why we are considering these expansion proposals. “We will be in touch with every fan who would be potentially affected by the changes in phase one, and we encourage fans, residents and anyone who has a point of view, to visit the exhibition in person or online and tell us what they think.” Visitors attending the free exhibition will have the chance to give their thoughts in a questionnaire. This opportunity will run throughout July and August and will be followed by a formal consultation process in the autumn. Planning permission will then be sought from Manchester City Council at the end of the year. The council are the owners of the stadium having built it for the 2002 Commonwealth Games but City have a 250-year lease to play there. Press Association Manchester City have made public their proposals to increase capacity at the Etihad Stadium to 60,000.center_img The club have opened an exhibition at the stadium, which currently holds around 47,500, to seek further the views of fans, residents and other stakeholders in the latest stage of an already comprehensive consultation process. City intend to make a formal application for planning permission in December and, if it goes ahead, the work would make the stadium the third largest in the Premier League. last_img read more

Sergey Kovalev says Andre Ward’s points win was ‘wrong decision’

first_imgSergey Kovalev believes politics and the “wrong decision” saw him lose his light-heavyweight world titles to Andre Ward.The Russian called for a rematch immediately after losing his IBF, WBA Super and WBO world titles to a close points decision at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.Kovalev put Ward on the floor in the second round only to lose 114-113 on all three judges’ scorecards”I don’t want to say my opinion, so the people are the witnesses are here and everybody saw what happened.”I made the best shape for this fight since I was 11 years old. It was the [biggest] fight of all my life and really I am disappointed with the judges decision.”He got a few rounds. I am agreeing with that, it’s not the full fight and controlled all the rounds. I lost maybe three rounds in all the fight. “Of course I want a rematch. And I will kick his a***. I just wanted to show boxing I am good boxer and fight rounds – not small rounds.”Kovalev was making his third appearance in Las Vegas in comparison to the winner, Ward, who was making his debut.’Krusher’ admitted he had no problem with the crowed backing the unbeaten Californian but made the point that judges, Burt A Clements, Glenn Trowbridge and John McKaie, are also American”I am the guest here in the USA… he’s a local and all the judges were from the USA,” he said.”I agree they support a boxer but be honest, this is a sport – don’t make it politics. I won this fight and everybody agreed.” Ward, who suffered a knockdown for the first time in 11 years, refused to discuss a rematch, saying he would never make a decision like that so soon after a fight.The Californian did pay credit to Kovalev but believes the unanimous decision was the correct outcome.”I’ve been a champion and was a champion before I came in here and I knew it was going to be a tough fight,” he said”You never anticipate getting dropped; that was the first time in my career getting dropped but I was pleased with myself they way I responded.”He did everything that I expected him too, including fade a little bit. He started to slow up. He never quit but he started to slow. “Sometimes you are going to win close fights and that’s the way it is. At t the end of the day I am a two-division world champion, a five-time world champion and I’ve been nothing but a champion so I will leave it for the people, the pundits and critics to say. I’m just happy we got this decision.last_img read more

Kobe got it right: 2012 Team USA would’ve beaten 1992 Dream Team

first_imgby Perry GreenFor New Pittsburgh Courier Can the 2012 U.S. national men’s basketball team beat 1992’s original Dream Team?That question has been the hottest sports topic of discussion throughout the past week, and it all started when Kobe Bryant, a member of the 2012 Team USA squad told reporters that his team could take out the Dream Team. HALL OF FAMERS—USA’s Michael Jordan sails high above teammate Magic Johnson knocking away a shot during a preliminary round game with Croatia at the Summer Olympics in Barcelona on July 12, 1992. Jordan told The Associated Press July 12, that he laughed, “I absolutely laughed”, when hearing Kobe Bryant’s comments that the squad training in Las Vegas could take Jordan and company. (AP Photo/Susan Ragan, File) Since then, several pundits have labeled Bryant’s comments ridiculous. Nonsense, they say. Even Michael Jordan, easily the best player of the ‘92 team and arguably the greatest player ever, dismissed Bryant’s claims by laughing at them when a reporter brought them to his attention.But what’s even funnier is that if both teams actually did face off, Bryant would not only have the last laugh, but I believe that Jordan knows deep down inside that Kobe is right.Most sports columnists and National Basketball Association (NBA) experts that have debated this topic have all seemed to agree about the same thing: they all believe that it’s only natural for Kobe to say that any team that he plays for would win the game. They all believe that Kobe’s fierce competitive nature wouldn’t allow him to admit that he could lose to anyone.I agree. That same competitive spirit helped him win five NBA titles with 14 All-Star Game appearances.But I also think the same of six-time NBA champ Michael Jordan. I think Jordan’s competitive ego is worst than Kobe’s and he’d never admit to the possibility of losing either.So if both Kobe and MJ are both calling each other’s bluff, who would actually win?After careful deliberation, I’d have to go with Kobe’s 2012 squad.Bryant explained both the advantages and disadvantages the 2012 team would have against the Dream Team.“Well, just from a basketball standpoint, [the Dream Team] obviously have a lot more size than we do—you know, with (David) Robinson and (Patrick) Ewing and (Karl) Malone and those guys,” Bryant told reporters in Las Vegas during the Team USA’s practice. “But they were also —some of those wing players—were also a lot older, at kind of the end of their careers. We have just a bunch of young racehorses, guys that are eager to compete. So I don’t know. It’d be a tough one, but I think we’d pull it out.”The young “racehorses” Kobe mentioned includes reigning NBA Finals MVP LeBron James, three-time NBA scoring champ Kevin Durant, and five-time NBA All-Star Carmelo Anthony. Each of these three forwards stands at least six feet eight inches tall, and can not only dominate from the wing but can also bang with the big boys down in the paint.Malone, Ewing and Robinson of the “Dream Team” each stand nearly seven feet tall so their size would give the 2012 squad problems, just as Kobe hinted. The only seven-footer on the 2012 team is New York Knicks starting center Tyson Chandler, who won Defensive Player of the Year last season and helped the Dallas Mavericks win the 2011 NBA title. I have no doubt that Chandler would hold his own against the Dream Team’s big boys. Chandler can’t guard them all by himself, but he could contain Robinson.Malone, Ewing and even Charles Barkley, one of the greatest power forwards in NBA history, would have an advantage over the 2012 team’s power forwards, consisting of former Kentucky University star forward/center Anthony Davis and Minnesota Timberwolves star forward/center Kevin Love.But let’s not act like Love and Davis are bums. Davis, the National College Player of the Year, was drafted with the No. 1 overall pick in this summer’s NBA draft and is expected to develop into a combination of Kevin Garnett and Tim Duncan, arguably the two best power forwards to ever play basketball. Love didn’t receive the same hype Davis did when he was drafted into the NBA in 2008, but he has made a great impact within his first four years in the league, earning two trips to the NBA All-Star game while averaging 26 points with 15 rebounds last season.Love’s 26 points and 15 rebounds matches Barkley’s career-highs of 25 points and 12 rebounds averaged during the 1993 season when he won the NBA’s MVP award. Barkley stood six-feet six inches tall, weighing 250 pounds during his prime, while Love stands six-feet 10-inches tall at 260 pounds; with those measurements, it’s safe to assume Love could hold his own against Barkley.With all that being said, the 2012 team’s weakness in size doesn’t appear as much of a disadvantage as initially thought. Meanwhile, the Dream Team still has its weakness in old age, especially on the wing.Besides Jordan and his former Chicago Bulls running mate Scottie Pippen, every other wing player for the Dream Team was either too old or outmatched to stand a chance defending the 2012 team’s wing players.Larry Bird, a co-captain of ’92 team, is one of the all-time greats when it comes to pro basketball, but he would have been too old defending young stars like LeBron, Carmelo and Durant. The same thing can be said about Clyde “the Glide” Drexler; he was great player, but he would have been embarrassed trying to guard the young run-and-gunners of this summer’s Olympic team. And same goes for Dream Team reservist Chris Mullen.The Dream Team had who I believe is the greatest point guard to ever play basketball in Magic Johnson, but he was also too old at that point of his career to defend the star point guards of the 2012 team, which includes Chris Paul, Deron Williams and Russell Westbrook. And Magic’s backup, John Stockton, would have been “cooked” trying to defend Paul, Williams and Westbrook, too.It’s hard for any basketball fan over the age of 30 to believe that the Dream Team would lose to anyone. That’s like telling me as a child that Superman would lose in a fight to the Mighty Morphing Power Rangers. I grew up watching Superman beat everyone so I don’t want to hear anything about anyone being able to take down the greatest super hero of all time.But contrary to their phenomenal abilities on the court, basketball players aren’t super heroes; they’re humans. And humans can’t escape Father Time. We all get old and we all get beaten.And the same would have happened to the team we remember as the Dream Team.(Perry Green is sports editor for the Afro American newspapers.)last_img read more

Valley West Hawks explode past Kootenay Ice

first_imgThe  Nelson Daily SportsQuick-starting Valley West Hawks used some early offence to take a pair of B.C. Major Midget Hockey League games from the Kootenay Ice during weekend action in the Fraser Valley.The fifth-place Hawks scored three times in each of the two games to stop the Ice 5-3 Saturday at the South Surrey Arena and 6-2 Sunday in Langley at the George Preston Rec Centre.Kevan Kilistoff, Kyle Burroughs and Trevor Cox scored first period goals to stake the Hawks to an early 3-0 lead.Nelson’s Joren Johnson gave Kootenay some brief life with a goal midway through the second frame. But Kilistoff and Ram Brar scored before the period ended to put the game away.Castlegar’s Jesse Knowler had the other goal for Kootenay.Saturday, Kootenay, winless in 12 games, opened the scoring when Carsen Willans of Nelson potted a marker 26 seconds into the game.However, the lead was short lived as Valley West tied the game 24 seconds later before adding two more goals to conclude the period with a 3-1 lead.Knowler and Luke Bertolucci of Trail scored in the second period as Kootenay cut the margin to 4-3. But the Hawks’ Neil James scored the only marker of the third period to give the home side the win.Kootenay, 2-13-3, returns home this weekend for a pair of games against the third-place Greater Vancouver Canadians.Game time Saturday at the NDCC Arena is 5:45 p.m. Sunday the teams drop the puck at 10:30 [email protected]last_img read more

No playoffs for Bantam Rep Leafs as squad loses numbers game with B.C. Hockey

first_imgThe Bantams have had a light schedule since the Christmas break, scoing a wins over Castlegar 6-3 and 5-4 and a lopsided victory 7-1 over Rossland Tier III.Micah May scored twice against Rossland to lead the Reps.Amit Bhabra, Carson Arcuri, Jacob Shukin, Everett Hicks and Logan Mengler also scored for Nelson.Nelson led 4-0 and 6-1. Against Castlegar, May scored midway through the third period to lift the Reps to the narrow victory.Justin Podgorenko scored twice while Mengler and Austin Tambellini added singles.Replying for Castlegar was K. Klimchuk with a pair while Garret Patterson and Jake G added singles.The Bantam Leafs concludes the West Kootenay League schedule Saturday at the Civic Arena against Castlegar.Game time is 4:15 p.m. Playoffs will not be in the cards for the Nelson Leafs Bantam Reps after B.C. Hockey designated the Nelson Minor Hockey Association squad Tier II for the upcoming post season.Realizing the team, which plays in the Tier III division, cannot compete with the elite Trail Tier II squad, Nelson has decided not to enter the playoff round.B.C. Hockey made the decision after the Reps needed players get players from outside the Nelson Minor Hockey catchment area to ice a team.This decision meant the Reps needed to take the numbers from the other district, pushing the team into the Tier II division.“There will be no playoffs for the team this year as B.C. Hockey has designated us Tier 2 and we will not therefore be competing against Castlegar for a bid for Provincials in Burnaby,” a team spokes person told The Nelson Daily.“The team has opted instead to attend a tournament in Abbotsford in March over the break.”last_img read more

Report: San Francisco Giants, Alex Dickerson agree on 2020 contract

first_imgOne of the primary catalysts behind the San Francisco Giants’ incredible July hot streak will return to the club next season.Outfielder Alex Dickerson signed a one-year, $925,000 contract with the Giants for next season as the two sides avoided arbitration. The deal was first reported by Ken Rosenthal.The Giants have until 5 p.m. PT on Monday to decide whether to tender contracts to their other arbitration-eligible players, including center fielder Kevin Pillar.There was little doubt the …last_img

Planting corn on February 20th, 2017

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Michael Schmidt figured out how to win the internet for a day. The Illinois farmer posted a video of corn being planted in February!As if the world wide web isn’t slow enough in rural America, something as crazy as this would cause such a stir among farmers all over the Midwest that the whole thing might just shut down!Schmidt, the owner of Central Illinois Ag, was helping one of his customers test out his brand new Case IH 2150 planter, with all the precision planting bells and whistles on it.“We were fortunate enough to have perfect weather conditions, so we brought out our precision specialists out, along with the farmer and his hired men,” Schmidt said. “It was the perfect day to get the planter out there and test it.”The corn was over 2 years old and if it did happen to come up, Schmidt said the farmer would tear it up and wait for the important crop insurance dates, like everyone else in the area. But he said the seeds went in nicely.“The ground was extremely fit but we weren’t necessary planting at the right depth or using the right down pressure,” Schmidt said. “What we were doing is learning how to make adjustments to that planter so come mid April when it really is time to go, this farmer is already ahead of the game.”Schmidt hopes other farmers will follow suit and take advantage of this unseasonable weather by getting their equipment out and learn to familiarize themselves with how things work and be prepared for the 2017 planting season. AUDIO: The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins visits with Michael Schmidt about the February 20th, 2017 corn planting video from Central Illinois.Michael Schmidtlast_img read more

Paul George steals show as Thunder escape 76ers

first_imgPH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion “That’s PG,” Westbrook said. “You don’t get too excited anymore about those I mean they happen so many times. PG’s doing what PG does and we just got to see it and get a win.”Philadelphia had one last chance, but Butler missed a 3-point attempt in the final seconds.The 76ers have lost 19 in a row to the Thunder. That streak that was on Embiid’s mind when he decided to play after he was a game-time decision because of back tightness.“The Sixers haven’t won against them in like 10, 11 years,” Embiid said. “That’s just ridiculous.”George finished with 31 points, six rebounds, five assists and three steals. Westbrook had 21 points, 10 rebounds and six assists for Oklahoma City, and reserve Dennis Schroder also scored 21 points.The Thunder had dropped five of six, including a 138-128 overtime loss against the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday night.Embiid had 31 points, eight rebounds and six assists. JJ Redick scored 22 points for Philadelphia, and Ben Simmons finished with 20 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists.Oklahoma City led by as many as 16 points in the first quarter, but Philadelphia rallied in the second and trailed 59-56 at the break.BOUNCE BACK GAMEThe Thunder were glad to leave Philadelphia with the win. Embiid had a different opinion of the play.“I think I was going for the block and I think he lost the ball, but I was already in the air,” Embiid said. “I don’t know what, why he was mad. I have no idea. But he’s always in his feelings, so I have no idea.”Westbrook and Embiid have had a couple chilly exchanges over the past couple years. Asked if he was “cool” with Embiid, Westbrook used an expletive before saying “No.”Westbrook fouled out with 14.9 seconds remaining after he got Embiid while shooting a 3-pointer. Embiid made all three foul shots, tying it at 113, and Jimmy Butler’s driving layup put Philadelphia in front with 6.9 seconds to go.But George drained a 3 while being fouled by Butler and made the foul shot.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting “We lost the last two games, so it was pretty tough,” center Steven Adams said. “It was just good. It’s obviously good to get a win under our belt, just against this team, obviously they had a lot of really good sets.”BIG PICTUREThunder: George went 4 for 9 from 3-point range. He also went 11 for 11 at the free-throw line. … Adams had 16 points and nine rebounds. Terrance Ferguson added 11 points. … Oklahoma City had 20 assists and 10 turnovers, compared to 28 assists and 17 turnovers for Philadelphia.Sixers: Embiid has 20 games with at least 30 points. The last Sixer to accomplish that feat in the first 45 games of the season was Allen Iverson. … Redick has scored in double-digits in 54 consecutive games. … Injured guard Markelle Fultz (thoracic outlet syndrome) watched the game from the Sixers bench. There is no timetable for his return.UP NEXTThunder: Visit the New York Knicks on Monday.Sixers: Host the Houston Rockets on Monday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Oklahoma City Thunder’s Paul George, left, celebrates with Russell Westbrook at the end of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers, Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, in Philadelphia. The Thunder won 117-115. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)PHILADELPHIA— Russell Westbrook and Joel Embiid tangled once again.Then Paul George stole the show.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño MOST READ LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño George converted a four-point play with 5.1 seconds left, sending Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 117-115 victory over Embiid and the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday.George’s clutch shot capped a wild finish that included another memorable moment in the rivalry between Westbrook and Embiid. Westbrook absorbed a hard foul from Embiid on a break with 1:46 left, landing out of bounds under the basket.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsWestbrook then got up and rushed toward Embiid before he was restrained by his teammates.“I don’t think he just landed on me,” Westbrook said. “He had a little extra to it, you know what I’m saying? But it’s ok.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte With fire in his eyes Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion View commentslast_img read more