OAS Secretary to Evaluate the Gang Truce in El Salvador

first_img The Secretary for Multi-Dimensional Security of the Organization of American States (OAS), Adam Blackwell, will arrive on August 31, in San Salvador, to evaluate a truce put in place since last March between two violent gangs in the country, informed AFP an official source. “Mr. Blackwell is coming to evaluate how the truce is working out and to see if the established roadmap process is being followed,” the former guerrilla commander, Raúl Mijango, told AFP. Raúl, along with Military Chaplain, Fabio Colindres, is the mediator of the truce between the two gangs or Maras. Mijango celebrated the “monitoring” that the OAS provides to the process of détente, or goodwill, after José Miguel Insulza, the Secretary General of the hemispheric organization, conducted a visit last July. Blackwell has scheduled a meeting with the Minister of Security and Justice, General David Munguía. It is the second time that Blackwell arrives in the country since last May, when he visited prisons where gang members are being held to observe the course of the unprecedented truce, according to officials; it reduced the average daily homicides from 14 to 5.5, whereupon the country ceased to rank as the second most violent nation in the world. On July 12, the leaders of the feared Mara Salvatrucha gang (MS-13) and Barrio 18, delivered a list of demands to Secretary Insulza during a meeting held in a prison in the northern outskirts of San Salvador. Insulza, who did not disclose the proposal, said on that occasion, that the OAS was going to give “all possible support” to the process of détente, or goodwill. On March 9, the leaders of both gangs agreed to a truce mediated by Colindres and Mijango. On August 27, Salvadoran President Mauricio Funes, with members of the Civil Society, completed a series of meetings to design a comprehensive program to prevent young people from falling into the world of the Maras. According to official estimates, some 10,000 gang members are in prison in different parts of the country in El Salvador, and another 50,000 are free. By Dialogo August 30, 2012last_img read more

Governor Wolf Orders Commonwealth Flags at Half-Staff to Honor Firefighter Erik Hirner

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Flag Order,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf has ordered the Commonwealth flag at the Capitol Complex and at all Commonwealth facilities in the counties of Lehigh and Berks to fly at half-staff to honor fallen firefighter Erik Hirner.Erik Hirner, a resident of North Catasauqua, Northampton County, and an 11-year veteran of the Reading Fire Department, Berks County, died from injuries after his vehicle was struck by another while en route to work on Sunday, May 27, 2018.The Commonwealth flag shall be lowered immediately, Thursday, May 31, 2018, through sunset on the day of interment. All Pennsylvanians are invited to participate in this tribute.The United States flag shall remain at full staff during this tribute. May 31, 2018center_img Governor Wolf Orders Commonwealth Flags at Half-Staff to Honor Firefighter Erik Hirnerlast_img read more

Kiffin refutes reports of post-Sun Bowl altercation

first_imgUSC football coach Lane Kiffin denied multiple reports of a locker room brawl following USC’s 21-7 loss against Georgia Tech in the Sun Bowl.“Contrary to media reports, there was not a brawl or altercation in our locker room after the Sun Bowl,” Kiffin said in a statement released by the university Wednesday. “There was a noisy verbal exchange among a couple players who were frustrated with the outcome of the game. It lasted less than a minute and was nothing physical. It happens sometimes in football locker rooms after a disappointing loss.”The Los Angeles Daily News reported Wednesday that a fight involving upward of 15 football players broke out after a number of freshmen on the team questioned whether or not the seniors were giving full effort in their final collegiate game. Quarterback Matt Barkley, safety T.J. McDonald and center Khaled Holmes were among the outgoing players. Junior cornerback Nickell Robey later announced his intentions to declare for the draft as well.ESPN later expanded on the original story by the Daily News, adding that “multiple sources told ESPN that a ‘flat-out brawl’ transpired when one of the team’s younger players began ‘bad-mouthing’ Matt Barkley.”Barkley also denied the accusations that anything physical took place, telling ESPN Radio host Colin Cowherd that “tempers flared … guys were expressing their opinions, for better or worse, but we had it under control. It was nothing to be alarmed about.”The Trojans completed a disappointing 2012-13 campaign with a 7-6 record after falling to Georgia Tech on Dec. 31. They entered the regular season as the No. 1-ranked team in the Associated Press top 25 poll but dropped five of their last six contests after starting 6-1. USC lost starting quarterback Barkley to a right shoulder injury in the closing minutes of a 38-28 defeat against the UCLA Bruins, and he wasn’t able to return in time for the team’s bowl game in El Paso, Texas.last_img read more