Salvadoran Administration Rules Out Negotiating with Gangs

first_img Salvadoran President Mauricio Funes’s administration will not sit down to negotiate with gangs that agreed in March on a truce that has led to a decrease in homicides in the country, Deputy Security Minister Douglas Moreno stated in Washington, D.C., on June 21. “We don’t have a reason to sit down” to negotiate, Moreno said at a press conference. The country’s two leading gangs, the violent Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) and Mara-18, agreed in March on a truce mediated by the Catholic Church that has caused homicides in the country, one of the hemisphere’s most violent, to decrease from 14 a day to five. Upon celebrating the first 100 days of the truce on June 19, MS-13 vowed to find “a definite solution” to the problem. Funes’s administration has been careful to distance itself from the process, however. “The Church will be the one to continue intervening between them,” Moreno said. Nevertheless, the administration recognizes that the truce is an opportunity that must be taken advantage of to combat violence, according to the deputy minister, who is visiting Washington, D.C. in search of resources for a project of “labor parks” that will provide jobs to gang members who embark on the process of social reinsertion. In the U.S. capital, Moreno met with business leaders and members of Congress and planned to meet with representatives of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Organization of American States (OAS). “We’re going around explaining our plan and seeking resources to make it viable,” said Moreno prior to the meetings, indicating that the first two community centers are under construction in areas of El Salvador where they will be able to provide services to around 1,500 people. As part of the administration’s efforts to promote an agreement that could make it possible to return gang members who have not committed serious crimes to productive life, President Funes has undertaken a series of meetings with mayors, business leaders, churches, universities, and unions. Slightly over 10,000 gang members are being held in El Salvador’s prisons for various offenses, according to official data, while around 50,000 remain free. By Dialogo June 25, 2012last_img read more

Asian Games Kuwait welcomed back to Asian Games with OCA warning

first_imgJakarta: Kuwait was warned by the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) on Saturday to stop its “world record” of government interference in sport or face being exiled for a third time.The International Olympic Committee (IOC) this week provisionally lifted its ban on Kuwait, allowing the Gulf state’s athletes to march under their own flag at Saturday’s Asian Games opening ceremony in Jakarta.But the IOC said that despite its “gesture of goodwill” the reasons for its original suspension remained valid.Also Read | Asian Games 2018: Indonesia’s richest man Michael Bambang Hartono to participate at 78 “This is a world record for government interference in the Olympic movement, no country is like this,” OCA director general Husain Al Musallam told AFP after an executive board meeting discussed the matter in Jakarta on Saturday.“We are very happy for the Kuwait National Olympic Committee and for the athletes,” he said.“We hope this will not happen in the future and the Kuwait government will respect the road map they have agreed with the IOC to lead to fresh, clean, transparent and democratic elections based on each sport’s statutes approved by their respective international bodies.”World sports bodies led by the IOC and FIFA suspended Kuwait in October 2015 for a second time since 2010 for political interference in sport.The IOC said that in reinstating Kuwait provisionally that it “acknowledged the progress” and the “positive discussions with the Government of Kuwait”.Read More | Asian Games 2018: Schedule, Timings, When and where to watch Al Musallam said Kuwait did not have much time to prove it was trying to meet IOC requirements.“We are going to review the situation with the IOC on October 3 and 4 to see if any of the agreement has been implemented on the ground, or if there is nothing,” said Al Musallam.“We really hope this thing will be finished.” For all the Latest Sports News News, Asian Games News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

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first_imgNew York, New York – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineThe new LEICA V-LUX 20 compact camera is the perfect companion for any photographic event. Ready to capture any and all memories from backyard birthday parties to exotic excursions, the V-LUX 20 is equipped with 12.1 mega pixels, a high performance Leica 12x zoom lens plus GPS tagging and HD movie recording.As the first Leica camera to feature GPS tagging, the V-LUX 20’s innovative tracking system allows photographers to record the exact geographical coordinates of their location (in the Exif data of each photo) automatically, as well as the local time for every shot, ensuring the user always has a useful and accurate record of their trip. In addition, the V-LUX 20 can display the names of interesting sightseeing locations from a total of 500,000 ‘points of interest’ across 73 countries.The built-in GPS feature also makes archiving and organizing photos quick and easy, during or after a trip. Furthermore, for photographers posting images on social networks, image portals or map sites such as Google Maps or Google Earth, the data automatically reveals exactly when and where the photos were taken.*For those who want to make movies as well as still images, the V-LUX 20 enables movie recording in HD quality. Its intelligent automatic features, such as face recognition, automatic scene modes and smart exposure, are all available in movie mode, together with the camera’s zoom functions.The V-LUX 20’s generous three inch LCD display has a resolution of 460,000 pixels, and offers an extremely bright, sharp view for precise composition and framing of shots, as well as accurate quality control for captured shots in playback mode.www.leica-camera.comlast_img read more