FUSINA: Two-and-A-Half Years of Achievements Firmly Battling Crime

first_imgBy Kay Valle/Diálogo September 08, 2016 In 2014, the Government of Honduras created the Interinstitutional Security Force (FUSINA per its Spanish acronym) to counter the activities of common criminals, organized crime, and drug traffickers in the country. The force comprises elements from various parts of the national security forces. Most noteworthy among FUSINA’s activities are seizing drugs, money, weapons, real estate, and vehicles; arrests; extraditions; breaking up gangs; drug prevention programs; disabling clandestine airstrips; recovering territories; destroying drug laboratories; protecting the borders; and directly working to reduce the homicide rate. The activities of organized crime earned Honduras the title of the most violent not-at-war country in the world years ago. The country gained this reputation because, according to data from the University Institute on Democracy, Peace, and Security (IUDPAS per its Spanish acronym), its 10,441 homicides in 2012 translated to the world’s highest rate of murders per 100,000 inhabitants. The IUDPAS analysis linked the homicides to the activities of organized crime. Migdonia Ayestas, IUDPAS’s director, said that, “upon analyzing the homicides on a case-by-case basis, we discovered that the principal causes are due to revenge killings in the form of paid assassinations (sicarios), gang confrontations, and territorial disputes. All these causes stem from drug trafficking.” In 2013, the homicide rate dropped to 79 per 100,000 inhabitants. According to Ayestas, this drop was due to the strategies being implemented by the government, but she recommended that those strategies be improved upon in order to achieve a more significant drop. It was time for FUSINA to begin its operations. Planning and Coordinated Work Yield Results Since its inception, FUSINA’s results have been highly positive, in great measure due to its coordinated, interagency work. The force comprises members of the Armed Forces, National Police, the National Intelligence and Investigation Directorate, the Public Ministry, the Supreme Court of Justice, the National Migration Institute, and the Public Order Military Police. FUSINA’s commander, Infantry Colonel Selman David Arriaga Orellana, is of the opinion that the force’s achievements are due to the planning of police/military security operations aimed at preventing crime, as well as supporting the government in operations in conflict zones. “FUSINA’s work positively influences the fight against common and organized crime, which permits the rational use of state resources. Likewise, the work with the institutions that comprise it is carried out with high levels of trust and coordination and is undertaken with lots of professionalism and patriotic commitment,” stated Col. Arriaga. To meet the citizenry’s security expectations, FUSINA untiringly pursues activities that stem from crime-prevention and civilian-security operations. Through August 23rd, 2016, FUSINA’s operations have yielded the following results: Arrests with outstanding warrants: 2,183 Arrests for illegally transiting the country: 1,978 Arrests for drug trafficking: 806 Extraditions: 3 Kilograms of cocaine seized: 590 Kilograms of marijuana seized: 8,182 Kilograms of coca paste: 76 Drug laboratories destroyed: 2 Firearms seized: 1,741 (AK47, AR15, 9MM) Munitions seized: 20,459 (AK47, AR15) Pieces of property confiscated: 334 Criminal gangs broken up: 47 Seized currency: $1,453,930 Clandestine airstrips disabled: 19 Vehicles and motorcycles seized: 488 Vehicles and motorcycles recovered: 386 Empire of justice Referring to the results of FUSINA’s work, President Juan Orlando Hernaández said justice is slowly being restored to the country. Hernaández made his remarks during a presentation of FUSINA’s achievements at the Security Ministry. “With respect to security, significant steps have been taken that aim to improve living conditions for Hondurans,” he underscored. “We are already emerging from a dark period. The perception of impunity and corruption that existed is shrinking,” the president said. An IUDPAS poll on Civilian Perception of Insecurity and Victimization in Honduras shows encouraging results. It shows that the three institutions in which the Honduran population trusts the most are the Military Police of Public Order, with 54.3 percent; the Armed Forces, with 52 percent; and FUSINA, in third place with 50.2 percent. To ensure that the perceptions of the civilian population regarding security matters continue to improve, Col. .r Arriaga explained that FUSINA has several short-term goals in its plan. They include strengthening the National Police, the Prosecutor’s Office .and the Supreme Court of Justice. “Citizens should understand that FUSINA will respond to the trust the people already have placed in it, that we will continue taking on the challenge to train ourselves continuously and work within a legal framework, since there is government policy aimed at creating the bases for a peaceful society, with security standards demanded by a population that aspires as a country to insert itself successfully into a globalized and evermore competitive world,” concluded Col. Arriaga.last_img read more

No. 5 Syracuse defeats Oregon, 17-11, as 9 SU players score

first_imgNo. 5 Syracuse (2-0) beat Oregon (1-1) 17-11 to win its second-straight game to start the season. Nine SU players scored in the game, with Taylor Gait’s three goals leading the Orange. Freshman Molly Carter was the other three-point scorer for Syracuse, adding an assist to her two goals.Syracuse led the shots battle all game long, finishing with a 36-26 lead in that category while putting 26 on-goal to the Ducks’ 19.Gait tied for the team-lead in shots as each took seven. Levy scored the two of the first four Orange goals in the game and never recorded a point after.The matchup was the first time the two programs met in each of their respective histories. SU head coach Gary Gait captured his 167th win in his 222nd game as head coach of the Orange and it comes against Oregon’s Katrina Dowd, who owns a .500 career record after just 18 total games over the past two seasons.SU started fast out of the gate, grabbing a demanding lead before Oregon could counter. The Orange opened on a four-goal run and grew its lead to eight with 5:33 remaining in the first half.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut the Ducks began to threaten after SU built its lead. In a 6:25 stretch spanning the end of the last 3:32 of the first half and the first 2:53 of the second half, Oregon ripped five-straight goals to cut the Syracuse lead to just three.Hannah Van Middelem played the entire second half in goal for the Orange after entering at the break. She struggled early, but bounced back, not allowing a goal for the next 19:34 in the half as the Orange began to run up the score. Starting goalkeeper Asa Goldstock had five saves in the first half before being replaced by Van Middelem in the net.Following the 5-0 run from the Ducks, the Orange scored four straight goals to give it another comfortable lead that it never looked back from.In the season opener, Gary Gait said the Orange struggled on draw controls, as it split the draw 18-18. The Orange didn’t do much better against an unranked Oregon team, only narrowly edging the Ducks 16-14.Following the brief cross-country road trip, Syracuse returns to the Carrier Dome Thursday for a 5 p.m. matchup with Albany. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 18, 2018 at 7:07 pm Contact Michael: [email protected] | @MikeJMcClearylast_img read more

Lakers pushing Lonzo Ball to be more aggressive

first_img Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions If anybody watching the Lakers’ eventual 90-83 win over the Jazz on Friday night didn’t know yet that Ball was plugged in, they knew it then. The second-year point guard was one of the clear standouts despite just a 9-point, 10-rebound, 2-assist stat line that belied his influence. The Lakers outscored the Jazz by 13 points when he was on the floor.Even though he shot just 4 for 10, Ball gave a spark to an often listless Laker offense that night, zooming to the rim.“Well, I’m just faster than a lot of people out there,” he said. “So I can get to the spots. It’s just about finishing.”Wait – Lonzo Ball saying he’s faster than other players? Is this right? How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years James said he realized how to balance his roles as a scorer and distributor in high school, but not everyone is on the LeBron James learning curve. Still, Ball is just 21 years old, and as James pointed out, not even a full 82 games into his NBA career (he played only 52 as a rookie). These things, he said, take time.Ball might just be getting it. He’s acknowledged that he understands he plays better when he’s aggressively and trying to get to the rim, and if he starts getting passive, James, Walton, Rajon Rondo and the rest of the Lakers will let him know.“Great coaching staff, great teammates – they always are on me,” he said. “They don’t let me slack off, take no plays off, and I appreciate them for that.” Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed center_img Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs While his father LaVar Ball may be known for his braggadocious banter, Lonzo has hardly shown any signs of his dad’s gift of gab. He’s quiet by nature, perhaps chatty with his close friends and teammates, but less so on the court. Throughout his season-and-a-half with the Lakers, coaches and fellow players have called on him to be more vocal.It’s at this delicate stage in his career, as he learns to complement an offense rather than be its focal point, that the Lakers – particularly the veterans on the team – have encouraged him to embrace a more confident version of himself. Maybe a drop of LaVar’s bravado is what he needs to be a more effective player on a winning team.“I think he just sometimes he doesn’t realize how great he is, the things that he possesses out on the floor,” LeBron James said. “When ‘Zo realizes how good he is on the floor, it makes him a very dynamic player and it makes us even better.”Of all the returning Lakers, perhaps no one has been asked to shift his role more than Ball. While Ball still often acts as the point guard for the team, James has the ball in his hands often as well. That has meant more off-ball action for Ball, who cited his experience at UCLA as a basis for finding his way this year.But in practice, it has been more difficult to execute. Luke Walton has acknowledged as much after a handful of games in which Ball has been more wallflower than active participant.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.And yet lately, something has gotten into Ball: His activity has increased, and he’s running the floor harder and more often. While he’s still struggled to shoot (just 36.8 percent from the floor this year), Ball has seen his rebound and assist numbers rise in the past six games, and he’s been an active part of the team defense. While his season-long net rating is still negative, in the past six games, he trails only James in net rating (plus-9.7) when he’s on the floor.There’s a slightly intangible quality (at least statistically) to how Ball’s play positively influences the Lakers. He makes smart passes that aren’t always assists. He knows how to set smart screens that open the floor for others to drive to the hoop. He pushes the ball in transition, which helps break defenses down and opens up shots for others, or gives his teammates a chance to make putback attempts on his own misses. He plays scrappy defense, and while it doesn’t always mean he gets steals, he can create opportunities for stops or turnovers with his quickness and fast hands.That’s why many people on the team, including Walton and James, say it doesn’t matter when Ball misses shots at the rim. The aggressiveness is something they want to encourage.“He missed a couple of ’em, that’s absolutely fine,” James said. “He had a couple charges, that’s absolutely fine. When he’s aggressive, it just changes our dynamic of the team, and he’s been doing it of late and we need him to continue to do that because he’s very good.”Related Articles LOS ANGELES — As the Jazz corralled the rebound off his missed layup, Lonzo Ball didn’t skip a beat.He hung a quick turnaround, then raced back to the other end of the floor, recovering quickly enough to block Jae Crowder, cruising toward the rim, on the other end. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

FITNESS TRAINING WITH A RUGBY TWIST

first_imgLetterkenny Rugby Club have become the first Sporting Club in Donegal to open up their Fitness Training to the General Community.Sessions will be non-contact and will focus on building aerobic fitness and general strength for both males and females. There will be two levels of Training:The  Elite training Classes are for people who keep their fitness levels high and would like a new challenge.  The classes will be designed to build strength, stamina and aerobic fitness. Rugby skills will be incorporated into the classes to make them fun but this session is not for the faint-hearted!Intermediate Classes are aimed at those who undertake light to moderate training on a regular basis and would like to further improve their fitness, while meeting like-minded people. The emphasis will be on aerobic and strength training.This initiative has come about in response to the large number of people who want to train outdoors but don’t necessarily want to play team sports. Andrew Gibson, a professional fitness instructor who is running the sessions, said that you only need to drive around Letterkenny to see how many people are training on their own.  He pointed out that while jogging and cycling are great for aerobic fitness, they really only exercise a couple of muscles and people should try to incorporate some more general training into their fitness regime.‘The aim of the sessions is to provide a fun training environment which will improve overall fitness, strength and stamina’, he said.Classes are being held at Letterkenny RFC at the Glebe at 6.00pm Mondays and Wednesdays and on Saturday mornings at 9.30 am.  Cost is €5.00 per class. There is a free introductory session on the Bank Holiday Monday, August 1 at 6.00pm.For enquiries or to register your interest, send a text to 086 811 9339.FITNESS TRAINING WITH A RUGBY TWIST was last modified: July 24th, 2011 by marieShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:fitness trainingLetterkenny RFClast_img read more

DONEGAL CLOTHES APPEAL BUILDS AN AMAZING 35 NEW HOMES FOR REFUGEES

first_imgTim Jackson from Ballybofey with workers who will build 35 new homes thanks to Donegal people.OFFICIAL GOOD NEWS STORY: Donegal people have literally given the clothes off their backs to build 35 new homes for people in war-torn Africa.That’s the number of homes for refugees which will now be built in the Central African Republic after the charity Homes From Donegal raised €25,000 in their county-wide clothing collection in February. More than a staggering 23 tonnes of clothes was collected by the charity at 55 locations around the county.The poster says it all!Tim Jackson, founder of the charity, thanked all those around Donegal who had contributed to the collection.He said “We can now put 35 more refugee families back under a roof in Africa because of the great response. It only costs €700 per house, so a collection like this will make a massive difference to hundreds of people who have been living in squalor since the war began two years ago.”Homes From Donegal was founded after Jackson visited the Central African Republic, working in camps with refugees who had been driven from their homes by militia groups. The country itself is among the ten poorest in the world, with an average life-expectancy of only 50 years.He described the war as one of the most brutal, ongoing conflicts in the world, with innocent people being murdered in their thousands by machete-wielding rebels.The charity had previously built 9 houses, bringing the current total to 44.Along with the many volunteers who gave so generously of their time, Tim also thanked the many parishes and businesses who made their premises and vehicles available.He also thanked Glenside Business Park, JMP Furniture, Charles Bonner & Co., Kelly’s Bottling Store, Patton Foods, McBrides Joinery, Charlie Doherty Potatoes, Foy & Co., Sign Worx, Tara Hotel, and Aura Leisure Centre.DONEGAL CLOTHES APPEAL BUILDS AN AMAZING 35 NEW HOMES FOR REFUGEES was last modified: March 31st, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:buildcharityclothes appealHomes of DonegalJim Jacksonlast_img read more