Rio Police Hope Favela Achievements Will Have Lasting Impact

first_img The pacification police units (UPPs in Portuguese) are omnipresent in these communities. Chapéu Mangueira and Babilônia each have six precincts with two officers in each post at all times. Some police patrol on foot. The government has also installed sanitation systems, and water, and electricity. One year ago, says Assis, the residents didn’t have those things. “Before, they’d steal it,” he says. The state is also providing job training, education and other services. Human rights observers praise the new approach to favelas, if not always the execution. “Now, for the first time, we have a program that is not designed to protect people who live in the city from those in the slums, but rather to protect people in the slums themselves,” says Ignacio Cano, a researcher at the Rio de Janeiro State University Laboratory for the Analysis of Violence. In the 17 or 18 areas that have been pacified so far, the impact has been a dramatic decrease in armed shootouts, as well as territorial control of irregular armed groups. The Rio de Janeiro Institute on Public Security reports homicides in the city have fallen by 18.4 percent in the last 12 months. Cano and his colleagues interviewed residents in other communities near Copacabana in 2004. One man told him: “What a favela does not want to see is deaths, especially those of innocents. So favela residents think: ‘It’s good that the policeman and the dealer are talking. At least tomorrow there will be no shooting.’ What the resident doesn’t want is his door to be full of bullet holes, to be unable to take his son to school, to be unable to return home from work or school.” Cano added: “If you ask people, ‘Do you want to go back to the old way?’ the answer is no.” By Dialogo July 29, 2011 RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil — Sgt. Vagner Luis de Assis gazes at the Chapéu Mangueira and Babilônia favelas perched in the hills above ritzy Copacabana beach. To illustrate what this neighborhood used to be like, he mimics a narco-boss armed with an assault rifle scanning the neighborhood, bands of ammunition crisscrossing his chest. In the past, police strategies in favelas consisted of periodic occupations and interventions against drug lords and paramilitaries. Many innocent residents were caught in the crossfire. Rio de Janeiro’s public defender says that in the past 10 years, more than 60,000 murders remain unsolved. The government is now taking a new approach it hopes will have lasting benefits: community assistance. Chapéu Mangueira-Babilônia, home to 6,000, has been pacified for two years, and it shows in the tranquility of a Saturday afternoon. The view from the balcony of UPP headquarters is gorgeous — the blue of the Atlantic Ocean, the white sand of Copacabana Beach. Kites fly everywhere. Assis says it took his men one week to enter the favela. “BOPE [Rio’s Special Operations Police Battalion] came in and cleaned it up, then we came in behind,” he said. “They’re the front lines. We give the drug lords a chance to leave, otherwise many people would be killed.” Looking at the high rises, he says, “The people in Copacabana love it. Imagine, a really nice area, high class, millionaires, right next to people without anything. For them [the pacification] was marvelous. It’s brought the incidence of robbery, assault, and breaking and entering almost to zero.” The UPPs began in 2009, and the first favela to be pacified was Santa Marta. Now, it’s a tourist-friendly model area: It has an elevator, a nice view of Lagoa, Botafogo and Corcovado, a samba school and a paintball camp. UPP officers even delivered a baby there. last_img read more

President must force Moore to quit race

first_imgThe Cook Political Report has moved the race from a safe Republican seat to a “toss up.”If more credible allegations emerge before Election Day, Moore’s remaining support could crumble. If more voters are persuaded as more evidence emerges, it could give Democrats the margin of victory.Win or lose, Moore’s candidacy is a disaster for the GOP.If he wins despite the allegations, it will send a signal to women everywhere that Republicans do not believe that credible allegations of a grown man molesting a 14-year-old girl are disqualifying. And if he loses, his defeat will dramatically increase the chances that Democrats will win control of the Senate in next year’s midterm elections.That means no more conservative judges, no more conservative legislation — effectively ending the Trump presidency. Democrats would also be in charge of the Russia investigation and have unbridled subpoena power.And if Democrats also win control of the House, then it’s impeachment time. If any of that comes to pass, Trump can thank one man: Bannon.Even if Republicans manage to hold the Senate, Bannon’s campaign to unseat GOP incumbents is making it less likely that Republicans will expand their Senate majority in 2018. For all the grand talk of expelling Moore after he is elected, it is an open question whether Republicans would really set the precedent of kicking out a senator for alleged behavior — no matter how heinous — that happened decades before he was elected to the Senate, particularly if it was known to the voters who elected him.Moreover, expulsion is not so simple. Moore would be seated, and there would be an ethics investigation that could take months — with public hearings and witnesses. That is a spectacle no one wants.The best solution is to make sure Moore never makes it to Washington. Some have suggested that Attorney General Jeff Sessions launch a write-in campaign, but this could split the GOP vote and thus make a Democratic victory more likely.So Republicans, including the president, had better act quickly and get Moore to step aside.Marc A. Thiessen is a fellow with the American Enterprise Institute and former chief speechwriter to President George W. Bush.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen? Categories: Editorial, OpinionThe allegations by five women that Roy Moore pursued and sexually molested teenage girls while he was in his 30s are disgusting, and disqualify him to serve in the United States Senate.Conservatives should be outraged at Moore for his loathsome conduct. But they should also be outraged at the man who helped put Moore on the ballot and is in the process of destroying the Trump presidency: Stephen K. Bannon.If the man Trump supported in the primary, Sen. Luther Strange, were the Republican nominee today, the GOP would be cruising to an easy victory in the Dec. 12 special election. But thanks to Bannon’s insurgent campaign for Moore, Republicans could lose the Alabama Senate seat.center_img It should be clear by now that having 52 GOP senators is not enough to pass Trump’s agenda. So conservatives should be pouring all their resources into defeating vulnerable Democrats, not diverting millions from those efforts to fund Bannon’s needless internecine war.Now that Bannon is doubling down in supporting Moore, Republican donors must stop supporting Bannon’s war against Republican incumbents.And Trump should intervene to stop Bannon’s continued support of Moore and publicly urge the members of Alabama’s Republican Party central steering committee to pull Moore’s nomination when they meet later this week.Competitive primaries can be a good thing. But in this case, Republicans ended up with an alleged predator.Goodness knows he would not be the first one to walk the halls of the Senate.In this case, Alabama voters would be sending Moore to Washington with full knowledge of the allegations against him.That puts Republicans in a quandary.last_img read more

China virus toll hits 722 as Hong Kong imposes quarantine

first_imgThe death toll from China’s coronavirus outbreak soared to 722 on Saturday as Hong Kong imposed a mandatory quarantine on mainland arrivals to block the spread of an epidemic that has caused global panic.With 86 more people dying in mainland China — the highest one-day jump so far — the toll was closing in on the 774 killed worldwide during the 2002-2003 SARS epidemic.Nearly 35,000 people have been infected by the new strain, which is believed to have emerged in a market selling wild animals in the central city of Wuhan last year before spreading across China. Hong Kong began enforcing a two-week quarantine for anyone arriving from mainland China, under threat of both fines and jail terms.Most people will be able to be quarantined at home or in hotels but they will face daily phone calls and spot checks.The financial hub has 25 confirmed cases with one patient who died earlier this week.The city has been on edge as the virus has revived memories of the SARS outbreak that killed 299 in the semi-autonomous city.City officials hope the new measures will virtually halt the flow of people across the border while allowing the financial hub to remain stocked with food and goods from the mainland.The SARS epidemic left profound psychological scars and saddled residents with a deep distrust of authorities in Beijing who initially covered up the outbreak.In the last week, Hong Kong has been hit by a wave of panic-buying with supermarket shelves frequently emptied of staple goods such as toilet paper, hand sanitiser, rice and pasta.The government has blamed unfounded rumours of shortages.Cruise ship quarantined Other governments around the world have hardened their defences, with several countries banning arrivals from China and advising their citizens to avoid travelling there.Major airlines have suspended flights to and from China.Asian cruise ships have become a focal point as dozens of cases have been confirmed on a vessel off Japan’s coast.Sixty-four people aboard the Diamond Princess off Yokohama have tested positive and passengers aboard the cruise ship have been asked to stay inside their cabins to prevent new infections.Another cruise ship carrying a passenger suspected of infection with coronavirus will not be allowed to dock in southern Japan, the government said.In Hong Kong, 3,600 people were confined aboard the World Dream, where eight former passengers have tested positive for the virus.- Hero doctor -On the mainland, the death Friday of a Wuhan doctor who was reprimanded by police after he had sent messages warning about the virus back in December sparked a rare outpouring of grief and anger on social media.Li Wenliang, an ophthalmologist who contracted the disease while treating a patient, was eulogised as a “hero” while people on Twitter-like Weibo railed against “fat officials” and demanded “freedom of speech”.Videos shared on Weibo showed a small group of people blowing whistles late Friday in front of a floral tribute to Li at Wuhan Central Hospital, where he died.As people across China fumed, the government expressed condolences and ordered an investigation. Wuhan’s government will award Li’s family 800,000 yuan ($114,000) in compensation covered by “work-related injury insurance”, according to the official Xinhua news agency.- Scientists scramble -Researchers, meanwhile, are scrambling to develop a drug to combat the virus.The US health department is working with pharmaceutical firm Regeneron to develop a treatment using a class of drug that has boosted survival rates among Ebola patients.Two weeks ago Chinese doctors confirmed they had been giving anti-HIV drugs to coronavirus patients in Beijing, based on a 2004 study published after the SARS outbreak that showed “favourable” responses.Scientists around the world are also working to develop a vaccine, which experts say could take months.Chinese researchers looking at how the virus spread said the endangered pangolin, also known as the scaly anteater, may be the “missing link” between bats and humans.An earlier study — since discredited — pointed to snakes, and there remain numerous other possible candidates in the Wuhan wildlife market thought to be ground zero of the epidemic.Topics : The epidemic has prompted the government to lock down cities home to tens of millions of people, as anger mounts over its handling of the crisis, especially after a whistleblowing doctor fell victim to the virus.Vice Premier Sun Chunlan, on a visit to quarantined Wuhan this week, instructed officials to take a “wartime” approach as they implement drastic measures that include combing the city for feverish residents.With panic spiralling around the globe — more than 320 cases have emerged in nearly 30 other countries — researchers were racing to find treatments and a vaccine to fight the virus.Hong Kong quarantine last_img read more

Lead France’s energy transition, Hollande tells Caisse des Dépôts

first_imgHe assigned a new mission to the CDC, however, saying he wanted the institution to implement France’s “transition écologique et energetique” – the country’s shift to a more environmentally sustainable societal and economic system. He said this was particularly important in light of the climate change agreement reached in Paris in December.The president flagged a possible name change to capture this new priority, suggesting that in future it should perhaps be called Caisse des Dépôts et du Developpement Durable [sustainable development].To fulfil this new ambition, CDC should free up €3bn of additional investment capacity by 2017, Hollande said. The idea is for this to happen by way of a more active management of the CDC’s holdings, he added, which will release capital that can be funnelled toward new investments supporting sustainable development and green growth.The state will contribute to this by way of reducing charges on Caisse des Depot’s results over the coming years.Hollande set out two major priorities for the deployment of the new resources: housing and green growth.  Half should go toward social housing in the form of loans of at least 20 years at 0% interest and the rest to finance the renovation, particularly thermal, of public buildings.These funds will allow an additional €8bn to be raised, while the state and the CDC will jointly set up a property company with €750m in capital, he added.Another mission, Hollande said, was for the CDC to manage the new French social security system, specifically the occupational social security scheme. Caisse des Dépôts, France’s state-owned public interest financial institution, should become the orchestrator of the country’s transition to a greener economy and consider changing its name in connection with this “mission”, president François Hollande has said.The remarks were made as part of a wide-ranging speech during a ceremony marking the bicentenary of Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations (CDC).Hollande said the CDC should continue its “traditional missions” of financing infrastructure and supporting business but on a broader scale. This is why Agence Francaise de Developpement (AFD), the country’s international development agency, will be integrated into the CDC, he said.last_img read more

Eaton sentenced in Greensburg 2016 murder

first_imgGreensburg, In. — Circuit Court Judge Tim Day has sentenced Jason Eaton to 47 years for the murder of Wendy Sabatini in October of 2016. Court documents show Eaton shot Sabatini in the head after a rejected marriage proposal.The plea agreement between Eaton and the state, reached in January of 2018, says he will be sentenced to 47 years in prison, two years of the sentence suspended to supervised probation. Indiana law dictates that offenders convicted of murder serve 75% of their sentence with good behavior in prison. The plea agreement also agreed that the Defendant will have no contact with the victim’s family for the duration of his sentence.Decatur County Prosecuting Attorney Nate Harter publicly thanked Greensburg Police Department Chief Brendan Bridges, detective Mike McNealy, detective Steve Barnes, Cpt. Dennis Blodgett, Sgt. John Albert, Sgt. Wayne Davis, patrolmen Jacob Mays and Mike Colson, Indiana State Police trooper Steve Weigel, Decatur County Sheriff’s Department detectives Jeff Porter, Chris Hellmich and Derek Fasnacht.Following the case, Harter said, “Today closes a tragic chapter for Decatur County. There is no measure of justice that can restore Wendy Sabatini to her family. It is fitting that Mr. Eaton will reside with the Department of Correction for the next 35 years. Here we see the most severe consequences of domestic violence, and we must continue to combat domestic abuse in order to protect our friends, family, and neighbors from such tragic outcomes. Those present in the courtroom were moved by the impact statements given by Wendy’s family, and we as a community should continue to hold those she left behind in our prayers.”last_img read more

Local Hindu community thanks emergency workers with celebration

first_imgVersailles, In. — Recently the Indiana State Police, Ripley County Sheriff’s Department and the Versailles Fire Department attended the Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh celebration at the Versailles State Park. The Hindu tradition is a way of thanking first responders for their efforts to serve and protect our communities.last_img

Sterling hat-trick boosts Manchester City

first_imgManchester: Manchester City extended their lead at the top of the English Premier League to four points after a hat-trick from forward Raheem Sterling saw them beat Watford 3-1 here.Sterling’s first goal in the 46th minute at the Etihad Stadium here on Saturday evening was highly contentious.Sterling was clearly offside when Sergio Aguero played the ball to him before Watford full back Daryl Janmaat’s challenge saw the ball ricochet off the England forward into the goal, reports Efe news.The assistant referee raised his flag for offside, but after a lengthy discussion without the use of the Video Assistant Referee (VAR), the goal was allowed to stand.City’s second goal came just four minutes later when Sterling tapped in from Riyad Mahrez’s cross from the right.City were rampant and the game was effectively settled less than 10 minutes later when the England winger completed his hat-trick with a cool finish past Ben Foster after being played in by David Silva’s clever reverse pass down the left.“I am sorry if (the first goal) is offside but we deserve to win”, City coach Pep Guardiola, who praised his side’s perseverance, said after the game.Watford manager Javi Gracia rued his players’ loss of concentration following Sterling’s controversial opener, although the Spaniard refused to criticise the referee for what he called a “clear” error.Watford remains on course for their best-ever top flight finish, while City ended a difficult week, which saw various football bodies, including the Premier League, UEFA and FIFA, open investigations into their player recruitment processes and financial affairs. IANSAlso Read: Sports Newslast_img read more

Disappointed Kohli rues 45-minute slump in Manchester

first_imgBy Amlan ChakrabortyMANCHESTER, England (Reuters) – A spell of pedestrian cricket inside 45 minutes ruined India’s otherwise stellar campaign in the Cricket World Cup, captain Virat Kohli lamented after his team’s semi-final loss to New Zealand in a low-scoring thriller yesterday.Kohli’s men topped the group stage and wrested the number one ranking from England before their last four clash with 2015 finalists New Zealand.Defending 239-8, Matt Henry and Trent Boult blew away India’s star-studded top order that included Kohli and Rohit Sharma, the tournament’s leading scorer, to reduce them to five for three wickets inside four overs.Ravindra Jadeja mounted an audacious rearguard action but India could not recover after slumping to 24-4 after the first powerplay. “Of course, very disappointed,” a glum Kohli told a news conference. “We’ve played outstanding cricket throughout this tournament. To just go out on the basis of 45 minutes of bad cricket is saddening.“It breaks your heart also, because you worked so hard throughout the tournament to build momentum. You finish number one in the table, and then a spell of bad cricket and you’re out of the tournament. But you have to accept it.” After the top order imploded, Rishabh Pant and Hardik Pandya tried to arrest the free-fall before both played reckless shots to throw away their wickets.Kohli conceded their shot selection could have been better though he refused to blame 21-year-old Pant, who was playing only his ninth one-day international.“Look, he’s an instinctive player. And he did well to overcome that situation and string in a partnership with Hardik,” Kohli said.“He’s still young. I made many, many errors when I was young in my career, and he will learn. He will look back and think yes, he could have chosen a different option in that situation, maybe and he realises that already.” India suffered their only group stage defeat against hosts England, who meet Australia in the second semi-final in Birmingham today.Kohli said the team would emerge stronger from the setback. “It’s happened to us before and we have all come out better cricketers because of the setbacks, especially at a stage like World Cup,” he added.“But having said that, we qualified for the semis and have played some really good cricket. So we should be also proud of the way we played.”last_img read more

NCAA penalizes Orange men’s basketball due to failure to meet Academic Progress standards

first_imgThe early exits of Jonny Flynn, Eric Devendorf and Paul Harris were supposed to have a different kind of effect on the Syracuse men’s basketball program. Left for dead after the trio departed last spring, the Orange didn’t miss a beat on the court or in the win column this past season. But on Wednesday, Jim Boeheim’s program finally took a hit from their departure. One year after the three left SU to pursue professional careers prior to exhausting their collegiate eligibility, the Syracuse men’s basketball program was penalized following Wednesday’s release of the NCAA’s latest annual Academic Progress Rate report. After failing to meet the minimum academic standards required by the APR, the men’s basketball program was docked two scholarships. The APR measures the classroom performance of every Division I team. The SU men’s basketball team scored 912, below the necessary 925, for the first time in program history. In a statement on the university’s athletic web site, Boeheim suggested the primary reason for the low performance was due to Flynn, Devendorf and Harris leaving school early. AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘We have always been above the APR standard since it was implemented,’ he said in the statement. ‘We had three students leave school early to pursue professional basketball careers last spring, and that is difficult to overcome.’Along with Colorado, Syracuse was just one of two basketball schools from BCS conferences that failed to meet the academic standards. Colorado lost one scholarship in men’s basketball and five in football. Last year, the men’s basketball teams at Purdue, Ohio State, Tennessee, Indiana and Georgia Tech lost scholarships.Boeheim said in a statement that in anticipation of the restrictions, his program already took the scholarship penalty during the 2009-10 academic year. This season, the Orange had just 11 players on scholarship, two fewer than the NCAA maximum of 13. In the previous three years, the basketball program has received APR scores of 948, 955 and 932, respectively. Boeheim said he anticipates the team will be back above the APR standard when the next report is compiled.The NCAA annually calculates an APR for every team at every Division I school, using data collected over a rolling four-year period. Teams can receive two points per player, one for retaining the athlete in school and another if the athlete makes successful progress toward a degree that year.A team’s APR can drop if a player leaves school while in poor academic standing. NCAA spokesman Erik Christianson hinted in an email to The Daily Orange that early defections to the NBA aren’t necessarily a legitimate excuse for low performance. In fact, he said, the APR program allows for student-athletes to leave early to play professionally without their school being penalized. ‘If a student-athlete is in good academic standing and leaves school early to pursue a professional career in athletics, the team receives one point for academic achievement but is not penalized a retention point,’ Christianson said. ‘In other words, the team receives 100 percent of the points available and the team is not penalized.’Following the 2004-05 academic year, for example, North Carolina surpassed the academic threshold despite losing four players early to the NBA draft. Other schools in the past — including Duke following the 2001-02 academic year — have had multiple players depart the program early and have avoided being penalized.Despite the performance of the men’s basketball program, 13 of 19 Syracuse athletic teams recorded an APR that rated higher than the national average in their respective sports. The Orange men’s and women’s cross country teams both recorded a perfect score of 1,000, ranking in the top 10 percent nationally for the fourth year in a row. Additionally, more than 57 percent of Syracuse’s student-athletes achieved at least a 3.0 grade point average during the spring semester. The grade point average of the 557 student-athletes during the spring semester was 3.01.‘Our student-athletes continue to perform exceptionally in the classroom,’ Gross said in a statement. ‘We are proud of their academic accomplishments and the continued success as far as graduating and performing at the highest level of NCAA competition. It’s good to know we remain one of the top institutions in the country as far as academics and athletic performance combined.’— Asst. Copy Editor Michael Cohen contributed reporting to this story. Facebook Twitter Google+ Commentscenter_img Published on June 9, 2010 at 12:00 pmlast_img read more

Filmmaker Aviva Kempner discusses her documentary, ‘The Spy Behind Home Plate’

first_imgAK: Moe was fact-finding what was happening in Europe at that time. I also think that his knowledge of the game as well and his ability to figure out what the scenery was (crucial). I mean his whole taking (secret) footage of the Tokyo skyline (during the baseball tour) was crucial. He used a sports trip to get research for America.SN: And finally, what impression do you hope viewers get from “The Spy Behind Home Plate”? Any specific lessons you’re hoping they take away?AK: Well, today we’re worried about whether North Korea has nuclear capabilities and whether countries in the Middle East have nuclear capabilities. I think we need to know our history of how at a time when the world was in peril, and how a sports hero, someone in baseball, wound up being a real American hero. You know for me also, having done a Hank Greenberg film but also knowing about Ted Williams and Joe Dimaggio going off to war, their stats are not what they would have been if they hadn’t sacrificed for their country. Moe would have probably ended up being a manager afterward. They not only sacrificed their lives, but also their sports standing. Moe Berg may have been an unremarkable MLB catcher, but his indelible contributions to the U.S. effort in World War II and close friendships with baseball legends from Lou Gehrig to Babe Ruth made him one of the most interesting sports figures of his era.As a U.S. spy, Berg gathered valuable intel during a baseball trip to Japan, sneaking away from a string of exhibition games to capture footage of Tokyo’s skyline. That information would become important to the U.S. as it searched for weaknesses amid the Japanese capital. Later, he spent time on assignment in South America before monitoring Germany’s progress toward building a nuclear weapon. All the while, he served as a backstop for the White Sox, Senators, Indians and Red Sox. MORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZNFilmmaker Aviva Kempner tells Berg’s story in the film “The Spy Behind Home Plate,” which debuted in theaters May 24.Sporting News spoke to Kempner about the film, which aligned with her deep interests in Jewish history and sports.This interview has been lightly edited for clarity and brevity.Sporting News: As someone with a filmmaking interest in 19th century era American history, this film seemed to match your interests well. So first off, where did the idea to make “The Spy Behind Home Plate” originate as a continuation of that work?Aviva Kempner: (Executive producer) William Levine, who supported in a minor way two of my films, said to me one day, ‘Why don’t you make a film about Sid Luckman, the Jewish football player?’ And I said, ‘Well I don’t really like football.’ Then he said, ‘Why don’t you write about Barney Ross, the Jewish boxer?’ And I said, ‘Well I like boxing even less.’ And then he said, ‘What about Moe Berg?’ The third time was the charm, and I said absolutely. It just turned out to be the perfect person.SN: The film has all sorts of archived videos and photographs from the time period? Which was your favorite to include in your work?AK: It was the footage obviously taken on the trip over to Japan when you had stars such as Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth and Moe amongst them. It’s off the field, but it really is a great part of history.SN: I know you’ve always held a personal connection to baseball. Can you explain why it’s such an important sport to you?AK: My father was an immigrant and taught my brother and me to love baseball. The (local) players were very good growing up, and it’s just always been a sport I’ve enjoyed watching and still do in Washington D.C. My brother sadly has moved more to hockey, but I’ve stayed true to the sport.SN: Where might the story of Moe Berg demonstrate a historical connection between sports and politics or larger, non-entertainment issues?last_img read more