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OAS member nations strengthen cooperation in fight against organized crime

Cooperation crucial in the fight against organized crime The criminal activities of organized crime groups, such as drug smuggling, extortion, kidnapping, and human trafficking, have led to increased levels of violence in several OAS countries in recent years. For example, from 2000 to 2011, the homicide rate in El Salvador jumped from 60 to 69 per 100,000 inhabitants, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). During that time, the number of killings in Honduras rose from 51 to 92 per 100,000 residents. In Guatemala, the number of killings ncreased from 26 to 39 for every 100,000 inhabitants. The violent street gangs Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13, and Barrio 18, or 18th Street, operate in each of those countries, where they engage in domestic drug dealing, extortion, and firearms trafficking. Those gangs are responsible for much of the violence in El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala. These gangs also have alliances with Mexican drug trafficking organizations, such as the Sinaloa Cartel, which is led by fugitive kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, and Los Zetas. Strengthening joint actions Security officials in Latin America need reliable equipment, technological tools, and sound tactical and strategic plans to succeed in their battle against organized crime, officials from more than 30 countries agreed following a recent conference. These were the main conclusions reached during the IV meeting of the Ministers of Security in the Americas (MISPA) in Medellin, Colombia. Officials from the 35 countries which comprise the Organization of American States (OAS) participated in the conference, which took place Nov. 21-22 2013. Security officials at the conference also determined that regional cooperation between OAS countries is crucial in the fight against transnational criminal threats. Colombian Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzón, OAS Secretary General José Miguel Insulza, and United States Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. were among the officials who attended the conference. The two-day meeting strengthened ties between OAS countries which battle transnational criminal organizations, Pinzón said. “The summit is an instrument that strengthens and reinforces joint actions against transnational crime and criminal behaviors that are common in these countries,” Pinzón said. Many OAS members face the shared threat posed by transnational criminal organizations, Pinzón explained. Transnational criminal organizations are “a global challenge that prevents the development of countries and violates human rights,” the defense minister said. Gangs in Colombia An international commission Colombian security forces are battling several organized crime groups, including the drug trafficking gangs “Los Rastrojos” and “Los Urabeños.” Both of these gangs have alliances with Mexican drug cartels. ”, both linked to drug trafficking in collusion with Mexican drug cartels, especially the Sinaloa Cartel, led by the fugitive of justice, Joaquín “Chapo” Guzmán. Colombian officials are negotiating with representatives of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), which has been fighting the government for 50 years. The ongoing negotiations are taking place in Havana. Organized crime activity increases violence By Dialogo December 19, 2013 At the end of the meeting, MISPA defined strategies for regional cooperation in the fight against transnational criminal organizations. The strategy calls for joint investigation protocols and improving the lines of communication for police forces from different countries to share information. Several OAS member countries are already cooperating in the fight against organized crime. For example, on Nov. 14, 2013 in Piura, Peru, the presidents of Peru and Ecuador agreed to strengthen cooperation on security in the fight against human trafficking and the illegal sale of fuel. The agreement President Ollanta Humala of Peru and President Rafael Correa of Ecuador marked the closing of the VII Binational Ministerial Cabinet. On Nov. 23, 2013, President Correa met with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos to discuss the progress of the agreements reached during the first Binational Cabinet meeting between the two countries. This meeting was held in December 2012, in Tulcán, Ecuador, where eight agreements were signed on issues of security, transportation, education, tourism, and petroleum. During the MISPA meeting, Insulza urged officials from OAS nations to support the idea of forming an international commission to fight transnational crime. “I hope that the proposal for an Inter-American Commission against organized transnational crime is considered and realized, because even today, in the second decade of the 21st century, we do not have a technical-political agency dedicated to organizing and coordinating collective efforts to address the growing threat of transnational organized crime,” the OAS Secretary General said. “In the five years that have passed since our first meeting in Mexico City, the issue of public security has become a cornerstone for OAS actions. MISPA has been institutionalized and response capabilities of the various agencies have increased,” Insulza said. read more

Measles Outbreak Spreads to Florida

first_imgDepartment of Health investigates measles case involving 72-year-old man in Pinellas County https://t.co/Yv6a66VX6I pic.twitter.com/MDSOe0ZL3R— FOX 13 Tampa Bay (@FOX13News) April 25, 2019 The 696 measles cases is the most since the U.S. declared the disease eliminated in 2000.The previous high was in 2014, when 667 cases were reported.Earlier this week, health officials said there were 626 cases of the measles, but that number was updated Wednesday evening.Nearly two dozen states are reporting cases of measles including Florida. Most of the measles cases are unvaccinated children and may have originated fromtravel abroad. The CDC is confirming that the U.S. has had nearly 700 cases of measles this year. And a new case has been reported in Florida.The Florida Department of Health confirms an elderly man in Pinellas County has been diagnosed with measles.Health officials said the 72-year-old man had traveled to Asia, but did not provide any other details.Anyone older than 12 months of age should receive the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine, the Department of Health said.As you would expect, the disease is making its way through our most vulnerable populations: Man, 72, from Pinellas County is latest to contract measleshttps://t.co/VYn06r41eC— Larry Lynam (@scopedbylarry) April 25, 2019last_img read more

FC Željezničar on Preparations in Međugorje

first_imgThe football players of FC Željezničar traveled to Međugorje, where in the next ten days they are to prepare for the performance in the first qualifying round of the European League.The coach of FC Željezničar Milomir Odović will prepare the team for the European matches and the next season of the Premier League of B&H.On Monday, FC Željezničar will play a friendly match against the team of Međugorje, and against FC Zrinjski three days later. In these matches, Odović will test the players who have just joined the team (Secouba Diatta, Ivan Livaja, Jovan Blagojević, Emir Hodžurda), as well as several young players who have transferred to the first team from the youth squad.‘’The team is finally complete. The real preparations are just starting, and will be very specific since we are playing the first European matches in fifteen days. We will also attempt to prepare for the next season of the Premier League. Currently, I am not thinking about the opponents. We have to reach a certain level of form, and if we achieve that, I believe everything will depend on us in the first qualifying round’’, said Odović prior to leaving for Međugorje.The last footballer who arrived at ‘’Grbavica’’ is Emir Hodžurda, the stopper who was a member of the youth squad of FC Željezničar until 2008, after which he played in Romanian FC Otelul Galati, FC Famos, FC Bosna Visoko, Slovenian FC Aluminij, while he spent the past season in FC Slavija.Odović believes that Hodžurda has the potential to fulfill the expectations of the expert staff of the FC Željezničar, but he points out that it is too early to predict whether he will meet the requirements, and that precisely the profile of a player such as Jovan Blagojević, the former player of Velež, was missing in FC Željezničar in the past season.‘’Assuming that Hodžurda is a player that we need, we will have a quality team that is covered in all positions. We brought in reinforcements in accordance with our abilities. I think Blagojević is a player that FC Željezničar did not have in the past season, and it is the profile of a player that we lacked. Our young players will advance with him, and FC Željezničar will play better’’, added the strategist of ‘’The Blues’’.(Source: novovrijeme.ba/ photo radiosarajevo)last_img read more

Bosnian watched Football Match at Goodison Park at the invitation of Everton

first_imgYoung BH citizen, Aldin Karabeg, managed to realize his dream and attend one match of the English Premier League after three months.This young man in July sent inquires to up to 92 clubs in England, with a simple question: “Why would I cheer for you?”Wanting to choose a club from Premier League, for which he would cheer in the future, Karabeg received answers to his letters and read answers from some of the world’s biggest clubs, such as Manchester United, Chelsea or Arsenal.Despite the fact that all the answers were really good, Aldin decided to choose Everton which, according to him, offered the best answer. Of course, the message from Muhamed Besic, BH football player that he sent to Aldin, contributed to all of this.However, that was not it for Aldin, who quickly attracted attention of English media, who followed his unusual little action. After he announced his decision, soon came the offer to turn his interesting story into a movie, which is why Aldin had the opportunity to fulfill his dream and attend the match Everton – Crystal Palace, which was played at the stadium Goodison Park.On that occasion, Aldin said to the media that he is really delighted with the atmosphere in the stadium and fan songs, and he cannot wait for the match to begin.“There is 40,000 people on the stands, and it’s roughly the population of the city where I live. It’s amazing to see all these people in one place and I think this is a dream come true,” said Karabeg from Goodison Park.(Source: Radiosarajevo.ba)last_img read more