San Francisco City Attorney pledges to end gang injunctions by years end

first_imgBut criminal justice reform advocates have long argued that the injunctions unfairly targeted communities of color, created barriers that prevented former gang members from reentering society, and violated individuals’ civil rights. “This is definitely welcome,” said Roberto Alfaro, the executive director of HOMEY, a Mission-based nonprofit that focuses on violence prevention and at-risk youth. “There shouldn’t have been a gang injunction in the first place.” The Mission District’s injunction covered the Southeast end of the Mission, covering Potrero to the east, Cesar Chavez to the south, Valencia to the west, and 21st and 23rd streets to the north, creating an “L”-shaped area called the “Norteño Safety Zone.” The injunctions barred suspected Norteño members from entering the zone. Alfaro, however, said that legally banishing Mission born-and-raised Latino men from their neighborhood exacerbated another, unforeseen consequence. “It was touted as a tool to reduce violence,” he said. “But the fact of the matter is, what it did is put pressure on a community that is already in crisis of gentrification and displacement.” Herrera’s move was lauded by Supervisors Sandra Lee Fewer and Shamann Walton. Fewer held a hearing last June in which she and other supervisors questioned whether the injunctions were necessary in today’s San Francisco.   “This forward-thinking change to the gang injunction policy recognizes that San Francisco is in a very different place than in 2007 when these injunctions were first implemented, as our neighborhoods have undergone dramatic changes,” Fewer said in a statement. Walton commended Fewer’s leadership on the issue and Herrera “for taking this step to end gang injunctions in San Francisco.” Alfaro remained cautious, saying: “Let’s see if the City Attorney does it.”   Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera will soon request an expiration date for the gang injunctions placed on certain city neighborhoods — a controversial measure initiated more than a decade ago as a supposed means of curbing gang activity. Herrera announced Monday that he will ask the San Francisco Superior Court this spring to sunset the injunctions by Dec. 31. The injunctions barred individuals suspected of gang activity from portions of Bayview, Visitacion Valley, Western Addition, and the Mission District. Currently, 53 individuals remain subject to the injunctions. At the height of the injunctions, some 150 individuals were barred from areas identified as being hubs for gang activity. After a review last year, Herrera removed 83 individuals “because they had ceased active gang activity,” according to the City Attorney’s office. The use of gang injunctions — and their effectiveness in curbing gang violence — have been a source of contention. Herrera said in today’s statement that he is “pleased the gang injunctions worked.” Gang violence has, indeed, reduced since the injunctions were put in place around 2006. center_img Email Addresslast_img read more

THE Saints came from behind to record a great 342

first_imgTHE Saints came from behind to record a great 34-29 victory over a strong Wildcats team sprinkled with ex NRL stars, writes Graham Henthorne.The Saints got off to their by now customary, if frustrating, start by conceding within the first minute, the Wildcats punishing Gary Wheeler’s dropped kick off.It took a while for the Saints to find their feet against the enthusiastic Wildcats but they drew level after a piece of poor play from the home side. A last tackle kick from Danny Yates was taken over the touchline under no pressure by the Wildcats winger giving the Saints a scrum on the 10 metre line.The ball was worked to the right for Captain Carl Forster to drive over to bring the scores level.The Saints deserved to go ahead but a great short ball from Shaun Magennis which put Nathan Ashe through the line was adjudged forward. However, the Saints bench were directly in line and were of a different opinion!Immediately the home side took advantage of the situation and broke through some flimsy tackling to score.The Saints went further behind after 23 minutes finally succumbing to an Isaac John sidestep on the third set of six in a row.But the final ten minutes of the half belonged to the Saints as they finally managed to hang onto the ball enough to put the home side under pressure.A quickly taken penalty on the Wildcats 30 metre line was taken on by Forster but passed out to Ashe. His quick pass put Magennis through and he returned the favour with a deft pass out of the back of the hand to put Ashe under the posts. Lewis Charnock took over the kicking and kicked the first of his five out of five.Adam Swift put the Saints level scooping up a loose ball and showing a clean pair of heels to the chasing pack as he races 60 metres to the sticks.A measure of the respect this comeback had produced was the fact that John kicked a drop goal on the half time whistle.The Saints were disappointed with their first half display but took heart from only being one point down knowing that anything like their best would produce the goods.The Saints should have taken the lead as another Magennis short ball put Ashe away but Wheeler decided to cut back inside when maybe he should have backed himself.So it was the Wildcats who actually increased their lead as a wicked bounce fell into the winger’s hands and he rounded the defence for the score.A great set out of defence put the Wildcats on the back foot and allowed Swift the space to step off both feet to score on a 60 metre run.Then debutant Matty Fozzard had a try controversially disallowed. From the kick off Nathan Ashe gathered the ball from a Wildcat knock back but Scott Hale was harshly adjudged to have impeded the catcher.This galvanised the Saints who took it to the rapidly wilting home side. On the last Danny Yates put up a great bomb which Jordan Case plucked out of the air after leaping higher than the cover.The Saints were flying now. Wheeler had another try harshly ruled out for a marginal obstruction on his way to the line but Yates increased the lead with a fabulous individual effort.With the defence waiting for the kick he dummied to Swift but scythed through the line on an arcing run then came back inside the full back to the posts for the try.The final 15 minutes was a nervy affair as injuries and a mounting penalty count meant that the Saints spent most of it defending their own line. But, as it was only broken once, the Saints managed to hang on for a great win.Swift and Ashe showed glimpses of the flair both have in abundance but as ever Forster, Magennis showing fabulous touch for a big man, Jordan Hand and Ant Walker, who did a 65 minute stint were the foundation of the win.Match Summary:Wakefield:Tries: Gareth Croft, Sam Fletcher, Isaac John, Steve Southern 2.Goals: Jordan Grayston 4.Drop Goals: Isaac John.St Helens:Tries: Adam Swift 2, Nathan Ashe, Danny Yates, Carl Forster, Jordan Case.Goals: Lewis Charnock 5.Half Time: 16-17Full Time: 34-29Teams:Wakefield:1. Jordan Grayston; 2. Gareth Croft, 3. Sam Parkin, 4. Josh Hardcastle, 5. Sam Fletcher; 6. Isaac John, 7. Danny Ansell; 8. Adam Gledhill, 9. Ryan Wright, 10. Tom Lillycrop, 11. Adam Slater, 12. Kyle Trout, 13. Steve Southern. Subs: 14. Jordan Lowther, 15. Jake Joynt, 16. Declan Storey, 17. Andy Tate.Saints:17. Gary Wheeler; 2. James Hill, 3. Adam Swift, 4. Alex Trumper, 5. Lewis Charnock; 6. Nathan Ashe, 7. Danny Yates; 8. Shaun Magennis, 9. Lewis Foster, 10. Carl Forster, 12. Joe Greenwood, 11. Scott Hale, 13. Danny Jones. Subs: 14. Matty Fozzard, 15. Jordan Case, 19. Ant Walker, 20. Jordan Hand.last_img read more

Whats OnRed Vee Cafe Bar – Opens at 4pmTurnstil

first_imgWhat’s On:Red Vee Cafe Bar – Opens at 4pm.Turnstiles – Open at 5pm.Academy Championship – The 19s take on their Wakefield counterparts at 5:15pm.Club Face Painters – These will once again be operating in the Hattons Solicitors Family Stand and the Totally Wicked North Stand from around 6:30pm … come along and get your face painted in Saints colours for free!Bouncy Castles – We have rugby themed inflatables in the North and South West Stands.Member Offers – We have two great offers for you – any pie & alcoholic beverage is just £6, whilst a pie or hotdog & hot drink is just £4.Soft Drinks – Fruit shoots are now available for just £1.50 each.Carling Bar – Following feedback, fans in the West Stand can now get their hands on 500ml Carling PETs from our new bottle bar in the concourse. Price is £4.Contactless Payment – Will be available in the Karalius, Popular Side, Marching Inn, Eddington Arms and Voll’s bars to speed up your service.The A-Star Saints Angels – Will be performing several new performances before the game and at half time.Armed Forces Day – We are celebrating Armed Forces Day with a number of special events and commemorations. Our local TA artillery unit will be here displaying their weapons and our Community Development Foundation will sign the Armed Forces Covenant. We also have a special presentation with Raymond Rush too who will receive Chevalier in the Ordre National de le Legion d’honneur for his bravery in the Liberation of France. Elsewhere, cadets, serving personnel and veterans will form a guard of honour and take part in a parade.Half Time –See the new Simply Doughnuts Kicking Challenge! Contestants have three attempts to kick a ball into a large replica Simply Doughnuts pot in front of the West Stand. There’s a whole host of prizes to win and if you kick it in from the 40m line, you return at the final game of the season to kick again for the chance to win a car for the year from Chorley Nissan!Sponsors:The Match is sponsored by David Lloyd Knowsley and the Match Ball by O2 Business Centre Rainford whilst AS Kelman will choose the Man of the Match.Team News:Both sides have named their 19-man squad for the match. You can find out more here.Tickets:Tickets for the game are available from the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium or by calling 01744 455 052. There will be cash turnstiles on the Hattons Solicitors West, Totally Wicked North and East Stands. If you require a South Stand ticket then you need to head to the Ticket Office.Tickets are available online until 4pm.Saints Superstore:The Saints Superstore will be open from 9am right up until kick-off. It will close 45 minutes after the final whistle.Spotify Playlist:Many thanks to all those who have suggested songs for our Spotify playlist for this evening’s game. We will continue to update it throughout the day. Check it out here: programme is priced at £3 and features an exclusive interview with Regan Grace! Just how quick is he?last_img read more


first_imgThe game was full of action and incident from the first minute when Wakefield knocked-on from the opening kick-off.Saints took the advantage of their early pressure to lead through a well-worked Morgan Knowles try after a neat pass from Fages.After a scrappy first 20, Wakefield hit back with an excellent diving finish from Tom Johnstone to make it 6-4 to Saints after Danny Brough missed the conversion.Lachlan Coote then got into the game with the first of two brilliant assists. The first to set Tommy Makinson free to glide in from 30m out to give Saints and extended lead. Percival missed the conversion to give Saints a 10-4 advantage.Less than two minutes later, Wakefield hit back as some great offloading from Miller and Ashurst gave Johnstone his second try of the game to tie the thigs up at 10-10.The last ten mins of the half were less favourable for Saints with Lachlan Coote kicking the first of two restarts out on the full, and in the next set, Alex Walmsley suffered a head-knock after which he had to leave the field for a concussion assessment.Big Al thankfully returned at the start of the second half, however it was Wakefield who scored first, with Danny Brough slotting over a 40m penalty to give Wakefield the a 12-10 lead.Saints responded perfectly two minutes later as Regan Grace was on the end of a slick moving play from right to left through the hands of Fages then  finished with another sweetly timed pass from Lachlan Coote to slot Grace over in the corner.Saints could have pulled away in the 53rd minute with a trademark diving finish from Tommy Makinson, only denied at the last second by a diving Jacob Miller.Trinity then fought back with a brilliant 40-20 from Danny Brough meant Saints had to withstand three repeat sets on their own line.In the 67th minute, Tommy would not be denied this time as he scored a crucial try in the corner  after a break from James Roby and crisp passing from Fages and Lomax, who carved open the Wakefield left edge defence.Percival missed the conversion to give Saints an 18-10 lead with ten minutes to go.A dogged Wakefield then fought back yet again with a try from Bill Tupou after Saints gave away a penalty on half way, the game was tied by Brough to make it 18-18.After another kick-off mistake from Coote, Brough had the chance to put Wakefield ahead with a penalty kick from the half way line, but it didnt have the legs to make it over the posts.There was still time for further drama, after Coote mis-cued an attempted a drop goal that stayed in play and gave Wakefield possession.However, on the next set with less than two minutes to go in the game Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook powered over after great work from Lomax to give Saints a frantic win.Match Summary:Saints:Tries: Knowles, Makinson (2), Grace, McCarthy-ScarsbrookGoals: Percival (2 from 5)Wakefield Trinity:Tries: Johnstone (2), TupouGoals: Brough (3 from 5)HT: 10-10 FT: 18-24REF: Robert Hickslast_img read more

Wrightsville Beach pastor talks church safety after Texas church shooting

first_imgWRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — It has been one week since the shooting in Sutherland Springs Texas and now church safety is a topic for one pastor and his congregation.“Every Sunday here we have the opportunity to come and worship and to invite anyone in to love everyone and show that love to everyone. That doesn’t change,” Wrightsville Beach Baptist Pastor John McIntyre said.- Advertisement – After more than two dozen lives were taken in a Sutherland Springs Texas church and Pastor McIntyre said his heart is with those suffering, but it will not make him fear stepping inside a house of God.“My job as pastor is to provide for the safety and security of this flock, and I take that very seriously,” McIntyre said.Members of the Wrightsville Beach Baptist Church agree safety is important, but they will not live in fear.Related Article: Man injured in shooting near Greenfield Lake“When I got up to come to church this morning it was like any other Sunday getting up and coming to church because I come to church for the reason of worship and there was absolutely no fear and the worry is for the those people who have suffered such a terrible loss,” church member Carole Jackson said.Kenneth Roebuck who is a Deacon at the church said there should be a protection plan in place, but making people feel welcomed is also important.“We shouldn’t walk everyday in fear, but yet we need to keep our eyes open and prepare,” Roebuck said.Moving forward Pastor McIntyre said he does not plan on being armed, but is thankful for police who keep a watch on the church.“Even if the worst possible thing were to happen and come into our campus and some how make it passed any safe guards that we have in place, I know that God is in charge and he has the ultimate say and he brings good from bad,” McIntyre said.Pastor McIntyre said church attendance numbers were down today it could be for a number of reasons, but he does wonder if recent events had any affect on that.last_img read more

UNSOLVED Ebonee Spears seen at WPD Boys Girls Club before going missing

first_img “I recently started this thing with my coworkers with water bottles,” Rivers said. “Anybody that I know that’s traveling giving them some water bottles and fliers with Ebonee’s picture on it.”Rivers reported Spears missing on Januray 15, 2016.“She was fine,” Rivers said. “She had meetings set up that day; just a normal day planned.”Related Article: WPD seeking help with ‘alarming trend’ of Shotspotter alertsRivers said things started getting strange that afternoon.“Between 5:30 and 7, she was walking down Nixon Street,” Rivers said.Rivers said Spears’s friend, who works at the Community Boys & Girls Club, saw her and noticed something was off.“So he dropped her off at the club and told her to wait right there,” Rivers said.Instead, Rivers said Spears walked to the Wilmington Police Department.“She actually used the phone,” WPD Lt. Kelvin Hargrove said. “The front desk officer showed her where the phone was, because we got a phone out in the lobby. At one point she got upset and started cursing and left out of the building.”Hargrove said that happened around 8 p.m.“The front desk officer then went and checked the phone to make sure the phone was working, because he didn’t know why she was so upset,” Hargrove said.Hargrove said Spears was then seen at the Boys & Girls Club again.“She was last seen leaving the Boys & Girls Club headed toward home at 8:30 or 9 o’clock,” Hargrove said.Rivers said later that night, Spears talked to a man at her apartment.“Quarter to 10 Ebonee was outside her apartment, and she approached him for a cigarette,” Rivers said, “and he said he had his last one, and he said Ebonee mentioned something about walking up to the store to get something.”Rivers said that was the last time anyone saw her.“All of it’s strange,” Rivers said.Hargrove said detectives interviewed several people Spears talked to that day.“One of the people that she talked to stated that she was on new medicine and it was messing with her,” Hargrove said.Spears had recently been diagnosed with lupus.“It took like a different toll on her with the anxiety and the depression,” Rivers said.Rivers never saw Spears that day, but she talked to her on the phone after she never showed up for dinner.“She said, ‘No. I’ve already eaten a salad. I’m fine, and I just stepped outside to get some air,’” Rivers said.Rivers said that was a red flag.“Because I know Ebonee, and she doesn’t like cold weather, so No. 1, she’s not going to be walking up and down the street,” Rivers said.Rivers said Spears had not been acting like herself all that week.“That Thursday she was acting erratic,” Rivers said. “The Ebonee I know and love so much, she was a responsible person.”But Rivers said her daughter never talked about taking her own life.“Even in her weakest moments, no,” Rivers said. “If she had taken her own life, I think her body or something would have been found by now.”That’s why Rivers thinks her daughter’s disappearance is suspicious.“To me, I think so,” Rivers said. “No clothes, no money, no ID, no nothing. ‘Cause if she was just going to walk away, why take the time to lock your apartment, though? You wouldn’t have cared.”It is a mystery that weighs on Rivers every single day.“More than anybody could ever imagine,” Rivers said.It is a weight that only a mother could understand, but as a mother and grandmother, she says she has to keep pushing.“So life goes on, but in the midst of all that, you’re thinking, I’m able to eat. I’m able to sleep. I am able to do this,” she said. “Is Ebonee able to do these same things? Is she being taken care of? Is she alright?”These questions keep her making water bottles. It is a mystery she will continue telling, a picture she will continue showing until Ebonee’s disappearance is no longer unsolved.If you have any information, call Wilmington Police or use Text-a-Tip. 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Almost two years ago, a mother from Wilmington went missing.From posters to water bottles, Harriett Rivers has spent nearly two years putting her daughter’s face everywhere.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Lake Waccamaw issues boil water advisory

first_img Periods of low or no pressure in the distribution system increases the potential for back siphonage and the introduction of bacteria into the water.When water is restored, you should boil water for one minute. LAKE WACCAMAW, NC (WWAY) — The Town of Lake Waccamaw is asking residents to boil their water before using it, due to a leaking water main on Waccamaw Shores Rd.The advisory is issued for people who live on both sides of the road to the dam. Homes affected are from 2813 and 2934 Waccamaw Shores Rd and continues to the dam.- Advertisement – last_img

Local students plan vigil to honor Parkland school shooting anniversary

first_img Two New Hanover High School students, Summer Marshburn-TenEyck and Kathryn Conlon, came on Good Morning Carolina Wednesday to talk about an apolitical event planned by a group of all student activists.The event is on Saturday, Feb. 16. March For Our Lives students will hold a candlelight vigil to remember the 17 lives lost last Valentine’s Day in Parkland Florida. Marshburn-TenEyck says this event will be apolitical and nonpartisan. She said this weekend is solely about remembering the lives lost due to gun violence. Speakers & supporters will include Elizabeth Sloane, Bernadine Fulton, and March For Our Lives students.Marshburn-TenEyck is a sophomore at New Hanover High School. She helped lead her school’s walkout after the Parkland Shooting last year, spoke at the March For Our Lives in March 2018, and is now one of three Co-Directors for March For Our Lives Wilmington. She is passionate about ending gun violence because she wants to ensure that upcoming generations are not growing up with fear in their schools, churches, movie theaters and homes.Related Article: Boys Scouts work on merit badge with visit to WWAYConlon is also sophomore at New Hanover High School, and one of three Co-Directors of March For Our Lives Wilmington. She says she participates in this movement because she believes that The United States has a responsibility to ensure the safety of it’s citizens, which starts with ending gun violence, and if our government won’t take control our students will. 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A group of high school students in New Hanover County is planning a vigil this weekend to honor the anniversary of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.On February 14, 2018, a gunman opened fire at the Parkland high school killing 17 students and staff and injuring more than a dozen others. The gunman was identified as Nikolas Cruz by a U.S. official briefed on the investigation. – Advertisement – last_img read more

DA sheriff ask state to investigate New Hanover Co Schools handling of

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — New Hanover County’s district attorney and sheriff have asked the State Bureau of Investigation to look into how the school district handled the case of a former teacher who pleaded guilty last week to dozens of sex crimes involving students.In a news release District Attorney Ben David said he and Sheriff Ed McMahon asked SBI to investigate whether there was a violation in law, including the handling of sexual offense claims allegedly brought to the attention of New Hanover County Schools administration.- Advertisement – Last week Michael Kelly pleaded guilty to 59 separate sexual offenses involving 19 victims over a period of more than 15 years while he was a teacher at Laney High School and Isaac Bear Early College. Prosecutors say during questioning by FBI agents right before his arrest last year Kelly alluded to an internal school district investigation that he claimed cleared him of any wrongdoing. That led sheriff’s office investigators to talk to Kelly the day after his guilty plea. They had been unable to to talk to him before then until the cases were resolved because of his right to remain silent.“In light of information learned, we requested for the State Bureau of Investigation to conduct an investigation of the school administration’s handling of the Kelly matter,” David said in a statement. “Additionally, the Sheriff’s Office received information from members of the public detailing similar allegations unrelated to the Kelly case. The Sheriff’s Office opened an investigation into these allegations as well but now believes, as I do, that they should bereviewed by outside agents with the SBI.”David said a formal request has also been made to the North Carolina Attorney General’sOffice to serve in an advisory capacity as the SBI conducts its investigation and, if needed, prosecute any violations of the law.Related Article: Pope accepts Washington cardinal’s resignation amid scandalDavid said the outside investigation and handling of any prosecution is necessary because members of his staff and the sheriff’s office may be interviewed about the facts of the underlying sexual assault case, which would create a conflict of interest.“An examination of the facts by outside investigators and a review of the evidence by outside prosecutors will remove even the appearance of impropriety and should satisfy the concerns that any decision is based upon facts and law and not based upon long standing relationships of professionals whose very oaths of office put them in constant communication with each other. Everyone in the community should welcome a thorough review of these troubling allegations by agencies with no local ties,” David said.The DA’s announcement comes hours after New Hanover County Schools Deputy Superintendent Rick Holliday announced his retirement after 37 years with the district. Among Holliday’s duties as deputy superintendent was handling Title IX issues, including allegations of sexual abuse. Holliday also served as principal at Laney for several years, including when Kelly was a teacher there.The New Hanover County School Board issued a statement following its closed session meeting on Monday, saying:“To reiterate prior statements from the district, the New Hanover County Board of Education strongly and completely condemns the actions of Michael Earl Kelly who pled guilty last week to numerous crimes. The Board expresses our sorrow to all the victims and their families affected by Kelly’s heinous acts. In light of allegations made against New Hanover County Schools during the recent sentencing of Kelly, the NHC Board of Education has launched an internal investigation into incidents that allegedly occurred in 2006. We will continue to fully cooperate with any and all ongoing investigations. Once the investigations are complete, we will take appropriate action.”last_img read more

Watch Maltese activist makes 38km swim around Gozo

first_imgA swimmer has managed to circumnavigate the entire 38 kilometre coastline of Gozo in just over 10 hours, to raise awareness about keeping the sea clean. The swimmer, Neil Agius started his swim at 3.15AM this morning.Agius explained that the main goal of the challenge was to raise awareness among the Maltese and Gozitan people about the cleanliness of the sea and the responsible use and disposal of plastic.Agius didn’t do the challenge alone, having a team of people supporting him along the way. Twain Cutajar and Gordon Bugeja took responsibility for driving the support vessel while Peter Grech provided motivational support during the more difficult parts of the swim. Lara Vella ensured Agius ate and drank during the challenge.On Facebook, yesterday evening, Agius encouraged all those who want a clean and better environment, to take on the personal challenge and support the Wave of Change movement, to collect three plastic items discarded at sea or on land and encourage three peers to do the same.Maltese man swims 70km in less than 22 hoursThis is not the first time Agius has carried out such a challenge. Last July, he swam 70km around Malta in 22 hours.WhatsApp <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrintlast_img read more

EU working to get European candidate to replace Lagarde at IMF official

first_img <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> FILE PHOTO: A participant stands near a logo of IMF at the International Monetary Fund – World Bank Annual Meeting 2018 in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia, October 12, 2018. REUTERS/Johannes P. Christo/File PhotoFILE PHOTO: A participant stands near a logo of IMF at the International Monetary Fund – World Bank Annual Meeting 2018 in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia, October 12, 2018. REUTERS/Johannes P. Christo/File Photo The European Union wants to have an agreed European candidate to replace Christine Lagarde at the helm of the International Monetary Fund, a senior EU official said on Monday.The fund will need to replace Lagarde after she was nominated last week by EU leaders as the next president of the European Central Bank, a job that will start in November.“There is a strong urge among European countries to come with one candidate,” the official said on condition of anonymity before a meeting of euro zone finance ministers on Monday that is likely to discuss the matter informally.The official said the president of the Eurogroup, Mario Centeno, was among those working on this, together with Finland, which currently holds the EU’s rotating presidency.One official said some EU countries wanted a candidate somebody from an EU member state, an option that could rule out British candidates, as Britain is due to leave the EU at the end of October.Bank of England governor Mark Carney has been mentioned in media reports as one of Europe’s possible candidates.Though born and raised in Canada, Carney, who is also a former governor of the Bank of Canada, holds British and Irish passports in addition to his Canadian citizenship.The issue is not on the formal agenda of Monday’s meeting as the IMF itself has not even yet opened the procedure to find a new managing director.WhatsApp SharePrintlast_img read more

Chelsea agree deal with Real Madrid for Courtois

first_img SharePrint <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=a7617b59&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> Thibaut Courtois is expected to be unveiled as a new Real Madrid player on Thursday after Chelsea accepted a £35m offer from the Spanish side.The Belgian goalkeeper has signed a six-year deal after making clear his desire to leave Chelsea. Courtois failed to turn up for pre-season training and the English club have already taken disciplinary actions against the 26-year-old.Ranked among the best goalkeepers in the world, Courtois signed for Chelsea in 2011 from Genk for an estimated fee of £8m before spending three seasons on loan at Atletico Madrid.WhatsApplast_img read more

Kagame urges youth to utilize broadband for Africas devt

first_imgAdvertisement Speaking at the two-day global meeting, also attended by leading broadband service providers, President Kagame, who co-chairs the Broadband Commission together with Mexican Billionaire Carlos Slim, said that African youth should seize the opportunity and use available technologies to advance themselves.“To you, the youth, I would like to say that technology is increasingly playing a major role in the way you learn, interact and fully participate in today’s world,” President Kagame said.“You are tomorrow’s promise because of today’s possibilities—you possess the energy and drive required to use these technologies to address some of the world’s challenges across many sectors.” – Advertisement – He pointed out that broadband offers the youth a powerful tool to remain politically engaged, because it provides a medium to interact with their governments, make their voices heard and allows them opportunities to shape national and global agendas.The Head of State, speaking at a panel that included Carlos Slim and Dr. Hamadoun Toure, the Secretary General of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), said that in the case of Rwanda, the government has instituted policies which allow citizens to utilise social media to access their leaders.“This is one of the steps needed to ensure that we remove communication barriers between government officials and their citizens,” adding that it is imperative that leaders form that linkage between themselves and the masses.“We leaders are faced with urgent decisions—we must establish the right partnerships across governments, industry, academia and the international development community to ensure that we do not wait for another century to recognize that broadband too, was another missed opportunity,” he addedPresident Kagame noted that there is an urgent need to develop effective strategies necessary for the harmonization of regulatory policies and allow for fast rollout of broadband infrastructure.He noted that this will create incentives to encourage private broadband operators to invest cost-effectively in low income markets.The President highlighted the need to ensure that broadband development is not seen in isolation of other national development priorities but rather as a symbiotic strategic imperative.Similarly, President Kagame emphasised that the Academia should play a significant role in ensuring that the youth possess adequate skills to use and exploit the benefits of broadband technology.“As we continue to deliberate on the subject of building Africa’s future around broadband technologies, it is also important to recognize that the world needs to be mobilized to address broadband as a development imperative,” Kagame said.“This is the message we will deliver to world leaders as they convene in Geneva next month in October to adopt core strategies that will move broadband to the central stage of developmental policies.”Carlos Slim, who is currently the world’s richest person according to Forbes magazine, said that the world is living a new civilisation of digital technology, which should be good news to developing countries.“Technology offers us a great opportunity to work towards the socio-economic welfare, our people and governments have been looking for, for many years,”“First of all, we need to achieve universal access to broadband,” Slim said, noting that part of that target has been achieved especially with the emergence of mobile phones and their portability, adding, however, that a lot more is yet to be done in the area of data.Citing Latin America, Slim said that the level of penetration is equal to that in developed countries such as USA and Canada but the region still lags behind in the area of data and video connectivity.“We need to go beyond the voice, we need to go to data, we need to go to video, we need to go to applications and other internet and broadband enabled developments,” observed the telecoms mogul, noting however that the progress is so far commendable.Also on the panel was Sunil Bharti Mittal, the Chairman and owner of telecoms giant Bharti Airtel, Cheick Sidi Diarra, the UN Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for the Least Developed Countries and Suvi Linden, the Finish ICT Minister.The panel also had 3 African youth, Akariza Gara from Rwanda, Emmanuel Fori from Ghana and Kariuki Gathitu from Kenya.Youth representatives from various African countries engaged with the panel and commissioners on ways to leverage the power of technology and how broadband can lead the way as this century’s transformative technology.Later in the day, the delegates visited the Millennium Development Model Village in Mayange, Bugesera district. Prof. Jeffery Sachs, the founder of the Millennium Project, conducted a guided tour.The Millennium Project was commissioned by the United Nations Secretary-General in 2002 to develop an action plan for the world to achieve the Millennium Development Goals and to reverse the grinding poverty, hunger and disease affecting billions of people.last_img read more

African Game Developers Can Participate in Microsofts DreamBuildPlay Challenge For a Grand

first_imgPicture: Showing are the Kenyan software developers participating in a hackathon organised by Nokia in June 2012. However, Internet of Things has commanded the attention of developers and tech professionals alike. Image Credit: Developlocal Advertisement Redmond-based software firm, Microsoft Corp. is calling upon African game developers to participate in their annual Microsoft’s Dream.Build.Play Challenge. A challenge that pushes game makers to maximize their creativity and create experiences that engage gamers from across the world.The challenge isn’t limited to Africans, but open to all creators, working solo or in teams of up to seven ready to create a Universal Windows Platform (UWP) game in one of the categories; Cloud-powered game, PC game, Mixed reality game, or Console game -for a grand prize of USD$200,000 (roughly 719,600,000 UGX). The winners will be announced in March, 20th 2018.Dream.Build.Play categories:In the cloud-powered game category, the grand prize is USD$100,000, with developers challenged to build a game that uses Azure Cloud Services on the backend. Judges will give the highest scores to games that use multiple services in creative ways.In the PC game category, the winner is given USD$50,000 if they develop a Windows 10 game using whatever technology they prefer.In the mixed reality category, USD$50,000 is available to the creator of the best immersive mixed reality experience that lets players interact with 3D volumetric content in a virtual space.Finally, in the console game category, USD$25,000 will be awarded to developers who will have built a UWP game for the Xbox One console family and incorporate the Xbox Live Creators Programme with at least Xbox Live presence. Extra consideration will be given to games that incorporate Xbox Live services like leader boards and statistics.Interested participants can register (FOLLOW THE LINK) not later than December 31st 2017.[related-posts]last_img read more

STAR PREVIEW Southampton v West Ham

first_imgMost football fans have more varied wishes for Christmas than things that are solely on the pitch but an unexpected gift for Southampton has been their new manager, Ralph Hasenhuttl. He has gotten a side that struggled to get on the scoresheet hitting the back of the net again and the visit of West Ham might bring more goals.Southampton had been in the middle of a rotten run (and having a rotten season) until the visit of Arsenal earlier this month, when a double from Danny Ings and a late winner from Charlie Austin saw them end a 22 game unbeaten run for the visitors with a 3-2 victory. They then followed that up with a 3-1 victory over Huddersfield at the weekend, making it back to back wins for the first time since September – in all competitions.West Ham had been rolling after four wins on the bounce but they found the fine form of Ben Foster and Christian Kabasele too much for them as a resilient Watford side took the spoils from the London Stadium. Few would argue that Watford didn’t deserve the points but West Ham had 18 shots on target and forced seven saves out of Foster.Southampton v West HamPremier League19:45 Sky Sports Premier League / Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Ultra HDHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)MAR 2018 PREMIER LEAGUE West Ham 3-0 SouthamptonAUG 2017 PREMIER LEAGUE Southampton 3-2 West HamFEB 2017 PREMIER LEAGUE Southampton 1-3 West HamSEP 2016 PREMIER LEAGUE West Ham 0-3 SouthamptonFEB 2016 PREMIER LEAGUE Southampton 1-0 West HamDEC 2015 PREMIER LEAGUE West Ham 2-1 SouthamptonFEB 2015 PREMIER LEAGUE Southampton 0-0 West HamAUG 2014 PREMIER LEAGUE West Ham 1-3 SouthamptonFEB 2014 PREMIER LEAGUE West Ham 3-1 SouthamptonSEP 2013 PREMIER LEAGUE Southampton 0-0 West HamAPR 2013 PREMIER LEAGUE Southampton 1-1 West HamOCT 2012 PREMIER LEAGUE West Ham 4-1 SouthamptonBefore that the Hammers had won their previous four, scoring three in three of those successes, so they should not be underestimated here and it is a slight surprise to see them as the outsiders in the match odds. However it is more tempting to go for over 2.5 goals. Southampton have seen five of their last six go overs and West Ham have the firepower to play their part in a high scoring encounter.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK OVER 2.5 GOALS 5 points at 4/5 with starsports.betPROFIT/LOSS SINCE JAN 1 2017: PROFIT 190.53 pointslast_img read more

Baker Institute experts cite shortcomings in US energy bill

first_imgShareCONTACT: Franz BrotzenPHONE: 713-348-6775E-MAIL: Baker Institute experts cite shortcomings in U.S. energy billEnergy experts at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy argue that while new fuel economy standards set by the 2007 energy bill are a step in the right direction, they won’t be sufficient to cut U.S. oil imports. The analysis is contained in a document from the Baker Institute Energy Forum that answers frequently asked questions about the new U.S. energy bill. The document also describes talk of energy independence as “ridiculous” and suggests it “may not even be a worthwhile goal.” The document, “U.S. Energy Policy FAQ: The U.S. Energy Mix, National Security and the Myths of Energy Independence,” was prepared by Amy Myers Jaffe, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow in Energy Studies at the Baker Institute; Kenneth Medlock, fellow in energy studies at the Baker Institute; and Lauren Smulcer, program associate at the Baker Institute Energy Forum. To read the document, go to .The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 was signed into law Dec. 19, 2007. It focused on automobile fuel economy, development of biofuels and energy efficiency in public buildings and lighting. The bill mandates an increase in corporate average fuel economy standards (CAFE) to 35 miles per gallon for new automobiles by 2020, with first improvements required in passenger fleets by 2011. According to the authors, this new policy won’t be enough to lower U.S. oil imports; rather, it will only be able to ameliorate the projected increase in U.S. oil imports over the next 10 years. On the possibility of achieving total energy independence, the authors wrote, “Eliminating 12 million b/d of oil imports from our daily lives is not plausible.” They analyzed the viability of other fuels like ethanol, wind, coal and nuclear. The FAQ also addresses such issues as global oil production, uses of imported energy, alternative energy sources and the U.S. energy policy options. The Baker Institute acknowledged the role of Shell Oil Company in providing public polling data on U.S. energy policy to aid the institute’s effort to inform the public about energy use and national strategy. AddThislast_img read more

Rice students to compete in Labor Day weekend DesignAThon

first_imgAddThis ShareMEDIA ADVISORY/PHOTO & VIDEO OPDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduRice students to compete in Labor Day weekend ‘Design-A-Thon’HOUSTON – (Sept. 2, 2016) – More than 20 teams made up of 100 Rice University undergraduate and graduate students will compete in Rice’s Oshman Design Kitchen’s inaugural Labor Day weekend INNOVATE Design-A-Thon. The event begins tonight and runs through Sunday at 4 p.m. Media will likely find the design-and-build portion Saturday most useable; however, the full agenda for the three-day event is available here.This year’s INNOVATE Design-A-Thon is an engineering design competition similar to the traditional code-based hackathon. Teams of three to five students will compete to design, prototype and present the best assistive devices for adults and children with disabilities. Each student team will have the duration of the Design-A-Thon and the physical and human resources of the OEDK, along with more than 20 guest mentors and experts, to develop their solution over the course of the weekend.Who:  Rice University students.What: Labor Day weekend INNOVATE Design-A-Thon competition to create assistive devices for adults and children with disabilities. See the full agenda.When: 4:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2, through 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 4.Where: Rice University’s Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen and Brockman Hall, Room 101.A map of the Rice University campus is available here.-30-Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Follow the OEDK on Twitter @RICE_OEDK.Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,910 undergraduates and 2,809 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for best quality of life and for lots of race/class interaction by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to read more

Francisco Veloso Named New Imperial College Business School Dean

first_img About the AuthorKelly Vo    Kelly Vo is a writer who specializes in covering MBA programs, digital marketing, and personal development.View more posts by Kelly Vo This month, Imperial College London named internationally renowned innovation scholar and professor Francisco Veloso as the new Dean of the Business School. Veloso is a prominent expert in innovation and entrepreneurship, where his research—including studies into the development of Silicon Valley—has mainly focused on how corporations and regions develop and use science and technology to promote economic growth.About Professor Francisco VelosoVeloso joins the Imperial College Business School from the Católica Lisbon School of Business and Economics, where he has served as dean since 2012. His leadership steered Portugal’s leading business school to an international reputation, now ranking among the top 25 business schools in Europe, according to the Financial Times. His time as dean also increased the number of international students and doubled the School’s research presence in top journals.In addition to his time as dean, Veloso also retains his adjunct appointment at Carnegie Mellon University where he serves as a tenured full professor and a member of the Board of Directors. Veloso was also responsible for overseeing the establishment of a research funding initiative and dual Ph.D. programs between Carnegie Mellon and several Portuguese universities. His expertise in innovation, entrepreneurship, and industrial development has impacted both the Portuguese Government and the European Commissioner through his role as an advisor. In 2008, he was awarded the Alfred P. Sloan Industry Studies Fellowships for research on innovation in the auto sector.“Francisco’s commitment to academic excellence, innovation and a global outlook make him the ideal person to head Imperial College Business School through its next stages of aspiration and growth,” said Professor James Stirling, Imperial’s Provost. “His extraordinary leadership at Católica Lisbon saw the school flourish into an institution that is respected across Europe. His foresight and experience will be invaluable. I look forward to working with him to take the Business School from strength to strength.”Professor Francisco Veloso will officially begin his role as dean on August 1, where he’ll succeed Professor Nelson Phillips, who has been Acting Dean of the Business School since the summer of 2016.“I am truly honored with this appointment and delighted to join such a world class institution,” said Veloso. “I very much look forward to working with the community of faculty, alumni, students and staff to propel the Business School to even more greatness.” regions: London Last Updated Mar 16, 2017 by Kelly VoFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail center_img Francisco Veloso Named New Imperial College Business School Dean RelatedNew Dean of the Imperial College Business School Talks InnovationOn August 1, Professor Francisco Veloso celebrated his first day as dean of the Imperial College Business School. To kick off his tenure, he spoke about his appointment, experience and business ideas with Laura Singleton, the Media and PR Officer at Imperial College. His thoughts were captured in an article…August 3, 2017In “Featured Region”Who are the Most Important Female Leaders in Business School Today?Being a woman in business isn’t easy. While the industry works to improve gender equality, there is still a long way to go. Currently, women only hold 18.1 percent of directorships at publicly held companies. According to the latest report from MSCI, a research and analytics firm for investors, it…July 5, 2018In “Featured Home”McDonough Dean Paul Almeida Delivers State of the School AddressPaul Almeida addressed faculty and staff at the annual State of the School event earlier this month. The newest dean of the McDonough School of Business discussed his vision for the school, as well as the future of business education, and commitment to interdisciplinary solutions. “This journey to distinctiveness will be…September 19, 2017In “Featured Region”last_img read more

Virginia Man Convicted of 2006 Slaying of Family Is Executed

first_img US Share this article  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Share Death penalty opponents hold a candlelight vigil outside the Greensville Correctional Center in Jarratt, Va., on Jan. 18, 2017. (AP Photo/Steve Helber) center_img Show Discussion Virginia Man Convicted of 2006 Slaying of Family Is Executed By The Associated Press January 19, 2017 Updated: January 19, 2017 JARRATT, Va.—A man convicted of killing a family of four, slashing their throats and setting their home ablaze after they left their front door open while preparing for a New Year’s Day party in 2006, was executed Wednesday.Ricky Gray was pronounced dead at 9:42 p.m. following a lethal injection at the Greensville Correctional Center in Jarratt. The 39-year-old inmate was put to death with the sedative midazolam, followed by rocuronium bromide to halt breathing, and potassium chloride, which stops the heart.Gray showed no emotion as he was walked into the execution chamber wearing blue jeans and handcuffs. Asked if he had any final words, Gray responded, “Nope.”Gray was condemned to death in 2006 for the murders of 9-year-old Stella Harvey and 4-year-old sister Ruby, and sentenced to life in prison for the slaying of their parents, Bryan and Kathryn Harvey.The family was getting ready to host friends for a chili dinner when Gray and his nephew, Ray Dandridge, were looking for a home to rob when they spotted the open door. Court records show they tied up the family in the basement and Gray slashed their throats and bashed their heads with a hammer before setting their home on fire and fleeing with a computer, a wedding ring and a basket of cookies.This undated photo provided by the Virginia Department of Corrections shows convicted murderer Ricky Gray who is scheduled to be executed at the Greensville Correctional Center in Jarratt, Va., on Jan. 18, 2017. (Virginia Department of Corrections via AP) This undated photo provided by the Virginia Department of Corrections shows convicted murderer Ricky Gray who is scheduled to be executed at the Greensville Correctional Center in Jarratt, Va., on Jan. 18, 2017. (Virginia Department of Corrections via AP) The well-known family’s slaying rocked Virginia’s capital city and was followed by the killing of another Richmond family less than a week later. Kathryn Harvey was co-owner of a popular Richmond toy store, the World of Mirth, and Bryan Harvey was a guitarist and singer for a rock duo, House of Freaks.Gray also confessed to participating in the slaying of 21-year-old Ashley Baskerville, her mother Mary Baskerville-Tucker and stepfather Percyell Tucker days after the Harvey deaths, but wasn’t tried in that case. Gray and Dandridge said Ashley Baskerville had served as a lookout for them during the Harvey slayings.Dandridge pleaded guilty to the Tucker-Baskerville slayings and is serving a life sentence.Elizabeth Peiffer, an attorney for Gray, said that while his death may provide a measure of retribution for some, it also took “from the world a man trying to make amends and make life better for others.”Prison officials closed a blue curtain at 8:54 p.m., shielding Gray from view. That is typically when officials insert the IV and place heart monitors before starting the injection. The curtain remained closed for more than 30 minutes before it was opened and the lethal injection began, which Pfeiffer said was significantly longer than usual and concerning.Lisa Kinney, a Virginia Department of Corrections spokeswoman, said she could not explain why the curtain was closed that long.The lethal injection began around 9:28 p.m. For several minutes, Gray’s appeared to be breathing heavily and snored loudly several times. At 9:33 p.m. he stopped moving.An ambulance exits the secure area after the execution of Ricky Gray at the Greensville Correctional Center in Jarratt, Va., on Jan. 18, 2017. (AP Photo/Steve Helber) An ambulance exits the secure area after the execution of Ricky Gray at the Greensville Correctional Center in Jarratt, Va., on Jan. 18, 2017. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)Gray was the first Virginia inmate executed since convicted serial killer Alfredo Prieto received a lethal injection in October 2015. Just six inmates remain on Virginia’s death row. No other execution dates have been set.Virginia obtained the midazolam and potassium chloride from a compounding pharmacy whose identity is secret under a new state law.Midazolam has come under fire after several problematic executions in other states, with critics arguing it causes inmates to suffer a painful death because it cannot reliably render them unconscious. Gray’s attorneys had said the fact that the drug was obtained from a compounding pharmacy rather than a typical manufacturer magnifies the risk of problems.But the U.S. Supreme Court narrowly upheld the use of midazolam in 2015 and the high court earlier Wednesday rejected Gray’s bid to stay the execution so he could challenge the planned use of the compounded version of the drug.Gray’s attorneys had unsuccessfully appealed to Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe to spare his life, saying Gray’s actions arose from drug use aimed at numbing years of sexual abuse by his older brother when he was a child. Gray says he was high on PCP at the time of the Harvey slayings and doesn’t remember much.Several death penalty opponents and some relatives of Gray held a vigil outside the prison as he was executed, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported. last_img read more

Why the MS13 Gang Is So Violent

first_img WASHINGTON—The vicious nature of MS-13 gang killings came to the fore again last week with the release of court documents detailing a grisly murder in Maryland. Ten MS-13 members stabbed a victim more than 100 times, decapitated and dismembered him, and ripped his heart out before throwing him into a grave in Wheaton Regional Park, documents say. Gang members had lured the victim to the park to kill him, an informant told police. The informant said he was part of the killing and led detectives to the gravesite on Sept. 5. The informant “further described the circumstances of the murder and detailed the choking, stabbing, decapitating, and dismembering the victim’s body before dumping it in the pre-dug hole,” according to the court document. This incident only adds to MS-13’s “long litany of homicides and heinous crimes,” said Robert J. Bunker, an adjunct research professor at the Strategic Studies Institute of the U.S. Army War College.MS-13 has created a brand … based on its reputation for engaging in unspeakable acts of brutality using machete and knife attacks. — Robert J. Bunker, adjunct research professor, U.S. Army War College Share Show Discussion An MS-13 gang member in detention in San Miguel, El Salvador, on March 4, 2013. (Marvin RECINOS/AFP/Getty Images)  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   In April, four young men were brutally murdered in the wooded area of a local park on Long Island, New York. The victims, aged between 16 and 20, all suffered significant bodily trauma from sharp instruments, consistent with MS-13’s modus operandi of using machetes and knives to kill, according to local police. The killings occurred less than six months after the brutal slaying of two teenage girls in a neighboring town on Long Island. Since 2010, MS-13 members have been charged with more than 39 murders on Long Island. More than 90 percent of the MS-13 members arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) this year were in the United States illegally. Weapons used by alleged MS-13 gang members named in the 85-count indictment, including eight attempted murders, in Nassau County, Long Island, N.Y., on June 15, 2017. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)BackgroundMS-13’s motto is “kill, rape, control.”The gang, also known as Mara Salvatrucha, was initially formed by Salvadoran immigrants that fled to Los Angeles during the civil war in their home country.“The gang became increasingly violent—drawing upon the Salvadoran wartime experiences of its members and their cultural use of the machete—to protect its members from Mexican-American street gangs and their rival, the hybrid 18th Street gang,” Bunker said.A huge deportation effort in the early 2000s, which expelled thousands of MS-13 members from the United States back to El Salvador, contributed to the gang taking hold in Central America. El Salvador is now the gang’s operational base. The Justice Department estimates around 40,000 members live in Central America and 10,000 live in the United States.“MS-13 has created a brand—like Los Zetas in Mexico—based on its reputation for engaging in unspeakable acts of brutality using machete and knife attacks against those that cross it,” Bunker said. Robert J. Bunker, adjunct research professor, Strategic Studies Institute, U.S. Army War College. (Courtesy of Robert Bunker)“This barbaric reputation greatly aids the gang in its collection of street taxes from local merchants and helps it to protect its turf and drug trade against opposing gangs who are afraid to face the ‘street terrorism’ it can wage against them.”The gang’s primary means for income in places such as Long Island are extortion and prostitution, according to Peter Fitzhugh, deputy special agent in charge of ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations, Long Island.He said gang members extort money from families and small businesses that are part of the community and who fear some type of reprisal. “We’re not talking about large sums of money—we’re talking about instances of a few hundred dollars,” he said.MS-13 bolsters its ranks through recruitment in schools, often of youth coming into the United States from Central America as unaccompanied minors.“What we’re seeing is that MS, by and large, is using the schools as recruitment centers,” Fitzhugh said. “The fear of not joining the gang is so significant that kids feel compelled, that they have no other option but to join the gang. And so obviously this is a win-win for MS, because this environment is there, and a lot of these kids are vulnerable.” An ICE Homeland Security Investigations agent takes part in a gang operation in Carrollton, Texas, on April 4, 2017. (ICE)Fitzhugh said the gang’s propensity for ruthlessness and violence is its calling card.“That’s what they use to force membership, that’s what they use to attract people who are like-minded,” he said. “It’s the level at which they execute their gang justice that really is eye-opening—baseball bats, machetes, knives. It’s really ruthless stuff.”Bunker said the surge of younger members coming into the gang, “out to make their bones,” has only served to exacerbate the levels of violence.He said that although MS-13 is the most violent gang in the United States right now, the use of torture-killing is far more developed by the Mexican cartels, ”who have been known to dissolve victims while alive in acid-filled barrels.” center_img Why the MS-13 Gang Is So Violent The gang’s motto is ‘kill, rape, control’By Charlotte Cuthbertson November 28, 2017 Updated: January 31, 2018 US News Follow Charlotte on Twitter: @charlottecuthbo Share this articlelast_img read more