Panamá’s Safe Neighborhoods program fights gangs with enforcement and rehabilitation

first_img“We are attacking gang culture in two ways: first, by extending a helping hand to any youth that wants to join a rehabilitation and reintegration process,” Aguilera said. “We will support those youths with psychological tools, and provide vocational and basic training so that they can become rehabilitated and reenter society by obtaining decent employment. On the other hand, gang members who continue to be involved in illegal activities will be held responsible for all the crimes they commit, to the fullest extent of the law.” “When they join the program, the members are required to undergo psychosocial evaluation before beginning basic and vocational education, which will allow them subsequently to have a chance to gain employment,” Aguilera said. “The youths [in the program] must make a commitment to abandon their weapons and their life of crime. The government, in turn, has contacts within private companies and in the public sector who have proven willing to hire [former gang members] and to give them a chance in society.” “With the establishment of this task force, the President is sending a clear message to these gang members to abandon their activities,” Aguilera added. The response has been strong. As of mid-November, 2,000 former gang members have joined the program, according the Minister for Public Security Rodolfo Aguilera. Some of the former gang members who joined the initiative turned in 200 weapons. The Ministry of Public Security (Minseg) formed five commissions, comprised of public servants, civilians, evangelical pastors, and members of NGOs, to collect the weapons. “We are attacking gang culture in two ways: first, by extending a helping hand to any youth that wants to join a rehabilitation and reintegration process,” Aguilera said. “We will support those youths with psychological tools, and provide vocational and basic training so that they can become rehabilitated and reenter society by obtaining decent employment. On the other hand, gang members who continue to be involved in illegal activities will be held responsible for all the crimes they commit, to the fullest extent of the law.” Job training, sports, and cultural activities “When they join the program, the members are required to undergo psychosocial evaluation before beginning basic and vocational education, which will allow them subsequently to have a chance to gain employment,” Aguilera said. “The youths [in the program] must make a commitment to abandon their weapons and their life of crime. The government, in turn, has contacts within private companies and in the public sector who have proven willing to hire [former gang members] and to give them a chance in society.” Panamá President Juan Carlos Varela’s administration is taking aim at gangs with a two-pronged strategy that includes strong law enforcement efforts with rehabilitation initiatives and social integration opportunities for those who wish to reject a life of crime. Congratulations to our heroes. The police struggle against the gangs is important, but even more important is to overcome the social inequalities produced by these gangs.. The effort being made in several countries is praiseworthy. I hope something like this is done in Honduras. The Panamanian model is effective, Job training, sports, and cultural activities Safe Neighborhoods is aimed at the 192 gangs which have a total of 5,000 members operating in Panamá. These gang members are between the ages of 8 and 29 years old, according to the National Integrated Criminal Statistics System (SIEC). They engage in homicide, drug trafficking, kidnapping, theft, and extortion, and many of these gangs fight each other for control of specific neighborhoods throughout the country. One of the groups working to help former gangsters rehabilitate themselves and find honest employment is the Jesús Luz de Oportunidades Foundation. For six years, the organization has provided rehabilitation and re-socialization services for gang members in Santa Ana, El Chorrillo, Curundú, San Felipe, and Avenida Ancón. To encourage gang members to leave behind these criminal activities, the Safe Neighborhoods program is providing social assistance to at-risk young people, such as $50 in food coupons per week, job training; and sports, cultural, and spiritual activities. The program is concentrated in regions with the highest levels of gang activity, such as the provinces of Colón, Chiriquí, Panamá Oeste (Arraiján and La Chorrera); and the districts of San Miguelito, Panamá Este and Centro. center_img Safe Neighborhoods is aimed at the 192 gangs which have a total of 5,000 members operating in Panamá. These gang members are between the ages of 8 and 29 years old, according to the National Integrated Criminal Statistics System (SIEC). They engage in homicide, drug trafficking, kidnapping, theft, and extortion, and many of these gangs fight each other for control of specific neighborhoods throughout the country. One of the groups working to help former gangsters rehabilitate themselves and find honest employment is the Jesús Luz de Oportunidades Foundation. For six years, the organization has provided rehabilitation and re-socialization services for gang members in Santa Ana, El Chorrillo, Curundú, San Felipe, and Avenida Ancón. Regarding enforcement, the initiative brings together 15,000 members of the security forces, who collectively form the Anti-Gang Task Force. The task force coordinates the efforts of units of the National Police, the National Border Protection Service, the National Aeronautical Service, and the anti-gang division of the Directorate of Judicial Investigation of the National Police. Regarding enforcement, the initiative brings together 15,000 members of the security forces, who collectively form the Anti-Gang Task Force. The task force coordinates the efforts of units of the National Police, the National Border Protection Service, the National Aeronautical Service, and the anti-gang division of the Directorate of Judicial Investigation of the National Police. To encourage gang members to leave behind these criminal activities, the Safe Neighborhoods program is providing social assistance to at-risk young people, such as $50 in food coupons per week, job training; and sports, cultural, and spiritual activities. The program is concentrated in regions with the highest levels of gang activity, such as the provinces of Colón, Chiriquí, Panamá Oeste (Arraiján and La Chorrera); and the districts of San Miguelito, Panamá Este and Centro. The “Safe Neighborhoods with more Opportunities and a Firm Hand” program was launched on July 1, when Varela was sworn into office. The new president publicly announced a month-long amnesty period for gang members to voluntarily surrender their weapons. He encouraged gang members who wanted to change their lives to join the program. Safe Neighborhoods is also open to delinquents who are not affiliated with a gang. The “Safe Neighborhoods with more Opportunities and a Firm Hand” program was launched on July 1, when Varela was sworn into office. The new president publicly announced a month-long amnesty period for gang members to voluntarily surrender their weapons. He encouraged gang members who wanted to change their lives to join the program. Safe Neighborhoods is also open to delinquents who are not affiliated with a gang. Panamá President Juan Carlos Varela’s administration is taking aim at gangs with a two-pronged strategy that includes strong law enforcement efforts with rehabilitation initiatives and social integration opportunities for those who wish to reject a life of crime. By Dialogo November 25, 2014 “With the establishment of this task force, the President is sending a clear message to these gang members to abandon their activities,” Aguilera added. The response has been strong. As of mid-November, 2,000 former gang members have joined the program, according the Minister for Public Security Rodolfo Aguilera. Some of the former gang members who joined the initiative turned in 200 weapons. The Ministry of Public Security (Minseg) formed five commissions, comprised of public servants, civilians, evangelical pastors, and members of NGOs, to collect the weapons. last_img read more

Prior Group and ALL NRG Ink Offshore Wind Deal

first_imgPrior Group and ALL NRG have signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) to jointly cooperate on offshore wind projects.Under the deal that began in March, ALL NRG uses Prior Group’s facilities, such as offices, workshops, storage and service, as well as services from Prior’s in-house engineering, electrical company and yard in the Port of Vlissingen.The two parties said they will join forces when beneficial to customers and when it improves project results as they are together able to provide solutions which cannot be given as separate organizations.According to Prior, the collaboration will strengthen the presence of ALL NRG in Vlissingen and other ports in The Netherlands and Belgium.“To further expand our current business activities in the Benelux, teaming up with Prior Group is a strong benefit for ALL NRG,” said Hans Schneider, Chief Executive Officer of ALL NRG.“The joined competences of Prior Group and ALL NRG will be in high demand when the next major expansion of Dutch and Belgian offshore wind really starts to kick off. The well-established multidisciplinary organization in Prior Group with a vast local network adds excellent value to our core business – provision of manning and project solutions.”The companies are currently investigating opportunities that will take place in the Benelux area, including project activities at the new Green Blue Offshore Terminal in Vlissingen, which recently announced the opening of a new terminal to offer services to offshore wind companies.The new terminal contains 22.000m2 of workspace and will offer services during the construction, modification, repair and maintenance activities, and will serve as a place for the storage of equipment, materials, and offshore modules.last_img read more

Juan Uribe’s blast beats the Braves: Instant reaction

first_imgJuan Uribe’s two-run home run in the eighth inning Friday will go down in Dodgers history. Here’s how fans reacted instantly when his shot gave the Dodgers a 4-3 lead over the Atlanta Braves and put L.A. three outs from winning the series.Trouble viewing on your device or mobile browser? Click here. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img

Sherwood Content residents want Bolt statue erected in community

first_imgWestern Bureau: Moments after Usain Bolt crossed the finish line to win a record third straight 100 metres Olympic title in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Sunday, August 14, thus cementing his legendary status in world athletics, scores of people from his boyhood community of Sherwood Content in Trelawny began calls for a statue of their hero to be erected in his hometown instead of the proposed Falmouth site. Bolt rewrote the record books, when he stormed to his triple-triple of 100m, 200m and 4x100m titles at the Olympic Games, becoming the first in history to win all three in consecutive Olympics. The residents, embolden by Bolt’s historic achievement then made it clear to The Gleaner that they will not sit idly by and watch the erection of a statue of their hero outside the community. Plans have already been made to be erect a statue of the track legend at the Falmouth Cruise Ship Pier. “That plan will not work; we are adamant that we will not allow that. Bolt belongs first and foremost to the people of Sherwood Content. We watched him as a little boy run on our streets and became world champion as a grown man,” stated Owen ‘Foot’ Barrett. TRUE ORIGINS “Bolt was not born in Falmouth. His navel string was cut right here in the lands of Sherwood Content,” reasoned Barrett. In 2013, Falmouth Mayor Garth Wilkinson said a statue of the iconic Jamaican would be erected in Water Square, Falmouth in December of that year. The idea, according to Mayor Wilkinson, was to have the statue as the main tourist attraction in the parish capital. A new plan subsequently emerged which detailed the erection of a Bolt statue inside the Pier, much to the chagrin of the residents of Sherwood Content. “What sense would it make to place Bolt’s statue inside the Pier?” asked another resident, Ainsley Pottinger. “That would serve as motivation for our young children to have that great man’s statue to look at and draw inspiration from it if it is placed here in Sherwood Content,” said another, Oneil Case. They point to another legendary Jamaican figure, Bob Marley, whose boyhood house in Nine Miles, St Ann now serves as a museum, pulling hundreds of tourists and an effective means of economic activity for the locals. “That is what we are demanding for Sherwood Content. Usain Bolt is a Jamaican of rare genius, born right here. It is only fair that we the people share in his legacy. The Member of Parliament, the Mayor, and the government must stand with us, as we will not relent,” said a strident Barrett in defence of his stance.last_img read more