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Nicaraguan Police on Alert to Prevent the Entrance of Gang Members

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first_imgBy Dialogo February 18, 2010 The Nicaraguan police declared a “general alert” to prevent the entrance of gangs operating in neighboring countries and their influence on criminal youth groups in the country, an official source announced. The director of the police, First Commissioner Aminta Granera, instructed all structures to “be alert; we have to maximize our efforts so that the danger of the gangs from the north (of Central America) does not shift here, which would cause serious problems if they came and provoked a jump in the activities of youth groups or gangs in Nicaragua.” Nicaragua does not have criminal gangs of the kind that operate in El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala, and the youth groups or gangs that it does have are very different qualitatively; they do not have links to organized crime, the police chief explained during an annual report to President Daniel Ortega. The authorities’ alarm skyrocketed following the capture in different parts of the country last year of fourteen members of the Mara Salvatrucha and M-18 gangs, who were deported to their countries of origin. The police chief emphasized that Nicaragua’s police system is effective, since “we are capable of detecting (the gang members), and we did not give them time to create a social base or organize groups in the country.” Granera highlighted the police’s preventive work in dealing with youth groups or gangs, which succeeded in drawing four hundred young people away from these groups in 2009. The police are currently working with 11,490 young people who participate in sports groups, and this effort has been increased, with 25,150 people, including officers, young people, and community members, participating in the effort to prevent youth violence, she specified.last_img read more

Two residents at Iowa Veterans Home test positive for COVID-19

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first_imgMARSHALLTOWN — The odds finally caught up with the largest long-term care facility in the state, as the Iowa Veterans Home now reports two positive cases of COVID-19 in residents.Commandant Timon Oujiri  says while the preferred number of cases is zero, having only two residents diagnosed is a testament to the staff. The two who tested positive were in two separate buildings that house a total of 16 residents.  “We were doing our dangest to keep it out of IVH all together, but unfortunately, as everybody knows this virus is pretty sneaky. It gets around,” Oujiri says. “One hand a couple of symptoms, the other one did not. Now we’ve tested everyone, the households that they were in. So the other 14 have come back negative, so that’s good.”In addition, 15 staff members tested positive for the virus out of 300 staffers tested. Oujiri took the step last week of closing off the I-V-H campus to the general public. “We did have a couple of community people come up and speak to our residents,” he says. “It was fantastic, it was great, but they weren’t wearing masks and we have no idea. We’re trying to control what we can control.”Oujiri says when it comes to opening the I-V-H back up, they will follow whatever federal and state guidelines are recommended.  “We don’t want to have the residents not have their families here either. It’s a hardship on them. It’s a hardship on us. It’s very, very difficult,” he says. “Now with spring here, we are getting our residents outside and I want to say thank you for the community on following my request that they don’t come on to campus.”Oujiri says Governor Reynolds and State Representative Mark Smith have done a wonderful job keeping the vets’ home stocked with the needed supplies. He says 4,000 gowns were due to be delivered on Monday.last_img read more