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Operation Lightning Reduces Crime in Honduras

first_imgBy Dialogo November 22, 2011 The military and police operation underway in Honduras since November 1 has succeeded in reducing the rate of violence by 90 percent in Tegucigalpa, the capital, and 50 percent in San Pedro Sula, stated President Porfirio Lobo on November 19. “We’ve succeeded in significantly decreasing the rate of violent deaths in the area of the Central District (Tegucigalpa) by about 90 percent, and in San Pedro Sula, where we just started, by 50-percent,” the president asserted. That “means less pain and fewer tears in many families,” Lobo emphasized. In early November, President Lobo ordered around 2,000 military personnel to join more than 14,000 police officers in “Operation Lightning” against crime, in Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula, the country’s second most-important city, located 240 km north of the capital. “In view of the results that have been obtained in a few days, we have the certainty that with the passage of time, the entire population will recover the confidence to go out on the streets without being fearful of becoming victims to criminals,” Lobo stressed. Honduras has the highest homicide rate in the world, 82.1 per 100,000 inhabitants, followed in Central America by El Salvador with 66 and Guatemala with 41.4, according to the first global study of homicides by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), released in October, which included 207 countries.last_img read more

Beat writers predict Syracuse football to fall well short of Notre Dame

first_img Published on September 26, 2014 at 5:15 pm Facebook Twitter Google+ Phil D’AbbraccioNotre Dame 42, Syracuse 17Nationally irrelevantNational relevance doesn’t happen overnight. Syracuse’s process of taking on national powerhouses in hopes of one day developing into one is still in the very early stages. Syracuse’s run defense, one of its strengths to this point, might put a decent lid on Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson, but the SU secondary doesn’t hold up its end. Having options at wide receiver is nice for Syracuse, but Notre Dame’s wall of a run defense will make Terrel Hunt’s day in the air a difficult one. As the heart of the Orange’s schedule rears its ugly head, a potentially fatal losing streak is underway.Jesse DoughertyNotre Dame 48, Syracuse 13Up all night to get luckyNot this time. It’s all set up for Syracuse to pull off a colossal upset — the NFL stadium, primetime television slot and the perennially top-ranked opponent. But the Orange didn’t look good enough against Maryland last weekend to make that upset a reality.  Hunt will see more pressure than he has all season and Syracuse’s linebackers, which have been the foundation of its above-average defense, will have their hands full with Golson running north, south, east and west. The SU defense has not been good in extended plays this season, and that’s exactly what Golson does. And in doing so, the quarterback and his offense will gradually increase their lead throughout the night.Jacob KlingerNotre Dame 35, Syracuse 16Irish eyes are smilingAdvertisementThis is placeholder textThis isn’t about Notre Dame being more prepared for the MetLife stage. It’s about a more talented team, the Fighting Irish, playing a rightful underdog. Notre Dame has so many advantages over the Orange, Scott Shafer said, that he’s guarding the identity of his starting kicker. If kicking decides this game, though, it’ll mean SU has punched well above its weight. More likely, Syracuse will stay within a couple scores all game long, only to run out of ideas and time. Commentslast_img read more