Military General Named El Salvador’s Security Minister

first_imgBy Dialogo November 29, 2011 Salvadoran President Mauricio Funes swore in General David Munguía Payés as the country’s new Minister of Security and Justice, making him the first military man to occupy that post since the signing of the peace accords that marked the end of the civil war in 1992. During the swearing-in ceremony, Funes affirmed that Munguía Payés “is a former military man committed to my administration’s direction and loyal to me and to the democratic process that we are developing in greater depth.” Munguía Payés replaces former guerrilla commander Manuel Melgar, who resigned on November 7 without stating the reasons publicly. Since Melgar’s resignation, Munguía Payés had been mentioned as a possible successor, leading the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FMLN) to immediately express its opposition, on the grounds that naming a military man as Minister of Security and Justice “goes against the peace accords,” which delimited the functions of the Army and the police. “No one with good intentions should think that this appointment might imply a militarization of security, nor that it means a step backward in terms of the spirit of the peace accords,” Funes emphasized. The first two instructions that the president publicly gave Munguía Payés were “to build a true policy of national unity around the good fight” that is being fought to guarantee citizen security and to show concrete results in the daily struggle of the forces of order against organized crime and the criminals who operate in the country. The Salvadoran president swore in General José Atilio Benítez as the new Defense Minister.last_img read more

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Giroud, Alonso back in favour as Chelsea sink Spurs

first_imgWith Tammy Abraham only fit enough to make the bench, Giroud started for the first time since November and the France striker’s fine finish opened the scoring in the first half.The 33-year-old could have joined Tottenham had Chelsea signed a forward in January, but instead he netted his first club goal since August and his first in the Premier League since April.Alonso, 29, maintained the theme of exiles getting back in favour as the left-back struck in the second half of his first league start since Chelsea’s win at Tottenham in December.Antonio Rudiger’s own goal came too late to ruin Chelsea’s first win in five league games, moving them four points clear of fifth placed Tottenham in the race to qualify for the Champions League. Olivier Giroud and Marcos Alonso came in from the cold to inspire Chelsea’s 2-1 win against Tottenham as the Blues cemented their grip on fourth place in the Premier League on Saturday.Giroud and Alonso had been reduced to fringe figures in Frank Lampard’s first season as Chelsea manager.But Lampard restored both veterans to the team at Stamford Bridge in a gamble that paid rich dividends. Ending Tottenham’s three-game winning streak in the league was the perfect response to Monday’s home defeat against Manchester United.It was no more than they deserved after a vibrant performance that finally answered Lampard’s call for a killer instinct in the final third.Tottenham have now won just once in their last 34 visits to Stamford Bridge, making it a painful return for their former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, who was beaten by Lampard for the second time this term.Mourinho had ramped up the mind games on Friday when he claimed to know Lampard was planning to use the same five-man defence that helped the Blues win at Tottenham earlier this season.Mourinho was spot on, with Lampard making four changes in a return to the system he predicted, but he could not come up with an effective solution.Lucas Moura and Steven Bergwijn, more often used as wingers, led a makeshift Tottenham attack in the absence of Harry Kane, Son Heung-min and Dele Alli, who was dropped after reacting angrily to his substitution in the midweek defeat against Leipzig.Chelsea, pressing hard from the start, were always on top and when Alonso’s superb pass picked out Mason Mount, the young midfielder’s shot was pushed away by Hugo Lloris.- Toothless Tottenham -It was a warning Tottenham failed to heed and Giroud put Chelsea in front in the 15th minute.Giroud had looked impressive in his substitute appearance against United.And his physical style and clever movement were crucial to the goal as he held off Toby Alderweireld to reach Jorginho’s pass for a shot that Lloris saved with his foot.The rebound fell to Ross Barkley but his scuffed effort in the post and cannoned back to Giroud, who lashed a blistering strike past Lloris at his near post.Willy Caballero almost gifted Tottenham a goal out of nothing before the break.Needlessly rushing off his line, Caballero completely missed the ball and Tottenham defender Japhet Tanganga prodded just wide.Mourinho had been scribbling away in his notebook before the interval, but there was no discernable change in Tottenham’s toothless display as Alonso increased Chelsea’s lead in the 48th minute.Giroud guided the ball into Mount’s path and he worked it to Barkley on the edge of the Tottenham area.With the visitors backing off, Barkley picked out Alonso, who blasted into the far corner from 20 yards.It could have been worse for Tottenham as Giovani Lo Celso was fortunate to escape a red card when he stamped on Cesar Azpilicueta.Chelsea should have won by more and Alonso’s free-kick hit the bar before Rudiger deflected Erik Lamela’s shot into his own net in the 89th minute.center_img Topics :last_img read more

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Ireland one down as Nevin turns pro

first_imgJohn Joe Nevin’s absence from the Ireland boxing squad for next month’s World Championships in Kazakhstan has left the nation without a representative in the bantamweight slot. The departure of world number one Nevin to the professional ranks is a big blow to the Ireland squad which hopes to surpass the one bronze – won by Nevin – at the last World Championships in Azerbaijan two years ago. Ireland head coach Billy Walsh said: “John Joe will obviously be difficult to replace. He’s ranked number one in the world and would have been seeded at number one in Kazakhstan. “But our focus is on the World Championships. John Joe is not going and the rest of the squad are, and they are our focus now.” The Ireland squad is headed by two London 2012 bronze medallists, light-flyweight Paddy Barnes and flyweight Michael Conlan – who is expected to follow Nevin into the professional ranks after the tournament. Walsh added: “The World Championships is always the toughest tournament – tougher than the Olympic Games. But if the team perform to their potential they are capable of doing well.” Ireland squad: Light-flyweight: Paddy Barnes; Flyweight: Michael Conlan; Lightweight: Sean McComb; Light-welterweight: Ray Moylette; Welterweight: Adam Nolan; Middleweight: Jason Quigley; Light-heavyweight: Joe Ward; Heavyweight: Tommy McCarthy; Super-heavyweight: Con Sheehan. Nevin was on the original list of 10 names lodged by the Irish Amateur Boxing Association with world governing body AIBA, but subsequently declared his intention to turn professional. Ireland attempted to replace Olympic silver medallist Nevin with Gary McKenna at 56kg – only for AIBA to then rule out the switch due to the deadline for registration having passed. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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