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CARICOM reaffirms great value of relations with Cuba

first_imgShare this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Even as the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) on Friday reaffirmed the great value it attaches to ties with Cuba, it reiterated its call for an immediate and unconditional end to the economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed by the United States on Cuba.Speaking at the opening of the Sixth Meeting of Foreign Ministers of CARICOM and Cuba on Friday 14 June in Georgetown, Guyana, CARICOM Secretary-General Amb. Irwin LaRocque said the recent action by the US against Cuba, revived memories of the tension and pressures of the Cold War. He recalled that it was during that time that Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, and Trinidad and Tobago initiated the “courageous and symbolic act” of forging diplomatic ties with the Spanish-speaking Caribbean Island.Secretary-General LaRocque stated that CARICOM rejected the “unilateral and extra-territorial nature” of the US’s actions against Cuba.  Minister of Foreign Affairs of Dominica, the Hon. Francine Baron CARICOM (r) in discussion with CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, (second from left) and Chair of the Meeting, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Grenada, the Hon. Peter David, before the meeting The Meeting underway at the Arthur Chung Conference Centre CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque delivers remarks during the opening ceremony Guyana’s Foreign Minister, Hon. Dr. Karen Cummings Cuba’s Foreign Minister, Honourable Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla deliver remarks during the opening ceremony CARICOM and Cuba Ministers and delegates and CARICOM Secretary-General pose for a photo after the opening of the Meeting (Photo via DPI)                                                                                                                                                   See more photos hereChairman of Council for Foreign and Community Relations (COFCOR), and Grenada’s Foreign Minister, the Hon. Peter David, also strongly condemned the tightening of US sanctions against Cuba.“..we denounce the imposition of unilateral, coercive measures and the application of new more onerous ones under Title III of the Helms-Burton Act whose extra-territorial measures violate international law. We condemn in the strongest terms this tightening of the unjust US economic, financial and commercial embargo against Cuba. These actions run counter to the strongly-held view that economic development and stability contribute to international peace and security in the Caribbean region just as it does in other regions of the world,” the Minister stated.He said CARICOM “prizes highly” the links it has built with Cuba over the years through technical cooperation at bilateral and regional levels, trade and economic ties, the mutuality of interests and concerns in regional, hemispheric and international fora, and the fraternal spirit that comes to the fore in times of disaster.Minister David said the history of CARICOM-Cuba co-operation was marked by Cuba’s generosity, which resulted in the boosting of the Community’s human capital.“This relationship is a fine example of South-South Co-operation,” he stated.Guyana is hosting the Meeting which is one of the formal mechanisms through which CARICOM and Cuba discuss cooperation in areas of mutual interest. The mechanism for dialogue also includes Cuba-CARICOM summits. Statement to mark CARICOM-Cuba Day, 8 December 2018The 8th of December 2018 marks the Forty-Sixth Anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, and Trinidad and Tobago, the four CARICOM countries independent at that time, and Cuba.  That historic and courageous act of 8 December 1972 has grown over the years into a strong…December 7, 2018In “CARICOM”CARICOM Cuba Leaders to talk trade in HavanaEconomic and Trade Relations will be among the issues discussed at the Fifth Summit of the Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and Cuba which takes place in Havana, Cuba on Monday 8 December. The Summit will be preceded on Sunday by a meeting of the Foreign Ministers.…December 5, 2014In “CARICOM”Secretariat stages Exhibition around CARICOM-Cuba DayThe Exhibition was mounted to mark the Forty-Sixth Anniversary, on 8th December 2018, of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, and Trinidad and Tobago, the four CARICOM countries independent at that time, and Cuba. Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, in his Message to mark the occasion, hailed the friendly and…December 11, 2018In “CARICOM”Share this on WhatsApplast_img read more

WWPC adds four in Africa

first_imgLogistique Commerciale d’Afrique is headquartered in Lome, Togo with offices in Niger, Benin and Burkina Faso and offers the full range of forwarding services for oceanfreight, airfreight, warehousing, Customs clearance, inland trucking and project cargo for the four francophone West countries mentioned previously.Further information about the WWPC’s latest member can be seen here: www.lcalogisticsgroup.comlast_img

Crowley christens Ocean Sun

first_imgSpeaking at the christening ceremony, which was attended by approximately 80 guests, Tom Crowley, chairman and ceo of Crowley Maritime said: “Today we are pleased to formally welcome Ocean Sun, the latest of our four Jones Act ocean class tugboats, to the fleet and culminate this multi-year build programme.”Ocean Sun is part of a feature-rich, four-vessel family of tugs, which Crowley says is ideally suited to work with the company’s new 455 series high-deck strength barges, which measure 400 ft long by 105 ft wide (121.92 m by 32 m). Crowley’s ocean class tugs are outfitted for long-range, high capacity ocean towing, rig moves, platform and floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) unit tows, emergency response and firefighting. The company’s tug fleet has been involved in most of the major offshore oil production installations in the US Gulf of Mexico over the past 18 months.All four of the ocean class tugboats are designed to have a minimum bollard pull of 150 tonnes and a range of approximately 12,600 nautical miles at 15 knots free running. They are outfitted with twin-screw, controllable-pitch propellers in nozzles and high lift rudders for a combination of performance and fuel economy.Crowley’s solutions group is a Project Management Organisation (PMOrg) providing marine solutions as a prime contractor for the energy and resource extraction industries. This specialised team, which has its main Project Management Office (PMO) in Houston, Texas, provides turnkey marine solutions through the company’s diverse capabilities, assets and project management skills.  www.crowley.comlast_img read more

WATCH: WP Open Chess Championship 2019

first_imgVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlaySeek back 10 secondsSeek forward 30 secondsMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:01Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:01 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Video Advertisement To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Amila Mayekiso, a grade 3 pupil at Sigcawu Primary School in Crossroads, contemplates her next move at the Chess Western Province Open Championship in Grassy Park.center_img A total of 210 players participated in the Western Province Open Chess Championship 2019 in Grassy Park on Sunday May 26. The two day event saw young and old show off their calculative minds.last_img read more

SRA apologises for trainee ‘confusion’

first_imgThe Solicitors Regulation Authority has apologised for confusion caused by information it provided on numbers of trainees.The regulator issued a clarification after becoming aware of information published about trainee solicitor numbers as a result of information the SRA provided in response to a freedom of information request from a training company. The SRA’s reply said 5,541 training contracts were registered in 2014, and 3,415 periods of recognised training were entered into, suggesting that 8,956 trainees had found places. In fact the total number was 5,514, the regulator said: its response should have made clear that the number of training contracts registered included the periods of recognised training and more up-to-date information showed that the number of training positions registered was 27 fewer than originally counted. SRA executive director Richard Collins said: ‘We are sorry for any confusion this has caused. We have spoken directly to the training company about this to explain, apologise and correct the position. We are also taking this step to correct the position publicly and hope this clarifies the matter.’As part of its effort to remove unnecessary red tape, the SRA removed the need for training contracts to be registered from 1 July last year. Training positions registered from 1 July 2014 are deemed to be ‘periods of recognised training’.Max Harris, chair of the Law Society’s Junior Lawyers Division, said the confusion appeared to have arisen ‘due to constantly changing SRA terminology’.‘We have consistently told the regulator their reforms are confusing the legal market, and this is one example where that confusion has been highlighted.’Harris said the division suspected that the figures – which suggested a staggering increase in the number of trainee solicitors – were incorrect as it had earlier been provided with official SRA figures that showed a year-on-year decrease in the number of training contracts. The SRA said the 2014 figure of 5,514 was 0.04% up on 2013.last_img read more

Up to the Second Full College Bowl Recap

first_imgPinstripe BowlPittsburgh 24Northwestern 31Texas BowlTexas A&M 28Kansas St 33 Boca Raton BowlWestern Kentucky 51Memphis 31Poinsettia BowlBYU 24Wyoming 21 Armed Forces BowlLouisiana Tech 48Navy 45 Quick Lane BowlMaryland 30Boston College 36 Related TopicsCollege FootballNCAA New Mexico BowlUTSA 20New Mexico 23 Hawaii BowlHawaii 52Middle Tennessee 35 Vince McKee Bahamas BowlEastern Michigan 20Old Dominion 24 Cactus BowlBoise St 12Baylor  31 Las Vegas BowlHouston 10San Diego St 34 Holiday BowlMinnesota 17Washington St 12 Camellia BowlApp State 31Toledo 28 Celebration BowlGrambling St 10NC Central 9 Idaho Potato BowlIdaho – 61Colorado State – 50 Independence BowlVanderbilt 17NC State 41St. Petersburgh BowlMiami of OH 16Mississippi St 17 Military BowlTemple 26Wake Forest 34 New Orleans BowlSouthern Miss 28Louisiana Lafayette 21 Cure BowlArkansas State 31UCF 13 Here is the latest up to the second College Bowl Recap of all the action thus far.Bowl action resumes today with three more big bowl games to be played.They are as follows5:30 pm – Belk Bowl will feature Arkansas vs Virginia Tech9:00pm – Alamo Bowl will feature Oklahoma St vs Colorado2pm – Birmingham Bowl will feature South Florida vs South Carolina Russell Athletic BowlWest Virginia 14Miami (FL) 31 Heart of Dallas BowlArmy 38North Texas 31 Foster Farms BowlIndiana 24Utah 26 Miami Beach BowlCentral Michigan 10Tulsa 55 Dollar General BowlOhio 23Troy 28last_img read more

Argos finish third day of NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships

first_img GENEVA, Ohio – The West Florida women’s swimming and diving team finished the third day of the NCAA Division II Swimming and Diving Championships on Friday at the SPIRE Institute. The team had a quiet but successful day, as junior Anna-Marie Macht (Markkleeberg, Germany/Darton State) was the only Argonaut competing on Friday. Macht qualified for the consolation final in the 100 Breast, and she finished seventh in the consolation final.Macht’s time in the prelim was a new school record time of 1:04.05, and she came in at 16th in the event. Only the top 16 advanced to the finals on Friday night, and the 17th place finisher was 0.01 seconds behind Macht. In the consolation final she posted a time of 1:04.17 to place 15th overall and seventh in the consolation.“It was a light day but a successful one,” said UWF head coach Andrew Hancock. “Anna wasn’t in scoring position coming into the meet, but she managed to finish 15th. She broke a school record in the morning in her event, and she’s made great progress in the event.”The Argonauts are 22nd in the team standings with 32.5 points heading into the final day on Saturday. Drury leads the way with 358 points, and Wayne State is just behind at 349.“We think our 400 Free Relay has a good chance to score some points tomorrow, as well as Peggy de Villiers in the 100 Free and Anna in the 200 Breast,” said Hancock. “We do have three more events where we may be able to pick up some more points. Hopefully we can move up a little and mix it up with these teams. At this point everyone is tired, and it’s the end of the long season tomorrow. We just want to go out there and have some fun.”Saturday morning’s prelims will start at 10:30 a.m. ET, and the finals will start at 6 p.m. ET. Fans can follow the action with live coverage at For information on all UWF athletics, visit Championships Team Rankings (through Friday) 1. Drury                             358    2. Wayne State                       349 3. Queens (Nc)                     281.5   4. West Chester                    211.5 5. Ucsd                              204   6. Wingate                         153.5 7. Florida Southern                  141   8. Bridgeport                        128 9. Grand Valley                      120  10. Cal Baptist                       11711. Alaska Fairbanks                  100  12. Liu Post                           9213. Clarion                            91  13. Delta State                        9115. Iup                                75  16. Nmu                                7317. Csu East Bay                       62  18. Ashland                            5519. Lindenwood                         51  20. Simon Fraser                       4821. Tampa                              45 22. West Florida                     32.523. Colorado Mesa                      31 24. St. Cloud State                    2925. Truman St.                         28  26. Bentley University                 2627. Limestone                        20.5  28. Edinboro                           1729. Bloomsburg                         14  30. Hillsdale                        11.531. Msu Mankato                         9  31. Saint Leo                           933. Lynn                                8  34. Southern Conn                       535. Findlay                             3  35. Nova S’Eastern                      335. Lewis                               3  38. Minnesota State Univ Moorhead       2Print Friendly Version Argos finish third day of NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships Sharelast_img read more

Getting to the Gate: Bristol City v Sheffield United

first_imgThis handy guide shows you how you can get to Ashton Gate.THE HEADLINESA new AG6 dedicated supporter bus service now serves Henbury, Westbury-on-Trym and Clifton VillageThe AG1 Portway Park & Ride and AG2 Brislington Park & Ride services will be running increased capacity and increased frequencyThe AG4 South Bristol and Abus Service A will operate as normalFans can find their best route using public transport by using the TravelWest journey planner hereNumerous off-street car parks are open locallyAshton Road and Marsh Road will be closed after the game in the interest of crowd safetyDEDICATED SUPPORTER BUS SERVICESAG1 – Portway Park & RideFirst departure: 12.45pmLast departure: 2.30pmFrequency: every 15 minutesJourney time: 20 minutesCollects: along the Portway at Station Road, Woodwell Road, Park Road, Riverleaze, Roman WayDrop-Off: Winterstoke Road entrance, Ashton GatePost-match departure: The Robins Pub, Winterstoke Road. Last return 6.40pmParking: freeThis service will be operating at improved frequency and capacity before and after matches during the 2018-19 seasonAG2 – Brislington Park & RideFirst departure: 12.45pmLast departure: 14.30pmFrequency: every 20 minutesJourney time: 20 minutesDirect serviceDrop-Off: Winterstoke Road entrance, Ashton GatePost-match departure: Winterstoke Road entrance, Ashton Gate. Last return 6.40pmParking: freeThis service will be operating at improved frequency and capacity before and after matches during the 2018-19 seasonAG4 – South BristolDeparts from Whitchurch, Wharnecliffe Gardens: 1.30pmFrequency: one bus onlyJourney time: 30 minutesCollects: Priddy Drive, Heathfield Crescent, South Bristol Hospital, Skills Academy, Bridge Campus, Lampton Avenue, Hollisters Drive, Bishport Avenue Lay-By, Crosscombe Drive, Fair Furlong, Newland Drive, Queen’s Road, Sherrin Way, Turtlegate Avenue, Shuter Road, Highridge Common, Highridge Green, Church Road, St Peter’s Church, Vicarage Road, Bishopsworth Library, Cheddar Grove, Lulsgate Road, Bedminster DownDrop-Off: The Robins Pub, Winterstoke RoadPost-match departure: Winterstoke Road entrance, Ashton Gate, 5.10pmAG6 – North BristolDeparts from Henbury, Tormarton Crescent: 1.25pmFrequency: one bus onlyJourney time: 35 minutesCollects: Tormarton Crescent, Marissal Road, Avonmouth Way, The Salutation, Crow Lane Lay-by, Brentry Roundabout, Brentry Lane, The Ridgeway, Falcondale Walk, Henbury Road, Lampeter Road, Downs Cote Avenue, Brecon Road, Henleaze Gardens, Westbury Road, Durdham Park, Black Boy Hill, Apsley Road, Clifton Down Station, Belgrave Road, Sunderland Place, Students Union, Victoria Square, Clifton Village, Christ Church, Percival Road, Bridge Valley Road.Drop-Off: Winterstoke Road entrance, Ashton GatePost-match departure: The Robins Pub, Winterstoke Road, 5.10pmAG1, AG2, AG4 and AG6 are all operated by First. Bristol Inner Zone Day Tickets cost £4 (adult) when purchased via the First Bus app (download the app by clicking here) and are valid on this service. Tickets purchased on board are £3 single/£4.50 return (adult). Concessionary pass holders can use their passes to travel free of charge, while up to two children (under 16) can travel free of charge with a fare paying adult.Service A – Brislington and Bristol Temple MeadsDeparts: Brislington, Eagle Road and Bristol Temple Meads: 2.30pmFrequency: two busesJourney time: 15 minutes from Temple Meads / 30 minutes from Eagle RoadCollects: Bath Road PDSA (Bristol Factory), Black Castle (Arnos Manor), Arnos Vale Cemetery, Central Trading Estate, Totterdown Bridge, Temple Meads Stop TJ, Old Market Stop OK, Haymarket Stop RE, city centre stop CIDrop-Off: Winterstoke Road entrance, Ashton GatePost-match departure: Trust Ford, Winterstoke RoadService A is operated by Abus. Single £2 / Return £3 (season card holders return = £2). English concessionary card holders travel free.PUBLIC BUS SERVICESLocal bus services connect the stadium with much of Bristol and SomersetPlan your journey using the route planning tool hereA route map can be viewed hereServices include….Service 24Serves Bedminster, City Centre, Old Market, Easton, Eastville, Lockleaze and Southmead HospitalNearest stop: Ashton RoadAdult singles range from £2 to £3 and return / all day travel is £4.50Services X1, X2, X3, X3A, X4, X6, X7, X8 and X9Serves Hotwells and City CentreNearest stop: Blackmoors Lane (Ashton Bridge)Adult singles range from £2 to £6 and return / day ticket from £4 to £7.50Service 71Serves Hotwells, City Centre, Gloucester Road, Filton Avenue and UWE FrenchayNearest stop: Blackmoors Lane (Ashton Bridge)Adult singles range from £2 to £3 and return / all day travel is £4.50Services X1, X2, X3, X3A, X4, X6, X7, X8 and X9Serves various locations, including, Weston-super-Mare, Portishead, Clevedon and NailseaNearest stop: Winterstoke Road (Ashton Bridge)Adult singles range from £2 to £6 and return / day ticket from £4 to £7.50Visit the FirstBus website and search by service number for more specific timing information – match day parking is available at:Bedminster Cricket Club, Clanage Road, Bower Ashton, BS3 2JX. £10 per car, 10 minute walkAll Star Action Days, Clanage Road, Bower Ashton, BS3 2JX. £10 per car, 10 minute walkDJ Matchday Parking, Cala Trading Estate, Ashton Vale Road, BS3 2HA. £7 per car, 7 minute walkPublic car parks can be found by clicking hereTRAINParson Street station is a 15-minute walk and serves much of Somerset, South Wales and Bristol (Temple Meads is a 5-minute journey by train from here)Bristol Temple Meads is the nearest mainline station, a 40-minute walk and connected to Ashton Gate by the ABus service (details above) has detailed information and includes a journey planner to help you plan your routeWALKFans are likely to find walking is the quickest and easiest way to/from the stadiumMost of south, west and central Bristol are within an hour’s walkEast Street, St John’s Lane, Clifton Village and the city centre are all accessible in under 30 minutesUse the stadium postcode BS3 2EJ to help plan your routeCYCLENew YoBike parking spaces available at the Ashton Road end of the StadiumThere are 96 cycle parking spaces outside the South Stand along with a free bike pumpThe stadium is served by numerous cycle paths – always consider your safety especially when cycling in the darkClick here for a local area cycle route mapClick here to plan your route including cycle rack locations, elevation and route type. 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Salvador, other World Cup host cities on alert

first_img(Marcos Brindicci, Reuters)(Marcos Brindicci, Reuters)SALVADOR, Brazil – In April, two months before the city would host a soccer match between Spain and the Netherlands in its new Fonte Nova Arena, locals furiously sent messages to each other on social media: Don’t go to the streets.The military police had declared a strike here, holing up in a Wet’n Wild water park for two days as they negotiated with the government for better salaries and work conditions. Shops closed, universities cancelled classes and residents watched the empty streets from their windows. In that time, the city reported 159 carjackings and 59 homicides. On a normal day, the city has about four murders. The strike shook the confidence of officials, who arrested a city councilman who was a prominent figure in the movement on charges of leading an unconstitutional strike. Police in two other states that will host World Cup games, Pernambuco and Rio Grande do Norte, followed suit and carried out strikes in May.The precarious public security of Salvador, a city of 2.8 million people, reflects a larger trend in the region, where despite the increasing economic well-being of an area that traditionally was Brazil’s poorest, violence levels have risen dramatically. Of the 12 World Cup host cities, seven have seen their homicide rates rise in the last decade. That includes three cities in Brazil’s northeast, Salvador, Fortaleza and Natal, which will host the U.S. in its opener against Ghana on Monday.“Economic growth does not come necessarily with a reduction of inequality,” said Luiz Claudio Lourenço, a sociologist at the Federal University of Bahia who specializes in crime and public security. “You have more goods, which causes envy, and so economic growth is not necessarily something that reduces crime.”Nowhere has the ratcheting in violence been more dramatic than in Bahia and its capital Salvador, Brazil’s first capital in its colonial period known for its pastel architecture and relaxed pace of life. The state of Bahia was among Brazil’s quietest a decade ago, while prosperous southeastern cities such as Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo made headlines for police and drug trafficker battles. But its fortunes rapidly reversed. In 2001, Bahia had an annual homicide rate of 11.9 per 100,000 residents, while that number was 50.5 in Rio and 41.8 in São Paulo. A decade later, that rate had risen 223% in Bahia to 38.7 murders per 100,000 residents. At the same time that violence became a part of daily life here, Rio and São Paulo saw dramatic reductions in their homicide rates. An aerial view of the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, Brazil. (AP)An aerial view of the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, Brazil. (AP)In Salvador nowadays, “a person who is killed on the street or who is doped up on crack is seen as natural,” said Ivone Freire Costa, a professor and coordinator of the public security, justice and citizenship program at the Federal University of Bahia. Hand in hand with rising crime rates, Bahia’s incarceration rate more than tripled in a decade. During that time, gangs born out of prisoner groups that negotiated for improved jail conditions grew in power and influence both in and outside of jails, according to research from Lourenço.Drivers quickly look from side to side here and then roll through red lights after dark — there were more than 6,000 carjackings reported in the city last year, or about 17 a day — and modest homes erect high security walls topped with shards of glass around their property to scare off intruders. A special police division is devoted just to the crime of mass robberies on buses.This seaside city long has been a favorite among visitors and artists, where athletes perform the rhythmic afro-Brazilian martial arts called capoeira in its cobblestone streets and locals bid farewell by wishing each other “muito axé,” a blessing from the West African Yoruba language. The city is expected to be the third-most visited by international tourists during the World Cup, following Rio and São Paulo, according to a count of airline reservations. A cradle for Brazilian musical culture, Bahia is the homeland of many of Brazil’s top pop singers, including Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil and Ivete Sangalo.The state government has made a series of crime-fighting efforts, including opening 13 community policing bases, a specialized unit to investigate homicides and performance-based bonuses for officers whose regions see crime reductions. The homicide rate in the city of Salvador has nudged down in recent years after peaking in 2010.During the World Cup, the government has announced reinforced policing around the arena, hotels and Salvador’s main tourist points. The city will receive 2,700 members of the armed forces, bringing the total number of agents to 15,000. But police and public security experts say the government works in a palliative way, sending in law enforcement while investments in public services such as health and education that could prevent future crime are insufficient.“The only arm of the state that is getting to people is the strongest arm, and this should be the last arm,” said Fabio Santos Sousa, 29, a police officer and leader in a police association that advocated for the April strike. Sousa describes high levels of disillusionment among police, who, in addition to low salaries, feel they are poorly trained and equipped to confront organized crime while still protecting citizens. Even as crime levels have risen, the number of police in the state remains the same as it was a decade ago.“Sometimes you go to the station and you have to wait for your colleague to take off his bullet-proof vest so you can wear it,” Sousa said. Lucia Maria Alves dos Santos, 59, a beer vendor who works on the lagoon that the Fonte Nova Arena faces, described the sense of resignation she has over public security, saying she avoids going out at night and is cautious even during the day in her own city. She pointed out that she didn’t see any officers as she worked on a recent Sunday afternoon.“People think they need to have an armored car, a gun. What people really need is God,” she said.last_img read more