Brazil Police Occupy Drug-Infested Rio Slum

first_img The Mangueirinha complex, located in the Baixada Fluminense district, is home to 25,000 people and comprises the Corte 8, Sapo, Santuário and Mangueirinha favelas. The Mangueirinha shantytowns were controlled by Red Command, Brazil’s oldest drug trafficking organization, which fled dozens of other slums secured by police, mainly in the south of the city that is popular with tourists. Police first arrived in Baixada Fluminense last September, setting up a detachment in the Chatuba slum following the kidnapping and murder of nine local youths by drug gangs. Pacification deployments are part of an official campaign to restore security ahead of next year’s World Cup and the 2016 Rio summer Olympics. By Dialogo August 07, 2013 “We are here to stay,” Rio state governor Sergio Cabral told the daily O Dia. center_img But, for now, authorities say they do not plan to deploy a Police Pacification Unit in Mangueirinhas, as has happened since 2008 in other favelas once under the sway of drug gangs. Police said a 180-strong detachment, mainly from the elite Shock battalion, would be deployed for 30 days to prepare for a permanent presence. Some 180 elite Brazilian police officers deployed into a drug-infested slum complex in northern Rio on August 5 in order to prepare the way for a permanent presence there. Rio authorities have deployed 33 Pacification Units after restoring security in various Rio districts and plan to activate one soon in the Maré complex, home to 120,000 and located near the international airport.last_img read more

Video: Man City held at home by Roma

first_imgManchester City discovered how hard they will have to fight to qualify for the Champions League knockout phase after they were held to a draw by Roma at Etihad Stadium.Sergio Aguero’s penalty put City ahead in the opening minutes but veteran Francesco Totti set the Serie A runners-up on the way to a fully deserved point when he became the oldest player to score in the Champions League with a clever equaliser before half-time.At 38 years and three days, he eclipsed Manchester United’s Ryan Giggs and left City still searching for their first win in Group E following their opening defeat by Bayern Munich in Germany.City will still feel confident of qualification from the group but, with Bayern favourites after two wins, Roma have demonstrated they will pose a serious threat to their aspirations of moving out of this tough section as Manuel Pellegrini’s side still have to visit Italy.Former Italy attacker Totti may be in the twilight of his marvellous career but he showed a guile and composure that often proved beyond City, who still seem to be searching for a self-belief in this competition that equates to the stature of the players in their squad.Totti takes record from GiggsUntil Francesco Totti scored against Manchester City, Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs held the record as the oldest man to score in European club football. Giggs was 37 and 289 days when he scored for United in a 1-1 draw with Benfica in a Champions League group game in September 2011.Roma, without injured midfield powerhouses Kevin Strootman and Daniele De Rossi, were combative in midfield and showed the sort of pace in attack that will trouble City in the return meeting.And in former England defender Ashley Cole, they have an accomplished player still more than capable of holding his own in the Champions League.City battled manfully but struggled to find the drive and quality to break down Roma, whose fans were far more satisfied at the final whistle than the home side’s followers.As expected, City goalkeeper Joe Hart was recalled after being rested for two games, but the first action came at the other end as the hosts took the lead from the penalty spot inside four minutes. Former City defender Maicon senselessly dragged Aguero back as he raced into the area. The veteran Brazilian looked mystified but his protests fell on deaf ears and Aguero sent Lukasz Skorupski the wrong way.If City thought this would smooth their path, Roma had other ideas and Maicon should have equalised almost immediately when he raced on to Totti’s pass and hammered a rising shot against the bar from an angle.Roma kept coming, however, and the equaliser they deserved duly arrived after 20 minutes. Totti was sent clear by Radja Nainggolan’s pass and took advantage of an unfortunate slip by Hart as he came off his line, showing wonderful touch and technique to score with a lofted finish.It had been an anxious first 45 minutes for City and their fans, with Pellegrini opting to introduce more solidity at the start of the second half by introducing James Milner for Jesus Navas.There was no immediate impact on Roma as Hart blocked crucially from Miralem Pjanic and the keeper was relieved to see his curling 25-yard shot drift inches wide seconds later. Pellegrini felt the need to add further experience after 56 minutes when Frank Lampard replaced the subdued Edin Dzeko – and he almost added to his tally of four goals in the past 10 days with a low shot that was turned aside by Skorupski.As Roma’s efforts took their toll in the closing minutes, David Silva almost grabbed a winner, but he could only turn Pablo Zabaleta’s cross wide at the near post.Aguero’s early penalty means he has scored six goals in his past six home Champions League games Maicon, who played 13 games for City in 2012-13, almost made amends for giving away a penalty when he smashed a shot against the barTotti scored his first Roma goal against Foggia on 4 September 1994Roma defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, who is on loan from Newcastle, kept Edin Dzeko quiet Former Chelsea team-mates Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole were on opposing sides at Etihad StadiumWatch videolast_img read more

CONCACAF Gold Cup: Christian Pulisic leads United States into final against Mexico

first_imgDefending champions the United States set up a blockbuster CONCACAF Gold Cup final against rivals Mexico after beating Jamaica 3-1.Goals from Weston McKennie and Christian Pulisic sent USA through to Sunday’s decider following a weather-interrupted semifinal in Nashville. Bradley, McKennie impressIt was a fine team display by USA. Not short of critics, veteran midfielder Bradley was cool and calm in possession with his passing a clear highlight. Schalke’s McKennie, meanwhile, showed why he is so highly rated with a goal and a couple of defense-splitting balls.Jamaica can hold heads highFor much of the game, Jamaica was outclassed. But​, despite limited resources compared to its USA counterparts, it made it tough for the six-time champions just like it did in the 2017 final.What’s next?USA will look to retain its crown again Mexico in Chicago on Sunday, while Jamaica can look ahead to the CONCACAF Nations League — starting against Antigua and Barbuda on September 6. Women’s World Cup 2019: Full bracket, dates, times, TV channels, results for every match After McKennie’s early opener, Wednesday’s game was stopped for one-and-a-half hours due to lightning, but the US was not to be denied when the clash resumed in the 16th minute, with Pulisic doubling the lead seven minutes into the second half.USA did concede its first goal of the tournament as Jamaica substitute Shamar Nicholson set up a nervy finale with 21 minutes remaining but Pulisic capitalized on another rebound to make sure of the result in the 87th minute. Related Newscenter_img Lionel Messi blasts ‘bulls—’ refereeing after Argentina’s Copa America loss Goal @USMNT!!! Andre Blake gives a rebound off of Morris’ shot and Christian Pulisic buries it in! 2-0 USA! #GoldCup2019 #ThisIsOurs #JAMvUSA pic.twitter.com/s9ZTamNzY1— Gold Cup 2019 (@GoldCup) July 4, 2019It was a rematch of the 2017 final won by a Bruce Arena-led USA and the hosts burst out of the blocks and were relentless in attack, with Jamaica goalkeeper Andre Blake preventing a certain goal by somehow denying Paul Arriola from point-blank range in the fourth minute.But the USA was not to be denied five minutes later as Bradley picked out Reggie Cannon before Jozy Altidore laid the ball onto the oncoming McKennie, who fired past Blake.However, the USA’s momentum was abruptly halted by a lengthy delay due to severe weather in the 16th minute and the temporary suspension aided Jamaica.Jamaica emerged from the delay with renewed energy and looked far more threatening, while the United States was disjointed and lacked rhythm.The halftime interval provided USA with the chance to regroup and the Americans did just that as they moved 2-0 ahead through Chelsea-bound Pulisic in the 52nd minute.Goal Jamaica !!! Shamar Nicholson with the textbook header after a great ball from Leon Bailey! Jamaica cuts the lead in half, 2-1 in Nashville! #JAMvUSA #GoldCup2019 #ThisIsOurs @jff_football pic.twitter.com/pYOGwuKNRZ— Gold Cup 2019 (@GoldCup) July 4, 2019Morris latched onto a McKennie pass and managed to get a shot off, with Blake only parried the ball straight into the path of Pulisic, who tucked away the rebound.After Gyasi Zardes wasted a great chance for USA, Jamaica’s Nicholson headed a Leon Bailey cross into the net to pull a goal back for the 2015 and 2017 runners-up, only for Pulisic to pounce on another rebound with three minutes remaining.Another final for USAAfter the pain of missing the 2018 World Cup, USA’s rebuild under Berhalter continues to gather pace. Mexico stands in the way of back-to-back Gold Cup triumphs in the first final showdown between the nations since 2011.last_img read more