By Dialogo April 15, 2011 An operation by the Special Operations Battalion (BOPE) in two slums in northern Rio de Janeiro on 13 April left five dead, believed to be drug traffickers, a Military Police spokesperson informed AFP. The operation to suppress drug trafficking and weapons trafficking in the slums of Manguinhos and Mandela mobilized one hundred police officers, supported by two armored vehicles. Three pistols, two grenades, twenty-three motorcycles, and chemical substances for manufacturing drugs were confiscated, the police specified, and four arrests were made. Elsewhere, in western Rio, the Civil Police carried out an operation on 13 April to dismantle a police-style militia suspected of operating in thirteen slums. A city councilor was arrested, and fourteen arrest warrants were issued by the judicial authorities. The expansion of militias in Rio de Janeiro goes back to 2006, when groups of active or retired police officers invaded several favelas in the western part of the city, expelled drug traffickers, and started to collect “security fees” from inhabitants. Militias are present in 105 of the city’s 250 major slums, according to a report by Paulo Storani, a former captain of the elite Special Operations Unit (BOPE) of the Military Police. The authorities of Rio de Janeiro state, one of the country’s most violent, began a countercampaign in 2008 to pacify the city and eliminate militias and drug traffickers from the slums, ahead of hosting the World Cup in 2014 and the Olympics in 2016. At present, around twenty slums have been pacified.
Shekeema Cunnigham Jamaica’s Shekeema Cunningham won two gold medals at the 2017 International Sport Kick Boxing Association (ISKA) Amateur Members Association World Championships in Athens, Greece.Cunningham, who missed out on a spot in the team last year after not meeting the minimum training requirements, won gold in both points and continuous sparring.Cunningham went into the tournament in good form, having won two gold medals at the World Taekwondo Federation last month.Jamaica’s four-member team won four gold, three silver and a bronze medal at the tournament.
76ers rumors: Philadelphia sends Jimmy Butler to Heat in sign-and-trade, inks Al Horford to 4-year deal Here are three takeaways from free agency so far:The Nets are winningIt appears like Brooklyn is acquiring two of the top three free agents that hit the market this summer in Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving.Both Durant and Irving are prepping to sign multi-year deals, according to ESPN, which will surely make the Nets a top contender in the Eastern Conference for years to come. Related News Knicks address missing out on Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving: ‘We continue to be upbeat and confident’ Free agents Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving are taking less than the max to allow DeAndre Jordan to get the $10M annual salary with Brooklyn, league sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 1, 2019Even though Durant likely won’t play at all in 2019-20 because of his Achilles injury, Brooklyn has a lethal mix of star power and developing young talent that seems poised to make some noise.Utah is sneakily making significant upgradesThe Jazz didn’t sign the biggest superstars available, but did acquire some quality players that could make them considerably better next season.Utah traded with the Grizzlies to bring in a talented, all-around point guard in Mike Conley to pair with Donovan Mitchell in its backcourt. It also reportedly acquired an underrated wing in 6-8 Bojan Bogdanovic.Conley is a much better scorer than Ricky Rubio and will give the Jazz a higher offensive ceiling. Bogdanovic shot 42.5% from behind the arc in 2018-19 and has solid versatility, which will allow him to play at three different positions.The Jazz got better at two starting spots and finished fifth in the Western Conference last year. They are a serious threat to surpass that mark in 2019-20, and they did this without losing any major pieces.Things don’t look good for the KnicksNew York was rumored to be among the favorites to land Durant and Irving all year, but obviously that didn’t work out.It moved Kristaps Porzingis to Dallas in what was likely an attempt to free up max slots for stars, but reportedly hesitated to offer Durant max money. The Knicks were also hoping to get former Duke star Zion Williamson in the 2019 NBA Draft but got RJ Barrett at No. 3 overall instead. NBA free agency officially began Sunday, and it was eventful.Quite a few teams made notable moves to adjust their rosters, and some had more desirable outcomes than others. Barrett is still an elite prospect, but Kevin Knox, Dennis Smith Jr., Mitchell Robinson and Allonzo Trier probably won’t help him turn New York into a contender anytime soon. Reportedly landing Julius Randle was a bright spot for the Knicks, but their free agency looks like it will be extremely underwhelming, considering the expectations they started the year with.