‘Hundreds’ of inmates escape Brazil jails ahead of coronavirus lockdown

first_imgThe Sao Paulo state prison authority said “acts of insubordination” had taken place at the jails ahead of the suspension of the day-release program.The suspension was necessary, it added, because 34,000 convicts would be returning to jail and “would have a high potential to install and propagate the coronavirus in a vulnerable population, generating health risks for servers and custodians.” It said law enforcement were “taking care of the situation.”Sao Paulo state is home to the First Capital Command, Brazil’s most powerful prison gang, which is expanding quickly across the country and in neighboring nations. It traffics guns, drugs and other contraband.Brazil’s overstuffed prisons often see deadly prison riots between rival gangs.  Hundreds of prisoners broke out of four Brazilian jails on Monday, the day before their day-release privileges were due to be suspended over the coronavirus outbreak, Sao Paulo state prison authorities and local media reported.The Sao Paulo state prison authority said it could not say how many inmates had escaped as it was “still tallying the exact number of fugitives.” Local media reported that as many as 1,000 had fled from four jails – Mongaguá, Tremembé, Porto Feliz and Mirandópolis – ahead of the lockdown.A video on social media showed a long stream of prisoners purportedly fleeing a prison. Reuters was unable to verify the veracity or location of the video. Topics :last_img read more

School feeding policies and practices essential to food and nutrition security—Gregg Rawlins

first_img 13 Views   no discussions LocalNews School feeding policies and practices essential to food and nutrition security—Gregg Rawlins by: – October 13, 2011 Share Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img Share Tweet Image via: zunia.orgSchool feeding policies and practices in the region has been identified as an essential activity towards the long term solution in achieving food and nutrition security. That topic formed part of discussions with Regional stakeholders in the Agriculture sector attending the 10th Caribbean week of Agriculture, here in Dominica under the theme “Caribbean Food and Nutrition security in a changing climate”. Gregg Rawlins- a representative of the Inter American institute for corporation on Agriculture, IICA, said “In terms of the critical issues, it should be noted that school feeding policies and practices is seen as an essential activity towards achieving food and nutrition security,”.He said the importance of cultivating good eating habits in the homes through good parenting was seen as a good and essential place to start.“Essentially what we are saying is that we need to start with the young people if we are going to influence their eating habit, which will in turn strengthen our food and nutrition security,” he explained.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more