Colombia and Panama Hunt FARC Chief for Drug Trafficking on Border

first_imgBy Dialogo June 16, 2009 BOGOTA, June 15, 2009 (AFP) – Colombian and Panamanian authorities are working hard to capture the leader of Front 57 of the FARC guerrillas, Gilberto Torres, a.k.a. ” El Becerro,” (“The Calf”) who is in charge of drug and weapon trafficking on the border, according to the newspaper El Tiempo in Bogota on Monday. ‘El Becerro’ is a priority for the authorities of both countries because he has become “one of the key men for the FARC finances, as the area has become a strategic corridor for drug, weapon, and explosive trafficking, and the abduction of civilians,” according to the newspaper. Torres is accused in Panama of being responsible for the kidnapping of the Cuban-American businessman Cecilio Cubas, for whose release $60 million was demanded. Once released, Cubas said that during his captivity he was confined in a jungle area on the border of Colombia. The report stated that “at least a dozen towns and mobility corridors, including rivers, are controlled by ‘El Becerro’ on the border with Panama.” One Police Intelligence source, quoted by the newspaper, said that “the Perancho, Salaqui, and Jampayadó rivers are the main corridors used for drug trafficking.” The source also states that Front 57 of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrillas has a network of partners in neighboring towns such as Zapzurro, Pinigana, El Naranjal, Manana, Guayabo, Unguía, Paya, and Riosucio. Finally, the source noted that ‘El Becerro’ has links with gangs in Honduras, Guatemala, and Nicaragua. However, his main contact is in Panama and it would be the man known as ‘Boa,’ who coordinates the transport of drug cargos through two points: Turbo, in Colombia, and Jaqué, in Panama.last_img read more

Register your camp for the “Innovative Camp of the Year” – a special award for innovation in Croatian camps

first_imgDuring the first six months In Croatia, there were 5.7 million arrivals and 22.9 million overnight stays, and excellent results are accompanied by camps.From the opening until 02.07.2017. The camps realized 3.622.452 overnight stays, ie an increase in the number of overnight stays compared to last year of + 25,9%. Of the major markets, cumulatively, Germany is at + 42%, Slovenia at + 10%, the Netherlands + 7%, Italy + 14% and Austria + 18%.Observing only the moon June, there were 2.68 million arrivals and 13.54 million overnight stays. Compared to June last year, there is an increase in arrivals of 32 percent, while in overnight stays there was an increase of 33 percent. Thus, in June, the camps increased by 46 percent.Innovative Camp of the Year – a special award for innovation in Croatian campsFrom year to year, Croatian campsites constantly invest in the quality of their offer and the expansion of content and services, no longer copying good examples from Europe, but devising and creating their own locally adapted and innovative concepts. So already today in Croatian camping we have examples of top wellness concepts, specialized children’s education and entertainment, theme zones, glamping, aquaparks, etc ..The Croatian Camping Association (KUH) invites all campsites to report specifics, creativity and innovation of any kind in the camping offer and novelty in 2017, and the best projects will be at this year’s XI. camping congresses get special recognition for the most innovative concept in camping. “We invite camps to report all innovative projects realized in 2017. Send your applications by Friday 21.7. to mail [email protected], with a few sentences of explanation, report to us all creative and innovative ideas, concepts, services, typologies of accommodation and anything else introduced in the business of your camp in 2017, which stands out from the standard offer“They point out from KUHlast_img read more

Football News EXCLUSIVE | Ronaldo, Ronaldinho pushed me into freestyle footballing: Nikk

first_img Tips for youngsters who want to take up freestyle football as a career? Nikk- It is not an art form that you can learn in haste. It takes time to grow and hone your art. Patience, hard work and dedication are the keys. Future Besides all these, Nikk and his partner Ankit Yadav is looking to set up a company Freestyle Works which will help the budding freestylers and athletes to do well in this field. Freestyle football, without a doubt, recapitulates the magic of ‘joga bonito’, a Portuguese phrase that means to play football beautifully. Well, freestyle football is not only about juggling with the ball and showing off your skills, there is much more to it. With the much needed exposure and support, India would soon witness freestylers holding the national flag high with pride at international platforms. What is the required infrastructure and minimum diet routine for freestyle football? Nikk- The infrastructure required for practicing and honing our skills is a basic requirement of a good surface with preferably a shade or a ventilation system.To organise a freestyle football competition at a higher level, we require a proper stage setup with light and audio support combined with a space for crowd to gather and enjoy the entertainment.Whereas, Nutrition is an important part for any sport performance for athletes. Minimum diet should be five meals a day which consists of micronutrients, macronutrients and fluids because these are essentials to push and provide energy for the growth. Football is growing in India, what future do you see for freestyle football and how can it get the spotlight in the mainstream media? Nikk- Yes, football is gradually growing in India but freestyle football has alot to develop in our country. If we don’t get any support from the people and the sports authorities then it’s difficult to see something good in the field of freestyle football. But working hard as much as we can to do develop this sport in India. People should understand that it’s good for their health (physically and mentally).center_img New Delhi: FIFA World Cup 2018 fever is heating up across the globe and will storm the fields from June 14-July 15 with the deafening roar of cheers and the thrill of the game.Ahead of the World Cup, Nikhil Krishna aka Nikk Freestyler, a 22-year-old Delhi-based professional freestyler, in an exclusive interview to the, reveals the secret to successful freestyle footballing, his inspiring journey and more. Excerpt: How did you come across freestyle football and what motivated you to take it up as a profession? Nikk- As a football player, I used to do some football basic tricks like head control, juggles, etc. Then I started checking about this more on YouTube and there I found our legends doing tricks (Ronaldo, Ronaldinho) that really fascinated me to explore more onto this and they really motivated me to start this journey of freestyle football. For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

RBC Heritage: Dustin Johnson continues good form; Shane Lowry leads with play suspended

first_imgAfter an opening-round 71, Jordan Spieth was 3 under through 12 holes and in a tie for 29th when play was suspended.Luke Donald, a five-time runner-up at the tournament, was at 1 under and even through 14 in his second round.Defending champion Satoshi Kodaira and Xander Schauffele were also at 1 under, having fired a 68 and 70 respectively.Don’t turn around @XSchauffele.— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) April 19, 2019 The world No. 1 is at 7 under and tied for third with Emiliano Grillo (67), with the duo sitting two shots behind Lowry.Lowry was 3 under through 16 holes — and 9 under for the tournament — when play was suspended, with rain having led to a delay of almost four hours earlier in the day.DJ can draw [email protected] moves his ball right to left to grab a share of the lead.#QuickHits— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) April 19, 2019The Irishman is a shot clear of Trey Mullinax, who fired a 3-under 68 in his second round in South Carolina.Just a stroke behind Johnson and Grillo are Rory Sabbatini (69) and C.T. Pan, who produced the best round of the day with a 6-under 65. Dustin Johnson continued his good start at the RBC Heritage as Shane Lowry retained his one-stroke lead when darkness suspended the second round.Johnson, who already has two wins this year and is coming off a runner-up finish at the Masters, carded a 4-under 67 in the second round.last_img read more

Portrait of Eternity—The life and journey of Bill Nunn Jr.

first_imgART ROONEY II at Bill Nunn Jr.’s gravesite. (Photo by Thomas Sabol)It was a just another day (at least it was for me) on the morning of May 7.  I had just concluded prerecording a new radio show that I began hosting, just three weeks prior to Mr. Bill Nunn Jr. making his final departure to join his ancestors.I peeped into the office of Alan Lincoln the former president of the Radio Division of the Sheridan Broadcasting Network one of the pioneers of Black American radio broadcasting and syndication. He now heads the Riverside Sales Group which has formed a partnership with 1550 WZUM in Pittsburgh, the classic oldies station.  Alan is also the executive producer of the aforementioned program that I host, “Knights over Egypt.”Anyway, I was about to yell out my usual “see you next week,” but before I could get it out Alan said, “I know you could not have known but Bill Nunn passed away last evening.”  At that point my next destination became a blur and seemed a trillion miles away.  I cannot for the life of me recall my response but it had to be incomprehensible.  The next action that I was truly cognizant of was getting on the elevator in my office building and pushing the button to take me to the 18th floor.  My schedule was so hectic on the date that Mr. Nunn passed away, I could not have possibly been privy to the information because I left home too early that morning to get the news and I was far too exhausted to even turn on the television when I arrived back late that night.last_img read more

New Special Needs Community Center to Benefit Thurston County

first_imgFacebook188Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Kelsey Hartsell for Seeds for Growth Community CenterAs summer comes to an end, students begin to prepare for the next school year, many for whom this will be the last. After their senior year of high school, most students continue to further education or find their callings in volunteer or career opportunities, but what is there for students that have special needs and feel they can do neither? What about adults already aged out of the school system and aimlessly floating day to day with no real sense of purpose? Tracy Westberg has a solution.The Board of Directors: President Tracy Westberg, Secretary Jessie Green, Public Relations Liaison Kelsey Hartsell, Vice President Sheila McCarten Treasurer Phillip Hall. Photo courtesy: Barbara Potter Photography“I saw a vision to offer a safe, fun, and relaxing place for people who are differently abled” Tracy, who has worked with special needs students in North Thurston School District going on sixteen years, says, “I was inspired by my special needs students. I want to see them continue to grow and live once they finish high school, not just drop into a category of existing day to day.” Thus Tracy sat down, and with the support of her board of directors, built the plan for Seeds for Growth Community Center. Key statistics show that there is a substantial population Seeds for Growth Community Center will serve:According to the Disability Planning Data, there are approximately 21,000 people between the ages of 16 years and 64 years old that document having a disability living in Thurston County. This does not include individuals who are living in group homes or in an institution, nor does it take into consideration individuals not yet diagnosed nor individuals who decline to disclose a disability. Updated statics from the 2013-2017 Thurston County Regional Consolidated Plan confirms that 13% of Thurston County residents document having a disability.  People with special needs are offered to attend public school until the age of 21 years. Upon graduation, the opportunities and social support exponentially declines with very few consistent options left.Seeds for Growth President, Tracy Westberg posing with former student, DJ Geary Photo courtesy: Barbara Potter Photography“It doesn’t matter the visibility or invisibility of the disability, it doesn’t matter the severity or subtly, Every single individual who is differently-abled or special needs has the right to a sense of community and importance; and that is what Tracy provides” (Kelsey Hartsell, Board of Directors Public Relations Liaison speaking of Seeds for Growth President, Tracy Westberg).  The mission of Seeds for Growth speaks to the dedication this community center has for all its members: “To offer community-based activities and programs for individuals who are differently abled (ages 14+) by:Providing programs for personal enrichment and enjoyment through a variety of activities.Creating an environment that promotes the cognitive, social, and emotional growth of community members.Assisting participants to increase their involvement in the local community.Empowering individuals to strengthen their independence through daily living and life skills”Dylan Kuehl rocking out the drums at a Seeds for Growth block party event. Photo courtesy: Barbara Potter PhotographyNot surprisingly Seeds for Growth has received a lot of support from local companies who agree with the value in inclusion. Lacey’s Costco, Martin Way’s Cricket Mobile, Mystical Cupcakes, Olympic Cards and Comics, Deschutes Print & Stitch (formerly Mantis Graphix), and South Sound Parent to Parent, to name a few, have all donated to support the development of the new teen to adult special needs community center. The community center will operate out of South Sound Parent to Parent’s activity room until they find a location of their own. They will also host various activities in the community including an afternoon of bowling at Tumwater Lanes.Seeds for Growth has launched their new activities calendar, which will begin Monday, October 2nd, 2017. The calendar can be viewed on their Facebook page and their website. A copy can also be requested via email.  Seeds for Growth is also seeking board members and volunteers. If you would like to get more information on any of the participation or volunteer activities, Seeds for Growth can be contacted through email at:  [email protected] In the meantime, they ask that the community spread the word of the new center.last_img read more

A proud Jamaican – Mayhew satisfied following history-making Youth Olympics bobsled run

first_img “Overall, I am satisfied with my performance here. I have gained a lot of experience now, and I hope that I can continue with bobsled along with the other things that I want to do,” added the aspiring pilot. Mayhew, a student of Charlemont High in St Catherine, had a decent push-off in his first run, registering a start time of 5.67 seconds. He was solid throughout, even if he did not generate the speeds he would have liked, topping off at 106.2 km/h (the slowest among the competitors) and having a brush with Turn 13 before crossing the line in 58.85 seconds. This was 1.92 seconds slower than Ivanov, who was the leader at that stage of the competition. His second run was slightly better as he again got a good push-off time 5.67 seconds (10th best) and improved his top speed to 107.5 km/h to end the course in 58.62 seconds. “I know I can do better I have done better before, so I know I can. So, hopefully, I can continue in the sport and improve and always represent my country and make everyone proud,” Mayhew added. The Jamaican has been a hit with the crowd and the international media in Norway since his arrival and it was no different on the course yesterday. “I am glad that I got the opportunity to compete here. I received a lot of support from everyone here. Everyone was cheering for me and it was an extraordinary feeling. I think it was a factor which helped me to get my fastest push time,” he shared. “The competition was close, especially for the top guys. It was good for me. I did my best push time today, so it was a good feeling that I improved that. My overall track time wasn’t a personal best or the best that I could have done, but it was enough to cross the finish line and finish 13th, so I am satisfied,” Mayhew said. His coach, Harry Nelson, is the man behind his development from a teenager who had little interest in competing in sport, to one of the best young Monobob athletes on the planet after a year of training. Nelson was overwhelmed with the youngster’s efforts. “It’s an overwhelming feeling,” Nelson told The Sunday Gleaner. “Seeing the support we as Jamaicans got and that even though we didn’t get the best time of the series, I am very proud of him. It was a proud moment to see him complete the track,” Nelson said. “And to get his personal best start time of 5.67 seconds is also a very good accomplishment for him. The pair will return to the island on Wednesday. Jamaican youngster Daniel Mayhew says he is extremely proud following his 13th-place finish in the Monobob competition at the Winter Youth Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway yesterday. The 17-year-old, who is the first Jamaican participant at the Winter Youth Olympic Games, registered times of 58.85 and 58.62 seconds in his two runs for a combined time of 1:57.47 which placed him 13th in the 15-man field taking part in the event. The gold medal was won by Germany’s Jonas Jannusch, who recorded a time of 1:54.29, with the silver medal going to Russia’s Maksim Ivanov, 1:54.22, Norway’s Kristian Olsen (1:54.53) took the bronze medal. Speaking to The Sunday Gleaner shortly after his run yesterday, Mayhew, who was remarkably only introduced to the bobsleigh event just under a year ago, said he would have loved to finish in the top three, but is very proud to have represented his country so well and against the odds. “I am a little sad that I didn’t get a medal, but I really feel good in myself and proud that I was able to come here and compete at the Youth Olympics and make everyone proud,” said Mayhew. SATISFIEDlast_img read more

Blackwater junks KIA

first_img“I expected a bounce-back, but not like this. I am mildly surprised,” Isaac said after the rout. “While reviewing the tape [of our last game], I noticed that we lacked the energy and I asked the players to play with energy tonight.“I got that from them from both ends of the floor,” he went on. “I told them after the game that if we play with the same kind of energy, who knows how far that will take us in our last three games.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’GlobalPort snapped TNT KaTropa’s two-game winning streak with a 119-112 victory later in the night, climbing to a level 3-3 card in the process.Stanley Pringle scored 30 points and had eight rebounds and import Murphey Holloway had 24 and 17 as the Batang Pier dealt the Texters their third loss in seven games. Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles ANTIPOLO—Coach Leo Isaac was looking for a bounce-back from his Blackwater crew and got something he didn’t really expect.Two days after losing horribly, and a day after making a blockbuster trade, the Elite flaunted their best form yet and dealt KIA Picanto an ugly beating, 118-97, Friday night that enhanced their playoff chances in the PBA Governors’ Cup at Ynares Center here.ADVERTISEMENT Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay LATEST STORIES Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies But the old reliables were there for Isaac, with import Henry Walker shooting 25 points, grabbing 11 rebounds and issuing seven assists in just over 36 minutes as Isaac found the luxury of giving the NBA veteran some rest with the lopsided outcome.JP Erram had 16 points and 14 rebounds, and Mike DiGregorio started out at the point to finish with 16 after making all of his five attempts from beyond trifectaville.KIA, meanwhile, all but bowed out after taking its eighth straight loss even after parading a new import in Geron Marquis Johnson, who scored 28 points but had nine of the Picanto’s 19 turnovers.Meanwhile, San Miguel Beer parades new import Terik Bridgeman against slumping Alaska in a Petron Saturday Special Game at 5 p.m. at AUF Sports Arena and Cultural Center in Angeles City.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Elite established franchise marks in points scored in a quarter, 40 to open up against the Picanto, and 70 in a half, for a 39-point lead going into the third as Blackwater rebounded from a 117-96 loss to TNT KaTropa to rise to a level 4-4 card and stay in the playoff hunt.“We are very positive of our playoff chances,” Isaac said. “We will face whatever challenges are in front of us in our last three games. The team is ready.”Chris Ellis and Dave Marcelo, Blackwater’s new acquisitions from Barangay Ginebra in a trade completed on Thursday, did not see action yet.Isaac said that he asked Ellis and Marcelo to report for practice on Monday and the duo, who enjoyed respectable playing time while with defending champion Barangay Ginebra, will have to earn their minutes with the team.Ellis and Marcelo will have some form of motivation with the Elite’s next game slated against the Gin Kings on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Profitable, yes; never again, please! View commentslast_img read more

SCI welcomes Beck

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Seed Consultants, welcomes Brandon Beck as a new area seedsman covering Northwest Indiana. Brandon holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from Ball State University and has been working with farmers in Northwest Indiana for the last seven years.“Brandon is focused on servicing the needs of his customers and has a strong passion for the seed industry,” said Brian George, Regional Sales Manager for SCI.last_img

Bhujbal quashes speculation of joining Sena

first_imgDismissing speculation of his defection to the Shiv Sena ahead of the Assembly polls as “baseless”, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Chhagan Bhujbal on Friday said he would continue to remain by the side of NCP chief Sharad Pawar. “How many times should I say that I am with the NCP, am working with the party and will continue to remain with Pawar saaheb… All this phoney talk of my proposed defection to the Sena has originated in the media, who claim to have knowledge that I will be switching alliances to the Sena from certain ‘sources’… I wonder who these sources are?” Mr. Bhujbal said ahead of the NCP’s core committee meeting in the city to discuss pre-poll strategy.He said the very fact that he was present at such an important party meeting ought to put a stop to rumours.Speaking to a television channel, Mr. Bhujbal said it was not his fault that speculation about his alleged exit refused to die down, but that of the media’s, which kept stoking the fumes of rumour.The last couple of months have witnessed an exodus of leaders and legislators from the NCP and Congress to the BJP and Sena. Rumours that Mr. Bhujbal was planning a return to his political alma mater, the Sena, gained some credence when he remained absent for NCP MP Supriya Sule’s ‘Samwad Yatra’ in Nashik. Ms. Sule had maintained that Mr. Bhujbal was with the party.According to the political grapevine, while ordinary Sena workers wished Mr. Bhujbal — once a dyed-in-wool Shiv Sainik for more than 20 years — to be inducted into the party, the top leadership led by Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray was resolutely opposed to his entry.Meanwhile, the NCP’s core committee meet at the city’s Baramati Hostel, presided by Mr. Pawar, saw the top party leadership in attendance, including State president Jayant Patil, Mumbai unit chief Nawab Malik, senior leader Ajit Pawar and Ms. Sule. Terming Congress leader Harshavardhan Patil’s bitterness towards the NCP over the Indapur Assembly seat “unfortunate”, Mr. Patil said a decision over the seat was to be taken following a discussion between Mr. Pawar and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi in Delhi.last_img read more