Twelve-year FARC Hostage, Colombian Sergeant Escapes

first_img Colombian Police Sergeant Luis Alberto Erazo returned to Bogotá on November 27, after 12 years of captivity by FARC rebels, a day after managing to escape during a battle as four other hostages were executed. Erazo, 40, who had been held by the Marxist rebels since December 9, 1999, arrived in the capital by helicopter and was taken in an ambulance to a hospital for treatment, according to an AFP journalist at the scene. The sergeant, who suffered shrapnel wounds to the face as rebels in hot pursuit tossed a grenade at him, made no comment to the media. He was reunited with his girlfriend, his 16-year-old daughter and other family members. Erazo escaped from a rebel encampment in southern Colombia on November 26, where Colombian Army forces were hunting for possible hostages. During the clash, FARC rebels executed four hostages but Erazo was later found alive. President Juan Manual Santos visited Erazo on November 27, saying it was “really moving to see this national hero” but also hailing the “heroism” of the four hostages killed “in cold blood.” Santos also said he had “mixed feelings, seeing the happiness of this sergeant and his family, while at the same time understanding the pain of the other four families.” The hostages had been held at a FARC encampment in the remote Solano region of southern Colombia. Those who died were identified as Colonel Edgar Yesid Duarte, Lieutenants Elkin Hernandez and Alvaro Moreno, and Sergeant Jose Libio Martinez, the FARC’s longest-held hostage who was abducted nearly 14 years ago in a rebel ambush. After the latest executions, 14 police and soldiers remain in FARC hands. Some have spent more than a decade in captivity. By Dialogo November 29, 2011last_img read more

Alleged Female Guerrilla Member Dies in Clash with Peruvian Military

first_img The command stated that the operation was conducted after “strong intelligence operations, where information about the alleged location of camps occupied by criminals in the area of Vizcatán was obtained.” Shining Path is a Maoist guerrilla that was almost completely disrupted in the mid 1990s, the main leaders of which are serving life sentences in prison. However, it still has supporters in some areas of the Peruvian jungle. The authorities explained that the actions were carried out with full knowledge and participation of the Public Prosecutor’s Office. During the joint operation between the armed forces and the police “several camps used by terrorists were destroyed and ammunition was seized, as well as an abundance of subversive material,” announced the command. By Dialogo March 01, 2013 The operation was performed in the area of Vizcatán, Llochegua district, province of Huanta, in the Apurimac, Ene, and Mantaro River Valley (VRAEM). “During the operation that started on February 23, up to three confrontations between public forces and terrorist criminals took place in which an unidentified woman was killed,” said the statement. An alleged female guerrilla member from Shining Path was killed in a clash with military and police patrols in the area of Ayacucho, the Armed Forces Joint Command informed on February 27. Shining Path started to operate in the country in 1980, and the internal conflict killed about 70,000 people after two decades, according to the local Truth and Reconciliation Commission.last_img read more


first_img June 1, 2006 Errata Errata A story in the April 30 Bar News misspelled the name Scott Rubin, the member of the Special Committee to Study Paralegal Regulation, who presented the committee’s finding to the Bar Board of Governors. The News regrets the error. Erratalast_img

2 Killed in Brentwood Tried to Beat Train, LIRR Says

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Two people were killed when their car was struck by a Long Island Rail Road train in Brentwood after the car drove around the crossing gate three miles down the track from a where similar incident occurred about two years prior.The eastbound non-passenger train was heading to the Ronkonkoma yard while traveling at the maximum allowable speed of 80 mph when it hit the 2010 Nissan at the Second Street crossing just west of the station at 10 a.m. Tuesday, officials said.“At the point of impact, apparently the car burst into flames,” said Sal Arena, an LIRR spokesman, noting that the engineer honked the horn and hit the emergency brakes but couldn’t stop in time. “When it came to a halt, the burning continued.”MTA police are waiting for Suffolk County medical examiners to complete the victims’ autopsies to confirm the identities of the victims, whose bodies were burned beyond recognition.The engineer, conductor and assistant conductor aboard the train were not injured. The front of the train was badly burned and the vehicle was partly lodged under the first car.Brentwood Fire Department firefighters extinguished the flames. MTA police then pulled the victims from the wreckage.Witnesses told MTA police that they saw the car drive around the gates, which were down with lights flashing at the time, Arena said. He added that computer data has confirmed the accounts of witnesses and LIRR workers that the gates were down at the time.Service was suspended and buses replaced trains for about five hours between Farmingdale and Ronkonkoma while crews repaired a third rail that was damaged in the crash. Service was restored in time for the evening eastbound rush hour commute.The incident is similar to a May 17, 2011 incident in which a bread delivery truck driver was killed when he tried to beat the train by going around the gate just east of the Deer Park station—the next stop west of the Brentwood station.last_img read more

Man U announce £140m debt

first_imgRelatedPosts Player prices may go down after COVID-19 pandemic — Southampton manager Angry Man U fans attack Ed Woodward’s mansion EPL: Newcastle dare Red Devils Manchester United have announced their net debt has increased by almost £140 million in their latest financial figures, even after posting another revenue increase for the first quarter of 2019-20.The startling increase in debt levels from £247.2 million to £384.5 million, a rise of 55.5 per cent, will do little to appease disgruntled fans, unhappy with the way the club is run by the Glazer family owners and executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward.United have posted revenues of £135.4 million for the first quarter of 2019-20, which represents a £400,000 increase on the same period for the previous year.Commercial revenue was £80.4 million, a 5.9 per cent increase on the previous year, but the club are expecting 2020 annual revenue to be down this year to somewhere between £560 million and N580 million, compared to £627.1 million for the year ending June 30, 2019, though the club’s wage bill has dropped slightly.In part that will be due to the club’s lack of Champions League football this season. Broadcasting revenue for the quarter was £32.9 million, a 23.1 per cent and £9.9 million drop on the same quarter the year before.“We have a clear vision in terms of football philosophy and recruitment,” Woodward said. “The significant investments that we have made in recent years in areas such as transfers, recruitment infrastructure, analytics and our academy are already beginning to bear fruit.“We are very proud to be shortly approaching a milestone 4,000th game featuring an academy player, and we are particularly optimistic regarding the considerable young talent currently coming through.“Our ultimate goal is to win trophies by playing exciting football with a team that fuses graduates from our academy with world-class acquisitions.” Tags: Ed Woodwardlast_img read more

Edinburgh too strong for Ulster

first_img Press Association Edinburgh’s interim coaching duo of Steve Scott and Duncan Hodge made a winning start to their tenure when the Scots edged out Ulster 14-8 at Murrayfield to secure only their fifth RaboDirect PRO12 success of the campaign. A try by Stuart McInally plus three penalties by Piers Francis saw the Scots home against an Ulster side for whom Andrew Trimble bagged a try and Paddy Jackson landed a penalty. However, it was Jackson’s lack of accuracy with the boot that proved to be the difference between the sides as he failed with three simple penalties early in the second half. last_img read more

Sherwood hoping for fiery derby

first_img This, though, is the kind of fixture which can give Spurs a timely shot in the arm and Sherwood wants the game to be a throwback to the derby matches he used to play in. “It is a fantastic occasion – always was to play in these games,” the former midfielder told Spurs TV. “It is my first time as a manager at the Lane to be standing opposite Arsene Wenger and hopefully I will get one over on them. “I don’t think there is much blood and thunder these days – I want it to be more of that. “I think that gives us the edge. We are possibly more functional than they are, but if they get into their stride we know they can be very dangerous, so we need to knock them off their stride.” Sherwood’s first match in the dugout for a north London derby came in January, when the Gunners ran out 2-0 victors in their FA Cup third-round tie at the Emirates Stadium. That was the first defeat of his tenure and the pressure has since mounted on the man that succeeded Andre Villas-Boas in December, with talk of a summer departure intensifying as poor results begin to stack up. Sherwood is only concerned with the here and now, however, and is confident his players – whose desire he criticised after the defeat to Chelsea – will do him proud on Sunday. Spurs head into the match in need of a morale-boosting victory after heavy back-to-back defeats this past week at Chelsea and then at home to Benfica in the Europa League. The results likely mean another season without a trophy at White Hart Lane and leaves their top-four ambitions hanging by a thread ahead of Sunday’s pivotal encounter with Arsenal. Tim Sherwood wants this weekend’s north London derby to be a “blood and thunder” encounter as he believes that will give Tottenham the edge. “We’ve got the best game we could have, a north London derby,” he said. “We won’t need any more motivation for that, will we? I am sure they will be up for it. It is probably the best game we could have. “I always thought it was a good time to be playing Arsenal, but it’s ups and downs. We have to soldier on, you can’t always win games and we know that. “We’re in a difficult period at the moment, coming off the back of two defeats, we have to go out there and be counted and I am sure we will and the crowd will accept nothing less.” Emmanuel Adebayor, Kyle Walker and Mousa Dembele are all struggling to be fit for Sunday’s match, while captain Michael Dawson will be absent due to a hamstring injury. Etienne Capoue, Erik Lamela and Vlad Chiriches have also been sidelined, although Gylfi Sigurdsson could be involved after training on Friday. Press Associationlast_img read more

Victoria Kings’ dressing room burgled

first_img… Elite league continues tonight VICTORIA Kings FC conceded Match 12 in the Elite League football competition against GDF FC Friday night at the GDF ground, following an unfortunate incident where the team’s dressing room was ransacked and money stolen. The match ended 2-1.The incident is now being investigated by the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) and the Guyana Defence Force said mechanisms will be implemented to avoid a recurrence.At halftime, after discovering the theft had taken place, the team registered their disinterest in continuing the match, but this was after GDF FC had registered two goals by Darrel George and Delroy Fraser in the 16th and 38th minutes respectively. Victoria Kings’ Azumah Roberts netted their only goal in the 43rd minute.Meanwhile, in the first match Western Tigers enjoyed a 3-0 win against Den Amstel FC with Andrew Murray registering a brace in the 40th and 44th minutes, complemented by one from Randolph Wagner in the 62nd minute.The GFF Elite League continues tonight at the Police ground, Eve Leary, with Santos FC vs Buxton United at 18:00hrs and Guyana Police Force FC vs Milerock FC at 20:00hrs.Admission fee to all matches is $500.last_img read more

CET discusses poor classroom attendance

first_imgThe best way to encourage students to attend class is to make sure lectures provide added value, student fellows of the Center for Excellence in Teaching said at a panel discussion Wednesday.Attendance · Members of the Center for Excellence in Teaching suggested that teachers go beyond just using textbooks and refer to current events or pop culture in their lectures to encourage student attendance. – Mindy Curtis | Daily Trojan The panel discussion, which was moderated by James Green, CET undergraduate fellow, included Becky Courter, a CET teaching assistant fellow, Joseph Dombrosky, the CET undergraduate fellows chair, and Colby Kennedy, a CET undergraduate fellow.CET held the panel to receive feedback from students about attendance and to provide extra resources for professors who want to improve class attendance.“There are three primary issues for students,” Green said. “Lack of interest in the class, lack of engagement insofar as participating and getting involved and lack of added value, in that students don’t feel their class experience is adding to their required textbook readings and the other parts of the course.”Green said students can be classified into three categories: those who will attend class no matter what, those who never attend class and those who are somewhere in  between. The students who are in between often feel they have better things to do than attend class.“They don’t feel the class is worth going to. Or [they have] other assignments or quizzes,” Green said. “It’s important that [faculty] create an environment that really encourages students to come to class.”Some students said they have a difficult time going to class when they feel the information is verbatim from the textbook.“What is the most productive way that I can spend my time,” said Frankie Bennett, a senior majoring in business administration. “When a professor is really interesting, of course I’ll be there every time. But when I’m being taught something I could learn faster outside of class, then it doesn’t make sense for to me to go.”Courter said CET is trying to provide extra resources and ideas for professors to improve attendance. It falls on the professors, however, to care about attendance, and on the university to provide incentives for those professors to care.“As a teacher if you care about your students, then you care if they show up,” Courter said.TAs often play a large role in engaging students in the course content because they teach discussion sections that expand on professors’ lectures to a smaller number of students.Courter said she tries to stay as comfortable as possible when she is teaching because she believes it makes students feel comfortable, too.Wayne Glass, professor of international relations, said classroom attendance supports a healthy educational system.“I want my classes to be exciting and active,” Glass said. “In some sense, that’s being successful; it’s a measure of my own success as a professional.”In classes where attendance is high, professors encourage class discussion and interaction give frequent quizzes and assign small group work to replace powerpoint lectures, according to Green.CET encourages professors and TAs to focus on adding value to their lectures by getting students interested in the subject through the use of varied media, such as the internet, pop culture and news articles that cater to student interest.“Find a way to encourage students to learn more outside of class,” Green said. “You want to encourage students to come to class — not just to fulfill an attendance grade, but to learn.”last_img read more

Charles Barkley calls Celtics star Kyrie Irving a ‘miserable’ person

first_imgBarkley also brought up Warriors star Kevin Durant, who is scheduled to be a free agent this summer.“If I’m a New York Knicks fan I’m leery, because if you can’t take the heat in Cleveland, Boston and San Francisco, you’re not going to take it in New York,” Barkley said. “Both of these guys (Irving and Durant) have handled it awful. They could have said Day 1 I’m not going to talk about free agency and it would have been over, but they talk about it every single day, and when you guys ask them about it every single day they complain about it.”Entering the season, the Celtics were considered to be the favorites in the East, but have struggled to stay consistent. They are now ranked fifth in their conference with a 40-26 record behind the Bucks, Raptors, Pacers and 76ers. Kyrie Irving on turbulent weeks with Celtics: ‘Obviously I get annoyed pretty quickly’ NBA legend Charles Barkley wasn’t holding back when it came to his evaluation of Celtics guard Kyrie Irving. Irving has been vocal this season about his dissatisfaction with the Celtics and some of his young teammates, but the TNT analyst and Hall of Famer doesn’t understand where the six-time All-Star is coming from. Instead, Barkley believes Irving has the world “in the palm of his hand.” “He wanted to go to Boston to have his own team,” Barkley continued. “But what a lot of these guys don’t understand is when you’re a star, you get all the credit, but also all the blame. That’s not right. That’s just the way it is. Nobody goes to Jaylen Brown or the Morris brothers — they’re going to come to Kyrie Irving after every game. That’s the responsibility of being a star.” “He’s got to be one of the most miserable people I’ve ever seen.”Charles Barkley had some words about Kyrie.— Get Up (@GetUpESPN) March 6, 2019“Kyrie Irving, I don’t know him that well, he seems like a nice kid, but I’ve never seen a person so miserable,” Barkley said on ESPN. “He’s got the world in the palm of his hand, he’s going to make $40 or $50 million a year for the next 10 years, he’s in movies, but he’s one of the most miserable people I’ve ever seen.”Barkley went on to explain that he believes Irving brought his problems upon himself by leaving the Cavaliers for the Celtics in 2017 to “have his own team.”  Related Newslast_img read more