Colombian National Army Captures Alleged FARC Guerrillas

first_imgHonduras is a key transshipment point for South American narcotics. Nearly 90 percent of the cocaine that reaches the United States comes through Mexico and Central America, according to the United Nations International Narcotics Control Board. Troops with Honduras’s National Interagency Security Force (FUSINA), an elite unit comprised of Army Soldiers and National Police agents, has seized 28,285 kilograms of marijuana and 11,727 kilograms of cocaine, in addition to arresting 13,649 suspects since its creation on January 27, 2014. In the year since it began operations, FUSINA also seized $13.3 million; 3,392 guns; 17,770 rounds of ammunition; and 13 grenades, according to Lieutenant Colonel Santos Nolasco, FUSINA spokesman. Law enforcement officials suspect the detainees of several offenses, including extortion, conspiracy, committing acts of rebellion, and possession of illegal weapons. Soldiers made the arrests based on information obtained from nine suspected FARC members who were arrested in January. FUSINA in Honduras seized large amounts of drugs in 2014 The administration of President Juan Orlando Hernández launched the elite unit to combat narco-trafficking, extortion, organized crime groups, and violence nationwide. It also destroyed numerous clandestine airstrips used by narco-traffickers in addition to seizing an undisclosed number of automobiles, motorcycles, and property. By Dialogo February 03, 2015 Troops with Honduras’s National Interagency Security Force (FUSINA), an elite unit comprised of Army Soldiers and National Police agents, has seized 28,285 kilograms of marijuana and 11,727 kilograms of cocaine, in addition to arresting 13,649 suspects since its creation on January 27, 2014. Law enforcement officials suspect the detainees of several offenses, including extortion, conspiracy, committing acts of rebellion, and possession of illegal weapons. Soldiers made the arrests based on information obtained from nine suspected FARC members who were arrested in January. The FARC, which is the nation’s largest terrorist group, uses proceeds from narco-trafficking to finance its criminal activities. FUSINA in Honduras seized large amounts of drugs in 2014 The dismantling of the airstrips is having a positive impact. The Guatemalan Military reported that it detected a small number of narco-flights in the country’s air space in 2014, compared to an average of 12 a month in 2013. Colombian National Army Soldiers captured 11 suspected Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrillas in several cities and municipalities, the Military said on January 28. The dismantling of the airstrips is having a positive impact. The Guatemalan Military reported that it detected a small number of narco-flights in the country’s air space in 2014, compared to an average of 12 a month in 2013. It also destroyed numerous clandestine airstrips used by narco-traffickers in addition to seizing an undisclosed number of automobiles, motorcycles, and property. In the year since it began operations, FUSINA also seized $13.3 million; 3,392 guns; 17,770 rounds of ammunition; and 13 grenades, according to Lieutenant Colonel Santos Nolasco, FUSINA spokesman. Honduras is a key transshipment point for South American narcotics. Nearly 90 percent of the cocaine that reaches the United States comes through Mexico and Central America, according to the United Nations International Narcotics Control Board. The FARC, which is the nation’s largest terrorist group, uses proceeds from narco-trafficking to finance its criminal activities. Colombian National Army Soldiers captured 11 suspected Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrillas in several cities and municipalities, the Military said on January 28. The administration of President Juan Orlando Hernández launched the elite unit to combat narco-trafficking, extortion, organized crime groups, and violence nationwide. last_img read more

Spurs’ Son set for military training during virus shutdown: report

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp Seoul, South Korea | AFP | Tottenham Hotspur’s South Korean striker Son Heung-min will report to a marines boot camp later this month to fulfil military service duties, a report said Thursday.All able-bodied South Korean men are obliged to serve in the military for nearly two years, making up the bulk of Seoul’s 600,000-strong forces — who face off against North Korea’s army of 1.3 million.But Son was spared a career-threatening stint as a conscript when South Korea took gold at the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia, earning the team an exemption.The Spurs star broke down in tears of joy after the 2-1 extra-time win over Japan, which meant he could fulfil his obligations with just three weeks’ basic training and around 500 hours of community service.The 27-year-old’s Premier League season ended even before the coronavirus outbreak spread to Europe when he broke his arm against Aston Villa on February 16, and Spurs said he returned to South Korea for “personal reasons”. Son will report to a marines boot camp on the island of Jeju on April 20 for his basic training, an industry source told the South’s Yonhap news agency.He posted images online Wednesday of himself exercising on what appeared to be a large balcony, skipping and stretching.The Premier League is postponed until at least April 30 because of the pandemic and is likely to be delayed even longer when the English game’s stakeholders meet on Friday.center_img FILE PHOTO: Son Heung-minlast_img read more

Dolphins hit the doldrums after last minute defeat

first_imgPattaya United’s Picha U-Tra (right) challenges for the ball with Ratchaburi FC’s Phillip Roller during the Thai League 1 fixture at the Mitr Phol Stadium in Ratchaburi, Saturday, May 12. (Photo/Pattaya United FC)Pattaya United suffered another disappointing result on the road last weekend when they slipped to a 2-1 defeat to Ratchaburi FC at the Mitr Phol Stadium on Saturday night.  The Dolphins third loss in their last five league games has seen the team slip down the table and United now stand just 2 points above the drop zone.United competed on a fairly equal footing with Ratcha­buri last weekend and came closest to opening the scoring when Lee Won-Young saw his goalbound header cleared off the line.The hosts bounced back and took the lead on 40 minutes when United failed to prevent a Ratchaburi break down the right flank and when the cross came in, the home team’s Korean forward Kang Soo-Il was waiting in the six-yard box to turn the ball home.After the halftime break United piled the pressure on the home defence but the Dolphins were lacking a clinical final pass and many half chances went begging.  It appeared the game was destined to be settled by a solitary goal until the 81st minute when United striker Lukian was fouled on the edge of the Ratcahburi area.  Lukian’s teammate Jakkaphan Praisuwan stepped up to take the resultant free-kick and sent a beautiful curling shot past the despairing dive of Wongmeema into the hosts’ goal to level the score at 1-1. The equalizing goal was no more than United deserved for their second half efforts but it was all to be for naught as in the third minute of stoppage time the United defence was caught napping from a free-kick and Ratcha­buri’s Chutong ghosted into the area to head the winner past Khammai and send the Dolphins home empty handed.It was cruel luck on United to lose in such a manner but they will need to regroup rapidly for this coming weekend’s challenge when they take on table-topping Buriram at the Nongprue Stadium in Pattaya. Kick-off on Sunday is scheduled for 6 pm.last_img read more

Hit rewind, baby

first_img“I’ve never had a moment like this,” Galarraga said. A tearful Joyce asked for a chance to apologize after his blown call. “You don’t see an umpire after the game come out and say, ‘Hey, let me tell you I’m sorry,’” Galarraga said. “He felt really bad. He didn’t even shower.” Yeah, because the call stunk. It really freakin’ stunk.Well, boys and girls, let’s take a few snowballs to hell and see if they will survive for three minutes or more because more than likely Joyce will blow a few more calls before he retires as an umpire but there is a distinct possibility that Armando Galarraga will never again pitch a perfect game.What is wrong with Bud Selig or should he be called “Bugsy Siegel?” Was there a huge line in Vegas that grew after the seventh inning? Were the big boys with fat cigars in smoke-filled rooms betting against the young Detroit pitcher?The American League implemented the DH or designated hitter rule in 1973 to give the offense more “juice.” Hmm, I was always under the distinct impression that baseball players were supposed to perform on offense and defense. How many hitters over the years have went undetected using “juiced” or “corked” bats? Do the umpires check all the bats used for competition on a daily basis? Selig and his cronies turned the other cheek while they were being smacked around by players using illegal steroids right in their “grill.” But you know what? Is it possible that they could not have cared less as long as the turnstiles clicked and the television and radio ratings soared off the charts? Selig could have made a molehill out of a mountain by “just hitting rewind, baby.”Bud Selig once indicated that he was [possibly agonizing] in regards to attending the game or games leading up to the contest in which San Francisco Giants left fielder Barry Bonds was projected to eventually break the home run record of Hank Aaron. Does this mean that Bud Selig will never again attend a game in which Jim Joyce is part of the officiating crew? Will there be an asterisk next to this game?Some say that instant replay will dilute the purity of the game. Well, now answer this question for me. Which is more important, the purity of the game or the integrity of the game? Where I come from there is no purity without integrity.In 1999 the instant replay challenge system returned to the NFL and in 2010 referees still blatantly blew some calls. Overturning decisions that should have been left standing and allowing calls to remain static that should have been changed but regardless of the flaws of the instant replay system of the NFL, at least they have a system. I am not saying that baseball field managers should have the option of throwing a “red flag” to challenge every bad call that they perceive as incorrect but something must be done to preserve the remaining credibility of the game.Craig Cataterra from NBC Sports’ “Hardball Talk” has this to say. “It is absolutely imperative that baseball implement some form of replay now, this season before the playoffs. The best way, in my view, is to simply station a fifth umpire in the official scorer’s box. Give him the same feed the broadcast guys have. Give him a buzzer and, when an obviously bad call like this one happens have him call down to the crew chief and overturn the call. I’d take it a step further. While the logistics of the in-park review system are designed and implemented, put somebody at headquarters on a monitor for each game. Give those people—I don’t care if they’re summer interns—a hard line to whatever phone in the ballpark connects to someone able to stop play immediately.”The Outlook wasn’t brilliant for the Selig nine that day:The score stood three to nothing with but one more out to go.The ball whistled toward the plate, and there would be no doubt.His eyes became as big as Bambi’s. The Mighty Selig has struck out.(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: [email protected] or 412.583.6741.) Detroit Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga pitched a perfect game with imperfect results. Shortly after the game in which he beat the Cleveland Indians 3-0 on a “1 hitter,” MLB declined to comment on first base umpire Jim Joyce botching the call that took a no-run, no-hit perfect game from Galarraga. Commissioner Bud Selig has apparently decided to do nothing about it. Why? Well, I’m guessing to preserve the psuedo-purity or the economic sanctity of the game.last_img read more