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Colombia Confirms Death Of Rebel Commander

first_imgBy Dialogo February 26, 2010 Colombian Defense Minister Gabriel Silva confirmed the death of a leftist rebel commander who authorities said headed up the guerrillas’ drug-trafficking activities in the southern part of the country. Angel Gabriel Lozada, alias “Edgar Tovar” – commander of the 48th Front of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, guerrilla group – was killed on Jan. 20 but it was not until Wednesday that he was identified through DNA tests. He had once been chief of security for the FARC’s No. 2, Raul Reyes, who was killed on March 1, 2008 in a Colombian military airstrike on a clandestine rebel camp in Ecuadorian territory. Silva told a press conference in Bogota that Lozada was the FARC’s head of drug trafficking and said he had died in clashes with army troops in a rural area outside Puerto Asis, a city in the southern province of Putumayo. Another eight rebels were also killed by army soldiers in the fighting, which erupted after the bombardment of guerrilla camps. Silva said the slain commander was also the person “who controlled drug-trafficking activities for the FARC” in southern Colombia. “He also operated in Ecuador,” Silva said, adding that “he was a dangerous person” because in addition to cocaine trafficking he provided arms and explosives to other FARC fronts. Last week, the Colombian police released documents indicating that Lozada invested $15,000 in the pyramid scheme headed by David Murcia Guzman, who was extradited to the United States earlier this year to face money-laundering charges. The documents were seized by Colombian authorities at one of the rebel camps. The FARC, founded in 1964, is now thought to have around 8,000 fighters and operates across a large swath of this Andean nation. President Alvaro Uribe’s administration has made fighting the FARC a top priority and has obtained billions of dollars in U.S. aid for counterinsurgency operations.last_img read more

Martha Ann Goos

first_imgMartha Goos, 62, of Moores Hill, Indiana, passed away Friday, July 21, 2017.She was born January 10, 1955 in Cincinnati, OH, daughter of Lillian Cramer Bosse and the late Donald Bosse.She served her country as a member of the United States Navy.Martha worked in the Meat Department for the Whitewater Kroger.She enjoyed crocheting, driving her jeep and reading, she was a big Stephen King Fan. Martha was also very patriotic. She will be greatly missed by many.Surviving are mother, Lillian Cramer Bosse of Cincinnati, OH; loving husband of 30 years, Dennis Goos of Moores Hill, IN; .siblings, Catherine (Kevin) Kearns of Maineville, OH, Teresa (Jack) Eason of Cleves, OH, Donald (Cheryl) Bosse of Cincinnati, OH, Andrew (David Caudill) Bosse of Cincinnati, OH, Elizabeth (Tim) Strubel of Union, KY, Cecelia (Patrick) Shay of Cincinnati, OH, Julianne Willard of Cincinnati, OH; brother in laws, Chris Goos of Wrightstown, NJ and Jon (Nina) Goos of Browns Mill, NJ.She was preceded in death by father, Donald Bosse.Friends will be received Wednesday, July 26, 2017, 10:00 am – 11:00 am at the Rullman Hunger Funeral Home, 219 Mechanic Street, Aurora, IndianaServices will be held at the Funeral Home, at 11:00 am with Rev. Tommy Beatley officiating. Military services will be conducted by members of local Veterans Service Organizations.Contributions may be made to any Veteran Organization of donor’s choice. If unable to attend services, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.last_img read more

Twitter Slaps Disclaimer on Trump Tweet regarding “Looting and Shooting”

first_imgTwitter says it may be in the public’s interest for the tweet to remain accessible. This after Trump yesterday signed an executive order escalating his war with Twitter and social media companies.Trump is furious about Twitter fact-checking his recent, unsubstantiated tweets about mail-in voting and alleged voter fraud. He said his executive order deals with one of the “greatest threats to free speech.” Trump argued — “What they choose to fact-check or ignore is nothing more than political activism.” Trump said Twitter, Facebook and Google have “unchecked power.” He called it “very very unfair” and labeled it “censorship and bias.” The executive order aims to curb the power of the social media giants and it will likely be challenged in court. It seeks to remove a liability shield that the companies have. Trump said the American people should not be bullied by social media giants. Trump was asked if he would consider deleting his Twitter account. He said he would consider doing that but, “The news is fake.” He added, “There’s so much fake news it’s disgraceful.” Twitter has slapped a disclaimer on a tweet from President Trump which reads “when the looting starts the shooting starts” a reference to the federal government deploying protection against the violent protests over Floyd’s death. The tweet is still viewable but hidden beneath a disclaimer. ….These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd, and I won’t let that happen. Just spoke to Governor Tim Walz and told him that the Military is with him all the way. Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts. Thank you!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 29, 2020last_img read more

Woman who said she was too ‘pretty’ for jail gets no time behind bars

first_imgA woman who said she was too pretty to go to jail will serve no time behind bars!Lauren Cutshaw went viral last year when she said she was too pretty to go to jail after she was arrested for DUI.The judge, in her case, seems to agree as Cutshaw, 34, is being given a sweet deal, including no jail time.She will also get to keep her driver’s license.Cutshaw, a real estate agent from South Carolina, was pulled over after blowing through a stop sign at more than twice the speed limit in August of 2018.Cutshaw recently plead guilty to misdemeanor DUI.She was fined $187 and ordered to perform 24 hours of community service and take alcohol safety classes.last_img read more

Reggie Mitchell to the Big 10: A dream come true

first_imgREGGIE L. MITCHELL There are times when a writer needs that certain vibe, an impulse or inspiration, if you will, to get the first word on the page to start a story. Well people, I am here to tell you a couple of Friday’s ago, I was truly inspired. As a matter of fact, I haven’t been this inspired about a high school quarterback since the glory days of Major Harris at Brashear…Now that I have your attention let’s go on! It’s the opening round of the 2011 WPIAL playoffs for Shadyside Academy against Beaver, which has one of the best defenses in western PA. Quarterback Reggie Mitchell ran for189 yards and four touchdowns, and threw for another 57 yards. All this, I might add, without the services of his partner and major threat Dennis Briggs. (We’ll get back to him later).Most area high school football fans have heard about the extraordinary talents of Mitchell, the six foot, 175 pound, three year starting quarterback and cornerback. If not, allow me to get you caught up. Reggie Mitchell is the first Black quarterback in the history of the Shadyside Academy. A two-way starter at quarterback and cornerback, he was recruited by Maryland, Pitt, Ohio State and Penn State among numerous others. He recently decided to take his talents to the Big Ten Conference and play for the Badgers of Wisconsin. He admits that Ohio State was his first choice. This was due in part to a young man he looked up to and was motivated by as a football player, Terrelle Pryor.None of this happened overnight. For Reggie, it’s been a long time coming, but he has known for quite some time that he could play and that he would play at the next level.Although a talented basketball player, standout track man and golfer (shot an 87 at age 14), Reggie has always known football would be his sport. He can remember thinking about playing in the Big Ten as early as the sixth grade.It was against a star-studded Sto-Rox team as a 10th grader that he realized he could compete with anybody. In that game he ran for 50 plus yards, including a rushing touchdown and threw one as well.Reggie will be the first person to tell you that he has had a considerable amount of help during this journey. He is proud to say it started at home with mom and dad. His mom, Vicky Mitchell Taylor, who has an athletic background of her own, says she knew her son could really play as early as 8th grade when she recognized his seriousness about the game.His dad, Jim Taylor, aka “JT” (Yes, the one and the same as JT’s Ribs in Penn Hills) stressed the same thing to Reggie as he did to his other two sons James III and Brandon. The things he was taught as a young man and a very talented athlete in his own right, your job is to work hard, study hard and be the best person you can be at whatever you do. JT, who is Reggie’s stepfather, is quick to point out that Reggie is his son and has been from the first time he saw him. As he smiles at Reggie it is obvious that he is proud of his son. You see, Reggie’s biological father died at the much too early age of 30 after a brief illness.Along with his parents there are his trainers Maness Carner, Duane Brown and Vaughn Rivers, who starred at WVU. Last but certainly not least is someone Reggie gives a tremendous amount of credit and appreciation, his partner, best friend, teammate and motivator Dennis Briggs (I told you I would get back to him.) Briggs, a six-foot, 190 pound running back, wide receiver and free safety is credited with pushing Reggie to the max. Already recognized by Oregon University, Briggs is set to become Shadyside’s next superstar. He joins Reggie in setting his sights on getting a great education, having a stellar college career and oh yes…playing on Sunday afternoons.We all know that no athlete’s story is complete without recognizing the school and more importantly the coaching staff, which at Shadyside Academy is headed by Coach Dave Havern.I mentioned earlier that Reggie is the first Black quarterback in Academy’s history. I mentioned it, but they did not. Race is not important to the coaching staff at Shadyside. What is important is that Reggie is and has been a greater person off the field than he is on the field. In short, he has not had one problem off the field in his entire time at the Academy. Not many athletes can make this claim.With 40 years under his belt, the last eight at Shadyside Academy, Coach Havern recognizes Reggie as a one-of-a kind athlete. He has no doubt that Reggie will be a great player at the next level.Wisconsin Head Coach Brett Bielema made it clear early on that he wanted Reggie to be a Badger. Reggie knew he wanted to be a Badger the moment he set his talented 4.4 – 40 yard dash feet on campus at Madison, Wisconsin. He knew that is where he would call home for the next four years…or maybe three?I asked Reggie for some parting words that he could pass on to future stars who may admire him, as he does Pryor and Darrell Revis of the New York Jets. His response was this, “No matter what your current condition, make sure you understand what opportunities you have and take full advantage of them. Work as hard as you can and do not let your circumstances define you.”Having heard this, I’m sure it’s as clear to you as it has been to me all along that Reggie Mitchell is not only on his way to becoming a great college athlete but a great young man. I predict that we will be hearing a great deal more about him for years to come.GO MITCHELL! GO BADGERS!last_img read more

Vultures need our help

first_imgThe Kransberg in Marakele National Park, whose rocky peaks are home to the world’s biggest colony of Cape vultures.(Image: SANParks) Just one of the many rehabilitated and released Cape vultures which owe their lives to the dedicated VulPro team.(Image: VulPro) A young lappet-faced vulture tagged and fitted with a GPS/GSM tracking device, at VulPro.(Image: VulPro) The Cape vulture is one of the largest Old World vultures, but is under threat from electrocution and poisoning.(Image: Wikipedia)MEDIA CONTACTS • Kerri WolterFounder, VulPro+27 82 808 5113• Nomonde MxhalisaCommunications and media, EWT+27 11 372 3600/1/2/3RELATED ARTICLES• Tusker research goes social• EWT making tracks in conservation• Wines to save wild dogs• New SANParks educational centre• A legacy for the African rhinoJanine ErasmusThe newly established Limpopo Vulture Project aims to cut down on the number of vulture deaths caused by electrocution, and help to halt the decline in the numbers of these majestic birds.“Limpopo is home to the two biggest colonies of Cape vultures in the world,” says Kerri Wolter, the founder of the Vulture Conservation Programme (VulPro).Wolter is wholly committed to the vulture cause and this dedication has been recognised in her nomination as one of five finalists in the running for this year’s Tusk Conservation Award. This is given to an up-and-coming conservationist who has already made an impact in his or her chosen field, and the winner and runners-up receive grants to help them continue with their work. Wolter is up against four other nominees, two from Kenya and two from Madagascar.She established VulPro near Hartbeespoort, about 35km west of Pretoria, in 2007 after managing the vulture unit at the Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre (formerly known as De Wildt), located in the same area, for two years. VulPro doesn’t just protect and rehabilitate vultures for eventual release back into the skies, but has a strong educational component as well. It hosts groups of schoolchildren and also visits schools with a live bird, to allow the children and their teachers to get up close with the vulture and learn more about the importance of protecting the species.VulPro conducts an annual census of breeding pairs in the area, titled the Magaliesberg Risk Assessment.Now Wolter is working with the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) and the Limpopo operating unit of national power supplier Eskom on a vulture-tracking project, which will establish where they like to gather and will provide information that will make it easier to keep the birds and power lines apart, or make the lines safe.The Limpopo Vulture Project was conceived by EWT senior field officer Constant Hoogstad, who approached Eskom with the idea. He wanted to use the data thus gathered for his thesis. There are two EWT units involved, the Birds of Prey Programme and the Wildlife and Energy Programme, which explores the dangers posed to birds by communications and power infrastructure.Through GSM devices attached to the birds, the team will be able to track their movements and establish their territory range, and learn where the different species congregate. Eskom will use this information to plan the installation of new power lines, and also to investigate the link between vulture movements and line faults in the province.“The birds roost on power lines and they die when they collide with a structure in flight, or create a short on the line and get electrocuted,” Wolter explains. “It’s one of their biggest threats. The aim of this project is to identify the vulture hotspots and then take steps to mitigate the deaths.”Eskom can then be proactive and make Limpopo lines safe by fitting bird guards, says Wolter, which stops the birds coming into contact with critical areas on towers, without harming them, and will prevent electrocution. “Eskom will also consider using bird-friendly structures when planning new developments.”She emphasises that it’s completely up to the power utility to use the data constructively and to implement any vulture-saving measures. “They must be willing to follow up on the research, and ensure the mitigation is done.” However, since Eskom has already installed bird guards on power lines in KwaZulu-Natal, resulting in an improvement in service quality and a reduction in power outages, it is certain to do the same in Limpopo.Keeping an eye on the restaurantHoogstad says that one of South Africa’s most active vulture restaurants is located close to the provincial capital Polokwane, on Mockford Farm, a prominent pork producing facility. A vulture restaurant is a place where fresh, untainted food is provided regularly for the birds, and this particular vulture restaurant attracts a variety of species.The team will focus on two vulture restaurant sites for capture and tagging – they are Mockford, and the well-known Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre just outside Hoedspruit.Once the birds are fitted with the tracking devices, the team will monitor their behaviour in relation to the site of their restaurant – after a year, the restaurant will be moved to a distant location and the birds will be tracked to see if their movement changes accordingly. If it does, this data will help the team to establish how long it takes for vultures to adapt to the new situation, and whether moving a vulture restaurant is a practical answer to keeping the birds away from power lines and wind farms.Vultures need our helpContrary to popular myth, the vulture is not evil, dirty, diseased or clairvoyant. It plays an important role in the ecological cycle by disposing of carcasses, thus preventing the build-up of large numbers of flies around the remains, and minimising the spread of diseases such as anthrax. The vulture is an indicator of the overall health of the ecosystem, as it will suffer if something is out of balance.Vultures are also intelligent and sociable birds, and form lifelong breeding pairs that share parental responsibilities, with both partners incubating, feeding and caring for their chicks.South Africa is home to nine vulture species including the lappet-faced (Torgos tracheliotus), bearded (Gypaetus barbatus) and white-headed (Trigonoceps occipitalis) vultures – however, the only one endemic to the region is the Cape vulture (Gyps coprotheres), around 10kg in weight when mature, with a magnificent 2.5m wingspan. Like the other eight, this is one of the so-called Old World vultures, found in Africa, Asia and Europe, and belonging to a different family from the birds found in the Americas.It’s listed as vulnerable on the Red List of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and, says the organisation, is likely to keep declining unless conservation efforts continue and are successful. The IUCN lists the population level about 8 000 to 10 000 individuals (2006 figures), but shrinking.“There are 800 breeding pairs in the Blouberg Nature Reserve and 550 to 600 on Kransberg in Marakele National Park,” says Wolter, referring to the world’s two largest colonies. “The province is a stronghold for vultures.”Other threats to their existence include deliberate or accidental poisoning, often because they eat carcasses poisoned by farmers to kill jackals and leopards, which prey on flocks and herds; urbanisation leading to habitat loss; killings for muthi, or traditional medicine; a decrease in the availability of food; and veterinary drugs such as the anti-inflammatory ketoprofen, which is lethal to vultures.The EWT’s Birds of Prey Programme and its partners celebrate International Vulture Awareness Day in early September every year. In addition, the Gauteng Department of Agriculture Conservation and Environment has made the Cape vulture one of its priority bird species, along with the blue crane, martial eagle, secretary bird and others.A group of vultures in flight is called a kettle, while a group that is feeding is called a wake. The collective nouns committee, volt, and venue refer to vultures resting in trees.last_img read more

2015 Touch World Cup Finals to Feature on Channel Nine!

first_imgThe ever popular staple of Sunday NRL in front of the television is set to take on a new dimension with a unique extended format of Sunday afternoon NRL coverage on Channel Nine, from 31 May, 2015. Not only will NRL fans and broader audience get their usual fix of Rugby League action with Sunday NRL Live on Channel Nine, but with an exciting entrée leading into the regular afternoon broadcast over consecutive Sundays (31 May, 7 and 14 June).The 2015 Touch World Cup Finals featuring the best Touch Football talent on the planet across the Men’s, Women’s and Mixed (Open’s) divisions is set to light up Channel’s Nine’s Sunday NRL telecast over coming weeks with an hour-long highlights package of each divisions’ finals matches leading into the regular Sunday NRL 4.00pm (AEST) timeslot. The three x one hour Touch World Cup finals will be broadcast into over 50 countries across Asia Pacific and Europe via Fox International, Star TV and Eurosport, following the free to air broadcast on Nine. Broader distribution domestically to be confirmed.   Australia continued its domination of the quadrennial Touch World Cup in early May, recording its eighth successive Touch World Cup title. The Touch World Cup series commenced on the Gold Coast back in 1988 and has been showcased across the globe in New Zealand (1991), Hawaii (US – 1995), Sydney (1999), Japan (2003), South Africa (2007) and Scotland (2011), in ensuing years before returning to these shores.  Australia has enjoyed enduring success over the 27-year period with New Zealand, Australia’s main rival across most divisions. Host Nation and Touch Football Australia CEO, Colm Maguire, said the news and the overall opportunity was very exciting and timely.“This is such a fantastic outcome for the sport of Touch Football and it is a real breakthrough to have our pinnacle international event showcased in this way,” he said. “This highlights the benefit of our alignment with the NRL but the success of our overall broadcast commitment over our current strategic cycle which includes numerous televised events. “This also positions the sport even more strongly, not only through our partnership with the NRL but as an immensely popular participation sport played at the elite level, beamed out to a much wider domestic and international television audience.  “One of the advantages of the free-to-air broadcast is the fact that close to 50% of the television coverage will feature our female participants.“And that is pivotal to our participation and performance environment and strategic focus with the NRL.” NRL CEO Dave Smith welcomed Channel Nine’s support in showcasing International Touch Football. “It is fantastic that fans will be able to enjoy the international game as part of Channel Nine’s Sunday football broadcast,” he said. “Through our strategic alliance with TFA we are committed to growing the profile of the game and Sunday afternoon time slot on Channel Nine presents the ideal opportunity to do so. “The NRL Touch Football partnership provides both sports with opportunities to work together and grow our participation numbers as we look to create Australia’s largest sporting community.”The NSW Government, through Destination NSW, is proud to partner with Touch Football Australia to secure major Touch Football events in NSW. This event is part of the NSW Government’s support for Touch Football, which follows also the Youth Trans-Tasman event at Cronulla and the National Touch League in Coffs Harbour earlier this year.Channel Nine Touch Football World Cup broadcast times in New South Wales: Sunday May 31 – 2:30pm followed by Dragons v Sharks Sunday June 7 – 2:30pm followed by Sharks v Roosters Sunday June 14 – 2:30pm followed by Titans v Bulldogs Related LinksWorld Cup Finals on Nine Channel Nine Touch Football World Cup broadcast times in Queensland (GEM): Sunday May 31 – 9.30amSunday June 7 – 10.00amSunday June 14 – 9.30amSocial Media Touch World CupTwitter – https://twitter.com/touchworldcup15 @touchworldcup15 Instagram – https://instagram.com/touchworldcup2015  Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/TouchWorldCup Social Media Touch Football AustraliaTwitter – https://twitter.com/touchfootyaus @touchfootyaus Instagram – https://instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia last_img read more

Mayor inspects corporation schools in Malviya Nagar

first_imgNew Delhi: SDMC Mayor inspected corporation schools in Malviya Nagar area. She also participated in Swacchta Shramdaan Campaign and encourage the citizens and traders to participate and contribute in Swacchta hi Sewa and single-use plastic ban campaign in the Malviya Nagar market.She said large scale citizens engagement activities for awareness and community mobilisation through Shramdan, clean and green drives, Swachhta pledges, Swachhta rallies and other programs aimed at mass scale plastic waste collection and disposal and elimination of single-use plastic will be organised in all parts of the SDMC localities. The mayor held discussions with local citizens, businessmen and residents and listened to their difficulties and problems. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderMayor visited several corporation schools in Malviya Nagar ward and instructed the officials of the Education Department to maintain the quality of mid-day meal. SDMC Mayor in order to assess the quality of mid-day meal took a few items and instructed the education department to keep a close eye on the quality since the food is meant for the students and all cautions must be taken to overcome any possibility of ill effect on their health. She instructed the Principal to depute two or three teachers to assess the quality of the mid-day meal every day. Further, cleanliness must be ensured before and after distribution of mid-day meal. Mayor also inspected parks of the ward and stressed the need to improve them. He instructed the officials of the Horticulture Department that within 10 days proper improvement should be seen in these parks. Wherever there are cracks in the boundary wall, it should be repaired and the greenery should be protected.last_img read more

ROX And Hublot Team Up For Alan Shearer Foundation

first_imgLuxury retailer ROX has teamed up with Hublot to create a unique King Power timepiece.Limited to only two watches, one will be worn by football legend Alan Shearer, while the other will be auctioned to raise funds for the Alan Shearer Foundation, which provides specialist care to people with complex disabilities.Symbolic of Alan’s career, this limited edition timepiece features Newcastle United’s black and white colours, and the iconic number 9 emblazoned on the dial. As a nod to his title as the top goal scorer in Premier League history, the number 260 and Alan’s signature are also engraved on the back of the watch.The auction will run here until 16th of February 2017, ending with a live auction on the 18th of February 2017 at the Alan Shearer Foundation Ball.last_img read more

Dinnage pulls out of Premier League chief executive role

first_imgLONDON — The English Premier League says its new chief executive has pulled out of the job before even taking up the position.The league issued a statement on Sunday saying broadcasting executive Susanna Dinnage has changed her mind about succeeding Richard Scudamore in running the world’s richest soccer competition, despite being hired for the job in November.The statement said: “Despite her commitment to the Premier League in early November, Susanna Dinnage has now advised the Nominations Committee that she will not be taking up the position of Chief Executive.”The short statement gave no reason for the abrupt turnaround but said the search committee “has reconvened its search and is talking to candidates. There will be no further comment until an appointment is made.”Dinnage was set to become the most powerful female executive in global sports after agreeing to leave her role as global president of Discovery’s Animal Planet brand early next year to succeed Scudamore.In November, she described the role as “the pinnacle of professional sport and the opportunity to lead such a dynamic and inspirational organization is a great privilege.”___More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/apf-Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsThe Associated Presslast_img read more