By Dialogo January 09, 2012 Think tank: FARC’s resurgence a ‘false alarm’ But other analysts offer strikingly different view of the FARC war machine. María Victoria Llorente, who heads the Bogotá nonprofit group Ideas For Peace, said warnings about a major resurgence by the FARC constitute “a false alarm.” Her organization published a lengthy assessment of the conflict in August that painted the FARC in a state of steady decline. The report attributed the recent increase in rebel attacks to a FARC strategy aimed at dispersing government troops and distracting them from their top priority of taking down top guerrilla leaders. These hostilities often involve land mines, sniper attacks and other actions that require minimal military effort by the rebels. Jeremy McDermott, co-director of Insight Crime, a Bogotá research center that tracks organized crime and conflict in Latin America, said that because army pressure has FARC combatants constantly on the run, the rebel organization’s ability to provide serious political and military training to its recruits is severely limited. Rather than combat, he said, many FARC fronts are focused on money-making activities, such as extorting gold miners and trafficking drugs. Young guerrilla recruits “hardly know anything,” a demobilized member of the FARC’s 36th Front told Insight Crime. “They gave us training for something like 20 days… Maybe you learn how to dismantle and re-arm a rifle. More than anything, the 36th Front doesn’t have an instructor who can train a group of new guys. That capacity isn’t there.” FARC fails to disrupt local elections When the FARC does strike, many of the clashes take place in remote jungle regions and border areas where rebels can evade government troops by crossing into Ecuador or Venezuela. But, unlike the widespread havoc wrought by FARC actions in the late 1990s and early 2000s, recent rebel assaults have had little impact on Colombia’s political and economic life. Despite intense efforts by the FARC to disrupt state and local elections held on Oct. 31, for example, only a few incidents of violence were reported — and the voting took place in a largely peaceful atmosphere. Jiménez noted that amid attacks on Colombia’s pipelines and power plants, “the oil continues to flow. The economy continues to grow.” The Ideas For Peace report claims that the decrease in army combat operations against the FARC has nothing to do with troop morale. Instead, the report said the dropoff was the natural outcome of the FARC’s dwindling numbers. A decade ago, the FARC fielded about 15,000 combatants who were active in 377 of Colombia’s 1,100 municipios or townships. Today, the FARC has about 8,000 fighters active in 142 townships. “For these reasons, it’s wrong to talk about a reactivation and strengthening of the FARC,” the report said. Recent events “reflect the opposite. The FARC’s loss of offensive military capacity is irreversible and the group is now desperately trying to guarantee the survival of its rearguard.” Yet even if that’s an accurate X-ray of the state of the FARC, McDermott warns against triumphalism. Army pressure on the rebels, he says, is having the “adverse effect” — forcing the FARC to find new ways to survive, such as establishing temporary alliances with former paramilitary units that once fought the rebels but are now involved almost exclusively in drug trafficking. In fact, these new criminal gangs are now responsible for most of Colombia’s kidnappings and, according to Jiménez, now constitute the nation’s biggest security threat. Acknowledging that there’s little realistic opportunity of total battlefield victory over the FARC, many analysts have applauded Santos for recently opening the door to peace talks with the rebels. That could prevent the further degradation and criminalization of the FARC and allow Colombia to reduce spending on security — which constitutes about 4 percent of GDP — and shift that money to other areas. However, Santos said negotiations could only take place if the FARC releases all of its remaining hostages and refrains from further kidnappings and attacks on the civilian population. And that seems unlikely. The rebels have unilaterally released a few hostages and promise to free six more in coming months. But the FARC refuses to renounce the practice of kidnapping. What’s more, non-uniformed FARC militia members are often based in urban areas where they continue to target civilians. “I am very skeptical about FARC statements that they want peace,” Rangel said. “It’s just a lot of empty rhetoric.” These guerrillas don’t fight because of the social inequality in Colombia — they’re criminals, murderers, thieves, extortionists and cowards who plant drugs, harvest them and make lots of money, which in the end they can’t enjoy because their conscience won’t let them. I congratulate President Santos — stick it to them, they have no souls they sow pain and tears throughout Colombia. BOGOTA — Colombia’s FARC guerrillas bid adieu to 2011 in typical — and tragic — fashion. On Dec. 30, the rebels fired a homemade rocket at a police station in the southern town of Orito, near Colombia’s border with Ecuador. No police officers died in the explosion but it did kill the wife and eight-month-old son of the police chief, who had taken up his new post just two days earlier. “That does not show military strength on the part of the FARC,” said Alvaro Jiménez, a political analyst who heads a Colombian organization that promotes the removal of land mines from the battlefield. “Killing a wife and a baby is simply a crime that generates horror and rejection among Colombians.” Jiménez and other analysts say the Orito bombing and other recent rebel hostilities illustrate Colombia’s battlefield paradox as the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia enters its 48th year of waging war. The guerrillas stepped up their attacks on government troops, remote towns and energy infrastructure in the past year. Yet the FARC also suffered devastating blows, such as the Nov. 4 death of its maximum leader, Alfonso Cano, in an army operation. Analysts debate effectiveness of anti-FARC tactics These conflicting signals over the course of the war in 2011 has led to fierce debates among analysts over whether the FARC is gaining momentum after a decade of decline and retreat. Alfredo Rangel, director of the Bogotá-based Security and Democracy Foundation think tank, points out that kidnappings by the FARC jumped by 10 percent last year, acts of sabotage by 32 percent and attacks on oil infrastructure by 80 percent. In June, for example, the FARC kidnapped three Chinese oil workers and their translator in the southern department of Caquetá. All four men are still missing. The rebels also bombed oil pipelines and trains carrying coal to Caribbean ports. Indeed, the growing perception that security in Colombia has deteriorated led to the August resignation of Defense Minister Rodrigo Rivera. He was replaced by Juan Carlos Pinzon, a long-time aide to President Juan Manuel Santos. In a recent interview broadcast on Dutch TV, Tanja Nijmeijer, a Dutch woman who joined the FARC a decade ago, said: “The FARC is pressing forward without Cano. There have been a lot of military actions in the wake of his death…. That proves we are moving ahead and that the end of the FARC is a long way off.” Troop morale is also an issue, according to Rangel. He claims that soldiers have been less aggressive on the battlefield due, in part, to judicial reforms that allow troops and officers to be tried by civilian, rather than military, courts for alleged human rights violations related to their actions against the FARC. If not for the killing of Cano, Rangel said, 2011 would have been viewed as a wash for Colombian security forces. “The day before Cano was killed,” Rangel noted, “the entire Colombian press corps was questioning the effectiveness of the fight against the FARC.”
Craig Conway’s cross was only cleared into the path of the onrushing right-back on the edge of the area and the Millwall loanee beautifully arrowed a half-volley past Danny Rogers.It was the 21-year-old’s first goal for the club and the only shot on target during an arduous encounter played amidst difficult foggy conditions.The hosts edged proceedings and their dominant back three, led excellently by captain Jason Kerr, limited Killie to barely any clear-cut chances.- Advertisement – Image:Zander Clark rises to clear a Kilmarnock chance in the second half The visitors’ best opportunity fell after 24 minutes when Kirk Broadfoot headed off the bar. Chris Burke’s pinpoint corner arrived perfectly for the experienced Broadfoot to meet with a powerful header that beat Zander Clark but the ball rebounded off the bar to safety. Danny McNamara illuminated a gloomy encounter with a brilliant strike to hand St Johnstone a crucial 1-0 win over against Kilmarnock.The lacklustre Saints had only scored one goal at home all season, against St Mirren on August 29, until McNamara struck the winner in the 70th minute.- Advertisement – Killie believed they should have been awarded a penalty just after half-time when McNamara appeared to handle in the box.After blocking Nicke Kabamba’s header, McNamara threw himself to meet Greg Kiltie’s shot and it appeared to strike his arm but after slight hesitation referee Gavin Duncan waved away the protestations.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – As the game progressed, the fog descended on McDiarmid Park which made visibility incredibly difficult.Killie threw on Eamonn Brophy in an attempt to salvage a draw but the hosts defended resolutely.The Saints made the better start and after a Kilmarnock mistake, the impressive Conway fired an ambitious effort over the bar from 25 yards.St Johnstone continued to press forward and after McNamara burst down the right flank, David Wotherspoon sent an off-balanced strike wildly over in the 10th minute.Both sides played with extreme caution during the first half although Broadfoot was twice fortunate to escape being caught in possession when attempting unnecessary skill in dangerous areas.Set-pieces appeared to be the best avenue for either team to score all evening. Conway found Stevie May with a near-post corner after 34 minutes but the diminutive striker’s acrobatic flick only found the side-netting.Callum Davidson will be delighted as St Johnstone made it three unbeaten in the Premiership as they moved level with Kilmarnock in the table on 14 points.What’s next?St Johnstone host Dundee United in the Scottish League Cup on Tuesday; Kick-off at 7.45pm.Kilmarnock are also in that competition next up, visiting Clyde at the same time.
LocalNews CELAC will develop ties of solidarity between Latin America and Caribbean countries by: – November 24, 2011 26 Views no discussions Share (L -R) Her Excellency Elena Ramos Ambassador of the Republic of Cuba, His Excellency Dr. Philbert Aaron, Ambassador to Venezuela and National Coordinator of ALBA, Her Excellency Carmen Martinez de Grijalva, Ambassador of Brazil, His Excellency Jose Marcos Nogueira and Franciso Anzola the Minister Councillor at the Venezuelan Embassy in Dominica. Venezuela’s Ambassador to Dominica, Her Excellency Carmen Martinez de Grijalva, has credited the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) as an organization which will develop ties of solidarity between Latin America and Caribbean countries.CELAC, which aims to deepen political, economic, social and cultural integration between Latin American countries and the Caribbean, is expected to host its third summit later this year.According to the Declaration of Salvador, Bahia, heads of state and government officials of Latin America and Caribbean countries met in Brazil on December 16th and 17th of 2008, with “the aim of strengthening regional integration and establishing effective commitments for joint action to promote the sustainable development of their peoples”.During that meeting the officials examined the “issues relating to integration and development from a Latin American and Caribbean perspective in the context of the challenges posed by financial, energy and food crises and by climate change”.At a press conference in Dominica on Tuesday, Her Excellency Carmen Martinez de Grijalva, Venezuela’s Ambassador to Dominica explained that CELAC will assist revitalizing and deepening regional unity.“CELAC will be a common space with the aim of deepening political, economic, social and cultural integration of Latin America and the Caribbean, to revitalize and to strengthen the regional unity, by establishing goals and mechanisms compatible with its reality, as well as to develop ties of solidarity and cooperation among the Latin American and Caribbean countries.”Her Excellency further explained that CELAC is not merely another regional organization, but rather “a political block where we strengthen the historical ties that make Latin American and Caribbean people one, a simultaneous expression of our unity and our diversity”.Her Excellency, Carmen Martinez de GrijalvaAmbassador Carmen Martinez de Grijalva also highlighted that CELAC’s purpose as noted by President Chavez.“For the President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez, CELAC is a space for peace and development of the region. He said the creation of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States will be decisive to establish a space for peace, development, life and happiness for all the people living in this part of the world. For Chavez the process of construction of CELAC honors the memory, commitment and fight of our Liberators and on any and all founding fathers that devoted themselves to independence and sovereignty of our America.”The objectives outlined for this summit are:• Political dialogue with other intergovernmental actors, international organisms and mechanisms,• Coordination of common positions in multilateral forums to promote and advance the interests of the Latin American and Caribbean community vis-à-vis the new issues in the international agenda.• Promotion of the Latin American and the Caribbean agenda in global forums.• Positioning of Latin America and the Caribbean at relevant events.• The Pro Tempore Presidency shall coordinate the annual dialogues with other regional blocs and countries that play a predominant role in the international community.The Ambassador of the Republic of Cuba, Her Excellency Elena Ramos, Ambassador of Brazil, His Excellency Jose Marcos Nogueira and His Excellency Dr. Philbert Aaron, Ambassador to Venezuela and National Coordinator of ALBA were all present at the press launching in support of this summit.The summit is scheduled for the 2nd and 3rd of December, 2011 in Caracas, Venezuela.Dominica Vibes News Share Tweet Share Sharing is caring!
DONNELLSON, Iowa – Summerfest features at Lee County Speedway pay $1,000 to winners of Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified, IMCA Sunoco Stock Car and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod main events.The Monday, Aug. 1 Modified feature at Donnellson is a qualifying event for the 2017 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot.Stock Cars and Northern SportMods are on both Monday, Aug. 1 and Tuesday, Aug. 2 programs, as are Mach-1 Sport Compacts, running for $300 to win.Complete shows will be run each night at IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, regional, Allstar Performance State points will be given.Start money for the Modifieds is $100. Entry fee and tow is $50.Both Stock Cars and Northern SportMods get $85 to qualify. Entry fee and tow is $40. Minimum start money for the Sport Compacts is $50; entry fee and tow are $25.Performance Bodies gift certificates go to top five finishers.Pit gates open at 5 p.m., hot laps are at 7 p.m. and racing is at 7:30 p.m. both days. Grandstand admission is $15 for adults, $13 for seniors, $5 for students and free for kids 10 and under.Adult pit passes are $30 or $50 for both days. Students ages 7-13 are $15 and six and under are $10.More information about Summerfest is available from Mike Van Genderen at 641 521-0330 or Brian Gaylord at 319 371-6744. The track website is www.leecountyspeedway.com.
Decatur and Ripley Counties—INDOT contractors have chip seal operations planned on U.S. 421 from just north of S.R. 229 in Napoleon to just south of S.R. 46 in Greensburg at the Sand Creek bridge. Work is currently planned to begin June 10, but that may be adjusted depending upon weather conditions and the completion of other jobs according to officials.
Howard A. “Ben” Federle, age 87 of Batesville, died Sunday June 14, 2020 at his home. Born April 20, 1933 in Batesville, he is the son of Anna (Nee: Raver) and Anthony Federle. He married Dorothy (Dot) Gutapfel August 9, 1958 at St. Louis Church. Ben served in the army during the Korean War and following the service would go to work for Batesville Casket Company as a foreman, retiring after 46 years. A member of St. Louis Church, he also belonged to the Prell-Bland American Legion Post #271 and the Knights of Columbus Council #1461.Saying Ben was an avid sports fan would be an understatement. He played baseball and fast pitch softball well into his 60’s. He liked to watch sports in general, but especially baseball and basketball. He became a San Francisco 49ers fan when he was stationed in California while in the service and enjoyed golfing, was a longtime league bowler and in his younger years hunted for deer, squirrel and rabbits as well as going fishing. He took several salmon fishing trips to Canada and Michigan over the years. Ben and Dot got to travel quite a bit and a couple of their favorite trips were a 25th anniversary cruise to the Bahama’s and a six-week road trip where they visited most of the states west of here. What he loved most was attending the grandchildren’s sporting events and extracurricular activities. He attended them all without fail.He is survived by his wife Dot; sons Randy (Nancy) of Batesville, Keith (Pat) of Hidden Valley; sisters Marlene Greiwe of Batesville, Joann Holzer of Knoxville, Tennessee; five grandchildren and four great grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he is also preceded in death by his sister Ruth Gehl and brothers Paul, Carl and Ralph Federle. Visitation is Wednesday, June 17th, from 9 – 11 a.m. at the Weigel Funeral Home. Attendees will need to observe social distancing while in the funeral home. Funeral services will follow at 11:30 a.m. at St. Louis Church with Rev. Stan Pondo officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery with military graveside rites conducted by the Prell-Bland American Legion Post #271 and the Ripley County V.F.W. Post #3183. The family requests memorials to the Margaret Mary Health Foundation Hospice or the Batesville Athletic Boosters.
RelatedPosts Tyson Fury to Anthony Joshua: Don’t risk fighting Usyk Anthony Joshua wants Tyson Fury, Wilder fight Joshua: Tyson Fury won’t distract me Deontay Wilder has revealed that he has removed “snakes” from his entourage as he prepares to take on Tyson Fury for the third and final time.The Bronze Bomber suffered a humiliating defeat in his Las Vegas rematch with the Gypsy King in February getting knocked down twice before being stopped in the seventh round. And even though it was the first loss of his professional career, Wilder has been quick to make changes to his camp in a bid to get revenge in their trilogy fight.“I’m getting rid of all the snakes in the grass. This time has allowed me to dig in the weeds and see what was going on,” Wilder told The PBC Podcast.“You can have a lot of great people around you but you can’t control the jealously of people.“You think people are happy with you but everyone wants what you have but they don’t want to sacrifice as much as you.“People are envious of the things they can’t have and I had to weed out and change certain things.” Wilder was involved in a public spat with his trainer, Mark Breland, after he threw in the towel during his comprehensive defeat by Fury.The former WBC heavyweight world champion has since made a u-turn on his decision to sack Breland, but admits that he will add to his team before facing the Brit again later this year.“We’ve had a lot of people reach out but you have to be careful because some people just want publicity,” Wilder said.“Boxing is very crooked, it’s a dirty business and you’ve got to be careful, it’s a corrupt sport as well. You’ve got to be careful with the people and their intentions especially when they weren’t around before.“Boxing is a business like no other, you’ve got to be able to trust people and that’s the hard part. “I am looking to bring someone in, we don’t have it down yet but I’ve got two people I’m bringing in. One of them always comes to camp on some basis anyway and we’ve got a great team that will be formed when everything gets back to normal.”Wilder and Fury are scheduled to meet for the third time later this year, although the fight is likely to be delayed until October or November due to the coronavirus crisis.Tags: BOXINGDeontay WilderFinal MatchTyson Fury
For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Budapest: Indian women grappler Pooja Gehlot (53kg) entered the finals after beating Turkey’s Zeynep Yetgil in the semifinals of the UWW Under-23 World Championships in Budapest on Thursday. Pooja scripted a superb come back as she fought her way from a 2-4 deficit to win 8-4 against Yetgil, a gold medallist at the Junior European Wrestling Championships in 2018. In the summit clash on Friday, Pooja will be up against Haruno Okuno of Japan. No Indian has ever won a gold in the last three editions of the UWW Under-23 World Championships. Ravinder had settled for a silver medal on Wednesday after going down to Kyrgyzstan’s Ulukbek Zholdoshbekov in the 61kg final. It was a fantastic display from the youngster who started from the qualifying stages, where she demolished Ekaterina Verbina of Russia 8-3. In the quarter-finals, Gehlot blazed through her bout, notching up a commanding 8-0 win to set up a semi-final showdown against Zeynep Yetgil, gold medallist at the Junior European Wrestling Championships in 2018. Gehlot is the second Indian woman wrestler to remain in contention for a medal after Jyoti (50kg) made it to the bronze medal contest, which is also scheduled to take place tonight. In 50kg, Jyoti’s hopes of getting a bronze were dashed when she was blanked 0-10 by Russia’s Nadezhda Sokolova.In 57kg, Pinki Rani advanced to the quarters from the qualifiers after registering a one-sided 5-0 victory over Arian Geralin Carpio of the USA. Her run came to an end in the last-eight at the hands of Hannah Fay Taylor, who edged her 2-1 in a gritty contest. None of the other Indians in action could win a round. Also Read | Vinesh Phogat Becomes First Indian Wrestler To Qualify For 2020 Tokyo Olympics While Ukraine’s Ilona Prokopevniuk was declared a 2-0 winner by fall over Reshma Mane in 62kg, Nisha exited with a 3-11 loss to Maya Gabriella Nelson of the USA in 65kg. In 72kg, Naina suffered the same fate when she was shown the door by Cuba’s Milaimys de la Caridad Marin Potrille after a 13-3 victory.
The IAAF, committing to the overhaul of the administration of track and field, have announced the names for their independent panel of experts to oversee and assess the eligibility of new and existing officials being put forward for, or continuing to serve in, IAAF roles.The three candidates, who will form the IAAF Vetting Panel starting Friday, are Chair Mr Akere Muna, and members Professor Mark Pieth and Mr Don Mackinnon. The three had to endure a recruitment process where 37 people were consulted.The panellists are required to be independent of the IAAF, with experience in screening applicants and candidates for appointments to official positions.Akere Muna is the Independent Sanctions Commissioner of the Africa Development Bank Group and Chair of the International Anti-Corruption Conference.He also sits on the Governance Board of the African Governance Institute. He previously served for 10 years as Vice-Chair of Transparency International where he was also Chair of its Ethics Committee.Professor Mark Pieth is a Professor of Criminal Law and the founder and Chair of the Basel Institute of Governance in Switzerland. He has served on the Integrity Advisory Board of the World Bank and was a member of the Independent Committee set up to revise financial practices in Panama.He chaired the Independence Governance Committee overseeing the reform process within FIFA between 2011 and 2013.Don Mackinnon is managing partner of a boutique law practice in New Zealand and has extensive experience working in the governance of different sports, including rugby union, rugby league, cricket and netball. He currently chairs a number of appointment panels in sport.
Las Vegas (AFP) – Filipino legend Manny Pacquiao rolled back the years to become the oldest welterweight champion in boxing history with a thrilling split decision victory over WBA champion Keith Thurman on Saturday.The 40-year-old Pacquiao, 10 years older than the previously undefeated Thurman, delivered a vintage performance at the MGM Grand Garden Arena to leave the sell-out crowd of 14,356 roaring its approval.Pacquiao floored Thurman with an electrifying combination in the first round and remained on the front foot throughout a pulsating 12-round duel.Although the bloodied Thurman rallied in the later rounds to narrow Pacquiao’s lead, the judges scored it in the Filipino’s favour. Two judges scored it 115-112 for Pacquiao with the third scoring it 114-113 for Thurman.A jubilant Pacquiao punched the air as the arena erupted after the victory was confirmed.“It was fun,” Pacquiao said afterwards. “My opponent is a good fighter and boxer. He was strong.”Thurman had riled Pacquiao in the build-up to the fight by vowing to “crucify” his deeply religious opponent, and later promising to send the Filipino icon into retirement.Pacquiao, who improved to 62-7-2 with 39 knockouts, was gracious in victory.“I’m not that kind of boxer who talks a lot; we were just promoting the fight,” he said.“He’s a good boxer and he’s strong. I was just blessed tonight.”Pacquiao, who earned an estimated $20 million from Saturday’s fight, is now a major player in the competitive welterweight division once again after capturing Thurman’s WBA welterweight ‘super’ champion belt.The eight-division world champion said he will now return to the Philippines to resume his work as a senator before deciding on his next move inside the ring.“I think I will fight next year,” he said. “I will go back to the Philippines and work and then make a decision.”– No complaints –Thurman meanwhile had few complaints in defeat, embracing Pacquiao after the final bell in recognition of an epic contest.“I knew it was too close,” Thurman said. “He got the knockdown so he had momentum in round one.“This was a beautiful night of boxing. I wish I had a little bit more output to go toe to toe. I felt like he was getting a little bit tired, but he did have experience in the ring.I would love the rematch.”Earlier, a pumped-up Pacquiao had danced into the ring to the strains of Rocky movie anthem “Eye of the Tiger” to bring the crowd to its feet.Deafening chants of “Manny, Manny” rolled around the packed arena as Pacquiao immediately set about building an advantage.Towards the end of the round, the crowd erupted as Pacquiao sent Thurman crashing to the canvas, uncorking a left to the ribs before detonating a right hand on the American’s jaw.That set the tone for the early rounds, with Pacquiao urging Thurman on before using his superior handspeed and footwork to bamboozle his rival.A dazzling combination wobbled Thurman again at the end of the second, and Pacquiao delighted the crowd with an Ali shuffle as the round closed.Although Thurman improved, Pacquiao was able to control the tempo and had Thurman in trouble again in the fifth round with blood pouring from his mouth.Thurman though was in no mood to surrender and he came back into the fight, snapping Pacquiao’s head back with a right cross left jab combination in the seventh round.The younger Thurman appeared to be gaining momentum as the fight drew on, backing up Pacquiao with a clean combination in the eighth.But again, Pacquiao responded strongly, swarming forward in the ninth round to have Thurman rattled again.With Pacquiao leading after the 10th and 11th rounds, Thurman came out for the final round knowing he probably needed a knockout to win.But Pacquiao drew on all of his experience, skipping out of range cleverly to keep Thurman at bay and score a famous win.