Colombia Reinforces Military Presence in Response to FARC Attacks

first_imgBy Dialogo February 06, 2012 Two attacks with explosives that left 15 dead in two towns in southwestern Colombia, attributed to the FARC guerrilla group, led President Juan Manuel Santos on February 2 to launch major Military reinforcements in the region. “Tumaco has suffered a great deal; it’s known as a strategic center for ‘narcoterrorism.’ We’ve decided to move into Tumaco with one Marine unit and another from the Army. It’ll add up to more than 2,500 additional men,” said Santos, who traveled to the region to hold a security council meeting. The decision was also made to increase the police contingent by 300 men. In the attack in Tumaco, on February 1, nine people died and 69 were injured. Colombian Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzón characterized the attack as “terrorism” and blamed the FARC and the criminal gang Los Rastrojos [The Stubble] for the attack. “The FARC, in alliance with Los Rastrojos, are defending a drug-trafficking route to the Pacific. What they’ve done is pure and simple terrorism, and force is going to be used directly against those organizations,” he said. While Santos was in Tumaco, a car bomb exploded in front of a police station in the center of the town of Villa Rica, in the department of Cauca, causing six deaths and approximately 30 injuries. Those killed included two minors and the commander of the police station where the device exploded. Like the one in Tumaco, this attack was also attributed to a FARC front operating in the area. The attacks occurred hours after the guerrilla group indefinitely postponed the release of five police officers and one member of the Military, all kidnapped and held for over 12 years, on the grounds that the area where they were to be turned over had been militarized. “The attacks in Tumaco and Villarica are regrettable (…) With these actions, the FARC makes any possibility of dialogue ever more distant,” Interior Minister Germán Vargas Lleras wrote on his Twitter account.last_img read more

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Police respond to fatal motorcycle, tractor crash in Pennsylvania

first_imgPolice say 47-year-old James Place was killed when his motorcycle struck a tractor making a left-hand turn onto a field on Rolling Hills Road. He was pronounced dead at the scene. They say Place was unable to stop his motorcycle. SMITHFIELD TOWNSHIP, Pa. (WBNG) — Pennsylvania State Police say one person is dead in a motorcycle and tractor crash in Bradford County Sunday. A passenger riding along on the motorcycle was thrown off of it and was injured. The driver of the tractor was not hurt, police say. An investigation into the crash is ongoing.last_img

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Ronaldo Eyes More Silverware in Russia

first_img“It would be a beautiful thing to have on the CV. Of course it would be a dream to win it,” Ronaldo said in January, since when he has powered Madrid to glory both in La Liga and in the Champions League.It has been a dream last 12 months on the field for the former Manchester United man, who was a European champion at club and international level in 2016. More glory here in Russia will end any doubt about him winning a fifth Ballon d’Or.“We don’t have words to describe what he represents for our country. He is an idol, even for us players,” admitted veteran defender Bruno Alves, the 35-year-old who has just signed for Scottish club Rangers.Portugal’s triumph at Euro 2016 secured them a place in Russia, where they will be making their Confederations Cup debut against CONCACAF Gold Cup winners Mexico in Group A before facing the hosts and New Zealand.Ronaldo has scored 12 goals in six international outings since coming off injured in the Euro final, but Mexico – winners of the Confederations Cup in 1999 – are confident they can stop him.“It goes without saying that he’s a great player. But we’re a great side too, and I’m sure we can stop him,” striker Raul Jimenez, a Portuguese league and cup double winner with Benfica, told Fifa.com.It is not just Ronaldo they will need to stop though – winger Bernardo Silva, who missed Euro 2016 through injury, is fresh from winning the French title with Monaco and sealing a big-money move to Manchester City.“A year ago, I said Portugal were going to Euro 2016 to win it. I said we were not the favourites, but that we were candidates to win it. I have the same confidence today,” Portugal coach Fernando Santos said earlier this week.Mexico, who drew 1-1 at home to the United States in World Cup qualifying last weekend, will look to Real Sociedad’s Carlos Vela and Bayer Leverkusen striker Javier Hernandez for inspiration.They will be led by former Barcelona defender Rafael Marquez, still going strong at 38 – while Ronaldo will win his 140th cap in the game, Marquez will be making his 139th international appearance.The match in Kazan will start at 1500 GMT and will be followed at 1800 GMT by the Group B opener between African champions Cameroon and Chile in Moscow.The Indomitable Lions, who reached the final in 2003, surprised everyone by winning the Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon at the turn of the year, while Chile won back-to-back Copa America crowns in the last two years and are spearheaded by Alexis Sanchez and Arturo Vidal.However, Arsenal forward Sanchez is a doubt, wShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Cristiano Ronaldo will put speculation over his club future firmly to one side as he leads European champions Portugal into their Confederations Cup opener against Mexico in Kazan today. The 32-year-old Real Madrid superstar’s build-up to the tournament in Russia has been overshadowed after he was this week accused by prosecutors in Spain of defrauding the authorities of €14.7 million in tax through offshore companies.Now the Madrid sports media is awash with headlines suggesting Ronaldo wants out of the Spanish champions, despite only signing a new contract through to 2021 in November. But for the next two weeks the main thing on the mind of the reigning Ballon d’Or holder is winning more silverware in the eight-nation World Cup warm-up event.“He takes this tournament very seriously and is focused,” said Ronaldo’s teammate Andre Silva, the striker who has just joined AC Milan from Porto.last_img read more

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Brazil’s Marta Recalls Her World Cup Most Memorable Goals

first_imgSo, which strikes are Marta’s most memorable at the last four global finals? “It’s difficult to choose one because I’ve scored so many,” Marta told FIFA TV yesterday before bursting out laughing.Nonetheless, the Brazilian runs the rule over her World Cup goals and gives us her top three – all of which come against the same opponent.Samba skills and sublime strikes ensured that Marta lit up China 2007 and emerged with a Golden Ball and Golden Boot double. Of the seven Marta scored at that tournament two stand out in particular: her brace against titans USA in the semi-final.When asked to choose her top three goals, Marta replied: “I’d say my two goals against USA in the 2007 in China. For the first one, I dribbled past at the defender outside of the box and then shot in low.“Even though the goalkeeper got a touch, it went in. That was my first goal in that game.Marta’s second – and Brazil’s fourth – in that semi-final was a goal of sheer brilliance. The No10 left USA players in her wake with her fabulous flashes of skill and tantalising technique before firing past goalkeeper Briana Scurry.“I was facing away from goal with someone marking me and I received a pass,” she recalled. “I slightly touched the ball one side and turned to the other side, got the ball and dribbled past two players and shot with my right foot.”.One of the FIFA Women’s World Cup’s all-time thrillers, Brazil and USA were reunited at the global finals in the quarter-finals of Germany 2011. Just as A Seleção looked like they were advancing to their second successive semi-final, Abby Wambach’s thumping header took the game to a penalty shoot-out.Marta, who netted a brace on that occasion, includes her first from that quarter-final among her top three Women’s World Cup goals.Recalling that clash against the Americans, the Brazilian star said: “There was a long ball, I was inside the box and I hit it on the volley with my left foot. That made it 2-1 but we lost the game on penalties.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram AHEAD FRANCE 2019Marta certainly knows how to find the back of the net at the FIFA Women’s World Cup. Indeed, the Brazilian hot-shot goes into France 2019 as the tournament’s all-time leading scorer.The Canarinhas legend has found the net a staggering 15 times at the global finals since making her debut as a 17-year-old at USA 2003, before going on to pick up the top scorer accolade four years later at China 2007.last_img read more

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