FARC Violates Ceasefire, Kills 11 and Injures 18 Colombian Soldiers

first_imgHoyos described how the night of terror began around 11 p.m. as Troops were spending the night at the coliseum. The Soldiers’ sleep was suddenly interrupted by by explosions and bursts of gunfire. While the peace talks will continue, their tone will no doubt be impacted by the deadly ambush. However, President Santos did not walk out of the peace negotiations. Instead, he said that “acts of this nature and seriousness demonstrate once more the need to accelerate the negotiations to put an end to this conflict.” By Dialogo April 16, 2015 Following the unilateral ceasefire declared on December 20 between the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrillas and Colombian Military forces, the peace process suffered a major setback when at least 11 Soldiers were killed late Tuesday night in an attack the government said was carried out by the FARC. Following the unilateral ceasefire declared on December 20 between the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrillas and Colombian Military forces, the peace process suffered a major setback when at least 11 Soldiers were killed late Tuesday night in an attack the government said was carried out by the FARC. “This implies a clear break of the unilateral cease-fire pledge,” President Santos said in a televised news conference. “This is a reprehensible action that will not remain unpunished and demands decisive measures, and it will have consequences for those involved.” Impact on the peace talks The “complex” peace process will not be resolved “overnight,” the security analyst explained. He noted that successful peace talks in other parts of the world, such as those in Ireland, have taken years to bear fruit. The outburst of violence may threaten what had been promising developments in the peace process. On December 20, the FARC declared a unilateral and indefinite ceasefire and promised to stop recruiting fighters under 17 years of age. The government and the FARC agreed to work together to find and destroy the thousands of land mines that have killed more than 11,000 civilians, including 1,100 children, during five decades of armed conflict. Is living in harmony with others the best choice or not? Awful The Colombian people take this opportunity to request the President of the Republic of Colombia to step down, Mr. Juan Manuel Santos who was unfortunately reelected. It is shameful that he continues to occupy that borrowed post. The Colombian armed forces are offering the guerrilla fighters protection and status for a better societal and financial life. Turn yourself in, your life will be respected, you who never respected the lives of Colombian soldiers. The peace is the way. THE FARC HAS A FEW LOOSE WHEELS. THAT’S DANGEROUS. Everyone has the right to be happy. What I’m looking for isn’t here Good afternoon I am requesting help, please, for my son. He was admitted into the Kennedy Hospital on May 3rd at 11:00 p.m. with the following symptoms: sunken ribs, lots of congestion. My son urgently needs an operation to take out his tonsils which are very big, keeping him from being able to eat almost or to breathe. The ear, nose and throat doctor Mauricio Monje wants me to take my son home. He says he cannot do anything else for my child because he has not shown any improvement and rather has tried to go into respiratory arrest and he has sleep apnea. If I take my son home, who is going to help me? Please if you could help me my number is 3204431967 Diana Esmeralda Bueno Hernandez. I BEG YOU TO HELP ME SINCE MY SON IS JUST 2 YEARS OLD. It’s said that all that’s talked about is violence. How are we supposed to achieve peace when all that’s inculcated in war and violence all the time? There are no other subjects on social networks or the media except for violence. There are interesting, valuable and worthy subjects in our country, Colombia, which we all need to know about, but sadly the government has become a monopoly which manipulates us however it wants to. I don’t like it I don’t need this The peace talks are a distraction for Colombians. The FARC is divided. Those who are in our territory don’t get along with the negotiators n Cuba and the FARC negotiators in Havana are looking for personal benefits because they have no trade in Colombia. They can the years – and they want financial bonuses and to live in other countries. The negotiations should be held in our own territory and that way no one escapes and we go straight to the point, quick broadcasting, release kidnapping victims and be accountable for so many people missing because of the FARC. THERE IS AN UNDERCURRENT OF DECEPTION and the President should not fall into this trap because in truth we the Colombians are the ones affected. PRESIDENT! Don’t be fooled, the ones in HAVANA are one group; the ones in COLOMBIA ARE ANOTHER. Latin America will not see full progress or peace until the FARC and all nuclei remnants of the radical left on the continent are destroyed first. These forces receive covert support from almost all the leftist governments that have plagued us for decades and remain on standby until countries reach a “breaking point”. In order to get rid of these nuclei, we need to put down the “Gramsci maniacs”, who thrive in universities, trade unions and among students – these tireless and persistent indoctrinators, who aim to turn Latin America into the “Great Homeland”, a Communist agglomerate headed by Fidel Castro and his cohorts in their respective governments. The Armed Forces in each country are slowly and covertly being appeased, their honour deceived, icons vilified, equipment scrapped and indoctrination occurring in training schools. If we fail to react in time, the martyrdom of the Russians, Eastern Europe, Cuba and North Korea will be repeated under the command of this clan from the 21st century onward. Wake up! The FARC called the attack a serious but isolated incident, and said it would continue to participate in the peace talks. The deadly attack complicates the ongoing peace talks. While the peace talks will continue, their tone will no doubt be impacted by the deadly ambush. “Those who reacted in time were the ones that survived,” said Soldier Luis Humberto Hoyos, a member of the Mobile Brigade 17 Apolo Task Force of the Army, which was the target of the attack. “What it will change is the feeling around the time in the talks,” Cuervo explained. “There are two critical variables in the peace talks: trust and time. The trust has deteriorated, and with respect to time, people ask how long will this take?” “What it will change is the feeling around the time in the talks,” Cuervo explained. “There are two critical variables in the peace talks: trust and time. The trust has deteriorated, and with respect to time, people ask how long will this take?” On the night of April 14, a group of well-armed attackers, allegedly from the Miller Perdomo column of the FARC, ambushed a Platoon of Colombian Soldiers in La Esperanza, Cauca Department, in the country’s north. The assailants attacked with grenades, gunfire, and explosive devices. In addition to the 11 Soldiers who were killed, the attackers injured another 18 Soldiers. Troops returned fire, and a FARC member was killed in the battle. “Those who reacted in time were the ones that survived,” said Soldier Luis Humberto Hoyos, a member of the Mobile Brigade 17 Apolo Task Force of the Army, which was the target of the attack. On the night of April 14, a group of well-armed attackers, allegedly from the Miller Perdomo column of the FARC, ambushed a Platoon of Colombian Soldiers in La Esperanza, Cauca Department, in the country’s north. The assailants attacked with grenades, gunfire, and explosive devices. In addition to the 11 Soldiers who were killed, the attackers injured another 18 Soldiers. Troops returned fire, and a FARC member was killed in the battle. center_img “Most of those who lost their lives were not able to react, died instantly,” Hoyos, dressed in muddy clothes, said the day after the assault as he met with Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzón at a Mobile Brigade 17 outpost in the village of Potrerito, near the scene of the attack. The “complex” peace process will not be resolved “overnight,” the security analyst explained. He noted that successful peace talks in other parts of the world, such as those in Ireland, have taken years to bear fruit. “In northern Cauca, specifically in the municipality of Buenos Aires there are activities related to illegal mining and smuggling routes, and the logic and dynamics that occur at this time in the Cauca are very distant from what is happening in Havana,” Cuervo said. “Once the attack is a fact the FARC can’t say that they have nothing to do with it.” President orders the Armed Forces to respond President orders the Armed Forces to respond “This implies a clear break of the unilateral cease-fire pledge,” President Santos said in a televised news conference. “This is a reprehensible action that will not remain unpunished and demands decisive measures, and it will have consequences for those involved.” President Juan Manuel Santos decried the “deliberate attack” by the FARC and, within a few hours of the assault, ordered the Military to resume bombing guerrilla encampments. By ordering the bombardments, Santos lifted a ban he imposed in March to go in line with the peace talks and extended just a week before the attack. The deadly attack complicates the ongoing peace talks. Hoyos described how the night of terror began around 11 p.m. as Troops were spending the night at the coliseum. The Soldiers’ sleep was suddenly interrupted by by explosions and bursts of gunfire. Impact on the peace talks However, President Santos did not walk out of the peace negotiations. Instead, he said that “acts of this nature and seriousness demonstrate once more the need to accelerate the negotiations to put an end to this conflict.” “It is a blow to trust in the peace process,” said Jorge Iván Cuervo, a researcher at the Center for Research and Special Projects (CIPE) of the Externado University of Colombia.. “A trust that is quite shabby. This contributes to undermine the negotiations and reduce the confidence of President Santos to continue the dialogue. In political terms it is a pretty hard blow to the peace process.” The FARC called the attack a serious but isolated incident, and said it would continue to participate in the peace talks. The outburst of violence may threaten what had been promising developments in the peace process. On December 20, the FARC declared a unilateral and indefinite ceasefire and promised to stop recruiting fighters under 17 years of age. The government and the FARC agreed to work together to find and destroy the thousands of land mines that have killed more than 11,000 civilians, including 1,100 children, during five decades of armed conflict. “It is a blow to trust in the peace process,” said Jorge Iván Cuervo, a researcher at the Center for Research and Special Projects (CIPE) of the Externado University of Colombia.. “A trust that is quite shabby. This contributes to undermine the negotiations and reduce the confidence of President Santos to continue the dialogue. In political terms it is a pretty hard blow to the peace process.” “Most of those who lost their lives were not able to react, died instantly,” Hoyos, dressed in muddy clothes, said the day after the assault as he met with Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzón at a Mobile Brigade 17 outpost in the village of Potrerito, near the scene of the attack. President Juan Manuel Santos decried the “deliberate attack” by the FARC and, within a few hours of the assault, ordered the Military to resume bombing guerrilla encampments. By ordering the bombardments, Santos lifted a ban he imposed in March to go in line with the peace talks and extended just a week before the attack. “In northern Cauca, specifically in the municipality of Buenos Aires there are activities related to illegal mining and smuggling routes, and the logic and dynamics that occur at this time in the Cauca are very distant from what is happening in Havana,” Cuervo said. “Once the attack is a fact the FARC can’t say that they have nothing to do with it.” last_img read more

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With Indiana ahead, Andersen looks for another solid defensive performance

first_imgThe No. 22 Wisconsin football team is hoping to keep their BCS Bowl hopes alive following a standout defensive performance in the 27-17 victory over BYU, which Gary Andersen highlighted in his weekly press conference Monday.Andersen praised impressive defensive showings by senior linebacker Chris Borland and sophomore safety Michael Caputo. The duo racked up 25 tackles, 13 and 12, respectively, against BYU. Andersen also noted the play of senior safety Dezmen Southward and redshirt freshman safety Nate Hammon giving solid man-to-man coverage against the BYU receivers.The return of Borland, who was named Big Ten Co-Player of the Week for his performance, was a key difference-maker against a solid Cougars offensive unit. Anderson credited Borland for being a crucial contributor to the team all season.“Pretty much every day he surprises me, on and off the field. He really does. Consistent. But it’s consistent greatness out of him,” Andersen said. “That might be the thing that surprises me the most is just his ability to sustain and maintain and just keep plowing through it and stay focused.”Andersen emphasized the importance of his defensive playmakers needing to step up against an explosive Indiana offense that ranks 10th in points scored this season.“Indiana has a very potent offense that’s proven itself week in and week out. Score a bunch of points, rack up a bunch of yardage, and they have a lot of skill … both quarterbacks do a nice job of running the offense, and they both have gotten reps,” Andersen said. “On the film that I’ve seen so far, they both come in, and the offense doesn’t seem to take a big step backwards.”Andersen praised the dynamic playmaking abilities of Indiana’s receiving corps, adding that juniors Cody Latimer and Shane Wynn in particular will need to be held in check for the Badgers to succeed on defense. Latimer leads the Hoosiers with 884 receiving yards and eight touchdowns while Wynn has recorded 510 yards and seven scores of his own.Although the Badgers have won eight straight games against Indiana, Andersen was adamant about not letting his veteran team get complacent against their competitive Big Ten foes.“Football is year-by-year and Indiana’s done some really nice things this year. They’ve had some tough losses and are in games all the way through. They score at least 28 points each week,” Andersen said. “If that doesn’t make you stand up and grab your attention as a defender, then nothing will.”In order to keep Indiana’s offensive attack off the field, the Badgers will look to their ground game, which ranks 10th with 280.6 rushing yards per game.The two-headed monster of senior James White and sophomore Melvin Gordon have anchored the Badgers rushing attack, combining for 2,111 yards and 22 touchdowns on the ground through just nine games this season.Despite posting lackluster stat lines in his past two games — 148 total yards and zero touchdowns — in comparison to his seemingly unstoppable start to the season, Andersen was quick to point out the improvements Gordon is continuing to make as the year progresses.“He doesn’t have the numbers, but Melvin is progressively getting better every single week at the other things that are important in football, other than running the ball,” Andersen said. “I’m also proud that when it doesn’t go his way for those 50-, 60-, 70-yard runs or the big plays, he keeps on grinding and keeps on going.”To help provide some balance in the offensive attack against the Hoosiers’ defense, sophomore quarterback Joel Stave will look to continue his solid gameplay against a struggling Hoosiers secondary that is allowing more than 300 passing yards per game.Andersen also said senior tight end Jacob Pedersen, who has reeled in 300 yards and three scores this season, has stepped up and provided Stave with another reliable weapon.“I think we’re looking for him more. I really do … He’s such a mismatch problem, and you see him continually catch contested balls. He runs great routes. He causes some real issues,” Andersen said. “I think we definitely made an effort to get the ball to him more. It’s making him more productive, and it’s making our offense better too.”The Badgers will take on the Hoosiers at Camp Randall this Saturday at 11 a.m.last_img read more

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Man from Manly accused of assaulting three in trailer park

first_imgMANLY — A trailer park assault in Manly has landed one man in jail. Law enforcement accuses 31-year-old Jacob Mendenhall of Manly of being intoxicated when he went to a trailer in the Southside Trailer Park on Sunday to confront someone over negative comments that the person allegedly made about his father. After a verbal confrontation, Mendenhall allegedly forced his way into the trailer and elbowed one person in the face, hit a second person in the face and tackled and struck a third person in the upper torso and head. Mendenhall was arrested and charged with second-degree burglary, assault and public intoxication. He was being held in the Worth County Jail on $10,000 bond.last_img read more

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NY Post: Epstein Failed to Check in With NYPD as a Registered Sex Offender

first_imgThe New York Post is reporting that convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein never checked in with the NYPD as a registered sex offender in compliance with the order from a Manhattan judge nine years ago. Espstein is a Level 3 sex offender (the worst-of-the-worst) and was ordered to report in every 90 days. But he didn’t, not once, according to the Post. Epstein’s defense attorneys argue that his New York home, a $77 million Upper East Side townhouse, is not his primary address and that mitigates the check-in requirement to the “Sex Offender Monitoring Unit” (SOMU) despite the judge’s orders.Since he plead guilty to prostitution charges and was labeled a sex offender, Epstein should have reported in person to verify his address with the NYPD 34 times before he was arrested Saturday on federal child sex-trafficking charges.Violating requirements of the state’s 1996 Sex Offender Registration Act — including checking in with law enforcement — is a felony punishable by up to four years in prison for a first offense.Subsequent violations carry a sentence of up to seven years each.Epstein registered as a sex offender in New York after the controversial 2008 plea bargain he struck in Florida amid allegations he sexually abused scores of underage girls in his Palm Beach mansion. However, he plead guilty to a single prostitution charge.Several current and former high-ranking NYPD officials were shocked to learn from The Post that the department had given Epstein a pass on his periodic check-ins, with one saying, “It makes no sense.”The NYPD maintains that Epstein, 66, wasn’t required to check in with New York cops because he claims his primary residence is a private island, Little St. John, in the US Virgin Islands.But state Supreme Court Justice Ruth Pickholz considered and rejected that very argument by defense lawyer Sandra Musumeci during the Jan. 18, 2011, hearing.An NYPD spokesman added that this took place years ago, before much of the current leadership at the NYPD was in place.Meanwhile, Epstein has a bail hearing connected to sex trafficking charges today in Lower Manhattan.He is currently being held without bail after his arrest last weekend on accusations he abused dozens of girls in his New York and Florida homes. His defense is expected to propose a bail package and prosecutors will then have a few days to respond before another hearing on Monday.last_img read more

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Pacquiao beats Rios in unanimous decision

first_imgManny Pacquiao, from the Philippines, right, lands a right to Brandon Rios of the United States during their WBO international welterweight title fight Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Macau. (AP Photo/ Vincent Yu)MACAU (AP) — Manny Pacquiao reversed the decline in his boxing career and provided some desperately needed inspiration to the disaster-stricken Philippines with an authoritative victory over Brandon Rios on Sunday.Pacquiao entered the fight coming off successive defeats, having spent a year out of the ring and with his own trainer publicly declaring he should retire unless he convincingly beat Rios.In addition, Pacquiao carried the burden of being the favorite son of the Philippines and the man the nation looked to as a source of joy and hope in the wake of deadly Typhoon Haiyan.Thousands of fans watched the fight on screens set up in the plaza of Tacloban, the Philippine city hit worst by the Nov. 9 disaster that killed more than 5,000 people and left huge numbers of the population homeless.If Pacquiao felt pressure, he didn’t show it in the ring at The Venetian casino in Macau, putting on a vintage display of his trademark combinations to wear down a gallant Rios and take a unanimous decision, claiming the WBO international welterweight title.The judges scored it 120-108, 119-109 and 118-110. The Associated Press scored it 119-109.“This is not about my comeback,” Pacquiao said in the ring. “My victory is a symbol of my people’s comeback from a natural disaster and a national tragedy.“My journey will continue. I said we will rise again, and that’s what happened.”Pacquiao’s points loss to Timothy Bradley last year was widely regarded as a judging error, but when that was followed by a severe knockout at the hands of veteran Juan Manuel Marquez, many doubted the Filipino lawmaker could get back to the kind of form that had made him the world’s pound-for-pound champion.Once again he failed to stop his opponent — he has not done so since 2009 — but everything else about Pacquiao’s performance suggested he could revive his career, even with his 35th birthday looming next month.Problems still exist in setting up a much-discussed bout with Floyd Mayweather Jr., but Pacquiao remains eager for it to happen.last_img read more

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