Four FARC Guerrillas Killed in Combat in Colombia

first_imgBy Dialogo March 15, 2013 Four guerrillas from the communist organization FARC died in combat against the Colombian Army in the jungle department of Guaviare (south), during a period in which the insurgency is holding peace talks with the Colombian government in Cuba, in an effort to put an end to the armed conflict, military authorities reported on March 13. “In the rural area of Calamar (municipality), four guerrillas were killed, including the leader of that faction, known as ‘Yesid’,” General Jorge Navarrete, 22nd Army Brigade commander, said. According to the prosecution, ‘Yesid’, whose real name is Reinerio Mayorga, was managing the finances of the FARC’s 1st Front and controlled a route for drug smuggling from Guaviare and Guainía (southeastern department) towards Peru and Brazil. During the military operation, two rifles, seven guns, three radios and 25 antipersonnel mines were also seized. After a week-long recess, peace talks between the Colombian delegation lead by Juan Manuel Santos’s government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) resumed in Cuba on March 11, in the quest for a negotiated agreement to put an end to the armed conflict. The FARC and the government have carried out the peace process since last year, without a bilateral ceasefire in Colombia. This peace process has the international support of Norway, Cuba, Venezuela and Chile. The Colombian armed conflict, in which other leftist guerrillas, right-wing paramilitary groups and drug trafficking organizations have also taken part, has left over 3.7 million displaced people, 600,000 dead and 15,000 missing individuals over almost 50 years.last_img read more

Simba shocks KCCA as title race heats up

first_imgBy UPL co UGSimba 1-0 KCCAWhen Mike Mutebi stated he was wary of Simba before kick-off, he must have envisaged what was coming.On a cold afternoon in Bombo, Alex Witaba scored the only goal of the game as KCCA succumbed to a second successive shock defeat at the hands of another relegation struggling side.Witaba netted in the 63rd minute in a closely contested tie to move the army side to 25 points, two adrift of safety with three games to go.The loss, second in succession after a shock 2-1 loss to The Saints, coupled with Vipers 4-0 victory over SC Victoria University.It means KCCA’s lead (at 51 points) is cut to just six points with second placed Vipers having two games in hand as the two sides meet on Friday. Express also sit six points adrift in 3rd position with a game in hand.Maroons officially relegated after Soana lossSoana 3-2 MaroonsMaroons have confirmed their relegation to the 2016/17 FUFA Big League after losing narrowly 3-2 to Soana at Kavumba.The reigning FUFA Big League champions went into the game fully aware that anything short of victory would relegate them despite having three games still to play. Sserumaga stars as SC Villa beat LwezaSC Villa 3-1 LwezaMike Sserumaga put his former bosses Lweza to the sword with a brace as SC Villa won 3-1 against Lweza at Nakivubo on Tuesday afternoon.The teams have swapped positions on the log with SC Villa now 11th with 33 poinSsekisambu hat trick breathes life into Vipers title chargeVipers 4-0 SC Victoria UniversityErisa Ssekisambu maintained his goal scoring spree with a hat trick against SC Victoria University at Buikwe as Vipers won 4-0 to trim KCCA lead to six points.Kayizzi winner sinks SaintsExpress 1-0 The SaintsFor the second successive game, veteran Vincent Kayizzi rescued Express with a winner after he sunk The Saints at Mutesa II stadium, WankulukukuREAD FULL STORIES HERE: CLICK HEREShare on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Seeking Help Post-Sandy is an ‘Opportunity to Build Strength’

first_imgBy Wendy DePedro Recent weeks have highlighted the strength and resiliency of thousands of Monmouth County residents as they found ways to cope with the aftermath of Sandy and levels of stress in their lives that some could have never imagined.As the days of our recovery process turn into weeks and move into months, some in our community may need additional help with emotional healing. Dealing with the emotional consequences may help reduce the possibility of long-term problems. So important are the techniques for managing stress and anxiety and advice on staying connected to others.Sometimes just asking “do you have someone you can talk to; or have you considered talking to someone about the difficulties you might be incurring” can lead someone in the right direction of feeling better and able to cope. Once that need for additional assistance is identified, whether it is by the individuals themselves or by family members and friends, it is important to know that after Sandy there are resources to help with emotional recovery.In Monmouth County there are a number of organizations along with county and state offices that are leading the way and providing needed resources.For an initial response to determine the emotional needs of impacted individuals there is a team on the ground in Monmouth County through the NJ Hope and Healing campaign that can be reached at 877-294-HELP (4357).Catholic Charities Diocese of Trenton has reactivated its Office of Disaster Response. Their toll-free number is 1-800-652-2080. Anyone from Monmouth, Ocean, Burling­ton or Mercer counties affected by Hurricane Sandy can contact the program. Visit www.catholiccharitiestrenton.org. Services are expected to include: disaster case management, financial assistance, trauma counseling, and financial counseling and donation management. Ser­vices are being provided at Monmouth Counseling Services, 145 Maple Ave., Red Bank.The Mental Health Associ­ation of Monmouth County (MHA) has a team of 70 local therapists/counselors who are volunteering their time to provide free counseling to any local residents in need. Individuals who need help can call the Mental Health Association at 732-542-6422. MHA intake staff will then link that person directly to one of the mental health professionals on the list. Services are provided free of charge and arrangements for home visits or a convenient location in the community are an option. Visit www.mentalhealthmonmouth.org.United Way of Monmouth County has launched Rebuild Monmouth, which is coordinating and overseeing the countywide volunteer effort and long-term recovery assistance including all their affiliated organizations. Visit www.uwmonmouth.org. They also have an information and referral service for all questions about basic needs like food, housing and health care to legal services, drug treatment, jobs assistance, child care, mental health services, transportation, financial assistance and a lot more. Just dial 2-1-1 or call toll free 877-NJ2114U (877-652-1148), or visit www.nj211.org. It’s free and totally confidential.Monmouth County Divi­sion of Mental Health and Addictions for local mental health information and referral. They can be contacted at 732-431-7200. MCDMA is facilitating a one-hour session for the general public from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, on the topic of “Emotional Healing from Sandy: Healthy Coping Skills and Available Resources” at the new Monmouth Con­nection offices, 3544 Route 66, Neptune.For up-to-date county disaster information you may visit www.visitmonmouth.com.It is also important to note that many people know that they need help but do not know how to go about seeking assistance. In some situations they may be hesitant, believing that they should be able to handle these newfound challenges on their own. The effects of traumatic events can be shortened and resolved when numerous supports are available to individuals and their loved ones.Seeking support is not a sign of weakness but an opportunity to build resili­ence, not only to cope with current challenges but also to build the strength necessary to move on with whatever else comes in the future. Depending on the need, please call the resources listed above.At the Mental Health Associ­ation and our nationwide affiliate Mental Health America we believe “there is no health without mental health.” The resources are vast in our county and your local communities, please use them. Emotional health resources are readily available in Monmouth Countycenter_img Wendy DePedro is the executive director of the Mental Health Association of Monmouth County.last_img read more

Sorry Leaf fans: Hawks take control of series; Border Bruins edge Rebels in OT

first_imgFor some reason the Beaver Valley Nitehawks have a way of playing just well enough and just a little bit better than the Nelson Leafs.The Hawks squeaked out another one of those nail-biting victories Friday night at the NDCC Arena, dumping the Leafs 6-2 to take a commanding 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Murdoch Division Semi Final Series.Beaver Valley can complete the sweep Saturday night in Nelson when the teams meet for Game four of the series at the NDCC Arena.“It was a great win of us tonight,’’ said Hawks head coach Terry Jones from outside the winner’s dressing room.“I thought it was a pretty gritty effort tonight, by both teams,” Jones added.“I thought in the first period there wasn’t much out there . . . guys were battling hard but once we got that first goal one we seem to relax a little bit and get some confidence.”After a scoreless first period, Hawks Jace Weegar got the visitors going six minutes into the second period.Nelson bounced right back, tying the game at 1-1 on a goal seconds later by Levi Hulston.However, Devin Nemes teamed up with Tyler Ghirardosi and Evan Gorman for a picture-perfect marker to give Beaver Valley the 2-1 lead after 40 minutes.Nelson came out with some jump in the third, looking for the equalizer.The Leafs got a chance to tie the game when Hulston found himself in all alone on Beaver Valley netminder Tallon Kramer.But Hulston, shooting for the top corner, fired a shot wide of the net. “Of course we want Levi to scored, but you’re not going to score on every shot,” said Leafs captain Rayce Miller.“The next one is going to go in . . .. That’s the mindset you have to have. That’s what we tell each other, you miss one the next one is going in.”Minutes later the Hawks made the Leafs pay when Ghirardosi scored the first of two in the period and Dylan Heppier added a power play goal.Andy Fitzpatrick pulled the Leafs to within a pair with a special teams goal.But the Hawks scored twice with Leafs goalie Josh Williams on the bench for an extra attacker to secure the four-goal victory.“I thought our third period was a real good period,” Jones said.“We just played it the right way and we worked real hard on the defensive side.”“But that team doesn’t quit over there,” Jones added.“They work hard and got some guys that just keep battling.”Beaver Valley out shot the Leafs 31-26 in the game.Kramer won his second game of the series in goal for the Hawks.Meanwhile, Josh Williams, who had a bounce-back game for the Leafs after getting pulled during Game one of the series, took the loss.“We just come ready to go,” said Miller when asked how the Leafs can extend the series.“We wipe the slate clean and play the same way we did today and come to the rink ready to go.”ICE CHIPS: Nelson once again played the game without a full compliment of players. Defenceman Dash Thompson returned to the lineup, but Cleary Ambrose did not play leaving the Leafs with 16 skaters . . . . The game saw more than 500 fans attend. . . . If a fifth game is necessary it will be played Monday night in Fruitvale. . . . In Grand Forks, Austin Dean scored in the second overtime period to give the Border Bruins a 3-2 victory over the Castlegar Rebels. Shayne Pluto and Chad Grambo also scored for Grand Forks while Darren Medeiros and Chris Breese replied for the Rebels. The Bruins now lead the best-of-seven series 2-1 with Game four Saturday in the Boundary City.last_img read more