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Colombian Army Destroys 10 FARC Explosives Factories

first_img The Colombian Army has succeeded in counter terrorist actions in northern Cauca department and has found areas in which all kinds of explosives, which are distributed and planted by the FARC and their support networks in several regional areas, are manufactured, causing irreversible damage among peasants, indigenous populations, and soldiers. Four bulks of material used in explosives, including splinters to inflict further damage, 90 gallons of black gunpowder for manufacturing explosives, 120 tar plates weighing 200 grams each, and 24 one-meter-long iron tubes to launch cluster bombs were destroyed at the site. The explosives factory had the capacity of manufacturing great quantities of explosive artifacts, mines and artisan grenades, to be used in terrorist attacks in different municipalities in the north of Cauca department. By Dialogo April 08, 2013 By using improvised explosive devices to perpetrate indiscriminate acts of violence, the FARC faction spreads fear among the civilian population, resulting in thousands of victims who suffer the indelible consequences left by explosives. Colombian Army Soldiers managed to locate and destroy a targeted factory of improvised explosive devices that belonged to mobile support faction “Jacobo Arenas” of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), who use homemade bombs as a form of intimidation, an Army spokesman said on April 4. The change in conducting wars was going from seeking direct confrontation with the guerrilla in order to achieve its military defeat to the employment of SUN TZU’s Art of irregular War technique -using intelligence to see all the weaknesses, to know when to strike them, to leverage the combat areas by avoiding ambushes and performing civil-military actions to win the support of the civil population which is vital for planning operations. It took long to make this change since the Colombian army was very attached to its war experiences in Korea, under the U.S. army doctrines which resulted in the defeat in Vietnam, before an army, without U.S. military equipment but with the great experience of Mao and its guerrilla in China, using the experiences of the SUN TZU’s the art of war, which is still valid today, especially in the fight against the insurgent, made in Cuba.last_img read more

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Trial puts spotlight on dark side of college basketball

first_imgNEW YORK (AP) — Big time college basketball was portrayed at the opening of a criminal trial Tuesday as a world where major schools and their heralded coaches count on athletic gear giants to funnel cash to struggling families of top-tier high school athletes to guide them to their doorstep. File Photos-Shown in this picture are coaches and assistant coaches being investigated by the FBI for solicitation of bribery and other fraud conspiracy charges. (l to r) Louisville head coach Rick Pitino, Southern California assistant coach Tony Bland, Arizona’s assistant coach Emanuel Richardson, Oklahoma State University assistant basketball coach Lamont Evans, and Auburn head coach Bruce Pearl. (AP Photos) Assistant U.S. Attorney Eli Mark repeatedly said the schools are victims and urged a Manhattan federal court jury to convict an Adidas executive and two other men of fraud charges, saying their lies put multiple schools at risk of NCAA sanctions and the loss of millions of dollars.Defense lawyers, though, placed the blame largely on the schools’ lust for basketball glory, saying blue-chip athletes were used to attract tens of millions of dollars in donations and revenues.Mark began his opening statement by describing how $20,000 in cash provided by former Adidas executive James Gatto was stuffed in an envelope and handed to the father of a highly sought-after high school prospect from Michigan, Brian Bowen Jr., at a meeting last year in a New Jersey parking lot.It was a down payment in a scheme to get Bowen to attend Louisville, an Adidas-sponsored program, that could launch him to the NBA, where aspiring agent Christian Dawkins could represent him, Mark said. When the payment to the Bowen family was uncovered, Louisville pulled his scholarship and fired its legendary coach, Rick Pitino.“This is what corruption in college basketball looks like,” the prosecutor told the jury.Prosecutors say recordings from wiretaps and testimony of cooperators will show that Gatto, Dawkins and Adidas consultant Merl Code were behind similar payoffs to players sought by Kansas and North Carolina State that sometimes involved bidding wars with Nike, Mark said.All three men have pleaded not guilty to conspiracy and fraud charges. Their lawyers challenged the theory that the college programs were defrauded because of the defendants’ lies.Gatto’s attorney, Casey Donnelly, argued major college basketball programs were complicit because they stood to make so much money themselves.Her client “was not trying to hurt these universities, he’s trying to help them. … He’s supposed to help these schools shine,” Donnelly said. “When Jim was helping these families, he felt he was doing his job.”Donnelly said her client had no intention to harm Louisville because steering top athletes to schools was a “win, win, win,” good for the school, good for Adidas and good for the athlete.The lawyer said Gatto was driven by the knowledge that some schools sponsored by Adidas would do almost anything to build “a nationally renowned basketball program, one that has the entire campus cheering.”“A successful basketball program is the equivalent of a winning lottery ticket,” she said, noting that Louisville’s program generated nearly $40 million in 2017 while Pitino earned $7 million, more than he had made coaching in the NBA. The NCAA, she said, made $1 billion.Yet, she told jurors, “kids on court are not allowed to earn a dime.”Lawyers for Gatto and Code acknowledged that their clients broke NCAA rules by steering cash to prospective college stars.Attorney Steven Haney Sr., representing Dawkins, said his client had known Bowen many years, considered him a younger brother, and believed any financial help fell under an NCAA exemption permitting help to be given by anyone with a pre-existing relationship with the athlete.Haney said Dawkins believed that “helping these poor families was what the schools wanted … by any means necessary.”Attorney Mark Moore, representing Code, said his client worked at Nike 14 years before setting off on his own with various clients, including Adidas.He said Code knew all about the so-called “shoe wars” between shoemakers seeking to sponsor schools and athletes.Moore said elite coaches counted on shoe companies to provide money, almost always cash, to the families of top recruits.“Nobody was dumb enough to do this in the open and wave it in front of the NCAA,” he said.last_img read more

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Mallard’s Team of the Week — Grads 2004-2005 Team

first_imgGrad 2004-2005 Team claimed the crown by rolling to a 5-0 record in the five team tournament.Grad 2004-2005 Team clinched the title with a thrilling 52-50 overtime thriller of the championship game. The runner-up Grad 2009-2012 squad finished with a 4-1 record and was led by former Mount Royal University point guard Chase Rickaby and former Columbia Bible College guard John Zak. Mallard’s Source for sports applauds all the grads, but especially the winning Grad 2004-2005 Team, with Team of the Week.Grad 2004-2005 Team consists of Jake Phelan, Addison Rickaby, Bryan Gaschnitz, Ryan Golik, Braden Klein, David Joseph, Galen Taylor and Jesse McLaughlin, Galen Taylor, Jesse McLaughlin and and underclassmen Avery Kushner.The tournamentraised more than $1,400 for the Blair D’Andrea Alumni Scholarship Society fund supporting post-secondary athletes and grassroots basketball development in the West Kootenays. Bomber grads return every year to enjoy the Christmas festivities with family and play in the Annual Blair D’Andrea Memorial Alumni Basketball Tournament on Boxing Day at the L.V. Rogers Hangar.More than 45 players flocked to their old basketball court to slip on the runners and compete against Bomber stars of yesteryear.last_img read more

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The power of a story on air

first_imgA good story has the power to mesmerise, and by tapping into this power Nal’ibali hopes to transform school experiences for kids across the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal. Nal’ibali, with the help of local radio stations, would like the magic of stories to reach children in their homes.With so many South Africans living in areas where accessing reading material is far from easy, Nal’ibali’s partnership with radio stations will take the magic of stories to rural youth. (Image: Nal’ibali)Mathiba MolefeA good story might be the key to unlocking the untapped potential of South Africa’s youth attending school in some of the country’s rural and underprivileged areas.Numerous radio stations in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal have joined forces with Nal’ibali in an effort to bring these stories into the homes of school children in rural communities throughout both provinces.Beginning in March these radio stations will be supporting the new project, Story Powered Schools.  Radio stations will broadcast children’s stories in their respective home languages, as well as English, as part of their regular programming.Launched at the beginning of the school year, Story Powered Schools is a pilot project created with the help of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to bring Nal’ibali’s proven approach to literacy development to select rural schools.Over a three year period, the project will be working closely with more than 700 schools spread throughout the Ugu and uThukela districts in KwaZulu-Natal as well as the Maluti and Bizana districts in the Eastern Cape.“Stories and storytelling lie at the heart of children’s literacy development,” says Michael Cekiso, the manager of the Story Powered Schools Project.“While the Story Powered Schools project is an exciting way for Nal’ibali to expand its work with primary schools – and unlock the potential of the learners who attend them, the support of community radio stations will enable us to reach directly into the homes of the communities we are working with; allowing even more children and families access to mother-tongue stories.”Stories, particularly when read or heard in a familiar language, help children develop their language skills and imagination as well as developing their problem-solving skills, making them better equipped to succeed at school.Stories, particularly when read or heard in a familiar language, help children develop their language skills and imagination as well as developing their problem-solving skills, making them better equipped to succeed at school.Why radioNot many South Africans have access to books written in their mother tongue. According to Nal’ibali, statistics show that 51% of homes in South Africa don’t have access to leisure books and 85% of the population lives beyond the reach of a public library. This makes radio the ideal medium for enriching and engaging stories to reach those in impoverished rural areas.“Radio is a great platform for us to help educate our children. Our aim at Radio Sunny South is to inform, educate and to entertain,” says Radio Sunny South programmes manager, Mbali Mbotho.“To us, it is a privilege to participate. We hope to play a huge role in improving the literacy skills of our children.”If you would like to tune in and catch some of the magic you can have a look at the programming schedule below:Good News Community Radio: Wednesdays at 1:05pmUgu Youth Radio: Thursdays at 7:05pmRadio Sunny South: Wednesday at 9:10amRadio Khwezi: Saturdays at 8:00amInkonjane FM: Tuesday at 5:45pm and Saturdays at 8:00amLink FM: Broadcasting from April onlyGet readingFor those who would like to access the power of reading and stories in other areas around South Africa can visit the Nal’ibali website and mobisite.The Nal’ibali sites offer a wide range of reading materials and stories in a number of South African languages and tips and ideas on how to read and share stories with children at home and in the classroom.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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Rotator cuff repair

first_imgDefinitionRotator cuff repair is a type of surgery to repair a torn tendon in the shoulder. The procedure can be done with a large (open) incision or with shoulder arthroscopy, which uses small buttonhole-sized incisions.DescriptionThe rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons that form a cuff over the shoulder joint. These muscles and tendons hold the arm in its joint and help the shoulder joint to move. The tendons can be torn from overuse or injury.You will likely receive general anesthesia before this surgery. This means you will be asleep and unable to feel pain. Or, you may have regional anesthesia. Your arm and shoulder area will be numbed so that you do not feel any pain. If you receive regional anesthesia, you will also be given medicine to make you very sleepy during the operation. Three common techniques are used to repair a rotator cuff tear:During open repair, surgical incision is made and a large muscle is moved out the way to do the surgery. Open repair is done for large or more complex tears.During arthroscopy, the arthroscope is inserted through small incision. The scope is connected to a video monitor. This allows the surgeon to view the inside of the shoulder.One tothree additional small incisions are made to allow other instruments to be inserted.During mini-open repair, any damaged tissue or bone spurs are removed or repaired using an arthroscope. Then during the open part of the surgery, a 2- to 3-inch incision is made to repair the rotator cuff.To repair the rotator cuff, the tendons are re-attached to the bone.Small rivets (called suture anchors) are often used to help attach the tendon to the bone. The suture anchors can be made of metal or material that dissolves over time, and do not need to be removed.Sutures are attached to the anchors, which tie the tendon back to the bone.At the end of the surgery, the incisions are closed, and a dressing is applied. If arthroscopy was performed, most surgeons take pictures of the procedure from the video monitor to show you what they found and the repairsthat weremade.advertisementWhy the Procedure Is PerformedReasons rotator cuff repair may be done include:You have shoulder pain when you rest or at night, and it has not improved with exercises over 6to 12 months.You are active and use your shoulder for sports or work.You have weakness and are unable to do everyday activities.Surgery is a good choice when:You have a large or a complete rotator cuff tear.A tear was caused by a recent injury.The tendons of the rotator cuff were not already torn from chronic rotator cuff problems.Apartial tear may notrequire surgery. Instead, rest and exercise are used to heal the shoulder. This approach is often best for persons who do not place a lot of demand on their shoulder. Pain can be expected to improve. Weakness will not improve. The tear will likely become larger over time. You may be limited in the sports or other activies you can do.RisksRisksof anesthesia are:Allergic reactions to medicationsProblems breathingRisks rotator cuff surgery are:BleedingInfectionInjury to a blood vessel or nerveBefore the ProcedureTell your health care provider what medicines you are taking. This includes medicines, supplements, or herbs you bought without a prescription.During the 2 weeks before your surgery:You may be asked to stop taking medicines that make it harder for your blood to clot. These include aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), naproxen (Naprosyn, Aleve), and other medicines.Ask your health care provider which medicines you should still take on the day of your surgery.If you have diabetes, heart disease, or other medical conditions, your surgeon will ask you to see your doctor who treats you for these conditions.Tell your health care provider if you have been drinking a lot of alcohol, more than 1 or 2 drinks a day.If you smoke, try to stop. Ask your health care provider or nurse for help. Smoking can slow wound and bone healing.Tell your surgeon about any cold, flu, fever, herpes breakout, or other illness you may have before your surgery.On the day of surgery:You will likely be asked not to drink or eat anything for 6 to 12 hours before the procedure.Take the medicines your surgeon told you to take with a small sip of water.Your surgeon or nurse will tell you when to arrive at the hospital. Be sure to arrive on time.After the ProcedureadvertisementFollow any discharge and self-careinstructions you are given.You will be wearing a sling when you leave the hospital. Some patients also wear a shoulder immobilizer. This keeps your shoulder from moving. How long you wear the sling or immobilizer will depend on the type of surgery you had.Recovery can take 3to 6 months, depending on the size of the tear and other factors. You may have to wear a sling for 4to 6 weeks after surgery. Pain is usually managed with medicines.Physical therapy can help you regain the motion and strength of your shoulder. The length of therapy will depend on the repair that was done.Outlook (Prognosis)Surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff is usually successful in relieving pain in the shoulder. The procedure may not always return strength to the shoulder. Rotator cuff repair can require a long recovery period, especially if the tear was large.When you can return to work or play sports depends on the surgery that was done. Expectseveral months to resume your regular activities.Some rotator cuff tears may not fully heal. Stiffness, weakness, and chronic pain may still be present.These poorer results are more likely when the following are present:The rotator cuff was already torn or weak before the injury.Larger tearsAfter-surgery exercise and instructions are not followed.Older patients (over age 65)SmokingReferencesGartsman GM. Shoulder Arthroscopy. 2nd ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Saunders; 2008.Miller RH III, Asar FM, Throckmorton TW. Shoulder and elbow injuries. In: Canale ST, Beaty JH, eds. Campbells Operative Orthopaedics. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Mosby; 2012:chap 46.Warren RF, ed. Shoulder arthroscopy. In: Rockwood CA, Matsen FA III, Wirth MA, et al., eds. The Shoulder. 4th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Saunders; 2009:chap 20.Review Date:4/16/2013Reviewed By:C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial Team.last_img read more

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10 months agoCeltic boss Rodgers: Liverpool sack led to hospital admission

first_imgCeltic boss Rodgers: Liverpool sack led to hospital admissionby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCeltic boss Brendan Rodgers admits his Liverpool sacking led to admission to hospital.The Northern Irishman, now in charge at Celtic, told The Coaches Voice after his sacking he was rushed to hospital having spent time on holiday.Rodgers said: “I went to Spain for a week. Then I came back, and flew to Dubai. Within a couple of days in Dubai, I was rushed into hospital.“I went through all the tests. It was felt that I was having some issues internally, but then they got into the process of what had happened with work, with my life.“They pieced it all together, and it was simply a case of my body being so tense, so tight, from all that had happened in finishing my time at Liverpool.”It reinforced for me that it was time to find a calmness, to re-energise and make sure I was genuinely ready for the next challenge.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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10 months agoArsenal inform Juventus of Ramsey January price

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Arsenal inform Juventus of Ramsey January priceby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal have informed Juventus they can sign Aaron Ramsey this month.The midfielder, off contract in June, is understood to have settled pre-contract terms with Juve.The Wales international has agreed to a €6.5m-a-year deal.And Gazzetta.it says Arsenal have told Juve they can sign Ramsey immediately for £20m.Juve’s board are now weighing up whether to match Arsenal’s valuation. last_img read more

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9 months agoWife of Man Utd, Arsenal target Carrasco: Many clubs interested

first_imgWife of Man Utd, Arsenal target Carrasco: Many clubs interestedby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe wife of Dalian Yifang winger Yannick Carrasco admits offers are arriving this month.The Belgium international is being linked with Manchester United and Arsenal.And Carrasco’s wife Noemie told RTBF: “There are a lot of things going on. “He has been called by many clubs. Many clubs are interested. Now nothing concrete, nothing has been signed yet.”Carrasco’s deal at Dalian Yifang runs to 2021. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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12 days agoAubameyang in line for new pay-rise at Arsenal

first_imgAubameyang in line for new pay-rise at Arsenalby Paul Vegas12 days agoSend to a friendShare the lovePierre-Emerick Aubameyang is in line for a new pay-rise at Arsenal.Sport says Arsenal have opened negotiations with Aubameyang over a new contract at the club.Aubameyang has two years remaining on his existing deal at the Emirates, but the Gunners are keen to secure his future through to 2023.Since joining from Borussia Dortmund in January 2018, Aubameyang has scored 49 goals in 75 appearances for Arsenal. The Gabon star has made it clear he’s happy with the Londoners. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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