Suspects Detained in Attack Against Colombian Former Minister

first_img Colombian authorities announced on August 28 the capture of the five perpetrators involved in the explosive attack that took place in the month of May, against a former minister, and stated that, although they are not members of the FARC, this guerrilla group remains the main suspect in the attack. One of those arrested is a 16 year old who allegedly placed an explosive in the former Minister Fernando Londono’s armored van, which took the lives of two of his bodyguards and wounded nearly 50 people in Bogotá, reported the National Police Director José Roberto León, in a press release. The five arrested in this operation developed in recent days, formed part of a criminal organization, which was operating out of the city of Cali (southwest), noted León. Colombia’s Attorney General, Eduardo Montealegre, indicated that it still needed to determine and arrest the masterminds of the attack on May 15, against Londono, the Interior Minister (2002-2004) under President Álvaro Uribe. Montealegre, who in June blamed the attack on the FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia), reiterated that the insurgent group remains the main suspect. The reasons for this hypothesis is “the methodology that was used, which was a sticky (tape) that previously had been used by the FARC; the threats against Londono detected in emails and computers, and the existence of a failed FARC attempt years ago against the former Minister” argued Montealegre. President Juan Manuel Santos initially reported the arrest of seven “common criminals” in the operation, but later corrected that figure to five. Santos announced Monday that his government held talks with the FARC for eventual peace negotiations to end the armed conflict of almost half a century. By Dialogo August 30, 2012last_img read more

Army maul Pepsi Hornets 41 – 10

first_imgTHE Guyana Defence Force (GDF), playing in their first match of the Bounty Farm 15s tournament, made their presence felt with a 41 – 10 drubbing of Pepsi Hornets yesterday at the National Park.Hornets went into the game hyped after beating the youthful Panthers 36 – 26, but against the ‘Army’, it meant that, Ryan Gonsalves, and, Blaise Bailey, would’ve had to find an extra gear if they wanted a chance to compete.However, the GDF, Guyana’s most physical rugby team, came out and raced to a 15 – 3 half-time score, thanks to tries from Cloyd Prowell, Dwayne Schroeder and winger Patrick King. With GDF controlling the pace of the game, Gonsalves could’ve only manage to make good of a penalty.GDF’s Dwayne Schroeder on his way to scoring a try against Pepsi Hornets during their 41 – 10 win on Sunday.The GDF picked up where they left off in the second half, and with Rodwell Hudson joining King and Prowell on the ‘try line’, as the Army boys literally had their way with the Pepsi Hornets’ defence.Schroeder scored two conversions, while Prowell had one. Rickford Cummings scored the lone try of the game for the Hornets, while Gonsalves scored the conversion.Meanwhile, the tournament will continue next weekend, as the Hornets will be looking to bounce back against the Guyana Police Force (GPF) Falcons, and the GDF facing off with ‘the upstarts’ Panthers.last_img read more

March Madness 2019: Kentucky will long remember PJ Washington’s Sweet 16 feat

first_imgWhat had been a 39-26 lead early in the second half was entirely gone when Cougars guard Armoni Brooks hit a 3-pointer to tie it at 49-all and Corey Davis’ drive put Houston in front by a pair with 3:38 remaining. Kentucky scored on six of seven possessions from that point, including Herro’s big 3-pointer. Washington’s two free throws iced it.“I love our will to win,” Calipari said. “To be where we are still standing when we had Reid (Travis) out for what, three weeks, we had PJ out for … how we got through last weekend without him, I have no idea. I’ll say it again, if you take the best player off of any team in the NCAA Tournament, they’re not going to be the same. We just happened to survive.”The Wildcats lasted just long enough without Washington for him to hop into the picture and rescue them. It’s not the kind of thing Kentucky will forget. One more win, though, and his heroics will bear a reward that goes beyond public appreciation. His injured foot wasn’t feeling fine enough even to go through a gameday shootaround before the Wildcats faced 3-seed Houston in the Midwest Region semis in Kansas City. When it was time to warm up for the game in the hallways underneath Sprint Center, though, Washington was jogging with the other Wildcats. When the game tipped off, he was on the bench in uniform, waiting to be summoned.SN’s MARCH MADNESS HQLive NCAA bracket | Live scoreboard | Full TV schedule​When it was over, Washington was the star of a harrowing, 62-58, come-from-ahead-and-then-from-behind Wildcats victory. When it was over, Washington had left an indelible mark in a state where they remember the sort of sacrifice he made Friday evening.“We don’t win today if he doesn’t play,” UK coach John Calipari said to TBS’ Jamie Erdahl afterward. “I asked him before the game: ‘You going to be able to go?’ And he said: ‘I’m going.’”A week ago, not long after the pain in his foot first developed, the UK medical team had Washington’s left foot encased in a hard cast. He missed the team’s first-round NCAA game against Abilene Christian, and then a more challenging second-round win over Wofford.He told Erdahl each time she asked that his pain was significant. After he scored 16 points, shot 6 of 8 from the floor and delivered what could be considered a game-saving blocked shot with 36 seconds left and UK ahead by a point, he told her, “Right now, I can’t feel nothing.”Hear from John Calipari & PJ Washington after @KentuckyMBB gets the win over Houston to send them to the #Elite8. 🕺#MarchMadness | #Sweet16 pic.twitter.com/Gf0r8CiWfB— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 30, 2019A year ago, Washington had played on this same stage and performed brilliantly, in every department but one. He played all 40 minutes in that Sweet 16 game against Kansas State. He scored 18 points and grabbed 15 rebounds. But he went to the line for 20 free throws and only made eight. UK lost the game by just three points.This time, he was called upon to shoot two free throws with 3:51 left. He made them both to tie the score at 51. He got the ball in the post with 57 seconds left and UK down three. He scored on a jump-hook into his left shoulder, drawing a foul in the process. He missed that chance to tie the game from the line, but responded with that enormous block against Houston star Corey Davis Jr. It was a vicious rejection, but also gentle enough to remain inbounds for Wildcats freshman guard Tyler Herro to retrieve it.Exactly 11 seconds later, Herro bravely nailed a 3-pointer from the left wing and put UK ahead for good.PJ WASHINGTON BLOCKS. TYLER HERRO DROPS.Kentucky up two. pic.twitter.com/7yYtNJr4zQ— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) March 30, 2019MORE: Washington engineering Kentucky’s turnaroundAsked why he would play under these circumstances, Washington responded, “I had to. I didn’t want to let my teammates down. We had to win, so I just sucked it up.”Washington admitted he took some medicine for the pain before the game. “It kind of started hurting in the second half, but I have to tough through it,” he told reporters. “Through the end of the game, it was trying to cramp up. I’m definitely going back to get some treatment after this and try to get a good night’s sleep.”A Sporting News All-American primarily for his work in the regular season’s final six weeks, Washington was able to last 26 minutes against the Cougars. That wasn’t far off his per-game average of 29, but he’d gone 35 or more six times since Jan. 26 against Kansas.Make no mistake: The Wildcats needed him, not only to provide stability (point guard Ashton Hagans was limited to 26 minutes because of foul trouble) but also because the team was suffering in the second half from an overabundance of turnovers and dubious shots. There have been, through eight decades of NCAA Tournaments, 134 Kentucky Wildcats who have played in the Final Four, from superstars such as Jack “Goose” Givens in 1978 to walk-ons making ceremonial appearances such as Tod Lanter in 2015.PJ Washington is aching, literally, to be one of them.last_img read more