E-mails seized by Colombian National Army reveal FARC financial turmoil

first_imgThey reveal that even as the FARC participates in peace talks with the government in Havana, it is actively planning and engaging in criminal enterprises. Some of the e-mails show that the terrorist group is experiencing financial difficulties, in part because of the successful efforts of the Colombian military and police. In one e-mail, FARC leader Rodrigo Londoño Echeverri – known as “Timochenko” – acknowledged the terrorist group has been “weakened” because of the work of the Colombian Armed Forces and police, with support from the United States. In the department of Meta, located in the southeastern part of the country, the FARC’s financial situation was so dire that the leaders of the Eastern Bloc were constantly asking their subordinates to compile accounting reports on the state of their investments, so they can monitor what is going on with every last cent. Some members  of the terrorist group suggested increasing revenue through kidnappings in areas under the influence of its 53rd Front, which is controlled by FARC leader Henry Castellanos Garzón, also known as “Romaña.” In 2012, his group had debts in excess of $1 million (USD) according to some of the e-mails.  The Eastern Bloc of the FARC also sought alternative sources of revenue. Since at least 2011, it has engaged in alternatives to drug trafficking to raise revenue, such as selling cattle, some of the captured e-mails show. FARC extortion schemes detected The FARC planned on demanding $1 million (USD) from petroleum companies for every active oil well, and a payment of (USD) $5 for every barrel of oil extracted. “In areas where there are mines for gold, emeralds, gravel (…) we will impose a 20 percent fee on production,” one of the e-mails says. The FARC planned on forcing government contractors to pay 10 percent of their profits to the terrorist group. For example, the FARC planned on charging companies which pave highways a minimum of 30 million pesos. Some e-mails even suggested the FARC invest in Ecopetrol stock. A bold operation by Army soldiers led to the capture of the computers which contained the FARC e-mails. The FARC planned on demanding $1 million (USD) from petroleum companies for every active oil well, and a payment of (USD) $5 for every barrel of oil extracted. The terrorist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) planned a massive extortion scheme this year to alleviate its severe financial problems, according to e-mails analyzed by Colombian security forces in recent months. “The most worrisome part is really that, after analyzing these figure [sic], which are partial, it’s clear that we are burning our money,” one FARC e-mail said. “And if we keep going at this rate, selling 2,000 head of cattle every four months, we’ll have about a year and some odd months left.” The terrorist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) planned a massive extortion scheme this year to alleviate its severe financial problems, according to e-mails analyzed by Colombian security forces in recent months. “The most worrisome part is really that, after analyzing these figure [sic], which are partial, it’s clear that we are burning our money,” one FARC e-mail said. “And if we keep going at this rate, selling 2,000 head of cattle every four months, we’ll have about a year and some odd months left.” The FARC e-mails show that the terrorist group is fragmented, with various fronts struggling on their own to raise revenue. “The FARC are not as wealthy as we believed. If we examine the accounts, we must conclude that each guerrilla unit, after 50 years of fighting, is left with less than 20 million pesos ($10,000 USD).” That is Santos’ version of peace, that is the frailty of Colombia’s legal representative. Instead of strengthening the fight by every means attacking financial logistical fronts, support, arms purchases, fighters, militias, guerrilla fighters infiltrated as students at the different universities, high-level unemployed public servants, politicians pretending to be Polo de Moir, PCC, etc. attacking illegal mining which belongs in great percent to the guerrilla. Stop extortion, Mr. President you are the only who swallows frogs and crocodiles as a whole. The Colombian people now know where the peace process is headed, may God take us after we’ve confessed as the grandmothers say, we want peace, not to have the state surrendered to a bunch of criminals and bullies. The core still needs to be targeted. Infiltrated guerillas as students from different universities, high ranking public officials. In February, Army troops attacked a FARC encampment near the municipality of Vista Hermosa, in the department of Meta, where leaders of the Eastern Bloc were gathered. Eight FARC terrorists were killed and the survivors fled, leaving behind computers and encrypted flash drives. “The great insight from these emails is that the guerrilla forces no longer have a system for the different fronts to work together,” said Daniel Rico, a Colombian security analyst. “Where before there were various fronts that were united and each worked on specific links in the drug production chain, now there are scattered groups struggling to survive without relying on or lending support to each other.” “The FARC are not as wealthy as we believed. If we examine the accounts, we must conclude that each guerrilla unit, after 50 years of fighting, is left with less than 20 million pesos ($10,000 USD).” To try to improve its finances, the Southern Bloc of the FARC planned on engaging in a series of extortion schemes against large businesses, according to an e-mail from the spring of 2013. Bold operation leads to seizure of FARC computers The e-mails came from laptops seized by the Colombian National Army from a FARC encampment in February 2014. Since then, nearly 50 Colombian National Police investigators and intelligence officers have spent months combing through the messages for intelligence. Colombia and the U.S. are cooperating in the fight against the FARC and other terrorist organizations, primarily by sharing information and resources. FARC extortion schemes detected A bold operation by Army soldiers led to the capture of the computers which contained the FARC e-mails. The e-mails came from laptops seized by the Colombian National Army from a FARC encampment in February 2014. Since then, nearly 50 Colombian National Police investigators and intelligence officers have spent months combing through the messages for intelligence. The FARC e-mails show that the terrorist group is fragmented, with various fronts struggling on their own to raise revenue. Bold operation leads to seizure of FARC computers They reveal that even as the FARC participates in peace talks with the government in Havana, it is actively planning and engaging in criminal enterprises. Some of the e-mails show that the terrorist group is experiencing financial difficulties, in part because of the successful efforts of the Colombian military and police. In one e-mail, FARC leader Rodrigo Londoño Echeverri – known as “Timochenko” – acknowledged the terrorist group has been “weakened” because of the work of the Colombian Armed Forces and police, with support from the United States. In the department of Meta, located in the southeastern part of the country, the FARC’s financial situation was so dire that the leaders of the Eastern Bloc were constantly asking their subordinates to compile accounting reports on the state of their investments, so they can monitor what is going on with every last cent. Some members  of the terrorist group suggested increasing revenue through kidnappings in areas under the influence of its 53rd Front, which is controlled by FARC leader Henry Castellanos Garzón, also known as “Romaña.” In 2012, his group had debts in excess of $1 million (USD) according to some of the e-mails.  “In areas where there are mines for gold, emeralds, gravel (…) we will impose a 20 percent fee on production,” one of the e-mails says. The FARC planned on forcing government contractors to pay 10 percent of their profits to the terrorist group. For example, the FARC planned on charging companies which pave highways a minimum of 30 million pesos. Some e-mails even suggested the FARC invest in Ecopetrol stock. Colombia and the U.S. are cooperating in the fight against the FARC and other terrorist organizations, primarily by sharing information and resources. To try to improve its finances, the Southern Bloc of the FARC planned on engaging in a series of extortion schemes against large businesses, according to an e-mail from the spring of 2013. In February, Army troops attacked a FARC encampment near the municipality of Vista Hermosa, in the department of Meta, where leaders of the Eastern Bloc were gathered. Eight FARC terrorists were killed and the survivors fled, leaving behind computers and encrypted flash drives. The Eastern Bloc of the FARC also sought alternative sources of revenue. Since at least 2011, it has engaged in alternatives to drug trafficking to raise revenue, such as selling cattle, some of the captured e-mails show. “The great insight from these emails is that the guerrilla forces no longer have a system for the different fronts to work together,” said Daniel Rico, a Colombian security analyst. “Where before there were various fronts that were united and each worked on specific links in the drug production chain, now there are scattered groups struggling to survive without relying on or lending support to each other.” By Dialogo October 21, 2014last_img read more

Black Caps hit back to set up interesting final day

first_img(REUTERS)-New Zealand captured three late wickets yesterday to give themselves a sniff of an unlikely victory against Bangladesh in the first Test at the Basin Reserve.The visitors were 66 for three in their second innings at the end of the fourth day’s play, with an overall lead of 122 runs. Mominul Haque was on 10 while night watchman Mehedi Hasan was run out for one with three balls left of the day’s play.Mitchell Santner had started the collapse of three wickets for 16 when he bowled Tamim Iqbal for 25, before Neil Wagner had Mahmudullah caught by wicketkeeper BJ Watling for five.Santner then ran Mehedi out with a direct hit to give his side confidence for the final day’s play, with two of Bangladesh’s top-order batsmen under injury clouds.Opening batsman Imrul Kayes retired hurt on 24 after he appeared to suffer a pulled muscle while taking a quick single.Captain Mushfiqur Rahim did not field in New Zealand’s innings of 539 due to suspected broken fingers, though he was seen padded up to bat if required yesterday.Imrul took the gloves in Mushfiqur’s absence and snared five catches, a record for a stand-in wicketkeeper, in New Zealand’s innings that was anchored by Tom Latham’s career-best 177.Latham, whose previous best was 137 against Pakistan in 2014, had resumed on 119 with Henry Nicholls, who was on 35 and the hosts on 292 for three.Both were untroubled as they took New Zealand to 347 for three before Nicholls was caught at leg slip by Mehedi off Shakib Al Hasan for 53.Watling and Latham then took New Zealand past the follow-on target of 395 but the opener was trapped in front by Shakib shortly after, just when a double century was on offer.Part-time off-spinner Mahmudullah then took two wickets in one over, the first from a wide long hop that Watling shaped to smash to bring up his 13th test half century but succeeded only in nicking to Imrul.Watling trudged off for 49 and was quickly followed by Tim Southee, who was trapped in front for one just four balls later.Santner then made a career-best 73 before he was the last man out, bowled by Subashis Roy. It was his second Test half century.BANGLADESH 1st innings 595 for 8 decl (S. Al Hasan 217, M. Rahim 159, M. Haque 64, T. Iqbal 56, S. Rahman 54no; N. Wagner 4-151)New Zealand 1st innings (Overnight: 292-3)J. Raval c Kayes b Rabbi 27T. Latham lbw b Al Hasan 177K. Williamson c Kayes b Ahmed 53R. Taylor c Mahmudullah b Rabbi 40H. Nicholls c M. Hasan b Al Hasan 53C. de Grandhomme c Kayes b Roy 14B. Watling c Kayes b Mahmudullah 49M. Santner b Roy 73T. Southee lbw b Mahmudullah 1N. Wagner c Kayes b Rabbi 18T. Boult not out 4Extras (b-10 lb-3 nb-1 w-16) 30Total (all out, 148.2 overs) 539Fall of wickets: 1-54 J. Raval,2-131 K. Williamson,3-205 R. Taylor,4-347 H. Nicholls,5-366 C. de Grandhomme,6-398 T. Latham,7-471 B. Watling,8-473 T. Southee,9-504 N. Wagner,10-539 M. SantnerBowling: M. Hasan 37 – 5 – 116 – 0(w-1),S. Roy 26.2 – 6 – 89 – 2(nb-1),T. Ahmed 29 – 4 – 141 – 1(w-2), K. Rabbi 26 – 4 – 87 – 3(w-1)S. Al Hasan 27 – 2 – 78 – 2, Mahmudullah 3 – 0 – 15 – 2.BANGLADESH 2nd inningsT. Iqbal b Santner 25I. Kayes retired hurt 24M. Haque not out 10Mahmudullah c Watling b Wagner 5M. Hasan run out (Santner) 1Extras (nb-1) 1Total (for 3 wickets, 18.3 overs) 66Fall of wickets: 1-50 T. Iqbal,2-63 Mahmudullah,3-66 M. HasanTo bat: S. Al Hasan, M. Rahim, S. Rahman, T. Ahmed, S. Roy, K. RabbiBowling: T. Boult 4 – 0 – 21 – 0, T. Soutthee 3 – 1 – 12 – 0, M. Santner 6 – 0 – 19 – 1,N. Wagner 5.3 – 1 – 14 – 1(nb-1)last_img read more

Wisconsin varsity baseball has been gone for 27 years, is return possible?

first_imgJeff Block already revived baseball at the University of Wisconsin once.Now, he plans to do it again.In the summer of 1998, Block was an incoming freshman. He was a talented baseball player, but deep down he knew he wasn’t cut out for the Majors. So, rather than try his hand at a Division 3 college, he went to UW. Though the Badgers hadn’t had a team since 1991, Block wasn’t exactly the kind of guy who was just going to forego baseball for years.His father, Steve Block, a member of the Wisconsin Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame, instilled his love of the game in Jeff and his four brothers when they were young.Talking about a season in which he tore his labrum in his throwing arm but continued to play, Block said, “I finally gave up when one day I can’t even put my seatbelt on. Time to get surgery.” He said prior to that realization he had been popping his socket back in and training with resistant bands so he would be able to throw after a week, and repeating the process.Badgers on ice: Your Olympic preview for everything Badgers in South KoreaThe Winter Olympics are here, and like any good international event operating under the threat of nuclear proliferation, it’s got Read…This is a baseball guy.Block joined up with some other players at UW who had followed similar paths and formed the club baseball team.“Before you knew it, we had a pretty good nucleus of 12 to 15 guys,” Block said. “Most probably should have been playing college baseball.”Suddenly, baseball had returned to Madison.In the 19 years since the team’s inception, Block has played some role in every season and now finds himself in his eleventh season as the head coach. These days the talent pool the team draws from has certainly improved according to Block.Badger women’s hockey alumni poised for Olympic runThe 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang will feature four former Badger Women’s Hockey players representing the USA Olympic Team. Forwards Read…“We used to get 100 guys for try-outs and 30 of them would be good baseball players,” Block said. “Now, we get 100 guys at our tryouts and 100 of them are good baseball players.”Block credits this improvement to the growing awareness among top high school players that they can play baseball at a high level at Wisconsin — though it may not be varsity.Block clearly truly enjoys his work with the club team, but his eyes remain firmly set on the elusive, Division 1 prize.“All of this has always really been leading to ‘how do we get varsity baseball back?’” Block said.Graham Mertz: The answer at quarterback?Playing quarterback for the University of Wisconsin Badgers is a good gig. Fans will treat any completed pass like they Read…In 2016, Block looked to jump-start the efforts that have laid more-or-less dormant since 1991. He wrote a 14-page proposal addressing all of the “excuses” he has heard over the years and taking them head-on.The proposal outlines four main arguments the administration has presented over the years against bringing baseball back – Title IX, facilities, competitiveness and money.Block doesn’t find these arguments to be the slightest bit genuine.“Three of those things: Title IX, facilities and money, is really just one thing: money,” Block said.The Madison baseball advocate seems to think the budget has money. He cites $130 million dollar renovations to Camp Randall as one area that could have payed for 100 seasons of a varsity baseball team. He remembers receiving an email sent out to alumni asking how they would like to see the money spent and said all options involved Camp Randall.A young Badger shines on the world’s biggest stageIn the history of the Super Bowl, only two running backs have ever had 100 or more yards receiving. Their Read…Block also ties the school’s Title IX concerns back to money, but also lays out the ways that Wisconsin will remain Title IX compliant in the proposal without being sued. There are really no hard and fast rules from Title IX about exactly how to run an athletic department and Block claims that the success and wide availability of Badger Women sports in the last few decades would position UW to be in compliance even if they were to add another men’s team. He also added that there’s no reason not to add another women’s team because “there’s plenty of money out there.”Among the arguments in the proposal is a partnership with the Madison Mallards, whose management told Block there doesn’t seem to be a reason the team wouldn’t be interested in sharing Warner Park (the NCAA and Northwoods League seasons do not overlap). The club team has already used the field for games and the two teams maintain a close relationship.Block sees Madison Area Technical College, which has an excellent team already, as a perfect feeder school for a varsity team in Madison and vice versa.The proposal goes on, listing reasons the athletic department objects to a renewal of baseball at the UW and knocking them down with well-researched solutions. For his efforts, Block was recently awarded the “Favorite Son Award” from the Madison Dug Out Club for promoting baseball in the greater Madison community.NFL pass interference unfair, should adopt NCAA rulesThere’s nothing quite like an opponent penalty in college football. The student section breaks into chants and jeers, mocks the Read…Though Block has made a lot of noise in the community and garnered over 6,200 signatures on a petition linked on the club team’s website, Athletic Director Barry Alvarez and the rest of the athletic department have been less than willing to sit down and discuss with him.“Our answer is that we are not looking to add baseball (or any other sport) to our intercollegiate sports offerings at this time. Our goal currently is to remain as competitive as we can in the sports we currently sponsor. In addition, the uncertainties facing college athletics in the coming years is another reason we are not looking to add sports,” Senior Associate Athletic Director Justin Doherty said in an email.Block said the “uncertainties” in the future of college sports Wisconsin Athletics cites is referring to ongoing lawsuits and past settlements between athletes and the NCAA regarding compensation.“This has been a topic for decades and provides an easy excuse to not move forward with baseball because the issue will likely always linger out there,” Block said.Men’s Hockey: UW splits season series with Michigan, looks ahead to MinnesotaThe No. 17 University of Wisconsin Men’s Hockey Team split their weekend series with No. 19 University of Michigan for Read…Doherty did not respond when pressed on the issue furtherBlock says tens of millions of dollars in donations have been offered specifically for a varsity baseball team, but he refused to name the exact amount because he wants Alvarez to name a specific goal for the team to be considered.When you peel away the proposal, the money and the bureaucracy, the argument presents a sort of general feeling of frustrated bewilderment.“It’s America’s national past time, it’s the first sport ever at UW, and the fact that you would give up on that tradition in a baseball rich state,” Block said.“It’s embarrassing.”last_img read more

Grief-torn Man Utd summon nerve for final test

United are seeking to win the only trophy they have never won and, in doing so, secure a place in next season’s Champions League, having failed to qualify via the Premier League.They can also become only the fifth club — after Ajax, Juventus, Bayern Munich and Chelsea — to have won the Champions League, the Europa League and the now defunct European Cup Winners’ Cup.Mourinho, who won the UEFA Cup with Porto in 2003, has already steered United to League Cup glory, but he accepts his maiden Old Trafford season will be perceived as a failure if his side fall to Bosz’s dazzling young Ajax team.There will be no glorious homecoming for Zlatan Ibahimovic, United’s Swedish former Ajax striker, who is injured, while centre-back Eric Bailly is suspended.Ajax, four-time European champions, have reached their first European final since a 4-2 loss on penalties to Juventus in the 1995-96 Champions League.They won the previous season’s Champions League and with fabled figures from their 1990s golden team now employed behind the scenes, there is a feeling that the Amsterdam giants have rediscovered themselves.“All the young players in Ajax are blessed,” said Bosz, who will be without suspended centre-back Nick Viergever.“A lot of those players are still working in Ajax. We have Edwin van der Sar and Marc Overmars, our CEOs. Dennis Bergkamp is one of our assistant coaches.“Obviously the young players know our history because they’re educated from our youth academy.“We have our own way of playing, which I always call the Ajax way of playing. Tomorrow, if we can play our way, we have a chance.” Share on: WhatsApp Stockholm, Sweden | AFP |  Manchester United will attempt to put aside their grief on Wednesday in a Europa League final against Ajax scarred by the deadly terror attack in their home city.What should have been a showpiece occasion will instead carry a sombre tone, with players joining together for a pre-match minute’s silence in memory of the 22 people killed at Manchester Arena on Monday.“It should be one big celebration, but when something like this happens two days before, the fact we’ve been discussing it just goes to show the impact,” Ajax coach Peter Bosz told his pre-game media conference in Stockholm.“It is a match that Manchester wants to win, that we want to win and that we are going to try to win. But there is a shadow hanging over this final.”United cancelled their own pre-match press conference, with their only public appearance a solemn walk around the Friends Arena pitch as evening descended over the Swedish capital on Tuesday.United manager Jose Mourinho said he and his players were finding it hard not to think about the attack, which targeted fans leaving a pop concert by the American singer Ariana Grande and left 59 people injured.“We can’t take out of our minds and hearts the victims and their families,” Mourinho said in comments published on Twitter by United.United captain Wayne Rooney described the news as “devastating”, while executive vice-chaiman Ed Woodward said everyone at the club was “numb”.“We’ve got a job to do tomorrow, no question about that, and that hasn’t been changed, but I think what happened last night really put things into perspective,” Woodward told MUTV.“Success on the pitch really is nothing compared to the pain and suffering going on back home. That is really where our thoughts are at this point in time.”United’s players will wear black armbands and a pre-match ceremony has been truncated.European governing body UEFA said it had “no specific intelligence” suggesting the final would be targeted by attacks.– ‘The Ajax way’ –Security arrangements have already been ramped up following last month’s truck attack in Stockholm, which claimed five lives and injured around 15 people.While thoughts of what happened in Manchester will never be far away, the game itself is not short of significance. read more

England win the Boys Home Internationals

first_img England had to pull out all the stops before they were crowned Boys Home Internationals champions for the third time in four years on a dramatic final day at Western Gailes Golf Club in Ayrshire. After winning their opening two matches against Scotland and Wales, Derek Hughes’ side needed a result against defending champions Ireland, who like Scotland, still had an outside chance of winning if results had gone their way. In the end, England turned things around in the final singles session to defeat Ireland by 8-7 to complete a set of three wins for the week. To compound matters for Roy Archibald’s Ireland side, the narrow defeat meant they finished third in the table after Scotland’s 9-6 win against Wales moved them into second with two wins. At one stage eight of the singles matches were in Ireland’s favour, which would have been enough to turn around the 3-2 deficit from the morning foursomes, but would also have been good enough to retain the title based on the highest number of individual points won. However, that scenario never materialised as England rallied and when Harry Hall won the last two holes to win by one hole against Cathal Butler, the match was secured. “That was very, very tough, I don’t want to have any more days like that on a golf course,” said a relieved Hughes afterwards. “Fair play to Ireland, they came out with a new team this week and put in a great effort. I am proud of the way my lads battled, especially when it didn’t look good for a time, but the likes of Harry coming down the last and winning was crucial.” As leaderboards changed all afternoon, Bradley Moore’s 4 and 3 win over Peter Kerr in the middle order ended Scotland’s chances as England secured more points than Scott Knowles’ side had accumulated. Moments later Jonathan Thomson came through a tight encounter to deny 15-year-old Owen Crooks 2 and 1 and that was the all-important point, which meant England had won the title. “I much prefer to win the matches. If we manage that then the overall result looks after itself and thankfully that’s what happened today,” added Hughes. Ireland can take a lot of positives from the week and look ahead as eight of the 11 players who competed at Western Gailes will be available for selection again next year when the under-18 team event moves to Conwy Golf Club in Wales. “That was a very close run thing and a great performance by the boys,” said Archibald. “To take on England in the manner we did and narrowly lose 8-7, with a number of matches going to the final green, was a fantastic team effort. “I can’t praise the boys highly enough. The experience this young side have gained will be invaluable. It was close, the match came down to the last match on the last green, you can’t ask for any more than that. Of course they will be disappointed for a while but we’ll pick them up and get them going again.” For Scotland there was a bright note when debutant Adam Fisher ended a great week as the only player to win all six matches.“I played solid throughout. On a tough links course like this, the secret is to make pars with the occasional birdie,” said the Newmachar golfer. Scotland captain Knowles accepted there was too much to do but praised his team nonetheless. “We were disappointed to have lost to England on the first day but I’m happy with the way we rallied to beat Ireland and Wales. The end result was out of our control today and fair play to England,” said Knowles. The Wales captain Chris King was pleased that so many of his new caps had performed well.“Overall we’re disappointed because we felt we came here with a strong side,” said King. “Thomas Froom, who has just turned 15, was fantastic again to close out his match against Stuart Easton (2 and 1). And Gaelen Trew was new to the team and he too got four points after his 4 and 3 win over George Burns in the bottom match. “The new caps were buzzing and they can’t wait to come back and have a go at this again,” added King, who has five players available for Conwy next year. For the full results visit: Championships.Randa.org. The 2015 Boys Home Internationals will be played at Conwy Golf Club in Wales from 4-6 August. Photo courtesy of The R&A. 8 Aug 2014 England win the Boys Home Internationals last_img read more

Cignal HD wins back-to-back D-League titles

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Jason Perkins. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netCignal HD repulsed Centro Escolar University, 79-69, in Game 2 to complete a sweep in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup Finals Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.The Hawkeyes established control in the second quarter and took the 45-30 halftime lead, extending the advantage to 19, 69-50, after a Jonathan Uyloan trey with 7:20 to play.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games LATEST STORIES Huelgas willing to represent PH ‘in a heartbeat’ in 2019 SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program Read Next SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses MOST READ CIGNAL HD 79 – Sumalinog 13, Arboleda 13, Uyloan 11, Perkins 8, Apinan 7, Bringas 6, Raymundo 6, Villarias 5, Sara 4, Batino 4, Cahilig 2.CEU 69 – Ebondo 20, Wamar 11, Guinitaran 9, Casiño 8, Aquino 7, Jeruta 7, Manlangit 4, Baconcon 3, Arim 0, Cruz 0, Intic 0, Saber 0, Uri 0.Quarters: 21-16, 45-30, 60-48, 79-69. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Cignal replicated its 78-56 Game 1 win last Tuesday despite missing the services of Conference MVP Raymar Jose, who is with Gilas Pilipinas in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.“Nobody expected us to win a championship. Our lineup has been a consistent revolving door, some guys come in and they have to adjust to our system right away, but again, it’s really the effort of the players who want to win the championship. I will not be able to do this if not for the players so credit to them,” said coach Boyet Fernandez, who established his legend as the winningest mentor in PBA D-League history with eight titles under his belt.The Hawkeyes became only the third franchise to win back-to-back titles in a season, after the NLEX Road Warriors and Phoenix Accelerators.Congolese big man Rod Ebondo reigned for CEU with 20 points and nine rebounds, while Orlan Wamar had 11 markers, four boards, and three assists.The Scores:ADVERTISEMENT Aaron Jeruta and Art Aquino tried to keep the Scorpions in the game, cutting the deficit to as low as eight, 75-67, after a JK Casiño layup in the last 29 seconds, but the comeback was just too late. Harold Arboleda iced the game from the charity stripe to secure Cignal’s second straight championship.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutOping Sumalinog paced the balanced attack for the Hawkeyes with 13 points, eight rebounds, and four assists, while Arboleda also contributed 13 markers, eight boards, and four dimes.Uyloan also went 3-of-8 from beyond the arc to wound up with 11 points, while Jason Perkins did all the dirty work with eight markers, seven rebounds, and two assists. View commentslast_img read more

Australian Head Coach appointments

first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) has appointed new Head Coaches for Australian Opens teams, the Emus, for the new World Cup cycle.Phil Gyemore has been appointed as the Head Coach for the Men’s Open team, Swain Rovelli for the Women’s Open and Dave Nolan for the Mixed Open.Former Men’s Open Coach Tony Trad retired from international coaching after receiving his 100th cap at the 2019 Touch World Cup. TFA is pleased to announce that Phil Gyemore, who has been Assistant Coach to Tony Trad for the Men’s Open team since 2015, will take over the Head Coach position.Working closely with Trad, and Gyemore’s head coaching experience of the highly successful Cowboys Men’s teams for the past five years, made him the ideal candidate for the role.“When I received the phone call, the words that came to my mind were ‘big challenge’ and ‘big opportunity’; I’m really looking forward to it and the journey to come,” said Gyemore.“I’m taking over from the best Men’s Coach in the world, Tony Trad. So of course, that will be a challenge but I’m very excited and I’m looking forward to applying some of my own philosophies,” he added.“Phil takes over from arguably the most successful coach we have seen,” said TFA CEO Jamie O’Connor. “They’re big shoes to fill, but I’m really excited to see what Phil and the team under his leadership can do.”Another new appointment was made, as former Mixed Open Coach Mick Lovett, who’s been in the national program since 2005, retired from this position that he’s held since 2012. Dave Nolan, who has been in the national program in both Youth and Open positions since 2011, was the successful candidate in this role.For the past four years, Nolan was an assistant to Mick Lovett in the Mixed Open program.“Mick Lovett stood down from the role after seven outstanding years with the team, and has handed over the baton,” said O’Connor.“Dave is a quality leader and coach but most importantly a quality person who will build on an already strong culture and value set.”“I’ve been honoured to coach within the Australian framework both in the Youth and Opens programs, to represent my country and also help the players be the best they can be,” said Nolan.“So now to move into a position where I can not only influence but lead it is just an amazing honour considering the depth of talent in the coaching ranks in Australia.”For the Women’s Open program, highly rated incumbent Head Coach Swain Rovelli will remain in the position, after a hugely successful cycle in which the team has remained undefeated in all competitions.Speaking of his re-appointment, Rovelli said, “I’m honoured to be able to coach the Women’s Open team again.“I’m looking forward to continuing to help bring the success the team has had over the last four years. I’m also looking forward to working with the players again and bringing some new players into the squad.”O’Connor said Rovelli was the standout candidate for the role. “Swain has had tremendous success with this team over the past four years; the style of touch they are playing is so impressive and great for our game. I’m confident he can take them to another level again.”These three coaches will lead our Australian Opens touch football teams to the next Touch World Cup, in 2023, as well as through Open Trans-Tasman test series in 2020 and 2022.Photograph, from left to right: Phil Gyemore, Swain Rovelli, Dave Nolan.last_img read more

14 days agoVarane defends Chelsea veteran Giroud: He’s ready for France

first_imgVarane defends Chelsea veteran Giroud: He’s ready for Franceby Paul Vegas14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid defender Raphaël Varane has dismissed doubts around France teammate Olivier Giroud.Giroud’s selection has again been questioned this week given the lack of action he’s seen with Chelsea.But Varane said, “Compared to what I saw in training, Olivier is physically ready. “He is a hard worker and when he has less playing time, he does what it takes to be fit. Maybe it’s a question of rhythm, but he is ready to play. He is at the disposal of the coach. “I am not worried about his level of fitness.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Number of medically assisted deaths in first half of 2017 rise from

first_imgOTTAWA – Health Canada says there were 1,179 medically assisted deaths between Jan. 1 and June 30 this year, accounting for about 0.9 per cent of all deaths nationally.In the previous six months, the first half-year in which medical assistance in dying was legal, there were 803 assisted deaths, or 0.6 per cent of all deaths.The department says the overall numbers are consistent with international experience.Cancer was the most frequent underlying medical condition in assisted deaths, cited in 63 per cent of cases.The Health Canada findings in its second interim report on medical assistance in dying say the average patient was 73 at death.While some patients were between 18 and 45 at the time of death, the vast majority of cases involved people aged 56 to 85.The report says there was a slight decrease in the number of patients dying in hospitals, with more people choosing to end their lives at home.The law allowing medical assistance in dying went into effect in June 2016.Since then provincial laws dealing with assisted death have been clarified or expanded and other changes are likely.“It is expected that how services are organized, delivered and monitored will continue to evolve as data becomes more available and jurisdictions are able to evaluate existing policies and service delivery models,” the report said.last_img read more

Forget Repeating As Champs The Broncos Might Not Make The Playoffs

Forget Repeating As Champs The Broncos Might Not Make The Playoffs

Based on average Elo rating of the division’s teams.Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com And the rest of the AFC West has improved — by leaps and bounds, in some cases. After Week 12 of the 2015 season, the Broncos’ division rivals — the Chiefs, Raiders and San Diego Chargers — had an average Elo rating of 1489, well below the NFL-wide average of 1505. K.C.’s Elo rating ranked seventh in the league, and the Chiefs were five victories into what would eventually be an 11-game winning streak. But the Raiders and Chargers were each in the league’s bottom third, and the AFC West was fourth among the NFL’s eight divisions in overall average Elo.This year’s AFC West, by contrast, easily ranks first in all of football in average Elo. The Chiefs’ Elo rating has improved by 32 points from where it was this time last season, the Chargers’ by 68 points and the Raiders’ by a stunning 139 points — that makes Oakland the league’s second-most-improved team over that span (trailing only the Dallas Cowboys). With an average Elo of 1578, the 2016 AFC West is on pace to be the NFL’s 10th-best division since the league merged with the AFL before the 1970 season. 22007AFC South41608 31984AFC West51600 Rushing offense-1.6-1.82023 Defense+6.6+4.811 Special teams-0.3-1.42526 How the 2015 and 2016 Broncos compare 52014NFC West41588 Passing defense+4.8+5.711 YEARDIVISIONTEAMSAVG. ELO 2015 numbers are for the full season; 2016 numbers are as of Nov. 27.Offensive and defensive EPA won’t necessarily match the sum of rushing and passing EPA on each side of the ball because penalties are tracked in a separate category.Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group 61976AFC Central41583 92008NFC East41581 For most of the season, the Denver Broncos’ bid to repeat as Super Bowl champs looked like it would be relatively smooth sailing. The Broncos opened the season as the best team in the NFL according to FiveThirtyEight’s Elo ratings, and before this weekend, our playoff predictions (which are based on Elo) never gave the team less than a 74 percent chance of making it to the postseason. Going into Sunday night’s game against the division-rival Kansas City Chiefs, Denver had a healthy 76 percent chance of punching a return ticket to the playoffs.But after losing to K.C. when Chiefs kicker Cairo Santos banked in a game winner off the left upright as time expired, Denver unexpectedly finds itself in a precarious situation. The Broncos are in third place in the AFC West, a game behind the Chiefs and two behind the Oakland Raiders, and our model gives Denver only a 54 percent chance of returning to the playoffs. All of a sudden, the Broncos’ title defense is in doubt.How did Denver get into this predicament? For one thing, the team’s quality of play has slipped ever so slightly compared with last season. At this stage of the 2015 season, Denver ranked fourth in the NFL with a 1661 Elo rating, and our model assigned them a 10 percent probability of winning the Super Bowl. This year, despite competing with fewer great teams, the Broncos rank fifth with a 1606 Elo and a 4 percent Super Bowl probability. If they instead sported that 1661 rating from last season, this year’s Broncos would be second in the NFL, nipping at the New England Patriots’ heels for the right to be No. 1.For a while this season, the Broncos’ defense looked like it might be able to keep steady with the all-time great D the team assembled last season, and Denver still has the best defense in football according to expected points added. But like most of history’s dominant defenses, the Broncos’ D has experienced some reversion to the mean, and the team is now getting 4.8 EPA per game out of its defense rather than the 6.6 they got last season. As expected, Denver’s offense has improved under first-year starting QB Trevor Siemian (it would have been hard not to, given how poorly Peyton Manning played last season), but it hasn’t been enough to offset that defensive regression and a drop-off on special-teams after adjusting for strength of schedule.1If you add up Denver’s EPA on offense, defense and special teams, you’ll find that the Broncos have a better per-game point differential this seaon than they did in 2015. (By definition, EPA is designed to add up to a team’s points-per-game differential.) But the Broncos have also played an easier schedule this season; according to Pro-Football-Reference.com’s simple rating system, the 2016 Broncos (+5.4 SRS) are running slightly behind their 2015 form (+5.8) after adjusting for strength of schedule. As a result, the Broncos are no better off now than they were last year. 102016AFC West41578 Passing offense-1.1+2.22720 42004AFC East41590 Rushing defense+2.5-0.5527 Offense-2.6+0.72518 71975AFC Central41581 All of this has conspired to make the Broncos’ bid for a championship repeat far more daunting than it seemed before the season began. Only 12 teams with an Elo rating as high as Denver’s current mark have missed the playoffs since the merger,2Most recently, the 2008 New England Patriots. but right now, it’s basically a tossup as to whether the Broncos will become No. 13. And because the Broncos’ playoff odds would have been much higher if they’d won or tied Sunday night, their playoff fate might end up depending on — of all things — the few inches that determined where Santos’s kick went after glancing off the goalpost in overtime.Check out our latest NFL predictions. 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