Colombian Army kills ELN guerrilla leader Rito Ramón Barreto, also known as ‘Ranger’

first_img The loss of a guerrilla leader as important as Ranger is a huge loss for a terrorist organization such as the ELN, which engages in various criminal activities such as drug trafficking and money laundering, according to Rosanía Nestor, director of the Center for Studies in Security, Defense and International Affairs of Colombia (CESDAI). “Removing the Ranger represents a victory for the government because it will weaken its financial structure and its terrorist operations,” Nestor said. The ELN is different from other terrorist groups, such as the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, the security analyst said. “The ELN is a completely different terrorist organization from the FARC group in many ways; the FARC has such a large military force. Its active members are about 3,000 (terrorists) while the FARC has between 9,000 and 10,000 members.” Ranger participated in various terrorist activities in the municipality of Tame. In addition to working as chairman of the finance committee for the Jose Adonay Ardila Pinilla Front of the ELN, Ranger also was in charge of forcibly recruiting children in the region to join the terrorist group. Ranger was the primary suspect in the February killings of National Police officers Jose Delgado Parrado and Andres Castro Nico. They were both killed in the urban municipality of Sácama in Casanare. Ranger was an expert in explosives and handguns, and he had taken courses in political organizing. His area of operations was the area known as Tablon de Tame and the municipalities of Sácama, and Salina in the department of Casanare. During the military operation that resulted in Ranger’s death, troops seized an AR-15 rifle, a pistol, four grenades, a small computer, uniforms for security forces, and radio communications equipment. In past years, the ELN and the FARC have fought each other in the Tame area for control of criminal operations. “Both organizations wanted the territory to extort and kidnap people for ransom and for that reason they had several wars,” Nestor said. In recent years, the two terrorist groups have reached peace agreements. Currently, both the ELN and the FARC operate in the Tame region. Ranger coordinated financial transactions between the ELN and the FARC in the Casanare region. The ELN relies heavily on kidnapping and extortion to finance its criminal operations. The ELN targets local entrepreneurs as well as multinational corporations. The terrorist group sometimes kidnaps executives of international businesses which operate in Colombia. For example, in early 2013, ELN operatives kidnapped Gernot Wober, a Canadian mining engineer. captive for more than seven months. ELN terrorists kidnapped Wober, vice-president of exploration for Toronto-based Braeval Mining, on Jan. 18. The terrorists kidnapped him in the department of Bolivar, about 380 miles north of Bogotá. The ELN terrorists released Weber in August 2013. The Colombian Army registered an important security victory by killing National Liberation Army (ELN) terrorist Rito Ramón Barreto, who was also known as “Ranger” or “Creole. ” Ranger was the second-in-command of the Jose Adonay Ardila front. Army soldiers from the Mounted Cavalry Group Casanare Guides No. 16, assigned to the Sixteenth Brigade, killed Ranger during a fierce gun battle with the ELN in the departments of Casanare and Arauca on May 26, Gen. Jaime Alfonso Lasprilla told the press. Ranger was in charge of the finance committee of the Jose Adonay Ardila Pinilla Front. The killing of Ranger deals a strategic blow to the ELN, which engages in a wide range of criminal activities, including drug trafficking, extortion, kidnapping, and money laundering. Ranger started out with the ELN as a terrorist fighter. Over the years he worked his way up the ranks of the ELN. It is unusual for a terrorist leader to be involved in fighting, as Ranger was. “Usually the senior members of the guerrilla group may not be as close to military operations, to evade justice,” Nestor said. By Dialogo June 25, 2014 A big loss for ELN Ranger began as terrorist fighter Alliance between ELN and the FARC Julieta Pelcastre contributed to this story.last_img read more

NAFCU to CUs: Press lawmakers to urge CU exemption from MLA rule changes

first_imgRep. Paul Cook, R-Calif., is requesting signatures from his House colleagues on a letter asking the Department of Defense to exempt credit unions from the July 2015 amendments to the Military Lending Act. Credit unions are encouraged to urge their representatives to sign the letter.“It has come to our attention that the MLA regulation—particularly the July 2015 amendments—has caused numerous financial institutions to eliminate products and services, many of which have been relied on by servicemembers and their families,” the letter states. “Specifically, we have heard from credit unions that they are being forced to cut back on, or eliminate, products that help find solutions for credit for servicemembers and their families that may have few or much worse other options.”The letter acknowledges that while the MLA changes “have proven effective in broadening the scope of products and services targeted by … lenders, it has also had the unintended effect of overregulating others, such as our nation’s almost 6,000 credit unions, which serve 110 million members.” continue reading » 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

“Toys for Tots” Holiday Toy Drive Kicks Off

first_imgThose toys will go to local families in need. Officials stress that it’s more important now than ever to help out children in need with the heightened stress of the pandemic. Listed below are 14 different locations in Broome County to drop off your toys: Officials and representatives from Toys for Tots said that from November 27th to December 11th, people can bring new, unwrapped toys for children of all ages to various locations around the Southern Tier. Earlier today at Food and Fire BBQ in Johnson City, Broome County officials and the Marine Corps partnered with Food and Fire to announce details of the 2020 “Toys for Tots” Holiday Toy Drive in Broome County.center_img JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) — As the holiday season arrives, so do the initiatives for those in need. Broome County Office Building – 60 Hawley Street in Binghamton (1st floor lobby)Chenango Bridge Red & White and Guiseppe’s of Chenango Bridge – 604 RiverRoad in Chenango BridgeKitchen Hearth & Home – 1227 Upper Front Street in BinghamtonFood & Fire BBQ Taphouse – 560 Harry L. Drive in Johnson CityDollar General – 357 Court Street in BinghamtonDollar General – 310 Exchange Avenue in EndicottDenny’s – 1250 Upper Front Street in BinghamtonBig E Tire & Auto Service – 363 Court Street in BinghamtonBig E Tire & Auto Service – 1434 Upper Front Street in BinghamtonBig E Tire & Auto Service – 2295 Vestal Parkway East in VestalChristy’s Diner – 522 Court Street in BinghamtonBeer Thirty – 721 Court Street in BinghamtonJack Sherman Toyota – 393 Court Street in BinghamtonFitness RX – 151 Clinton Street in Binghamtonlast_img read more

We must learn how to survive a disaster

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionLet me ask you some questions: In case of a tornado, what do you do? Where do you go? In case of an earthquake, where do you go? In case of a nuclear bomb, what do you do? How do you retrieve your kids to keep them sale and uncontaminated? How do you get from your job to your vehicle and from your vehicle to your home. How to you find safety from fallout? How and when do you decontaminate? What happens if you have to leave your home? Where do you go? What do you need to survive? How do you survive looting?Remember these threats are real and it’s going to happen — it’s  a matter of when.The main thing is to be prepared. Don’t depend on first responders. They also have families. If prepared, you have a 99.9 percent chance of surviving disasters. Does Gov. Andrew Cuomo have any ideas? I don’t think so. You will have TV and radio warnings, but without being prepared of what to do or where to go could cause chaos, and you will be killing each other on the road. The idea is to stay calm and know what to do before it happens. All you anti-gunners will not survive. You won’t have any defense against looters to protect you and your family from rape, theft and deaths.Claude Rizzicone Jr.SchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesSchenectady department heads: Budget cutbacks would further stress already-stretched departmentsEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsSchenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%Motorcyclist injured in Thursday afternoon Schenectady crashlast_img read more

Indonesia records first-quarter budget deficit of $4.9b

first_imgIndonesia announced in March Rp 436.1 trillion worth of fiscal stimulus to strengthen its healthcare system, provide social safety nets and prepare economic recovery programs as the COVID-19 pandemic hits the economy. The government has expected state budget deficit to widen to more than 5 percent from the initial 1.76 percent targeted in the 2020 state budget as the stimulus is rolled out.Read also: Indonesia accelerates tax reforms, cuts corporate income tax in COVID-19 playbookThe ministry data on Friday also revealed that nontax state revenue reached Rp 95.98 trillion by the end of March, an increase of 36.8 percent from last year’s Rp 70.16 trillion, driven by the state-owned companies’ dividends contribution.Central government spending grew by 6.6 percent to Rp 277.9 trillion as capital and social spending increased despite a contraction of 8.8 percent in direct regional transfers to Rp 174.5 trillion.Topics : Indonesia’s state budget deficit fell to Rp 76.4 trillion (US$4.94 billion) in the first quarter of 2020 as revenue grew significantly from a year earlier while spending growth slowed, Finance Ministry data show.The deficit amounts to 0.45 percent of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP). State revenue at the end of March was up 7.7 percent year-on-year (yoy) at Rp 375.9 trillion after state-owned banks paid large dividends, while state spending growth slowed by 0.1 percent yoy to Rp 452.4 trillion. “This month’s figure did not reflect the true economic conditions as state-owned banks paid dividends early, while the cigarette industry purchased tobacco early to brace for further restrictions,” Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said during a livestreamed press briefing on Friday. “The relatively good revenue performance compared to March last year is not driven by economic activities.”Read also: Explainer: Indonesia to finance coronavirus battle mostly through debtTax revenue contracted 2.5 percent to Rp 241.6 trillion, mainly driven by weaker oil and gas tax collection, while customs and excise revenue grew by 23.6 percent to Rp 38.3 trillion as tobacco excise increased to Rp 279.9 trillion.“Tax revenue will face heavy pressure over the next several months as economic activities slow, fiscal stimuli take effect and commodity prices decline,” the finance minister said.last_img read more

Peel Marina Dredging Project on the Table

first_imgThe Isle of Man Government is continuing to explore options for the treatment and disposal of problematic silt from Peel Marina.“The Department of Infrastructure wants to hear from companies that can offer a method of removing a sufficient level of contaminants to allow the dredged material to be recycled or disposed of at sea,” the government reports.A Prior Information Notice has been published this week to identify contractors with the technical expertise and experience to process the silt into a more environmentally acceptable form of waste. As well as testing the market for a scientific solution, the Department is also working on a wide range of other potential options.The Department is looking at the proposals as part of its commitment to managing the material that builds up in the impounded area of Peel harbor.About 3,000 tonnes of silt enters the marina from the River Neb each year, containing traces of heavy metals and other contaminants, largely as a result of historical mining operations. Independent analysis of samples taken from the marina has so far ruled out disposal at sea.“If dredging does not take place, the accumulation of silt will threaten the closure of a number of vessel berths,” the government added.Approximately 10,000 tonnes of material was excavated and transported to a temporary storage site on the outskirts of Peel in 2015 to help restore the marina to its published depth.A Peel Marina Project Board has been established to examine the issue, chaired by Tim Baker MHK, the Member for the Department of Infrastructure with responsibility for Ports.Mr Baker said: “Work is taking place to assess all the options for dredging and disposing of the material that accumulates in the marina and good progress is being achieved on several fronts. The treatment of problematic silt is a complex matter and we are inviting initial interest from specialist contractors in this field via the Prior Information Notice.”The Department will assess submissions in response to the Prior Information Notice before considering its next steps.last_img read more

Rodgers: Suarez better off here

first_img That, along with fellow striker Daniel Sturridge’s blistering form of eight goals in nine league games, has propelled Liverpool to third in the table, just two points behind Saturday’s opponents Arsenal. And while it may be a position some feel is unlikely to be sustained, Rodgers insists Suarez should have no reason to want to leave as he can play Champions League football with his current side. “I understand why Arsenal would want to buy a player of Luis’ quality because he is one of the leading strikers in the world but it was something that was never going to happen,” said the Reds boss. “For us and the institution we are we certainly weren’t going to sell to a rival, a competitor, and that was something which was very strong from the off. “There was all sorts of gossip in the summer but we were very firm in our leadership, from the top right the way through, that this was something we didn’t want to do. “You have to give credit to the players themselves. It certainly wasn’t an easy situation. “It was also a great credit to the owners and the leadership of the club that they stood by what my thoughts were as a manager and they backed it all the way. “This was the place for Luis to showcase his talents. He is a player, like some of our other players, who deserves to be playing at the highest level of European football but we believe he can do that at Liverpool. Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes a more mature Luis Suarez can fulfil his Champions League ambitions at Anfield and no longer needs to cast admiring glances at the likes of Arsenal. “There is no greater stage for him than a club like this and once the window was shut, like we thought, there was never going to be an issue. “It is a player we were really happy to keep who is surrounded by other good players as well. “He is one of the hardest-working players that is in love with football I’ve seen and once the window shut he has been brilliant. “He is maturing as a man. He is 26, father of two now, and I think the maturity in his game and personal life is there to see. “Everyone talks about his goals and work-rate but I’ve seen an improvement in his football ability and his maturity. “That really bodes well for us. We won’t get carried away, we have to keep our concentration and continue to work very hard.” The Uruguay international was so keen to take up the Gunners’ offer of an escape route in the summer after they bid £40,000,001 he accused the Reds of reneging on a deal which he claimed allowed him to leave for a side playing in Europe’s elite competition. Liverpool owner John Henry was unequivocally opposed to selling to a rival and that stance appears to have been rewarded with the South American scoring six goals in four league matches since returning from suspension this season. Press Associationlast_img read more

Army veteran sentenced 25 years for shooting West Palm Beach VA Medical Center

first_imgAn Army veteran who shot and wounded a doctor at a West Palm Beach VA Medical Center in Riviera Beach last year was sentenced Monday up to 25 years in a mental health facility.According to the FBI, 61-year-old Larry Ray Bon pulled out a small handgun and opened fire Feb. 27, 2019, inside the emergency room at the VA Medical Center, striking at least two people. One of those people was a doctor who suffered minor injuries.A judge accepted the plea deal for Larry Ray Bon during a sentencing hearing held via video conferencing. The judge said Bon “will be a very old man if he is ever released from custody.”According to testimony, Bon is currently in poor health. Bon could face up to 25 years in a treatment facility.When he  is mentally able Bon will be brought back to court and sentenced between 12.5 and 25 years.last_img read more

Women’s World Cup: Gallant Falcons Lose 1-0 to France

first_imgThe initial penalty – awarded after a VAR review for a foul on Viviane Asseyi – hit the post and rolled to the touch line.But keeper Super Falcons’ Goalkeeper, Chiamaka Nnadozie was ruled to have moved off her line early and Renard slotted the re-taken spot kick.Nnadozie was a victim of one of the new FIFA rules which came into effect on June 1.That specific rule says: ‘The goalkeeper must have one of her feet partly on the goal-line (or above it if jumping) when the kick is taken. She cannot stand behind or in front of the line.’Despite the set back, Falcons still have a big chance of making the knockout stage as one of the best third-placed teams. They are presently third in the overall Third best teams standing behind China and Australia.With only three points from their three matches and a two-goal deficit, the Falcons’ progress to the knockout rounds for the first time in 20 years will be sealed if Argentina are unable to accomplish a handsome win over Scotland in their final Group D game on Thursday, or Cameroon are unable to defeat New Zealand by more than one goal in their final Group E duel on Friday.China, with four points in Group B, and Australia, with three points already from two matches in Group C, look already good enough for the Round of 16.With the USA and Sweden packing all the points in Group F, third –placed Chile is still pointless and must defeat Thailand by more than three goals to get in the way of Nigeria. The four best third –placed teams in the six groups will join the two top –placed teams in each group to the Round of 16.France, meanwhile, heads to Le Havre to play a last-16 tie against, as yet, unknown opponents on 23 June.Yesterday’s game was an unconvincing display by Corinne Diacre’s side against a team they had previously walloped 8-0 in a friendly last year.Nigeria’s Falcons are ranked 38th in the world. France was guilty of wasteful finishing before the late drama in Rennes.The Thomas Dennerby’s Nigerian ladies who had produced a gritty defensive performance, were on course for a deserved point when that VAR check proved Ngozi Ebere fouled Asseyi from behind.Ebere, who had been booked in the first half, was sent off for a second yellow card before Renard’s first penalty hit a post.However, the officials adjudged Nnadozie had left her line early and Renard duly scored from the second attempt.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Duro IkhazuagbeAfrican champions Super Falcons lost their last Group A match of the ongoing FIFA Women’s World Cup in Rennes to France after a twice-taken Video Assistant Referee (VAR) penalty by Wendie Renard gave the host a 1-0 win over Nigeria.With the victory, France topped the group on maximum nine points from three matches. Norway that defeated South Korea 2-0 is the runner up on six points with Nigeria third on three points.last_img read more

Students get hands dirty at art festival on campus

first_imgIn the second installment of the Visions and Voices Program “Get Your Hands Dirty with the Arts,” the USC School of Cinematic Arts joined the four other USC arts schools for the first time to offer workshops and competitions to students.The daylong festival on Sunday featured workshops taught by faculty from five schools: the Roski School of Fine Arts, Thornton School of Music, School of Theatre, School of Architecture and School of Cinematic Arts — the newcomer to the interactive festival.Dirty Dancing · Tyler Miller and Karolina Sivas, theatre majors, learn to salsa dance at Sunday’s “Get Your Hands Dirty with the Arts” event. – Tim Tran | Daily TrojanHolly Willis, the director of academic programs at the Institute for Multimedia Literacy and a workshop coordinator, said the cinema school’s workshops added more options to the festival and gave students a chance to work with multimedia. Teaching students how to work with multimedia outlets is especially useful today, Willis said, because multimedia has become so commonplace.“When you think about how pervasive video is becoming with cell phones and cameras, in five or 10 years, it will be expected that people know how to use it — it is part of everyday culture,” Willis said. “A lot of students come in knowing how to use YouTube and other forms of media, but [the interactive video design workshop] shows them the skills to do it professionally.”The festival covered an array of topics, from salsa dancing to writing a TV show script. Courses titled “Playing Pop Piano,” “3-D Graphics and Prototyping” and “Interactive Video Design” were among the new workshops at this year’s event.The “Get Your Hands Dirty” event is unique among Visions and Voices events because of its interactive nature.“There are all types of ways to experience arts and humanities. With this event, students get the chance to experience the arts themselves and see how it impacts the world,” said Daria Yudacufski, managing director of Visions and Voices.Sunday’s festival featured not only instructional sessions, but also games and contests. A paper tower contest, for example, required participants to construct a tower using only recycled 8.5 by 11-inch paper and no glue or tape, while an improvisation game tested students’ abilities to come up with an entertaining skit on the spot.Yung-Ching Liang, a physics doctorate student, attended the 3-D design and prototyping workshop where students created a 3-D prototype of a shoe using software called Rhinoceros. He said the workshop had real-world applications, such as work in animation.“I want to learn 3-D models properly because it is fun and interesting and I like animation and cartoons,” Liang said. “This workshop is useful to [do] that.”Ryan Logan, a part-time lecturer at Roski, led the “Altered Plates” workshop, where participants used decals to create abstract images or scenes on a glazed plate. He said students should focus on their own interpretation of art.“Everybody has the ability to be creative,” Logan said. “They don’t necessarily have to think they are not an artist.”Stephanie Spindler, an undeclared freshman, said she chose to take the altered plates workshop because she is currently not taking any art classes and found the description different from her previous art experience.“You can discover that you have amazing art skills,” Spindler said. “It is a good way to get involved with the school and start trying little things that might lead to greater things.”last_img read more