Victims Outraged with FARC Claim They Don’t Have Hostages

first_img Relatives of victims of the armed conflict in Colombia were outraged on September 6, at the claim by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) that they no longer have hostages in their possession, and they requested a place at the table of peace negotiations between the guerrillas and the government, which will be established in October in Oslo. Dozens of relatives of the abductees and missing assembled on September 6 in Bogotá’s Plaza Bolivar to have their position on the start of a peace process between the communist armed organization and the government of Juan Manuel Santos known. They asked the government for “two famiy members of the kidnapped and two family members of the missing to attend the dialogues as thematic participants” pointed out a statement from the association “The Missing,” read by Colombian journalist Herbin Hoyos. Maria Elena Gálvez, who is seeking information regarding the whereabouts of her father, kidnapped in 1991, asserted to AFP that someone who suffers these crimes “must be present”. The families demanded that the investigation of all their cases be the first item on the agenda that the government and the FARC discuss. They also considered it “unacceptable” that the FARC delegates assured in a news conference in Havana, that a query with all battlefronts concluded that they do not have any captives. “Then where are all the kidnapped and missing people we were fighting for?” Gálvez asked in amazement. In the press conference, the guerrilla commanders hinted that abductions committed by other groups were wrongly attributed to them. The NGO País Libre, which provides help to the families of the hostages, has documented 405 cases of people that would be held by the FARC, but asked the government to disseminate official figures on the kidnapped and missing people, which some organizations say are in the thousands. The FARC announced they were relinquishing the act of kidnapping civilians for extortive purposes in February, and in April, they released the last 10 police and military captives that they said they had. By Dialogo September 10, 2012last_img read more

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Christians best in Shawano barnburner

first_imgThe four quickly closed to the back bumper of Snellenberger. Michonski ran the high side with the oth­ers working the low side. Lap after lap, positions were swapped between the challengers with Snellenberger maintaining a slight lead. Marcus Yarie was the IMCA Modified winner and Sawyer Haese topped the Karl Kustoms North­ern SportMod main. By Dave Buss  Rod Snellenberger took command of the race in the first few laps but was soon joined by Dan Michonski and Eric Arneson as Christians fought through traffic. With multiple four-wide battles behind him Snellenberger, seemed to be on his way to the win. Michonski, Arneson, Christians and Mike Schmidt, however, had other plans.  On lap 19, slight contact between Christians and Snellenberger caused a tire to begin going down on Snellenberger’s ride. Christians pounced on the opportunity and in a drag race down the front stretch edged out Michonski. Snellenberger held onto third with Schmidt fourth. Jeremy Christians prevailed in the Saturday night IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature at Shawano Speedway. (Photo by Turn 2 Photos) SHAWANO, Wis. (June 22) – Some on social media were calling Saturday’s IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature at Shawano Speedway one of the best they have seen. Winner Jeremy Christians wouldn’t disagree.last_img read more

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De Kock, Amla smash unbeaten tons in Proteas 10-wicket win

first_imgKIMBERLEY, South Africa (Reuters) – Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla smashed unbeaten centuries as South Africa cruised to a record-breaking 10-wicket victory over Bangladesh in the first One-Day International at the Diamond Oval on Sunday.Bangladesh won the toss and elected to bat on a flat wicket, setting their hosts a below-par 279 to win. South Africa reached 282 without the loss of a wicket and with 43 balls to spare.It was the seventh time that South Africa have won an ODI by 10 wickets and the third time they have achieved this against Bangladesh. It was, however, the highest total chased by any team to win by 10 wickets.De Kock was the chief aggressor with 168 from 145 balls for a 13th ODI century that included 21 fours and two sixes.Amla struck eight fours in his 110 from 112 balls, his 26th ODI ton, as the pair put on a South African record partnership for any wicket in the 50-over format.Bangladesh’s innings of 278 for seven was underpinned by a fifth ODI century for Mushfiqur Rahim (110 from 116 balls), who became the first player from his country to score a ton against South Africa in any format.Home seamer Kagiso Rabada was the pick of the bowlers with figures of four for 43 in his 10 overs.The second match in the three-game series will be played on Wednesday in Paarl, with the final game in East London on Oct. 22.Caption..Mushfiqur Rahim became the first Bangladeshi to hit a hundred against South Africa in international cricket ©AFPBangladesh InningsImrul Kayes c de Kock b Pretorius 31Liton Das c du Plessis b Rabada 21Shakib Al Hasan c Amla b Tahir 29Mushfiqur Rahim not out 110Mahmudullah c Miller b Pretorius 26Sabbir Rahman c Paterson b Rabada 19Nasir Hossain c Amla b Rabada 11Mohammad Saifuddin c Paterson b Rabada 16Extras (lb-5 w-10) 15Total (for 7 wickets, 50 overs) 278Fall of wickets: 1-43 L. Das,2-67 I. Kayes,3-126 S. Al Hasan,4-195 Mahmudullah,5-237 Sa. Rahman,6-253 Nas. Hossain,7-278 M. SaifuddinDid not bat: M. Mortaza, T. Ahmed, R. HossainBowling: K. Rabada 10 – 1 – 43 – 4(w-5),D. Paterson 9 – 0 – 69 – 0,I. Tahir 10 – 0 – 45 – 1,D. Pretorius 10 – 0 – 48 – 2(w-1),A. Phehlukwayo 10 – 0 – 60 – 0(w-4),J. Duminy 1 – 0 – 8 – 0SOUTH AFRICA InningsQ. de Kock not out 168H. Amla not out 110Extras (w-4) 4Total (for no loss, 42.5 overs) 282Fall of wickets:Did not bat: F. du Plessis, A. de Villiers, D. Miller, J. Duminy, D. Pretorius, A. Phehlukwayo, K. Rabada, D. Paterson, I. TahirBowling: Rubel Hossain 6 – 0 – 37 – 0, Mashrafe Mortaza 8.5 – 0 – 50 – 0,Taskin Ahmed 8 – 0 – 61 – 0(w-1),Shakib Al Hasan 8 – 0 – 48 – 0(w-2),Mohammad Saifuddin 5 – 0 – 46 – 0, Nasir Hossain 5 – 0 – 29 – 0(w-1),Mahmudullah 2 – 0 – 11 – 0.last_img read more

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D’Tigers Condemned to Beat Korea for Second Round Ticket

first_img*Stumble again against Argentina after initial loss to RussiaDuro IkhazuagbeAfter D’Tigers lost their second straight game of the ongoing FIBA World Cup in China to Argentina 81-94 points yesterday, Nigeria’s hope of qualifying for next year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan now rests squarely on the country’s senior men’s team defeating Korea in their third match of the series. Nigeria lost her first game to Russia last Saturday. Another loss would mean Nigeria automatically handing over the continent’s ticket to Tunisia who defeated Iran 79-67 yesterday.Despite a spirited effort from the young side paraded by Alex Nwora and ending the first half 43-43 apiece against the South Americans who are the fifth rated team in the world, it was not enough to see D’Tigers pocket their first victory.The Nigerian lads could only manage to win only the second quarter of the game 17-28, 26-15, 18-29, 20-22.Josh Okogie who on Sunday celebrated his 21st birthday, again was the top performer for the team with 18 points, five assists and two rebounds.Jordan Nwora scored 12 points, two assists and caught three rebounds during the 20.51minutes he spent on the court.Al-Farouk Aminu put in a good shift defensively for the team with eight rebounds and three points.Despite the narrow loss, Head Coach of the Nigerian team, Alex Nwora said he was proud of the team and that D’Tigers lost to a better side despite battling hard to grind out a win.Nwora said that it was not the result the boys wanted but that in basketball, losing and winning were all part of the game.“I am proud of them. We battled for our lives, we battled back for a better deficit unfortunately, we fell short in some areas.”Nwora said the D’Tigers team is a young team and have not played together for a long time compared to most teams competing at the World Cup.“This particular team is a very young team. Some of the players are playing together for the first time. I believe if we continue blending this team, we can only get better if we keep this team together.”He said attention will now be focused on the last group game against Korea as the search continues for the win.The Tunisians who lost their opening game to Spain have won a game and if they win a second against Puerto Rico and move into the second round, Nigeria will be out of contention for the Olympic ticketIf they lose their third game and D’Tigers win against Korea, points scored between the two teams will play a role in deciding who gets the ticket.NBBF Board Member, Col. Sam Ahmedu (rtd) told THISDAY last night that hope was not lost yet.“If Puerto Rico beats Tunisia and we beat Korea, the points scored and conceded will be added to decide who is better placed between Nigeria and Tunisia. Don’t forget the Tunisians lost to Spain by a wide margin,” observed the NBBF board member last night from China.There is only one ticket for African to the Olympics, same goes for Asia and Oceania while Europe and the Americas have two teams each.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Adam Lewis: IRP – Tennis needs to rethink structure & betting relationships to win its integrity battles

first_img Share Adam Lewis sports law QC has stated that tennis needs to readdress its relationship with betting if the sport is to diminish corruption and match-fixing.Yesterday, Lewis who has led tennis’ independent Integrity Review Panel (IRP), revealed the findings of a two-year study researching the sport’s match-fixing, corruption and betting-related issues.At a press conference in London, Lewis outlined that the IRP had found ‘that corruption had taken root at the heart of tennis, particularly at the lower levels of the game’.In its study, the IRP surveyed more than 3,200 professional tennis players, with 464 athletes stating that they ‘had first-hand knowledge of match fixing’.Leading the investigation, Lewis notes the unique make-up of professional tennis, which supports a global tournament framework in which athletes compete primarily on an individual basis.The IRP details that the lower and middle ranks of tennis, are simply too open to betting breaches, with bad actors having easy access to competing athletes, coaches and family members.Combatting match-fixing at the lower levels of tennis, Lewis and the IRP believe that the sport faces both structural and betting-related challenges.From an operational viewpoint, the IRP states that there are too many professional tennis players, and recommends that the governing bodies of the ATP, WTA and ITF reevaluate their ranking systems and tournament frameworks.In addition, governing bodies should move to restructure the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU), which was found to be severely under-funded, and operating without any betting expert.Structurally the IRP further recommends that governing bodies implement athlete education programs, teaching tennis integrity to the next generation of players.The IRP further believes that tennis integrity is hindered by the lack of cooperation between the sport’s stakeholders; governing bodies, tournament organisers, coaches, national bodies and bookmakers.In the presentation, Lewis highlights data gaps between stakeholder parties, which have made corruption and match-fixing difficult to prove or convict.From a betting-related standpoint, the IRP recommends drastic measures to curb potential corruption, with the panel endorsing a drastic reduction in the live scoring data supplied to bookmakers.The live-scoring data reduction should lead to bookmakers discontinuing their match/tournament market inventories at the lower levels of tennis.At present, ITF syndicated live match data is supplied by Sportradar AG, under the terms of a $70 million five-year agreement. Sportradar monitors all-levels of professional tennis including ‘Challenger’ and ‘Futures’ tournaments.Responding to the IRP’s recommended data restrictions, Sportradar stated that the panel had been heavy-handed in its proposals and that ‘prohibiting data partnerships would not solve corruption’.Further supporting integrity, the IRP proposes that all ITF sanctioned tournaments should end their partnerships/sponsorships with bookmakers.Reacting to the IRP’s integrity publication, the four governing bodies of pro tennis – the ATP, WTA, ITF and Grand Slam Board – yesterday released a joint statement, supporting the panel’s findings and “agreeing in principle” to implement all the recommendations. Sportradar combats social media abuse with player protection solution August 17, 2020 Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 David Lampitt, Sportradar: F1 presents betting’s most sizeable opportunity August 14, 2020 Submit StumbleUpon Related Articles Sharelast_img read more

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Trial in death of former ISU golfer moved to Winneshiek County

first_imgNEVADA — The trial of the man accused of stabbing a former Iowa State University golfer to death on a local course in Ames has been moved to northeast Iowa.The judge agreed publicity in Story County could impact the first-degree murder trial of 22-year-old Collin Richards in the death of Celia Barquin Arozamena — and agreed to move it to Winneshiek County. Richards is homeless and allegedly stabbed Arozemana several times September 17th on the golf course in Ames across from Jack Trice Stadium.The trial date has been set for September 10th. He remains in jail on a five million dollar bond.last_img

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