20 Dec

Troops Kill 15 Rebels on Anniversary of FARC Leader’s Death

first_imgBy Dialogo March 29, 2011 These setbacks for the FARC demonstrate that the guerrillas are going through a difficult moment, the loss of their principal leaders, army pressure, attacks based on intelligence work. Aside from having practically gained control of the guerillas communications, the power of the air strikes has them cornered, and the most important factors are number one: Assistance from the U.S. Army with their instructors, changing the old system of tracking that led them to an ambush. Second: the war material aid and quartermaster. Third: the loss of Tirofijo and his lieutenants, and confiscated stashes of money. Fourth: guerrilla desertions and the dramatic decrease in their areas of influence indicates that iron discipline has problems, their commander Alfonso Cano, is pursued by the troops that are breathing in his ear, all this affects the political and military results of the FARC. Which they find themselves on the defensive. Does not mean that they are defeated, many fronts are over the border with Venezuela that they recovered, receiving provisions and evading the fight. Another very important part is dedicated to the business of drug trafficking, from which its war economy is provided. The problem of a prolonged war is costly for a country, subtracting money to health, education, to maintain the costs of war. The real problem is that Colombia has had 12 civil wars and the last one that took 60 years……so it is impossible to acclimate to peace! Colombian troops killed 15 FARC guerrillas on 25 and 26 March, the third anniversary of the death of the guerrilla group’s founder, Manuel Marulanda, and two days after the group suffered another strike in which ten rebels died. President Juan Manuel Santos announced the military operation in which the fifteen members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) died. “Another heavy blow to the FARC. In (the department of) Cauca, fifteen terrorists fell in a joint operation by our Armed Forces,” Santos wrote on his Twitter account. At a public event in the city of Pereira (360 km west of Bogotá), the president went into greater depth and indicated that in addition to the fifteen guerrillas killed, another rebel was seriously wounded. For its part, the Air Force said in a press release that the operation was directed against a camp of the FARC’s Sixth Front detected near the Tacueyó district of the municipality of Toribio, northeast of Bogotá. “Air Force combat and reconnaissance planes, as well as National Police helicopters, participated” in the operation, the report added, without specifying whether the rebel camp was bombed, as has been the case in other counterinsurgency operations. A source with the Cauca departmental government told AFP by telephone that the local government “does not have information different from what has been supplied to the press.” The deaths of the fifteen guerrillas in Cauca come in addition to those of another ten killed in clashes with the military in a mountainous region between the departments of Chocó and Cauca (in western Colombia). Santos congratulated the Armed Forces for the new strike against the FARC, according to another Twitter posting, in which he recalled that the fifteen guerrillas’ deaths coincide with the third anniversary of the death of the FARC’s founder, Manuel Marulanda, alias Tirofijo. Marulanda died of heart failure on 26 March 2008, somewhere in the country’s jungles, according to the FARC. During the event in Pereira, Santos spoke ironically about the cause of the guerrilla leader’s death: “We don’t know whether he died of a heart attack or from fright due to the bombardments we were hitting him with.” At the time of Marulanda’s death – which the FARC announced only on 25 May 2008 – Santos was serving as defense minister in the administration of right-wing President Álvaro Uribe (2002-2010), who deployed a strong military offensive against the FARC. On 21 March, the Army announced the death in combat of alias Jerónimo Galeano, whom it affirmed was the man “closest to and most trusted by” the FARC’s highest-ranking leader, Alfonso Cano. In that operation, which took place in the locality of Aipe (270 km south of Bogotá) and in which one soldier died, two other guerrillas were also killed, including a woman reputed to be Galeano’s romantic companion. The FARC has been engaged in armed struggle against the Colombian state for forty-six years and has around eight thousand fighters, according to official estimates.last_img read more

17 Sep

Law students secure copyright exemption

first_imgLaw students from the USC Intellectual Property and Technology Clinic helped to secure a significant copyright exemption this summer on behalf of documentary filmmakers who wish to extract materials from DVDs.Free · Documentary producers can now use DVD materials in their films, thanks to USC law students. – James Watson | Daily Trojan Chris Perez, a USC law school graduate, and Ashlee Lin, a current law student, lobbied for the exemption during talks to amend the Digital Millenium Copyright Act, which criminalizes the act of extracting materials from DVDs.Jack Lerner, assistant professor of law at USC and director of the clinic, saw this lack of access as a problem.“A central part of documentary filmmaking is discussing material to which you do not hold copyrights,” Lerner said. “As DVDs became the default media of our time, it became harder for filmmakers to become engaged in this type of commentary because of the laws around encryption.”Perez and Lin drafted and submitted a comment in 2008 about the issue to the U.S. Copyright Office. This was followed up by an additional comment submitted in February 2009. The pair secured the exemption last July.“The students drafted every comment, every piece of correspondence with the copyright office,” Lerner said. “This is on their shoulders and has been from the start.”In collaboration with Los Angeles-based attorney Michael C. Donaldson, the students represented Kartemquin Films of Chicago, the International Documentary Association and a national coalition of documentary filmmakers and filmmaker organizations.Perez explains that they faced formidable opposition during the process, including the Motion Picture Association of America, the Recording Industry of America and Warner Brothers, who all saw the exemption as a license for piracy.The exemption, however, would merely restore to filmmakers the ability to make fair use of material for appraisal, rather than to copy and distribute entire DVDs for monetary gain.Before the exemption, it was impossible for documentary filmmakers to reap the benefits of the fair use doctrine. The students were able to secure use of brief quotes from DVDs to comply with the doctrine.Law student Jimmy Chen sees the modified ruling as “the law catching up to itself.” He and Daniel Fullerton, a graduate student studying law, are working to inform the film industry about the new exemption.“We have a four-pronged plan,” Fullerton said. “A brochure will be posted online, a website will be set up, a short film made to train filmmakers how to handle material in light of the exemption and speaking events will be arranged.”The clinic is now in the process of attempting to inform the documentary film community of this exemption in hopes that more filmmakers will take advantage of documentary film.The USC Intellectual Property and Technology Clinic was formed as a crossroads of law, technology and policy, Lerner said. It aids policymakers, artists, innovators and non-profit organizations in attempts to secure their rights on a variety of issues.last_img read more

28 Aug

Senior Living: getting the gardens ready to grow

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAlpena, Mich. — Gardens are springing up all across the Sunrise Side, and one of those gardens is vital to the Alpena senior community.Over the past two days, volunteers, employees, and ACES Academy students have put in the dirty work to prepare four different gardens.Gardner Liz Cavanaugh has watched the program grow over the past three years, and it’s not just the size of the gardens. They’ve diversified their produce to potatoes, tomatoes, onions, raspberries, zucchini, and much more. In the past years, they only grew lettuce. All of the new produce will soon be available for seniors through the ‘Meals on Wheels’ program and at the cafe.“We try to feed our seniors healthy food,” said Cavanaugh. “We try to make sure they’re getting the stuff that they need and having it available.”Cavanaugh had an extra set of hands to help out. Students from ACES Academy who participate in Project Student Entrepreneur, a program that teaches high school kids practical trade work and take on their own projects, laid mulch and soil in hopes of a good harvest.“We’ll grow it here, and then, it’s a lot cheaper, saves money, and gives back to the seniors who can’t afford it,” said ACES Academy student MacKenzie Tolan.Soon folks at the Alpena Senior Center will be able to consume food grown right outside their door.“To look at it now, it’s just fun to look out that window and go, “oh yeah, it’s coming,” said Cavanaugh.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: ACES Academy, alpena, Alpena Senior Center, Gardening, Gardens, Project Student Entrepreneur, senior living, Sunrise SideContinue ReadingPrevious Photo of the Day for Wednesday, May 8Next Looking at emerging technology to analyze sinkholes and the Great Lakeslast_img read more

31 May


first_imgMARLEY’S FREEDOM MUCH BEST AS 3-5 FAVORITE IN GRADE II, $200,000 SANTA MONICA STAKES; RIDDEN BY VAN DYKE & TRAINED BY BAFFERT, SHE WINS BY 1 ¼ LENGTHS WHILE GETTING SEVEN FURLONGS OVER A ‘GOOD’ TRACK IN 1:22.34ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 16, 2019)–Reserved while an attentive second early to defending champ Selcourt, heavily favored Marley’s Freedom pounced on the leader turning for home and gained the advantage a sixteenth of a mile from home en route to winning Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Santa Monica Stakes by 1 ¼ lengths under Drayden Van Dyke.  Owned by Cicero Farms, LLC and trained by Bob Baffert, Marley’s Freedom, who was geared down late, got seven furlongs over a “good” main track in 1:22.34.“Bob told me to be sure to warm her up real good and to get her running away from there,” said Van Dyke.  “She did and we had a good tactical spot.  I was just sitting on her, but I had to get after Selcourt a little early because it looked like she was running pretty easy on the lead.”(Dating back to a second place finish in last year’s Santa Monica, Van Dyke has now won with four out of his five mounts aboard Marley’s Freedom).Idle since winning the one turn mile Grade III Go For Wand Handicap with Mike Smith aboard at Aqueduct Dec. 1, Marley’s Freedom was off as the 3-5 favorite in a field of five older fillies and mares and paid $3.40, $2.40 and $2.10.A winner of four straight races, including three graded stakes, prior to running a close fourth as the 4-5 favorite in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint two starts back on Nov. 3 at Churchill Downs, Marley’s Freedom, a 5-year-old mare by Blame, out of the Formal Gold mare Relaxing Green, notched her fifth graded stakes win and has now won six out of her last seven starts.  With the winner’s share of $120,000, she now has earnings of $935,935.  Originally trained by Bob Hess, Jr., she’s made her last six starts for Baffert and her overall mark now stands at 15-8-2-0.“I’m proud of her and she always shows up,” said Baffert.In a gallant effort, Selcourt, a lightly raced 5-year-old mare trained by John Sadler, kept to her task late and was clearly second best on the day, finishing 1 ½ lengths in front of longshot Mopotism.  Off at 5-1 with Joe Talamo, Selcourt paid $4.20 and $3.20.With 3-1 second choice Escape Clause unable to mount a serious rally, Mopotism finished third by 2 ¾ lengths over her Manitoba Canadian-bred rival.  Ridden by Mario Gutierrez, Mopotism was off at 20-1 and paid $3.80 to show.Two-time Grade I winner Paradise Woods, idle since July 20, was never a factor and checked in last at 5-1 under Joel Rosario.Fractions on the race were 22.48, 45.07 and 1:09.77.last_img read more

26 Dec


first_imgTHE ferries might be a bit slower because of the high winds, but the road home to Donegal tonight for the county’s legions of Celtic fans is a happy one after the 1-0 win over Rangers. So for all of them – and Hoops fans everywhere – here’s Joe Ledley’s goal again.Not bad for a 5′ 5″ footballer.Click to play>   DDTV: HOOPY NEW YEAR FOR CELTIC – WATCH LEDLEY’S WINNING GOAL AGAINST RANGERS was last modified: December 29th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Celticceltic 1 rangers 0DDTVRangersvideo of joe ledley goallast_img read more