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first_imgBy Dialogo February 08, 2012 On February 6, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos thanked Venezuela for the arrest of the paramilitary leaders alias “Martín Llanos” and alias “Caballo” [Horse]. Santos said that the arrests were very significant because these individuals “were the only paramilitary leaders who did not want to submit to the Judicial and Peace process.” The bulk of the paramilitary organization United Self-defense Units of Colombia, which committed thousands of crimes against the civilian population and are still under investigation, demobilized between 2003 and 2006 in a peace process promoted by former president Álvaro Uribe’s administration (2002-2010). As part of this process, they were granted procedural benefits in exchange for truthful information about their acts and reparation for their victims. “Martín Llanos (Héctor Buitrago Parada) played a leading role in one of the bloodiest wars of the Eastern Plains [neighboring Venezuela] and left hundreds, I would say thousands, of victims; he made pacts with the FARC to divide up the drug trade between them,” the president added. Santos stated that drug trafficking has spread in recent years “to several countries of the continent, from Venezuela to Bolivia.” He recalled that 11 arrest warrants were pending for “Martín Llanos,” on charges including aggravated homicide, forced disappearance, kidnapping for purposes of extortion, torture, narcotics trafficking, and terrorism. Together with “Martín Llanos,” his brother Nelson Orlando Buitrago Parada, alias “Caballo,” was also arrested. The Buitrago brothers were arrested in Venezuela on February 4, by agents of the National Anti-drug Office (ONA). Both were being sought through Interpol on “charges of homicide, kidnapping, illicit drug trafficking, and criminal conspiracy,” and will be turned over “immediately” to Colombian authorities, Venezuelan Interior Minister Tareck El Aissami explained to the press.last_img read more

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first_imgJim Boeheim went on the Atlantic Coast Conference coaches teleconference on Monday afternoon and spoke about a number of topics, including Syracuse’s (13-8, 3-5 ACC) upcoming matchup with Notre Dame (14-5, 5-2) on Thursday at 7 p.m. and his team’s ability to limit fast-break scoring.Here’s a recap of what he talked about.Scouting Notre DameNotre Dame has the top adjusted offensive efficiency in the country, per Kenpom.com. And though Boeheim didn’t reference the advanced metrics, he knows what the Fighting Irish is capable of.“Well I think they’re a very good offense team, I think they can score,” Boeheim said. “They score against anybody, they put points up, they can shoot it, they can score inside. I think they’re a really well-balanced team and I think that’s pretty much what people thought coming into the year. They’ve got the inside and outside attack and it’s very consistent and they’ve played very well in the league.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textUND shoots 38.7 percent from 3 and 55.8 percent from inside the arc, which ranks 11th in the nation, per Kenpom. The Fighting Irish put up 95 points in a road win at Duke, and scored at least 75 points in seven of its last nine games.Boeheim also said the Orange is preparing as if UND starting point guard Demetrius Jackson is playing.Preventing scoring on the fast breakThe Orange has not allowed a single fast-break point in the past four games, and it’s coincided with some of SU’s best defensive performances on the year.Syracuse has averaged just 11.3 turnovers in the last four games, which is below the season average. This ball protection has kept SU opponents from scoring out in transition.“We always want to get back,” Boeheim said. “I think one of the things about fast break is that bad turnovers lead to fast breaks, and we haven’t done that. Our turnovers have not been turnovers that can get people out on the break. I think that’s one thing.“Our guards, our perimeter people do get back … Tyler Roberson is a really good offensive rebounder, our other perimeter guys get back well. We need to get back and get our defense set, that’s important and we’ve done a good job of that. That’s very important.”Upcoming scheduleSyracuse will play its next four games at home after playing five of the first eight conference games away from the Carrier Dome. Boeheim said it’s hard to create a schedule that makes everyone happy, and that teams will go through stretches of playing many games in a short span, and others will have a slew of off days.Consecutive home games against Notre Dame, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech and Florida State provide the Orange with a chance to get back in the ACC race.“Well there’s no question about it,” Boeheim said. “We knew it would be a tough start to the conference season with the schedule the way it was, and the teams that are there. They’re all really good teams, I thought that this next stretch of games would obviously be crucial and I think whatever our record was, this stretch of game it was always going to be crucial.” Comments Published on January 25, 2016 at 1:12 pm Contact Sam: [email protected] | @SamBlum3 Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Related Stories Syracuse teases comeback but ultimately falls short in 73-65 loss at No. 13 VirginiaWhat we learned from Syracuse basketball’s loss at No. 13 Virginia3 things Jim Boeheim said after Syracuse’s loss to No. 13 VirginiaFast reaction: 3 takeaways from Syracuse’s 73-65 loss to VirginiaSyracuse community reacts to loss against No. 13 Virginialast_img read more

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first_img0Shares0000Wenger lifted the FA Cup for the seventh time after Arsenal beat Chelsea in last year’s final © AFP/File / Ian KINGTONLondon, United Kingdom, Apr 20 – Premier League managers and former players showered praise on Arsene Wenger on Friday after the Frenchman announced he was stepping down from the Arsenal hotseat at the end of the season.The 68-year-old has won three Premier League titles and a record seven FA Cups during his near 22-year stint at Arsenal but recent seasons have seen rising discontent among the fans as the club have failed to challenge for the Premier League. AFP Sport takes a look at who’s saying what about Wenger’s decision to leave the Gunners:– Tony Adams, Wenger’s captain when Arsenal won the Premier League and FA Cup double in 1997/98 and again in 2001/02, had no doubt about his old boss’s place in the London club’s history.“Thanks for everything Arsene. Move over Herbert (Chapman), Arsene Wenger the greatest Arsenal Manager,” Adams wrote on Instagram.– Thierry Henry, Arsenal’s all-time leading goalscorer who was signed by Wenger, praised the manager’s ability to inspire players and said he hoped the current side would now go on to win the Europa League — the club are in the semi-finals.“He used to make you believe you were the best player in the world,” Henry told Sky Sports. “Let’s not get lost in celebrating the end of his era. The team has to win the Europa League, it would be an amazing achievement and Arsene has never won in Europe before, so it would be a great way to give him a good exit.”– Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho, who when Chelsea boss labelled Wenger a “specialist in failure”, said he hoped his old rival would stay in football. “I always say for some the memory is short but the real football people don’t have short memories. If he is happy with the decision I am really happy and I hope he doesn’t retire from football.”– Spain’s Cesc Fabregas, the former Arsenal midfielder now at Chelsea, thanked Wenger for being a “father figure” to him as a young footballer.“I will never forget his guidance and support, his tutelage and mentorship. He had faith in me from day one and I owe him a lot, he was like a father figure to me who always pushed me to be the best,” Fabregas wrote on Instagram alongside a photograph of himself listening to Wenger as a young Arsenal player. “Arsene, you deserve all the respect and happiness in the world. #classact”– Arsenal fan Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of Britain’s main opposition Labour Party, whose Islington North constituency is home to the Gunners’ Emirates Stadium, tweeted his gratitude by saying: “Arsene Wenger, thank you for all the achievements, over such a long period, for the club I love. Three Premier League titles, the unbeaten season, a record breaking seven FA Cups and revolutionising the English game.”– Former Manchester United and England defender Gary Neville said Wenger deserved a fitting send-off after a glittering career. “Arsene Wenger built the best teams that I played against in English Football,” he tweeted. “The ’98 team was Amazing. The biggest compliment is that he played football that made us change the way we played against them.”– Former Arsenal midfielder Stuart Robson said Wenger ought to have quit long before now.“Wenger should have gone many years ago,” Robson told BBC radio. “You can’t take away the good things. When he came he changed the philosophy of Arsenal. He was fantastic in that period but like a lot of dictators they think they are going down the right road but even when people are saying you need to change, he wouldn’t change.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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