Paraguay’s Joint Task Force on Alert Against the EPP


first_imgThe EPP has continued to commit kidnappings for ransom. Paraguay’s Joint Task Force (FTC), a team consisting of Military and police personnel, is in a state of high alert in its fight against the Paraguayan People’s Army (EPP), a terrorist group responsible for kidnappings for ransom and killings. “The knowledge we have gained about their behavior, their management methods, their food supply, the type of equipment, and other data provides a lot of material for analysts to design more effective strategies to locate them,” Urdapilleta said. The Military and police are continuing to work hard to secure the release of Police Master Sergeant Edelio Morínigo, who was kidnapped by the EPP on July 5, 2014. The EPP has not demanded a ransom, but instead proposed a trade, offering to free Morínigo in exchange for the release of 46 EPP members who had been sentenced to prison. In addition to battling the EPP, the FTC is also confronting an offshoot of the terrorist group, an organization which calls itself the Armed Peasant Association (ACA). This group, which arose in 2014, operates in the northern region of the country. The FTC is confronting a terrorist group that is comprised of family-based gangs, such as the Bernal Maíz, Larrea and Villalba organized crime groups, according to Urdapilleta. The FTC has compiled intelligence about the ACA that will help it fight the terrorist group. “The knowledge we have gained about their behavior, their management methods, their food supply, the type of equipment, and other data provides a lot of material for analysts to design more effective strategies to locate them,” Urdapilleta said. On January 6, FTC Troops and police were on patrol in the district of Horqueta, in the Department of Concepción, when they tried to capture ACA leader Albino Ramón Jara Larrea. He resisted arrest, and the FTC killed him, as well as another ACA leader, Rosalba Moraez. The two ACA members were carrying cash in local currency worth the equivalent of about $12,000. Kidnappings for ransom Paraguay’s Joint Task Force (FTC), a team consisting of Military and police personnel, is in a state of high alert in its fight against the Paraguayan People’s Army (EPP), a terrorist group responsible for kidnappings for ransom and killings. “The fight is constant and the work does not cease. There are things we do not make public due to the security of the operations,” said Lieutenant Colonel Víctor Urdapilleta, an FTC spokesman. “This does not mean we are not working on it.” The FTC is confronting a terrorist group that is comprised of family-based gangs, such as the Bernal Maíz, Larrea and Villalba organized crime groups, according to Urdapilleta. In addition to battling the EPP, the FTC is also confronting an offshoot of the terrorist group, an organization which calls itself the Armed Peasant Association (ACA). This group, which arose in 2014, operates in the northern region of the country. By 2008, the outlaw group had changed its name to the Ejército del Pueblo Paraguayo, or Paraguayan People’s Army (EPP). The EPP has continued to commit kidnappings for ransom. “We cannot take credit for the release of Arlan Fick, but we can say that, thanks to actions that we undertook and other extreme actions we refrained from taking, he was released,” according to Urdapilleta. Security forces have also made great advances in fighting the EPP, according to Colonel Jorge Mieres, director of the Army’s Social Communications Division (DICOSO). In recent years, the Prosecutor’s Office has obtained convictions against 46 individuals who confessed to being members of the EPP. By Dialogo January 29, 2015 The terrorist group continued to use kidnapping for ransom. In September 2004, the outlaw group kidnapped Cecilia Cubas, daughter of former Paraguayan President Raúl Cubas Grau and current Senator Mirta Gusinky. Law enforcement authorities eventually found Cubas’ body in a grave outside Asunción, despite the payment of a $350,000 ransom. The kidnappers justified the killing by claiming that the payment was not a ransom, but a “fine against Cubas’ parents.” By 2008, the outlaw group had changed its name to the Ejército del Pueblo Paraguayo, or Paraguayan People’s Army (EPP). Paraguayan security forces have been battling the EPP since 2001, when the organization was the armed wing of the Marxist and anti-imperialist political party Patria Libre (Free Homeland). The first of six kidnappings committed by the illegal group took place against María Edith Bordón de Debenardi, the wife of a prominent businessman in November 2001 for whom they demanded a ransom of $1 million for her release. The ransom was paid, and the terrorist group released her after two months in captivity. “The fight is constant and the work does not cease. There are things we do not make public due to the security of the operations,” said Lieutenant Colonel Víctor Urdapilleta, an FTC spokesman. “This does not mean we are not working on it.” On January 6, FTC Troops and police were on patrol in the district of Horqueta, in the Department of Concepción, when they tried to capture ACA leader Albino Ramón Jara Larrea. He resisted arrest, and the FTC killed him, as well as another ACA leader, Rosalba Moraez. The two ACA members were carrying cash in local currency worth the equivalent of about $12,000. Paraguayan security forces have been battling the EPP since 2001, when the organization was the armed wing of the Marxist and anti-imperialist political party Patria Libre (Free Homeland). The first of six kidnappings committed by the illegal group took place against María Edith Bordón de Debenardi, the wife of a prominent businessman in November 2001 for whom they demanded a ransom of $1 million for her release. The ransom was paid, and the terrorist group released her after two months in captivity. “We cannot take credit for the release of Arlan Fick, but we can say that, thanks to actions that we undertook and other extreme actions we refrained from taking, he was released,” according to Urdapilleta. The FTC confronts the ACA The FTC has compiled intelligence about the ACA that will help it fight the terrorist group. That year, the EPP kidnapped rancher Luis Lindstron, who remained in captivity from June 21 until September 12, when his family paid a ransom. But in 2013, Lindstron was killed, allegedly by the EPP. Law enforcement authorities suspected the EPP killed Lindstron because he was not willing to pay a “toll” to the terrorist group. The government rejected the idea. “The government will not negotiate with terrorists,” Minister of Interior Francisco De Vargas said on December 25 in a telephone conversation with Telefuturo (Channel 4). The terrorist group continued to use kidnapping for ransom. In September 2004, the outlaw group kidnapped Cecilia Cubas, daughter of former Paraguayan President Raúl Cubas Grau and current Senator Mirta Gusinky. Law enforcement authorities eventually found Cubas’ body in a grave outside Asunción, despite the payment of a $350,000 ransom. The kidnappers justified the killing by claiming that the payment was not a ransom, but a “fine against Cubas’ parents.” That year, the EPP kidnapped rancher Luis Lindstron, who remained in captivity from June 21 until September 12, when his family paid a ransom. But in 2013, Lindstron was killed, allegedly by the EPP. Law enforcement authorities suspected the EPP killed Lindstron because he was not willing to pay a “toll” to the terrorist group. Kidnappings for ransom The Military and police are continuing to work hard to secure the release of Police Master Sergeant Edelio Morínigo, who was kidnapped by the EPP on July 5, 2014. The EPP has not demanded a ransom, but instead proposed a trade, offering to free Morínigo in exchange for the release of 46 EPP members who had been sentenced to prison. The FTC confronts the ACA On April 2, 2014, the EPP kidnapped Arlan Fick, 16. His father, Alcido Fick, paid $500,000 for his release. The terrorist group held Fick for 267 days before releasing him on Christmas Day. While the FTC did not rescue him, it helped make sure he was released safely. Security forces have also made great advances in fighting the EPP, according to Colonel Jorge Mieres, director of the Army’s Social Communications Division (DICOSO). In recent years, the Prosecutor’s Office has obtained convictions against 46 individuals who confessed to being members of the EPP. On April 2, 2014, the EPP kidnapped Arlan Fick, 16. His father, Alcido Fick, paid $500,000 for his release. The terrorist group held Fick for 267 days before releasing him on Christmas Day. While the FTC did not rescue him, it helped make sure he was released safely. The government rejected the idea. “The government will not negotiate with terrorists,” Minister of Interior Francisco De Vargas said on December 25 in a telephone conversation with Telefuturo (Channel 4).last_img read more

After 4 tries, Oxford upsets Udall when it counted the most – the postseason!


first_imgOxford 4 Udall 1#4 Oxford  0  0  2  0  1  0  1  4#1 Udall    0  1  0  0  0  0  0   1Winning pitcher: Oxford – Camren Clements (Win) 7 IP, 8 Ks, 6 BB, 2 hits, 1 run, 1 ER. Losing pitcher:  Udall – Billy Barnett, 5 IP.  Nolan Williams, 2 IP. by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The beauty of post season is things don’t go accordingly to plan. Somewhere, someplace a team is going to lose to a team it is supposed to beat.So was the case in Burden, in Tuesday’s semifinal game between Oxford and Udall. The No. 1 seed Eagles were 18-2 against the fourth seed Wildcats who were 9-11. The Eagles had beaten the Wildcats all four times during the regular season.But Tuesday  when the final out was tallied, Oxford pulled off a 4-1 upset over Udall. The Wildcats are in the regional championship.Oxford is awaiting the winner of Cedar Vale-Dexter vs. Central Burden in the other semifinal game which was delayed because of rain yesterday. The games for today have been postponed for 24 hours. Central vs. CV-Dexter is scheduled at 4 p.m. Thursday with the winner playing Oxford at 6 p.m. That’s tentative, of course.Suffice it to say, the Oxford team probably won’t mind savoring this victory a little longer against its most heated rival. “I can’t say enough about these kids,” said Kyle Green, Oxford head boys baseball coach. “We are probably the youngest team in the league, some nights we are starting five or six freshmen surrounded by two seniors and two sophomores.”Udall opened with a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second. But Oxford scored two runs in the top of the third and would never relinquish the lead thereafter. Oxford would add one run in the fifth and one in the seventh to clinch victory.Freshman Camren Clements was spectacular on the mound getting eight strikeouts, six walks, two hits, and allowing one run for a 1.00 ER for the game.“You talk about a gut check,” Green said. “What a tough performance we got out of Cam. He was just magnificent on the mound. He was just magnificent mixing his pitches up all day keeping Udall off balanced.”Green said Oxford’s defense was just as awesome and did not commit an error in the field. In the first inning, sophomore Grant Smith thwarted a Udall scoring threat with a double play. Senior catcher Oggie Shimkus threw a kid out attempting to steal second to end the inning.“All of that just set the tone for the day,” Green said. “The boys were just solid in the field.”Offensively, Oxford took advantage of some Udall errors early in the game to take the lead and got timely hitting out of O. Shimkus, Smith, Cal Shimkus and Derek Willims.“All four of those boys drove in key runs throughout the game,” Green said.Oxford came into this game as significant underdogs. The Eagles had shared the Walter Johnson League (SCBL) regular season titles with Flinthills.“We knew how good they were going in,” Green said. “To hold that lineup to just one run all day speaks about how well our kids played. They played like a seasoned team.” Batting Highlights for Oxford:Grant Smith: 1-3, single, 1 stolen base 2 runs scored.Oggie Shimkus: 2-4, 2 singles, 2 RBI’s 2 runs scored.Derek Williams: 1-3, 1 single, 1 RBI, 1 BB.Cal Shimkus: 1-4, single, 1 RBI.Follow us on Twitter.center_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. 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Watford 0-0 Chelsea: Hornets hold Blues to another draw


first_img Watford 0-0 Chelsea: Hornets hold Blues to another entertaining draw Watford and Chelsea shared the points in a 0-0 Premier League draw at Vicarage Road. These sides settled for a point each in a four-goal thriller at Stamford Bridge on Boxing Day and this game was exciting and tense, but without the goals as Heurelho Gomes performed incredibly well in between the sticks for Watford. It was tenth-placed Watford against 14th-placed Chelsea, who have not lost since Guus Hiddink replaced Jose Mourinho in December.After a bright Chelsea start, the Hornets grew into the contest and the Blues soon looked rattled.Odion Ighalo had a good chance when he was found in the box by Jose Holebas, before Thibaut Courtois made a series of good saves, first denying Craig Cathcart’s header before tipping away Etienne Capoue’s powerful drive.Diego Costa nearly gave the visitors the lead before the interval as he pulled a shot towards goal on the turn, palming the ball just past the post.Ahead of the break, Costa’s aggressive play was evident again as he and Juan Carlos Paredes had a coming together. The Spain international was infuriated, but credit to Odion Ighalo of Watford, who played a key part in calming down the Chelsea striker.Both sides had dangerous opportunities early in the second half, Watford captain Troy Deeney first striking a 20-yard volley inches wide before Costa laid a chance on a plate for Oscar from six yards. Under pressure, the Brazilian playmaker side-footed wide.An aggressive and entertaining contest, a 0-0 draw looked increasingly likely as Gomes made more stunning saves, denying Hazard late on after Allan Nyom’s error. The Brazilian goalkeeper rushed out to scramble to Hazard’s feet before the Belgian – on as a substitute – could get a shot off.Watford looked tired in the closing stages of the match and if there was going to be a winner, it looked like it would be Chelsea’s. Hazard dinked a ball to the far post and, on the stretch, Costa poked the ball into the side netting.Costa leapt high in the closing stages to head towards the far corner but the ever-present Gomes secured the point as he dived across goal to save yet again. 1last_img read more