By Dialogo May 06, 2011 On 3 May, Colombian authorities announced the arrest of two alleged members of a criminal group suspected of kidnapping ten people the previous week in a vacation home in the Colombian department of Antioquia (in the northwestern part of the country), the Army reported. On 2 May, the Public Prosecutor’s Office had announced the arrest of another suspect in southern Medellín, the capital of Antioquia, bringing to three the number of individuals linked to the case who are in custody. The most recent arrests “took place in the Belén neighborhood of Medellín, as a result of intelligence work begun by soldiers from the Military Unified Action Group for Personal Liberty (Gaula) as soon as the kidnapping of the ten citizens took place and thanks to the timely report by relatives,” the Army indicated. On 24 April, an armed group arrived at a rural property in the municipality of Sopetrán, in northwestern Colombia, apparently looking for members of a criminal gang. When they did not find them, they carried off ten individuals who were there, no indication of whose whereabouts has yet been found. According to the Army, “a rifle, a submachine gun, four pistols, a fragmentation grenade, a silencer, nine ammunition clips, and ninety-six live rounds,” among other items, were seized during the arrest operation. Among those arrested was a female juvenile.
(REUTERS) – Sunderland manager David Moyes faces a possible FA sanction after telling a female reporter that she “might get a slap even though you’re a woman” for questions asked in an interview last month.Moyes, whose side are rooted to the bottom of the Premier League, apologised for the comment at a news conference yesterday.Reporter Vicki Sparks, who works for the BBC, had made no complaint at the time and the broadcaster said the pair had spoken about the exchange and resolved the issue between themselves.Footage of the conversation, filmed on a mobile phone, was published yesterday on the website of the tabloid Daily Star newspaper. Both parties appeared to be laughing during it.Others took the matter much more seriously however, with shadow (opposition) sports minister Rosena Allin-Khan calling for an FA investigation.“If you look at the fact that he wouldn’t have said that to a male reporter, and I truly believe that, I think the comments and his behaviour and attitude was sexist,” she told BBC radio.The comments were made after Sparks asked Moyes whether having Sunderland owner Ellis Short in the stands during the 0-0 home draw against Burnley on March 18 had increased the pressure on him.Moyes said yesterday: “It was in the heat of the moment, I deeply regret the comments I made. It’s certainly not the person I am and I accept it was a mistake.“I’ve spoken to the BBC reporter who accepted my apology and hopefully we can now move on.“If you look at my character and personality it couldn’t be further from the truth. It can happen to managers young and old. It can be difficult being put in front of the cameras so soon after the games.”“With the FA, part of what they have been criticised for in the past is not tackling sexism and other forms of discrimination, which needs to be stamped out across the sport.“Fundamentally it’s a male-dominated environment that women find it incredibly difficult to break into and comments like this do nothing to encourage women,” she added.The Football Association, which earlier announced the unanimous approval by its council of reforms to increase the number of women on the board, said it was “seeking observations” from the north-eastern club.
Published on April 25, 2011 at 12:00 pm Comments Gary Gait said Cornell is playing for respect. The Big Red has not had a strong season, struggling even more than Syracuse, but the upstate New York rivals are not to be discounted in the SU head coach’s mind.The unranked Big Red has a 5-7 record. Syracuse (7-7) has spent all but two weeks this season in the Top 25. Cornell lost at home to a Rutgers team that Syracuse beat on the road. Syracuse has played one of the hardest schedules in the nation this season. Cornell hasn’t.But Gait expects Cornell to come to the Carrier Dome and give the Orange a run for its money.‘They’re always going to play us tough,’ Gait said. ‘The last two years they haven’t been in the Top 10 or anything like that, but they’ve been tough to us. They show up. It’s an upstate rivalry, and I think they always play for respect.’Despite Tuesday’s matchup with Cornell being a single nonconference game amid a run of eight Big East matchups, Syracuse expects the Big Red to maintain or even escalate the level of play the Orange has been facing. Five of Cornell’s players went to high school in the greater Syracuse area, creating a local rivalry between the two squads.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse has won its past four home games and is looking to continue its hot streak against the Big Red as the season enters the final stretch. SU is coming off a win Saturday against a Cincinnati team winless in Big East play. While the game was important for SU’s conference record — and also clinched a Big East tournament berth for the Orange — it was somewhat of a prelude to the Cornell matchup.Saturday’s game gave Syracuse a chance to experiment and work out the kinks. It fostered confidence. Even if that confidence will be tested by Cornell.‘You feel good,’ Gait said. ‘Everybody feels happy, but you’ve got to stay focused and mentally tough because you’re going to have a much bigger challenge coming Tuesday.’Although the Cornell matchup has no bearing on Syracuse’s playoff chances, senior attack Tee Ladouceur said the players do not think of the game any differently. Fellow attack Michelle Tumolo said any game can indirectly affect the playoffs.‘Every game’s a game,’ Tumolo said. ‘It’s just a step to getting better.’As has been the case for much of the season, Syracuse’s main focus will be on winning draw controls. The team struggled with winning the draw for much of the season.Cornell’s strengths lie in its offense. Syracuse will watch out for some leadership in the attack, specifically from the captain, Libby Johnson. Defender Janelle Stegeland said after watching film of the Big Red, the defense is preparing for some of its specific offensive plays.‘They’ve got a great crease play,’ Stegeland said. ‘We watched film this morning, and we see them running that a lot. So I think we’ll definitely be focusing on that.’But for a Syracuse team that is 2-6 in nonconference games, Cornell will provide a final chance to improve its record outside the Big East. This will also be the last game the seniors play at home, although Senior Night took place Saturday.Last year, Syracuse traveled to Cornell and won 7-6, thanks to a save by goalie Liz Hogan as time expired. Going into that game, Syracuse had a record of 9-4 while Cornell was just 7-5.So this year, SU looks at the matchup with Cornell as only a rivalry game once again. It goes beyond numbers, meaning the Big Red’s subpar season doesn’t mean a thing.‘Regardless of what either team’s records say, it’s going to be a good game, a hard-fought game,’ Hogan said. ‘We’re going to need to come out strong and play them well.’[email protected] Facebook Twitter Google+