Brazil Busts Rio Gang Made of Police, Councillors


first_imgBy Dialogo December 28, 2010 Brazilian police have busted a feared criminal gang which killed at least 50 people and counted more than a dozen officers and some municipal councillors in its ranks, officials said on 22 December. Twenty-five members of the 34-strong gang were arrested the day before on warrants based on wiretaps that found the organization sold weapons to drug dealers in a nest of Rio slums that was cleared by police and soldiers last month. The two local councillors of the Duque de Caxias neighborhood were suspected of running the para-police outfit, while the 13 policemen arrested were part of its “muscle” thought to have carried out hits. “The gang worked like a real criminal enterprise, with roles defined for each member. There were managers and hitmen,” the police chief in charge of the arrests, Alexandre Capote, told media. The gang was one of several comprising police officers that operate in Rio’s notoriously violent and lawless slums. They started activities in late 2006, as militias that forced out local gangs then took over to run extortion rackets. The Duque de Caxias outfit is suspected of killing 50 people, and earning 150,000 dollars a month by illegally selling television cable connections, gas and land to residents, Capote said. According to a former captain in Rio’s elite police unit, the Special Operations Battalion, police-manned militias are present in more than 100 of the city’s 250 worst slums.last_img read more

Klopp says Liverpool dragged into a fight


first_img– ‘He probably has season ticket’ –The frustrations provoked Klopp into his argument with a Swansea supporter around the hour mark and he admitted: “He was shouting at me all the time but I reacted. I am a human being, not just a professional manager.“I am sure I am not the first manager who has a problem. He probably has a season ticket.”Klopp added: “Swansea knew that to win today they needed our help and unfortunately we gave it to them.“They did the right things to deserve to win a game like this tonight and we didn’t deserve it.“We could have equalised at the end, but didn’t have that luck.”For new Swans manager Carlos Carvalhal, this was a tactical triumph as he used a five-man defence to deny Liverpool space and then hit them on the break.The Portuguese likes to use seafood metaphors to describe players as either lobsters or sardines, but this time he was borrowing motor racing analogies as he left Liverpool on the hard shoulder.Carvalhal said: “I talked with my players and said this (Liverpool) is a really strong team.“They are like a Formula One car. But at 4:00pm in London it will be difficult to speed, they would be a car like any other.“We needed to make sure there was traffic, we could not let them have open roads to drive in.”Share on: WhatsApp Swansea, United Kingdom | AFP | Jurgen Klopp blamed his players for becoming embroiled in a fight at Swansea City as they lost their unbeaten 18-match run to the Premier League’s bottom club.Liverpool failed to grab a late draw to extend their lead over fifth-placed Tottenham as they lost to a single goal from Alfie Mawson — and Klopp himself clashed verbally with a home supporter.It was Liverpool’s first defeat since October, but the points were priceless for Swansea, who cut the gap between themselves and those above the relegation places to just three points.He said: “I am more frustrated about the performance than the result.“We were just not good enough, especially in the first half. We didn’t play how we wanted to play.“We didn’t keep the right positions we needed to, to cause them problems and didn’t stretch them.“We gave them the opportunity to score and then we did exactly what Swansea wanted.“They didn’t need to play, they needed to fight and we did exactly what they wanted and their confidence grew.”Liverpool missed plenty of opportunities for their normally clinical strikers Sadio Mane, Mo Salah and Roberto Firmino.They also came up against a goalkeeper at the top of his game in Swansea’s Polish number one Lukasz Fabianski.The only goal came against the run of play in the 41st minute when Mawson swept the ball in at corner and Virgil van Dijk had misplaced a header as he tried to clear.It summed up an awkward league debut for Van Dijk, who had previously only played in one FA Cup tie since his record £75 million move from Southampton.last_img read more

O’Conner, Boatright Record Braces in Opener Loss


first_imgFacebook6Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Oly Town ArtesiansTJ O’Connor and Nate Boatright each scored twice in the Oly Town Artesians’ 9-6 loss to Tacoma Narrows FC in front of one of the biggest crowds in Artesians history on Saturday night at The Pavilion. Alex Vogt scored a hat trick to lead Narrows to their first victory as a member of the Western Indoor Soccer League.Tacoma struck first when AJ Nitzel found some space and pushed one past Artesians goalkeeper Ryan Perkins just a minute and a half into the game. David Cook answered for Oly just a minute and a half after that, tying the game 1-1 with 11:00 left in the first quarter. Jay Weinman scored the first of his two goals with 1:16 left in the first and Tacoma held a 2-1 lead after the first 15 minutes.Paul Park put Narrows up 3-1 with nine minutes left in the second quarter, but the Artesians rallied for the next two goals, including Nate Boatright’s first at the 7:16 mark and TJ O’Connor’s first with 5:51 left in the quarter to tie it up 3-3. Tacoma answered moments later with a goal by Travis Homestead and another with just 56 seconds left in the half by Alex Vogt to take a 5-3 lead into the break.A defensive third quarter led to just one goal, Boatright’s second, and Tacoma took a 5-4 lead heading into the fourth quarter. Vogt gave them a two goal lead before O’Connor got the Artesians back to within one. But Vogt and Weinman scored the next two goals to give Narrows an 8-5 lead. Christian Segovia scored a power play goal with 1:34 left to make it 8-6 before JC Henson capitalized on a pressing Artesians defense and added the goal that iced the game to give Narrows their first ever WISL win,Perkins and Tacoma keeper Nate Salveson both played fantastic games, making numerous saves and keeping the game competitive for both teams.The Artesians will look for their first win the weekend after Thanksgiving when they play host to the Snohomish Skyhawks on Saturday, December 1st. Kick off at The Pavilion is set for 6:30 p.m. Stay up to date with the Artesians by visiting the Oly Town Artesians website, following them on Twitter, and liking them on Facebook.last_img read more

The Hands on Children’s Museum Celebrates National Children’s Dental Health Month…


first_imgFacebook39Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Hands On Children’s MuseumThe Hands On Children’s Museum will feature National Children’s Dental Health Month and promote the importance of good oral health throughout the month of February. Children can get free dental screenings, explore an interactive dental office exhibit, and enjoy special guests and activities all month.The Hands On Children’s Museum is partnering with the Willamette Dental Group as the presenting sponsor for Dental Health Month.“Helping the Hands On Children’s Museum in educating families about the importance of oral health at an early age is a good way to get involved and build goodwill,” explains Kim Ziebell, Vice President of Marketing and Brand Strategy, Willamette Dental Group. “We believe that when we support the communities that we serve, better oral health is a result.”Special guests and activities are featured all month and are free with admission. Kids can meet and get their photo taken with costumed superheroes–Amazon of Olympia and Batman in Seattle on February 8 from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. In the MakeSpace, visitors can build toothbrush ‘bots, February 7-9, make a silkscreen smile print, February 14-17, and sew a monster mouth or tooth fairy pillow, February 21-23. Kids can explore the history of powerful pachyderms and see replicas of elephant, mammoth, and mastodon teeth February 14-16. For a full schedule of screenings and activities, visit the Hands On Children’s Museum website.Free dental screenings are another highlight of this month-long celebration giving many children who have never visited a dentist the chance to visit a dentist and learn about dental wellness. Screenings are completely free thanks to Screening Sponsor Small to Tall Pediatric Dentistry and over a dozen local dentists who donate their time. Screenings will take place from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. each Saturday in February and during First Friday Night, February 7, from 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Families who bring their children in for screenings receive free admission to the entire Museum. This is the 19th year that Hands On has offered free dental screenings to its visitors.The Museum’s Dental Health Month kicks-off with the opening of the interactive Puget Sound Dental Office exhibit on Feb 1, sponsored by Dr. Bo M. Davidson of Hawks Prairie Pediatric Dentistry. The Museum transforms an exhibit space into a Dental Office complete with a dental chair, lab coats, x-rays, and examination tools, where more than 70,000 visitors can explore the dental office and young visitors can become the dentist for the day.last_img read more