Guerrilla Suspected in Kidnapping of French Journalist in Colombia is Arrested

first_img On June 27, Colombian police announced the arrest of a regional leader of the FARC guerrilla group who allegedly handled the politics of the kidnapping of French journalist Romeo Langlois, who was held for slightly over a month. “Within the last few hours, alias ‘Nury’ or ‘La Peluda’ [The Hairy One] was arrested, the political leader of the FARC’s Front 15 (…), an individual with a decisive role in the case of the kidnapping of the French journalist Langlois,” José Roberto León, director of the Colombian National Police, told the media. ‘Nury,’ whose real name is Yedmy Sánchez Suárez, “was the one who handled the political and media use of Langlois’s kidnapping. She has a great deal of political experience in directing large groups,” Colonel Carlos Vargas, commander of the Police in the department of Caquetá (in southern Colombia), explained. Sánchez Suárez, who was arrested in Florencia (the capital of Caquetá) following a tip, has been a member of the FARC for over 15 years, during which time she has been part of Fronts 14, 15, and 49, León said. This is the first arrest related to Langlois’s kidnapping, which took place on April 28, during confrontations between rebels of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the Colombian Army patrol with which the reporter was traveling. In order to save his life, Langlois surrendered to the guerrilla group, which treated him for a bullet wound in one arm and declared him a “prisoner of war.” Finally, on May 30, the FARC unilaterally turned the journalist over to a humanitarian mission, in which the group demanded that a special envoy of French President François Hollande be included. After being released in a town in the Caquetá jungle, Langlois said that the guerrilla group had wanted to turn him over quickly, but upon seeing the backlash generated by holding him, they decided to use him to “engage in politics.” By Dialogo June 29, 2012last_img read more

Tim Tebow’s debut with Syracuse Mets on Thursday will be one step closer to big league dream

first_imgTebow is still trying to convince people that he isn’t just a football player anymore, he said. But Tebow thinks he’s moved in the right direction.“When you do something for so long it just becomes so natural,” Tebow said. “So trying to get those movements for this game, where it’s just that natural. I don’t think I’ve fully done that yet but I think I’ve made a lot of strides in it.”The group of outfielders around Tebow should positively impact his baseball career. The Mets feature 38-year-old Rajai Davis, 35-year-old Gregor Blanco and 33-year-old Carlos Gomez. That trio has more than 11,000 at-bats in Major League Baseball, and on Tuesday, Tebow huddled with them at the beginning of the Mets’ workout.Blanco offers small, mechanical suggestions to Tebow. Davis “specializes” in baserunning, Tebow added. When Davis pulled out a football-like juke move on the bases in a drill Tuesday, Tebow let out a loud “ooh” twice as Davis flashed a big grin. And Gomez brings a youthful enthusiasm that reminds Tebow why he’s out there in the first place.“He still plays it like he’s a kid, which kind of reminds you how fun the game is as well,” Tebow said.Tebow is just a step away from reaching the dream of any baseball player: making the major leagues. But he’s not overly concerned with where he ends up. Right now, he’s happy to be showing up to the ballpark with an opportunity at all.“Where I end at, I don’t know,” Tebow said. “I think it’s have the mindset that this whole journey is kind of about enjoying it but being overall the best you can be, wherever that stops it stops.”The first pitch Tebow saw in instructional league, he hit a home run. His first low-A at bat was a homer, and his first game in High-A featured another. Tebow’s first at bat at Double-A Binghamton a year ago was a homer, too.Anna Henderson | Digital Design EditorHe said his goal won’t be to go deep in his first at-bat Thursday, because that would mean changing his approach. But Blanco’s words about Tebow’s chances of making the major leagues might apply just as well to the chances of debut magic.“We just try to help him hopefully have his dream to become a major league player. He’s one step away,” Blanco said.“And who knows? He might just do it.” Comments Tim Tebow taking a round of BP— Billy Heyen (@Wheyen3) April 2, 2019 As Tim Tebow took warm-up swings Tuesday afternoon, a handful of reporters with cameras moved in closer. A Syracuse Mets coach walked through and asked them to back up. Tebow just kept swinging.The former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback is used to the attention, but with the opening day of the Triple-A season at hand, Syracuse is only just being introduced to it.The Mets and Tebow begin the campaign with a 2:05 p.m. game against the Pawtucket Red Sox at NBT Bank Stadium on Thursday. Tebow’s first game action for Syracuse will be his Triple-A debut, one step of organized baseball away from the major leagues. Since returning to the sport in 2016 for the first time since high school, Tebow has drawn large crowds everywhere he’s played. Now it’s Syracuse’s turn.“I haven’t even thought about Tim Tebow right now, you guys,” Syracuse manager Tony DeFrancesco joked Tuesday to the media. “I’m excited, I want to watch him play too. … It’d be a great story. And you’re always rooting for an underdog. And Tim is gonna fight all the way through.”Baseball was one of Tebow’s first loves, ever since he donned a Chicago White Sox jersey in Little League when he was 4 years old, wearing No. 35 at the same time as now-Hall of Famer Frank Thomas did. He gave it up to play college football at Florida, though, a decision Tebow called one of the toughest he’s ever made. About a decade off from the game followed.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe first time DeFrancesco saw Tebow play baseball was in the lefty’s first major-league spring training game in 2017. DeFrancesco was on the Houston Astros’ coaching staff, across the diamond from the Mets. Tebow looked “like a football player trying to play baseball,” DeFrancesco said.Tebow was “big,” “thick” and “slow,” DeFrancesco said. He thought Tebow’s biggest issue was a lack of game experience. The daily repetition that makes someone a natural ballplayer, repetition that Tebow went more than a decade without, had been missing. That was two springs ago. Now, DeFrancesco sees the adjustments Tebow’s made to become a better fielder and improved hitter. Published on April 3, 2019 at 11:21 pm Contact Billy: [email protected] | @Wheyen3 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Nicholas Skaluba guilty of 4 crimes, charged with 6

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. — The jury found Nicholas Skaluba guilty of two counts of criminal sexual conduct in the 1st degree and two counts of delivery of a controlled substance to commit another crime. The verdict comes after a 5-day jury trial.The case opened in the summer of 2016. Skaluba was originally charged with six crimes, including two counts of criminal sexual conduct in the 3rd degree.Defense attorney Dan White represented Skaluba. White says, “I’m in a sad state right now.”Prosecuting attorney Ed Black represented the victims. He says he does not want to comment at this time. He wants to give the victims and their families space.Families of both parties were emotional and broke out in tears upon hearing the verdict. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Genschaw Rd. set to close on Monday for utility workNext Presque Isle County woman dies in house firelast_img read more

Wellington police notes: Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013

first_imgWellington Police notes for Wednesday, August 21, 2013•12:25 a.m.Jami C. Byers, WF, 34, Wellington was arrested and confined on a Harvey County warrant for possession of Methamphetamine.•12:30 a.m.Officers conducted an agency outside assist in Wichita, for a known suspect(s).•6:20 a.m.Chance A. Thornhill, 36, Weimar, Texas was issued a notice to appear charged with speeding 38 mph in a 25 mph construction zone.•6:40 a.m.Casey D. Torneden, 32, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with speeding 36 mph in a 25 mph construction zone.•11 a.m., a non-Injury accident in the 200 block N. Washington, Wellington involving vehicles operated by Mary B. King, 75, Wellington and Steven J. Trotter, 43, Goddard, Ks.•11 a.m. Mary B. King, 75, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with inattentive driving.•2:25 p.m.Travis J. Wiley, 24, Wellington was served a city of Wellington bench warrant.•3 p.m.Non-Injury accident on private property in the 1700 block E. 16th, Wellington involving vehicles operated by Shannan D. Prindle, 28, Wichita, and juvenile female, 17, Wellington.•3:18 p.m.Officers investigated a battery by a known suspect in the 1000 block Shadylane Ct., Wellington.•5:25 p.m.Officers took a report of a child in need of care in the 400 block U.S. 81, Wellington.•8:51 p.m.Officers investigated a burglary of an I-pod in the 1400 block Michigan, Wellington.•10:35 p.m.Officers investigated a battery and disclosure of confidential records by known subjects(s) in the 700 block of S. Blaine, Wellington.last_img read more

Nations Cup team picked for British championship

first_img English champion Kelly Tidy will team up with Georgia Hall and Charley Hull to represent England Golf in the Nations Cup event at the women’s British amateur championship at Carnoustie, from June 26-30. Kelly Tidy, 20, (image © Leaderboard Photography) won the English title earlier this month at her home club, Royal Birkdale, when she beat Georgia Hall, 16, (Remedy Oak) in a play-off. Kelly is a past winner of the British championship. Georgia was also a semi-finalist in this season’s French Lady Junior Championship, has won the Roehampton Gold Cup and shared the honours in the Hampshire Rose. Charley Hull, 16, (Woburn) has been as high as third in the world amateur golf rankings this season. She was fifth in the Turkish Airlines Ladies Open on the Ladies European Tour and had a top 40 finish in the first women’s Major of the year, the Kraft Nabisco Championship in California. Kelly, Charley and Nations Cup team reserve Holly Clyburn (Woodhall Spa) are all members of the GB&I Curtis Cup team for the match against the USA at Nairn from June 8-10, while Georgia is a reserve. 29 May 2012 Nations Cup team picked for British championship last_img read more