Colombian, Venezuelan Armed Groups Exercise Abusive Control at the Border, Says HRW

first_imgBy AFP February 10, 2020 Colombian and Venezuelan armed groups exercise “abusive social control” on both sides of the border, in Colombia’s Arauca department and Venezuela’s Apure state, in collusion with Venezuelan authorities, said nongovernmental organization Human Rights Watch (HRW) on January 22.José Miguel Vivanco, HRW director for the Americas, denounced operations carried out by guerrillas of the National Liberation Army (ELN, in Spanish), dissidents of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC, in Spanish), and the Patriotic Forces of National Liberation (FPLN, in Spanish), a Venezuelan Chavista group, during a presentation of the report “The Guerrillas Are the Police.”All of them “have the strength and abilities to impose their rules” and subdue the population with killings, torture, extortion, kidnapping, child recruitment, sexual abuse, and forced labor, Vivanco said.The investigation revealed that both ELN rebels and dissidents of what was once the most powerful guerilla in the Americas “operate with near-to-absolute impunity on both sides of the border, keeping camps in Apure and using Venezuela as their rearguard.”According to the NGO director, the FPLN armed group is concentrated in Apure.Although the organization’s size and firepower are unknown, HRW says that some of its members were part of the so-called “illegally armed colectivos” — groups that the opposition considers a Chavista armed wing — and that these groups “act in collusion with Venezuelan security forces and local authorities.”The NGO, which didn’t address an alliance among the three forces, reported forced labor as punishment.The victims are taken to Venezuelan camps and are forced to carry out farming tasks or cook for combatants.Around 44,000 Venezuelans live in Arauca, most of whom fled the worst crisis in the country’s modern history, aggravated by hyperinflation and lack of supplies.These migrants escape “a violent dictatorship” and end up in “an extremely risky situation” in Colombia, Vivanco said.A porous, 261-mile border separates Arauca department from Apure state.With 240,000 inhabitants on the Colombian side and 460,000 on the Venezuelan side, the population suffers high poverty rates, despite living in an oil-producing area, with narcotrafficking and smuggling operations into Venezuela.According to HRW, “the Arauca authorities are not capable of administering justice,” and the Colombian military in the region are “mainly focused” on “protecting” the infrastructure of state-run oil company Ecopetrol.last_img read more

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Sheyi Ojo joins Cardiff City on season-long loan

first_imgRelatedPosts Lampard: I still have confidence in Tomori Mane double eases Liverpool to win over 10-man Chelsea EPL: Chelsea, Liverpool in cagey duel Liverpool forward Sheyi Ojo has joined Cardiff City on a season-long loan deal, subject to international clearance.The 23-year-old will spend the duration of 2020-21 with the Championship side, who kick off their league campaign at home to Sheffield Wednesday this Saturday, after the move was finalised on Monday. And speaking for the first time since putting pen to paper, Ojo says he is ready for the challenge of leading a promotion push.“I’ve got a point to prove and I’m really excited for the new challenge,” he told the club website.“Cardiff City is a massive club with great fans and great players – hopefully I can show what I can do here and fit right in.“Wherever the ball is, I want to be involved in the game as much as possible.“I’m delighted to get here in time for a full week’s training with the team ahead of the first home game this Saturday. Now it’s important that we start right.” Ojo switched to Anfield from MK Dons in 2011 and has made 13 appearances for the first team, scoring one goal, since being handed a debut by Jurgen Klopp in an FA Cup tie against Exeter City in January 2016.He has had several loan moves away from the club to continue his development, most recently at Steven Gerrard’s Rangers last season, where he played 36 games.Tags: 2020/2021 SeasonCardiff CityEnglish ChampionshipEnglish Football LeagueEnglish Premier LeagueLiverpoolLoan Movelast_img read more

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Ahanmisi no regrets with end-game plays in RoS win vs Alaska

first_imgMOST READ ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident View comments The third-year guard had a chance to milk the clock at the end of regulation, but opted to score on a lay-up that gave the Elasto Painters a 94-91 lead with 2.9 seconds remaining.However, Chris Banchero drained a big triple at the buzzer on the other end to knot the score at 94 as the Aces forced overtime.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“We were thinking about quotient. You don’t really think somebody’s going to hit a game winner in three seconds. But it was a big shot by Chris,” Ahanmisi explained. “If I were to do it again, I’d do the same thing.”The Fil-Am guard also got a shot be the hero in extra time, but he flubbed his two free throws with 18.7 ticks remaining with Rain or Shine holding a precarious a 105-103 lead. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. No pressure for Ateneo despite 0-1 deficit in UAAP men’s volleyball finals Maverick Ahanmisi has no regrets over his performance in the conclusion of the Rain or Shine-Alaska game in the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup, on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ LATEST STORIES Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ “All I was thinking was that I just got to get back on defense,” he said.Ahanmisi managed to redeem himself as he leaked out to the open court and scored on an open layup with 2.9 seconds left after Gabe Norwood secured the big steal from Alaska import Antonio Campbell.“I saw Gabe tip the ball and the import wasn’t looking at me when the ball was in the air, so I knew I had the chance to go and get it. Good hands on Gabe to allow me to get that ball,” he said.Rain or Shine went on and take the 109-103 overtime victory over Alaska  and all Ahanmisi, who finished the game with 11 points and four rebounds,  could feel was an undeniable sense of relief.“It was a big win for us over a good team over there. They’re definitely going to contend for a title this conference and for us to beat them, it says a lot about our character,” he said.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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February home sales fall; 2007 looks bleak

first_imgThe report was far weaker than Wall Street had been expecting and raised concerns that rising mortgage delinquencies and foreclosures, especially in the subprime market, would further depress housing activity in the months ahead as nervous lenders tighten their standards. “Lending standards apparently are tightening not only in the subprime market but in other components of mortgage lending as well, and this is creating tremendous uncertainties regarding the near-term outlook for home sales and housing production,” said David Seiders, chief economist for the National Association of Home Builders. Sales were down in every region of the country except the West. – Associated Press WASHINGTON – Sales of new homes fell for a second consecutive month in February, dimming hopes for a rebound soon in the troubled housing market and raising fears about the health of the overall economy. The Commerce Department reported Monday that sales of single-family homes dropped 3.9 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 848,000 units, the slowest pace in nearly seven years. The decline followed a 15.8 percent plunge in January, the biggest one-month dip in 13 years. The weakness in sales was accompanied by a drop in prices, with the median price of a new home falling to $250,000 in February, down 0.3 percent from a year ago. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Miio: If Twitter were FriendFeed, Facebook and an RSS Reader. Wait, What?

first_imgNow whether you’re supposed to chat them up or hit on them when you meet them is something I wasn’t too clear about, given that miio asks for your “relationship status” and what you’re “looking for” (friends, dating, chatting, “whatever”) via your profile page. Those seem like features borrowed from Facebook, and frankly, if miio just wants to be discussion site, it could do without them. Miio’s Twitter-Like DashboardThe miio Dashboard is reminiscent of Twitter, with its “replies” and “messages to me,” the latter very much like Twitter’s own DMs (direct messages). But unlike Twitter, you don’t just follow tweets, err…posts, limited to 140 characters or less. Users can write as much as they want. And like Facebook, those status updates can be links, photos, videos, etc. as well. They can also be questions, which then puts miio up against Q&A sites like Quora, for example. A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Miio GroupsThere are also groups within miio, where you can discuss items of interest to you whether that’s sports or iPads. But given miio’s “early adopter” mindshare, the biggest groups seem to be tech-focused ones like those discussing iOS, startups or even miio competitor Google Buzz. Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Related Posts Tags:#Facebook#Mashups#Messaging Services#Product Reviews#RSS & Feeds#social networks#Social Web#twitter#web Miio RSSIn fact, updates can even be RSS feeds thanks to a profile setting which lets you publish RSS to miio. Already a number of “members” have created miio accounts with RSS feeds – as you can see here by searching for *rss*. However, given the high profile nature of some of these accounts (ABC, AP, BBC, CBS, Huffington Post, etc.), it looks like miio created these accounts itself for others to follow, which is actually a handy feature. From the Public Timeline or Search page, you can filter out whether or not you want to see RSS updates or whether you want to see just text updates, just photos, just videos, just questions and so on. If you switch the setting to “RSS only,” miio could effectively function as a lightweight RSS reader for those who don’t really do RSS. center_img sarah perez Final Thoughts: Too Much of a Good Thing, miio Needs to DietAlthough miio gets some things right, simplicity is not one of them. It’s not clear yet what exactly miio wants to be when it grows up, why there’s a need for this service and who should use it. Our advice to miio, ditch the advanced feature set (it’s overwhelming!) and focus on doing just one thing and doing it well. Groups, perhaps. Google Buzz lacks a “groups” feature and although FriendFeed has them, that service lost quite a few members after its Facebook acquisition. Do discussion groups and do them better than anyone else. And don’t allow top followed members to dominate discussions like on Buzz, FriendFeed, Twitter and every other “social” service out there today. Make it more democratic. And simplify, simplify, simplify. Twitter worked because it was basic and easy. That’s how miio should start too. It can add in advanced filtering, location-based services, metadata and all the rest later on, if necessary. (Or perhaps not at all). With a redirected singular goal like this, miio could have a chance at attracting not just the tech geeks who sign up for anything shiny and new but those who just like to go online and chat about things they’re into, no matter what those may be. Obviously, the folks behind miio have the technical know-how to build a great service, now they just need to establish a sharper focus. Good luck, miio! Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Miio is a new microblogging service which is a bit like a mashup between Twitter, FriendFeed, Facebook and an RSS reader. Now typically, we don’t like describing services as a “it’s like a this plus a that,” but Miio is precisely the kind of service that needs a little help in the “what this is” department. Don’t get us wrong, the concept itself isn’t bad: a discussion board built around interests as opposed to popularity. It’s just that the execution makes the service seem a little confusing. So what is miio? That’s what we’re trying to figure out today. Miio Members: Find New FriendsWhen you first sign up for miio, you can search for friends across your social networks and email accounts or you can skip that step and just search for other miio users who share your interests. This is perhaps the key feature in miio that differentiates it from many other social networks: it’s not yet another site where you have to (either manually or automatically) re-create your social graph. It’s a place to meet new people who share your interests. last_img read more

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NRL Touch Football logo unveiled

first_imgBy BEN HARRIS You can keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the 2014 X-Blades National Touch League in the following ways:Websiteswww.ntl.mytouchfooty.comwww.austouch.com.auSocial MediaFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the hashtag #NTL2014)Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustraliaYouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausRelated LinksNRL Touch Football logo It’s smart, it’s classy and it’s Australian. It’s the NRL Touch Football logo.On day one of the 2014 X-Blades National Touch League, Touch Football Australia CEO Colm Maguire and NRL CEO David Smith unveiled the logo of NRL Touch Football.NRL Touch Football is the brand born out of the strategic alliance between Touch Football Australia and the NRL.The new NRL Touch Football brand was displayed on the NTL main field and features the logos of both sports.The brand will be used to back the combined recruitment strategies through playnrl.com which also includes a touch football section and will feature in a targeted television commercial to be launched later this year.Maguire said it was an important day for touch football and the partnership between the two sports.“The NRL Touch Football brand is meant to signify the joining together of two very, very strong sports and how we will take these sports together over the future,” Maguire said.“It is exciting for us and it also coincides with some branding within the NRL website, the playnrl website and very soon to be through social media and an advertising campaign done specifically for touch football by the NRL featuring [Australian open men’s captain] Steve Roberts.“It is a significant investment by the NRL and a show of faith in the system and the opportunities that we offer.”Smith said the logo signifies the partnership between the two codes and the goal of making it the largest sporting community in Australia.“We have over 1.1 million player participants from this point forward who are playing under the NRL Touch Football and NRL brands. It is about growth,” Smith said.last_img read more

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10 months agoTottenham midfielder Dele Alli delighted with victory at Tranmere

first_imgTottenham midfielder Dele Alli delighted with victory at Tranmereby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham midfielder Dele Alli was delighted to lead them to FA Cup success at Tranmere Rovers.Spurs left Merseyside with a 7-0 win last night, Fernando Llorente hitting hat-trick.”We all enjoy playing together, we all want to play the same way and we know the philosophy we have here,” he said. “We all want to get the ball up high, move it quickly, interchange and make it difficult for the other team. We did that today.”We’re all happy for Fernando (Llorent) because he works so hard, he came in, took his chance and scored a hat-trick – he couldn’t do more.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Video: ESPN’s Jon Gruden Tells Marcus Mariota He Rooted Against Oregon Because Of The Ducks’ Uniforms

first_imgJon Gruden appearing on ESPN.ESPN’s Jon Gruden is apparently not a fan of Oregon’s brightly-colored uniforms. On Monday, ESPN aired Gruden’s QB Camp with former Ducks’ quarterback Marcus Mariota, who is expected to be a top-10 pick in the NFL Draft. During Mariota’s session with Gruden, the NFL analyst expressed some distaste for Oregon’s fluorescent yellow uniforms, saying he rooted against the Ducks when they wore them. Jon Gruden trashes @Univ_Of_Oregon fluorescent yellow unis to Marcus Mariota while wearing a fluorescent yellow polo pic.twitter.com/Ul6Ya9uSg6— Chris Law (@ChrisLaw) March 17, 2015Gruden, of course, said all of this while wearing a neon-yellow polo. We’re guessing a man of his intelligence realizes the irony in his comments.last_img read more

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Flood Camp for evacuee kids in Winnipeg

first_imgAPTN National NewsHundreds of families — and their children — are living in Winnipeg hotels after spring flooding ruined their homes. Summer vacation has become a distant hope, as they wait for news of home.Now, the University of Manitoba and University of Winnipeg are working together to create a camp for kids stranded in Winnipeg as a result of the floods.APTN National News reporter Amy Stretten has the details.last_img

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Environmentalists applaud opportunity to voice opinion on pipeline

first_imgAPTN National NewsResidents in Ontario will soon have the opportunity to voice their opinion on the proposed energy east pipeline.The Ontario government has announced it will launch public consultations.Many environmentalists are applauding the decision.last_img

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