Colombia Arrests Paramilitary Fighter Accused Of Massacring 69 People

first_imgBy Dialogo September 01, 2010 A former paramilitary leader, accused of participating in the massacre of sixty-nine peasants in a town in northern Colombia, was arrested by agents of the central intelligence bureau on August 30, after having been sought for several years, the authorities announced. The director of the Administrative Department of Security (DAS), Felipe Muñoz, said that the arrest of Luis Francisco Robles, alias “Amaury,” took place in a rural area of the municipality of Astrea (department of El Cesar), in the northern part of the country. Twelve arrest warrants were open for Robles, and he was a target of twenty-five investigations for aggravated homicide, criminal conspiracy, multiple homicide, robbery, illicit recruitment, forced displacement, and the illegal carrying of arms restricted to military use, among other offenses. “Amaury,” a former army special-forces soldier, joined the paramilitary squads and came to lead around 250 fighters belonging to these illegal armed groups, Muñoz revealed. “He planned and carried out the murder of five DAS detectives, who were tortured and murdered in Magangué, Bolívar, in 2002,” the security agency’s director said. “The individual arrested is believed to have actively participated, in February 2000, in the massacre that took place in the district of Villa del Rosario, in the jurisdiction of the municipality of El Carmen de Bolívar, better known as the massacre of El Salado, where sixty-nine people were murdered,” Muñoz explained. According to the authorities, Robles was organizing an illegal armed group in order to dedicate himself to drug-trafficking activities. The paramilitaries are armed groups that sprang up in the 1980s, financed by landowners, ranchers, businessmen, and drug traffickers for defense against attacks from leftist guerrilla groups. These squads, accused of massacring thousands of civilians in their fight against the guerrillas, succeeded in expelling the leftist rebels from several regions of the country amid bloody clashes. The paramilitaries, who relied on the support of some members of the armed forces, consolidated military and political bastions in several regions. In 2003 then-president Alvaro Uribe began controversial peace negotiations that allowed more than 31,000 paramilitary fighters to lay down their arms and be reintegrated into civilian life. However, the majority of the fighters who entered this process subsequently returned to illegal activities, forming armed groups in the service of drug traffickers. The majority of the paramilitary leaders, accused of violating the peace agreement and being involved in drug-trafficking activities from the prison where they were serving short sentences, were extradited to the United States by Uribe.last_img read more

5 tips for reducing workplace stress

first_img continue reading » 14SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Office stress pervades every industry at every level, causing health problems, worker inefficiency, and mental health issues that cost U.S. businesses in more ways than one. A 2016 report by Harvard University found that 36 percent of workers suffer from job-related stress, costing businesses $30 billion per year in lost workdays. Professionals also reported that job stress had a negative impact on their sleep cycle (27 percent), eating habits (28 percent), and weight (22 percent), indicating a national stress epidemic that degrades the workplace environment and the personal lives of employees.How do we start to reduce stress in the workplace?Sharon Schweitzer, an international business etiquette expert, bestselling author and the founder of Access to Culture, says to consider these five tips for creating a healthier office environment.1. Identify the Source: Observe whether there are certain situations that generate stress, or the times of day when you feel under pressure. If morning meetings make you sweat, try practicing meditation or take a few moments to decompress once you’re back at your desk. If you get overwhelmed every time you take inventory, ask a coworker to lend a hand. Recognizing stressors is the first step towards eliminating them for a healthier work environment.last_img read more

Dawson hoping for England recall

first_imgTottenham captain Michael Dawson hopes his recent good form will earn him a “dream” recall to the England squad. Andre Villas-Boas made Dawson available for transfer last summer, but he chose to rebuff QPR’s overtures and stayed at Tottenham, where he has since broken back into the first team. Reports on Wednesday morning suggested Dawson could be included in the Three Lions squad for this month’s World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Montenegro. The 29-year-old has not played for England for almost two years and admits he would love to earn a recall. “It would be a dream (to be recalled),” the centre-back told TalkSPORT. He added: “I got asked this question when I first got back in to the Spurs team. Then, I just had to concentrate on staying in the Tottenham team. “Now I’m playing regularly for Tottenham…Fingers crossed. It would be nice to get that England call-up.” Villas-Boas recently admitted he made a mistake by letting Dawson speak to QPR, and the player himself is grateful to the Portuguese for giving him a second chance at Spurs. “The gaffer has been very honest with me from day one,” the former Nottingham Forest man said. “I spoke to him after pre-season and he told me there might not be as many opportunities as I would have liked. It was my decision to stay and fight for my position. “I was out there every day training hard and thankfully the manager has seen that and he has put me back in. “As a player you can only ask for honesty. The manager has been great. I’m glad to be back playing.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

‘Where’s Henry?’ rifle will be on display this week at Wheatland Services and Carroll Glass/Pig Shack

first_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 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. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Sumner Newscow report — One of the commemorative “Where”s Henry?” rifle which will be auctioned off at the Kansas Wheat Festival will be on display at Wheatland Services, while rifle number two will be at Carroll Glass/Pig Shack BBQ.  The dates for the display are June 6 through June 10.The Wellington Food Bank Fund Raising Group will be holding an auction and raffle of two Henry Repeating Arms Company Big-Boy rifles in 30-30 Winchester caliber. The raffle will take place Saturday, July 9 during the Kansas Wheat Festival prior to the Saturday night street dance, on the stage in front of the Memorial Auditorium.  Both of these rifles are custom factory engraved with the inscription “Kansas Wheat Festival, July, 2016, Wellington, Sumner County, Kansas, One of Two and Two of Two”.  The rifles also have specially assigned serial numbers KWF001 and KWF002.  In addition Henry Repeating Arms has donated two wall display cases to go with the rifles.Early bird raffle tickets are still on sale at select sponsors, Vince Erwin Glass, Carroll Glass and Pig Shack BBQ, Smoker’s Choice, Bank of Commerce, Impact Bank, Gold Corner, Trigger Guard Shooting Range, Rohrer Custom and Fabrication and Kim Woodrow.  Ticket prices are $5.00 each, or a book of 5 for $20.00.  A maximum of 1200 tickets will be sold for this event.  Early indications are that the demand for these tickets is running high, so if anyone is interested in a chance to win one of these fine rifles I suggest you don’t wait too long.In other news, all 1,000 tickets for sale prior to the Kansas Wheat Festival are still out to the sponsor/vendors, but demand is still running high.  Estimated ticket sales so far is 700.  As of today, all of the sponsor/vendors still had tickets for sale, but some of them are running low.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more