Ten Fugitives from Rio Favela Captured in Paraguay

first_img The operation was conducted after several days of armed confrontations that left 37 individuals killed. More than 2,600 Police and Army members seized Complexo do Alemão on November 28, 2010, with the support of armored vehicles and helicopters, and restored this drug trafficking stronghold back to the hands of the state. About 8,000 community police officers have been assigned to UPP in 179 poor neighborhoods, according to the police, which intends to setup other 40 stations by 2014. Since 2000, Rio de Janeiro has raced against time to ‘pacify’ the city’s poor neighborhoods that are controlled by drug traffickers and paramilitaries, before the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games. Pacifying Police Units (UPP) are being setup in the occupied favelas, with officers trained to address problems within retaken communities. “We only have the names of the detainees and confiscated equipment,” Jorge Santos Figueiredo, Chief of the Federal Police of Mato Grosso do Sul, stated. At least five of the criminals are members of transnational gang Comando Vermelho (Red Command), the largest criminal organization in Brazil, which is mainly involved in international drug and weapons trafficking. The operation started six months ago with thorough intelligence work, which involved members of the Paraguayan Army and the counter drug department, who worked in conjunction with the Brazilian Federal Police, according to O Globo. By Dialogo May 23, 2013 The criminals were detained in the border town of Amambay, a marihuana-producing region, which is generally disputed between Paraguayan and Brazilian gangs that fight for control over the drug and weapons market. Additionally, the soccer Confederations Cup will be held in June and one month after that Pope Francis will visit the country. Ten alleged drug traffickers from the Complexo do Alemão favela in Rio de Janeiro, who escaped to Paraguay after the police occupied this shanty town in 2010, were captured by Paraguayan authorities, Brazilian newspaper O Globo reported on May 21. A sophisticated arsenal of war rifles, automatic pistols, shotguns, and ammunition was confiscated by the police, according to the newspaper. last_img read more

Ellsworth/Sumner beats Washington Academy for historic playoff appearance

first_imgELLSWORTH — A night over six decades in the making at Ellsworth High School had the potential for a historic outcome. On the field, the Eagles turned that potential into reality.For fans of the Ellsworth/Sumner football team, a new opportunity was in the air. The Eagles had spent five seasons ineligible for the Class D North playoffs after going 56 seasons without a team, but this particular night, which fell on Week 8 of the team’s first season of eligibility, had the feeling of a special evening from the start.Hundreds gathered on the hill beside Harold “Tug” White Stadium as the Ellsworth/Sumner Eagles took the field for the final game of the regular season. This was a chance to open a new chapter in the city’s sporting annals, and everybody from casual fans to the coaches, players and volunteers who had helped to grow the Ellsworth Football League saw a dream realized.Ellsworth/Sumner made history Friday night by posting a 48-12 win over Washington Academy to secure its first playoff berth. The win gave the Eagles a three-game winning streak to end the regular season and marked the greatest achievement for a program that was dormant for more than a half-century before its revival in 2012.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text“I can’t even explain what this means to this team and this city,” head coach Duane Crawford said. “To think of where we came from — not even having a team — and to get here, it says so much about what we’ve done and the people who’ve helped us get here.”Washington Academy started the game off with a three-and-out, and Ellsworth/Sumner took over in the red zone after recovering a botched snap on the Raiders’ punt attempt. Two plays later, the Eagles took a 6-0 lead when Charlie Hughes ran the ball in from 10 yards out for the opening score.After two big runs from Javon Williams on the ensuing drive, Ellsworth/Sumner extended the lead to 14-0 with a 2-yard dash from Connor Crawford and a 2-point conversion catch by Hughes with 2 minutes, 52 seconds left in the first quarter. The Eagles then blocked a punt and capitalized six plays later when Crawford threw a 21-yard touchdown pass to Williams less than two minutes later.Ellsworth/Sumner’s Connor Crawford dashes toward the goal line for a touchdown during the second half of a high school football game against Washington Academy on Oct. 20 in Ellsworth. Crawford accounted for five total touchdowns in the team’s 48-12 win. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELL“The biggest thing [on offense] is having that space in the pocket and in the backfield, and our offensive line was giving me that,” Crawford said. “Our coaches called a great game, and my teammates put me in a great position to make things happen.”The Eagles went up 28-0 after another touchdown pass with 6:27 left before Washington Academy got on the board with an 80-yard touchdown pass on the next play from scrimmage. The teams then traded touchdowns again, and Ellsworth/Sumner went into halftime with a 35-12 lead.In the second half, Ellsworth/Sumner scored two touchdowns in the opening six minutes to send the game into running time. From that point on, there was no stopping a celebration the Eagles’ head coach once thought might never come.“When we started this program, I don’t think any of us thought we would make it to this point,” Duane Crawford said. “We’ve had a lot of long seasons and a lot of hard work, and it’s nice to see it finally pay off for us.”Since the Ellsworth Football League began in 2008, the organization has had to rely on a much different approach than that used by others around the state. The team’s volunteer structure exists from the youth teams to the high school team, which is the only one in Maine to operate on that basis.“These folks put in hundreds of hours per season just to make this happen,” Crawford said. “Between them, the families who work so hard to make this team succeed with team dinners and the kids who’ve played for us at every grade level, it’s been great to see how much this sport has grown in this town since we started this up nine years ago.”Connor Crawford led Ellsworth/Sumner with 210 rushing yards on 20 carries, and Hughes added to the ground attack with 81 yards and a touchdown. Damian Carter had six solo tackles and two assisted tackles on defense, and Andrew Brown played through the flu to record two solo tackles, four assisted tackles, a forced fumble and a blocked punt.Once both teams had shaken hands, the Eagles met at midfield for a team meeting. Speaking first was assistant coach Toog McKay, who helped bring the football team back to town with the help of Duane Crawford and Tug White.“Enjoy it this weekend, but remember one thing: This is only the first step,” McKay told his players. “There’s no reason we can’t go further.”The Eagles took his message to heart, but the first order of business was celebrating the most important win they’ve ever had.“Olé, olé, olé, olé!” the Ellsworth/Sumner players chanted. In a city where boys’ soccer has dominated the high school athletics scene for years, the age-old Spanish fútbol hymn has been echoed before. This night, though, belonged to the team playing the American code of the sport.The players eventually dispersed to head back to the bench, and Duane Crawford gave everybody from his assistants to each of the players a congratulatory message. There was one, though, that he saved for last.“Connor, come here!” Duane Crawford shouted as he ran over to hug his son. The head coach had spent years of hard work building the Ellsworth/Sumner program from scratch, and it was Connor’s performance at both quarterback and running back that sent the Eagles to their first playoff game. That game will be on the road against Dexter (4-4) at noon next Saturday, Oct. 28.“When you stay the course and have kids, parents and volunteers who buy in to what you’re doing, you can go anywhere,” Duane Crawford said. “It was a process, but when you work hard and believe, this is what it gets you.” Bio Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020 Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020center_img Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at mmandell@ellsworthamerican.com. 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PCP: Biggest NBA storyline entering the playoffs?

first_imgFiammetta:This PCP could have been written July 8, 2010.That’s the date of “The Decision” heard ’round the world: the day LeBron James took his talents to South Beach. Clearly, it’s also the day sports writers were set for life with new phrases to annoy readers with.When LeBron ditched Cleveland for the greener (and warmer, in more ways than one) pastures of Miami, the Heat instantly became the most hated team…ever? I’m sure a bunch of old-guy sports historians would spend the rest of their lives debating that with me – no disrespect to the Bad Boys of the 1980s Detroit Pistons, the 2007 New England Patriots or any New York Yankees team ever, as much as it pains me to say it.Regardless, that’s not the point. Everyone wants to see how the Heat will fare in the NBA Playoffs, and given their recent three-game winning streak (with a 100-77 beat down of Boston sandwiched in the middle), all signs point to the sky for Miami. The Heat is – and really has been for the duration of the season – a remarkably underrated defensive team. Miami allows 94.9 points per game (seventh in the league) and holds a plus-7.3 scoring differential (tied with Chicago for tops in the league).Plus, they also have James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh. But you already knew that.Erickson:Apparently Phil Jackson’s team has lost the will to win.With only two games left until the playoffs, the Lakers have lost five consecutive games – despite their 55-25 record.Sure, L.A. has clinched its division and a spot in the playoffs, but going in on a losing streak isn’t exactly the best way to make it back to the NBA Finals.While the Heat has finally hit a winning streak, the Lakers’ losing streak is more concerning, especially considering they are the defending champions and they’ve had a strong season up to this point.With the losing streak comes a lack a confidence and frustration, which could be the kiss of death for any team headed into the playoffs.If the Lakers aren’t able to get back on track, they can give up any hope of achieving their third three-peat. If L.A. can turn things around and hit a hot streak, they might be able to achieve the NBA’s ultimate form of a hat trick. However, losing to the likes of Utah and Golden State – both of whom are wavering around the .500 mark and will miss the playoffs – in the midst of its season-end collapse doesn’t carry a lot of promise.The Lakers may have lost the drive that helps them be one of the league’s best teams year-in and year-out, but if they don’t find it soon, they might as well just hand over the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy now.last_img read more

THE COMPLETE DD WEEKEND WEATHER REPORT WITH THE MOUNT ERRIGAL HOTEL

first_imgDONEGAL Daily Weekend Weather Report, in association with The Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny, Tel 07491 22700.Outlook – mild weather continuing right through the weekend before turning cooler into Monday, before warming up again midweek with temperatures up to 15C or 16C again by next WednesdayFRIDAY … Apart from the odd passing shower it will be mild and bright at times across Co Donegal today, possibly the best day of the week so far. Showers – when they do appear – will be heavy. Highs of 14-16 C. SATURDAY …Mainly cloudy on Saturday and temperatures will drop a couple of degrees but it will still feel mild. There is a possibility again of showers, turning to rain after dusk and driven by strong south to south-westerly winds. Highs of 12C-13C.SUNDAY: Sunday will start breezy with rain at times, possibly thundery. Winds will ease in the afternoon and rain replaced by the odd shower. Highs of around 13C again, turning cooler on Sunday evening.ENJOY…wonderful food from Donegal’s only Josper Grill, making mouth-watering meals for you and your family. To book a table at Dexter’s call The Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny, Tel 07491 22700.   THE COMPLETE DD WEEKEND WEATHER REPORT WITH THE MOUNT ERRIGAL HOTEL was last modified: April 3rd, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Donegal Daily weather reportletterkennymild weatherMount Errigal Hotelsunnywarmwetwindylast_img read more