Heavy Security Presence along Colombia’s Pacific Coast

first_imgBy Dialogo July 08, 2011 Nearly eight thousand men from the Pacific Naval Force, distributed across psychological and surveillance checkpoints, are welcoming visitors who have chosen Gorgona Island, the beaches of Juanchaco and Ladrilleros, Buenaventura Bay, Tumaco, and Solano Bay as tourist destinations for this vacation season. Air, river, maritime, and land units are in charge of implementing patrols to enable transit and residence in a safe environment for locals and visitors during the tourist season. Sailors from the Pacific Naval Force are implementing security measures at various checkpoints in the urban area of the port of Buenaventura. Stationed at strategic sites such as HidroPacífico, Tecnoborda, Culture House (Casa de la Cultura), and major roads, the members of the Urban Special Forces Group (AFEUR), accompanied by men from the Buenaventura Military Unified Action Group for Personal Liberty (Gaula), National Police personnel, and Pacific Naval Reserve personnel, use brief welcome chats to deliver information that can enable the strengthening of community security. At sea, Coast Guard units and river combat elements are conducting ongoing patrols and surveillance, guaranteeing secure transit through Colombian Pacific waters. In the municipalities of Solano Bay and Tumaco, Pacific Coast Guard units and Marines have deployed their men to the town centers, beaches, and tourist sites, with the aim of strengthening security at these sites with a large influx of visitors during the vacation season. The Pacific Naval Force will continue implementing operations enabling it to keep watch over the security of the region’s inhabitants, at the same time that they invite the community to take the necessary security measures to avoid putting the integrity of all at risk.last_img read more

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ICC World Cup Mitchell Starc sledged by England fan during breakfast, makes hosts pay in Lord’s

first_img New Delhi: Mitchell Starc was fired up heading into the match against England at Lord’s. Aside from the England vs Australia traditional rivalry, there was plenty at stake for both sides. A win for Australia would seal a spot in the semis while for England, they would come closer to sealing a spot in the last four. However, Starc produced a magnificent bowling spell and he was well backed-up by Jason Behrendorff. The left-arm pacer trapped Joe Root LBW with a pacy delivery that swung back in and then sent back Eoin Morgan with a bouncer. Starc, though, produced possibly the ball of the tournament when he sent back Ben Stokes for 89 with a reverse-swinging yorker. Starc’s 4/37, backed by Jason Behrendorff’s 5/44 helped Australia enter the semis with a 64-run win at Lord’s.Speaking after the match, Starc revealed why he was fired up and it was apparently a sledge by an England fan during breakfast at the team hotel. “Some bloke in a suit was having a go about my strapping tape on my elbow and about me eating too much and how it was going to affect my bowling! I had a few poached eggs, three I think. He had a bit of a click at me – all good fun. I was still half-asleep, didn’t think much of it. It’s all been good fun around the tour, it’s all part and parcel of a World Cup!”Starc and Behrendorff showed their class on a Lord’s wicket which had assistance for the seamers. When asked whether he offered Behrendorff any tips, Starc said he did not say anything specific as he himself had not been to England for four years. “Dorff bowled awesome, beautifully, and deserved his five wickets – and it’s great to see him do so well here at Lord’s against England. I’ve bowled a fair bit with Mitchell Johnson in the past and this showed again today that there’s no reason why you can’t play two left-armers when the pitch and match-ups suit. Dorff actually asked me if there was anything of note about the wicket here and, to be honest, I didn’t have much for him as I haven’t been here for about four years,” Starc said.The left-arm pacer revealed the wicket of Ben Stokes, who was batting on 89, was key as he had the capability to take the game away. The yorker, which got rid of Stokes, was a result of a plan being executed perfectly.“He’s (Stokes) a fantastic player, one of their key batters. He nearly got them home against Sri Lanka and so we knew while he was batting that we couldn’t rest up. Fortunately, I got one through the gate. I’ve got a pretty simple one-day plan and for me, it’s all about execution. To execute that ball exactly how I wanted and for it to result in the way it did was pleasing for me – but it was pleasing to contribute to the whole group,” Starc said. Jason Behrendorff picked up his maiden five-wicket haul.England has lost six out of eight encounters against Australia in World Cups.Australia is the first team to seal their spot in the semi-final. highlightscenter_img For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

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Manchester City Wants Zlatan Ibrahimović Again

first_imgManchester City in their ranks wants to bring the Swedish international, and PSG attacker Zlatan Ibrahimović.Even last year, citizens wanted Ibrahimović, but now they are even more interested, because they want to engage the attacker after the transfer of Carlos Teves in Italian Juventus.According to the French paper ‘L’Equipe’ Manchester City is thinking seriously about bringing Ibrahimović. On the other hand, it is expected that Edinson Cavani will be presented on Tuesday as a new player of PSG. (Source:Kilx.ba)last_img

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Connecticut runners part of debate over transgender athletes

first_imgIn this Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019 photo, Cromwell High School transgender athlete Andraya Yearwood , right, braids the hair of teammate Taylor Santos, left, during a break at a track meet at Hillhouse High School in New Haven, Conn. (AP Photo/Pat Eaton-Robb) NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Andraya Yearwood hears the comments, usually from adults and usually not to her face.She shouldn’t be running, they say, not against girls.Yearwood, a 17-year-old junior at Cromwell High School, is one of two transgender high school sprinters in Connecticut, transitioning to female.She recently finished second in the 55-meter dash at the state open indoor track championships. The winner, Terry Miller of Bloomfield High, is also transgender and set a girls state indoor record of 6.95 seconds. Yearwood finished in 7.01 seconds and the third-place competitor, who is not transgender, finished in 7.23 seconds.Miller and Yearwood also topped the 100-meter state outdoor championships last year, and Miller won the 300 indoors this season.Critics say their gender identity amounts to an unfair advantage, expressing a familiar argument in a complex debate for transgender athletes as they break barriers across sports around the world from high school to the pros.“I have learned a lot about myself and about other people through this transition. I always try to focus most on all of the positive encouragement that I have received from family, friends and supporters,” Yearwood said. “I use the negativity to fuel myself to run faster.”Connecticut is one of 17 states that allow transgender high school athletes to compete without restrictions, according to Transathlete.com, which tracks state policies in high school sports across the country. Seven states have restrictions that make it difficult for transgender athletes to compete while in school, like requiring athletes to compete under the gender on their birth certificate, or allowing them to participate only after going through sex-reassignment procedures or hormone therapies.The other states either have no policy or handle the issue on a case-by-case basis.Yearwood acknowledges she is stronger than many of her cisgender competitors, but says girls who are not transgender may have other advantages.“One high jumper could be taller and have longer legs than another, but the other could have perfect form, and then do better,” she said. “One sprinter could have parents who spend so much money on personal training for their child, which in turn, would cause that child to run faster.”Miller, who declined to be interviewed for this story, has said that if she felt a competitor had an unfair advantage, it would simply push her to try to improve.One of their competitors, Selina Soule, says the issue is about fairness on the track with wider implications. The Glastonbury High School junior finished eighth in the 55, missing out on qualifying for the New England regionals by two spots.Soule believes that had Miller and Yearwood not run, she would be on her way to race in Boston in front of more college coaches.“We all know the outcome of the race before it even starts; it’s demoralizing,” she said. “I fully support and am happy for these athletes for being true to themselves. They should have the right to express themselves in school, but athletics have always had extra rules to keep the competition fair.”The Connecticut Association of Schools-Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference, which governs high school sports in Connecticut, says its policy follows a state anti-discrimination law that says students must be treated in school by the gender with which they identify.“This is about someone’s right to compete,” executive director Glenn Lungarini said. “I don’t think this is that different from other classes of people, who, in the not too distant past, were not allowed to compete. I think it’s going to take education and understanding to get to that point on this issue.”Joanna Harper, a medical physicist and transgender runner from Portland, Oregon, says the issue isn’t that simple. She believes there needs to be a standard based on hormone levels.Until hormone therapies begin to work, genetic males have a distinct advantage over genetic females, she said. Most transgender teens don’t begin hormone therapy until after puberty. Younger teens can be on puberty-blocking drugs, but puberty is very individualized and testosterone levels can vary greatly from one transgender girl to another, she said.“The gender identity doesn’t matter, it’s the testosterone levels,” said Harper, who studies transgender athletes. “Trans girls should have the right to compete in sports. But cisgender girls should have the right to compete and succeed, too. How do you balance that? That’s the question.”Yearwood is hoping to qualify for this year’s National Scholastic Athletics Foundation national championships in March. The group recently adopted new rules allowing pre-pubescent girls to participate with their affirmed gender, though no ages are specified. Post-pubescent transgender girls must have completed sex-reassignment surgery and “a sufficient amount of time must have passed” after the operation or hormone therapy “to minimize gender-related competitive advantages.”Transgender girls who are not taking hormone treatments related to gender transition may not compete in female competitions, the organization said.Jon Forrest, whose daughter is teammates with Soule, is among a group of parents seeking a similar change to Connecticut’s state policy.He said they’d like to see the state adopt a hormone standard or allow transgender girls to run with other girls but have their results placed in a separate exhibition category.“The facts show Glastonbury would be the state champion based on cisgender girls competing against cisgender girls,” he said. “You don’t realize it until you see it in person, the disparity in the ability to perform.”Lungarini said the state organization is not in a position to perform hormone testing of athletes and simply relies on the schools to tell them who identifies as male or female.Yearwood’s coach, Brian Calhoun, said his runner also matters. As Yearwood kneeled behind a teammate, braiding her hair between races at another recent meet, Calhoun said the track team and community have provided the runner with a safe, welcoming place to be.“There’s never been an issue in our town,” he said. “These kids, many of them have known Andraya since elementary school. They know who she is. So when she signed up, the attitude was: ‘OK, Andraya is running with the girl’s team. Here we go.’”___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sportslast_img read more

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