By Dialogo October 03, 2014 For 18 years, an operative known as “Ernesto” worked his way up the ranks of the National Liberation Army and evaded capture by Colombian security forces. But his luck ran out on September 16, when soldiers with the Colombian National Army’s Second Division and agents with the Technical Investigation Corps (CTI) used intelligence to capture him in the town of San Pablo, in a rural region in the department of Bolivar. They also rescued a male juvenile, who soldiers suspect Ernesto of recruiting about six months earlier. Additionally, they recovered a fragmentation grenade, 34 rounds of ammunition of different calibers, and documents relating to operations the ELN is planning, according to Vanguardia. Ernesto is top lieutenant of ELN leader ‘Familia’ Army officials believe Ernesto, about 42 years old and a native of Remedios, Antioquia, is the second-in-command in the ELN’s Heroes and Martyrs of St. Rosa Front. That makes him the alleged right-hand man of an ELN commander known as “Familia,” who’s suspected of coordinating terrorist support networks and organizing schemes to extort mine owners, palm oil farmers, and other business people and inhabitants in San Pablo and Cantagallo, another town in Bolivar. Familia has also allegedly worked for the ELN as an explosives instructor. Ernesto, meanwhile, became Familia’s top lieutenant after security forces captured “Marcos Embalado” in February. At the time, Marcos Embalado was the leader of the ELN’s Heroes and Martyrs of St. Rosa Front. The ELN moved Ernesto from the rural areas of Antioquia to southern Bolívar to fill the position left vacant by the arrest of Marcos Embalado. Strong blow against the ELN: analyst On June 14, Colombian police captured Alfredo Hernández as he watched a World Cup match at his home in the department of Bolívar. Before he was captured, Hernández, who is also known as “Mocho” or “Elkin”, was the alleged leader of the ELN’s Luis José Solano Sepúlveda Front. On May 26, Army soldiers with the 16th Cavalry Unit, attached to the 16th Brigade, killed Rito Ramón Barreto, an ELN leader who was also known as “Llanero” or “Criollo”. Llanero was the second in command of the ELN’s José Adonay Ardila Front. A little more than a month before soldiers killed Llanero, on April 19, Army soldiers killed an ELN regional leader who was known as “El Pollo” during an operation in the department of Bolivar. On December 25, 2013, soldiers with the Nueva Granada Batallion captured “Nelson,” a high-ranking leader of the ELN’s Heroes and Martyrs of St. Rosa Front, which operates in the Las Pavas region of Simití, Bolívar. This most recent arrest is just the latest in series of captures or killings of ELN leaders during the last nine months: “It is a strong blow to the ELN to lose a leader with as much experience as Ernesto has,” said Néstor Alfonso Rosanía, director of the Center for Security, Defense and International Affairs Studies (CESDAI), in Colombia. “However, the organizational structure will allow a new leader to arise quickly within the group…each leader has a second and even third line replacement in the wings, who are at the same structural level but never from the same geographical area. This minimizes the impact of casualties and arrests.” “The guerrilla forces in Colombia have a collegiate command structure. The authorities have struck a disheartening blow to ELN’s guerrilla fighters with this arrest, and the authorities will continue the fight.” Ernesto’s capture also removes from the ELN one of the terrorist group’s key recruiters of children. “The ELN is becoming ever more deeply involved in recruiting uneducated minors in rural areas…[it’s] a human rights violation, both domestically and internationally. Undoubtedly, Colombian judicial system will open a case against the former ELN leader on those charges; legally, they must charge him.” Security forces deal strong blows to the ELN These captures and killings have hampered the terrorist group’s ability to carry out attacks, and continue to protect the civilian population of Colombia. The public forces do more without making these captures public and working quietly without making such a fuss because after a few days these enemies of calmness in the regions won’t take revenge. Chek it out and you will see the results SUPER, IN FRONT THIS IS OUR NATIONAL ARMY I like getting news about these bandits when the authorities catch them, but even so, that terrible scourge has no end. May the Lord bless our heroes of the National Army and the police, who expose their lives to give the Colombian people a measure of peace. We think it’s excellent that the information reaches us in Colombia
SHARE Email Facebook Twitter May 10, 2016 BLOG: Three Major Challenges Facing Older Cities and How We Can Help Infrastructure, Innovation, The Blog Helping older cities address their challenges isn’t just a city challenge; it’s a commonwealth challenge. That’s because the challenges older cities face are challenges for all Pennsylvanians. All of us need our cities to succeed and flourish.Let me start with a little background. Up until a few years ago when I entered a career in politics, I was a business owner in York, PA. As a business owner in York, I had a big interest in seeing York succeed. I was involved in a number of York-centered civic organization. Most prominent among them was Better York, a CEO organization devoted to the revitalization of the city of York. The members represented different sectors of the economy, but we were united in the belief that our region could not survive a declining and decaying city at its heart. And that’s exactly what York was doing – declining.Like every other third class city in Pennsylvania, York was struggling. Its struggles looked a lot like the struggles other Pennsylvania cities were facing. But why was York struggling?The problems with urban areas stem from failures in the broader society in which those cities operate. First, cities are constantly assaulted by policies that hamstring them. Second, cities suffer from social imperfections. And finally, our older cities suffer from a lack of imagination.First of all, the public policy environment in a place like Pennsylvania is not at all kind to cities.One strong example of this is our public education system in Pennsylvania. It is an unfortunate truth that Pennsylvania’s public education system relies on local funding for its existence.This means that for the most part, education funding is most generous to America’s most prosperous communities and of course least generous to its least prosperous citizens. The greater your school’s challenges, the less funding we give you.The commonwealth ranks 45th in the nation in terms of the state’s share (%) of funding for basic education. This, combined with the small sizes of Pennsylvania’s school districts leads to very large fiscal disparities between school districts. Poorer school districts get far less than we need them to get. As a result, children in these poorer school districts get less of an education than we need them to get and as a result, the areas of concentrated poverty have schools with fewer resources and higher taxes.We could do a lot to level the tax playing field by making the funding of public education fairer. And we could accomplish this simply by having the commonwealth pick up a bigger share of the funding burden from the local levels. All local municipalities would benefit from this change. Cities would benefit the most.Second, social pathologies have harmed cities.There is a clear pattern of racial segregation in the sprawling pattern of metropolitan growth. For example, in 1990, the African American population of the York metro region was 2.9% of the total population and almost 82% of them live in the city of York.By almost any statistical measure, this made York one of the most segregated metro areas in the nation. As a consequence, to be poor and a person of color was very different than being poor and white in the York metro region. That’s because white poverty is evenly distributed throughout the region. Six out of seven poor white families send their kids to middle-class schools. By contrast two out of three African American and Hispanic children go to schools where the poverty rate is above 60%. This pattern does not appear to be random. Race does still play a role in shaping living and migration patterns in America. And it has led to patterns of metropolitan growth that has had a negative effect on the economies of cities.Finally, urban areas face a challenge of imagination.Too many Americans have come to feel that cities are a bad bet, a throwback to a different era. The goal of the typical American is to inhabit the suburban space. So pervasive is this idea that it has come to be regarded as fact. The form of the city remains relevant today.My wife and I rent an apartment in Philadelphia and it’s liberating that we can walk – not drive – out of our apartment and find a restaurant, supermarket, retail store, museum, theater, or a nice park within a short walk. No suburb offers that kind of convenience. Nor do most suburbs offer the diversity of population, experiences, or opportunity that most cities can offer.So what do we do to improve the lot of cities given these challenges?Here are my suggestions of policies we should consider:Regional land use planningZoning ordinances and planning codes that allow mixed use, high density communitiesUrban growth boundaries like Portland, OregonInclusive zoning like Montgomery County, MarylandChange public infrastructure investment strategy to promote redevelopment of old settlementsStrike a better balance between highway and mass transit fundingConsolidate and restore old industrial sites for redevelopmentReform local tax policies starting with the state taking a bigger share of funding for public educationIn the end, the struggle for our cities will depend on the outcome of the competition between suburbs and cities. The outcome will largely be determined by the extent to which that competition is a fair one. By: Governor Tom Wolf Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf
Draymond Green on the ejection: “I disagreed with the call and I’ll never let a grown man tell me not to talk.”— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) November 12, 2019It’s Green’s “If you feel like you got the call wrong — or right — don’t tell me not to talk,” Green said post game. “I’m a grown man. I got my own kids. So that’s what happened.” In 22 minutes played, Green had four points on 2-of-7 shooting from the floor, as the Warriors fell to 2-9 on the season. Welcome back, Draymond Green.The Warriors forward has never been one to shy away from controversies on the court, and on Monday night, it was no different: In Green’s first game back since injuring his left index finger, he was handed his eighth career ejection and the first of 2019. In the fourth quarter of the Warriors’ 122-108 loss to the Jazz, Utah’s Mike Conley barreled over Green, and Green took issue with the foul call — he was charged with two technical fouls and an early shower.NBA MOCK DRAFT 2020:Knicks pick star guard at No. 1; LaMelo Ball lands with HawksAndddd Draymond Green just got ejected. pic.twitter.com/LuLR8l3YeU— Dime (@DimeUPROXX) November 12, 2019 Green couldn’t peel himself away from arguing with the referee who made the call, and it proved for naught, as he was sent to the locker room with just over eight minutes left in the game.There was some question on the foul, and it appears as though Green reached for the ball initially before Conley ran him over. Following the game, Green “expounded” on the call.