Colombia Concludes 2018 with Success in the Fight against Organized Crime

first_imgBy Myriam Ortega/Diálogo January 22, 2019 During joint, coordinated, and interagency operations carried out in the last quarter of 2018, the Colombian Armed Forces dismantled the most important support network of the Residual Organized Armed Group (GAOR, in Spanish) Estructura Primera, in the south-central part of the country. The Colombian Army, National Police, and Attorney General’s Technical Investigation Corps led the operations that facilitated the capture of six members of the criminal ring. The criminals, alias Capuyo, Chamizo, Cocuyo, La Flaca, Nadin, and Rigo, had arrest warrants for extortion; murder; aggravated conspiracy to commit a crime; terrorism; use, production, and storage of antipersonnel mines; and transport and storage of illicit substances. The ring operated in the municipalities of El Retorno and Calamar, Guaviare department, and controlled riverine corridors in the region. By dismantling this network, the Armed Forces dealt a blow to the financial subsystem of Estructura Primera. Colombia concluded 2018 showing its commitment to put an end to organized crime and fight for the security of people. Kingpin goes down Authorities made the first arrest in October 2018. The 22nd Jungle Brigade and troops of the 32nd Land Operations Battalion, among other Army units, deployed to Calamar municipality to arrest William Alexander Álvarez Hoyos, alias Chamizo, leader of the GAOR’s support network. “We did six to seven months’ worth of thorough intelligence and prosecution work on this criminal, until the arrest warrant was issued,” Army Colonel John Mauricio Acuña Aldana, commander of the 24th Jungle Infantry Battalion who participated in the operation, told Diálogo. With 13 years in the network, Chamizo received direct orders from Iván Mordisco, the GAOR’s main leader. He was in charge of collecting money coming from the extortion of shopkeepers, stockbreeders, and farmers, as well as the cocaine base paste to be sold. Chamizo is also responsible for the murder of several people who refused to pay what the criminals demanded. During the same operation, authorities captured two other dissidents, Rigoberto Guerrero Otálora, alias Rigo, and Nadyn Parada Redes, alias Nadin. According to the Army, at the time of the arrest, the criminals rode motorcycles and carried 10 kilograms of cocaine base paste. Two other operations took place in October, in El Retorno and Calamar municipalities. The security forces’ actions ended with the arrest of Luis Lozano Buriticá, alias Capullo, and Luz Dary Patiño Ascencio, alias La Flaca. Detention of a sixth member The last gang member was caught on November 18, in an operation in El Retorno municipality by troops of the Army’s 22nd Jungle Brigade and the 24th Jungle Infantry Battalion. A human source allowed the Army to locate and detain Luis Orlando Castilla Molano, alias Cocuyo, who was the logistics coordinator of the GAOR’s support network since 2014. “This criminal is very important in the organization [the GAOR Estructura Primera],” said Col. Acuña. “His role was prominent in that sector; for example, he obtained war and military material. He was in charge of almost all the logistics flow in that sector.” Units of the security forces monitored the area, as well as the movements of Cocuyo and his accomplices, for months, collecting the necessary intelligence to launch the operations and facilitate the group’s prosecution. “We conducted an occupation operation in those locations [El Retorno and Calamar]. We arrived around August, and started intelligence work to get the exact location of these GAOR members,” said Col. Acuña. Invincible forces According to the Army, the dismantlement of this criminal network destabilized Estructura Primera’s finances, but also affected its organization and command system, because the group lacked time to train new members who could be trusted. The Army also indicated that some of the youth who led the organization fled with the money collected. “This is a very sensitive job. We managed to penetrate the structures, find out details about their modus operandi, and become aware of how these tentacles operate,” Army Colonel Federico Alberto Mejía Torres, commander of the 22nd Jungle Brigade, told Diálogo. “Right now, we are working on seizing assets, because we know about many of their properties.” Col. Mejía said that from October to December 2018, the Armed Forces captured 11 members of several GAOR. Thorough intelligence work, conducted with support from the institutions and agencies of the country’s security forces, contributed to the latest achievements, he said. “Like the motto of the [Colombian Armed Forces] General Command says, together we are invincible,” Col. Mejía concluded. “This joint work enabled us to bring together all the intelligence, the best personnel, all aimed at confronting these terrorists, who still operate illegally.”last_img read more

Museum of Illusions as a Croatian tourist export product: The 16th Museum of Illusions opened in Shanghai

first_imgMUSEUM OF ILLUSION THROUGH THE FRANCHISE MODEL CONQUERS AMERICA AND SOON THE WHOLE WORLD In a prestigious location in Shanghai, close to the famous coastal promenade The Bund, the 16. Museum of Illusions, 14th in the world and first in China.  The story that started from Zagreb, through a franchise model, is spreading all over the world. And after the conquest of New York, The Museum of Illusions has opened its doors in China as well. / / / MUSEUM OF ILLUSION THROUGH THE FRANCHISE MODEL CONQUERS AMERICA AND SOON THE WHOLE WORLD Here is the cover waiting to be published: THE MUSEUM OF ILLUSION CONQUERS THE WORLD. 100TH FRANCHISE OPENED IN… RELATED NEWS: Only some facts speak in favor of that. The Year of Culture and Tourism between Croatia and China, which will be celebrated in November in Shanghai, on the occasion of the 2nd International Import Exhibition in China (China International Import Expo), Croatian presence in Shanghai with HGK and HTZ representations, friendly cooperation between Zagreb and Shanghai which will have its 40th anniversary next year, Dubrovnik SUmmit 16 + 1, established cooperation of tourist boards between Shanghai and Opatija, etc.… This is the largest space of this Museum so far, which has gained worldwide popularity in just four years since the opening of its doors in Zagreb and has become our tourist export product. The Shanghai Museum of Illusions started its work three months after the signing of cooperation between the founder of the Museum of Illusions and Chinese partner, longtime promoter of Croatian-Chinese economic cooperation, Cai Yu, on the sidelines of the Dubrovnik Summit 16 + 1. The intention of the Chinese partner in the souvenir shop of the Museum of Illusions is to offer Croatian products as well, so that they will become available on the Chinese market. The interest of Chinese investors, strengthening ties between Croatia and China, placing our services and products on the Chinese market is constantly emphasized through the media, and the opening of the Museum of Illusion in China is one of the concrete successful economic shifts resulting from the overall positive climate between positive Croatian relations. and China. The Museum of Illusions with its great story and franchise concept has crossed all global boundaries and with currently 16th locations in the world I would not be surprised if in a couple of years the total number of franchises is finally added another zero. In fact, I’m sure that this news will soon adorn all media headlines. last_img read more

Ireland team to face Japan at WRWC named

first_img© Womens Rugby Irish head-coach Tom Tierney has made seven changes from the side that beat Australia for tomorrow’s match against Japan at the women’s Rugby World Cup.Ciara Cooney, Ciara O’Connor and try scorers from the bench last time out Sophie Spence and Ciara Griffin come into the pack – with Ailis Egan, Paula Fitzpatrick, Maz O’Reilly and Heather O’Brien making way.Team captain Claire Molloy switches from flanker to number-eight. Sevens player Nicole Cronin wins her first 15-a-side cap at scrum-half – replacing Larissa Muldoon.Mairead Coyne comes in at full-back with Katie Fitzhenry starting at outside-centre, Jenny Murphy and Eimear Considine are rested entirely.Hannah Tyrrell moves to the right-wing.last_img read more

Softball Falls to Illinois State, 10-2

first_img Watch Live Illinois State (22-17, 12-3 MVC), the Missouri Valley Conference leader, took the first inning lead after two runners reached base on a pair of errors by the Bulldogs. A sacrifice fly allowed both of the Redbirds to advance before back-to-back singles gave Illinois State the 3-0 lead after one inning. DES MOINES, Iowa – A two-run home run by Jordan de los Reyes sealed Illinois State’s series sweep of the Drake University softball team with a 10-2 win in five innings on Saturday afternoon at Buel Field. Full Schedule Roster Next Game: UNI 4/18/2017 – 6 PM Knoche moved to 2-4 on the season with the loss. She pitched 3.1 innings and allowed seven runs (four earned) on six hits and three walks. Freshman Abby Buie (Gardner, Kan.) pitched 1.2 innings of relief and gave up three runs on four hits.center_img Drake (20-23, 3-12 MVC) answered in the second inning with a pair of runs. Freshman Sarah Maddox (Henderson, Nev.) drew a walk after freshman Aryka Knoche (Little Canada, Minn.) reached on an error by the Redbirds to start the frame. Sophomore Taryn Pena (Columbia, Ill.) then reached base on a fielders choice before sophomore Gabbie Jonas (Omaha, Neb.) singled to score both Maddox and Pena and trim the Bulldogs’ deficit to 3-2. The Bulldogs will look to rebound against in-state rival UNI with a midweek doubleheader on Tuesday, April 18 at Buel Field with games scheduled at 4 and 6 p.m.Print Friendly Version Illinois State responded with an RBI single in the third inning and a later six-run, fourth-inning to take the win. The Valley on ESPN3 Preview Buy Tickets Live Statslast_img read more