By Dialogo January 13, 2011 An alleged Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrilla has deserted and turned himself in to Ecuadorean military personnel, an Ecuadorean Army officer announced in remarks made public by the broadcast network Teleamazonas. “He appeared at the Chical detachment and stated that he was deserting from the FARC,” said Julio César Barragán, commander of the Galo Molina Battalion garrisoned in the Andean city of Tulcán (in northern Ecuador, on the border with Colombia). The alleged subversive was a member of the FARC’s Mariscal Sucre [Marshal Sucre] Front, which operates across from the border town of Chical, in the province of Carchi (of which Tulcán is the capital), and deserted in response to death threats from his own comrades, according to the Teleamazonas report.
The following is a statement from State Sen. Jean Leising regarding the Senate’s passage of Senate Bill 2, which would hold K-12 schools harmless for the 2019 and 2020 test scores:Indianapolis, IN— “Last fall the Indiana Department of Education released its annual performance report, which showed that only 37% of students who took the ILEARN test passed. Upon the release of the report, leadership in the General Assembly called for a period of time where schools, teachers, and students would be held harmless from the new test while stakeholders worked to address the apparent issues with the assessment and the state’s accountability standards.“Last week, the Senate Committee on Education and Career Development heard Senate Bill 2, which would provide a two-year hold harmless for schools, teachers, and students – effectively ensuring that stakeholders will have ample time to address the performance on the test and accountability standards.“A strong education system is important for the future of our state, and I was pleased to vote in favor of SB 2 today, which passed unanimously when it came before the full Senate. I had authored Senate Bill 58, which would have given a one-year hold harmless, but leadership felt that a two-year was more appropriate at this time.“As a member of the Senate Committee on Education and Career Development, I will remain an advocate for policies that ensure our youth continue to receive a great education.”
Usman is a four-time African champion and reigning gold medalist in her category at the last Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland. She also has a bronze medal from the 2011 World Championships in Paris.The presentation ceremony was attended by the Sports Minister Solomon Dalung, NOC President, Habu Gumel and President of Nigeria Weightlifting Federation, Mohammed Yahaya.Meanwhile, Nigerian weightlifters are still nursing the ambition of taking part in the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia, despite their inability to compete at the on-going Commonwealth Weightlifting Championships in that country.The nationâ€™s plan of sending a strong team of weightlifters, made up of Chineye Fidelis, Oluwatoyin Adesanmi, Bilikis Otunla and Mariam Usman, to Australia for the Commonwealth Games trial was not successful due to the inability of the NWF to secure visas for the athletes early.Secretary General of NWF, Umar Lambu, said yesterday that hopes of Team Nigeria lifters making it to the 2018 Commonwealth Games was not lost yet.â€œNigeria still stand a chance of making it to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. The qualification for next yearâ€™s Commonwealth Games will be based on countriesâ€™ rankings from October 2016 to October 2017.â€œAt the end of the on-going weightlifting trials in Australia, new rankings will be made, and some countries who could not attend the championship may still qualify through wildcard. So, it is not over for Nigeria as far as participating in the Commonwealth Games is concerned,â€ concludes the NWF scribe.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Nigerian female weightlifter, Mariam Usman, was thursday in Abuja presented the Beijing Olympic Games bronze medal awarded to her following the disqualification of the previous winner due to dope infraction.Nigerian Olympic Committee (NOC) yesterday presented the precious metal to Usman at a brief ceremony at the Abuja Stadium.Usman originally finished fifth at the Games nine years ago but was upgraded to the third position after the silver and bronze medalists winners were suspended by the IOC for anti-doping rule violations.
Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask made a beautiful save with his head on Wednesday in a round-robin NHL postseason game against the Lightning.With a shot from near the blue line speeding toward him, he intentionally deflected the puck away with his head like a soccer player. I still can’t believe this head save by Rask. The puck gets on him pretty quickly, and not only does he see it and position his head to block it, but he then nods it into the corner. Incredible rebound control with the noggin. (via @NESN) pic.twitter.com/VhYYoaII0p— Brady Gardner (@BradyDGardner) August 5, 2020Rask with the good ol’ headbutt save. pic.twitter.com/NDJRvZBYeX— Conor Ryan (@ConorRyan_93) August 5, 2020MORE: Updated NHL playoff bracketBoston is already in the Stanley Cup playoffs; it’s competing in a four-team seeding tournament in the Eastern Conference. The team lost on Aug. 2 to the Flyers. Tampa Bay, meanwhile, won its first game of the competition.Rask was kept busy Wednesday night. Soon after his head save, he was tasked with searching for teammate Nick Richie’s lost tooth during the second intermission.Nick Ritchie lost his tooth after hitting McDonagh. He had to search for it on the ice during the second intermission before the zamboni swept it away. pic.twitter.com/c6YzYZ5NJr— Conor Ryan (@ConorRyan_93) August 5, 2020