As part of a package of strategies to improve citizen security that will be announced in the next few weeks, Colombia will set up a special intervention group headed by the director of the National Police, General José Roberto León. Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzón revealed that this group will be a special corps of uniformed personnel that will have the ability to carry out rapid-intervention processes in cities or municipalities that need it. Minister Pinzón made the announcement on June 15, at a promotion ceremony for National Police commanders held in Bogotá. “This new capability will serve so that in each city in the country where we feel that there’s a deterioration or there are specific security concerns, the director of the police can go in with that force and intervene in order to transform and stabilize that situation,” he specified. He added that specific strategies will also be implemented in order to more effectively confront criminal phenomena such as illegal mining, petty extortion, and petty trafficking. “I exhort you (General León) and your entire agency, let’s step on the gas and create more capabilities and new alternatives that can give citizens confidence that we’re growing in strength to confront not only the major threats, but also the problems in the cities,” the defense minister affirmed. By Dialogo June 21, 2012 It seems to me that the specific planning, especially that of Colombia, should include fighting the illegal smuggling of weapons, especially when the Farcs announce the purchase of land-to-air missiles. Finally, I must congratulate Colombia for its pertinent and constant interest in fighting all manifestations of violence.
“I have no idea at this point,” he said. “I’ll consider my family. Sitting down and considering everything, but my family is a huge part of what I’ll do. I don’t have an answer for you right now.”OK, that’s something. The Cavs have a chance – or would if they weren’t so awful. Now we can move on, as LeBron almost certainly will.ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith, who presumably got it from James’ people, listed seven teams LeBron would talk to, but someone was being exceedingly diplomatic, with the operative words “talk to,” rather than “might go to.”Cleveland?Only if LeBron has a martyr complex, which he does not.Miami?Yeah, right. This is LeBron being nice after breaking their hearts in 2014. Playing with his pal, Dwyane Wade, with the respect he has for Pat Riley and Erik Spoelstra before getting walked over by Boston in the East?Boston?Makes little sense. LeBron’s people may be signaling Cavs owner Dan Gilbert they’re open to going somewhere where he can trade LeBron for a young star like Jayson Tatum. The Celtics, who went to Game 7 in the Eastern Conference finals without Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward, will now send out a raft of coveted young players for the 33-year-old James?Golden State?As if. This looks like just going for maximum leverage, listing all the teams that could be interested. After all the sneering the Warriors endured for signing Kevin Durant, they would reconfigure their assets – and further close what window they have – with the 33-year-old LeBron?The other three – Houston, Lakers, Philadelphia – are the most viable, probably in that order.(The 76ers just kicked GM Bryan Colangelo aside after the report that he and his wife used several burner Twitter accounts to criticize Sixers players – and might now hire LeBron’s old fave from Cleveland, David Griffin. I’d guess that still leaves them at No. 3.)Everything went as the Lakers hoped … until the end when Houston lost, leaving the Rockets hungry and/or desperate.Nor was it good for the Lakers to see the Cavs come from 3-2 down against Boston and get manhandled by the Warriors again.LeBron might conclude that if he wants to beat a super team, he needs to be on a super team. That would be more Houston, with James Harden and closest friend Chris Paul, than the Lakers with Paul George and a young supporting cast.Questions abound:First and foremost, where do LeBron’s wife and kids want to be if it’s not Cleveland?(Hint: Hope for the Lakers? They’ve spent more time here in the summer, where LeBron owns two $10 million-plus homes. No one visits Houston in the summer if they can help it.)Does Harden, the biggest ball dominator of all, want to play second fiddle to LeBron?Can Houston GM Daryl Morey dump enough players to clear LeBron’s $36 million?In the absence of anything to do in this series, the press complained the Warriors were far too dominant, prompting GM Bob Myers to note that being entertaining was “not in my job description.”Actually, the Warriors are as entertaining as it gets. The East remained lame.Since MJ left the Bulls in 1999, the West leads 14-6 – and that’s with the Cavs’ historic rally from 3-1 down in 2016.The real question remains why they don’t seed the playoffs. The upside is better matchups, like Houston-Golden State as the real Finals. The downside is travel – which they’ve already discounted by going from a 2-3-2 to a 2-2-1-1-1 Finals.Nevertheless, LeBron vs. the Warriors was as popular as mismatches get. After Finals TV ratings of 11.3, 11.4 and 11.6, this sweep will come in around 10.0 – in the ballpark with the 10.6 the 2017 World Series got for the Astros’ seven-game victory over the Dodgers.It’s a charmed time for the NBA. James and Steph Curry were free to air their plans not to visit the White House before President Trump disinvited the winner before it was even decided.Unlike the NFL, a sitting duck with ratings issues (a higher level than any U.S. league ever dreamed of), the NBA wasn’t subject to further presidential wrath. Its players all stand for the national anthem, as called for in the bargaining agreement. They feel no need to protest further, having done just that since the “I can’t breathe” movement in 2014 when the Lakers were one of the teams donning those T-shirts.Over? This isn’t over?If entertainment waned recently, summer is just warming up. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersIt was worse than a mismatch. It was a mismatch with a broken hand. LeBron acknowledged breaking his right hand, punching a whiteboard after Game 1, after which he went from his superhuman 51 points-8 rebounds-8 assists numbers to a mere 27-9-10 the rest of the way.Happily for the NBA, LeBron kept it secret or Games 2-3-4 might have gotten a 0.0 TV rating.LeBron’s people said he was enraged that a block on Kevin Durant was changed to a charge on him upon review – and not at J.R. Smith, who blew a chance to win it with a close-in shot because he didn’t know the score.Or not. If LeBron didn’t really want to lay out J.R., he knew they might have blown the best chance they’d get to win a game, not to mention the impossible dream of taking the series.Let’s hope no one was holding his breath to see what LeBron gave away when his season ended, which was of course … nothing. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Is that all there is?Like anyone out there expected anything else.There was little buildup for the latest and probably – and thankfully – last Warriors-Cavaliers matchup. Instead, people talked about LeBron James’ greatness that was held to be Michel Jordan-like (thankfully, no more having to listen to that); his charitable endeavors (vast), including funding a school; his intention of visiting the White House (none).Installed as historic 10-1 underdogs, the Cavs lost 4-0, leaving without a fight in a 20-point Game 4 loss, compared by ABC’s Mark Jackson to Roberto Duran’s “No mas” when he quit against Sugar Ray Leonard.
Our first widespread snowfall of the winter 2016 season has arrived. For some here in the lowlands it stuck for an hour or so and others just saw wet flakes with no trace on the ground. But if you were up and glancing out the window or reading about it on social media, it was there. Hard to not be aware of snow nowadays with the various fast-paced social media platforms.Meanwhile, the mountains had copious amounts of snow Sunday and Monday. Good news! Further good news is that it will continue to pile up over the next week or so. Here in the lowlands we wait as cold air filters over the area via easterly winds today and tomorrow. Another storm system is poised to override the cold air for snow/sleet/freezing rain before it warms up.So stay tuned to the latest forecasts tonight and Wednesday. Looking ahead to next week some computer forecast models hint of possible colder air moving south from Canada and giving us a real arctic outbreak. I only mention this as a possibility. It may fizzle but this is the time of the year us weather watchers are riding the computer models as they roll out. For now, we just deal with the next event.The largest snow depth I could find locally Monday was six inches reported by Phil Delaney above Dole Valley. He said, “I have an honest six inches on the roof of my truck.” Snow measuring four inches or so was reported on Livingston Mountain.So drier and cooler weather today and Wednesday, the type to huddle up in, especially if exposed to cold east winds. If the weather goes as I am thinking as of Monday afternoon, I bet the kids and teachers have a “snow day” on Thursday. Aw, why not? Patrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at http://patricktimm.com.