Police Seize Rio Slums Without Resistance

first_img Early on 6 February, hundreds of police and military troops occupied nine slums in central Rio de Janeiro that had been in the hands of drug traffickers, in the first such operation since November 2010. The nearly 1,000 civilian, military and federal police backed by 17 armored vehicles, four amphibian vehicles and marine riflemen faced little opposition in the two-hour operation that kicked off at dawn, officials said. “The situation is calm and we have completed the first part of the operation — controlling the territory,” military spokesman Colonel Lima Castro told CBN radio. The security forces were also launching a month-long search for weapons and drugs in the now occupied shantytowns home to some 26,000 inhabitants, part of a plan by authorities to regain control of Rio’s slums. The city, known for both its beauty and its endemic violence, is the scheduled venue for both the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games. A first counternarcotics operation was launched in November in the Complexo de Alemao favelas, a bastion of drug traffickers in northern Rio vanquished by 2,600 police and military troops. “Thank God, the occupation took place peacefully and the community did not suffer,” Morro dos Prazeres favela neighborhood association Elisa Brandao told O Globo newspaper. She said drug traffickers had left the neighborhood in recent days to avoid confrontation with police who had warned inhabitants about the operation. Rio state’s Public Security Secretary Mariano Beltrame welcomed the peaceful takeover. “The priority is to conquer the territory without having more stray bullets, or dead and wounded civilians,” he told reporters, noting the police did not fire a single shot and encountered no drug traffickers. By Dialogo February 08, 2011last_img read more

Washington releases Adrian Peterson, turns to young backs

first_img Written By SUBSCRIBE TO US Associated Press Television News WATCH US LIVE First Published: 4th September, 2020 22:59 IST FOLLOW UScenter_img LIVE TV Last Updated: 4th September, 2020 22:59 IST Washington Releases Adrian Peterson, Turns To Young Backs Washington released veteran running back Adrian Peterson on Friday, a stunning move by first-year coach Ron Rivera in the name of getting younger. COMMENT Washington released veteran running back Adrian Peterson on Friday, a stunning move by first-year coach Ron Rivera in the name of getting younger.Rivera called Peterson early in the morning asking him to come to the practice facility, then delivered the news the team was moving on from the 35-year-old star. The move came less than 36 hours before NFL rosters must be trimmed to the 53-man limit and nine days before the start of the regular season.Peterson played the past two seasons with Washington, rushing for 1,940 yards and 12 touchdowns in the fourth stop of a career that will likely earn him a spot in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He originally signed in the summer of 2018 after rookie Derrius Guice was lost for the season with a knee injury, and kept his starting job in 2019.Now, after Guice’s release following a domestic violence arrest , he, Peterson and longtime third-down back Chris Thompson are all gone, and the backfield has a decidedly young look. Third-round draft pick Antonio Gibson figures to start, with Bryce Love an option after working his way back from knee surgery, and J.D. McKissic filling Thompson’s old role.Offensive coordinator Scott Turner said Gibson has done a good job in training camp but was vague about his role Week 1 against the Philadelphia Eagles. Gibson played a hybrid running back/receiver role at Memphis, and Rivera compared his potential to Carolina’s Christian McCaffrey .“This is a very talented, gifted young man that did a lot of different things,” Rivera said Thursday. “We’re trying to hone his skills to fit what we believe he can do. It’s been an interesting growth period. It’s been good.”Peterson is now thrown into limbo after being blindsided by his release. He’s 1,053 yards behind Barry Sanders for fourth on the all-time rushing list and needs 12 TDs to catch Marcus Allen for the third most in NFL history.(Image Credit: AP) last_img read more

Bellator 224: Julia Budd vs. Olga Rubin fight date, price, how to watch, live stream

first_imgOne of the best women’s 145-pound fighters in the world makes her 2019 debut, when Julia Budd defends her featherweight title Friday, July 12, against Olga Rubin from the WinStar World Casino in Thackerville, Okla.Budd (12-2) comes in on an absolute tear, riding a 10-fight winning streak. She returns to the cage one day short of her last appearance at Bellator 202 on July 13, 2018, when she stopped Talita Nogueira in the third round. The 36-year-old won the organization inaugural featherweight belt at Bellator 174 in March 2017, beating Marloes Coenen by fourth-round TKO. Like Budd, Rubin (6-0) is on a good run of her own, winning all three of her Bellator matches. Out of her six outings, the native of Isreal has three of her six wins via stoppage.Join DAZN and watch Bellator 224 plus more than 100 fight nights a yearA win for Budd could net her the long awaited opportunity to fight Cris “Cyborg” Justino if she goes into free agency and signs with Bellator. If that doesn’t occur, a clash with Rizin’s Gabi Garcia could be on the horizon. “Come on over.”Julia Budd extends a Bellator invite to Cris Cyborg. pic.twitter.com/asrsaDE0Xo— Sporting News Fights (@sn_fights) July 8, 2019 Can Budd stay focused and not look too far ahead? Or does Rubin roll in and spoil those plans?Here’s a complete guide to Bellator 224 — which is available for streaming on DAZN rather than traditional pay-per-view — including who’s on the undercard and more.What time is Bellator 224?Undercard: 6:45 p.m. ETMain card: 9 p.m. ETMain event: 10:30 p.m. ET (approximate)The undercard for Bellator 224 will start at 6:45 p.m. ET on Friday, July 12. Budd and Rubin are expected to make their ring walks at about 10:30 p.m. ET. How to watch, live stream Bellator 224Bellator 224 is not available via traditional pay-per-view. Instead, fans in North America can watch the fight on Paramount Network or by streaming on DAZN.DAZN is available on a variety of platforms, including Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, iOS, Android, Xbox One, Playstation 4 and Playstation 3, as well as Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari browsers via DAZN.com.MORE ABOUT DAZN•  Meet DAZN, the first dedicated live sports streaming service•  What sports are live-streamed on DAZN?•  How much does DAZN’s live sports streaming service cost?How much does Bellator 224 cost?A new subscriber to DAZN can sign up for a monthly subscription or annual pass to watch the fight. The annual pass — which includes access to all of DAZN’s live events, as well as highlights, replays, behind-the-scenes features, original shows and live reports — is $99.99, which averages out to a little over $8 a month. For those who want a monthly plan instead of the longer-term value, fight fans can sign up for a monthly option for $19.99.For current subscribers, the fight is already included as part of your plan. Where is Bellator 224 taking place?Julia Budd and Olga Rubin will fight at WinStar World Casino in Thackerville, Okla. It is the biggest casino the United States, with more than 400,000 feet of gaming space. The Global Event Center at the casino has a capacity of 3,500.Julia Budd record and bioName: Julia BuddNationality: CanadianBorn: July 4, 1983Height: 5-8 Reach: 67 inches  Total fights: 14Record: 12-2 Olga Rubin record and bioName: Olga RubinNationality: IsraeliBorn: August 18, 1989Height: 5-8Reach: 69 inches  Total fights: 6Record: 6-0Bellator 224 fight cardMain cardJulia Budd (c) vs. Olga Rubin for Budd’s Women’s Featherweight titleRafael Carvalho vs. Chidi Njokuani; Middleweight Juliana Velasquez vs. Kristina Williams; Women’s Flyweight Ed Ruth vs. Kiichi Kunimoto; Welterweight Preliminary cardLeslie Smith vs. Sinead Kavanagh; Women’s Featherweight AJ Agazarm vs. Jacob Landin; Lightweight Kiefer Crosbie vs. Mike Jackson; Catchweight (165 lbs.) Bruna Ellen vs. Elina Kallionidou; Women’s Flyweight Nainoa Dung vs. Bradley Robison; LightweightChristian Edwards vs. Justin Vargas; Light Heavyweight Gabriel Varga vs. Jamese Taylor; Featherweight Arlene Blencowe vs. Amanda Bell; Women’s Featherweight Will Fleury vs. Antonio Jones; Catchweight (190 lbs.} Lucas Brennan vs. Thomas Lopez; Featherweight Jordan Young vs. Joel Bauman; Light Heavyweight Kona Oliveira vs. Joseph Holmes; Welterweightlast_img read more