Vermont GOP elects officers, McDonald re-elected

first_imgPat McDonald was re-elected to the post of Party Chair, as the Vermont Republican Party held its annual organizational meeting Saturday in Montpelier. The Vermont Republican State Committee members also chose the following Vermonters to serve as VT GOP officers:Paul Carroccio, Vice-ChairMark Snelling, TreasurerSteve Webster, Assistant TreasurerRob Roper, SecretarySenator Randy Brock, At-Large Delegate to the Executive CommitteeMary Daly, At-Large Delegate to the Executive Committee”The Vermont Republican Party is quietly building strength with a solid message of Growth, Opportunity and Prosperity,” said McDonald.  “We are collectively focusing on the upcoming legislative session and the elections of 2012, and we are going to work hard each and every day to return balance and common sense to Montpelier.”Prior to voting, delegates were energized by remarks from Lieutenant Governor Phil Scott, Auditor Tom Salmon, Senator Bill Doyle, Representative Don Turner, and McDonald.  National Committeewoman Susie Hudson and National Committeeman George Schiavone gave an update on the national political scene.VT GOP’s new Executive Director Mike Bertrand also addressed the crowd.  Bertrand indicated that a key message for the party in 2012 will be returning balance to the State House and ending one-party rule.”We have got to return some sense of balance to Montpelier,” said Bertrand.  “The simple truth is that Vermonters want elected leaders to act in the best interests of all Vermonters, and to develop sound policy solutions to our shared problems.  One party rule is not what Vermont needs at this critical time.”Vermont Republican Party. 11.21.2011last_img read more

Guatemala: Operation Martillo targets narcotics on Pacific Coast

first_img The impact Operation Martillo is coordinated through operation centers at the Pacific Naval Base at the San José harbor in the department of Escuintla; at the Paratroopers Base at the Quetzal harbor in Escuintla; and at a base in Retalhuleu in the department of Guatemala. Brenda Muñoz, who is Quetzaltenango’s regional prosecutor against drug-trafficking activity, said Operation Martillo has curtailed narco-trafficking along the Pacific Coast, which connects Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Mexico. “Retalhuleu has become a strategic spot for drug traffickers,” Muñoz said. “Operation Martillo is preventing the smuggling of more narcotics.” Security experts and residents trumpeted Operation Martillo’s results. Alejandro Balcárcel, a Quetzaltenango-based businessman, said he hopes Operation Martillo continues to make it more difficult for traffickers to exploit Guatemala. “It’s important for the Guatemalan Army to continue these operations and help fight drug trafficking, because it’s an affliction that poses an increasing threat to entire populations,” he added. Fernando Castellanos, a law student at the Universidad de San Carlos in Quetzaltenango, said regular seizures of narcotics make it more difficult for traffickers to sell their product locally. “[The government must fight] drug trafficking and prevent narcotics from reaching young Guatemalans,” he said. “The army should assist with that task.” Gerson López, executive secretary for the Guatemalan National Association of Municipalities (ANAM) and security expert, said large-scale counter-narcotics operations are important for the country because they prevent drug-related crimes, especially those that take place in international waters – Guatemala’s most vulnerable area. “Guatemala must take advantage of knowing where the country is most vulnerable, as well as the expertise of the United States, which has experience in this fight,” he added. Mexico-based drug cartels – namely the Sinaloa and Los Zetas – have expanded into Guatemala in recent years, causing the government to bolster its narcotics fight. In August, 171 U.S. Marines were deployed to the country’s Pacific coast, as the U.S is teaming with the Guatemalan military in an aggressive approach in which the U.S Navy, Coast Guard, and federal agents are assisting Guatemalan troops in shutting down narco-trafficking routes exploited by cartels. The U.S. military can’t use its weapons unless it is under fire, so it’s focusing on spotting suspicious boats, submarines and individuals and relaying their locations to Guatemalans forces, which handle all confiscations and arrests. The U.S. is keeping a close eye on Guatemala’s coastlines and rivers. Working alongside the Guatemalans represents a major change in philosophy for the U.S. military, which for years had only assisted in exercises, which included training Guatemalans and helping them build public buildings and improve roads. But Operation Martillo has made fighting drug trafficking a top priority among the 14 participating nations. Guatemalan Minister of Defense Ulises Anzueto listed the cities of Jutiapa, Escuintla, Santa Rosa, Suchitepéquez, Retalhuleu, and San Marcos as narco-trafficking hotbeds, where drugs are transported via air, land and sea. Former Guatemalan Vice Minister of the Interior Mario Mérida agreed, saying the Central America’s entire Pacific Coast is vulnerable to narco-trafficking. He pointed out the area’s large swaths of land, vast marshlands and abundance of rural and desolate roads from Jutiapa to San Marcos make for ideal smuggling routes. “Improving our monitoring in that area is important,” Mérida said. “It’s clear that because we don’t have [adequate] technology, drug trafficking is taking place.” Operation Martillo is focusing on counter-narcotics operations along the coastline with the intent of taking down drug-toting vessels. Meantime, agents also are trying to dismantle organized crime groups and cartels. center_img By Dialogo November 06, 2012 QUETZALTENANGO, Guatemala – Operation Martillo has been successful in Guatemala, as 10 narcotics shipments collectively valued at US$2.15 billion and 70 vessels used for drug trafficking have been confiscated since the mission launched in February in this Central American nation. Security forces have also extradited 14 suspects to the United States and destroyed 10 clandestine landing strips nationwide in a country that has become a transshipment point for South American narcotics headed north to Mexico and the United States, said Guatemalan Army spokesman Col. Erick Escobedo. Nearly 90% of the cocaine that reaches the United States comes through Mexico and Central America, according the United Nations International Narcotics Control Board. Operation Martillo is an international mission that gathers Western Hemisphere and European nations in an effort to curtail illicit trafficking routes on both coasts of the Central American isthmus. Guatemalan security forces have carried out 598 operations since Operation Martillo was launched along the country’s Pacific Coast, resulting in the seizure of US$15 million in marijuana and US$2 billion in cocaine, according to the United States Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM). last_img read more

Equitable’s property afterlife

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Pep Guardiola reveals what he told Mikel Arteta about becoming Arsenal manager

first_img Comment Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 11 Mar 2020 10:34 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2kShares Mikel Arteta was due to return to Manchester City with Arsenal on Wednesday evening (Getty Images)‘They have ambition, professional ways, families and everything. So what I said to Mikel is: ‘Do you want to do it, do you feel it? Then you have to do it.’AdvertisementAdvertisement‘He loves Arsenal, he was there many years. It was a dream from day one to come back there, this challenge came and he had to take it.‘I would not be the guy to say ‘no, no you have to stay’. I don’t believe that, I don’t like that. The opportunity came and he took it.’Arteta was due to return to City on Wednesday evening but Arsenal’s Premier League fixture was postponed due to coronavirus.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalAnd Guardiola admits Arteta already has a good understanding of City’s weaknesses.‘He has more information about us than I have about the Arsenal team, but that’s normal,’ said Guardiola ‘It was a huge amount of hours working together, on thoughts and ideas, solving problems, before the game and during and after the game.‘Especially identifying the quality of the players. He knows exactly the way we love this game and the quality of the players. I can imagine a little bit what he thinks, but I’ve not been in his locker room since he’s been manager and I don’t know his players.‘He knows perfectly the way we feel, the way we want to play. The fact he knows every single player – the strong points and the weak points.‘I can imagine the way he is going to press high on our weak player in those terms. The situation we can produce, he’s going to do it. For both of us we are lucky that the players play and we cannot.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Pep Guardiola says Mikel Arteta was right to take his opportunity at Arsenal (Reuters)Pep Guardiola insists he did not attempt to force Mikel Arteta to stay at Manchester City but asked his former assistant whether he had good vibes about becoming Arsenal’s manager.Arteta left City in December to become Unai Emery’s permanent replacement at Arsenal.And Guardiola believes Arteta was right to take the opportunity.‘It happened in the past with my colleagues and my assistants,’ said Guardiola. ADVERTISEMENT‘I never said, say or will say what they have to do. Advertisement Pep Guardiola reveals what he told Mikel Arteta about becoming Arsenal manager Advertisementlast_img read more

Pirates Sunk By Eagles

first_imgThe Pirates played host to visitor Jac-Cen-Del on Tuesday night and fell 5-1. The Pirates got off to a slow start on Tuesday, allowing 5 first half goals. The second half went much better for the Pirates, but it was too late as the Eagles had built a 5 goal lead. The Pirates came out in the second half and had their first shut out half of the season, by not allowing another Jac-Cen-Del goal the rest of the game. The second half saw the Pirates in the attack a lot more than in the first half, seeing 4 shots on goal from Nicholas Zapfe and 5 shots on goal from Vincent Pavy. In the game’s final minute, senior Vincent Pavy broke past the Eagle defense and scored his 10th goal of the season, allowing for the Pirates to not end the game scoreless. Freshman, Grayson Newhart (who started the game at forward) played goalkeeper in the second half for the Pirates and registered 5 saves and the second half shut out. Courtesy of Pirates Coach Cody DeVolld.last_img read more

Fifa World Cup FIFA World Cup 2018: I am the best player in the world, says Neymar

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Fifa World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Neymar has surprisingly admitted that he is the best player in the world, only to add that Cristiano Ronaldo and former Barcelona teammate Lionel Messi belong to another plant.Both Ronaldo and Messi have been awarded five Ballon d’Or each and have dominated footballing world’s individual awards for the past decade.Neymar, who became the most expensive player after joining Paris Saint-Germain from Barcelona in a 222 million euro deal in August 2017, is popularly considered to take over from Messi and Ronaldo at some point in future.”The two who are above all others today are Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi,” Neymar said to a Brazilian YouTube channel.”For all modesty, today I am the best player in the world – because they are from another planet.”The Brazilian megastar has twice finished third in the Ballon d’Or rankings behind Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, but could be a leading contender for the award for the 2018 prize should he steer Brazil to World Cup glory. last_img read more

WBA 99th Convention begins Wednesday

first_imgTHE World Boxing Association’s (WBA) 99th Convention will raise its curtain on Wednesday with several important activities during four intense working days, in which they will take a look at the history of their organization and boxing in general, but with an eye on the years to come.The WBA is the oldest organisation in boxing, and therefore it has a great responsibility with the sport and the paths to take in the years to come. The pioneer organisation decided to take the lead in the midst of the challenges boxing is facing, and to be at the forefront of the situation.This convention is the kick-off for the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the WBA, which will be hosted in Moscow in July 2021. The most important topics today will be discussed through the different forums of the agenda, which is adapted to today’s reality.The General Assembly will be held on Wednesday, when the President, Gilberto Jesús Mendoza, will meet with the Directorate members to talk about current affairs of the WBA starting at 10:00 a.m. (Eastern United States).Thursday will begin with the Championships and Classifications meeting at 10:00 a.m., followed by a short presentation from Mendoza at 11:55 a.m., in which he will talk about the 99 years of WBA history and will present the forum that will have the participation of the most important promoters in boxing history, Don King and Bob Arum.On Friday at 10:00 a.m., the “Challenges in Boxing” forum will take place. Mendoza will talk about the current challenges of the discipline together with British promoter and president of Matchroom Boxing, Eddie Hearn, and with the renowned journalist Claudia Trejos.The day will continue at 11:00 a.m. with the “Boxing and Gender Equality” forum, where the great fighters and defenders of women’s rights Miriam Gutiérrez, Claressa Shields and Hanna Gabriels will compete with Orlando “Phenomenon” Cruz, the only boxer who has declared himself gay.Finally, at 12:00 p.m. the day will be completed with the “Amateur Boxing” forum, in which the two-time Italian Olympic medalist Clemente Russo, former world champion Omar Narvaez, WBA Director Miguel Torruco, and Ricardo Contreras, president of the Mexican Boxing Federation, will participate.The last day will be Saturday, with presentations from the Medical Committee at 10:00 a.m., followed by the forum “Veganism and Boxing”, with the participation of Chris Algieri, Bernard Hopkins and President Mendoza. The day will close with the Judges and Referees Seminar.The 99th Convention will set the table for the 100th anniversary of the pioneer organization, aiming to lay the foundations for the years to come and to remain at the forefront of the sport. (Fightnews)last_img read more

Dublin Horse Show swings into action

first_imgThey’ll be treated to 14 International Show Jumping Events as well as classes, competitions and 300 trade stalls.Prize money of nearly €1 million is on offer this year.last_img

Buhari Rewards D’Tigress with N17.5m for Winning 2017 Afrobasket

first_imgPresident Muhammadu Buhari has redeemed his promise to reward the 2017 Afrobasket winning women’s team, D’Tigress.Each player got N1million while five coaching crew members got N500,000 each.In his address at the cheque presentation ceremony on Tuesday, the Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung, said sports in Nigeria was moving to greater heights through the unprecedented support of Buhari. “In Mr President’s usual way of showing appreciation to our sports men and women who made the nation proud, he received the team at the Presidential Villa on Wednesday August 30, 2017 during the Federal Executive meeting.“History is made today as Mr President has fulfilled his promise to the heroic Afrobasket team by doling out N1million to each of the players and N500,000 to each of the officials totaling N17.5million.Dalung thanked the president for his administration’s outstanding contributions to the development of sports in Nigeria and for his extrinsic reward in particular.He said that Buhari’s kind gesture will have a multiplier effect on the country’s podium success in the forthcoming Commonwealth Games scheduled to hold in Gold Coast, Australia from April 4 through 15 next year.In his response, the Vice-president of the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF), Mr Babs Ogunade, thanked the president for redeeming his promise to reward D’Tigress for their excellence and hard work.“Over a period of time, administrations have made promises to athletes and failed but with the change mantra, this administration promised to reward the gold winning basketball team and they have fulfilled their promise.“Like Oliver Twist, we will always ask for more. As you are aware, we qualified for the World Cup in Spain next year and we are gearing up for that as well as the Commonwealth Games.“We ask for the federal government’s support ahead of all these assignments although, we are also looking outward to get sponsorship so that we don’t put everything on the government. We however thank you so much and look forward to seeing that all these come to fruition,” Ogunade said.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Padres’ Manny Machado says he isn’t bothered by being called a ‘villain’

first_img“I have done some pretty dumb things. I am not going to lie. I see the things I have done, and I have done some dumb things. At the same time, I have done things that get blown out of the water, and suddenly I am that guy. At the end of the day, I play baseball, and I don’t let anything else get in my head.”Machado, a four-time All-Star and two-time Golden Glove recipient, hit .297 with 37 home runs and 107 RBIs for the Orioles and Dodgers last season. Manny Machado doesn’t know exactly how he earned the role as baseball’s “villain,” but the newly acquired Padres star is taking it in stride.”I always will be the villain, no matter what,” Machado said, via the New York Post. “I don’t know why. That is just stuff I have to deal with, and I have been OK dealing with that situation. Manny Machado signing gives Padres $3M bump in ticket sales “That doesn’t bother me.”Machado, who recently signed a 10-year, $300 million contract with San Diego, faced criticism during last year’s postseason run with the Dodgers when he stepped on Red Sox first baseman Steve Pearce’s heel while running through first base. He also had a similar collision with Brewers’ Jesus Aguilar, which led to a brawl involving both benches during the National League Championship Series. Related News Machado reiterated, however, he isn’t concerned about what others think of him.”I’m going to play my game, and I am going to go down as the player I am,” Machado added. “I can’t control what people think of me. I can’t control any of that. I can only control what I do on the field. I can control how good of a teammate I am, how good of a baseball player I am. I am not going to say that I don’t regret some of the things I have done. last_img read more