By Dialogo January 14, 2010 Peruvian police dismantled a ring of military personnel that was selling armament to Colombia’s leftist FARC guerrillas, La Republica newspaper reported. The ring included members of the Peruvian army and air force, but was led by Ecuadorian national Freddy Torres, who was arrested Dec. 19 in northern Peru and who represented himself to his accomplices as a logistics specialist with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia. The accomplices say that Torres, who has refused to give a statement to police, first entered Peru in 2004 to obtain arms and supplies for the FARC’s Southern Bloc, which operates in regions along the Peruvian border. Torres initially shopped for grenades and ammunitions. In recent months, however, he managed to obtain Igla surface-to-air missiles and Browning M2-HB machine guns that were stolen from Peruvian air force arsenals, La Republica said. From Peru’s army, Torres allegedly obtained rocket-propelled grenades and high-grade machine gun ammo capable of downing aircraft. The military accomplices delivered the stolen items to Julio Huapaya, who then re-sold them to Torres. “He bought weapons every 15 or 20 days and he had a lot of money. He also told me he was part of the FARC. He assured me they sent him around $100,000 a month for the purchases,” Huapaya – now in custody – told police, according to the newspaper. Also arrested was former Peruvian policeman William Cortenero, who was found to have RPG ordnance at his homes in Lima and on the Pacific coast. Three army non-commissioned officers are in custody for their part in the scheme, including one who was filmed by police as he sold stolen weapons, La Republica said.
Turin, Italy | AFP | Mario Mandzukic scored the only goal as Juventus eased into the knockout stages of the Champions League on Tuesday with a 1-0 win over Valencia in their Group H clash.Cristiano Ronaldo provided the assist that allowed the Croatian to tap in just before the hour mark in Turin.The win for the Italian champions, who only needed a point to ensure qualification, combined with Manchester United snatching a late 1-0 win over Young Boys at Old Trafford means Valencia crash out of the competition.Massimiliano Allegri’s side will now have to wait to see whether they top the group when they play their final group game mid-December in Bern against Young Boys.Juventus have 12 points from five games with Manchester United on ten.“We’ve grown from last year,” said Allegri, whose side were knocked out in the quarter-finals last year by Real Madrid.“We have become faster in playing the ball, then of course, there is Cristiano Ronaldo … but we made some mistakes and we did not get a second goal, we have to improve.“Ronaldo gives us a sense of security and confidence, but the team is essentially the same as last season.”Ronaldo came out firing on all cylinders after his controversial red card during his first Champions League game for Juventus in Valencia back in September, which Allegri’s side still won 2-0.The five-time Ballon d’Or winner was in top form in the Allianz Stadium with chances in the first three minutes, including a powerful drive straight at Valencia’s Brazilian goalkeeper Neto. Juventus controlled the game with Rodrigo Bentancur and Blaise Matuidi masters of the midfield with Dybala up front flanked by Ronaldo and Mandzukic.Miralem Pjanic and Giorgio Chiellini had penalty calls waved aside, with Ronaldo again skimming the post after 25 minutes.A clever Leonardo Bonucci backheel flip was picked up by Joao Cancelo whose curling effort flew past the post to the frustration of Ronaldo who had been position for the pass.However the hosts could thank goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny for going into the break 0-0 when his one-handed save stopped Mouctar Diakhaby’s searing header.Juventus piled on the pressure after the break with Neto denying Ronaldo from a free-kick.But Mandzukic broke through in the 59th minute as Ronaldo shook off Gabriel with some fancy footwork and flashed a low shot across the face of goal that found the Croatian forward, who just had to finish off.Valencia thought they had scored two minutes later but Diakhaby’s header was ruled out and the defender penalised for handball.The Spaniards could thank Neto for limiting the damage, clearing a curling Dybala shot and a late Ronaldo header.“We should have been sharper going for the second goal,” said Allegri.“Valencia proved they are in good shape, have the best defence in La Liga and it’s not easy to score against them.”Share on: WhatsApp
CLEARING THE BAR—Will Graham of Allderdice cleared the High Jump bar at 6’ 5” to win the event. Graham also won the Triple Jump. The annual Luncheon will take place at the Greater Pittsburgh Coliseum, located at 7310 Frankstown Ave. in the Homewood section of the city. More than 100 boys and girls athletes will be honored for football and basketball, in addition to the new Track and Field category.Perry seniors Greg McGhee and Ray Taylor will be honored as the Offensive and Defensive MVPs of City League football. Bill Gallagher garnered Coach of the Year honors for the 2011 champion Commodores.Allderdice swept the boys and girls titles in basketball; thus, they took the Most Valuable Player awards, as well. Junior guard Justin Dobbs topped the boys’ list and Senior Janay Bottoms will represent the girls.Carrick’s Walt Malinski ousted the coaches of the top two programs in the City League as the top vote getter for the boys basketball Coach of the Year honors. As for the girls, there is an even split for top honors, as Westinghouse’s Phyllis Jones and Allderdice’s Dave Walchesky were named Co-Coaches of the Year.This year’s keynote speaker will be former Pitt Basketball star Jason Matthews. He distinguished himself on the court from 1987-91 as the all-time leading three-point scorer (259) and led the Panthers in three-point percentage (.457). He is now an entrepreneur in several ventures around Pittsburgh.Charles Sanders Charities is the Platinum (Presenting) Sponsor for this year’s event. Other sponsors include H. J. Heinz Co., Trolley Station Oral History Center and Jim Rice Enterprises (McDonald’s).Tickets for the event are priced at $25 for the guests and family members of the athletes. To make reservations, contact 412-481-8302 ext. 136. by Malik VincentThe New Pittsburgh Courier has added something new this year to it’s 2011 All-City Awards Luncheon. The June 4 event will now include and honor all of the winners of the City League Track and Field championships that were held on May 14.Schenley swept the boys and girls overall titles this year led by Elizabeth Rose, Kaleah Rose, and DeAndre Black who combined to win eight events for the Spartans.