Peru Opens the First Military Base to Combat Narcotrafficking in VRAEM

first_imgBy Dialogo February 18, 2015 Colombian National Army scores victories against ELN, FARC Colombian National Army Soldiers dismantled a cocaine-producing laboratory operated by the National Liberation Army (ELN), and in another operation, seized a weapons cache belonging to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), the Army News Agency announced February 16. The FARC and the ELN are the nation’s largest guerrilla organizations. Both illegal groups engage in narcotrafficking to finance their terrorist activities. The Army did not immediately disclose whether Soldiers captured any suspects during the operations. Colombian National Army scores victories against ELN, FARC In the Department of Norte de Santander, Soldiers with the Vulcano Task Force seized about 200 gallons of coca syrup, 375 kilograms of chopped coca leaves – the main ingredient used to make cocaine – and 100 gallons of gasoline from a clandestine laboratory. And in the municipality of Rioblanco in the Department of Tolima, Troops with the Ground Combat No. 66 Unit of the Army’s Fifth Division found 300 ammunition cartridges for rifles belonging to the FARC’s Libardo Rojas Company. The FARC and the ELN are the nation’s largest guerrilla organizations. Both illegal groups engage in narcotrafficking to finance their terrorist activities. The Army did not immediately disclose whether Soldiers captured any suspects during the operations. About half of the cocaine produced illegally in Peru every year – about 450 tons in total – is flown to Bolivia by plane before being routed internationally. The government plans to build 12 bases this year in the VRAEM, the country’s largest cocaine-producing region encompassing four areas: Ayacucho, Cusco, Huancavelica, and Junín. Colombian National Army Soldiers dismantled a cocaine-producing laboratory operated by the National Liberation Army (ELN), and in another operation, seized a weapons cache belonging to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), the Army News Agency announced February 16. “We have enough Soldiers and officers to achieve territorial control in this area, where narcotrafficking is allied with terrorism,” Defense Minister Peter Cateriano Bellido said during the base’s opening ceremony. About half of the cocaine produced illegally in Peru every year – about 450 tons in total – is flown to Bolivia by plane before being routed internationally. The government plans to build 12 bases this year in the VRAEM, the country’s largest cocaine-producing region encompassing four areas: Ayacucho, Cusco, Huancavelica, and Junín. “We have enough Soldiers and officers to achieve territorial control in this area, where narcotrafficking is allied with terrorism,” Defense Minister Peter Cateriano Bellido said during the base’s opening ceremony. The Boca Anapati base has a heliport, which is important, since drug traffickers transport about 90 percent of all cocaine produced in the VRAEM by plane. It will also house Navy vessels that will patrol nearby waters. The Peruvian Armed Forces recently inaugurated the Boca Anapati base in the Province of Satipo in the Junín region to bolster the Military’s fight against narcotraffickers in the Apurimac, Ene, and Mantaro Rivers Valley (VRAEM) region. The Peruvian Armed Forces recently inaugurated the Boca Anapati base in the Province of Satipo in the Junín region to bolster the Military’s fight against narcotraffickers in the Apurimac, Ene, and Mantaro Rivers Valley (VRAEM) region. In the Department of Norte de Santander, Soldiers with the Vulcano Task Force seized about 200 gallons of coca syrup, 375 kilograms of chopped coca leaves – the main ingredient used to make cocaine – and 100 gallons of gasoline from a clandestine laboratory. And in the municipality of Rioblanco in the Department of Tolima, Troops with the Ground Combat No. 66 Unit of the Army’s Fifth Division found 300 ammunition cartridges for rifles belonging to the FARC’s Libardo Rojas Company. The Boca Anapati base has a heliport, which is important, since drug traffickers transport about 90 percent of all cocaine produced in the VRAEM by plane. It will also house Navy vessels that will patrol nearby waters. last_img read more

Fantasy Playoff Strength of Schedule: Finding trade deadline targets based on the best, worst Week 14-16 matchups

first_imgFantasy football playoff schedules, or matchups in Weeks 14-16, are something we talked about way back in the preseason. They feel like they will matter in making the difference between a fantasy championship and a heartbreaking postseason loss. It’s just hard to put much draft stock into fantasy playoff schedules because injuries, surprises, and depth chart changes make it tough enough to just make the playoffs, never mind trying to forecast what teams will look like in December. However, we know there will be sleepers and busts in those weeks, and now that we have a much better feel for what matchups will look like, we can find some potential trade targets as we near the fantasy trade deadline in your leagues.There are a lot of good names at both ends of the list, especially the bad matchup side. You wouldn’t care if a middling third receiver had a bad matchup, nor will you really care if a “must-start” like Patrick Mahomes does because you know you’re playing him anyway. If a player like Mahomes (or Cooper Kupp or Alvin Kamara) is on the “worst matchups” lists, it doesn’t mean you should trade him; rather it means you should at least file that information away and arm yourself accordingly. And remember, you have to get to Week 14 for any of these to matter. The Rams are another highly drafted D/ST that won’t have a great go of it down the stretch.San Francico 49ers @ NO, vs. ATL, vs. LARSan Francisco has proven itself worthy of every-week consideration, and maybe Atlanta will be vulnerable, but none of these will be easy games to hold the oppoisition’s scoring down. Headlining the good matchups, as he really has all season, is Tom Brady. We’ve grouped four or more players at every position, laid out there fantasy playoff schedule, and given a brief piece of analysis. Some of the schedules are scary because of one or two matchups, and others have all three games that we’d like to avoid. When it comes to the D/STs we list, it’s hard to plan that far ahead if you’re streaming the position, but as soon as your playoff spot is secure, it could be worth it.Most of the matchups in here won’t get markedly better or worse, so this should be a resource for fantasy owners from now until the conclusion of the fantasy football season.When is the fantasy football trade deadline?While you should check your league rules to see if your trade deadline is different, these are the main sites’ default trade deadlines. All the deadlines are at the conclusion of the dates listed, essentially 11:59 p.m. on those dates.Yahoo: November 9ESPN: November 21CBS: November 14Fantasy Playoff Schedules: QBSchedules listed below all reflect Weeks 14-16, the most popular sequence of fantasy playoff weeks.Best QB matchupsBaker Mayfield, Browns vs. CIN, @ ARI, vs. BALIt’s fair if you’ve given up on Mayfield, but the Browns have a favorable schedule down the stretch, including in the fantasy playoffs. He’s even been dropped in some leagues, so if you’re contending, he’s worth a stash in hopes things get better in time to take advantage of these matchups.Jimmy Garoppolo, 49ers @ NO, vs. ATL, vs. LARGaroppolo’s upside will always be capped by the amount San Francisco runs, but this is a good stretch for him, especially that Week 15 game against Atlanta.Tom Brady, Patriots vs. KC, @ CIN, vs. BUFYes, the Patriots schedule has been easy all season, and, yes, it stays that way during the fantasy playoffs, at least for the first two weeks.Gardner Minshew/Nick Foles, Jaguars vs. LAC, @ OAK, @ ATLMinshew or Foles could win some fantasy championships in Atlanta in Week 16. That secondary will get torched by DJ Chark.Daniel Jones, Giants @ PHI, vs. MIA, @ WASJones will continue to be up-and-down in his rookie season, but there could be more up than down when we get to this finishing stretch.Worst QB matchupsPatrick Mahomes, Chiefs @ NE, vs. DEN, @ CHIYou’re not benching Mahomes ever, but if you had a really enticing trade offer for him, there will be other ways to handle the fantasy playoffs.Josh Allen, Bills vs. BAL, @ PIT, @ NENew England is the scariest part here — we wouldn’t want any part of Allen in that rematch of a three-interception game earlier this season.Dak Prescott, Cowboys @ CHI, vs. LAR, @ PHIThe Eagles’ secondary is exploitable if you can get to your championship, but it will be tough for Prescott to get you there.Aaron Rodgers, Packers vs. WAS, vs. CHI, @ MINRodgers should play well against Washington before two tough matchups to close out the fantasy season.Fantasy Playoff Matchups: RBBest RB matchupsNick Chubb & Kareem Hunt, Browns vs. CIN, @ ARI, vs. BALHe’s an every-week start (and Kareem Hunt shouldn’t change that), and he’ll be especially valuable in the fantasy playoffs. Hunt looks like he’ll be a PPR weapon, too.Kalen Ballage, Dolphins @ NYJ, @ NYG, vs. CINHe’s not good, but if he’s getting touches, he’ll have a chance to score in these matchups.Mark Ingram, Ravens @ BUF, vs. NYJ, @ CLEIngram’s workload hasn’t been as high as hoped, but he’ll be able to dominate efficiently in Weeks 14-16 no matter the quantity.David Montgomery, Bears vs. DAL, @ GB, vs. KCAssuming the rookie doesn’t break down as the season goes on, he should close the season on a high note.Derrius Guice, Redskins @ GB, vs. PHI, vs. NYGAs long as Guice is healthy, he’ll be in a lot of fantasy lineups down the stretch — better pick him up now in the leagues he’s still available. Of course, he could be hurt again by the time Week 14 rolls around, which means one more December in the sun for Adrian Peterson.MORE: RB handcuffs ChartWorst RB matchupsLeSean McCoy or Damien Williams, Chiefs @ NE, vs. DEN, @ CHIYuck, yuck, yuck. There’s no telling whose job it is at this point, either.Alvin Kamara, Saints vs. SF, vs. IND, @ TENLike Mahomes, you won’t sit Kamara, but maybe you can shop him if you’re really bought in on embracing fantasy playoff matchups.Devonta Freeman or Brian Hill, Falcons vs. CAR, @ SF, vs. JAXWe’d be especially wary of Week 15 against the 49ers.Todd Gurley, Rams vs. SEA, @ DAL, @ SFTrying to win a fantasy championship running against the 49ers might be futile for Gurley.Marlon Mack, Colts @ TB, @ NO, vs. CARThese are teams better passed on than run on, so Mack’s role might be less than you’d hope for. (UPDATE: With Mack suffering a broken hand in Week 11, the Colts starter might be Jonathan Williams.)Fantasy Playoff Schedule: WRBest WR matchupsTerry McLaurin, Redskins @ GB, vs. PHI, vs. NYGThis comes with a grain of salt, as the QB play in Washington could’ve bounced all over the place between now and then. McLaurin is good enough to rise above that anyway in Weeks 15 and 16.DJ Chark, Jaguars vs. LAC, @ OAK, @ ATLChark’s been great, and nothing about this down-the-stretch schedule will change that.Deebo Samuel/Emmanuel Sanders, 49ers @ NO, vs. ATL, vs. LARThere’s still a few weeks to ensure that Sanders is trustable in San Francisco’s offense, and if so, he’ll be a great play in the fantasy postseason.Sterling Shepard/Golden Tate/Darius Slayton, Giants, @ PHI, vs. MIA, @ WASWho knows health-wise with these guys, but some Giants’ receiver will play well during the fantasy playoffs.Worst WR matchupsTyreek Hill, Chiefs @ NE, vs. DEN, @ CHILike Mahomes, it’s tough to sit Hill. But these games could be more bust than boom for the Chiefs’ No. 1 WR.Michael Thomas, Saints vs. SF, vs. IND, @ TENThomas should play OK in these games against teams that have limited passing success more through overall secondary play rather than one or two lockdown corners.Julio Jones/Calvin Ridley, Falcons vs. CAR, @ SF, vs. JAXJulio will be an auto-start regardless but could be held down slightly, and Ridley might be a sit for a few of these games.Rams WRs vs. SEA, @ DAL, @ SFAll these good receivers facing San Francisco in the fantasy playoffs will go a long way toward determining fantasy football fates.Fantasy Playoffs: TEBest TE matchupsDarren Fells, Texans vs. DEN, @ TEN, @ TBFells has been sneaky good all season, and he can cap it off with some title-winning touchdowns.Gerald Everett, Rams vs. SEA, @ DAL, @ SFThere’s always a chance Tyler Higbee pushes his way back into the conversation here, but expect it to be Everett.Greg Olsen, Panthers @ ATL, vs. SEA, @ INDOlsen could hang them up at any point now, so this could be a strong conclusion to a solid career.Hunter Henry, Chargers @ JAX, vs. MIN, vs. OAKYou’d be starting him regardless, but maybe you try and trade for him to shore up your TE spot as a contender.Zach Ertz/Dallas Goedert, Eagles vs. NYG, @ WAS, vs. DALBoth might seem like solid plays by the time Week 14 roles around.Worst TE matchupsTravis Kelce, Chiefs @ NE, vs. DEN, @ CHIAnother player you wouldn’t ever sit, but he’s shoppable when you consider this closing schedule.Mark Andrews, Ravens @ BUF, vs. NYJ, @ CLEBuffalo and the Jets are both average defenses that defend the tight end very well.Vance McDonald, Steelers @ ARI, vs. BUF, @ NYJArizona’s a great matchup and you know that – but McDonald is a Week 14 play and then drop because the Bills and Jets should shut him down.Jonnu Smith/Delanie Walker, Titans @ OAK, vs. HOU, vs. NOIf playing time here is still a question, too, we’d stay far away.D/ST Fantasy Playoff streamsBest D/ST matchupsNew England Patriots vs. KC, @ CIN, vs. BUFObviously we don’t like KC in Week 14, but if you can make it through that, Weeks 15 and 16 should allow fantasy’s top defense to lead you to glory.Baltimore Ravens @ BUF, vs. NYJ, @ CLEThe Browns offense could be clicking by Week 16, but don’t count on it.Green Bay Packers vs. WAS, vs. CHI, @ MINWe don’t love the Packers’ run defense against Dalvin Cook in Week 16, but they can get you there with two great matchups before that.Houston Texans vs. DEN, @ TEN, @ TBNo J.J. Watt, no problem against these teams.Kansas City Chiefs @ NE, vs. DEN, @ CHIFind a different Week 14 option, but then ride KC to a fantasy championship.New York Giants @ PHI, vs. MIA, @ WASPhilly feels like a tougher matchup than it is, but if you don’t like that, be sure to stash the Giants for Weeks 15 and 16 as Miami and Washington tank as hard as they can.Pittsburgh Steelers @ ARI, vs. BUF, @ NYJTurnovers should come Pittsburgh’s way aplenty in this stretch, and they’ve also got the Week 16 Le’Veon Bell revenge game.Worst D/ST matchupsBuffalo Bills vs. BAL, @ PIT, @ NEPittsburgh and Mason Rudolph could turn out OK for Buffalo, but Lamar Jackson and Tom Brady won’t.Carolina Panthers @ ATL, vs. SEA, @ INDCarolina’s pass rush could neutralize Atlanta, but there are a lot of weapons in these three offenses.Chicago Bears vs. DAL, @ GB, vs. KCWeird to think you’d draft the Bears early only to bench them in the fantasy playoffs, but do you really want to play them against Zeke, Aaron Rodgers and Patrick Mahomes?Denver Broncos @ HOU, @ KC, vs. DETDeshaun Watson and Patrick Mahomes should keep Denver far from your fantasy playoff roster.Los Angeles Rams vs. SEA, @ DAL, @ SFlast_img read more

Arsenal and Manchester United target claims PSG exit was never likely

first_imgParis Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani claims he never tried to force through a move to Arsenal or Manchester United.The Uruguayan was linked with a move to either of the Premier League duo in the summer as both hunted for new forwards.However, the 28-year-old remained in Paris and has now claimed that was always his wish.“In football, there are a lot of things that depend not on the footballer but on the club,” Cavan told RMC.“Often when a player decides to change club it’s not solely his choice. It’s a decision made in agreement with the club, which seeks the best solution for both parties.“PSG have always shown me their desire to keep me, to make me a player for the future of the club. That’s important for me. It gives me a lot of energy to work.“For three years, people have talked far too much about things that didn’t exist. My desire was always to stay and to reach the goals set by the club. At the moment I feel very good in Paris.” Edinson Cavani 1last_img read more