By Dialogo July 20, 2009 Washington, July 17 (EFE).- Today FARC guerrilla Gerardo Antonio Aguilar Ramírez, alias “Cesar,” one of the “jailers” of Ingrid Betancourt and three Americans rescued in July 2008, pleaded “not guilty” to the drug-trafficking charges of which he is accused in the United States. “Cesar,” who was extradited from Bogotá yesterday, appeared before a federal judge in Washington in a hearing attended by Marc Gonsalves, one of the three Americans who were kidnapped in the Colombian jungle for five years. Through his lawyer, Carmen Hernández, the guerrilla pled “not guilty” to the drug-trafficking and money-laundering charges of which he is accused in the United States, while the lawyer recalled that in this case her client is being judged “in a drug-trafficking case, not a kidnapping case.” Nevertheless, prosecutor Eric Snyder pointed out that Marc Gonsalves, Thomas Howes, and Keith Stansell, the three Americans kidnapped by the FARC and freed in Operation Jaque together with Betancourt and eleven other hostages, were carrying out a mission in the fight against drug trafficking when they were kidnapped, thereby attempting to demonstrate that the FARC were impeding law-enforcement action against drug trafficking. Throughout the entire hearing, Gonsalves, who was present as a spectator, never took his eyes off the man on whom he fixed his gaze when he entered the courtroom dressed in the orange jumpsuit worn by prisoners in U.S. jails and with his hands cuffed. “He’s in handcuffs, but he has better conditions in jail than they gave us there,” he told a group of reporters after the hearing. Gonsalves said that he is not seeking “revenge,” but that he wants “Cesar” to go to jail because he thinks that he “does not believe in freedom, and he would go back to the jungle to do the same thing he did to me, or worse.” The Washington Federal District Court judge, Thomas F. Hogan, scheduled a follow-up hearing for July 30; in the meantime the defendant will remain in the D.C. jail, known for its harsh conditions.
Published on April 8, 2018 at 8:52 pm Contact Matthew: [email protected] | @MatthewGut21 NEW YORK — The injury bug that swarmed over nearly half of the Syracuse rotation for much of last season — Bourama Sidibe, Howard Washington and Matthew Moyer each fell victim and missed significant time — has trickled into the offseason and hit incoming freshman Jalen Carey.Carey, a four-star guard and 2,000-point scorer from Immaculate Conception (New Jersey) High School, is out for about eight weeks with a broken middle finger on his right hand. But an injury involving Carey’s right arm is not unique, as he broke it as a 6-year-old after he tried to block his father’s shot in a pick-up game. Carey’s father utilized that injury to develop his son’s left hand, his weak side.For several months that year, Carey dribbled exclusively with his left hand. He didn’t have an option because his right arm was wrapped in a cast. Carey and his father credit his ability to drive left so well to his intense dribbling workouts, which trace back to that right-arm injury 12 years ago.So it comes as little surprise that Carey is not more than “a little frustrated” that he didn’t play this weekend in the 2018 Jordan Brand Classic, a high school all-star game played at the Barclays Center in front of dozens of NBA scouts. Carey will replicate his post-injury workout routine from his early years by training every day with his left hand over the next eight weeks.“Just lefty work,” Carey said. “Work my off hand with my dad, my trainers. I won’t take shots with my right hand or anything. Hopefully, I’m back in quicker than eight weeks.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textCarey committed to Syracuse last October, choosing to join former commit Darius Bazley and the Orange despite offers from national champion Villanova, Kansas, Indiana, Notre Dame and Connecticut, plus about two dozen others.As of less than two weeks ago, he was supposed to pair up with Bazley as one of two Syracuse commits in the Jordan Brand Classic. But neither represented SU in the game. Bazley decommitted on March 29, and Carey broke the finger on Wednesday in a workout near his home.Some of the best players in the country on Sunday night described Carey’s game — what he would have displayed in the Jordan Brand Classic, as well as what he will bring to Syracuse starting in the fall. They described him as a do-it-all player and combo guard who can defend well on the perimeter.“Jalen’s nice,” said Bazley, a five-star forward. “He’s a tall guard. He can really shoot the ball, he has a good feel for the game. He’s really smooth. I think he’s going to excel at Syracuse.”Coby White, a North Carolina commit and the all-time leading scorer in North Carolina high school basketball history who ranked No. 19 in his class, once played against Carey when they were 16. Carey scored 20 points, White estimated, from nowhere in particular on the floor. He scored from 3-point range, midrange and via dribble drives.“He killed us. He gave us buckets,” White said. “He is straight buckets. He’s from Harlem, so he plays with that chip on his shoulder.”But nobody saw Carey play this weekend. A four-star and ESPN Top 100 commit, he was performing a jumping exercise last week with a light dumbbell for resistance. He slipped on a mat below, and the weight slipped from his hands and fell on his middle finger. His finger swelled up and the tip was crooked, he said.Over the next month or two, Carey will run sprints, perform hundreds of pushups every day and do pull-ups in a nearby park while strengthening his left hand.“My game could elevate more than what it is now,” Carey said. “I’m not a big fan of lifting. Just perfecting my craft … Usually I have injuries and I play through it. But this one, I had to tell my mom to take me to the doctor.”Carey, who sat courtside in a black jumpsuit at the Jordan Brand Classic, will arrive at SU in the second summer session, beginning July 2. Several members of his family were at Barclays Center on Sunday afternoon, following a practice session Saturday morning at the Brooklyn Nets practice facility.A large billboard on 34th Street in Manhattan featured Carey, to which he wrote on Twitter: “Growing up in a rough place, to seeing billboards with my face.”“Just taking it all in,” Carey said. “Seizing the moment, enjoying every bit of it. I’m going to be expected to do major things next year.”Carey added that he wants to wear No. 0 with Syracuse next season. Because, in his mind, that’s how many defenders will be able to guard him. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
Muhamed Bešić, the B&H national team’s player is an established name in the FC Everton. Our mid-fielder plays better every day. He spoke about his carrier, plans and his unusual football path for the British Express.When the former selector Safet Sušić red Bešić’s name and said that he is the only one who can stop Leo Messi, a lot of people did not believe it. Everton’s player considers the call for the WC in Brazil was an extremely important detail in his carrier.“Going to Brazil was very important to me. If I had not left to the World Championship, I probably wouldn’t be here today. Maybe I would have played in Switzerland. Basel was interested in me before the WC. After Brazil, clubs from Italy, England, Germany and Spain contacted me but I wanted to go to Everton.” – said Bešić and went back to his beginnings:“I started to train when I was 8 years old. I was playmaking at first but six years later I became stopper.He is especially well known by its duels with Messi…“It’s hard to win against me in a duel ‘one to one’. It was good against Messi but the fact he scored a goal is related to his quality. I did not exchange jerseys with him after the match because I care more about my Bosnian jersey. I keep every jersey of the national team I have because they have a special value to me.” – revealed Bešić.Bešić was born and grew up in Germany but he decided to play for B&H.“I had a choice: to play for Germany or B&H. My heart said to me that it’s the right decision. Bosnia and Herzegovina is in my heart. My parents didn’t influence my decision in any way. Most of the players in the team had the same situation. All of them are men with strong characters.” – said BešićAlthough he is satisfied with his achievements in the new club so far, he still believes he can do much better.“The fans saw only 50 % of what I can do. The real values and possibilities will be seen next spring. I have the strength and the energy but I need a little more time to advance even more. The game is so fast here. Sometimes I have a feeling that I’m surrounded by ten players in one second, and they all want to take the ball away from me. I believe I could do better if I was a stopper. Also, the style of playing is somewhat different here. I’m still getting used to it. Lately I have been going to the gym more often because I need to strengthen my muscle mass more.” – said Bešić.(Source: Oslobođenje)