During maritime control operations, National Navy units seized a semisubmersible in the Colombian Pacific, about 60 nautical miles to the west of the Naya River’s mouth, which borders Valle del Cauca and Cauca districts. The operation was carried out by air and land units belonging to the National Navy’s “Poseidón” Task Force against Drug Trafficking, which seized the self-propelled semisubmersible that was approximately 15 meters long and three meters wide with a capacity to transport up to four tons of cocaine cocaine hydrochloride. The semisubmersible vessel, which apparently belonged to criminal gangs for drug trafficking, was found adrift in open waters, without a crew or cargo. According to preliminary reports, the vessel was to be loaded at that location, before continuing its trip to Central America. It is the first semisubmersible seized in 2013 by the National Navy, after eight similar vessels were seized in 2012. Including this seizure, 82 illegal artifacts have been either seized or neutralized since 1993, when the first drug trafficking semisubmersible was confiscated. The National Navy will continue developing offensive operations on a permanent basis, with the goal of neutralizing logistic structures of illegal organizations and their entire production chain to transport drugs. By Dialogo January 10, 2013
Mary Ann Merkel, age 92 of Batesville, died Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at St. Andrew’s Health Campus. Born August 8, 1925 in Cincinnati, she is the daughter of Marie (Nee: Strasser) and William Stecher. She married Martin Merkel May 14, 1949 in Cincinnati and he preceded her in death October 26, 2006. Mary Ann was a cafeteria worker for the Batesville Community School Corporation before retiring. She was a member of Holy Family Church and the Oldenburg Knights of St. John Ladies Auxiliary.She dearly loved her grandchildren. A large bowl of candy was always out for them to help themselves………..depending on who you asked. Apparently Mary Ann had a sweet tooth as well. An excellent baker, her oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, brownies, angel food cake and pies were family favorites. For years she would work the crossword and Jumble puzzles in the newspaper as well as being an avid reader, checking out three or four books a week from the library. Don’t miss T.V. shows included Jeopardy, Wheel of Fortune and The Lawrence Welk Show.Mary Ann is survived by her daughters Ruth (Alan) Roell of Lebanon, Indiana, Margie (Rob) Lipsey of Brownsburg, Indiana; sons Marty (Connie) Merkel of Indianapolis, Larry (Teresa) Merkel of Batesville, Joe Merkel of Indianapolis, Jim Merkel of Batesville, Tony Merkel of Avon, Indiana; brother William Stecher of Cincinnati; twelve grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. In addition to her husband and parents, she is also preceded in death by her sister Laverne Stecher.Visitation is Friday, January 12th, from 9 – 11 a.m. at Holy Family Church. Funeral services follow at 11 a.m. with Rev. Carl Langenderfer O.F.M. officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family requests memorials to Phi Beta Psi Sorority Cancer Research or St. Anthony’s Haiti Fund in care of Weigel Funeral Home, P.O. Box 36, Batesville, Indiana 47006. Weigel Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Alysha Burriss spun away with the puck, taking it down the rink herself by the boards. Her bench, on the opposite side of the ice, collectively rose in anticipation to see what she’d do next. They’d seen this before.Earlier in the game, during the first period, Burriss had a similar breakaway in which she found Brooke Avery for Syracuse’s second goal of the game. Then, she had an advantage with teammates on the SU breakout. This time, Burriss was outnumbered, but that didn’t matter. Encountering a Mercyhurst defender, she moved the puck to her right side and hooked it around the Laker before finishing the move with a five-hole goal between the goaltender’s legs. She reacted immediately, raising her arms in the air. For her teammates on the bench, it took some extra time to realize what they’d just seen.The senior Burriss led the way offensively for Syracuse (9-14-2, 8-4-1 College Hockey America) in its 4-1 victory over Mercyhurst (12-13-2, 9-3-1) at Tennity Ice Pavilion on Friday. Her two points were her first since scoring a goal against Cornell four games ago and paced an Orange offense that scored as many goals Mercyhurst had given up in its last five games combined. Syracuse jumped out to a fast start against the conference-leading Lakers and never looked back, leading for the final 50 minutes of the game. While Burriss’ goal wasn’t SU’s first of the contest, it was the most meaningful for a team that’s struggled to hold onto leads.“Burriss’ goal, that was the game,” head coach Paul Flanagan said. “If she doesn’t score that goal, it’s a different story. It was one of the nicest I’ve seen in a while.”A shot off the stick of the Napanee, Ontario, native 10 seconds into the game served as Syracuse’s first shot on goal of the contest. Its second didn’t come for another nine minutes, but it was well worth the wait. Savannah Rennie tallied a highlight goal of her own, catching a pass from Allie Munroe at the blue line before laying it down and scoring high-glove side to put the Orange on the board.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAfter struggling to find consistency in conference play to begin its CHA slate, Syracuse came into Saturday’s contest off a four-point weekend at Penn State that saw it win back-to-back overtime games. From the get-go, the Orange appeared to be the more confident team over the higher-ranked Lakers, and Rennie’s goal only added to its confidence.“It’s really important for our team to score the first goal,” Avery said. “We play a lot better when we’re up, and I feel like we’re more composed after that. No one likes to be down. It’s just how we play, it’s something we look to do.”Thanks to a strong defensive effort, SU was able to keep Mercyhurst’s offense at bay and turn its failed possessions into opportunities at the other end. Breakaways became a theme for the Orange, and although many chances were squandered, Burriss made sure that not all were wasted.First, it was the feed to Avery off an end-to-end push that she took herself off a Mercyhurst miss. Then, before her circus goal in the second period, it was a deflection off Abbey Miller’s pad that was shuffled up to Burriss before she handled the rest.“We’ve just been working on getting the puck out,” Burriss said. “Sometimes when the defense pinches down, if we just get the puck off the glass, it creates an odd-man rush or a breakaway.”After giving up two or less goals for the fourth straight game and scoring four or more goals for the first time in three weeks, it looks like Syracuse may finally be finding its groove in conference play. A key for the Orange to keep up the trend will be maintaining the newfound confidence it showed against Mercyhurst. With more performances like tonight, it may just continue.“Going off last weekend, getting two overtime wins really helped with our confidence, Miller said. “We’re playing with a lot of passion right now.” Comments Published on January 26, 2018 at 10:49 pm Contact Eric: [email protected] | @esblack34 Facebook Twitter Google+
DES MOINES — On the first day of the 2020 Iowa legislative session, Republican leaders in the Iowa Senate called for more income tax cuts. Two years ago, the Republican-led legislature passed the largest state income tax cut in state history. Senate Republican Leader Jack Whitver of Ankeny said it’s time to cut more.“We can continue to do more to simplify and make taxes lower, fairer and more efficient,” Whitver said yesterday during a speech on the Senate floor, “but the ultimate goal is to ensure that people who work hard for their money are going to keep more of it.”Senate President Charles Schneider, a Republican from West Des Moines, said state income taxes are gradually being reduced through the legislature’s 2018 action, but they’re still too high.“The more we can lower income taxes the sooner Iowans will be able to pay off student loans, buy a home, start a family, save for their childrens’ education or put aside money for retirement,” Schneider said during his opening day speech The top Democrat in the Senate called for guaranteeing paid family leave for Iowa workers. Senate Minority Leader Janet Petersen of Des Moines said the state’s unemployment rate may be low, but too many Iowans who are working are paid too little.“Let’s raise the minimum wage and end welfare practices that prop up low-wage employers who trap Iowans in chronic poverty,” Petersen said in her opening day speech.House Minority Leader Todd Prichard of Charles City suggested he and other Democrats in the House will call for a significant increase in state spending on Iowa’s public schools.“Democrats understand that to build a better future and grow our workforce, we must educate the children and students of today to work and lead the state tomorrow,” Prichard said on the House floor.In addition, Prichard said House Democrats will offer proposals to address Iowa’s housing shortage.
Northwestern University outgoing senior quarterback Kain Colter makes his way to the beginning of three days of hearings before the National Labor Relations Board Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)CHICAGO (AP) — Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter testified Tuesday that he was essentially paid to play via his scholarship as the National Labor Relations Board opened a closely watched hearing on a bid to form what would be the first union for college athletes in U.S. history.From a witnesses stand in a federal court building, Colter characterized playing college football as a job and said schools make clear to incoming players that athletics are a higher priority than academics.Colter, a co-founder of the newly formed College Athletes Players Association, said players adhere to grueling schedules, putting in 40- to 50-hour weeks on football during and before the season. During August training, he said, players wake at 8 a.m. and often only finish practice at 10 p.m.“It’s a job, there is no way around it — it’s a job,” said Colter, a 21-year-old senior whose college career is over. Colter was Northwestern’s first Black quarterback since 1993,Asked why Northwestern gave him a scholarship of $75,000 a year, he responded: “To play football. To perform an athletic service.” Later, he said players earn the money, in part, “by sacrificing our bodies.”Whether the players qualify under federal law as employees is the core question for the NLRB to answer. If they are deemed employees, they would have rights to unionize. Whatever ruling the panel makes can be appealed.The Colter-led bid, which is supported by the United Steelworkers, is seen as a test case that could transform the landscape of college athletics. The NCAA and Big Ten Conference, which includes Northwestern, both maintain that college students are not employees whatever their participation might be in athletics.During his opening statement, an attorney representing the university, Alex Barbour, challenged the notion the players are employees. He said academics are at the center of a football player’s college experience.“Academics always trumps athletics at Northwestern,” he said. “Northwestern is not a football factory.”During his testimony, Colter said he abandoned his hopes of entering a pre-med program because of time demands Northwestern makes on football players. He said chemistry was invariably offered at times that conflicted with football practice.“You fulfill the football requirement and, if you can, you fit in academics,” he said. “You have to sacrifice one, But we can’t sacrifice football. … We are brought to the university to play football.”Devoting more time to academics at the expense of his football, he added, could result in the loss of a scholarship. Asked if coaches ever told players to leave practice and go study, Colter said no.Another Northwestern attorney, Anna Wermuth, asked Colter whether playing football was, in itself, part of the education process. Does it help players learn to “critically analyze information?” she asked.“We learn to critically analyze a defense,” said Colter, who ended up studying psychology. Football also taught values, including perseverance, he added.“But that does not mean it helps you earn a psychology degree,” he said. “It makes it harder.”Colter said most of the team’s 85 scholarship players support forming a union, though he has been the only one to step forward publicly with the support of the Steelworkers, the players association and its leader, former UCLA linebacker Ramogi Huma.Supporters say a union would provide athletes a vehicle to lobby for financial security and improved safety, noting that players are left out of the billions generated through college athletics. They contend scholarships sometimes don’t even cover livings expenses for a full year.University attorneys are expected to call their own witnesses later in the week. A decision by the NLRB could come soon after the testimony concludes.For now, the push is to unionize athletes at private schools, like Northwestern. Public universities, which are subject to different regulations, could follow later.___Follow Michael Tarm at https://twitter.com/mtarm