Paraguayan Police Detains Member of Red Command

first_imgBy Eduardo Szklarz/Diálogo November 10, 2020 On September 18, agents of the Paraguayan National Anti-Drug Secretariat (SENAD, in Spanish) captured Mauro Galeano, alias Alemão, an alleged key member of the Brazilian criminal group Red Command (CV, in Portuguese) in Paraguay.Galeano, a 34-year-old Paraguayan national, is believed to be the right-hand man of Marcelo Pinheiro, alias Piloto, a CV leader, who is imprisoned in Brazil.“Alemão is a target who was wanted since 2015,” Francisco Ayala, SENAD spokesperson, told the NPY TV network. “He kept a very low profile. It was really difficult to locate him,” Ayala said.Mauro Galeano, alias Alemão, is believed to be one of the main members of the Brazilian criminal organization Red Command in Paraguay. (Photo: Paraguayan National Anti-Drug Secretariat)Authorities arrested Alemão in the city of Juan Manuel Frutos, Caaguazú department, with three packages of cocaine hidden in the spare tire of his vehicle. A Paraguayan citizen who accompanied him was also arrested.Previous intelligence work indicated that the trafficker was taking the cocaine to the border area as a sample to be used in drug sales negotiations, SENAD reported.In recent years, the CV has expanded its activities to the Pedro Juan Caballero region, where it controls trafficking routes for Paraguayan marijuana and for cocaine coming from Peru and Bolivia.“We believe that Alemão is the last important link within the Red Command organization, led by Marcelo [alias] Piloto in Paraguayan territory,” Ayala said.The criminal group has suffered setbacks in Paraguay. In 2017, narcotics agents arrested Piloto in the city of Encarnación.According to SENAD, the arrest of drug lord Piloto was made possible thanks to support from Brazil’s Federal Police and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.Piloto had devised a plan to remain incarcerated in Paraguay, because it was easier for him to escape than in Brazilian prisons, the InSight Crime organization stated on its website.To avoid his extradition, the trafficker took responsibility for various crimes committed in Paraguay. But when he learned that he would still be extradited, he murdered a woman who had visited his cell with a dessert knife.Authorities extradited Piloto from Paraguay in November 2018, and he is currently incarcerated in a maximum security prison in Brazil.last_img read more

EPL: Norwich ambush Red Devils

first_imgRelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ EPL: Crystal Palace stun sloppy Man U EPL: Red Devils attack Palace Norwich City vs. Man UVenue: Carrow RoadKick off: 5:30PMNorwich City welcome Manchester United to Carrow Road in the Premier League this afternoon knowing that they can cause an upset against the Red Devils.The Canaries will head into the game feeling that they have nothing to lose against an Ole Gunnar Solskjaer side that is seriously struggling to create chances.Daniel Farke’s side only need to look at how they overcame Manchester City for when it comes preparing themselves for this meeting with the Red Devils.That 3-2 win over Pep Guardiola’s side was essentially hallmarked by the dual principles of staying incredibly tight as a defensive unit and, when the time was right, springing the trap on their opponents whenever the ball was lost high up the pitch.Against a team that is likely to dominate the ball, Norwich will know that patient defending ultimately leads to gaps developing in behind – a blueprint laid down perfectly by Newcastle United earlier this month.While United have spent this week preparing for a trip to Serbia in the Europa League, Norwich have been able to enjoy a full week on the training ground to fine tune their counter-attacking game plan.However, despite their heroics against the Premier League champions, Norwich have largely failed to demonstrate a capacity to snatch results against teams around them, with the East Anglia side currently in 19th position after managing just two wins since August.A 5-1 defeat to Aston Villa in their last home game, along with defeats at Burnley and Crystal Palace, illustrates how Farke’s ambitious style, which revolves strongly around quickly playing out from the back, can often leave Norwich in perilous defensive positions at various points during games.For a team battling relegation, adopting such an expansive style can be risky and lead to doubts among figures in the dressing room – something which may well become the case as the season goes on.However, the prospect of facing United, a team that struggles when they have to dictate proceedings, gives Norwich a superb chance to rekindle the spirit that underpinned their performance against the Premier League champions last month.United finally won an away game at the 12th time of asking against Partizan on Thursday night, with Anthony Martial marking a return to action by scoring from the spot.Incredibly, that was the first away win since Solskjaer was appointed permanent manager in March and just the club’s fourth win inside 90 minutes since April.These facts serve to contextualise what was, despite the positive result, another performance devoid of perceptible strategy or conviction in Belgrade, with United not managing one shot on target from open play.While United’s defence has improved in the wake of Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Harry Maguire joining the club – they have five clean sheets this season – their potency going forward is virtually non-existent.Specifically, the Red Devils look deeply lost whenever presented with an opponent that decides to park men behind the ball and minimise space – a move employed by virtually every opponent and one that strips Solskjaer’s players of their natural predilection for hitting teams at pace.In their last 19 games in all competitions, United have managed to score more than one goal in a game on just one occasion – a 4-0 win over Chelsea on the opening day of the season, which now seems like a truly random anomaly.This problem is something that Solskjaer must address if he is to encounter long-term success at Old Trafford, and especially if United are to claim three points this afternoon against a side which will have no problems with keeping tight and waiting for their moment to break.Perhaps the Norwegian’s recent decision to make a switch to three at the back, with Martial and Marcus Rashford attacking down the middle, could stimulate a change of attacking fortunes against Norwich today. Norwich City possible XI: Krul, Aarons, Amadou, Srbeny, Lewis, Tettey, Leitner, McLean, Buendia, Cantwell, Pukki.Man U possible XI: De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Rojo, Maguire, Lindelof, Young, McTominay, Fred, Pereira, Martial, Rashford.Tags: Manchester UnitedOle Gunnar Solskjaerlast_img read more

Voelkel: In Wisconsin sports, Packers are sun that refuses to shine

first_imgIn the solar system that is the Wisconsin sports landscape, the Green Bay Packers are the sun. The Milwaukee Brewers, relevant once a lifetime, are Halley’s Comet. Despite their rare appearances, they still manage a small cult following. University of Wisconsin football is a shooting star — it looks pretty cool at first and people wish on it, but it eventually flames out and the expectations go unfulfilled. The Milwaukee Bucks are a dead satellite floating aimlessly through space.In other words, everything revolves around the Packers.That being the case, it must be one heck of an occasion for the Brewers to knock the Packers off the state’s largest radio station, as was the case last Sunday when Brewers’ game number 162 usurped Packers’ game four.So, sure, the Brewers are front and center now that they are in the playoffs. But in two weeks (or at this rate, mere days) the Packers will once again be the center of attention. And when that time comes, a Green Bay offense that has sputtered since the first half of its Week 2 win over Detroit, a defense that is in shambles with injury issues and a questionable punting game will be in focus.Injuries are unavoidable at times, and it seems the Packers have hit a rough patch on that front. Six defensive starters either missed all or most of practice time this week. As healthy as the Packers were for most of the season last year, they are just as banged up now.But while injuries are unavoidable, several questionable offseason moves have left the Packers in a tough spot at quarterback and punter.Green Bay management had its reasons for not bringing Favre back. The Packers had moved on with Aaron Rodgers as their starting quarterback and tweaked the offense to better fit his skill set. To bring back Favre, the offense would have had to be readjusted. Given the quick turnaround before the start of the regular season, it just wouldn’t have worked.For proof, just look at all the struggles Favre has had picking up the Jets offense. Having to learn a completely new playbook and offensive language, assimilate himself into the locker room and develop a rapport with a new set of receivers. He’s doing a terrible job!Oh, wait. Never mind.The old fart only leads the whole league in passer rating and touchdowns and is completing more than 70 percent of his passes. Not like that’s all that great.But, in all seriousness, the Favre situation is really beside the point. The biggest mistake the Green Bay front office made when it came to the quarterback position is going into the season with exactly zero professional starts from its three signal callers. That’s right, dear reader, before Week 1, you and two friends started as many NFL games at quarterback as the entire Packers’ roster.Now, Matt Flynn and Brian Brohm were very good collegiate quarterbacks in their day. Eventually, one or both could still end up a serviceable professional. But to roll into an NFL season with two completely green reserves behind an injury-prone starter at the most important position on the field seems at the worst, dumb — at the best, ballsy.Now Rodgers could be out for this weekend’s game against Atlanta, meaning Flynn would get the start. In his first meaningful action a week ago against Tampa Bay, Flynn looked, well, like the seventh-round pick he was.When Rodgers or Flynn and the Green Bay offense is forced to punt, another questionable offseason move will be on display.After a solid season a year ago and a decent preseason camp, the Packers made the surprising decision to release punter Jon Ryan during the final round of cuts. In his place, the team picked up Derrick Frost. Frost, cut by Washington at the end of its training camp, averaged more than three total yards and one net yard less than Ryan during 2007. Through four games, Frost has had just one punt downed inside the 20-yard line. Not all that great for someone who management expected to excel as a directional punter.Aside from one outlier 65-yard punt against Dallas two weeks ago, Frost hasn’t had all that great a distance or hang time on his punts, either. Against Tampa Bay, Frost averaged just more than 30 net yards per punt, an abysmal number indicative of a punter not giving his coverage unit enough time to cover the kick adequately.Rodgers will eventually regain full health, and the punting situation should eventually work itself out. Given the division they play in, the Packers will likely make the playoffs. But when you’re the sun and every move is filtered through a magnifying glass, the tiniest slip-ups end up being fires to some.Ben is a former sports editor of The Badger Herald. Have a different view on the Wisconsin solar system of sports? He can be reached at [email protected]last_img read more

Ozanne builds on strong freshman campaign, impressing early in season

first_img Published on February 18, 2014 at 11:40 pm Contact Matt: [email protected] | @matt_schneidman Corinne Ozanne is back.The sophomore who led Syracuse in RBIs, tied for the lead in home runs and ranked second in batting average has picked up right where she left off. In three games so far this season, she’s batting .400 and has knocked in four runs. “She’s a smart hitter and can go deep in the count,” SU head coach Leigh Ross said. “She can have two strikes on her, and she’s still going to have a good at-bat.“She’s really good at that.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textOzanne has factored into both of Syracuse’s wins this season. Batting cleanup, she went 3-for-4 for four RBIs in the Orange’s season-opening win against Austin Peay on Feb. 7, and scored a run against Alabama Birmingham in the team’s 3-2 extra-inning win the day after.After missing the last two games due to an undisclosed injury, she expects to return for the Orange’s five-game slate at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic this weekend.“You could see such a big difference without her out there,” Ross said.In addition to her 11 home runs and 42 RBIs last season, Ozanne boasted a .957 fielding percentage at the hot corner. After earning All-Big East Third Team honors as a freshman, even a switch from third base to shortstop hasn’t fazed her.She said that she feels equally proficient in the field as she does at the plate, something that her approach and offseason training certainly help contribute to.“Hitting is always a tough spot because it’s just a matter of reps and timing,” Ozanne said. “For fielding, it was a lot of agility work and lifting.”Ross noted how some coaches compromise the hitting abilities of middle-of-the-field players for their fielding abilities.In no way does that apply for this middle infielder.“Cory’s definitely not that type of shortstop,” Ross said. “She plays great defense, has great awareness of the field and she’s a great hitter.”For fellow sophomore Danielle Chitkowski, this year’s third baseman, there isn’t a better teammate to share the left side of the infield with.The two have known each other since they came to Syracuse as freshmen, but this year is the first time they are consistently playing together since Chitkowski shuffled from position to position last year. “Me and Cory have really good chemistry,” Chitkowski said. “I’ve never played third before, so having someone who already knows how to play it as well as she did is helping me out a lot.”Despite her exploits, Ozanne still had one worry about her second year with the Orange.“There’s always the thing going through your head about sophomore slump,” Ozanne said. “I’m trying to keep that out of my mind so it doesn’t come about because that would be pretty bad.”Ross rejected the thought of any sort of slump for Ozanne, who received endless praise from the head coach.Sometimes there aren’t words to describe the instincts and natural abilities of a player. That certainly rings true for Ozanne.“There are certain kids who just know how to play the ball every single way,” Ross said. “Without looking, she knows what’s going on on the field.” Chitkowski said Ozanne can play anywhere, and Ross said she’s an anchor in the infield.Whatever she is, the Orange will need her this weekend against two top-15 teams in No. 11 Stanford and No. 13 Oklahoma.Said Ross: “You want to look like you’re in major league baseball.”“Cory plays that way.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more