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first_imgBy Dialogo July 20, 2009 Bogotá, July 16 (EFE).- Olivia Solarte, the mother of a police officer kidnapped by the FARC ten years ago, completed a march of more than 550 kilometers asking for the release of her son, Superintendent Jorge Trujillo Solarte, in Bolívar Square in central Bogotá today. Accompanied by her husband and by five retired Colombian army soldiers, the woman in her sixties covered the distance between the municipality of Gamarra, in the Cesar Department in northern Colombia, and the capital in thirteen days, with the hoping to speak to Colombian president Álvaro Uribe in Bogotá, a meeting that could finally take place on Friday. “I am very happy and pleased because now I have reached my goal,” EFE was told by Trujillo’s mother, who suffered from health problems during her journey and who even had to receive treatment at several hospitals along the way, as she disobeyed medical advice to give up her march. She recalled that there were more than a few times that she had to cover stretches of the route in “a police car or hooked up to an oxygen tube,” as she commented. Her march was joined by the parents of other hostages held by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), calling for a humanitarian agreement between the government and the guerrilla group for the release of those kidnapped. Solarte expressed confidence that “this outcry will reach the hearts of the guerrillas so that those kidnapped will not die in the jungle any more,” and added, “neither my son nor anyone else.” The marcher explained that her four children “serve their country” and that one of them, a career soldier, was murdered by the FARC in her presence. Same as Gustavo Moncayo, a professor and father of Pablo Emilio Moncayo, a Colombian army corporal kidnapped by the FARC more than eleven years ago, Solarte began her march, “seeing that there was a great deal of silence” around the kidnapping of her son. Trujillo Solarte was kidnapped by the FARC in Puerto Rico (El Meta, in the center of the country) on September 11, 1999, in a rebel attack on a police station. Despite the fact that the officer’s family last received evidence that he was alive six years ago, they know that he is well to some extent, since this was reported by the former governor of El Meta, Alan Jara, his fellow captive until his release in February.last_img read more

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Egg Hunt @ Country Fair Entertainment Park, 3351 Route 112, Medford. 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. March 23. Eggstravaganza @ Baldwin Park, Southern end of Grand Avenue, Baldwin Harbor. Egg hunts, egg races, potato sack races, and a visit by the Easter Bunny. Noon-4 p.m. March 23.Breakfast with the Easter Bunny @ Applebee’s, 105 Veterans Memorial Hwy., Commack. 8-10 a.m. March 23.Breakfast with the Easter Bunny @ The Cupcake Corner, 61 New Hyde Park Rd., Garden CityBunny breakfast and egg decorating. 10-11:30 a.m. March 23.KJOY Eggstravaganza Easter Event @ Newbridge Road Park, Bellmore. 9 a.m. March 23.Easter Celebration @ Village Green, Farmingdale. 11:30 a.m. March 23.Mr. Easter Bunny @ BroadHollow Theatre Company at Elmont, 700 Hempstead Tpke., Elmont. Follow along as Billy and Betty try to convince their dad, the Mayor of Easterville, that you’re never too old to believe in a six-foot, magical, singing and dancing Easter Bunny. 4 p.m. March 23.Easter Parade w/ Easter Bunny @ Bellmore Firehouse, Pettit Avenue, Bellmore. 11:45 a.m. March 23.Easter Spectacular Gift Fair Expo @ Four Points by Sheraton, 333 S. Service Rd., Plainview.  Featuring chocolatiers, fine art, photographer, ceramics, stained glass, hand painted items, hand crafted soaps, gift baskets, jewelry, and more.  March 23. 10 a.m. -6 p.m. ; March 24 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.Easter Bunny Pancake Breakfast @ Middle Island Fire Department, 31 Arnold Dr., Middle Island. 8:30 a.m.-noon. March 24. Breakfast with the Easter Bunny @ West Babylon Fire Department, 126 Arnold Ave., West Babylon. Take pictures with the Easter Bunny, see Sparky the talking animated fire dog, working train table top display presented by TMB Railroad Club, games, free fingerprinting and identification packages, clowns, and balloons. 8 a.m.-noon. March 24.Easter Egg Hunt @ Lakeview Library, 1120 Woodfield Rd., Rockville Centre. 6-7 p.m. March 28.Good Friday Walkabout and Tenebrae @ St. James Lutheran Church, Woodlawn Avenue, St. James. Walkabout begins at 11 a.m. Tenebrae begins at 7 p.m. March 29.Holy Saturday: Great Vigil of Easter @ The Church of St. Jude, 3606 Lufberry Ave., Wantagh. 7:30 p.m. An ancient liturgy of readings, music and mass. March 30.Manor Farm Egg Hunt @ Manor Farm, 210 Manor Rd., Huntington.  Bring an empty egg carton! 1-4 p.m. March 30.Spring Festival @ Sweetbriar Nature Center, 62 Eckernkamp Dr., Smithtown. Face painting, games, stories, wildlife programs, egg hunts, animal presentations and a guest appearance by the Easter Bunny. 1-4 p.m. March 30.Spring Egg Hunt @ Deepwells Farm County Park, Route 25A and Moriches Road, St. James. Free admission for children up to 10 years of age. Bring a basket and a camera for pictures with the Easter Bunny. 11 a.m. March 30.Annual Easter Car Parade @ Franklin Avenue and Seventh Street, Garden City. 10 a.m. Call 516-746-7724 for info. March 30.Dinosaur Egg Hunt @ Garvies Point Museum and Preserve, 50 Barry Dr., Glen Cove. Search for and collect “dinosaur” eggs with special prizes inside! 10 a.m. March 30.Egg Hunt @ Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery, 1660 Route 25A, Cold Spring Harbor. 10 a.m. March 30.Family Adventures Eggstravaganza @ Connetquot River State Park Preserve, Oakdale. Bring three hard-boiled eggs with you to decorate using techniques from near and far. Egg hunt follows. Reservations are required. 10-11 a.m. March 30.Penguin Egg Hunt & Family Brunch Easter Event @ LI Aquarium, 431 E. Main St., Riverhead.Visit www.longislandaquarium.com for complete schedule and details. March 30.Peter Rabbit @ NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. 11 a.m. March 30. Annual Egg-stravaganza Easter Event @ Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary Audubon Center, 134 Cove Rd., Oyster Bay. Join Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary for this annual event meet egg-laying animals and search for eggs on the nature trails to win prizes. Kids ages 4-10 (with parents). Session 1: 10:30AM-11:30AM (toddlers only); Session 2: 12:30PM-1:30PM (kids 4-10); Session 3: 2:30PM-3:30PM (kids 4-10).March 30.Easter Egg Hunt @ Cold Spring Harbor Lions Club, 75 Goose Hill Rd., Cold Spring Harbor. 10 a.m. March 30.Barnyard Easter Egg Hunt @ Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Pkwy., Floral Park. Meet Whiskers the Bunny, egg hunts will be ongoing in the orchard throughout the day, egg toss, egg rolling, dance the bunny hop, take a hayride, and visit the farm animals. Noon-4 p.m. March 30.The Great Central Park Easter Egg Hunt @ Central Park at the Great Hill, Manhattan. Plus carnival games and more. 10 a.m. March 30.Clifford’s Egg hunt @ The Scholastic Store, 557 Broadway, Manhattan. Noon-4 p.m. March 30.Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt, Collage and Egg Decorating @ Children’s Museum of Manhattan, 212 W. 83rd St., Manhattan.10 a.m.-4 p.m. March 30 & March 31.New York City Easter Parade @ St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Fifth Avenue, Manhattan. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. March 31.Easter Dinner @ The Snapper Inn, 500 Shore Dr., Oakdale. 2-9 p.m. March 31.Egg Hunt/Pancake Breakfast/Church at the Movies Easter Celebration Service @ Regal Cinemas, 565 Portion Rd., Ronkonkoma. 10 a.m. March 31.Easter Sunrise Service @ Sunken Meadow State Park, Route 25A, Kings Park. 6 a.m. March 31.Annual Egg Hunt @ Long Beach Recreation Fields, Magnolia Boulevard and West Bay Drive. 10 a.m. March 31.Easter Egg Hunt @ Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 16 Glenwood Rd., Glen Head. 9:30 a.m. March 31.Easter Egg Hunts @ Benner’s Farm, 56 Gnarled Hollow Rd., Setauket. 1 p.m., 2 p.m. , 3 p.m. March 31.Easter 5K Race @ Eisenhower Park, Hempstead Turnpike and Merrick Avenue, East Meadow. Check in and registration 7:30-8:45 a.m. March 31.Easter Parade and Egg Hunt @ Port Jefferson Village (In front of Theatre Three on Main Street) Noon. March 31.Easter Sunday Sunrise Service @ Tanner Park, Kerrigan Road off Montauk Highway, Copiague. 6 a.m. March 31.Resurrection Sunday @ Hofstra University, Hempstead Turnpike, Hempstead. Pastor Donnie McClurkin and Perfecting Faith Church celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, doors open at 11 a.m., held inside the David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex. Noon-3 p.m.  March 31.Egg Hunt @ The Great Lawn, West end of Main Street, Westhampton Beach. Noon. April 7.Sag Harbor Easter Bonnet Parade @ Sag Harbor. Starts at Bookhampton, 20 Main Street. 1-2 p.m. April 23.last_img read more

first_imgAt its meeting on Sunday November 02nd 2014 in Algiers, the Executive Committee of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) considered the request of the Ministry of Youth and Sports of Morocco on the postponement of the 2015 Orange Africa Cup of Nations.Unanimity was reached on keeping the competition on the dates originally agreed; namely from January 17 to February 8, 2015, for the following reasons:1/ Since the beginning of the latest outbreak  of the Ebola virus, CAF has always acted in accordance with the precautionary principle of safeguarding lives by strictly adhering to the recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO). This was enforced through a circular dated 12 August 2014 which sanctioned the suspension of all CAF competitions in countries heavily affected by the disease; Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, so as to prevent holding football matches that could result in mass gatherings and could facilitate the spread of the virus.Furthermore, CAF has then been able to organize peacefully all competitions across the continent since April 2014 with no cases of Ebola reported in connection with the organization of a football match.The WHO reiterated CAF recommendations in a letter dated 14 October 2014 and re-confirmed in a press release issued on 23 October, 2014 that it did not recommend the cancellation of international meetings and mass gatherings in countries other than those affected.2/ The requirement was made to all National Associations of CAF to comply with health protocols prescribed by the WHO, both from the countries affected by the epidemic and on arrival in countries hosting matches. For example, for the reception of Sierra Leone in September during the first day of the final phase of qualifiers for the Orange AFCON 2015, Cote d’Ivoire sought and obtained the presence of a CAF medical expert who was present in Abidjan to monitor the arrival of the delegation of Sierra Leone. Similarly, the Democratic Republic of Congo agreed to host the Sierra Leonean team unconditionally and allowed them to play their matches in their territory, again without any health problems reported. In addition, through the strict application of the requirements of the WHO and health authorities in Namibia, the 2014 African Women Championship just ended in Namibia on October 25 without any health incident.3/ Of the three countries where the epidemic is prevalent, only Guinea retains a chance of qualifying for the final tournament of the Orange AFCON 2015. In addition, Guinea hosts its home games in Casablanca and has adhered to a strict health protocol implemented by Morocco that has so far showed no flaws.We would like therefore here-again to thank the Government of the Kingdom of Morocco for the solidarity it has shown with countries heavily affected by helping deal with stigma; actions which included hosting the national teams of Guinea (both U17 and the men’s senior team) in Casablanca.4/ Morocco, a country where no cases of Ebola have been identified, welcomes in the coming weeks and a few days before the Orange AFCON 2015, the FIFA Club World Cup where there will be participants from a country where a case of the Ebola virus has been identified (Spain).On the other hand, the number of foreign fans expected in the stadiums for the FIFA Club World 2014 is much higher than the ones expected for the Orange AFCON 2015. Indeed, almost all of the fans attending the Orange AFCON are residents in Morocco, and considering the average purchasing power in most African countries, it is unrealistic to expect more than 1,000 supporters from the rest of continent to attend the Orange AFCON 2015, except for those who benefit from a geographic proximity within the Maghreb region. Therefore, CAF considers that the current health system in place in Morocco, and whose effectiveness has been proven, is more than able to cope with the very limited flow of people for the Orange AFCON 2015.5/ The CAF schedule have expanded over the years and today counts eleven (11) competitions. Any change in the timing of events would be detrimental to the rest of the agenda, including the African Nations Championship (CHAN) scheduled for January 2016 in Rwanda, and that CAF will also maintain at the same dates.6/ CAF also has the urgent need to respect the international calendar as established by FIFA, allowing it to secure the release of players from foreign clubs as these players represent a majority of members within the African teams and helps African football shine.Since its creation, the ability of CAF to meet its commitments and maintain its competitive time schedules has allowed it to maintain a healthy relationship and trust with its National Associations, their authorities, public, commercial partners and all other international sports organizations.Thus, the Executive Committee of CAF confirms its commitment to keep the competition on the dates indicated (January 17-February 8, 2015), while asking the Royal Moroccan Football Federation to clarify the final position of Morocco not later than 8 November, 2014. This time given also applies to all other CAF national associations wishing to organize the competition on the dates agreed as long as the hosting requirements are met.  A meeting of the Executive Committee will be held 11 November 2014 in Cairo, Egypt to take the necessary decisions.last_img read more