Colombian Catholic Church Wants Direct Dialogue with the FARC

first_imgBy Dialogo July 08, 2009 I agree in that they shouldn’t make a “show” of this case, sirs, they are human beings, remember that you pay very harshly for the mistakes committed in this world. Have a little pity. They are human lives; they aren’t an old shoe dust rag. Use it instead to shake out the hatred and resentment in your souls. Colombia, don’t give in to shameless murderers such as FARC. Bogotá, 6 July (EFE).- The Colombian Catholic Church today asked the head of the FARC, “Alfonso Cano,” to engage in a direct dialogue that would make it possible to reach an agreement on the exchange of hostages for captured guerrillas as a prelude to peace negotiations. The archbishop of the city of Tunja, in the center of the country, Msgr. Luis Augusto Castro, indicated in the context of the annual meeting of the Colombian Bishops’ Conference that the Church wants “to be able to talk to them face to face, personally and not just accompanying them.” “This is a direct message and a message that I hope they hear soon, because it seems to me that it would be a very good thing to be able to have a dialogue,” the prelate said. The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) indicated in a statement issued last week that they would hand over a member of the military wounded in combat, about whom no one had had information, along with Cpl. Pablo Emilio Moncayo, and that they would accept the presence of the Catholic Church at the release of the two hostages. The general secretary of the Colombian Bishops’ Conference, Fabián Marulanda, said for his part that the release of hostages cannot be made into a “show.” “This should not be made into a spectacle,” Marulanda emphasized. Kidnapping and violence in Colombia will be the central topic of the meeting of the ninety members of the upper clergy of the Catholic Church in Colombia, which began today and will conclude on Saturday. The FARC said more than two months ago that they would hand over army soldier Pablo Emilio Moncayo to opposition senator Piedad Córdoba, but the Colombian president, Álvaro Uribe, is opposed to the legislator’s presence. President Uribe insists that he will not permit the subject of the release of the twenty-three hostages in the hands of the FARC, whom the guerrillas hope to exchange for their comrades held in Colombian and U.S. jails, to be used for propaganda or for an electoral “show.”last_img read more

Ryan Newman updates: NASCAR driver released from hospital after Daytona 500 crash

first_imgHere is the final lap of the Daytona 500 in which Ryan Newman’s car was flipped at the line.We will continue to keep you updated on his status as we learn more.— FOX: NASCAR (@NASCARONFOX) February 18, 2020″[Newman] is in serious condition, but doctors have indicated his injuries are not life threatening,” Roush Fenway Racing said in a statement Monday night. “We appreciate your thoughts and prayers and ask that you respect the privacy of Ryan and his family during this time. We appreciate your patience and cooperation and we will provide more information as it becomes available.”  Ryan Newman Continues Great Improvement:— Roush Fenway (@roushfenway) February 19, 2020Roush Fenway also tweeted out a photo of a smiling Newman with his two daughters.Ryan Newman Continues Great Improvement— Roush Fenway (@roushfenway) February 19, 2020Tuesday, Feb. 183:45 p.m. ET — Ryan Newman is “awake and speaking with family and doctors,” according to the official Roush Fenway Twitter account. Update on Ryan Newman:— Roush Fenway (@roushfenway) February 18, 202011:51 a.m. ET — The president of Roush Fenway Racing said Newman remains hospitalized Tuesday morning, but a further update on the driver’s condition was not— Steve Newmark (@NewmarkRFR) February 18, 2020 Hamlin barely edged out Blaney to win his second straight Daytona 500 victory. It was the second closest race in the history of the “Great American Race.” Hamlin promptly celebrated with a fist pump and burnouts, but his focus quickly shifted when he heard the severity of Newman’s crash. “It’s a weird balance of excitement and happiness for yourself, but obviously someone’s health and their family is bigger than any win in any sport,” Hamlin said in an interview with ESPN. “We’re just hoping for the best.”First a foremost I want to give well wishes and prayers to @RyanJNewman . I had absolutely NO IDEA of the severity of the crash until I got to victory lane. There’s very little communication after the finish and i had already unhooked my radio. It’s not anyone’s fault. 🙏Rocket— Denny Hamlin (@dennyhamlin) February 18, 2020NASCAR hasn’t lost an active driver in its three major circuits since the death of Dale Earnhardt in 2001.Below are the latest updates on Newman’s condition.Ryan Newman updatesWednesday, Feb. 193:45 p.m. ET  — There is no timetable for Ryan Newman’s return, Roush Fenway Racing said in a statement. Ross Chastain will fill in for Newman starting this weekend in the No. 6 Wyndham Rewards Ford. “First and foremost, our focus remains with Ryan and his family as he continues to recover,” said Roush Fenway president Steve Newmark in the statement. “We also want to express our sincere gratitude to all of those who have offered support and taken the time to send their thoughts and prayers to Ryan, his family and everyone at Roush Fenway Racing.”1:43 p.m. ET  — Ryan Newman has been released from the hospital, according to a photo shared on Twitter by Roush Fenway Racing.Ryan Newman has been treated and released from Halifax Medical Center— Roush Fenway (@roushfenway) February 19, 2020Krissie Newman shared a video to twitter of Newman walking with their two daughters. Best sight ever!!!— Krissie Newman (@NewmanKrissie) February 19, 202011:50 a.m. ET — Ryan Newman is “fully alert and walking” at Halifax Medical Center in Daytona Beach, according to the Roush Fenway official Twitter account.center_img Ryan Newman was in the lead in the final lap of the Daytona 500, just ahead of Denny Hamlin and Ryan Blaney heading into Turn 4. Blaney bumped the back of Newman’s car, sending Newman spinning into the wall. Another car then hit Newman’s No. 6 and launched him into the air and down the speedway. The No. 6 Ford came to a stop upside down and in flames. The AMR safety team was there within seconds and Newman was taken straight to Halifax Medical Center in Daytona Beach.last_img read more

England Golf Annual Report 2013

first_img3 Jul 2014 England Golf Annual Report 2013 The England Golf Annual Report (Nov 2012 – Dec 2013) which reviews England Golf’s activities during this period. A copy of the Annual Report can be downloaded below.last_img

Women and Girls’ Golf Week: TV and radio presenter Jenni Falconer on her golfing adventure

first_img TV and radio presenter Jenni Falconer describes her golfing adventure and urges more women and girls to follow her and Get into GolfWhy did you want get into golf?It baffles me as to why women in general aren’t playing as much golf – they’ll go and join a gym, they’ll go to a spin class but they wouldn’t think ‘I want to go and play golf in my free time’.So my aim is to show that we should be going to play golf, it is possible and it is something that is just as enjoyable as all the other activities women do in their spare time. Golf can appear to be one of the least-accessible activities at the moment and it does seem to be such a male-dominated sport so let’s change that!I’ve always wanted to play golf, and I decided that 2018 was the year I was going to learn. I’ve never played before so I wanted to know if it’s possible and if I can do it. Luckily I’ve recruited some friends to help me try and achieve it, and the PGAs of Europe added the extra challenge of giving me just a few months to go from a complete novice to competitor in front of spectators at the European Tour’s GolfSixes!In at the deep end then! How did you prepare?The PGAs of Europe and got me started. is a programme designed specifically to focus on coaching women. I am also a regular at a driving range near to where I live and did a lot of extra practice there particularly as I was learning over the months when we had snow, rain, hail and general freezing weather conditions….sometimes I just needed to be under cover!How had you progressed by GolfSixes?By the time of the Golf Sixes, I had definitely improved – getting more confident with my driver and a lot more consistent with my irons. My putting was also much better….it was nerve-racking to play with so many pros on the day but I loved every minute and despite first tee nerves under the eye of a fairly large crowd, I soon relaxed. There was a great mix of people playing in the pro-am alongside me – admittedly they were much better and far more experienced than I was – and they were really encouraging and supportive of the fact that I was new to the game. I would love to play in the tournament again next year – this time just be a lot better! Haha!How were your first tee nerves?The first tee nerves really do get to you…at that stage I was nervous teeing off in front of anyone let alone a large crowd cheering you on whilst you did it. Not surprisingly I messed it up and it rolled off the tee….oh dear!What’s happened since then with your golf?Since then, I have played more, practiced more and worked on various disciplines from my swing, grip and stance to really learning how to relax whilst hitting the ball. I have played a lot on golf courses with a few friends too and that has been a huge contributing factor to my improvement. Watching and learning from others – making mistakes with others and laughing about them so as not to take it too seriously and also witnessing friends also make errors only boosts your confidence that it happens at times to everyone.I have also played in a couple more tournaments – the big one was the Celebrity Cup weekend at Celtic Manor. That was without doubt the best golfing experience I have had so far in terms of the incredible course on which we were playing, dealing with the pressure of the competition, huge crowds on every hole, great camaraderie between players and for me playing so intensively helped me improve even more.What do you enjoy about golf?I love the time out, away from emails, phones, general stresses – this is like a period of calm where your focus is entirely on the game. I guess for that reason it’s a form of meditation, where you can switch off and train your mind to think only about your swing, and then once that’s out the way – you start thinking about your next shot. It’s also a lot of fun, whilst challenging, the latter being an element I really embrace as I am constantly striving to improve.What are your golfing goals?I suppose one of my golfing goals is to encourage more girls to take up the sport – it is such a shame that it is seen as a game played predominantly by middle aged men, but things are moving forward – there is much being done to try and change the perception and find ways to make it more accessible to women, in particular those who haven’t played before. If you are keen to learn, there should be an easy route to go down into order to give it a go.On a personal level, my main goal is to improve – I have been working hard and playing as often as I can. I am now a member of a couple of clubs and so want to build up the confidence to play with other members and by doing so hopefully I can work on bringing down my 36 handicap. I truly love this sport and can’t believe it has taken me so long to give it a shot. 2019 is going to be a rather big year with the Solheim Cup being at Gleneagles and as a Scottish girl who now truly loves golf, I am hugely excited about what might be ahead.How are you sharing your golfing adventure?Throughout my initial learning period, I was sharing my golf experiences on social media and the PGAs of Europe were also documenting it as we went on using #FalconerForeGolf. You can follow on my instagram account @jennifalconer.What would you say to any woman or girl considering playing golf?You need to just give it a go – see what you’re missing out on, I am certain that you will love it! It’s an amazing opportunity to have ‘me time’ whilst learning a new skill, you really have to focus and in doing so you push all stresses about life to the side for that time you are on a golf course. What’s more, you have a great laugh with friends, you meet new people, you are outside in the fresh air and it’s a great way to keep fit….make sure you wear a fitness tracker – you’ll be in awe at yoursteps!!• Inspired by Jenni to Get into Golf? Visit to find free and low cost beginner activities across the country.Caption: Tips from the top: Jenni Falconer (centre) with Georgia Hall and Charley Hull (image courtesy PGAs of Europe). 1 Aug 2018 Women and Girls’ Golf Week: TV and radio presenter Jenni Falconer on her golfing adventure Tags: Get into golf, Jenni Falconerlast_img read more