By Dialogo December 27, 2012 So far this year, the Nicaraguan Army seized 7 tons of drugs from drug cartels that crossed the Caribbean Sea, where the Naval Force will reinforce its presence to protect the spaces that the International Court of Justice (ICJ) granted the Central American country after the dispute with Colombia, a military source informed. “This year over 7 tons of drugs have been seized” by the Army only, as part of the so-called “contention strategy against drug traffickers,” Chief General Julio Avilés of the Army confirmed after receiving a donation from Taiwan in a ceremony in Managua. Avilés said that this strategy allowed the institution to confiscate 131 tons of drugs between 2000 and 2012. This initiative seeks to “prevent the drugs coming from the south to north to enter” Nicaragua, and “we will continue stepping up these spaces restored by the ICJ’s ruling,” stated Avilés. On November 19, the ICJ passed a ruling stating that all the isles of the Archipelago of San Andrés belong to Colombia, and establishing new boundaries, extending Nicaraguan sovereignty over the Caribbean. On November 29, Nicaragua announced that the counter drug operations to be carried out in the Caribbean by the Army along with the United States in 2013, will also extend to the maritime areas assigned by the Court of The Hague. Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega invited Colombia to participate in counterdrug operations that the Nicaraguan and U.S. Forces will perform in the area. Drug trafficking “is a battle that we should fight together, in this case with the U.S. and Colombia, as well as with the countries that are willing and available to join,” said Ortega on December 5.
Matt Kemp had just finished smacking several balls over the fence during batting practice ahead of the Dodgers’ game against the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday. The sweetness of his swing and the power with which it zoomed through the zone was something to see.Kemp was the toast of the Dodgers in 2011, when that swing helped create a marvelous season where he walloped 39 home runs, drove in 126 runs and scored 115 times — all league highs. He also batted .324, slugged .586, had an OPS of .986 and stole 40 bases. He finished second in National League MVP voting and came close to winning the elusive Triple Crown.Afterward, Kemp signed an eight-year contract worth $160 million.Three years later, Kemp is still trying to regain that magic. Hamstring and shoulder injuries in 2012 limited him to 106 games, during which he hit .303 with 23 home runs and 69 RBIs. Hamstring and an ankle injury reduced him to just 73 games in 2013, when he hit just .270 with six home runs and 33 RBIs. “Well, I was locked in,” he said of 2011. “Body-wise, I was feeling all the way 100 percent. You know, it’s just a different year. Every year is different. Everybody’s got stuff they’ve gotta deal with and mine the past years have been injuries I’ve had to overcome and it’s getting better and better every day.”It must be difficult, Kemp was told, to be a superstar one year and then suddenly become something other than that. Kemp agreed, but he wasn’t singing the blues about it. Rather, he spoke with a stiff upper lip.“It’s tough,” he said. “I think it’s tough for anybody to try to go from being something to being something else and you’re trying to get back to where you were. Sometimes injuries take time to heal. It could be one year, two years, three years. But for me, every year I’ve had to deal with a different injury.“There was my shoulder and my ankle, so those are two major body parts, especially for the game of baseball, especially for what I can do as far as hitting home runs and stealing bases. I’ve just gotta get my legs under me and work every day to get back to where I was before.”Kemp had offseason left shoulder surgery following 2012 and offseason left ankle surgery following the 2013 campaign.“I feel good,” he said of those repairs. “There are times when I’m stiff, sore and that’s just any baseball player. You can ask any baseball player, something’s always hurting on him.”As far as getting back to what he once was, Kemp has no doubt he will.“Oh, I’m not worried about it,” he said, emphatically. “I know I’m going to be back to where I need to be as far as stealing a lot of bases and hitting home runs, driving in runs. I’m going in the right direction now.”Manager Don Mattingly also believes fans will again see the Kemp of 2011.“I’m confident,” Mattingly said. “It’s still there. He’s swinging the bat good. He looks good.”Guerrero still outAlex Guerrero’s agent said the infielder is still undergoing outpatient skin-graft treatments on his left ear and could be two weeks away from resuming baseball activities.Guerrero hasn’t played since May 20, when a portion of his left ear was bitten off by then-teammate Miguel Olivo during a game with Triple-A Albuquerque. He was hospitalized for several days after the incident and needed surgery to re-attach the ear.“We can safely say the surgery is fully successful,” said Guerrero’s agent, Scott Boras.Two weeks from today is July 1, exactly six weeks after the incident. Guerrero hasn’t been able to work out, run, or throw in the meantime. Guerrero could face another lengthy process as he returns to baseball shape. This and thatMattingly said third baseman Juan Uribe (hamstring) continues to improve and will soon be ready for a rehab assignment — perhaps this week. … Crawford (ankle) still can’t run or hit and has seen the team physician this week. … Third baseman Justin Turner (calf) could be ready to play in the next series beginning Friday in San Diego.— Staff writer J.P. Hoornstra contributed to this report Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Things have changed so much for Kemp that this season he lost his center-field spot to Andre Ethier and the only reason he has been playing every day is because left fielder Carl Crawford is on the disabled list.Well, don’t look now, but Kemp just might be flirting with becoming the player who shook up the baseball world in 2011.“I feel good, just trying to have good at-bats and trying to get good pitches to hit, trying to grind it out and just get in a groove,” he said during an exclusive interview with this newspaper.Kemp, just 29, is batting .267 with six home runs and 24 RBIs in 217 at-bats. Nothing to write home about. But over his past 10 games, he is 14 for 33 — an average of .424 — with a home run and eight RBIs. He has gotten two hits in four of his past five games.He was asked to talk about how he feels at the plate right now compared to how he felt in 2011.
Photo: L – R, Sandra Stewart (secretary), Ms. Niamh Crumlish (Junior Room Teacher) and Ms. Fiona Farry (principal) with new junior infants)It has been a busy couple of weeks in Scoil Cholmcille as our six new junior infants and new 5th class girl got settled in to the school for the first time.The new principal Ms. Fiona Farry also commenced her new role this month, and she knows a thing or two about football – she’s from Kerry!She has spent 17 years teaching in a wide variety of roles in a large primary school in Monaghan. She was warmly welcomed by parents and pupils alike. (Photo: L – R, Sandra Stewart (secretary), Ms. Niamh Crumlish (Junior Room Teacher) and Ms. Fiona Farry (principal) with new junior infants).Since then it has been a return to day to day school routine, but with a little extra excitement of preparing for the All- Ireland final! Bunting has been put up outside the school and students have been busy with artwork and of course learning “Jimmy’s Winning Matches”!! COUNTDOWN TO CROKER – SCOIL CHOLMCILLE CLOUGHFIN GO DONEGAL MAD! was last modified: September 20th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:ballindraitCOUNTDOWN TO CROKER – SCOIL CHOLMCILLE CLOUGHFIN GO DONEGAL MAD!