By Dialogo April 14, 2009 Bogota, April 12 (EFE) – Today approximately 250 Colombian motorcyclists arrived in Bogota, finishing a cross-country journey nearly 4,000 kilometers long to demand the release of more than 2,800 hostages in that country. “We can say that today we managed to break through the country’s indifference over the forgotten hostages,” journalist Herbin Hoyos, head of the initiative, told Efe. The motorcyclists had as their goal the central Bolivar Plaza in Bogota, from which the “motor convoy for freedom of the hostages” had departed on March 26. The convoy was then led by the 35 motorcyclists, led by Hoyos, who departed accompanied by former Congressman Luis Eladio Perez, who had been held hostage by the FARC until his release in February 2008. The journey, during which the number of motorcycles in the convoy increased, led them through many cities in 17 of the country’s 32 departments, including the southern town of Narino, where they exchanged national flags between the bordering towns of Ipiales (Colombia) and Tulcan (Ecuador) as an act of brotherhood. “With this convoy, we have initiated a great crusade for the hostages that the country has ignored, who have not been remembered because they were not reported in the media and who are only claimed by their families,” said the journalist, himself a past captive of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). The experience led him in 1994 to create the program “Voices of Kidnapping,” which is open to the families of victims of this crime and which airs each Sunday at dawn on the Caracol Radio network. “It’s a crusade to keep the hostages from being forgotten, and we will continue calling to all sectors of the country to bring every one back home,” he said Hoyos, who now plans to organize international convoys. One of them will take place in the United States, from Los Angeles to New York, and another one will travel from Madrid to Rome, with stops in Barcelona, Paris, Lyon (France), and the Italian cities of Genoa and Florence, said the journalist. During the journey, Hoyos and two other motorcyclists offered to deliver their equipment to three guerrilla members who, at a time coinciding with the end of the convoy, would defect from the FARC, each taking a hostage with them. Hoyos told Efe that he had not received reports on whether the offer would have encouraged some rebels to abandon their weapons and flee with a captive. Of the hostages in Colombia, just over 700 are in the hands of the FARC, which is holding 22 of them with the intention of trading them for half a thousand imprisoned rebels by negotiating a humanitarian exchange agreement with the government of President Álvaro Uribe. The rebels recently confirmed that they are ready to negotiate this agreement, for which they waived their demand to use a demilitarized territory as a venue for dialogue. In response, last week Uribe urged them to suspend hostilities as a condition for opening a dialogue for peace.
In a statement, the league confirmed ‘all fixtures from Saturday 21 November, and throughout the Christmas and New Year period, will be made available to fans to watch live in the UK.’‘There is a full schedule of Premier League games over the festive period and clubs are committed to an accessible solution for fans. These plans have been made with the cooperation of our broadcast partners, working with us to deliver these additional matches while stadiums are missing the supporters who are such an integral part of the game.’Liverpool vs Leicester – which has been rescheduled for a 7.15pm kick-off on Sunday night – is one of three extra matches to be shown on Sky Sports next weekend.- Advertisement – Everton vs Leeds and West Brom vs Sheffield United on Saturday November 28 will be followed a day later by Southampton vs Man Utd, Chelsea vs Tottenham and Arsenal vs Wolves live on Sky Sports.The weekend will then be rounded off by Leicester vs Fulham and West Ham vs Aston Villa on Monday November 30.November’s Premier League rearranged scheduleSaturday November 21Newcastle United vs Chelsea – Kick-off 12.30pmAston Villa vs Brighton – Kick-off 3pmTottenham v Man City – Kick-off 5.30pm, Live on Sky SportsManchester United vs West Brom – Kick-off 8pmSunday November 22Fulham vs Everton – Kick-off 12pmSheffield United vs West Ham – Kick-off 2pm, Live on Sky SportsLeeds United vs Arsenal – Kick-off 4.30pm, Live on Sky SportsLiverpool vs Leicester City – Kick-off 7.15pm, Live on Sky SportsMonday November 23Burnley vs Crystal Palace – Kick-off 5.30pm, Live on Sky SportsWolves vs Southampton – Kick-off 8pm, Live on Sky SportsFriday November 27Crystal Palace vs Newcastle – Kick-off 8pmSaturday November 28Brighton vs Liverpool – Kick-off 12.30pmMan City vs Burnley – Kick-off 3pmEverton vs Leeds – Kick-off 5.30pm, Live on Sky SportsWest Brom vs Sheffield United – Kick-off 8pm, Live on Sky SportsSunday November 29Southampton vs Man Utd – Kick-off 2pm, Live on Sky SportsChelsea vs Tottenham – Kick-off 4.30pm, Live on Sky SportsArsenal vs Wolves – Kick-off 7.15pm, Live on Sky SportsMonday November 30Leicester City v Fulham – Kick-off 5.30pm, Live on Sky SportsWest Ham vs Aston Villa – Kick-off 8pm, Live on Sky SportsConfirmed Premier League fixtures on Sky SportsSat Nov 21: Tottenham vs Man City – Kick-Off 5.30pmSun Nov 22: Sheffield United vs West Ham – Kick-Off 2pmSun Nov 22: Leeds vs Arsenal – Kick-Off 4.30pmSun Nov 22: Liverpool vs Leicester City – Kick-off 7.15pmMon Nov 23: Burnley vs Crystal Palace – Kick-off 5.30pmMon Nov 23: Wolves vs Southampton – Kick-off 8pmSat Nov 28: Everton vs Leeds – Kick-Off 5.30pmSat Nov 28: West Brom vs Sheffield United – Kick-Off 8pmSun Nov 29: Southampton vs Man Utd – Kick-Off 2pmSun Nov 29: Chelsea vs Tottenham – Kick-Off 4.30pmSun Nov 29: Arsenal vs Wolves – Kick-Off 7.15pmMon Nov 30: Leicester vs Fulham – Kick-Off 5.30pmMon Nov 30: West Ham vs Aston Villa – Kick-Off 8pmMore fixtures to follow in due course – Advertisement – Liverpool vs Leicester will be shown live on Sky Sports next week when the Premier League champions take on the current league leaders in a mouth-watering top-of-the-table clash. The match has been confirmed as being broadcast live on Sky Sports following the Premier League’s decision to discontinue the pay-per-view model which was introduced in October.- Advertisement – Burnley vs Crystal Palace and Wolves vs Southampton will also be broadcast live on Monday November 23.Sky Sports had already confirmed it would broadcast Tottenham vs Man City next weekend on Saturday November 21 followed by a Super Sunday double-header of Sheffield United vs West Ham and Leeds vs Arsenal.On the final weekend of November, seven matches will be broadcast live on Sky Sports with a triple-header on Sunday, November 29 that features Man Utd, Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal.- Advertisement –