Santos Forms Team to Negotiate Peace with the FARC

first_img A team that combines representatives from the political elite, businesses, the military sector and police will be responsible for representing the government of Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, during the peace process with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrillas. The group that will start the roundtable during the first two weeks of October in Oslo is headed by Humberto de la Calle, former Vice President (1994 and 1996), who was also a Supreme Court magistrate and one of the drafters of the 1991 Constitution, President Santos announced on September 5. Also designated as team leaders of the industrial association were: Luis Carlos Villegas, former commander of the Armed Forces; retired General Jorge Mora Rangel; former director of the National Police, retired General Óscar Naranjo; and former Minister of Environment and former Peace Commissioner, Frank Pearl. Presidential adviser Sergio Jaramillo, designated as the new Peace Commissioner, and who has a strong academic background in conflict resolution issues and served as Deputy Defense Minister when Santos was Defense Minister from 2006 to 2009, completes the team. The FARC have yet to announce its representatives at the negotiating table. De la Calle, aged 66, was Minister of the Interior during the liberal government of César Gaviria (1990-94). Later, he resigned to the vice presidency under then-President Ernesto Samper (1994-98) due to the alleged scandal that the election campaign had been financed by drug trafficking. For his part, Mora Rangel is considered a military hardliner. “He’s the most beloved retired military memberamong the military establishment. I believe that’s why Santos brings him to the table,” indicated Valencia, who foresaw that he would be “a tough contender” in the negotiations. Mora Rangel, who served as commander of the Army during the Pastrana government and of the Military Forces in the first year of Álvaro Uribe’s government (2002-2010), is regarded as the architect of the Patriot Plan, the strongest offensive launched against the FARC. Villegas chairs the National Guild Council, which brings together all the production sectors, and previously participated in dialogues with Pastrana. According to Valencia, his experience and the fact that he is regarded to as “the most important business leader the country has had in the last 20 years,” made Santos place him in the group. Naranjo, who left the National Police command this year, is recognized for his firm fight against drugs, and for having refined and professionalized the Police. Former Minister Pearl, an economist by training, served as Peace Commissioner of Uribe’s government, a post from which he already had open channels of communication with the guerrillas that were activated during the initial exploratory contacts. Clara Rojas, Director of the NGO Free Country Foundation, which assists family members of abductees, questioned “the lack of women and representatives of victims” on the team. “In Colombia there are more than four million direct victims of displacement, forced disappearance, genocide, kidnapping” and other human rights violations, highlighted Rojas; she was kidnapped in 2002 together with former Presidential Candidate, Ingrid Betancourt, and released in 2008. By Dialogo September 07, 2012last_img read more

Brazilian Navy’s Nuclear Submarine Shows Progress

first_imgBy Taciana Moury/Diálogo August 07, 2018 The Brazilian Nuclear Program took a step forward in its quest for nuclear technology capacity and autonomy, and the construction of the Brazilian Navy’s (MB, in Portuguese) first nuclear-powered submarine with a cornerstone ceremony of the Brazilian Multipurpose Reactor (RMB, in Portuguese), in June 2018. The event kicked off the turbogenerator integration tests of the Electronuclear Energy Generation Laboratory (LABGENE, in Portuguese). The construction of RMB marks a strategic move for Brazil, which has the fifth largest reserve of uranium in the world. The project consists of a multipurpose research nuclear reactor and an entire infrastructure with laboratories and facilities to respond to the country’s demand for increased radioisotope production for nuclear medicine. José A. Perrotta, RMB technical coordinator, said the reactor will support nuclear and technological development in the energy and propulsion fields. “RMB research and development facilities will become national laboratories, available for the country’s scientific community, contributing to the creation of specialized human resources,” he added. The RMB complex will operate in a 200-hectare area located next to the Aramar Nuclear Industry Center in São Paulo. MB donated most of the land—the São Paulo government expropriated the rest. The Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovations, and Communications (MCTIC, in Portuguese), with the support of other Brazilian government agencies, coordinate the construction of the complex. “They will build the 30-megawatt research reactor building, a radioisotope processing unit, a radiochemistry and neutron activation analysis laboratory, a neutron beam laboratory, and a waste treatment and storage unit, in addition to other support facilities for research and operation,” Perrotta said. It will take six years for the complex to initiate operations. Key technology During the initial integration tests of LABGENE’s turbines, Admiral Eduardo Bacellar Leal Ferreira, MB commander, highlighted the importance of the laboratory as a prototype for the future nuclear submarine’s propulsion system. “As we improve the nuclear fuel process in the Brazilian industry, we will meet the needs of the naval force and society,” he said. According to MCTIC’s Communication Center, LABGENE will host the naval system tests for steam propulsion. “The Brazilian nuclear submarine is strategically important to the defense of Brazilian territory. In addition, the construction process benefits from the Navy’s proficiency in nuclear fuel cycle and reactor construction technology,” MCTIC’s Communication Center indicated. For Rear Admiral André Luis Ferreira Marques, director of MB’s Nuclear Development, turbogenerator integration epitomizes the industrial capability in the design, manufacture, and electromechanic assembly for reduced spaces in a submarine hull, per industrial and naval-military safety requirements. The officer also highlighted the impact of technology on health. “LABGENE strives to improve and master several common systems with RMB, including instrumentation, controls, and protection of nuclear systems associated with reactors,” said Rear Adm. Ferreira Marques. According to MCTIC, Brazil has four research nuclear reactors, the largest being the IEA-R1 reactor, installed in the Nuclear and Energy Research Institute in São Paulo. The country spends more than $15 million importing materials, since it still lacks the capacity to produce the necessary radioisotopes. Brazil carries out nearly two million procedures in Brazilian nuclear medicine per year, with 30 percent of the national demand through the Unified Health System, Brazil’s healthcare system. “In addition to covering the $15 million in expenses, the reactor can double the amount of radiopharmaceuticals available to society,” MCTIC indicated. According to Perrotta, with this equipment, the country will have the capacity to research and produce radiopharmaceuticals to diagnose and treat cancer and other diseases. “RMB will increase supply to nuclear medicine, ensuring sustainability and saving some $10 million per year on radioisotope importation,” Perrotta said. LABGENE, located in MB’s facilities in Iperó, São Paulo, will house the turbines, pressurizer, and fuel, as well as a submarine waste packaging area. To date, about 65 percent of the industrial infrastructure for the construction, operation, and maintenance of submarines has been completed. When LABGENE becomes fully operational it will have a 48-MW nuclear plant, powerful enough to feed the subsystems required for submarine propulsion. Nuclear submarine According to MB’s Social Communication Center, construction of the nuclear submarine should be completed by 2029. The Submarine Development Center concluded the basic project in January 2017. The next phases, MB’s Social Communication Center indicated, will focus on details and construction. The Brazilian nuclear-powered submarine will add a new dimension to the country’s naval power. “Thanks to its mobility and autonomy, the nuclear-powered submarine can monitor distant maritime areas, fulfilling Brazilian’s interests to protect its vast continental platform and deter hostile pursuits,” MB’s Social Communication Center pointed out. Unlike conventional submarines, nuclear submarines have greater mobility and autonomy and are essential for patrol operations in remote ocean areas. While conventional submarines move at a speed of six knots (about 11 kilometer per hour), nuclear-powered submarines can reach 35 knots—about 65 km per hour.last_img read more

Congo’s plague outbreak smaller than initially feared

first_img Many miners fled the area upon learning of the outbreak. The World Health Organization (WHO), concerned that miners could spread the disease to other regions, sent a team on Feb 25 to begin intensive surveillance. Mar 2, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – An outbreak of pneumonic plague in a lawless part of the Congo appears to be smaller and more geographically limited than was originally feared, according to recent reports. Dr. Eric Bertherat, head of the WHO team, also said cases seemed to be restricted to the mine area, according to the report. He said the 61 fatal cases reported initially are being reexamined to confirm the cause of death. “Although we are finding more cases in Zobia, it seems that, overall, there are less cases than the 400 we originally thought there were,” he said. A Reuters story published Feb 28 carried conflicting numbers. Philippe Havet, emergency coordinator for Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), told Reuters that investigators had registered 61 new cases of plague, including one death. MSF, a nonprofit organization that was already working in the Ituri district, has created an isolation treatment center. See also: Pneumonic plague often starts with cough, fever, and discomfort within 2 to 6 days of infection. People develop extreme difficulty breathing as their lungs fill with fluids and can die in as little as 48 hours. This form can spread from person to person via aerosolized bacteria, bypassing the usual route of flea bites or infective materials. But antibiotics can treat the disease and prevent a secondary outbreak.center_img In a news release yesterday, the WHO said only four probable cases, including one death, and four suspected cases of pneumonic plague had been reported. A retrospective study of cases was ongoing. Thirty-four samples were being tested at the Institut de la Recherche Biomedicale in Kinshasa, the Congo’s capital, and team members were following up 113 contacts in the region, the WHO said. Mar 1 WHO news release “There were 15 new cases yesterday, but these people are limited to the mine, no further,” Havet was quoted as saying. Aid agencies and others have searched for infected miners but report having found none so far, the story said. Reports from the Ituri district in late February indicated at least 61 people had died and hundreds might have been sickened by pneumonic plague, the rarest form of the disease. Poor sanitation and close working conditions in the Zobia diamond mine, which employs 7,000 miners from throughout the region, were thought to have promoted the disease’s spread. Havet and a WHO official quoted in the story agreed that the disease did not appear to be spreading very far.last_img read more

Arsenal would demand at least £56m for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after Manchester United transfer link

first_imgArsenal would demand at least £56m for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after Manchester United transfer link Arsenal are demanding big money for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Getty Images)Arsenal are open to selling Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang but will demand at least £56 million for the striker, according to reports.The 30-year-old ended up sharing the Golden Boot in his first full season in the Premier League by scoring 22 goals for Arsenal, while he netted another eight times in the Europa League.But Arsenal’s campaign ended badly as Unai Emery’s side were beaten by Chelsea in the Europa League final, meaning that they failed to qualify for next season’s Champions League.That setback has severely restricted Arsenal’s transfer budget this summer as the club have £45m to spend and need to offload several first-team players if they want to boost their funds.ADVERTISEMENT Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 29 Jun 2019 9:30 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link904Shares Comment Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored 22 goals in the Premier League last season (Getty Images)According to The Times, the Gunners have made Mesut Ozil and Henrikh Mkhitaryan available but both players have not attracted any interest.AdvertisementAdvertisementThe club would also consider offloading Aubameyang but their initial asking price would be £56m – which is what they paid to sign the striker from Borussia Dortmund in January 2018.Earlier this month, Aubameyang was linked with a shock move to Manchester United, while reports in Italy claimed this week that he had ‘agreed’ a switch to Old Trafford.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityArsenal, meanwhile, are looking to raise their funds as they are keen to complete a deal with Crystal Palace for Wilfried Zaha.The Ivory Coast international is valued at £80m by Palace, while the club are also reluctant to sell their star player after agreeing a £50m deal with Manchester United for Aaron Wan-Bissaka.Zaha, however, is understood to be intent on a move to Arsenal and is hoping that Palace lower their asking price.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Mothers and children suffer the most in family breakups, research suggests

first_imgThe Guardian 28 September 2014   Women and children are hit hardest following the breakdown of a relationship, with research showing that one in five mothers falls into poverty following a split.Comprehensive analysis of how parents fare in the years after separation found that children and their mothers see living standards fall by more on average during the aftermath than fathers. Researchers also found that, after couples with grown-up children separated, almost a third of women, usually over 50 and often married, fell into relative poverty, a far higher proportion than for men.The study, by the Institute for Social and Economic Research at the University of Essex, found that 19% of children fall into relative poverty after their parents split up. Mike Brewer, professor of economics at the university, who conducted the study along with Dr Alita Nandi, said: “Women continue to see living standards fall by more after separation than men, especially when children are involved, but even for couples with no children. Mothers and children from high-income families see especially large drops in living standards, because the loss of the man’s earnings is in no way compensated for by higher income from alimony, child maintenance, benefits and tax credits, and having fewer mouths to feed.”Fiona Weir, chief executive of charity Gingerbread, said: “This research chimes with what many of the single parents we work with tell us every day: that they are really struggling to pay essential bills and put food on the table.” Weir said that the fact that fewer than two in five of single parents – of whom nine out of 10 are mothers – received maintenance from their child’s other parent needed to be urgently addressed: “The findings underline how vital it is to get child maintenance flowing to single-parent families. The government must ensure the changes it is making to the child maintenance system don’t see this figure fall even lower.” read more

Social media post determined to be misleading information of an abduction

first_imgBatesville, IN—On Saturday, June 15, 2019, the Batesville Police Department was notified of a social media post stating a male tried to abduct a female from the Batesville Kroger parking lot.No one contacted the Batesville Police Department to make an official report of the incident. Corporal Ryan Metcalf followed up with persons involved and viewed surveillance video. It was determined no one attempted to abduct the female.The Batesville Police Department reminds everyone to use caution in what information they post on social media because inaccurate posts as described cause undue fear.last_img read more

Zabaleta set to miss a fortnight

first_img The Argentina international limped off with a hamstring injury early in the Capital One Cup quarter-final win at Leicester on Tuesday. Although the injury is not serious, Zabaleta’s absence in the coming weeks could be problematic as fellow right-back Micah Richards is also out. Pellegrini said: “It is not so big, maybe Pablo will be back next week but the doctor has trust he will come back soon. Maybe one week more.” Richards was ruled out for around a month after he suffered a hamstring injury in the Champions League win at Bayern Munich just over a week ago. Dedryck Boyata, who took over from Zabaleta at right-back at the King Power Stadium, is one possibility for the position for this weekend’s Barclays Premier League trip to Fulham. Midfielder James Milner might present another alternative or Pellegrini could maybe switch one of his two left-backs, Gael Clichy or Aleksandar Kolarov, to the right on a temporary basis. Pellegrini claims he has not yet made a decision. He said: “We don’t have a right-back so will see who will play there. “We can play Clichy, we can play Kolarov, we can play Boyata, Milner, so we will see who is the best option.” City’s injury list has grown in the past week with top scorer Sergio Aguero the biggest casualty. Press Association The prolific forward, who has scored 19 goals this season, could be out for up to eight weeks. Striker Stevan Jovetic, who might have hoped to replace Aguero, also remains out of contention this weekend. The Montenegro forward, who has made just five appearances since his £22million summer move from Fiorentina, has overcome a calf injury only to be struck down by illness. Jovetic had been expected to play at Leicester but pulled out shortly before kick-off and he is not yet back to full fitness. Pellegrini said: “It is a reaction from what he had the other day.” Manchester City defender Pablo Zabaleta could be sidelined for around a fortnight, manager Manuel Pellegrini has suggested.last_img read more

Bony linked with Manchester City

first_img But it is also understood that City’s initial approach – made since the weekend – has not included them tabling an offer for the Ivory Coast international. The Welsh club’s record signing joined Swansea from Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem in 2013 for just under £14million. It is thought that if any deal materialises during the January transfer window, then it could be for up to twice that amount. Bony, 26, agreed fresh Swansea terms in November, penning a one-year contract extension to keep him at the Liberty Stadium until June 2018. City manager Manuel Pellegrini recently downplayed reports linking the Barclays Premier League champions with Bony. Any move for Bony would be complicated by the fact City currently have no more room to register non-homegrown players in their squad. Further changes to the squad would therefore be necessary and – with additional European Financial Fair Play restrictions in place – Pellegrini has indicated there is unlikely to be much movement. Speaking during a press conference on New Year’s Eve, Pellegrini said: “I think that is just one of the 20 or 30 names I have read from the beginning of the season until today that we are (supposedly) interested in. “‘I don’t think we are going to be too busy in this window. “We have restrictions about the amount of money and about the number of players we can put in the Champions League, so I don’t think it will be a special transfer window for our team.” Manchester City have contacted Swansea about striker Wilfried Bony, Press Association Sport understands.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

The Latest: Miami’s Derrick Jones Jr. wins slam dunk contest

first_img7:38 p.m.Miami’s Bam Adebayo has won the All-Star skills challenge.Adebayo narrowly defeated Indiana’s Domantas Sabonis in the final in a matchup of All-Star big men. He shared a hug with former Heat star Dwyane Wade after accepting the trophy.Adebayo eliminated 2018 champion Spencer Dinwiddie and Raptors star Pascal Siakam in the first two rounds on the obstacle course. Sabonis advanced with victories over defending champion Jayson Tatum and Milwaukee’s Khris Middleton.The 22-year-old Adebayo is in the middle of a breakout season, averaging 15.8 points, 10.4 rebounds and 4.9 assists in 54 games for the Heat. “I thought the guys might need some cheering up, so I said, ‘Hey, look at it this way: Kawhi leaving means we just freed up something like 20 shots per game,” Nurse said.It was 18.8 per game to be precise, but who’s counting? Well, plenty of Leonard’s former teammates, apparently.“Siakam immediately starts doing this,” Nurse laughed, swinging his right arm in widening circles, like a baseball pitcher loosening up before entering a game. “And Van Vleet just breaks into a crazy grin.”Small wonder. Those two became the biggest beneficiaries of Leonard’s departure. Siakam is averaging 7.3 more shots and 6.6 more points per game at the break; Van Vleet, 5.3 and 7, respectively. The remainder of Leonard’s shots were scooped up by Kyle Lowry and OG Anunoby.___ ___6:43 p.m.The NBA has renamed its All-Star Game MVP award in honor of Kobe Bryant.Commissioner Adam Silver announced the move on Saturday. Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna were among nine people killed when their helicopter crashed into the side of a mountain near Los Angeles on Jan. 26.Bryant became the youngest player to ever play in an All-Star Game when he made his debut in 1998 at age 19. He made the All-Star team 18 times during his stellar career with the Los Angeles Lakers, winning the MVP award a record-tying four times. February 15, 2020 The Latest: Miami’s Derrick Jones Jr. wins slam dunk contest Washington’s Davis Bertans opened the second and final round with a 22, before Booker eliminated him.Defending champion Joe Harris of the Brooklyn Nets and Chicago’s Zach LaVine were eliminated after they failed to crack the top three in the first round.Five racks with five balls each were set up around the perimeter — two in the corner, two on the wings and one up top. Four of those racks had four balls worth one point each plus a multi-colored two-point ball. The other had nothing but moneyballs.There were also two green balls worth three points set up six feet behind the 3-point line.___ ___More AP NBA: and,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 ___8:44 p.m.Sacramento Kings guard Buddy Hield made a late surge to win the NBA 3-Point Contest.Hield nailed a two-point money ball from the corner to finish with 27 points, edging Phoenix Suns All-Star Devin Booker by one in the final round.Hield is one of the few bright spots for struggling Sacramento, averaging 20.4 points while shooting about 39 percent from 3-point range. Associated Press Silver says Bryant “is synonymous with NBA All-Star and embodies the spirit of this global celebration of our game.”___4:00 p.m.Toronto Raptors and All-Star coach Nick Nurse was in Las Vegas last summer when he got the news that Kawhi Leonard was leaving the defending champions after just one season to join the Los Angeles Clippers.Soon after, Nurse headed down to the hotel lobby and ran into two of his players, Pascal Siakam and Fred Van Vleet. Jones and Gordon each got a perfect 50 on both of their dunks in the final. Then they got two more perfect scores on their first jam in the dunk-off.Jones then took off from just inside the foul line and threw down a windmill jam with his left hand, drawing a 48 from the panel of five judges.After a short discussion with Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal, Gordon brought out 7-foot-5 Boston Celtics rookie Tacko Fall and positioned him near the basket. He then took the ball from Fall’s hands on his way to a thunderous dunk.The United Center gasped as the courtside NBA stars celebrated. But Gordon was awarded a 47, giving the victory to Jones.Gordon also lost a memorable dunk contest to Zach LaVine in 2016. 3:55 p.m.Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard is grateful for the All-Star break.He had to pull out of the All-Star Game and Saturday night’s 3-point competition after he strained his groin during Wednesday night’s 111-104 loss to Memphis. He was replaced by Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker.Lillard is averaging 29.5 points and 7.9 assists. “Tough injury,” he said during Saturday’s All-Star media session. “Came at a tough time. Fortunate for me, that game was on the 12th, we don’t play again until the 21st. So that’s at least nine days of being able to see where I am, get some treatment, do some rehab and go from there.” Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditCHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on Saturday night at NBA All-Star weekend. (all times local):9:45 p.m.Miami Heat forward Derrick Jones Jr. celebrated his 23rd birthday by winning the All-Star Slam Dunk Contest, edging Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon in a memorable showdown that required two tiebreaker jams.last_img read more

BetCris & Betway join BA-7 hunting pack

first_img Publishing its latest update, the Argentine Provinces Board for Lotteries and Casinos (IPLyC) – the overseeing body of Buenos Aires’ newly sanctioned online gambling framework – has disclosed a clearer picture of which enterprises will compete for its seven BA licenses.Updating stakeholders, IPLyC confirms that international operators’ BetCris and Betway have secured Argentine partnerships allowing them to bid for a place in Buenos Aires new online gambling regime.Established South American online bookmaker BetCris will undertake its BA bid in partnership with Impresora Internacional de Valores (IVISA), operator of the Rozenvit family owned Casino de San Antonio and licensed supplier of Argentine lottery and gaming solutions.Operating since 2000, BetCris – headquartered in Costa Rica – has established its LATAM presence within the markets of Mexico, Peru, Panama and the Dominican Republic.Expanding its international ambitions, Betway joins BA’s chasing pack agreeing partner with San Fernando bingo operator Bingo King.IPLyC also confirms that, as anticipated, Spanish gambling group Codere SA will make its BA play partnering with arcade operator IberAgen.Codere aims to enter the BA online market, despite the Bolsa Madrid operator hiring investment bank Credit Suisse to carry out a review of its loss-making Argentine assets.Having published its critical criteria for licensing this May, IPLyC maintains that its BA application deadline will close on 25 June. At present. the following nine international partnership have been confirmed by BA gambling’s new governing body –The Stars Group Inc & Atlántica de JuegosWilliam Hill Plc & ArgenBingo SAFlutter Entertainment Plc & Bingo PilarIntralot SA and BinBairesPlaytech Plc & Hotel TandilCodere LATAM & IberAgenBetway & Bingo King San Fernandobet365 & PastekoBetCris & IVISA StumbleUpon Share Betway and Dafabet grow La Liga sponsorship portfolios August 14, 2020 Share Submit ESI Digital – No Drama Please… Esports growth should be treated as business as usual  August 20, 2020 Related Articles SIS grows Latin American footprint through Betcris deal August 12, 2020last_img read more