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Powerful Opening for the Start of the Colombian Peace Process

first_imgBy Dialogo October 22, 2012 The Colombian government and the FARC guerrillas showed a harsh – and sometimes tense – tone at the start of the peace process on October 18. However, both parties highlighted their will to achieve an agreement to put an end to almost half a century of armed conflict, according to analysts. Gathered for the formal ceremony to begin peace talks at a hotel north of Oslo, where they announced that they will carry out negotiations in Cuba starting on November 15, both sides adopted a distant attitude, without exchanging looks or handshakes. “Each party has clearly established their starting point. For the FARC, peace will not be possible without social changes, while the government insisted that armed conflict should be changed into political combat in a democratic scenario,” political scientist Jaime Zuluaga from the Colombian National University, told AFP. While Iván Márquez, chief of the guerrilla delegation, stated in his speech that “peace is not equivalent to the silence of rifles, but it encompasses the transformation of the State structure,” government delegate Humberto De la Calle recognized that “ending the conflict is the precursor to peace.” Beyond that coincidence, however, strong contradictions that threaten to accentuate Colombia’s divisions surfaced; throughout half a century, the armed conflict has left hundreds of thousands dead, and 3.7 million people displaced by violence. “I would like to reiterate that talks will not be centered on an economic development model, or foreign investment. For that to happen, the FARC must disarm, get involved in politics, and win elections,” said De la Calle after Márquez’ speech, where he questioned the presence of multinational companies in Colombia and referred to them as “vampires.” Nevertheless, other sensitive matters that go beyond the peace talks came up. “We have not committed crimes against the people,” declared Iván Márquez, number two in the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia. “The FARC should identify their victims,” responded De la Calle, who was Colombian vice-president between 1994 and 1996.last_img read more

US Coast Guard, Costa Rican Authorities Seize 771 kg of Cocaine

first_imgBy Marcos Ommati/Diálogo April 30, 2020 The U.S. Coast Guard and Costa Rican authorities seized approximately 771 kilograms of cocaine on April 9 with an estimated value of more than $29 million, from a fishing boat in international waters of the Pacific Ocean off Central America, according to the U.S. Coast Guard 11th District Pacific Southwest.Several bales of cocaine are shown aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Mohawk (WMEC-913) following an interdiction from the fishing boat Amanda M, April 9, 2020. (Photo: U.S. Coast Guard)“This interdiction is a great example of what we can accomplish with strong international partners,” said Rear Admiral Peter Gautier, 11th Coast Guard District commander. “Our Coast Guard crews performed an exhaustive boarding and search of [Costa Rican flagged-ship] Amanda M, recovering $29 million worth of cocaine. Our Costa Rican partners played a major role in the success of this operation, which will disrupt criminal networks in the region during this major surge.”Hidden cocaineWhile on patrol, a Coast Guard cutter’s Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron (HITRON) MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew identified a fishing boat suspected of smuggling narcotics in early April and requested the assistance of a Costa Rican Air Surveillance Service maritime patrol aircraft. The fishing boat with four suspected smugglers had several false compartments throughout the vessel where the cocaine was hidden, the Coast Guard said.On April 1, U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) began enhanced counternarcotics operations in the Western Hemisphere to disrupt the flow of drugs in accordance with national security objectives. Numerous U.S. agencies, from the departments of Defense, Justice and Homeland Security, cooperate in the effort to combat transnational organized crime.“The fight against drug cartels in the Eastern Pacific Ocean requires unity of effort in all phases from detection, monitoring, and interdictions, to criminal prosecutions by international partners and U.S. attorneys in districts across the nation,” said SOUTHCOM’s Public Affairs Office in a press release. “The law enforcement phase of counter-smuggling operations in the Eastern Pacific Ocean is conducted under the authority of the 11th Coast Guard District, headquartered in Alameda, California. The interdictions, including the actual boardings, are led and conducted by members of the U.S. Coast Guard.”last_img read more

Continuation of the upward trend of tourist overnight stays

first_imgIn November 2017, 307,8 thousand tourist arrivals and 662,8 thousand tourist overnight stays were recorded, which is an increase of 9,1%, ie 9% compared to the same month in 2016. In 2017, the highest levels of overnight stays in the last twenty years were achieved in a few months, and such a case was also recorded in the observed month, the Croatian Chamber of Commerce points out.In the last year, there has been a continuous upward annual trend of tourist arrivals, and in overnight stays there has been a mostly upward trend, ie only in March and May this year an annual decline in this indicator was recorded.Source: HGKDespite record levels of tourism indicators, seasonality and spatial constraints are still pronounced in Croatian tourism. Namely, only in two months of the year (in July and August) about 60% of overnight stays are realized throughout the year and only in three counties, Istria, Split-Dalmatia and Primorje-Gorski Kotar counties, approximately two thirds of total overnight stays in Croatia are recorded on year-round level. The pronounced seasonality of Croatian tourism is even more noticeable if we compare this indicator (the share of July and August in tourist overnight stays throughout the year) with other European Mediterranean countries, where Croatia has by far the largest share, and is most exposed to seasonality risks.In the first eleven months of 2017, 17,1 million tourist arrivals and 85,5 million tourist overnight stays were recorded, which is 12,7%, ie 10,6% more compared to the same period in 2016. The observed cumulative level of tourist overnight stays is record-breaking, and such movements were largely influenced by the increase in foreign tourists and to a lesser extent by domestic tourists.Given that December has a low share of overnight stays at the level of the whole year, it is already evident that this year will be another in a series of upward trend of tourist overnight stays and that the current growth dynamics of tourist overnight stays will be the same for 2017.Povoljnija turistička kretanja u Hrvatskoj dio su trenda koji se bilježi i na globalnoj razini. Tako je, prema preliminarnim podacima organizacije World Tourism Organization, u prvih  deset mjeseci 2017. godine u svijetu zabilježeno 6,6% više međunarodnih turističkih dolazaka u odnosu na isto razdoblje prethodne godine.Source: HGKlast_img read more

The importance of quality photography in tourism should not be particularly emphasized. That is an imperative today

first_imgWell done for the initiative and proactivity. A beautiful tourist story, which will certainly raise the quality of the promotion of Labin and Rabac. Although this move by Goba was of a practical nature and to help everyone in the destination, an example like this is also good for market promotion or positioning. When I hold trainings for private renters, I always further emphasize how important it is for them to hire a professional photographer and have professional photos of the accommodation. That is the imperative and the basis today.  Mateo Gobo In the forest of competition, in this way through free service, you deliver value and quality, gain trust and contacts of new potential customers, jump out of the crowd and thus get new customers in the long run, of course if you meet the criteria through value for money. And you also get media attention because the media loves positive stories. Precisely on the topic of photos from their destination, a challenge arose for certain landlords in Labin and Rabac.  “As part of my business is also related to photographing apartments and holiday homes, the landlords themselves often asked me to send photos of Labin and Rabac to add to the photos of the accommodation. So I prepared on my website free photos, which I had in the archive and which were not of use, so that the renters could download all the photos for free. This is another way to promote our place with the aim of better filling the accommodation capacity”Gobo points out, adding that of course the photos must not be resold, but used only for personal purposes. Namely, they have professional photos of their accommodation capacities, but not destinations. That’s where the young entrepreneur jumped in, Mateo Gobo owner of the Labin company Gobo Creative Solutions, which deals with web design, web applications, digital marketing and photography, which published free photos of Labin and Rabac on its website for all renters, in order to have quality destination photos , with photos of accommodation on Booking.com, Airbnb, etc.… All landlords Labin and Rabac can download for free HERE.  The importance of quality photography in tourism in today’s digital age should not be particularly emphasized, and each destination should have at least 100 basic photos from or about the destination, and regularly communicate through new photo / video materials and tell stories via social networks. That is imperative today.  As the topic of the importance of professional photography is unfortunately still relevant in our tourism, when asked about the situation in Labin and Rabac, Gobo points out that in his experience among landlords in Istria there is awareness of the importance of professional photography. Photo: Mateo Gobo “Mostly in Istria, there is an awareness of renters about the importance of professional photography, because they are aware that if they have bad photos, they will be less charged. A photo or video is the only contact between a potential guest and their accommodation, and we know we can have the best product in the world, but if there are no commercials and good photos about it, it won’t sell. I often point out in my lectures that renters invest over 100.000 Euros in a house or apartment, and then do not do the most important thing – they do not promote the same through professional photography. And the guest himself when he sees that the photos or website are professionally done, it is again a bonus and the impression that the renters are serious”Concludes Gobo. And when they need new photos or make a recommendation, surely they will remember Matea Gobe as well. And so the story goes and the business expands stably and organically. Because the best marketing has always been and will be the word of mouth or personal recommendation. Of course if we deliver qualitylast_img read more

PREMIUMMass-scale farming on peatland detrimental to environment, experts warn

first_imgPresident Joko “Jokowi” Widiodo has recently ordered state-owned companies (BUMN) to make swathes of peatland in Kalimantan available for rice fields to anticipate possible food shortages during the COVID-19 pandemic.The government has yet to work out the details, but the Agriculture Ministry is considering making available 600,000 hectares of peatland in Central Kalimantan to produce buffer stocks.Another 300,000 ha plot of peatland has been set aside for the project in the province, Coordinating Economic Minister Airlangga Hartanto said.But the plan has met with doubt from experts and farmers, who said past experience had shown that such a mass-scale project was detrimental to the environment and only small-scale farming on peatland was viable.Bogor Agricultural University (IPB) researcher Dwi Andreas Santosa noted a project to turn 1 million ha of peatland … Linkedin Forgot Password ? peatland #Peatland farming #environment environment Kalimantan #CentralKalimantan Facebook Google Topics : Log in with your social account LOG INDon’t have an account? Register herelast_img read more

Bowen property market takes big hit after Cyclone Debbie

first_imgMore from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020Electrcity and emergency services begin to repair damage.“At the time of the cyclone we had five properties under contract — three in Bowen and two in Collinsville,” Ms Moss said.“Luckily, all five properties are OK so hopefully they will go ahead as they were meant to settle that day but it’s been all drawn out.“We find that many buyers are very nervous, stressed and hesitant to buy, but at the same time there are southern investors who realise that now is a good time to buy.“Since the cyclone, we’ve had numerous calls from buyers in Brisbane and Toowoomba looking to buy up and making multiple offers on properties.” BOWEN’S property market could take years to recover with over 50 per cent of homes damaged, including current listings and rental properties. Properties damaged during the cyclone have been pulled off the market to allow owners to file insurance claims while those that survived last week’s force of nature have been turned into temporary crisis accommodation.Century 21 principal Kylie Moss said staff were working around the clock to assist vendors and tenants hit hard by the recent crisis. A car was crushed under a carport at the Bowen Neighbourhood Centre during Cyclone Debbie.“It’s been really difficult to get any of these properties fixed as assessors are only dealing with major claims. Those are the properties that left people without a home or where roofs lifted off the homes,” she said.“The damage for most of our properties varies between $2000 and $3000 to around $4 million, which are the homes that got totally wiped out.”But it’s not all bad news, with five properties expected to settle this month and agents fielding a constant stream of phone calls from southern investors looking to snatch up bargain properties. center_img Houses throughout Bowen were stripped of their roofs by Cyclone DebbieMs Moss, who like many others lost her home to Cyclone Debbie, said she and her staff had to overcome much adversity over the past week.“For five days following the cyclone, we had no power, no water, no aircon and switchboard and the only way to communicate with clients was by mobile phone, which had to be recharged in our own cars,” she said.“That was until the phone network went down, which left us in the lurch for a while.“29 George St in Collinsville was one of our worst-hit rentals and tenants had to be relocated as the entire house collapsed.“Now, a week later, we still can’t see a silver lining. We’re desperate for rentals as we had to relocate many of our tenants as a result of the crisis.”last_img read more

Cardiff Devils make it three wins in a row with victory in Belfast

first_imgCardiff Devils claimed their third straight win to stay top of the Elite League table following a 5-3 victory over Belfast Giants. Ryan Russell, Carl Hudson, Joey Martin, Chris Culligan and Guillaume Doucet claimed a goal apiece for the Devils with Chris Higgins on target with a second-period double and a further strike from Mike Wilson in response for the Giants. Sheffield Steelers remain two points behind in second after they edged a 5-4 win over Nottingham Panthers, while – a point further back – Braehead Clan recorded their fifth straight win as they shutout Coventry Blaze 3-0. Press Associationcenter_img Mathew Sisca scored a hat-trick and five points, while Matt Paton found the net twice and added two assists in Manchester Storm’s 7-6 win over Edinburgh Capitals that saw them leapfrog the Scottish side at the foot of the table. Trevor Gerling scored a hat-trick of his own for the Capitals in a losing cause, while Dundee Stars were too strong for Fife Flyers, claiming a 5-3 win. last_img read more

17 Schools to Jostle for Honours at 3rd Howzat Lagos Junior…

first_imgThe third edition of the Howzat Lagos Junior T20 Cricket Tournament will kick off on Monday, January 14 through the 26th of February.In a press statement made available to THISDAY by the Tournament Coordinator, Onome Oghenekevwe, the tournament which is sponsored by Alhaji Femi Okunnu will feature about 17 schools in both the male and female categories.As part of efforts at ensuring for adequate preparation and a hitch-free tournament, a meeting has been scheduled for January 7, with games masters or representatives of the participating schools and to draw up fixtures for the tournament. The venue of the meeting is slated for Howzat Foundation for Cricket,13, Jubril Martin Street, Lawanson, Surulere, at 12 noon.About 10 male and seven female teams have indicated their interests in participating in this year’s tournament.The participating schools are Ansar-ud-deen College, Isolo, Ansar-ud-deen Gramma school, Surulere, Adebola Baptist High School, Surulere, CMS Grammar School, Bariga and Obele Community High School, Surulere.Others include Onitolo Community High School, Surulere, Igbobi College, Yaba, King’s College, Lagos and St. Gregorys’ College, Ikoyi.In the girls’ category, the participating schools are, Adebola Baptist High School, Surulere, Ansar-ud-deen College, Isolo, Ansar-ud-deen Girls’ High School, Itire, Ideal Girls’ High School, Surulere, Obele Community High School, Surulere, Onitolo Community High School, Surulere and Surulere Girls’ Secondary School, Surulere.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Jung Money: Baseball may not be back on track yet

first_imgOllie Jung | Daily TrojanAll eyes were on Cromwell Field on Wednesday as Sam Darnold showed off in the rain to make his case to be the top overall pick at the NFL draft next month. The now-former Trojan superstar impressed in front of all 32 teams while the NFL Network broadcasted his Pro Day around the country.Unfortunately for Trojan fans, Darnold’s contributions to USC are now limited to being an ambassador at the next level. He can no longer add to the trophy cabinet in Heritage Hall, and he’s done scrambling around the Coliseum — at least on Saturdays. But there are plenty of other squads to root for on campus, from the third-ranked women’s water polo team to the men’s golf program and Justin Suh: the nation’s top collegiate player.One of the best shows on campus plays just down the road from where Darnold held his workout. A few nights before cameras gathered all over Cromwell, the baseball team took down Utah 5-2 at Dedeaux Field to earn a series victory to open Pac-12 play. History was made during the opener on Thursday, when the Trojans no-hit the Utes behind 7-2/3 wicked frames from freshman Kyle Hurt, who was pitching just his fourth career game.USC isn’t ranked, nor is its 11-6 record threatening to break into the national conversation, but the roster is certainly a lot of fun to watch. Head coach Dan Hubbs’ side dropped an 8-7 thriller against UC Irvine on Tuesday night after staging two separate rallies to fight back from deficits of 4-0 and 7-5. The Trojans beat No. 11 UCLA in Dodger Stadium two weeks ago and have played to a strong 8-3 record at home so far this spring. Their only dropped series to date was a trip to Arkansas against the fifth-ranked Razorbacks (the Trojans gave up two runs in the final frame to lose the rubber game 7-6). Other than the team’s visit to Irvine this week, USC’s only one-off defeat came versus No. 8 TCU.It’s impressive stuff for a program that was picked to finish third-from-bottom in the Pac-12 in the preseason media poll. With a roster featuring a mix of steady veterans and inexperienced energy, could this year’s Trojans stage a surprise postseason chase for the first time since 2015? As young prospects like Hurt begin to carve out their legacies, can seasoned players like junior Lars Nootbaar and Brad Wegman cement theirs with a run at the College World Series?Hopeful as fans may be, it is still far too early to even dream of what lies beyond the next two months — or even two series. I made the mistake of buying in too early last season, when I penned a column at a similar point during the 2017 campaign. USC was 15-8, with two series wins to begin the conference schedule after being picked to finish second-to-last in the Pac-12. It was an eerily familiar start: a strong home record coupled with a marquee win over the Bruins in Chavez Ravine.“It seemed like the Trojans were back on the road to a championship before last season’s stumble,” I wrote. “Perhaps this year’s underdog side is about to get things on track again, no matter what the experts may predict.”Turns out, the experts were spot-on. The Trojans imploded over the final two-thirds of the season, stumbling to a 6-26 record the rest of the way and finishing tied for last in the conference. After compiling a 27-27 record in 2016, USC dropped to 21-34 in 2017, lowlighted by a rough 6-20 mark away from home.So, as excited as I am for the Trojans’ potential this spring, I will not jinx them again. Being honest, it seems pretty obvious what awaits them in their next series: a three-game set on the road against No. 3 Stanford. It’s hard to imagine USC will pose much of a challenge to the high-flying Cardinal, who boast a 14-2 record (10-1 at home).And once the Trojans return from the Bay Area, their schedule quickly becomes unforgiving. Just look at this stretch beginning in mid-April: a home series against a traditionally strong Arizona program (picked to finish fourth in the Pac-12), then a crosstown visit to UCLA followed by back-to-back unenviable trips to Eugene, Ore. and Pullman, Wash., and finally, a home date versus defending conference champion Oregon State — who totaled six losses over the entirety of last season for a 56-6 record.With such towering roadblocks standing in USC’s way, I fully expect Hubbs’ squad to watch the postseason from home. No matter how precocious the team may be, the strength of the Pac-12 as a whole appears too high to expect the Trojans to punch above their weight over the course of a full campaign.Then again, they did nearly steal a series away from the fifth-ranked program in the country just a few weeks ago — all the way in Fayetteville, Ark., no less. Let’s see if USC can make a statement and go one better this weekend.last_img read more

German Bundesliga: Cologne Remain Winless After Stuttgart Defeat

first_imgUEFA Europa League (UEL) campaigners FC Cologne took their winless start to the new Bundesliga season to eight games following their 2-1 defeat at newly promoted Vfb Stuttgart on Friday night.Greek player Anastasios Donis gave the home team the lead seven minutes from halftime and not until the 77th minute did Cologne finally level matters through Dominique Heintz after much pressure. Their consistent frailties this season however came to the fore again on the stroke of fulltime as Congolese international Chadrac Akolo scored to snatch victory for Stuttgart.FC Cologne stay rooted to the bottom of the table with the defeat and are six points adrift of safety with just 1 point from 8 games. The win takes the hosts further away from the relegation zone to 10th position with 10 points.RelatedBundesliga Review: Bayern Extend Lead To 20 Points With Big Win Over FreiburgMarch 5, 2018In “Europe”Bundesliga Review (Final Matchday): Hamburg Suffer Relegation As Bayern, Dortmund Are StunnedMay 13, 2018In “Europe”Bundesliga Review: Bayern Dent Frankfurt UCL Hopes As Cologne Suffer RelegationApril 29, 2018In “Europe”last_img read more