Colombia Dismantles Important Terrorist Support Network

first_img As a result of Operation Cradle of Liberty, and following coordinated inter-agency work involving the Colombian Army and the Criminal Investigation and Interpol Directorate of the National Police, eight people were successfully arrested on March 1, thereby dismantling an important network supporting terrorism acts by Fronts 38, 45, and 56 of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), an irregular armed group, engaged in criminal activity in the eastern department of Arauca. The arrests took place simultaneously in the population centers of Arauca, Saravena and Tame, including the Alto Cravo area of the same municipality, places used by the terrorist organizations as support areas, where they succeeded in camouflaging themselves among the civilian population in order to gather criminal intelligence that, once acquired by members of the network, was turned over to the armed portion of FARC Fronts 38, 45, and 56, which in turn executed terrorist actions targeting energy, road, and petroleum infrastructure and engaged in extortion targeting the region’s productive sector and the resources put at the service of the community in general. Those arrested are three women and five men between 20 and 50 years old who were being sought by the competent authority on charges of rebellion; all allegedly dedicated to directly participating in the FARC’s intelligence and logistical-support activities in the department of Arauca. With this operation, terrorist plans and actions on which the FARC terrorist organization expected to move forward in the next few days in the area of the Tame-Saravena road, an area of criminal activity by the mentioned fronts, were successfully neutralized. With information from the 18th Brigade Press Office By Dialogo March 06, 2012last_img read more

The Army Is the Most Trustworthy Institution for Guatemalans

first_imgBy Dialogo July 20, 2012 About 84 percent of Guatemalans consider the Army the most trustworthy institution of the state, and in contrast, about 72 percent judge that Congress is the least trustworthy one, according to a survey published by a local media outlet on July 17. About 48 percent of the 1,203 people interviewed had a positive view of the activities of the judicial branch, and about 39 percent said the same about the National Civil Police, but only about 28 percent said that they had confidence in the work of the legislature, according to the poll by the firm Prodato, conducted at the request of the daily Prensa Libre. The Army, involved in serious human-rights violations during the civil war (1960-1996), won popularity in the last decade following the decision by successive administrations to send it into the streets to confront organized crime, especially drug trafficking. In Guatemala, violence leaves a daily average of 16 people dead, and the homicide rate is 42 per 100,000 inhabitants, one of the highest in the world. The poll was conducted between July 2 and 8, with a margin of error of 2.8 percent.last_img read more

4 ways to save on your Thanksgiving feast

first_img 67SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Myriam DiGiovanni After writing for Credit Union Times and The Financial Brand, Myriam DiGiovanni covers financial literacy for FinancialFeed. She is also a storytelling expert and works with credit unions to help … Web: Details The countdown to Thanksgiving has begun.We all look forward to preparing a great meal for friends and family, but the costs – in both time and money – can be hard to digest.If you are hosting this year’s feast, here are few ways to keep the financial and emotional stress to a minimum.Make a plan: Decide on your menu early. List all the ingredients you need and start looking for deals. When it comes to food shopping, the earlier the better. Many stores have already started their holiday season specials, so keep an eye out for coupons and discounts. Break up the turkey day shopping list and pick up a few items at a time during your regular supermarket runs. Speaking of turkey, it’s time to get your pre-orders in. Spare yourself the stress of hunting down a turkey at the last minute by reserving a frozen turkey now. If you’re feeding a crowd, don’t limit yourself to just your local grocery store. Membership warehouses like Costco, Sam’s Club and BJ’s are great places to find deals on bulk wine, beer and other drinks, as well as produce, frozen items and desserts.Buy the right size turkey: According to the Natural Resource Defense Council, about 204 million pounds of turkey, worth a total of $293 million, is tossed in the trash each year. The general rule of thumb to figure out how much turkey you need is 1 to 1 ½ pounds of turkey per person. Don’t worry, you’ll still have leftovers … but maybe just 2 days’ worth instead of weeks.Sharing is caring: Who says you have to do all the cooking? Maybe this is the year you go potluck. As the host, you can provide the main meat dishes like turkey, ham, brisket, lamb or seafood. Then, ask your guests to each bring a side dish, dessert or a bottle of their favorite beverage (with or without alcohol) to complete the spread. But make sure you confirm what each person is bringing or you may end up with five green bean casseroles.Outsource the meal: Do you want to host Thanksgiving dinner but you’re not up to cooking this year? Check out mail-order meal kits. Some consider it the best of both worlds. It’s still a home cooked meal, but the menu and ingredients are all delivered right to your door. If you prefer to have someone else do all of the cooking, start scoping out local restaurants and grocery stores for Thanksgiving Day catering deals. You will likely spend more money than going the DIY route, but the savings in time and stress may be worth it.last_img read more

New hotel for Copenhagen

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Pressure group criticises ABP for stakes in nuclear weapon makers

first_img“We invest, for example in US aircraft manufacturer Boeing and in US firm Honeywell, which produce climate systems but are, however, also involved in nuclear arms,” he said. He pointed out that ABP followed the Dutch government’s policy, based on the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, which allows five countries, including the US, to have nuclear weapons. Speaking on a recent radio programme, ABP chair Corien Wortmann-Kool rejected PAX’s analysis, highlighting that Boeing also invested in sustainable flying.She also pointed out, however, that companies such as Boeing and Honeywell would have to apply for continued investment by ABP, as part of the review of the pension fund’s entire portfolio for sustainability. Earlier this year, ABP excluded Indian companies Walchandnagar and Larsen & Toubro from investment, divesting from the latter firm, as they were involved in the manufacturing of nuclear weapons for India.In the opinion of PAX, an entire company should be excluded from investment, even if only a small part of operations is involved in the manufacture of nuclear arms, and argued that Dutch pension funds should divest from Finmeccanica, Raytheon, Airbus, BAE Systems and Safran.According to the pressure group, among Dutch institutional investors, Aegon and ING currently have the highest exposures to nuclear weapons, at €695m and €409m, respectively. Pressure group PAX has claimed that ABP, the €345bn pension fund for Dutch civil servants, still has nearly €1bn invested in companies involved in some capacity with the making of nuclear weapons.The organisation, formerly known as Pax Christi, said ABP’s holdings were “indefensible”, as a survey in 2014 commissioned by television programme Een Vandaag suggested more than 60% of ABP’s participants had “issues” with such investments.Apart from ABP, the Shell Pensioenfonds was the only remaining Dutch scheme with a stake (€53m) in companies involved in the development, manufacture, trade or maintenance of nuclear arms or parts. A spokesman for ABP stressed that the pension fund’s exposure to nuclear weapons had not been deliberate. last_img read more

Buyers shave $200k off multimillion-dollar Brisbane apartment

first_imgThe ensuite and powder room inside one of the Emporium Residences at Southpoint.As well as the Emporium Hotel and Emporium Residences and Apartments, the Southpoint precinct comprises a ground floor pedestrian plaza, with Woolworths, boutique retail and dining options. The sale of the apartment at 1801/269 Grey Street was the biggest sale of the past week in Queensland.According to property research firm, CoreLogic, the inner Brisbane market can expect another 9,732 units to be built over the next two years — an increase of nearly 30 per cent in overall unit supply. The view from one of the Emporium Residences at Southpoint.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus16 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market16 hours agoThe new owners will also be able to access the services of the Emporium Hotel, including a personal chef, 24 hour room service, spa treatments, valet parking and cleaning services.Mr Rand said new apartments in the $1.5 million to $3.5 million range in Brisbane’s inner city were attracting strong interest from buyers demanding a five-star living experience. He said his agency had sold more than 30 new apartments priced between $1 million and $5.2 million in past 12 months.“High quality properties with incredible views are selling well,” Mr Rand said. An artist’s impression of a bedroom in the Emporium Residences at Southpoint.ONE of the newest and most luxurious apartments to hit the Brisbane market this year has sold for a whopping $5.2 million, as buyers adopt an ‘only the best will do’ approach to inner city living.But the new owners got it for a bargain, slashing $200,000 off the original sale price.The four-bedroom property, which is bigger than your average house, is in the swanky new Emporium hotel complex in Grey Street, South Bank.The apartment is one of the Emporium Residences incorporated in the $600 million Southpoint precinct developed by the Brisbane family-owned Anthony John Group.It had been listed for sale for $5.4 million. An artist’s impression of a bathroom in the Emporium Residences at Southpoint.Selling agent Phillip Rand of Bold Residential said a young family living on the Sunshine Coast had bought the apartment as a Brisbane base.The 375 sqm property has four bedrooms, three bathrooms, two studies, a media room and full chef’s kitchen with butler’s pantry and wet bar.It boasts panoramic views over the Brisbane River, CBD and beyond to Mt Coot-tha from almost every room. The Emporium Residences at Southbank.Despite the expected increase in supply, CoreLogic senior research analyst Cameron Kusher said the construction cycle peaked almost two years ago and Brisbane was already starting to see some moderate rises in apartment values and rental rates.Urbis property economics and research director Paul Riga said there was still demand in the inner Brisbane apartment market. “Resales of new product is certainly impacting the overall demand, but it also highlights that interest in Brisbane is still present, with positive investment and employment drivers giving buyers, particularly investors, added confidence.” Mr Riga said.last_img read more

Indiana DNR hiring conservation officers

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — The Indiana DNR Division of Law Enforcement is looking to fill Indiana Conservation Officer (ICO) positions across the state with highly motivated, outdoor-centered individuals.Anyone interested in a career as an ICO should first to go to and complete the Pre-screening test. Completion of this test by midnight Feb. 4, 2019 is required to be considered for the 2019 hiring process, which starts in late February 2019.Indiana Conservation Officers are the state’s oldest law enforcement agency. ICOs are fully recognized Indiana police officers who enforce and uphold all DNR rules and regulations as well as all other Indiana state laws. ICOs  spend the majority of their time enforcing fishing and hunting regulations, conducting marine boat patrol on Indiana’s waterways, and patrolling DNR properties to keep them safe and family friendly.In addition to traditional law enforcement work, ICOs also engage in many specialty areas, including SCUBA, K-9, search and rescue, swift water rescue and many more.To be qualified to pass the pre-screening test, you must be a U.S. citizen; be 21 years old by Dec. 27, 2019; and have an associate’s degree from an accredited college or completed 60 hours toward a bachelor’s degree, or have four years full time active military service with an honorable discharge by Aug. 12, 2018. You must be able to pass minimum Indiana Law Enforcement Academy physical fitness requirements as listed are online here.If you think you have what it takes, click here, read “Becoming a Conservation Officer” and complete the Pre Screening Questionnaire.last_img read more

Pochettino to pit his wits against Harry

first_img Two years on from his sacking, the 67-year-old will on Sunday return to White Hart Lane for the first time as manager of QPR. It was an unceremonious end to what was the most successful period of Spurs’ recent history, with Redknapp still the only man to have led the club into the Champions League. “But, yes, he is fast and we need to be ready in the game on Sunday because he is a very good player.” Pochettino was similarly coy when asked the possibility of Vlad Chiriches moving to Roma and reported interest from Napoli in Sandro, although he opened up when it came to the difficulties of getting Tottenham playing the way he wants. The Argentinian takes charge of his first competitive home match fresh from wins at West Ham and AEL Limassol, yet the attractive, high-pressing football seen at Southampton has yet to replicated. “It is difficult to say how long you need, but in the beginning we try to put our style,” Pochettino said. “It is true that this was a difficult period, the start to pre-season because this year there was the World Cup and many players arrived late. “It is always difficult to put in place and develop your style when you have players away, but we are happy at the moment; we are looking forward.” Press Association Mauricio Pochettino is looking forward to pitting his wits against former Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp, who not only shares a similar managerial CV but the same birthday. Andre Villas-Boas and Tim Sherwood have since tried and failed, with former Argentina international Pochettino the latest man charged with getting the club into the top four after an impressive 18-month stint at Southampton. Redknapp also spent time at the St Mary’s helm – albeit enduring a far less successful spell – and the similarities stretch even further, with both men being born on the same day. As fate would have it, the only previous occasion the managers have met was on their birthday, March 2, when relegation-bound QPR last year ran out 2-1 victors on the south coast. “I have full respect for him,” Pochettino said of the man 25 years his senior. “He was born on the same day as me, March 2, so he is a special person too like me. “I know about Harry Redknapp, I have full respect for him and he, too, was the manager of Southampton and Tottenham.” Redknapp gave Pochettino a “very, very good” bottle of red wine as a present that day, but the Argentinian handed QPR the three points in a match which Loic Remy scored. The France international is likely to feature this weekend against a Spurs side whose interest has been widely reported, which perhaps explains why Pochettino became so uncomfortable when quizzed about the striker’s attributes. “I never talk about different players,” Pochettino said. “I know Remy because he is a good player, an international player. last_img read more

Miramar convenience store shooter turns himself in

first_imgA man involved in the early-morning fatal shooting at a Miramar store Tuesday has turned himself in, police say.28-year-old Brandon Morgan Loisy faces a manslaughter charge, according to Miramar police.The shooting took place Tuesday morning, and the store owner, Eddie Mustafa, told police that the shooting appeared to be accidental among two friends and regular customers at the Countyline Shop & Save.Mustafa said the gun went off and the shooter initially tried to help the victim, but ultimately panicked and fled the scene.Miramar police say Loisy turned himself in later Tuesday.last_img read more

ICC World Cup Pressure will be more on England: New Zealand coach Gary Stead ahead of ICC Cricket World Cup final

first_imgEngland has reached the final in 1979, 1987 and 1992.New Zealand reached the final for the first time in 2015.England defeated New Zealand in the league stages in Durham. New Delhi: England and New Zealand are on the cusp of something special in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. This is the fourth time England have reached the final while New Zealand is in this stage for the second time after the 2015 World Cup. The team that wins at Lord’s on Sunday will be crowned world champions for the first time. There will be immense pressure on both England and New Zealand but Gary Stead, the Kiwi head coach has said there will be no underdogs in this match but admitted the pressure will be a lot more on England as they were deemed the favourites at the start of the tournament.“There is pressure on both teams. The exciting thing is that both teams have not won the World Cup and both have experience of finals. But since England and India were looked at as winners, maybe there is more pressure on them. I don’t know who the underdog here is. That is for the media to say. We are going in with a 50-50 chance and we need to be a little bit better than England on Sunday,” Stead said in a media interaction before the final at Lord’s.England and New Zealand both endured a roller-coaster journey in their path to the finals. England suffered losses to Sri Lanka and Australia in the league stages while New Zealand lost three games before the semi-final. Stead said whoever held their nerve in the final will emerge the victors.“We don’t have to play the perfect game. What we have to do is to be able to adapt to conditions in front of us. Working out that 240 (vs India) is a good score is the strength the guys have, especially the middle order. Guys like Kane, Ross, Tom Latham, they have a lot of experience,” Stead said.New Zealand is making their second straight final while England is reaching the final after 27 years. Seven members of the New Zealand team played the final against Australia at Melbourne while none from the England team featured in the final in 1992. Stead reiterated the team knew how to avoid making the mistakes which cost them the final.“What have we learnt from that experience … there are a lot of similarities between the two occasions. We have seven guys who had experience of being part of that squad playing then. But at the end of the day, it’s a game of cricket — there will be one team which will be happy and one team which will be disappointed. We are trying to keep it as realistic as we can,” Stead said. highlightscenter_img For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more