Former Colombian Paramilitaries Pose Possible Surrender

first_img Groups dedicated to drug trafficking and responsible for a spiraling crime rate in northern Colombia have put forward the idea of a possible surrender to the government in an effort to put an end to the violence, a senior Catholic clergyman said on 17 January. These so-called ‘emerging criminal gangs,’ made up of former ultra-right-wing paramilitaries, are engaged in a war for control of drug-trafficking routes and areas for growing coca – the raw material for cocaine – in which hundreds of people have died in recent months. “They’re not asking for dialogue commissions, just to reach out to the government to surrender weapons, routes, crops. To turn themselves in, even if the outcome is extradition,” the bishop of Montería, Msgr. Julio César Vidal, told reporters. “They’ve told me that they don’t want Colombia to turn into Mexico, and that it doesn’t matter if they’re extradited, but that this has to be stopped,” maintained the bishop, whose diocese is centered in the capital of the department of Córdoba, one of those most impacted by the violence of these illegal armed groups. According to the National Police, there are currently seven emerging criminal gangs dedicated to drug trafficking in Colombia, with around 4,100 fighters. The government maintains that unlike the paramilitaries, who had a political and ideological motive for their fight against the country’s guerrillas, the new groups are dedicated only to drug-trafficking activities. President Juan Manuel Santos’s administration left open the possibility that the gangs’ leaders and rank-and-file could submit to justice and lay down their arms, but it warned that there will be no negotiations. “The administration’s policy has been to confront these organizations with complete decisiveness and determination,” Interior and Justice Minister Germán Vargas Lleras said. By Dialogo January 19, 2011last_img read more

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It’s hard not to be mesmerised by these views across the Brisbane River and the city

first_img37 Wendell St, Norman Park.IT’S not just her home’s location alongside the Brisbane River which made living in Wendell St, Norman Park, so enjoyable for Virginia Andronicos.Aside from the great location, she said the wonderful people in the rest of the street had made it so special.“I’ve never felt it before living anywhere else, the sense that I could walk up to any of the residents’ doors and ask for help,’’ she said.Inside the home, Ms Andronicos also says she hasn’t become oblivious to the property’s “mesmerising’’ view of the Brisbane River. 37 Wendell St, Norman Park.The house has Italian-style courtyards, two entertaining decks, a grand dining room and a rooftop terrace overlooking the city.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor7 hours agoThe couple had bought another property about half the size, but Ms Andronicos said they had ensured it also had amazing river and city views because that was something they couldn’t give up.The Wendell St home is elevated high above the street on a 671sq m block of land with dual-street frontage. It is spread over two levels and features a neutral colour palette. 37 Wendell St, Norman Park.The ground level entrance has a chandelier and terrazzo flooring. The family room has high ceilings and airconditioning and this area leads out to the entertaining area.There is also a bedroom on this level with an ensuite, while another two bedrooms are close to a larger bathroom.Even the home office has river views.On the top level of the home is a formal dining and living area, which opens to a front balcony.The kitchen has a 900mm Baumatic cooktop and a walk-in pantry.The master bedroom is a real retreat with a large custom walk-in robe, ensuite and, once again, river and city views.There is a rooftop area designed entertaining. 37 Wendell St, Norman Park. DETAILS 37 Wendell St, Norman Park Four bed Three bathrooms Agent: Sarah and Damian Hackett 0488 355 553, Place Bulimba Auction: March 16, 6.30pm 37 Wendell St, Norman Park.Instead, she was constantly caught by surprise with its beauty, “whether you are starting the day with a cup of tea and sitting watching City Cats and river ferries or New Farm Park walkers, runners or tai chi classes, or practising yoga on your bedroom floor or rooftop deck’’.Ms Andronicos and her fiance have been in the property for eight years and spent that time transforming it into the beautiful home it now is.They created a very lush green courtyard off the kitchen, which was an ideal spot to cool down during the heat of the afternoon.“I always feel like the river and city lights are almost bidding me goodnight as I put the blinds down,” she said.last_img read more

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Zidane praises Thibaut Courtois following Alaves win

first_imgReal Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has singled out goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois for praise following their 2-0 win at home to Alaves. The victory reestablishes their four-point lead at the top of La Liga, with eight successive wins following the restart of the season in June. Belgian international Courtois made vital saves from Lucas Perez and Joselu against the Basque side, and tonight was his six successive clean sheet, as Zidane hailed the former Chelsea star. “We deserved to win. This was three important points,” he told an interview with Movistar, reported via Marca. “We still have three games left to play, now we rest and prepare for the next game. Loading… “At the moment, we are not conceding many goals. Courtois has been a great influence, and he has played big role in stopping us from leaking goals.” Zidane also confirmed Karim Benzema suffered a minor injury in the closing stages of the game, but the former French international should be fit in time to face Granada next week.center_img Read Also: La Liga: Real Madrid in sight of title after beating Alaves Defensive pair Dani Carvajal and Sergio Ramos will return following one game bans, and Zidane could rotate his options for the trip to the Nuevo Estadio de Los Carmenes. Marcelo, Federico Valverde and Eden Hazard were all rested against Alaves and could come back into contention in the coming days. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YouBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way9 Talented Actors Who Are Only Associated With One Role7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty PennyWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Time7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The Worldlast_img read more

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Onisac hit with €450,000 fine for breaching Dutch gaming law

first_img KSA issues ‘conduct warning’ following covid marketing breaches July 28, 2020 Submit Share Share Related Articles Kansspelautoriteit enters into MoU with Malta Gaming Authority August 28, 2020 Dutch gaming authority, Kansspelautoriteit (KSA), has continued its crackdown on non-compliant operators by issuing a €450,000 penalty to Gibraltar-based Onisac Limited, the company behind casino.com.The penalty was issued in two parts: a fine of €200,000 was issued by the KSA after Onisac was found to be offering online games of chance. The fine had subsequently been doubled due to this being a repeated offence, after it was sanctioned by the KSA back in 2013.Dutch law states that online games of chance are only permitted if a licence is granted, however the current Betting and Gaming Act offers no possibility for this. René Jansen, chairman of the KSA, commented: ‘This is a repeat offender. That makes the violation extra harmful and is reason to double the fine.”The remaining €50,000 fine was incurred after the group were found to have charged unreasonable administration costs to inactive players. Players had funds deducted from their accounts in the form of “administration fees” after they had been inactive for a period of 180 days.“The KSA assesses this as an unreasonable disadvantage for consumers,” as noted in the ruling. Since the fine had been issued, casino.com has now been taken offline for Dutch users. KSA report reveals age verification failings June 29, 2020 StumbleUponlast_img read more

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