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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Video briefing: what’s hot in savoury snacks and crisps?

first_imgWhat’s hot?We know that flavour is the number one purchase driver, so full-on flavours are of absolute paramount importance for the future growth of the category. Other research tells us that one in five consumers are looking for healthier choices when they seek out tasty snacks during the course of the day, so having more products that hit that magical under-100 calorie mark are key. What’s not?Although sharing is a critical segment within the category, and larger sharing packs lend themselves perfectly to the big night in occasion or the barbecue occasion, they don’t help consumers manage portion size and control what they consume. That’s why we believe that multipacks will play an increasingly important role in the future as they allow consumers to get the taste and flavour hit they crave but in a manageable portion size.What’s next?Genuine sustainable innovation, not copycat products, are the lifeblood of our future category growth and when these products are launched they must tap on-trend flavour partitions, such as spicy or Mexican, which is where the growth is right now. We also believe that over the next three years we will continue to see more and more healthier products coming into the marketplace.What’s new? Four new Mexican-inspired crisps Beef Barbacoa & Dill Pickle Square TortillasBrand: Manomasa RSP: £1.99Launching into Asda stores this summer, these square chips feature the flavours of beef barbacoa, a traditional slow-cooked Mexican dish, alongside dill pickle and black beans.  Muchos Brand: McCoy’sRSP: £1.99/180gThese Mexican-style folded tortilla chips hit supermarket shelves last month in three flavours: Smoky Chilli Chicken, Nacho Cheese and Sour Cream & Onion. Each crescent-shaped chip is made from corn, wheat and potato, along with a blend of six spices and kidney beans. Jalapeño & Lime Popped Lotus SeedsBrand: Native Snacks RSP: £1.20/22gThese snacks are made from Indian lotus flower seeds but feature a distinctly Mexican flavour profile. The seeds are dried, popped and roasted with natural ingredients which delivers a “delicious, light and crunchy texture”, according to the brand. They’re available in As Nature Intended and Sourced Market stores as well as on Amazon.  Smoked Chipotle & Creme Fraiche SlicesBrand: Kettle RSP: £2.29/100gLaunching this month, these sharing bags combine potato and sweet potato slices with a staple of Mexican cuisine – chipotle chilli.last_img read more

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Update on the latest sports

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSNo rite of spring for golf: Masters postponed due to virusUNDATED (AP) — Golf’s annual rite of spring won’t happen this year. Augusta National has decided to postpone the Masters because of the spread of the coronavirus. That means there will be no golf at least for the next month. — Boston Marathon organizers are postponing the prestigious race until Sept. 14 because of concerns over the coronavirus pandemic. The April 20 race was expected to draw 31,000 runners and about 1 million spectators.— The first four races of the Formula One season have been called off because of the virus. Organizers canceled the season-opening Australian Grand Prix just hours ahead f the first official practice sessions, after McLaren withdrew because one of its team members tested positive for the virus. Now the Bahrain and Vietnam Grand Prix races have also been postponed. The China Grand Prix was postponed previously. No new dates have been set for the races but governing body FIA says it expects to begin the F1 season in May when it reaches Europe with the Dutch GP.— IndyCar and NASCAR are still planning to race this weekend, but without spectators. IndyCar is scheduled to pen ts season Sunday on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida. Only essential personnel will be permitted to attend, nd competitors will have to undergo a questionnaire for health screening before entry. Today’s practice sessions nd other events have been canceled. NASCAR will race this week at Atlanta and next week at Homestead-Miami Speedway under similar restrictions.— The Swiss hockey league will not have a champion this season, for the first time since 1940. The league has decided to cancel the season. Games were suspended two weeks ago when the Swiss federal government prohibited large public events.— The German soccer league has suspended its season, dropping a plan to play this weekend in empty stadiums. The league board says there is an increasing number of suspected coronavirus cases affecting German clubs. Three second-division players have tested positive for the virus. March 13, 2020 Associated Press The decision came 12 hours after PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan canceled four tournaments, starting with the final three rounds of The Players Championship and its $15 million purse.The Masters had been scheduled for April 9-12.In a statement, Masters chairman Fred Ridley said he hoped the postponement puts Augusta National in the best position to host the Masters and its two other amateur events “at some later date.” He did not indicate when the Masters might be played. The private club traditionally closes in May and does not open for its members until October.The decision is the latest big hit to the spring sports calendar caused by the COVID-19 oubreak, which has already caused the cancellation of March Madness and disrupted schedules across the NBA, NHL, Major League Baseball, tennis and soccer.Among other virus-related developments in sports: — The English Premier League and the Champions League were both suspended Friday. Matches in England will be stopped until at least April 3 after five Premier League clubs said some players or staff were in self-isolation. Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has tested positive for the virus, as has Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi.— The Greek Olympic committee has suspended the rest of its torch relay because of the “unexpectedly large crowd” that gathered to watch despite repeated requests for the public to stay away to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The committee said a large crowd had gathered to watch the flame for the Tokyo Olympics pass through the southern Greek town of Sparta. The flame was lit yesterday at the birthplace of the games in Ancient Olympia in a pared-down ceremony.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Update on the latest sportslast_img read more

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