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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Bernd Leno heaps praise on Freddie Ljungberg for bringing ‘real Arsenal’ back

first_imgArsenal had not won a game in nine matches before Monday Picture: Reuters)Bernd Leno insists Freddie Ljungberg is doing an excellent job as interim coach and believes the victory over West Ham was the return of the ‘real Arsenal’.Ljungberg got his first win as caretaker manager on Monday night against West Ham, snapping Arsenal’s nine-match wait for a victory in any competition.Gabriel Martinelli was handed his full Premier League by Ljungberg in a shock decision before the game and Leno heaped praised on the Swede.‘I do not know what the club is deciding,’ Leno said about the search for a full-time manager. ‘We only have to focus on now.ADVERTISEMENT Ljungberg speaks after Arsenal’s first win in 10, against West HamTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 5:09FullscreenLjungberg speaks after Arsenal’s first win in 10, against West Hamhttps://metro.co.uk/video/ljungberg-speaks-arsenals-win-10-against-west-ham-2066642/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.‘Freddie is doing a very good job. The team know about his quality and the way they want to play.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘We want to play with possession, keep the ball and also press very high, and also with transitions. It is not our decision, it is a decision of the club.‘From the first day he said he wanted to see laughing faces, to see a good atmosphere.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 City‘We had a bad time, we are all human and it is not easy. It was not like we did not try, but it just did not work.’Arsenal were losing the game at half-time following Angelo Ogbonna’s opener, before Martinelli sparked a second-half fight-back. Advertisement Bernd Leno heaps praise on Freddie Ljungberg for bringing ‘real Arsenal’ back Coral BarryTuesday 10 Dec 2019 1:27 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Ljungberg has already suffered one defeat as interim coach (Picture: Getty)Nicolas Pepe and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang would score to secure a 3-1 victory and Leno detailed what was said during the interval.‘You could feel in the first half we had no confidence,’ he said.‘In the half-time we talked to each other and said we have to change something.‘The performance in the second half was impressive, we controlled the game, scored some nice goals, took our chances and it was well deserved.center_img Martinelli played a starring role for Arsenal in the win over West Ham (Picture: Getty)‘This result must give us confidence for the next weeks. Freddie was talking and analysing (at half-time). He showed us some situations that we needed to be braver.‘We did this. It is a good feeling, we all missed the feeling.‘He was calm but in a very straight way. It was not like everyone was not trying, but you could feel that we did not play in a free way and he made us more free to play.‘You could see this more in the second half. After the second and the third goal you could see how we can play with more confidence. This is the real Arsenal.’MORE: Arsenal legend Ian Wright sends class message to Gabriel Martinelli after record-breaking nightMORE: Marcelino ‘not optimistic’ about being offered Arsenal job after face-to-face interview Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

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Governor Wolf Announces $1.6 Million for Troops for Teachers Program

first_imgGovernor Wolf Announces $1.6 Million for Troops for Teachers Program SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Education,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced that his administration has secured a $1.6 million, 5-year Troops to Teachers grant. The program, managed by the Department of Defense’s Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES), makes federal funding available to recruit and help military veterans who are considering a career in teaching.“Pennsylvania has a proud military heritage and is home to many tremendous veterans who want to continue serving their community,” said Governor Wolf. “The Troops for Teachers program is a great way for veterans to bring their knowledge and skills to our classrooms, which benefits veterans and our students.”Under the state’s Troops to Teachers program, veterans who are interested in pursuing a career in teaching are provided with counseling services on teacher education requirements and programs, as well as guidance around the teacher certification process and referrals to employment opportunities. In some cases, veterans are eligible for bonuses if they choose to teach in a high-need school.“As Pennsylvania explores new approaches to generating a diverse pool of educators – and especially with a growing emphasis on STEM education – in many cases veterans or service members may be a great fit for the commonwealth’s classrooms,” Education Secretary Pedro A. Rivera said. “Service members are known for their initiative, commitment, and leadership skills, which can make them successful when transitioning from the armed forces to our state’s schools.”With the grant, the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) has also funded a PA Regional Partnership program, led by Slippery Rock University (SRU) to recruit eligible veterans into specially-tailored, one-year post-baccalaureate teacher certification programs in secondary STEM and in world languages. SRU and West Chester University are offering the program.Service members often learn about the Troops to Teachers program when separating from active duty service. Additionally, to reach veterans, PDE includes Troops to Teachers information in a mailing to military members residing in Pennsylvania when they separate from service.For information about the program, visit Troops to Teachers or the Department of Education.center_img May 24, 2018last_img read more

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Queensland leads housing growth turnaround

first_img The rudest place names on earth How ho’meow’ners can avoid feline catastrophes One of the Big Four banks, the Commonwealth Bank, expected that the fall in housing starts was yet to run its course.“The drop in commencements is consistent with our view that the decline in dwelling investment has further to run. Our forecasts have dwelling investment bottoming out around the middle of this year.”It said the decline in building approvals was bottoming out, house prices were rising strongly since mid 2019, rates were “very low” and population growth was strong. “These factors support demand for housing,” the CBA Economics paper said. Where you should have bought 10 years ago FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON TWITTER South Australia was the only other state able to stay in positive territory (1.9 per cent), with major collapses across New South Wales (-19.5 per cent), the Northern Territory (-18.5 per cent), Western Australia (-14.8 per cent), Victoria (-9.7 per cent), Tasmania (-4.6 per cent, and the Australian Capital Territory (-3.1 per cent). Housing Industry Association senior economist. Geordan Murray said the figures were off a lower base compared to the other two big east coast markets (NSW and Victoria), but Queensland had turned the corner. 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The lag can be even longer for new apartments purchased off the plan.”Nationally, dwelling commencements in the September quarter fell 11.7 per cent over the June quarter and was down by 27.2 per cent compared with a year earlier. Construction activity has begun turning around in Brisbane when it comes to houses and apartments, defying falls in the south. Picture: Bruce Long.Queensland is defying massive falls among southern states to post the highest growth in housing starts in the country, latest data shows. Latest Australian Bureau of Statistics data showed Queensland defied a massive national fall of 11.7 per cent, with the Sunshine State posting growth of 3 per cent in the September 2019 quarter. Brisbane has begun the turnaround when it comes to housing commencements.“Queensland’s home building market has been underperforming over the last few quarters,” he said.“A big part of the fluctuation we’re seeing (down south) is being determined by variations in apartment market, The Brisbane apartment market peaked quite a bit earlier. Sydney and Melbourne are still in retreat whereas Brisbane and the southeast corner – including the Gold and Sunshine Coast markets – peaked several years ago and have reached the bottom of the cycle already, so we are seeing some modest improvements.”He said “some of the headwinds that the housing market faced over the last few years have dissipated”. 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Gilbert celebrates 18th birthday with UW in style

first_imgDavid Gilbert (11) combines with Jaevery McFadden for a tackle Saturday. He also blocked a punt on his birthday.[/media-credit]Rising above three Purdue blockers, 6-foot-4-inch, 234-pound David Gilbert used all of his 37-inch vertical to stretch out and stuff Purdue’s punt, flipping on his head, sending the ball dribbling around the backfield where it was scooped up for a touchdown, giving the Badgers an emphatic 24-0 lead going into the half. And he did this on his 18th birthday, no less.On defense, freshman Chris Borland recorded 4 tackles, one for a loss, forced a fumble, and recovered two more fumbles, earning Big Ten Player of the Week honors. And he did this on the first start of his collegiate career, no less.These two freshmen made a huge impact not only on the field but also emotionally, as the team rallied around their plays, leading to a 37-0 rout of a hot Purdue team.The University of Wisconsin defense allowed only 141 total yards and forced three turnovers against Purdue as John Clay rushed for 123 yards and three touchdowns. It was an excellent day for the Badgers, but it was an even better day for the two freshmen, Gilbert and Borland, who created plays and stifled the opposition. Senior defensive lineman O’Brien Schofield praised the work ethic of the young players as well as the support around them.“When you got guys playing with that much passion and playing that hard, how can you beat that?” Schofield said. “It’s something special when you see a young guy playing with that much emotion and passion — it’s a reflection of the coaches and what older guys, our seniors, are doing.”Defensive line coach Charles Partridge was also happy to see these players make an impact on game and for the team.“I think it’s just exciting anytime you have a big play like that punt block or some of the plays that Chris has made throughout the course of the season because it helps positively affect the team,” Partridge said.Gilbert had been looking forward to his chance to block a punt, and his anticipation was justified. According to Borland, the punt block was somewhat predictable, seeing that Gilbert discussed the possibility in the week leading up to the game.“He’s been talking about it all [the previous] week so I was waiting for it,” Borland said. “I heard the [crowd] and I smiled. I went over and congratulated him. It was a great play. He told me he was going for the ‘Chris Borland,’ but that was the ‘David Gilbert.’”Schofield also felt Gilbert had a chance for something big.“I heard the crowd reaction and saw Aaron [Henry] running into the end zone and when I saw the replay, my mouth dropped,” Schofield said. “I knew he was an athletic freak, and I knew he was going to make something special happen on his birthday. He just showed his athleticism, being able to jump over those guys like that.”A Coral Springs, Fla., native, Gilbert said he was just happy knowing his friends and family were all watching from Camp Randall and he could make a play for them.“It was real special because my parents came and my little brother,” Gilbert said. “Everyone back home was watching, everyone knew it was my birthday. With everyone at home knowing that game was going on and to watch it and for me to do something like that, it was really special.”Gilbert came to UW in January, but didn’t turn 18 until this weekend. He says his mother had him skip Pre-K, making him the youngest person in his grade each year, though his coaches don’t seem to notice.“He’s certainly mature beyond his years,” Partridge said. “Every once in a while you’ll hear him say something that sounds like he’s 17 turning 18, but he’s on top of his work and is a very conscientious young man.”As for Borland, he received the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week to go along with a Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week he received after the game against Wofford. He is the first Badger to receive both awards in the same season since Jim Leonhard accomplished the feat back in 2003. His teammates have taken notice.“Ah, that guy’s amazing,” Schofield said. “Just seeing him from the summer ’til now, he’s matured as a football player and just as a person, and he’s an impact player for our team, special teams and defense. If that guy’s in the game, you know something special is going to happen.”Borland humbly accepted the praise.“It’s a big honor, but it’s not like I achieved it on my own,” he said. “So many players around me were playing well and probably playing better, so they made it easy for me and helped me out on my mistakes so I almost feel guilty getting [the award].”For the two players, it’s all about looking for that one play where they can affect the game while also supporting the team.“It was just a good play,” Gilbert said. “So you get congratulated for it and you move on and try to do your best every play.”last_img read more

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