Former Paramilitary Soldier Extradited to US Requests Uribe Appoint Him “Peacemaker”

first_imgBy Dialogo June 15, 2009 Bogotá, June 11 (EFE). – Former paramilitary leader Salvatore Mancuso, who was extradited to the United States, asked Colombian President Álvaro Uribe to appoint him as peacemaker, while offering to mediate before the FARC and ELN guerrillas. According to a statement published in the daily El Tiempo website, Mancuso tells Uribe in a letter: “please allow me to move forward with my determination to be a man of peace.” In the letter from Washington dated March 22, 2009, the former leader of the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (AUC) states that he is “the mirror on which the ‘Canos,’ ‘Jojoys,’ FARC, ELN, emerging groups, and ‘don Marios’ reflect.” Mancuso refers to Alfonso Cano, the chief of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC); to drug trafficker and paramilitary soldier Daniel Rendón Herrera, aka “Don Mario,” who as captured in April by Colombian authorities; and to Jorge Briceño Suárez, aka “Mono Jojoy,” the FARC military chief. As well as other sectors, Mancuso says that the conflict won’t be ended “by the use of weapons or by the wiping out the adversary; on the contrary, it will be fulfilled through dialogue and political solutions regarding transitional justice.” He says that, as peacemaker, he could “mediate and hold political dialogues with all of them if he has political and government support.” Furthermore, he says that the connections between the Colombian Army and the paramilitary will lead to a stage “more traumatic and painful than that of parapolitics.” On the other hand, he criticizes President Uribe’s administration’s handling of the paramilitary demobilization process, since “the emerging groups are the sub-product of the failure of the “Ralito Agreement” negotiations, of not being able to manage the different stages of the peace process.” He points out that the territories he surrendered when demobilization occurred were taken by the so-called “emerging groups,” which constitute “new self-defense, the same old one, or a combination of both.” Mancuso also stated that he understands why Uribe’s government extradited him back in 2008, since, otherwise, he and his family would have already been murdered.” In the letter, the former soldier agrees with the referendum for President Uribe’s second re-election, and he points out that “if he had been asked, he would have joined.” Mancuso and other paramilitary leaders demobilized by the end of 2004 in a peace process in which 31,000 members surrendered their weapons and accepted the benefits offered by the Act of Justice and Peace. Mancuso, along with other 13 former paramilitary chiefs, was extradited to the United States in May 2008, where they were summoned by American courts that charged them with various crimes including drug trafficking.last_img read more

Wika records steep drop in new contracts in first quarter

first_imgMeanwhile, Wika also stated it would distribute Rp 457 billion in dividends, equal to 20 percent of the company’s 2019 profit, to its shareholders. The value of the dividend of each share will be Rp 50.95, higher than last year’s share dividend of Rp 38.6 per share.The company has also announced a leadership change, with the company’s operational director Agung Budi Waskito appointed as the new president director replacing Tumiyana.The shareholders meeting also agreed to appoint Public Works and Housing Ministry (PUPR) Water Resource Director General Jarot Widyoko as the company’s president commissioner, replacing Imam Santoso.Previously, considering the possibility of a prolonged COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts, the company signaled the possibility of proposing debt relaxation, as it has Rp 6.2 trillion in debts due this year.“We may ask our lenders for debt relaxation because prolonged impacts could affect our operational revenue,” Mahendra previously told The Jakarta Post.Topics : “With the new contracts, Wika has a total order book of Rp 80.68 trillion in 2020. This is a huge responsibility for our company, and we have to fulfill it with accurate strategies,” Wika corporate secretary Mahendra Vijaya said after a shareholders meeting in a press release on Monday.The majority of the new contracts came from private companies, followed by government contracts and state-owned companies.The total order book has also declined, compared to the Rp117.69 trillion the company recorded in the first quarter last year, according to the company’s website.It also enjoyed Rp 26.42 trillion in profit last year, a 26.42 percent increase from 2018. State-owned construction firm Wijaya Karya (Wika) has seen a decline in new contract figures as of April this year, amid the unfolding pandemic.The firm recorded Rp 2.82 trillion (US$201.4 million) in new contracts from January to April, a steep 73.1 percent drop year-on-year (yoy). The company secured Rp 10.5 trillion in new contracts in the same period last year, as reported by company’s performance in the first part of the year will make it difficult to achieve its target to record Rp 65.5 trillion in new contracts this year, a 59.7 percent increase from 2019, according to a press statement issued by the company.last_img read more

Collins toughens child porn laws

first_img3 News 28 Aug 2012Justice Minister Judith Collins has announced tough new laws  to combat child pornography. They include doubling the maximum sentence for having child  porn and the introduction of a new offence of indecent communication with a  child. When child porn laws were last updated, photos and film were  easier to intercept. But with paedophiles able to send pictures digitally, Ms  Collins says it’s time we caught up. “Nowadays we’re having to rely on our electronic sheriffs,  we could say, in this area, but they need some extra tools and we need to change  the law,” she says. Of 400 recent child porn convictions, only 30 ended in  jail. But now the maximum penalty for possession is doubling to 10 years.  For production or distribution it is rising to 14, and there’ll be a presumption  that repeat offenders will be jailed.a rel=”nofollow” href=”;sz=300×250;ord=123456789?” target=”_blank”><img src=”;sz=300×250;ord=123456789?” width=”300″ height=”250″ border=”0″ alt=”Ad” /></a>Ms Collins also wants a new offence of indecent  communication with a child, which includes texting, online and verbal  communication. “There are some things that can be done, however the actual  grooming on the internet is very difficult for the police to be able to bring a  prosecution,” she says. “I think it’s really important for us to accept that this is  how our people get our kids.” The police Online Child Exploitation Team says in three  years they’ve saved 22 children from New Zealand and 11 overseas from situations  where they were being abused. read more

Boss accuses slow-starting Toffees

first_img The promoted visitors took a surprise lead in the 14th minute of the Barclays Premier League opening-day clash at Goodison Park through Miguel Layun, and the Toffees struggled to muster much of a response before the interval. They improved in the second half and broke the Hornets’ resilience to equalise through a sweet Ross Barkley strike in the 76th minute. Everton boss Roberto Martinez accused his team of having been in “pre-season mode” in the first half of their 2-2 draw with Watford. Watford then regained their advantage thanks to substitute Odion Ighalo in the 83rd minute, but Everton levelled again three minutes later thanks to another player called off the bench, Arouna Kone. Reflecting afterwards on his side’s display, Martinez said: “I thought we saw two very different performances from us. “I think in the first half, we were clearly not at the level, speed, tempo and intensity that Watford had. “Without knowing much about how these players gelled together (Watford had six debutants in their first XI), what we knew was that we were facing a newly-promoted side – that means you bring enthusiasm, bravery and an incredible intensity. “But I think you saw in the first half a team that was in pre-season mode. If we are like that, we cannot compete in this league, and after they scored, we had an incredible mountain to climb. “The second half was completely different and I think the attitude changed completely. “We got in that competitive mode. I think the game changed a lot with the introduction of Arouna Kone and, with a couple of tactical switches, everything became a lot clearer for us. “We became a little bit freer with what we did in front of goal, and you cannot underestimate coming back from behind twice in the game – that pleases me.” Martinez – eager to see his side improve on last season’s disappointing 11th-placed finish – had plenty of praise for playmaker Barkley, Everton’s outstanding performer. The manager said: “Highlighting Ross – he has scored a goal that only he can score, with that technique and class but also with the maturity of a new, refreshed Ross Barkley. “Two years ago he scored a similar goal in the opening game of the season, and that was a brave, raw, enthusiastic Ross Barkley. “I think today we saw a very composed Ross Barkley. I am very excited after that performance from him.” As well as 10 new players, Watford have also acquired a new boss over the summer following their promotion from the Sky Bet Championship – Martinez’s compatriot Quique Sanchez Flores. And regarding his first competitive assignment in the job, Flores said after the match: “Having conceded the second goal so late in the game, the first feeling when you go to the dressing room is that you have lost two points. “But we have played against an amazing team. Everton were playing well – they had had to change their way of playing. “If we are honest, we have to recognise that this result is okay.” Asked about his confidence of avoiding relegation this season, Flores said: “I am really confident in this group. We have been working very hard over the last six weeks to be competitive. “Of course, we can improve. But for this first match, I am happy with the performance.” Flores also said Watford were close to securing yet another signing – Guangzhou Evergrande’s former West Ham midfielder Alessandro Diamanti, who played for Fiorentina on loan last season. Press Associationlast_img read more

To Tip or Not To Tip? Restaurateurs Weigh In

first_imgBy Marion LynchYou’ve just finished a meal at your favorite local restaurant. Your server brings your check. Now it’s time for some arithmetic. To tip on the total, plus tax? To tip on full cost of that pricey bottle of wine on the bill, or is that too much? Maybe the service was under whelming? It’s time to get out your calculator.For those who are frustrated by end-of-dinner mathematics, bill-paying in certain New York City restaurants will soon be easier.Famed restaurateur Danny Meyers, CEO of Union Square Hospitality Group, which operates iconic Manhattan restaurants including Union Square Café and Gramercy Tavern, announced last week that tipping will be eliminated at the group’s restaurants by the end of the year, and menu prices will rise, in order to improve wages among kitchen staff.Meyer’s move is being closely watched by restaurants in New York and New Jersey, but are area restaurants ready to make such a change?Chef Nicholas Harary, chef/owner of Restaurant Nicholas in Middletown, says he is ready to embrace the policy if it comes across the river.“It’s a good thing,” he said, adding that he believes it will improve salaries for cooks, who don’t benefit from tips.The standard pay for servers in New Jersey is $2.13 an hour, who count on tips to earn a living wage. An elite few make substantial incomes.Cooks don’t have the advantage of supplementing their pay with tips. They’re paid an hourly wage, sometimes starting at the minimum of $8.38, with pay for line cooks averaging $10-$12 an hour.Cooks, Harary said, are paid on a percentage of food sales. Since the recession began in 2008, most restaurateurs have been reluctant to raise prices even though food costs have risen.“They’ve been artificially held down,” Harary said, and as a result the pay for kitchen staff has remained stagnant.His cooks are highly skilled and in many cases spent years in school to learn their trade. The hours are long and the work is challenging.Three years ago, he looked at the low pay that cooks were paid at Restaurant Nicholas, and gave them raises“I decided that I’m going to make less money this year and raise the pay of my cooks,” he said. “Now they are the best paid cooks around.” Getting and retaining qualified kitchen help is easier now.There’s no difference to the customer price-wise, he says. A customer who tips $20 on a $100 check will still pay $120, without the math calculation at the end of the night.The state will see an increase in tax revenue from the higher checks, and servers will be recognized as professionals, rather than relying on the generosity of customers to make a living. A steady salary will help them when they apply for a mortgage or a loan.Tim McLoone, owner of a dozen restaurants, including the Robinson Ale House in Red Bank, McLoone’s Pier House in Long Branch and the soon-to-reopen Rum Runner in Sea Bright, doubts a no tipping policy will work for him.He and his management team are aware of the pay inequities that exist in the business, and have taken some steps to change it.“Nobody here is making less than $10 an hour,” he said. That includes hostesses and other front of house workers who traditionally made $8.50.McLoone questions whether Meyer’s metrics will work in the long run. “He’s raising prices by 21 percent, but says he is giving 21 percent raises,” he noted. In his book, that won’t add up.The formula could work well in high-end restaurants like Nicholas, where a dinner check hovers around $100 per person, he said, but in more moderately priced eateries a 20 percent price increase won’t cover the raises.And not ever y server is making a good living, he said. On a good night in a high-end restaurant, a server can make $400, he said, but at lunchtime on a slow day in a typical restaurant, he or she is lucky to make $30.Like Restaurant Nicholas, McLoone raised wages because of the inequities in the system.“A lot of people who work for us in the kitchen work a full shift and leave for their other job,” he said.McLoone wanted to give kitchen staff a share of the tips, but it is illegal. That’s when he decided that raising their pay was the best solution.The benefit for McLoone’s is more consistency in the kitchen, with fewer employees leaving in search of a bigger paycheck.Marilou Halvorsen, president of the New Jersey Restaurant & Hospitality Association, said her organization will host a roundtable discussion next month to build consensus on the issue among the member restaurateurs.In preliminary polling of some of the state’s restaurant owners, Halvorsen believes that a move to eliminate tipping won’t work for everyone.“If you pay wages to all your workers, what does that mean for taxes, insurance and other payroll expenses?” she asked. “Not only is it an increase in the wage, it is also an increase in payroll costs.” With profit margins for most restaurants in the “single digits,” Halvorsen said the change poses a challenge for many owners.The restaurant and hospitality business are heavily labor dependent, she said, and any increase in labor costs cut heavily into those slim profits.The minimum wage for tipped workers is $2.13 in New Jersey, and if tips don’t bring the hourly wage to the state minimum wage of $8.38. But Halvorsen said the average tipped employee makes “far more” than minimum wage, with servers making an average of $16 $18.Few, if any kitchen workers in Garden State restaurants make minimum wage, she said, and with the exception of entry-level employees, pay is at least $10, with prep cooks earning about $17.Chef Nicholas Mercogliano, president of the Jersey Shore Chefs Association, says many chefs are leaving the business, and low wages are just one reason.Chefs, he said, work long hours, weekends and holidays. “You’re always on your feet, you’re getting burned, and it’s very fast paced and a high stress level.” With skilled sous chefs making only $15 an hour in some area restaurants, it’s hard to make a living in New Jersey.He anticipates there will be an exodus of line cooks from New York restaurants to the fast food industry as minimum wage rises to $15 an hour, over the next three years.last_img read more

UPDATED: It was all Leafs in a 7-0 romp over Chase Heat

first_imgPlaying one of the “most complete” games of the season the Nelson Leafs ended the road swing through the Kootenays for the Chase Heat on a sour note by blasting the Doug Birks Division squad 7-0 in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action Sunday afternoon at the NDCC Arena.“Ya it was,” Leaf coach Frank Maida said when asked about the Sunday performance.“It was a full 60 minutes and stuck to our game plan the entire game.”Colton McCarthy and Seth Schmidt led the offence, each netting a pair of goals as Nelson held period leads of 2-0 and 4-0.The goals for McCarthy, who now has nine for the season, stopped a brief two-game goalless streak.Schmidt also added two assists.Cody Boeckman faced a handful of tests in the Leafs net, registering the shutout.Nelson opened the three-game home weekend losing 5-3 to Fernie Ghostriders.Nelson held a 2-1 lead after the first frame before the Riders got their skating legs after the long bus ride from the East Kootenay to outscore Nelson 4-1 en route to the win.Brandon Burge led Fernie with four points, including two goals.The Leafs outshot the Riders 34-27 but could not beat Chris Solecki in the Fernie nets.Saturday Nelson put 55 shots on two Spokane netminders to outlast the Braves 7-4.Team captain Colton Schell led the attack with three points, including two goals.Carsen Willans, Matt McDonald, Jacob Boyczuk, J.J. Beitel and Bryce Nielsen also scored for Nelson.Brent Soles stopped face only 17 shots in the Nelson goal.“We’re very happy to get the two wins . . . unfortunately we were looking for three but it didn’t work out for us,” Maida confessed. “But overall I was happy with the effort in all three games.”Injuries continue to plague the Nelson defence. The Leafs lost Cole Arcuri Friday against Fernie. Defensive teammate Cam Weir returned to the lineup Saturday but left the game midway through with a reoccurring upper body injury.Both players will be reassessed Tuesday.Maida used forward Linden Horswill on the blueline in all three games.“Linden did a great job moving back to defence for us,” Maida said. “He did a great job for us playing defence and working on the power play and had a great weekend.”The two wins keep Nelson within striking distance of division leader Castlegar.The Rebels lead the Murdoch Division with 13 points, one in front of Beaver Valley and two ahead of Nelson.The two Murdoch rivals meet in a home and home series beginning Friday in Nelson.LEAF BANTER: Nelson welcomed back center Matti Jmaeff back to the lineup. Jmaeff was playing in Dauphin Kings of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League.Earlier story:Leafs win twice on home ice during three game weekend standAt the Meat Loaf song goes, “two out of three aint bad.”Nelson Leafs won for the second time in three home games but blasting the Chase Heat 7-0 Sunday afternoon in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action at the NDCC Arena.The Leafs opened the weekend losing 5-3 to Fernie before rebounding Saturday against Murdoch Division rival Spokane Braves, blasting the American-based team 7-4.Nelson, 5-3-1, kept pace with the Castlegar Rebels and Beaver Valley Nitehawks in the Murdoch Division standings.Castlegar continues to lead the division with 13 points, one ahead of Beaver Valley and two in front of the Leafs.The two Murdoch rivals hook up in a divisional showdown beginning Friday in Nelson.Friday’s game concludes a four-game homestand for the Leafs.The back-half of the series goes Saturday in Castlegar.last_img read more

Chooks’ Austin won’t back down in possible clash vs Blatche in Champions Cup

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netCoach Chot Reyes is well aware of how good Andray Blatche is, being Gilas Pilipinas’ naturalized player for the better half of the past three years.One player in the Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas who hasn’t seen the 31-year-old in action first hand, though, is Isaiah Austin.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “I’ve seen a lot of his games and I know his style of play. He’s a very crafty player, a very good post player. Whenever I can, I study film of a lot of players and I can definitely learn a lot of things from watching him play,” he said.Austin will be tasked to steer Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas in the 10-team tournament in Chenzhou, China from September 22 to 30. /idl Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games View comments Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary LATEST STORIES MOST READ But that doesn’t mean that the import, who is also a prospective naturalization candidate for the Philippines, will back down against the seasoned Blatche.“I’m excited,” said the 23-year-old. “It’s always exciting to be able to go against great competition, but as a basketball player, I was thought to never back down from anybody. When it comes time for us to match up, I’m gonna play hard, that’s all I can do.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThere’s a high chance that Blatche’s Xinjiang Flying Tigers will meet Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas in the 2017 Fiba Asia Champions Cup if the two teams make it past the group stages.Austin, however, said that Chooks should have no fear in the continental club tourney if it finds itself in a collision course against Blatche. NBA: Ex-teammate Kanter on Durant’s Twitter comments: ‘It’s just really sad’ BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Harvey Norman Touch Football day a success

first_imgOver 150 Harvey Norman franchisees took to the fields at Sydney Olympic Park on Wednesday to learn more about Touch Football as part of their Electrical Conference. Franchisees from across Australia travelled to Sydney for the conference and had the opportunity to have a run around on Wednesday morning to experience the sport after the recent announcement of Harvey Norman becoming a whole of game sponsor for NRL Touch Football. NRL ambassadors, Nathan Hindmarsh and Mario Fenech were also involved in the day, adding plenty of entertainment and humour to the event. Participants were split into 16 teams, taking part in two games each throughout the morning, with the Gorillas, including Hindmarsh who joined the team for the final, defeating Fenech’s newly adopted Buffalos team in the grand final. Hindmarsh and Fenech were full of praise for the event and the relationship. “It was a great day, there’s nothing better than being outside having a run around. It beats being in the office so I was glad to be involved in the day and beating Mario in the grand final made it an even better day,” Hindmarsh said. “Harvey Norman is a major sponsor of NRL Touch Football which is outstanding news. Harvey Norman has always been a great sponsor of Rugby League over the years, so it’s fitting they’ve started with Touch Football to help grow both codes,” Hindmarsh said. “It was great. Harvey Norman has been a great partner of Rugby League, I’m friends with Harvey Norman and it’s great to be involved,” Fenech said. Touch Football Australia Chief Executive Officer, Colm Maguire said the event was a great way to see the relationship come into fruition following the announcement in early October. “I thought it was a fantastic day, so many people just enjoying themselves. We had four fields running at once, franchisees from all around the country participating in Touch Football and really creating strong ambassadors not only for the relationship but also for our product in terms of Touch Football,” Maguire said. “(Hindmarsh and Fenech) found their way into the first match and made sure they kicked the day off against each other and come grand final time it was no surprise that they found their way onto the two teams participating. They are great ambassadors for our sport as well as the Rugby League and certainly the relationship between us and Harvey Norman.”Harvey Norman’s Chief Operating Officer, John Slack-Smith, said the event was a great opportunity for the franchisees to have a taste of Touch Football. “It was fantastic, when you’ve got people who are genuinely enthusiastic about being involved, sporting skill or not, and a great Sydney day, it’s been lots of fun,” Slack-Smith said. Harvey Norman Caringbah’s Ian Crawford was part of the winning ‘Gorillas’ team and is looking forward to being able to create a relationship with his local Touch Football community. “I had a great time. It’s a fantastic day, a great venue. There were a lot of laughs involved,” Crawford said. “It’s a great team sport, a lot of the guys here today I hadn’t met before but I got to know them really well. It’s a great way to meet new people and have some fun times together. It doesn’t have to be super serious, it’s just a lot of fun.”To view some photos from the day, please visit the Touch Football Australia Facebook page – Stay tuned to the TFA YouTube channel for all of the highlights of the day – Related LinksHarvey Norman Touch Daylast_img read more

10 months agoEx-Udinese chief Bonato: Losing Higuain to Chelsea would be AC Milan blow

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Ex-Udinese chief Bonato: Losing Higuain to Chelsea would be AC Milan blowby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Udinese sports chief Nereo Bonato has warned AC Milan about losing Gonzalo Higuain.On-loan from Juventus, Higuain is wanted by Chelsea this month.Bonato told TMW: “It’s been a complicated story from the beginning, I think Higuain was not happy to leave Juventus, but there’s also Milan’s unsatisfactory performance.”And Higuain will surely be tempted by Chelsea, looking for a central striker. “Milan need investment, they must try to enter the Champions League and it will be more difficult without the Argentine.” last_img read more

9 days agoArsenal boss Emery wants to bring forward plans to BUY Ceballos

first_imgArsenal boss Emery wants to bring forward plans to BUY Ceballosby Carlos Volcano9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery wants to bring forward plans to sign Dani Ceballos.The midfielder is on-loan at Arsenal this season from Real Madrid – without the option to buy.AS says Emery has seen enough and wants to buy Ceballos in January as a priority.The manager sees the Spanish midfielder as the man to replace Mesut Ozil, who he is eager to move on.Arsenal are set to open talks with Real in the coming weeks to discuss a fee for Ceballos. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more