Colombian President Promises to Continue Combating Armed Groups

first_img In Costa Rica on June 15, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos promised to continue combating armed groups in his country without respite, despite the fact that Congress has passed a constitutional reform that could enable future peace negotiations. “This legal framework for transitional justice (that’s the appropriate name) doesn’t change anything,” Santos responded to whether the initiative, passed by the Colombian Congress on the afternoon of June 14, is a step forward in the peace process. “The moment we see a true desire by the opposite side to end the armed conflict,” talks could begin, Santos indicated during a brief official visit to Costa Rica. In Costa Rica, Santos launched negotiations for a bilateral free-trade agreement, together with President Laura Chinchilla. “Meanwhile, we will continue with the same forcefulness with which we’ve been operating against those illegal armed groups that have turned to terrorism in order to achieve their objectives,” he promised. The initiative, which his administration promoted, introduces the possibility of granting benefits such as suspending [jail] sentences for guerrilla leaders in the event that they demobilize, and proposes measures for reparations and access to the truth for victims. President Chinchilla praised the initiative, and when she was asked whether her country would support a dialogue mechanism, Santos intervened and judged that “that’s a problem for Colombians, which we Colombians have to resolve.” By Dialogo June 20, 2012last_img read more

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PBC Issues Emergency Order Encouraging Face Masks

first_imgPalm Beach County on Saturday issued an Executive Order stating all people who work or patronize areas where social distancing is not possible should wear a face mask.Officials in the City of West Palm Beach and the Town of Palm Beach also issued their own orders on Saturday encouraging their residents to use cloth face masks in public settings, in order to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.Late last week, Delray Beach and Boca Raton also issued orders encouraging residents and visitors to use face masks.The measures are intended to help in settings where social distancing could be difficult to maintain, such as grocery stores and pharmacies.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently issued an advisory suggesting Americans wear face masks as a voluntary precaution.Palm Beach County Emergency Order 20-004 is effective as of 12:01 a.m. Monday.“All persons working in, patronizing or otherwise physically present in grocery stores, restaurants, pharmacies, construction sites, public transit vehicles, vehicles for hire and locations where social distancing measures are not possible should wear facial coverings as defined by the CDC,” the emergency order said. It continues, “All other persons physically present in any public place in Palm Beach County are strongly urged to wear facial coverings as defined by the CDC.”Instructions for how to make your own face mask can be found here.last_img read more

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Hamilton wins third straight F1 race at Chinese GP

first_imgMercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain speaks during the press conference after the Chinese Formula One Grand Prix at Shanghai International Circuit in Shanghai, Sunday, April 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Alexander F. Yuan)SHANGHAI (AP) — Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton captured his third straight Formula One race with ease on Sunday, leading from start to finish to win the Chinese Grand Prix.Mercedes showed again that it’s in a different class from its rivals, with Hamilton’s teammate Nico Rosberg taking second place — the third time in four races this season the pair have finished one-two.“This is a team on a roll, that’s for sure,” Hamilton said. “I’m going to be working hard, we’re going to keep working hard because obviously the others are pushing to catch us.”Coming from a mixed background, with a Black father and White mother,Hamilton is often labelled “the first Black driver in Formula One”, although Willy T. Ribbs tested a Formula One car in 1986. He is also the first driver of Black African heritage to win a major race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in any discipline.Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso held off fast-charging Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo to finish third and give his team its first podium finish of the year, with new team principal Marco Mattiacci watching from the garage.Ricciardo was fourth, finishing one place ahead of teammate Sebastian Vettel after the four-time defending world champion was asked by his team to allow the faster Ricciardo to pass for the second race in a row.Hamilton’s win gave him his first career hat trick following his victories in Malaysia and Bahrain. The Briton may have even had a fourth win this season but was forced to retire in the season-opener in Australia after starting from pole position due to engine trouble.With the win, he inched closer to his teammate’s lead in the drivers’ championship with 75 points, just four behind Rosberg.Hamilton, who moved one ahead of Jim Clark for most poles by a British driver with the 34th of his career in Shanghai, was cruising so comfortably at the end of Sunday’s race that he wasn’t even rattled when the checkered flag was mistakenly shown a lap too soon, at the end of lap 55.“That was very strange. I was thinking, ‘Am I seeing things?’ I looked up, I was coming across the line expecting to do another lap and, all of a sudden, I looked for a split second and I saw the flag,” he said.According to F1 regulations, if the checkered flag is shown early, the official end of the race will be the lap before it was shown. On Sunday, that meant the end of lap 54.The only racers this affected were Caterham’s Kamui Kobayashi and Marussia’s Jules Bianchi. Kobayashi had passed the Frenchman on their final lap for 17th place, but their places were reversed in the official results.Hamilton was so far ahead for much of the race, his rivals were left to battle for second best.Rosberg, expected to challenge Hamilton in Shanghai after the pair’s incredibly tight duel in Bahrain, started fourth on the grid and was forced to play catch-up after a slow start immediately dropped him back to seventh.The German methodically tracked down the two Red Bulls and finally passed Alonso on the back straight of the 43rd lap, the Ferrari unable to match the speed of the Mercedes.Rosberg then set his sights on Hamilton but he was by that point too far ahead, finishing nearly 19 seconds clear of the German.“We have the best car,” Rosberg said. “But I was back there, so then catching up was nice with this fast car. It’s a good weapon.”Vettel started third on the grid and briefly moved to second before beginning to fade as his tires wore out. After Rosberg passed him, he was asked to give way to Ricciardo on the 25th lap — a repeat of what happened two weeks ago at the Bahrain GP.Instead of acceding, however, Vettel asked his team what tires Ricciardo was using and when told they were both on mediums, the German responded, “Tough luck.” At the start of the next lap, though, Vettel did make way and finished a distant 24 seconds behind his teammate.Red Bull team principal Christian Horner explained afterward that the team had different tire strategies for the drivers, planning a two-stop race for Ricciardo and a three-stop race for Vettel.“As soon as (Vettel) understood that, he immediately let him through,” he said. “You could see he simply didn’t have the pace to hold him back there. It was pointless.”Vettel, who has qualified behind Ricciardo three times to start the season, agreed with the decision given his struggles Sunday.“I’m not yet where I want to be with the car, but it’s an on-going process,” he said. “Hopefully at the next few races we will make some more steps in the right direction.”Force India had both its drivers finish in the points with Nico Hulkenberg finishing sixth and Sergio Perez taking ninth.Williams driver Valtteri Bottas was seventh, Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen was eighth, and Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kyvat finished in 10th, another impressive showing by the 19-year-old debutant.last_img read more

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Westport Winery Best of Class at Washington State Wine Competition

first_imgFacebook30Tweet0Pin2Submitted by Westport WineryWestport Winery’s Dawn Patrol, a luscious blend of Riesling and raspberry, earned a gold medal and Best of Class at the Washington State Wine Competition held in Grandview, Washington, on June 20. This is the 34th year of this competition. According to competition organizers, “More than 60 wineries combined to enter 311 wines in the Washington State Wine Competition, which now also serves as a fundraiser for the next generation of Washington winemakers. A portion of proceeds from the judging will help fund scholarships at Yakima Valley College, Washington State University, South Seattle College and Walla Walla Community College winemaking programs.”The giant clam sculpture is located in the Westport Winery’s golf course. Photo courtesy: Westport WineryDawn Patrol is vinted from grapes harvested at Red Willow Vineyard in the Yakima Valley AVA. A portion of the proceeds from this wine benefits the Twin Harbors Chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. The giant razor clam sculpture located in the winery’s 9-hole golf course, commemorating this wine, was crafted by Tokeland artist Jeffro Uitto.Lighthouse, the winery’s new dry Riesling, with grapes from Red Willow Vineyard, also earned a gold medal. A portion of the proceeds from this wine benefits the Grays Harbor Lighthouse Restoration and the Westport Maritime Museum. The label’s watercolor of the winery’s iconic lighthouse was painted by Darrel Easter.Message In A Bottle, a roséof Sangiovese, earned a silver medal as did Mermaid Merlot, Shiver Me Timbers (passionfruit, orange and guava Riesling), and Nirvana. Bronze medals were awarded to Shorebird Chardonnay and Rapture of the Deep, the winery’s sparkling cranberry wine. Each of these wines is also commemorated in the winery’s 15-acre display garden.In 2016 Westport Winery was honored as one of the top twenty most-admired wineries in North America by Winery & Vineyard Management Magazine. It was named 2011 Washington Winery to Watch by Wine Press Northwest. They have been voted Best Winery by King 5 Evening Magazine seven times. They were named the Best Washington Family Business Silver Medal winners in 2012, received the Grays Harbor Environmental Stewardship Award in 2015, and were name Best Winery, Best Wine Shop, and Best Boutique Winery for 2016 by South Sound Magazine.Family-friendly Westport Winery Garden Resort, is located on the corner of Highway 105 and South Arbor Road halfway between Aberdeen and Westport. The resort (including the restaurant, bakery, plant nursery and 15-acre display garden) is open daily or breakfast, lunch, and dinner from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Westport Winery’s second store, TASTING @ Cannon Beach, is located at 255 N. Hemlock. The Oregon tasting room is open daily from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. For more information or reservations call 360-648-2224.last_img read more

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Local Food Banks Need A Little Extra Cheer Now and Throughout…

first_imgBy Madelynne KislovskyThe holiday season is a time of cheer, compassion, and love and many celebrate by donating either time or resources to the less fortunate, but donations are down and charities warn hunger is a year-long problem.There are several locations in the Two River area that are accepting donations for local families that can’t make ends meet this season, and according to the supervisors of these locations, such as the Salvation Army and Lunch Break, the status of this season’s holiday donations is satisfactory, but slowly dwindling.According to Gwen Love, Lunch Break Executive Director, this season has been a little bit of a challenge.Lunch Break used a ‘prescriptive’ method that consisted of pre-packed bags of groceries people received until June of this year.Using a prescriptive method volunteers pre-packed food from a list – one can of tuna, one box of pasta – so everyone got similar bags.“Studies have shown that a large majority of the food people receive from ‘prescriptive’ pantries is wasted because they can’t eat it, don’t want it, or don’t have the facilities to prepare it,” Love said.To avoid wasting donations, Lunch Break set up a new innovative “Client Choice” pantry model that allows clients to choose what’s in bags of groceries to ensure that their needs are met based on their dietary restrictions and the size of their families. Under this method, the pantry is also open for longer hours, thereby serving a higher amount of those in need.“This model honors and uplifts the dignity of our clients, promoting more efficient distribution of our charitable resources and preventing waste,” Love said.On average, Lunch Break receives 100 new families each month from all over Monmouth County, and some in Ocean County. In 2014, Lunch Break donated 45,000 bags of groceries to more than 1,000 families every month. The organization plans to serve over 2,000 families per month by the end of the year.Lunch Break mainly asks for funding, while food donations and drives are also important. With funding, Lunch Break is able to purchase basic items in bulk, allowing them to plan ahead for meals and prevent shortages in their food pantry and soup kitchen. Funding allows Lunch Break to purchase from national wholesalers like Sysco, along with local retailers such as Foodtown, and even purchasing food from the Food Bank to use for their Thanksgiving and Holiday baskets for their clients.The Salvation Army of Red Bank is also finding themselves short this season, especially on certain foods such as corn bread, rice, and gravy, which are basic items that are usually included in their donated food boxes. The organization is also asking for frozen chickens, turkeys, fruits, veggies, canned foods including peanut butter, jelly, beef stew or chili, and boxes of mashed potatoes, baking mixes, and drink mixes. Several companies and organizations, including the YMCA Civic Engagement Program, Arrow Limousine, Long Branch High School, Red Bank Regional High School and the Red Bank Rotary’s Can-A-Thon have aided the Salvation Army in filling the gaps for their Thanksgiving distribution that have been present for months, according to Jesabel Cruz, office manager and case worker for the Red Bank branch of the Salvation Army. Food donations are accepted at the Salvation Army branch from 9 AM-12 PM and then again from 1 PM-3:30 PM, Monday through Friday.The FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties have experienced a successful season in terms of what they’ve received so far from donators, but they are seeing a 10% decrease in the amount of food they have received this year versus 2014. “We’re concerned about this because the need hasn’t gone away,” said Executive Director Carlos Rodriguez.For every dollar received by the FoodBank, free meals and support can be given to those in need in Monmouth and Ocean counties. One of the biggest issues that the FoodBank has been struggling with this season is the increase in prices of commodities, especially turkeys. The price for the bird has increased about 17% verses what the FoodBank paid last year, according to Rodriguez. The FoodBank relies on donations of both funding and food to ensure that families receive what they need. The director says the community has come together to help close the food gap, and the FoodBank is confident that those in need will receive a proper Thanksgiving.“We’re going to need community members to volunteer their time, their dollars, and food if they have it. This is a year round problem that we’re dealing with, well beyond Thanksgiving into Christmas, and after New Year into January. We will have an influx now, but we need it to continue through January to help folks after the holidays,” Rodriguez said. The Food Bank is open through Wednesday, closed for Thanksgiving on Thursday and Friday, but it is not too late to donate. Log into foodbankmoc.org to donate or find information about volunteer opportunities.Local foundations and organizations have also stepped up this season to do their part and ensure that those in need are able to make ends meet for this season.The Jersey Strong Foundation donated $25,000 to the FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties, allowing them to purchase 1,700 turkeys for local families. A lack of funding for these organizations to purchase turkeys came about due to the Bird Flu causing an increase in prices for turkeys. This donation by the Jersey Strong Foundation allowed for 2,000 families to have a proper Thanksgiving dinner. “As soon as we heard the story about the shortage of turkeys, we knew we had to help. Everyone deserves a Happy Thanksgiving,” said Heidi Roma of the Jersey Strong Foundation in a press release.The 17th Annual Turkey Trot took place on November 20th at the Erickson Living Seabrook Retirement Community, where the residents of Seabrook along with the 6-foot turkey mascot walked one of three Turkey Trot courses, the Turkey Course (1 mile), the Chicken Course (1/2 mile), or the Cornish Hen (around the parking lot). Over 500 turkeys were donated by Seabrook residents and staff to the Bradley Food Pantry, Interfaith Neighbors, St. Rose of Lima Church, and Lunch Break, which would feed about 600 people and 1,500 families. The Turkey Trot has donated more than 6,000 turkeys to local charities since its launch in 1999.last_img read more

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McLaughlin scores twice as Saints keep on marching in BCIHL

first_imgThe Selkirk Saints took another step in credibility after snapping the 25-game home unbeaten streak of the Simon Fraser University Clan Saturday at the Bill Copeland Sports Centre in Burnaby.Connor McLaughlin’s two first period goals powered the Saints to a 5-3 B.C. Intercolligiate League victory over the Clan.Selkirk College now holds a commanding eight-point advantage over the Clan in BCIHL standings.The win comes on the heels of a 7-4 win over Thompson Rivers University Friday at the Kamloops Memorial Arena.”We’re very pleased to have beaten an excellent team in a rink where it’s been as tough as it gets to come away with points,” said Saints head coach Jeff Dubois. “The effort we saw tonight from our whole group, top to bottom, is exactly what you need to be successful on a regular basis in our league.”Brodie Gibbon, Logan Proulx and Jackson Garret also scored for the Saints, which led 5-0 midway through the game.But SFU began to battle back on a power-play goal by 2011/12 BCIHL MVP Ben Van Lare, who went on to score twice more in the third period to pull SFU within two.That was as close as the game would get, however, as the Saints bore down late to secure the win. Netminder Alex Sirard shone for Selkirk in collecting his fifth win of the season, turning aside 39 shots on the night.His teammates chased SFU starter Graeme Gordon midway through he second period. He was replaced by Evan Kurylo, who stopped the nine shots he saw over the remainder of the game.Friday, two late second-period goals by McLaughlin, with nine seconds left in the frame, and Kam Crawford, snapped a 4-4 tie powering Selkirk to the win.Jordan Wood scored twice for the Saints with single going to Thomas Hardy, Cody Fidgett and Garrett.The Saints, 8-0,  are next in action on Friday (November 9) when they return to the Lower Mainland to face Trinity Western University.last_img read more

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Mallards Team of the Week – Finley`s KRHL Champions

first_imgAnthony St-Onge converted the OT winner to power Finley’s.The team includes, goalie Lo Bachand, Tucker Braund Ben Schmidt, Chuck Arrance, Joey St-Onge, Dave Michael, Deane Stanley, Adrain Molys Cole Upham, Mike Danis, Anthony St-Onge, Jeremy Travis, Brent Malysh, Adam Banilevic and Adam Beauchamp. Finley’s, formerly Whitewater, needed overtime to clinch the Kootenay Recreational Hockey League title with a 9-8 victory over Danimals recently in the league final.Finley’s won the regular season title before knocking off the Destroyers won 6-1 in the do-or-die semifinal.In the best-of-three final, Finley’s blasted Daminals 15-0 before scoring the 9-8 OT victory to clinch the title.last_img read more

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12 in fray for Rajasthan bypolls

first_imgTwelve candidates are in the fray for the October 21 byelections to Khinvsar and Mandawa Assembly seats in Rajasthan after the withdrawal of nominations on Thursday. A keen contest is on the cards between the ruling Congress and the BJP-Rashtriya Loktantrik Party alliance which had won the Nagaur seat in this year’s Lok Sabha election.Elected to LSThe Congress had lost both the Jat-dominated Assembly constituencies in the 2018 election and the seats became vacant after the sitting MLAs were elected to the Lok Sabha. Mandawa MLA Narendra Khichar won as the BJP MP from Jhunjhunu, while RLP MLA from Khinvsar, Hanuman Beniwal, supported by the BJP, won from Nagaur.Chief Electoral Officer Anand Kumar said here on Friday that three candidates were in fray in Khinvsar and nine in Mandawa. There are four independents contesting from Mandawa and one from Khinvsar.Nagaur MP Mr. Hanuman Beniwal’s younger brother Narayan Beniwal has filed his nomination as RLP candidate, supported by the BJP, in Khinvsar, while the Congress has fielded former Minister Harendra Mirdha. The BJP has fielded Sushila Sigra, who has crossed over from the Congress, in Mandawa, and the Congress’ candidate at the seat is Rita Chaudhary, daughter of veteran party leader, the late Ram Narayan Chaudhary.While Ankur Sharma will contest as an independent from Khinvsar, the candidates for the Mandawa seat include Ambedkarite Party of India’s Durga Prasad Meena, Rashtriya Swarna Dal’s Beni Prasad Kaushik and Independents Ganesh Kumar Joshi, Pratap Singh Khyali, Satyaveer Singh Krishnia, Subhash Khareshiya and Altif.Star campaigners Both the Congress and the BJP have released the lists of their star campaigners. The Congress’s list included former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, while Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and Ghulam Nabi Azad were conspicuous by their absence.The BJP’s list of 40 leaders, included the party’s working president J.P. Nadda, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Gurdaspur MP Sunny Deol.last_img read more

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Passenger found guilty of 2nddegree murder in Winnipeg bus drivers stabbing

first_imgWINNIPEG — A jury has found a passenger guilty of second-degree murder for stabbing a Winnipeg transit operator who had removed him from a bus.Irvine Jubal Fraser, who was 58, was stabbed multiple times in a confrontation with Brian Kyle Thomas at the end of a late-night shift in February 2017.The defence lawyer for Thomas had argued that the bus driver provoked the violent confrontation and may have been the one who pulled the weapon.The Crown said 24-year-old Thomas was looking for a fight after he was kicked off the bus by Fraser.The bus driver’s death prompted calls for increased safety measures on Winnipeg buses, including safety shields for drivers. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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US hedge fund reports owning more than a 5 stake in Obsidian

first_imgCALGARY – Activist investor FrontFour Capital says it will attempt to influence decisions at Calgary-based Obsidian Energy Ltd. (TSX:OBE) after accumulating more than 27 million shares.The Greenwich, Conn.-based hedge fund says in a declaration filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that it has a 5.5 per cent stake in the oil and gas company formerly known as Penn West Petroleum. The filing is required if any entity owns more than five per cent of a publicly traded company.The filing says that the shares were purchased because they are undervalued and therefore represent an attractive investment opportunity.FrontFour says it has been in touch with company directors to discuss its strategy and board composition and says it intends to continue the communication, without being specific.FrontFour’s principal owner is listed as Zachary George, the son of former Obsidian chairman Rick George, who died in August.Obsidian shares gained six per cent or 10 cents Tuesday to close at $1.70.last_img read more

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