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Latest Bogotá Bombing Targets Outspoken FARC Critic, Unnerves Residents

first_img BOGOTÁ — Colombia’s sprawling capital city is on high alert following two separate but possibly related bomb attacks Tuesday. Despite official statements blaming the May 15 attacks on the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, neither FARC nor any other militant group has claimed responsibility for the car bombing in northern Bogotá that left two people dead and 53 injured. Among the wounded was former Interior Minister Fernando Londoño, who is recovering in a local hospital after surgery to remove a piece of shrapnel ledged near his clavicle. That blast — heard across this city of seven million — occurred only hours after police defused another explosive device weighing 38 kilograms near city police headquarters. It also took place the same day Colombia’s long-awaited free trade agreement with the United States went into effect after years of negotiations, enhancing the country’s image as a place to do business. “State security institutions will not rest, but will make every effort to establish who is responsible for this act that not only took the lives of two bodyguards but also gravely injured Dr. Londoño and affected more than 40 other citizens,” said Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzón. Blast from the past Colombia is no stranger to violence and bloodshed, but the manner in which the second bomb was triggered harked back to the dark days of the 1980s, when Bogotá was off-limits and where businesses feared to tread. Gen. Luís Martínez, commander of the Bogotá police force, said the tactic applied by its unknown perpetrators is a first of its kind in Colombia. Londoño, an outspoken critic of the FARC, had finished his “Hour of Truth” show at Radio Super and was heading for the gym when two unidentified men on a motorcycle approached his vehicle as it was stopped at a traffic light at the intersection of Calle 74 and Avenida Caracas. The passenger got off, walked around the side of the car and placed a magnetic bomb, resembling a briefcase, on the front left wheel arch and driver’s door. Fleeing to the other side of Avenida Caracas, the culprit ditched the wig and cap disguise he had been wearing and escaped on his associate’s idling motorcycle. The limpet mine-style bomb was detonated, instantly killing Londoño’s driver as well as a nearby member of his police escort. Given the nature of this busy intersection and its proximity to schools and universities, it’s a miracle that more people didn’t die in the attack. “Every government has its intelligence agencies, ministries of defense and its security forces, and we are turning to our allies to open a dialogue and exchange information to be more effective in our investigations,” Pinzón told reporters. Analyst: Bogotá still not safe from terrorists Martínez said there is “convincing evidence” the attack was carried out by FARC terrorists, and that all efforts were being made to track him down. However, President Juan Manuel Santos — who in the wake of the bombing cancelled a trip to Cartagena to celebrate the FTA — has indicated that no evidence as yet shows the two bombs were in any way related. Even so, the twin incidents brought back memories of the FARC bombing that destroyed the headquarters of Caracol Radio in August 2010. “The incidents show that the perpetrators are able to coordinate attacks in Bogotá, the core of Colombia’s security imperatives, and to strike at targets protected by a security detail, as Londoño was,” said a Stratfor Global Intelligence spokesman. “That level of capability in Bogotá will be a concern for Colombian security forces, since the cities have remained relatively free from attacks even though the conflict has heated up, especially in the past year.” For now, Bogotá remains on edge, police checkpoints have been established at various strategic points around the city, and authorities are asking citizens to report anything suspicious. Riding pillion on a motorcycle has been outlawed until further notice to prevent any repeat attacks of this type, following an emergency meeting between Santos and Bogotá Mayor Gustavo Petro. Targeting of Londoño is no surprise That Londoño — Colombia’s minister of interior and justice from 2002 to 2004 during President Alvaro Uribe’s first term — was a target has come as little surprise to Andrés Villamizar, director of the National Protection Unit, which provides security to former government officials. “Londoño was continually under threat for his past as a minister in Uribe’s government and for his current work as a journalist,” said Villamizar. Most of the threats against Londoño, he said, were believed to be from the FARC, given his conservative stance and closeness to the military. Villamizar added that the bomb used in this attack is strongly associated with the Basque nationalist group ETA and the Provisional Irish Republican Army — both of which have been linked to FARC in the past. “Given the FARC’s history of using explosives, the urban bombing as a display of strength and the identity of the target, it is hard to see another criminal group as having a stronger motive than the rebels,” noted Bogotá-based security analyst Edward Fox of Insight Crime. Santos has offered a 500 million peso ($280,000) reward for any information leading to the arrest of those involved in the incident. But as the Stratfor official suggests, “the attacks are a direct message to President Santos that increased operations by security forces in Colombia will be met with attacks in urban centers such as Bogotá.” And while members of the Technical Investigation Team comb through the debris, determine the type of bomb and pore over close-circuit TV footage of the crime scene, politicians are busy reassuring the public that no stone will remain unturned. Said Petro, the city’s mayor: “These acts of hate and vengeance must not and cannot dominate Bogotá.” It’s a shame,these events in Colombia are very tragic, they result in an economic setback, they affect the social component of the Capital and the Colombian people in general. It is a demonstration that in a country its security is the most important asset, but incredibly, the high ranking members of the Government and even the majority of legislators are hypocritical and they lack solidarity with the armed forces. This lack of solidarity is more generalized when the members of the armed forces are moved to reservations, that is what is left by this terrible violence. Governments recognize that they are the pillars of democracy, the baton of rulers, the barrier against violence, but do not show a will to give reciprocal labour benefits. This neglect and contempt is reflected more in junior commanders, because generals and colonels are very well paid, therefore they do not say anything. If the media ask them something, they say that all is well. In recent years, the disciplined and self-sacrificing men of reservations have made several peaceful demonstrations for breaches of the Government; on the other hand, the legislators have not wanted to show solidarity with a special legislation that will help the armed forces in their daily work; the legal system has infiltrated individuals that are paid by rebels and crime. When the military during a military operation make a mistake because of naivety and ignorance of the legal provisions, a double sentence is applied to them. The situation is clear: rebels have a good collective infiltrate in the judicial branch and its objective is to hinder the operations of the public force. By Dialogo May 17, 2012last_img read more

Cops: Island Park Woman Stole $59K Worth of LEGOs

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 53-year-old Island Park woman tried to sell 800 LEGO toy sets that she allegedly stole from a storage facility in her hometown on Thursday, Nassau County police said. Gloria Haas allegedly removed 800 sets of toys from the storage facility in Island Park and moved them to another facility in nearby Rockville Centre, police said. The stolen toys are valued at $59,000, police said. Police arrested Haas after she allegedly tried to sell the toys on EBay, authorities said. She was arraigned on Friday on a grand larceny charge.last_img read more

PODCAST: ‘Indispensable financial technology partner’

first_imgThis is placeholder text continue reading » This post is currently collecting data… When the coronavirus (COVID-19) struck, CO-OP Financial Services had to act quickly and deploy its workforce in a remote environment. But it knew it also had to continue to assist credit unions as they worked to meet the needs of their members during the pandemic.“Our vision is to be an indispensable financial technology partner for credit unions,” says Todd Clark, CEO of CO-OP Financial Services. “We’ve made great strides for our clients. Within a couple of weeks, we shifted our focus for a short window of time to put some proactive COVID-19 response solutions in place and a lot more self-service integration of digital tools through our developer portal.”Developing primary financial institution relationships is key for credit unions, especially during the pandemic, Clark says. Credit unions have done this and continue to put members’ needs ahead of profits during this challenging time. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Todd Clark, CEO of CO-OP Financial Serviceslast_img read more

Aminess presented a platform for employee education – Aminess HUB

first_imgAminess PRO trainings have also been developed designed to encourage lifelong learning and the acquisition of new professional knowledge in order to provide employees with the opportunity to improve personal competencies and develop a professional career. Employees will be trained in the development of leadership skills, personal competencies, mentoring and sales. Among the lecturers will be the executive director of the leading business skills center HalPet Petra Čolak.  “Tourism workers must possess a set of competencies in order to be able to successfully develop their professional path, so it is extremely important to enable them to learn lifelong and acquire new skills. I am glad to have the opportunity to transfer my knowledge gained through many years of experience and that we will work together to raise the quality of the hotel offer Aminessa”, emphasized Petra Čolak, executive director of HalPet, the first business education center in Croatia. Raising the level of quality of services in tourism through education of leading experts One of the lecturers will be the famous chef David Skoko, who will be part of the training Aminess Gourmet LAB Aminess teaches employees trends in high gastronomy to help guests get top quality service. In addition, training for the Aminess gourmet team will include knowledge a la carte cooking, boarding house meals and confectionery delicacies. The problem of the workforce in tourism is best solved by retaining quality workers and their education within the company. Although it is a long-term process, this is certainly the best and most efficient model of quality growth and development. Well done to Aminess. Project Aminess HUB will bring together a number of leading and renowned experts from various fields of catering and business management, who will transfer to the employees of this Novigrad tourist company knowledge in the field of gastronomy, investment in personal professional development and additional expertise that will help them in everyday business challenges. All employees of all departments and levels will participate in the trainings within the Aminess HUB project, while all employees will undergo mandatory training immediately upon employment, as well as employees who have changed jobs. “I have been collaborating with Aminess for many years through various workshops and tasting dinners, and it is my pleasure to be a part of the Aminess HUB project, with which we will continue to build a story of top gastronomy in tourism. Such trainings bring a significant step forward in improving the quality of service and the complete experience of staying in hotels, and I look forward to new challenges”, pointed out Chef Skoko.center_img Photo: Aminess  “Ensuring the quality of service and educating employees are necessary in order to continuously raise the high quality of the overall offer for our guests and foreign tourists. Through the Aminess HUB project and cooperation with the greatest professionals, we want to enable our employees to improve and give them the opportunity to learn from the best and thus build their self-confidence, and thus the quality of service. By creating a higher quality product, we strive to encourage new trends in the hotel industry and make a creative step forward in popularization of catering professions, as well as tourism in general “, said Sanja Žužić, Head of Human Resources at Aminess Hotels and Camps. The travel company Aminess launched an educational project last year Aminess Gourmet Lab, led by chef David Skoka, aimed to educate young chefs, waiters, bartenders and other members of the Aminess gourmet team. Finally, there are Aminess Smart trainings related to the acquisition of additional knowledge that will help complete the professional career development of Aminess employees. Foreign language learning, IT education and quality management are just some of the skills that will be the subject of these educations. After great reactions, now Aminess has gone a step further, and yesterday presented a new complete, ie expanded educational platform “Aminess HUB “, which connects a set of internal trainings with the aim of employee development at all levels. It is also important to emphasize that the new educational platform will cover three different areas of education – Aminess Gourmet LAB, Aminess Smart i Aminess PRO.last_img read more

Gold Coast home that has lived in two postcodes hits the market

first_imgThe Miami property at 3 Clayfield Ave was built in Surfers Paradise.FORGIVE this quaint home for looking a little tired and weathered — it has had a rough trot from the day it was built more than 70 years ago.The dated Miami property, which has recently hit the market, was actually built at Surfers Paradise in the 1940s before it took up permanent residency at 3 Clayfield Ave.Marketing agent Richard Snowden, of McGrath Palm Beach, said it was picked up moved from Cavill Ave to Miami in 1955. It needs a bit of tender love and care. MORE NEWS: The mansion house hunters can’t get enough of Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:29Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:29 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis 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.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenWays to get into the property market for less00:29 Property records show the three-bedroom house’s current owner bought it in 2009, more than two decades after it last sold.“It’s been an unfinished project for the past 10 years,” Mr Snowden said.“It’s a renovator but it’s got a lot of charm.”The house is on a 443sq m block with views from Burleigh Headland to Magic Mountain.It exudes character with hardwood flooring, exposed timber roofing and stained glass bay windows among its qualities. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa10 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day agoIt has good bones though with lots of quality features.Mr Snowden said the house was the “perfect blank canvas”.Despite its derelict appearance, the residence has attracted interest from house hunters hoping to restore it to its former glory or bulldoze and start from scratch.“We’ve had 32 buyers come through in the past few inspections,” Mr Snowden said.It will go under the hammer on October 4 at 5pm.center_img MORE NEWS: Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and Pink’s holiday house for salelast_img read more

Hendon re-sign striker Bubb

first_imgStriker Bryron Bubb has returned to Hendon for a third spell with the club.Bubb, who has made 10 appearances for Grenada, joined the Greens from Millwall 10 years ago and has since played for a number of other non-League sides, including Slough Town, AFC Wimbledon and Burnham.He featured for Hendon again in 2005/06 and in his two stints with the club has scored a total of nine goals in 41 games.AdChoices广告last_img

Hamilton and other F1 drivers take a knee in Austria

first_imgSPIELBERG, Austria (Reuters) – Six times world champion Lewis Hamilton and a majority of Formula One’s 20 drivers took a knee on the starting grid before Sunday’s season-opening Austrian Grand Prix.The sport’s only Black driver, an outspoken campaigner against racial injustice and for greater diversity, wore a black T-shirt with ‘Black Lives Matter’ on the front and ‘End Racism’ on the back.Hamilton appeared to be the only driver with ‘Black Lives Matter’ on the front of his shirt as they gathered before the anthem at the Red Bull Ring. The others wore ones with the message ‘End Racism’.The knee protest was popularised by San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick in 2016 and has gained steam following the death of George Floyd, a Black man who died in police custody in Minneapolis in May.Television images showed six drivers standing behind the 14 who knelt, including Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc.Both had already explained their positions on social media.“I believe that what matters are facts and behaviours in our daily life rather than formal gestures that could be seen as controversial in some countries,” Leclerc said on Twitter.“I will not take the knee but this does not mean at all that I am less committed than others in the fight against racism.”Verstappen, winner in Austria for the past two years and on the front row of the grid, said he was also committed to equality and the fight against racism.“But I believe everyone has the right to express themself at a time and in a way that suits them. I will not take the knee today but respect and support the personal choices every driver makes,” said the Dutch 22-year-old.Formula One posted a clip of the drivers on Twitter with the words: “End Racism. One cause. One commitment. As individuals, we choose our own way to support the cause. As a group of drivers and a wider F1 family, we are united in its goal.”last_img read more

De Bruyne Goal Lifts City over Chelsea

first_imgManchester City sunday returned to the Premier League summit with an outstanding win at reigning champions Chelsea that was far more convincing than the scoreline suggested.Kevin de Bruyne’s spectacular 67th-minute winner against his former club, a rising left-foot drive from outside the area, gave Pep Guardiola’s side a victory their dominance deserved and saw them leapfrog back over arch-rivals Manchester United.City were without striker Sergio Aguero, who sustained rib injuries in a car crash in Amsterdam on Thursday, while Chelsea lost top scorer Alvaro Morata to injury in the first half. Guardiola’s men coped with Aguero’s absence superbly, and threatened to score long before De Bruyne finally broke the deadlock, with Chelsea keeper Thibaut Courtois making a brilliant reflex save from Fernandinho’s header before the break.City never looked in danger once De Bruyne scored and almost added a second when Gabriel Jesus’ volley was headed off the line by Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Water bacteria cancels Tokyo 2020 paratriathlon test swim

first_imgLast Updated: 17th August, 2019 17:39 IST Water Bacteria Cancels Tokyo 2020 Paratriathlon Test Swim The swimming section of a paratriathlon test event for Tokyo 2020 was cancelled Saturday due to high levels of bacteria in the water, the latest in a series of difficulties over water quality and temperature. Written By First Published: 17th August, 2019 15:30 IST The swimming section of a paratriathlon test event for Tokyo 2020 was cancelled Saturday due to high levels of bacteria in the water, the latest in a series of difficulties over water quality and temperature.Olympic organisers have won widespread praise for their preparations but extreme summer heat and poor water quality have brought headaches at practice events, with less than a year to go until the opening ceremony.The International Triathlon Union (ITU) shelved the swimming leg after tests showed levels of e-coli more than double the acceptable standard.The 70 paratriathletes instead competed in a duathlon format with two runs and a bike race. “We will keep doing our best to secure a safe and sound environment for athletes towards the Games next year,” Tokyo 2020 spokesman Masa Takaya said Saturday.  WATCH US LIVE COMMENT Former British paralympic triathlete Clare Cunningham tweeted that Saturday’s decision to abridge the race was “disappointing for all”.Read the tweet here:center_img “I’m so sorry for athletes that we could not prepare the competition conditions effectively,” Shinichiro Otsuka, managing director of Japan’s Triathlon Union, told reporters.”It was regrettable,” he said, vowing to step up preparations for Sunday’s Mixed Relay. Press Trust Of India SUBSCRIBE TO US It was the latest setback at a test event for Olympic organisers after extreme temperatures women’s triathlon run was cut short due to extreme heat in the Japanese capital on Thursday, with French triathlete Cassandre Beaugrand was taken to hospital for suspected heatstroke.Around a dozen competitors and spectators also fell ill at a rowing test event, also due to high temperatures, as Tokyo swelters through a deadly heatwave.Competitors at a marathon swimming test event on Sunday complained of smelly water and high water temperature at Odaiba Bay, the location for long-distance swimming and triathlon.Organisers are desperate to avoid the embarrassment of the 2016 Olympics in Rio when the pool used for diving events turned an unsettling shade of green overnight.Brazilian officials also had to scramble to clean up the bay used for sailing and windsurfing that was plagued by sewer bacteria and filthy with rubbish.In October 2017, Tokyo 2020 organisers were left red-faced after tests revealed levels of e-coli bacteria more than 20 times higher than international standards, sparking doubts about the venue’s safety.At the time, the organising committee blamed prolonged summer rain that had brought pollutants from offshore for the high readings between late July and early September.A year later, organisers said that tests using underwater “screens” to filter the water had successfully reduced bacteria levels at the venue. LIVE TV FOLLOW USlast_img read more

BetGames.TV secures Italian channel through SNAITECH GAN platform

first_img Industry live games developer BetGames.TV expands its presence within the Italian gambling sector having agreed terms to distribute its live content through the SNAITECH’s Global Adaptation Network (GAN) platform.BetGames.TV was recently accredited by Italy’s Amministrazione Autonoma dei Monopoli di Stato (AAMS) as a developer of games for the Italian licensed market.Securing distribution of its live content through Snaitech’s GAN Platform, the leading system for the licensed Italian online gambling market, BetGames.TV is set to initially launch six games; Bet on Poker, Bet on Baccarat, Wheel of Fortune, War of Bets, Dice and Dice Duel.Further to its agreement, BetGames.TV stated that it would seek to develop unique live gaming propositions for its Italian market  expansion.“We are incredibly thrilled to have completed a deal with Snaitech – said Christian Maglia, BetGames.TV Head of Sales.“The agreement will give Snaitech access to our full range of AAMS certified live presented games via the GAN platform. The collaboration with one of the most important operators in Italy is a very important step for and in our growth in the Region and a compliment to the award-winning BetGames.TV brand.”“The partnership with BetGames.TV shows once again that SNAITECH’s strategy, even in 2018, is deeply linked to entertainment,” said Alessandro Allara, SNAITECH Sportsbook and Online Director. “We are going to implement our offer with a suite of innovative live products characterized by a strong emotional engagement, as they are based on games appreciated by the Italian public.” StumbleUpon Related Articles Share SBTech boosts platform offering with BetGames.TV deal April 14, 2020 Submit SBC Digital Summit: A crash course in adaptability and resilience  April 27, 2020 Share New Polish poker table in BetGames section for STS July 15, 2020last_img read more