FARC Rebels Pledge Openness Ahead of Dialogue in Cuba

first_img Colombia’s FARC rebels said that they would approach upcoming peace talks with open minds, and no hidden agenda. “There are no parallel or hidden agendas on the rebels’ side,” they said in an email to AFP in Havana ahead of the November 15 talks in the Cuban capital. Colombia’s government and leftist FARC rebels on October 18 formally launched peace talks in Norway aimed at ending nearly five decades of a conflict that has claimed hundreds of thousands of lives. Norway, followed by Cuba, are hosting the first direct talks between the two sides in 10 years. The initial round of talks in Norway was aimed at hashing out technical details and logistics for the peace process’s five-point plan. The two sides will hold preparatory meetings in Cuba starting November 5 and the talks will resume in earnest on the Caribbean island on November 15. That is when in-depth negotiations will start with the thorny issue of rural development. Colombia has wide income disparities, with much of the country’s rural areas lacking basic services and infrastructure. The round of talks to be held in Cuba will also address the issue of land distribution. Colombia’s countryside is full of large plots mostly owned by the wealthy and little land is available to small farmers who want their own pieces of land. Land reform was at the heart of a peasant uprising in the 1960s that saw the formation of the FARC, and access to farmland remains an important issue in a country where half the population lives in poverty. The Colombian government estimates that some 600,000 people have been killed by armed groups and security forces in the country, and that 3.7 million Colombian citizens have been displaced in the conflict. After more than fifty years of activity, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia may be ready for a truce after a long string of setbacks. In recent years, it has suffered the capture or killing of some of its top leaders, and the depletion of its ranks to half what they were at their peak in the 1990s. By Dialogo October 30, 2012last_img read more

PREMIUMIndonesia undertakes monetary, fiscal measures to fight effects of virus

first_imgLog in with your social account Indonesia is planning to roll out monetary easing and fiscal stimulus to cushion the economy from the impact of the Wuhan coronavirus.Bank Indonesia (BI) cut its benchmark interest rate, the seven-day reverse repo rate, by 25 basis points (bps) to 4.75 percent on Thursday after holding the rate in the last three months. BI Governor Perry Warjiyo said given the economic risks posed by the spread of COVID-19, there was a need to maintain economic growth.Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said Wednesday the government was planning fiscal stimulus through state budget disbursement into productive spending and early incentives to strengthen the domestic economy amid slowdown risks.“The COVID-19 spread’s impact on the economy will be V-shaped and we forecast global economic growth to reach 3 percent in 2020 from our earlier projection of 3.1 percent,” Perry sa… Google bank-indonesia Sri-Mulyani-Indrawati Wuhan-coronavirus-in-Indonesia China GDP-growth economic-growth monetary-easing fiscal-stimulus state-budget Forgot Password ? Linkedin Facebook LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Topics :last_img read more

Boys hoops Bees rallies for wins over Corcoran, C-NS

first_imgEach week for the Baldwinsville boys basketball team seems to bring about another marquee match-up and another opportunity to establish its credentials as a championship contender.When 8-2, state Class AA no. 22-ranked Corcoran ventured to the Baker High School gym last Tuesday night and worked its way to a comfortable halftime lead, the Bees faced an inflection point in this potentially special season.And instead of suffering back-to-back defeats, B’ville gave the ball to J.J. Starling – and watched the sophomore dazzle again, carrying his team to a 73-66 win over the Cougars. Tags: Baldwinsvilleboys basketball Ultimately, Starling got 38 points, including six 3-pointers and 10 successful free throws. He didn’t work alone, either, as Bo Nicholson chimed in with 13 points and Chase Trombley added 11 points.Corcoran lost despite having D.J. Haynes and Jaeson Gillard each net 15 points, Reaves finish with 14 points and Ben Kemp add 13 points.A rematch with the Cougars takes place Feb. 11. In the meantime, B’ville would host Cicero-North Syracuse on Friday, careful not to overlook the 1-10 Northstars, who had nearly upended West Genesee earlier in the week.Having won 66-45 at C-NS on Dec. 13, the Bees found the rematch far more difficult to handle, and in fact it trailed most of the way before a big fourth quarter rescued a 68-65 victory.Over the course of the second and third periods, C-NS outplayed B’ville and moved out in front, and early in the fourth quarter the Bees found itself staring at a 55-48 deficit, largely due to Luke Paragaon, who led the Northstars with 29 points.But just like it did against Corcoran, B’ville saved its best work for the final minutes, outscoring C-NS 20-10 the rest of the way.Starling still had great numbers, finishing with 27 points, including four 3-pointers. Continuing to establish themselves as solid alternatives, Nicholson and Trombley each had 15 points as Dan Fabrizio got seven points.Having moved to 9-3 overall, the Bees stood atop the SCAC Metro division standings at 8-1, facing Rome Free Academy on Monday and then hosting Fayetteville-Manlius on Friday.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story center_img It was in the second quarter that Corcoran threatened to get away, outscoring the Bees 23-14. Corcoran was spreading things around well and not leaning on its own 1,000-point scorer, De’jour Reaves.And while that remained the case the rest of the way, B’ville knew that Starling had excelled in adverse situations like this, and were confident that he could take over again.With a series of 3-pointers and other big plays, Starling erased most of the 39-29 halftime gap by the time the fourth quarter arrived, and he kept on going, all the way to the wire.last_img read more

‘You’re Very Disrespectful’ – Pochettino Blasts Guardiola

first_imgTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has labelled the comments from his Manchester City counterpart Pep Guardiola as “very disrespectful” and “sad”.Pochettino was speaking in response to Guardiola’s comment which described Tottenham as the “Harry Kane team” when he was talking about his side’s title rivals.During his pre-match press conference ahead of his team’s weekend league clash with Bournemouth at the Wembley Stadium, Pochettino said: “[Guardiola] was part of the big success at Barcelona and I never said it was ‘the Lionel Messi team,’”While speaking earlier this month about the English Premier League (EPL) title Guardiola described Chelsea and Manchester United as his side’s rivals to win the league earlier this month, before adding: “We saw again the Harry Kane team scores every day two or three goals.”Speaking further on the matter, the Pochettino said:“It doesn’t affect me but in the reality it was very disrespectful for many people.”“Everyone deserves to be recognised. When many people took the words, it was very sad and for many players that are here it is strange but, in my case, I didn’t take it in a bad way.“It wasn’t disrespectful to myself. For a lot of people it was unnecessary. But we need to move on.” he concluded. Relatedlast_img read more