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International cooperation leads to U.S. financial sanctions against alleged Colombian drug traffickers

first_imgThe two brothers remain at large – but now, thanks to international cooperation between Colombia and the United States, they’re facing strict financial penalties. On November 6, the U.S. Treasury Department named them as Specially Designated Narcotics Traffickers (SDNTs) under the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (Kingpin Act). It also sanctioned Germán’s business, Compra Venta Gerpez, an import and resale company in the city of Tuluá in the Department of Valle del Cauca. For more than a decade, Colombian Germán Alberto Pérez Ocampo has allegedly supplied cocaine to major international drug trafficking groups, including Los Cachiros in Honduras, the Clan Úsuga in Colombia, and the Sinaloa Cartel, La Familia Michocana, and the Beltrán Leyva Organization, which are Mexican transnational criminal enterprises. “Despite being a prominent narcotics trafficker, Germán Alberto Pérez Ocampo evaded law enforcement for more than a decade,” Adam J. Szubin, the director of the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), said in a prepared statement. “His work supplying cocaine to many of the most violent drug cartels targeted by the U.S. government underscores his global reach, and it is time that he is brought to justice.” Since June 2000, Treasury officials have named more than 1,600 individuals and entities under the Kingpin Act, according to the Treasury Department. Penalties for violations of the Kingpin Act range from civil fines of up to $1.075 million (USD) to more severe criminal penalties. Criminal penalties for corporate officers may include up to 30 years in prison and fines up to $5 million (USD). The two brothers remain at large – but now, thanks to international cooperation between Colombia and the United States, they’re facing strict financial penalties. On November 6, the U.S. Treasury Department named them as Specially Designated Narcotics Traffickers (SDNTs) under the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (Kingpin Act). It also sanctioned Germán’s business, Compra Venta Gerpez, an import and resale company in the city of Tuluá in the Department of Valle del Cauca. “Despite being a prominent narcotics trafficker, Germán Alberto Pérez Ocampo evaded law enforcement for more than a decade,” Adam J. Szubin, the director of the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), said in a prepared statement. “His work supplying cocaine to many of the most violent drug cartels targeted by the U.S. government underscores his global reach, and it is time that he is brought to justice.” This announcement comes less than two months after it imposed financial sanctions on eight alleged leaders of La Oficina de Envigado, an organized crime group based in Medellin. The Treasury identified the eight suspects as: Juan Carlos Mesa Vallejo, Julián Andrey González Vásquez, Diego Alberto Muñoz Agudelo, Freyner Alfonso Ramírez García, Jesús David Hernández Grisales, Rubiel Medina Cardona, Didier de Jesús Ríos López and Edinson Rodolfo Rojas. By Dialogo November 13, 2014 For more than a decade, Colombian Germán Alberto Pérez Ocampo has allegedly supplied cocaine to major international drug trafficking groups, including Los Cachiros in Honduras, the Clan Úsuga in Colombia, and the Sinaloa Cartel, La Familia Michocana, and the Beltrán Leyva Organization, which are Mexican transnational criminal enterprises. And in June, the Treasury Department designated La Oficina de Envigado as an SDNT. La Oficina engages in narco-trafficking, extortion, and murder-for-hire, according to the Treasury Department. “Germán Alberto Pérez Ocampo is one of the last remaining ‘old guard’ drug traffickers in Colombia,” said A. D. Wright, acting special agent in charge of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Miami field division. “Through his criminal association with high level Mexican drug traffickers, Germán Alberto Pérez Ocampo was able to export multi-ton kilo quantities of cocaine.” Meanwhile, his brother, Santiago Pérez Ocampo, has worked as German’s enforcer, and is suspected of helping him run his drug enterprise, according to Colombian and U.S. authorities. The U.S. Treasury worked cooperatively with the Mexican federal government and the DEA to impose the sanctions. “Germán Alberto Pérez Ocampo is one of the last remaining ‘old guard’ drug traffickers in Colombia,” said A. D. Wright, acting special agent in charge of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Miami field division. “Through his criminal association with high level Mexican drug traffickers, Germán Alberto Pérez Ocampo was able to export multi-ton kilo quantities of cocaine.” Since June 2000, Treasury officials have named more than 1,600 individuals and entities under the Kingpin Act, according to the Treasury Department. Penalties for violations of the Kingpin Act range from civil fines of up to $1.075 million (USD) to more severe criminal penalties. Criminal penalties for corporate officers may include up to 30 years in prison and fines up to $5 million (USD). The U.S. Treasury worked cooperatively with the Mexican federal government and the DEA to impose the sanctions. This announcement comes less than two months after it imposed financial sanctions on eight alleged leaders of La Oficina de Envigado, an organized crime group based in Medellin. The Treasury identified the eight suspects as: Juan Carlos Mesa Vallejo, Julián Andrey González Vásquez, Diego Alberto Muñoz Agudelo, Freyner Alfonso Ramírez García, Jesús David Hernández Grisales, Rubiel Medina Cardona, Didier de Jesús Ríos López and Edinson Rodolfo Rojas. And in June, the Treasury Department designated La Oficina de Envigado as an SDNT. La Oficina engages in narco-trafficking, extortion, and murder-for-hire, according to the Treasury Department. Meanwhile, his brother, Santiago Pérez Ocampo, has worked as German’s enforcer, and is suspected of helping him run his drug enterprise, according to Colombian and U.S. authorities. last_img read more

Training Boosts U.S. Response Capabilities in the Americas

first_imgBy Story by U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Osvaldo Equite, Special Operations Command South March 20, 2018 Within minutes, an elite multinational security force team managed to close with and overwhelm armed groups hiding along Panama’s Caribbean shores and remote jungle locations. The team’s mission success however, would depend on the next 100 or so split-second decisions made – under fire and stress – between team members that had only met weeks before. Still, the team freed all simulated hostages, while successfully culminating a month-long training exchange between U.S. Special Operations Forces and Panamanian security counterparts held January 5-February 6, 2018, throughout Panama. “The Joint Combined Exchange Training improved the readiness of assigned quick reaction forces with Special Operations Command South by developing capabilities needed when responding to a crisis alongside partner nation security forces,” said U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Marcus Hunter, Special Operations liaison officer with U.S. Special Operations Command, in Panama City, Panama. Participating U.S. SOF units improved their overall competencies in marksmanship, small unit tactics training, air and maritime operations, communications, and sustained interoperability with counterparts by exchanging techniques, tactics, and procedures, while enhancing service members’ language proficiency in Spanish. SOCSOUTH integrated U.S. SOF units from the Air Force, Army, and Navy to train alongside elite Panamanian counterterrorism units in coordination with the U.S. Embassy in Panama City and Panamanian security forces. Nothing like back home Although U.S. SOF train regularly at their home station units in preparation for contingencies in the Americas, JCETs provide training opportunities not easily replicated stateside. “Every day was about learning something new, even if it was just a small interaction with our counterparts in Spanish,” said U.S. Air Force Technical Sergeant Gordon Boyer, a radio frequency transmission specialist with the 6th Special Operations Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Florida. For weeks, Tech. Sgt. Boyer, a Michigan native responsible for the maintenance and repair of communications equipment, relied on his working proficiency in Spanish to work side-by-side with his counterparts on a daily basis. “We dove into the manuals for hours, figuring things out together,” he said, recalling an instance where he enabled communications between Panamanian air support, U.S. and partner nation ground forces. “We figured out the best way for us to accomplish our missions every day, using what we had and speaking with the little we both knew,” he added. Tech Sgt. Boyer noted that the interactions really tested his Spanish and his counterpart’s English. Like Tech Sgt. Boyer, Spanish is a second language for the majority of the American exercise participants. Only a third of the service members who took part in the training were fluent, with the rest having a minimal working proficiency in the language. “That’s why training like this is so important. We get a full language and cultural immersion we wouldn’t get back home,” said Matt, a senior Special Forces weapons sergeant with the 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), out of Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, who for security reasons spoke on condition of anonymity. The first time many junior service members gain valuable experiences in leadership, mentorship, instruction, and advisory roles is also during joint combined training. “The first opportunity I had being a team leader was during a previous JCET, where I was responsible for leading a group of partner nation members as we conducted training,” said the Special Forces sergeant, who has deployed eight times, with this trip being his first to Panama. “It was during a prior JCET that I was also put in charge as a ground convoy commander for the first time,” he added. “With little prior experience in such a position I put together a plan, thought of all the obstacles we might come across, and began to develop contingencies for a two-hour movement. The contingencies included coordination with an air element.” Additionally, U.S. SOF tackle logistics, communications, and transportation hurdles on a daily basis during joint combined training that begins as soon as they arrive in country. “That’s another benefit to this training, working through and finding solutions to the day-to-day real-world problems that you do not encounter back home,” said the Special Forces sergeant. Beyond the training Aside from boosting U.S. force’s response capabilities in the Americas, this exchange training also strengthened working relationships and built trust between the elite forces. This not only saves valuable time in being able to make split-second decisions during training, but also when working together in the event of a crisis. “These relationships and trust can help reduce the scope and duration of a crisis and increase the likelihood our partners can respond to crises on their own,” said U.S. Navy Admiral Kurt W. Tidd, U.S. Southern Command commander, before a Senate Armed Services Committee in 2017. Similarly, the most rewarding aspect of the training for many of the exchange participants was building professional relationships needed if they are one day called to work alongside each other. “Our mission is to execute high-risk operations in urban areas and to intervene against sabotage against the canal,” said Captain Javier Bethancourt, deputy operations officer with the Panamanian National Police (PNP) Special Forces Counterterrorism Unit. Without these working relationships and training, it would be difficult for the multinational forces to work together, said the operations officer. “So building these relationships is important, especially if it comes to protecting the canal.” “We build a relationship with these guys because they are the best, and they might stay in the same unit for years,” said the U.S. SOF weapons sergeant. “This makes integration easier, knowing that we speak the same language when it comes to tactics and techniques. At the end of the day, the ultimate outcome for us is to build and maintain steady relationships that prepare us for any type of crisis we are tasked to respond to.” Other participating units included PNP Rural and Maritime Anti-Drug Unit and elements of Panama’s National Air and Naval Service.last_img read more

Legislators face variety of issues

first_img March 15, 2005 Senior Editor Regular News Legislators face variety of issues Legislators face variety of issues New judges, constitutional revisions, procedural rules all on the table Gary Blankenship Senior EditorConstitutional issues, past and future, and more judges will be on the Florida Legislature’s agenda for its 2005 Regular Session.Lawmakers, after several weeks of committee meetings in January and February, opened the 60-day session on March 8 (after this News went to press). It is scheduled to adjourn on May 6.Some core issues of interest to Bar members appear not to be on the agenda. There are no proposed constitutional amendments to remove The Florida Bar from the Supreme Court’s oversight, and there are no bills to impose a sales tax on legal, or any other, currently untaxed services.But there are plenty of issues major and minor that will affect the court system and lawyers and their practices.“We would expect most of the normal issues that traditionally deal with the independence of the judiciary to be brought up and discussed, primarily the rule-making authority of the court,” said Steve Metz, the Bar’s legislative counsel. “But we feel confident that given a fair hearing and debate, that the legislature will realize there is a healthy tension there and a proper balance.“I don’t anticipate any attacks on The Florida Bar or the ability of the court to regulate lawyers,” he added. “I do think there will be a healthy discussion about advertising and whether or not there is legislation that can increase the regulation of advertising without running afoul of the constitution.”Things are also looking up for the court system with an easing of the state’s financial condition. “One very encouraging thing is the universal acceptance in the House and Senate of the need for new judges,” Metz said. For the past two years, no new judges have been approved, and this year the Supreme Court has asked for 110 new judges.Legislative leaders say they expect a busy year, including enacting implementing legislation for constitutional amendments approved last November, particularly relating to medical records and doctor discipline — amendments pushed by the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers.There are also several proposed amendments aimed at the citizen initiative process and also a proposed streamlining of the Florida Constitution by removing “statutory” type provisions that have been added by amendment over the years.In addition to that, bills have been filed to again look at the procedural rule-making powers of the Supreme Court, and some lawmakers say those will at least be debated.On the fiscal side, expected increases in state revenues could mean not only more judges, but other improvements for the courts and their employees.“Clearly, we’re going to be focusing much needed attention on additional funding for trial court judges,” said Rep. Dudley Goodlette, R-Naples, chair of the influential Rules and Calendar Council. “There are going to be some constitutional issues that we’ll be dealing with.”Rep. David Simmons, R-Altamonte Springs, chair of the House Judiciary Committee, gave a list of likely priorities and issues.That includes implementing legislation for Amendments 7 and 8, approved by voters last year. The former gives patients access to adverse medical reports on doctors and hospitals and the latter provides for the license revocation of any doctor who has been disciplined three times by the state.Simmons noted there is controversy about whether any implementing laws are needed, but that courts are already weighing in that some statutory guidance is needed.“My committee is within the ambit of its responsibility and jurisdiction to deal with it,” he said. “So we’re going to do implementing legislation with respect to both 7 and 8.. . . I hope that there will be a resolution and a convergence of interests of both the trial lawyers and the medical profession in getting good policy, and good policy means a proper implementation of 7 and 8.”There will also likely be three or four amendments proposed dealing with the citizen initiative process for constitutional amendments (something the Bar is studying as well). Those include, Simmons said, requiring any amendment — whether initiative or placed on the ballot by the legislature — to be approved by 60 percent of the voters, requiring a fiscal impact disclosure for any amendment that would surpass a certain projected cost, and limiting amendments to certain subjects and having the Supreme Court review amendments for compliance.The changes are needed, Simmons said, because special interests have hijacked the initiative process with slick promotion campaigns that may actually have little to do with the actual impact of the proposed amendment.“Darn near anything will pass now,” he said. “What they didn’t have when this (the initiative process) was put into the constitution they have now, which is mass media with the ability to reach everyone with very slick advertising and get it done.“What is truly missing. . . is a deliberative process and a debate process. You cannot debate something in 30-second sound bites.”In conjunction with the initiative amendments, Goodlette said he has introduced a bill calling for statutory changes, including more disclosure from initiative backers including that signature gatherers must reveal when they are paid to collect signatures.Simmons also said he supports Winter Park Republican Sen. Daniel Webster’s effort to streamline the Florida Constitution by removing unnecessary provisions that should be in statute rather than the state’s basic charter.“I hope we will have the opportunity to have joint meetings to begin an article-by- article review of the constitution, so we can put a streamlined constitution. . . on the ballot in 2006,” he said. Procedural Rules Noting bills have been filed in both the House and Senate to have the legislature create a judicial council to take over court procedural rule-writing authority from the Supreme Court, Simmons expects that to be at least studied, perhaps with an emphasis on criminal procedural rules.But Webster, the Senate Judiciary Committee chair, said he doesn’t see the upper chamber moving on that issue, although he knows some lawmakers are concerned the Supreme Court has overstepped its authority.“I don’t think that I’m to the point of saying we’re going to do that,” he said. “I know it’s an issue, but I’m not ready to go there yet.”Other issues Simmons expects his committee to examine include:• Premises liability. “Some appellate judges have stated they believe we have moved to strict liability de facto,” he said. “We’re going to review that and see if there’s some way of making it more fair.”• Questions related to streetlight maintenance and liability.• Fixing glitches with the Revision 7 transfer that saw the state take over most trial court funding from the counties. Simmons said that will include substantive issues on disputes that have arisen between counties, court clerks, and judges.On the Senate side, Webster said the Judiciary Committee will consider the constitutional streamlining and amendments to change the initiative process. He noted he has long supported an amendment to allow the Supreme Court to review proposed constitutional changes to ensure they belong in that document.Those might be limited to the separation of powers between branches and levels of government, the rights of people, duties of public officers, and the like, he said.“Anything external to that may not be a bad idea, but maybe we should have a statutory initiative to accommodate those ideas,” Webster said.The committee will also take up Gov. Jeb Bush’s proposed litigation reform package. Webster said that includes looking at premises liability, giving sellers immunity from products liability as long as they had no part in manufacturing a defective product, and limiting plaintiffs in a state class action suit to state residents, unless an out-of-state resident has no recourse in his or her home state.The committee will also have a Revision 7 glitch bill and look at the streetlight liability. Webster said the committee, at the request of Senate President Tom Lee, R-Brandon, will look at a policy to compensate people who are wrongly convicted and serve time and later are freed without requiring them to go through the claims bill process. That stemmed from the Wilton Dedge case, where Dedge spent more than 20 years in prison on a rape charge before being exonerated by DNA testing. (See story on page 11 in this News. ) Lawyer Advertising Webster said his committee, probably early in the session, will look at a proposed law to regulate lawyer advertising.Simmons, who championed that issue last year when it passed the House but died in the Senate, said he’s not pushing it this year. This session, legislation has been introduced by Rep. Jeff Kottkamp, R-Cape Coral, and Sen. Skip Campbell, D-Tamarac.Simmons, though, said he promised the Bar he wouldn’t push his own measure while its Advertising Task Force 2004 was studying the issue. The Bar Board of Governors is scheduled to act on the task force’s recommendations at its April 8 meeting.“I would hope the Bar would realize that if it doesn’t do something, then the whole process is going to be open for review by the legislature,” he said. “I hope the Bar takes action and does what is right.”Another measure facing an uncertain future is a proposal to allow gay foster parents to adopt, irregardless of a state law banning gays from adopting, if a bond has formed with the child and a judge determines it is in the best interest of the child. The Family Law Section, which was earlier turned down on its request to lobby for the repeal of the homosexual adoption ban, is asking the Bar Board of Governors to allow it to support the new bills. That also is expected on the board’s April 8 agenda.“It remains to be seen how quickly that bill would move through the process,” Goodlette said. “My guess is there would be some obstacles to that bill proceeding.”Goodlette, Simmons, and Sen. Rod Smith, D-Gainesville, all said there is support in both chambers for approval of all or most of the 110 new judges requested by the court.“Clearly, we’re going to be focusing much needed attention on additional funding for trial court judges,” Goodlette said. “That is a high priority with the House and Senate.”Smith said that support is likely to extend to other court issues, such as increasing staff and salaries for state attorneys and public defenders.“We can’t increase the number of judges and not increase the state attorney and public defender budgets. That would be irresponsible,” he said. “Salary increases for prosecutors and public defenders and for people who are providing juvenile services, I think those are on the table in the Justice Appropriations Committee and will be dealt with.”He also agreed with Webster that the Senate is unlikely to change the Supreme Court’s procedural rule-making prerogatives. “There’s been some talk about. . . some sort of statutory address of those rules. I think that’s unlikely to come to fruition,” Smith said. “We’re at a decided disadvantage in dealing with questions of procedure, because we’re not in the courts every day.” Court Priorities Expectations that funding may be relaxed after several tight budget years is good news for the court system. State Courts Administrator Lisa Goodner said the courts have several priorities, mostly related to budget issues.First is getting the new judges sought by the court.“That is obviously a high priority issue to deal with the deficit that has been created by the lack of funding for new judges over the past few years,” she said.Along with that, the courts want 33 new trial law clerks, to keep up with the one clerk for every three judge ratio that has been set in recent years.And, about 15 years after the Supreme Court building was renovated, there are some significant and routine maintenance needs that will call for about $6 million.Another priority will be addressing salary-related budget issues. Goodner said last year the court system did not get enough appropriations to meet its salary obligations, and had to leave vacancies unfilled in order to save enough money to pay employees.Other goals are:• Working to resolve remaining glitches with the Revision 7 transition. That includes seeking about $7.5 million additional funds for court reporting services.“This would transition toward a more efficient model of court reporting and increase the use of digital technology to produce a record,” Goodner said. “That’s a big one we’re still looking for.”• Getting funding to pay for maintenance agreements and leases on equipment being turned over by counties to the state as part of Revision 7.• Getting additional funding to bring mediation court services up to the level they were before Revision 7.• Getting funding for the “judicial inquiry system,” which allows judges on the bench to link through computers to information they need, such as cases in other circuits involving someone before them, state Department of Corrections records, or a party’s criminal history. “It doesn’t give judges access to any information they are not specifically authorized by law to have,” Goodner said, but does give them much quicker access to information they routinely need. Funding for that has twice been approved, but then either cut in a budget crisis or vetoed.• Getting better pay and benefits for court employees, particularly at the Supreme Court. Goodner said salaries and benefits not only lag behind the private sector, but other government agencies as well, making it difficult to find and retain qualified staff.• Working on a family court efficiency act to streamline operations of family courts.• Passing a drug court bill to enhance operations.• Passing a bill to create a court interpreter certification program. Sections’ Efforts Praised While the state budget and constitutional amendments may get more headlines and media attention, Goodlette there are many less publicized issues that will be addressed during the 60-day session, and he said Bar sections frequently play vital roles in that work.Goodlette noted he is co-sponsoring one bill sought by the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section, while the Business Law Section is active on a rewrite of the state’s business entities law.“I think the sections of the Bar continue to provide meaningful input and important real leadership on substantive areas of the law,” he said. “I would like to have members of the Bar who contribute to the sections help the legislature. I would like to express appreciation and encourage them to continue to provide that kind of in-depth, of invaluable assistance.”last_img read more

Plitvice Lakes increase ticket prices

first_imgPlitvice Lakes National Park has announced a new ticket price list for 2018, and a big change is that the prices are significantly more expensive than last year.According to the new price list for 2018, ticket prices have risen significantly, so the ticket price in the season for an adult is HRK 250,00, while last year it was HRK 160,00. Also one of the news is that during the tourist season, in the period from 01.07. to 31.08., it is possible to buy tickets for half a day, ie after 16.00 the ticket price is cheaper by 100,00 kn and is 150,00 kn.Side dish: Ticket price list for 2018 Plitvice Lakes National Park  Related news:TRAKOŠĆAN CASTLE WILL CHARGE TICKETS FOR A WALK IN THE PARK FROM APRILMOTOVUN MUNICIPALITY HAS DECIDED TO CHARGE THE ENTRY TO THE MOTOVUN WALLSlast_img read more

Viral video captures brawl in North Jakarta waters

first_imgA video of young people brawling in the waters of a seafront area in Kalibaru subdistrict, Cilincing, North Jakarta, has gone viral on social media, prompting authorities to stand guard near the location.The video, posted on Sunday by Instagram account @jakut.info, showed dozens of young people having a confrontation in the waters while swimming, some of them carrying various kinds of sharp weapons. Topics : Responding to the video, Cilincing Police chief Comr. Imam T. B. said most of the people involved in the brawl were Cilincing residents. He then sent personnel to visit the location, despite it being outside of his authority.“We went to the location and they disbanded immediately,” Imam told tempo.co on Wednesday, adding that some of the youths threw their weapons into the sea.According to a press release issued by the North Jakarta administration on Tuesday, the police also detained two teenagers with sharp weapons and ceramic shards.In the statement, Kalibaru subdistrict head Slamet Alfarizi said that police, military and Public Order Agency (Satpol PP) personnel, as well as local residents, also conducted patrols in the past three days around the area to prevent another brawl.Cilincing district head Muhammad Andri commended the joint patrol.“May our hard work build a safe and orderly Kalibaru for all of us.” (mfp)center_img “On Sunday at 5 p.m., there was a brawl on the coast of Jakarta; a group of youths was seen fighting,” the caption of the Instagram post said.last_img read more

Dutch union demands state pension age freeze at 66

first_imgTuur Elzinga, FNVEarlier, Gijs van Dijk, MP for the labour party PvdA and a former FNV trustee, said a gesture from the government on the retirement age was needed for a breakthrough in pensions reform.Both Elzinga and Van Dijk underlined the importance of allowing people in physically demanding jobs to retire earlier.When asked by IPE’s Dutch sister publication Pensioen Pro, Elzinga said that an agreement between unions and employers on the merits had not been reached yet. The FNV said that freezing the retirement age was one of its three key demands for an agreement with government and employers.Inflation compensation for all generations and pensions accrual for all workers, including flexible workers and the self-employed, were also crucial elements to be agreed upon.The FNV has been making similar demands for nearly a year as discussions over pensions reform have stalled.Next Saturday, the FNV will underline its demands at a demonstration in Amsterdam. FNV, one of the Netherlands’ largest trade unions, has demanded that the government freeze the state pension age at 66 in exchange for its support for a proposed new national pension contract.In an interview in daily newspaper Trouw last Friday, Tuur Elzinga, the FNV’s lead negotiator on the pensions system, emphasised that the government had to take such a step in order to secure the support of the union’s membership.His comments came after Wouter Koolmees, minister for social affairs, said he would stick with the government’s decision to gradually raise the state pension age to 67 by 2021. The minister said the increase was necessary to keep pace with rising longevity.Elzinga said the union needed a signal from the government that it was willing to compromise. “If I were to conclude an accord with the employers with no changes to raising the retirement age, I’ll hit a wall with my supporters,” the paper quoted him as saying.last_img read more

Xi Jinping meets with Mauritanian President Abdel Aziz

first_imgPresident Xi Jinping met with Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz in Beijing on Monday, vowing to improve ties with Mauritania within the framework of the China-Arab Cooperation Forum.  Aziz is in China for the second China-Arab States Expo, a key platform for promoting ties between China and Arab states, in Yinchuan, Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, northwest China.last_img

Truck kills 13- year-old girl

first_imgLagonero, meanwhile, was detained in thelockup facility of the Hinigaran municipal police station, facing charges./PN The 13-year-old victim from Barangay 4,Hinigaran, sustained injuries on the head and the body, a police report showed. According to police investigators, thevictim was accidentally hit by a delivery truck driven by 61-year-old MikelLagonero of Barangay Kabulacan, Sta. Catalina, Negros Oriental around 3 a.m. onMarch 6. The victim’s cadaver was brought to alocal mortuary. BACOLOD City – Crossing the road turnedfatal for a girl in Barangay Pilar, Hinigaran, Negros Occidental.last_img read more

La Liga: Felix double sends Atletico to top four

first_img Costa’s claims for a penalty where ignored despite the former Chelsea striker complaining he had been held back in attempting to reach Lodi’s effort. Felix opened the scoring 20 minutes later after Lodi found space again down the left flank. Lodi played the ball back to Saul Niguez in the box, his shot was deflected to Felix’s path who smashed the ball to the top corner. The hosts’ best chance of an equaliser came six minutes before the break but David Garcia’s long-range shot could only hit the advertising boards. Felix doubled his account 10 minutes into the second half. Costa was fed the ball in the area and he squared it to Felix who side-footed home with ease for his eighth goal of the campaign in all competitions. Felix was substituted on the 69-minute mark as Simeone sent on holding midfielder Thomas Partey, who has been linked with a move to Arsenal. Despite Felix leaving the field his side made sure of three points as Marcos Llorente, Alvaro Morata and Yannick Carrasco scored in the final 11 minutes. Promoted Content18 Cities With Neverending Tourist-FlowTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The World2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year8 Things To Expect If An Asteroid Hits Our PlanetBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s HystericalBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Time9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You Read Also: Guardiola embarrassed by treatment of black peopleThe away side’s Slovenia goalkeeper Jan Oblak became the first non-Spaniard to reach 100 La Liga clean sheets with his performance.Atleti host Real Valladolid on Saturday and Osasuna travel to Valencia on Sunday.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Portugal youngster Joao Felix scored twice as Atletico Madrid moved into the Champions League places with a 5-0 La Liga thrashing of Osasuna on Wednesday. Joao Felix took his goal tally to eight for the season with the double at Osasuna Felix, 20, was making his first appearance since the Spanish top-flight returned from its coronavirus hiatus having been suspended for the weekend’s draw at Athletic Bilbao and had been suffering from an ankle sprain since May. “I felt good, coming back from injury after three months without playing and scoring two goals is very good for me,” Felix told broadcaster Movistar. The northerners remain in 11th after the defeat with an outside chance of making the Europa League but are also 10 points away from the relegation zone. The hosts’ coach Jagoba Arrasate was without captain Oier and Adrian Lopez who scored the equaliser at high-flying Real Sociedad, who can go back above Atltetico on Thursday with a win at Alaves. The visitors’ coach Diego Simeone made four changes from Sunday’s match in Bilbao including handing Felix, who joined the side from Benfica for 126 million euros ($141 million) last summer, a start alongside Diego Costa in attack. Felix will return to the Portugese capital in August as UEFA announced the Champions League will be completed in Lisbon with a ‘final eight’ format after Atleti knocked holders Liverpool out of the competition in March. Left-back Renan Lodi had the best of the early chances as his whipped effort in the eighth minute was straight at goalkeeper Ruben Martinez.last_img read more

Grams Memorial honors go to Johnson

first_imgARLINGTON, Minn. (July 9) – Bill Johnson was the third and final leader in Arlington Raceway’s Dan Grams Memorial feature.The Saturday feature, part of the IMCA EMI RaceSaver Sprint Car Series of Minnesota, saw Brett Geldner set the fast pace the first four times around the big, fast oval from his front row start.Geldner gave way to the battle for the lead between Michael Stien and Johnson. A yellow came out on lap eight and Stein took the lead on the ensuing restart.Two laps later, however, Johnson took charge. With only a few laps left, Stien tried unsuccess­fully to pass on the high side going into turn three but couldn’t get the job done and settled for second. Jordan Wilmes was promoted to third when Brandon Allen came up light on the post-race scales.Other feature winners were Tyler Limoges in the Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds, Ken Tietz in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Eric Larson in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods, Cory Probst in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Kyren Porter in the Mach-1 Sport Compacts.Feature results – 1. Bill Johnson; 2. Michael Stien; 3. Jordan Wilmes; 4. Justin Allen; 5. Michael Johnston; 6. Brett Geldner; 7. Jeremy Schultz; 8. Joel Thorpe; 9. Neil Stevens; 10. Paul Konako­witz; 11. Brandon Allen; 12. Jesse Cripe.last_img read more