Colombia Reinforces Military Presence in Response to FARC Attacks

first_imgBy Dialogo February 06, 2012 Two attacks with explosives that left 15 dead in two towns in southwestern Colombia, attributed to the FARC guerrilla group, led President Juan Manuel Santos on February 2 to launch major Military reinforcements in the region. “Tumaco has suffered a great deal; it’s known as a strategic center for ‘narcoterrorism.’ We’ve decided to move into Tumaco with one Marine unit and another from the Army. It’ll add up to more than 2,500 additional men,” said Santos, who traveled to the region to hold a security council meeting. The decision was also made to increase the police contingent by 300 men. In the attack in Tumaco, on February 1, nine people died and 69 were injured. Colombian Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzón characterized the attack as “terrorism” and blamed the FARC and the criminal gang Los Rastrojos [The Stubble] for the attack. “The FARC, in alliance with Los Rastrojos, are defending a drug-trafficking route to the Pacific. What they’ve done is pure and simple terrorism, and force is going to be used directly against those organizations,” he said. While Santos was in Tumaco, a car bomb exploded in front of a police station in the center of the town of Villa Rica, in the department of Cauca, causing six deaths and approximately 30 injuries. Those killed included two minors and the commander of the police station where the device exploded. Like the one in Tumaco, this attack was also attributed to a FARC front operating in the area. The attacks occurred hours after the guerrilla group indefinitely postponed the release of five police officers and one member of the Military, all kidnapped and held for over 12 years, on the grounds that the area where they were to be turned over had been militarized. “The attacks in Tumaco and Villarica are regrettable (…) With these actions, the FARC makes any possibility of dialogue ever more distant,” Interior Minister Germán Vargas Lleras wrote on his Twitter account.last_img read more

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Public call for the program to encourage the education of staff in the hospitality and tourism industry in 2019 has been published

first_imgThe total amount of the scholarship can amount to a maximum of HRK 1.200,00 per pupil / student per month, while the Ministry of Tourism approves 50% of the total amount of the scholarship, and the partner the other 50%. Applicants can be legal entities registered to perform catering services in facilities from the group of hotels and groups of camps or tourist agencies as well as county chambers of crafts. Read the full text of the public call HERE The public call is open until November 25, 2019 years. The goal of the program is to raise the quality of staff in the hospitality and tourism, ultimately the overall quality of Croatian tourism by encouraging young people to education for occupations in the hospitality and tourism and better connection of educational institutions and companies in tourism. Photo: Pixabay.com Programom se želi motivirati mlade za ugostiteljsko-turistička  zanimanja kroz  podizanje standarda obrazovanja, i to kroz: stipendiranjem tijekom obrazovanja za ugostiteljsko-turistička zanimanja, podizanjem kvalitete stručne prakse te zapošljavanjem nakon završenog obrazovanja. The Ministry of Tourism has published a Public Invitation for participation in the Program for Encouraging the Education of Personnel in Hospitality and Tourism in 2019 (scholarships) The program is intended for pupils and students who are being educated for occupations in tourism and catering.last_img read more

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Canary no to Enron

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Arsenal and Manchester United eye Dejan Kulusevski transfer

first_imgArsenal and Manchester United eye Dejan Kulusevski transfer Metro Sport ReporterFriday 13 Dec 2019 11:08 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Advertisement Advertisement Man United v Everton: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer press conferenceTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 7:41FullscreenMan United v Everton: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer press conferencehttps://metro.co.uk/video/man-united-v-everton-ole-gunnar-solskjaer-press-conference-2069866/This 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.He has made 13 appearances for Parma in Serie A so far this season but despite the attention he is attracting, Kulusevski insists he has no plans to seek a move when the transfer window reopens in January.He said: ‘I’m fine at Parma, I’m happy to be here, I’ve found the perfect club.‘The market? I’m playing well, so it’s normal to write about other clubs, but I don’t think about (a January move) because I have an annual deal with Parma.’More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errorsMORE: Dimitar Berbatov’s Premier League predictions including Arsenal, Chelsea, Man Utd & LiverpoolMORE: Charlie Nicholas fears Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandere Lacazette will let Arsenal down against Man City Arsenal and Man Utd are keeping tabs on Parma’s Dejan Kulusevski (Picture: Getty)Manchester United and Arsenal are both eyeing Sweden international Dejan Kulusevski.The 19-year-old was available for just £8.5million during the summer, according to The Sun, but his value has rocketed to five times that amount following his exploits with Parma this season, who he joined on loan from Atalanta.Despite their Champions League exploits and the cash injection they will receive from having qualified for the knockout stages, Atalanta are likely to cash in Kulusevski during the close season.The midfielder’s agent is already said to have held talks with interested parties and his potential transfer fee could increase again were he to star for Sweden at the upcoming European championships.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTKulusevski, who made his senior international debut last month is also being tracked by the likes of Juventus and Inter Milan. Commentlast_img read more

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Industry veteran Ambachtsheer criticises Dutch pensions system

first_imgDutch pension funds should split their portfolios into two separate segments and abandon the notion of intergenerational risk-sharing, Keith Ambachtsheer has argued.The director of the Rotman International Centre for Pension Management told IPE the risk-sharing element of the Dutch system was problematic, as it would always end with “the people with the power deciding things in their own interest”.He echoed previous comments that the current system was akin to US Nobel laureate John Nash’s game theory.“You can’t enforce [risk-sharing] unless you have a very strong governmental-type oversight that’s multi-generational, which is a pretty tough assumption,” he said. “Where the Dutch need to go is – rather than have a collective thing – simply divide their asset pool into a compounding component and a payment-certainty component,” the Toronto-based academic continued, noting that the two asset pools should not be mixed, as is currently the case in the Dutch system.He said he would keep “hammering away” at the idea until the Dutch “finally get it”.Ambachtsheer has previously expressed concern that a new concept of solidarity, whereby money is taken from pensions in payment, is changing the Dutch approach to pensions saving.Speaking at an event organised by the UK’s National Association of Pension Funds last year, he referenced Nash’s theory.“If you want a win-win game between various parties, you have to figure out how to keep it win-win,” he said. “If there’s a chance the game becomes win-lose, it will. And then it breaks down.”He has also been critical of previous proposals to revise the Dutch financial assessment framework (FTK) by allowing for a ‘nominal’ and a ‘real’ system of pension payments, deeming it flawed.For more on the FTK, including alternative proposals, see the March issue of IPElast_img read more

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People moves: Ilmarinen chief to become head of OP Group

first_imgIlmarinen, OP Group, WTW, Pensionsfonds Gasunie, PGGM, AGH, AGI, FMO, Generali, The People’s Trust, Unigestion, Aon, Franklin Templeton, Gravis Capital, MAN Group, Janus Henderson Investors, HSBC Global, JPMAMIlmarinen/OP Group – Timo Ritakallio is to become the new president and group executive chairman of Finnish financial services company OP Group. He will take up the role in March 2018, at which point he will leave his current job as president and chief executive of pensions insurance company Ilmarinen. He will be replacing OP Group’s current president and group executive chairman Reijo Karhinen who is to retire when he turns 63 in January 2018, according to his contract. Karhinen has been in the role since 2007. Ritakallio will also become chair of OP Corporate Bank’s board of directors alongside his new role at the group. He has been president and chief executive of Ilmarinen since 2015, and before that, was the company’s deputy chief executive from 2008. Before working at Ilmarinen, Ritakallio had a long career in various executive positions at OP Financial Group.PGGM – Marcel Jeucken, managing director for responsible investment, is leaving the Dutch pension fund service provider as of 1 November to establish himself as an independent adviser in the field of responsible investment. His position will be filled in the interim by Frank Roeters van Lennep, CIO for private markets. Jeucken joined PGGM in 2006 as head of the then-new responsible investment team. In 2011 he joined the management team and investment committee of PGGM Asset Management. He was also a delegate of the UN Principles for Responsible Investment advisory council. Before PGGM, Jeucken was a director of the Dutch branch of what became Sustainalytics, and an economist at Rabobank.Eloy Lindeijer, chief investment management at PGGM, said: “Marcel is an important driving force and thought leader for PGGM. In part because of this, PGGM has been able to develop as a leader in the field of responsible investment. In the upcoming period, we will continue to call on Marcel as an adviser for PGGM. In this capacity, he will also continue to hold administrative positions in networks that are important to us such as Eumedion and the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change.” Willis Towers Watson – Jacco Heemskerk is to lead Willis Towers Watson’s investment consulting team in the Netherlands. He was previously an executive board member of the Dutch pension fund of RBS, which recently liquidated and merged with the general pension fund Centraal Beheer APF. Heemskerk has also been chairman of the pension fund Cindu International, which is also set to join a general pension fund. He remains chair of CFA Society Netherlands, the occupational assocation of investment professionals.Pensioenfonds Gasunie – The €1.5bn pension fund of Dutch energy giant Gasunie has named Janneke Hermes as its chair. Hermes, who has been a board member since 2008, succeeds Cees Pisuisse. At Gasunie, she was treasurer since 2002, also managing the pension fund’s assets. Hermes was also secretary of the scheme’s investment committee.HSBC Global Asset Management – Michel Meert joins the asset manager as global head of client solutions and consultant relations, leaving PwC. At PwC he was global investment consulting leader for institutional investors, responsible for leading the firm’s focus on large asset owners. From 2008 to 2014, Meert was senior investment consultant with Towers Watson.Generali Investments – Francesco Martorana has been appointed head of investments, effective 2 October. Martorana has been at the Italian group since November 2013, where he held the position of head of group asset liability management and strategic asset allocation for the general account assets. Before Generali, he held several management positions at Allianz SE. Martorana is taking over from Anna Khazen, who, after more than two years with Generali Investments, is leaving the group to pursue other opportunities.Generali Investments has also created a new role, head of LDI solutions, which has been taken by Anna Maria Reforgiato Recupero. The asset manager has a new strategy for Europe, which is meant to increasingly focus on offering end-to-end asset management and advisory services for liability-driven investing clients such as insurance companies and pension funds.Man Group – Michael Turner is the new chief executive of Man FRM, the alternative investment firm’s hedge fund investment specialist. Turner has been the COO of MAN FRM since 2012. Rachel Waters, currently deputy COO, will succeed Turner as COO. AGH – John Spruijt has been named as head of board relations at pensions provider Administratie Groep Holland as of 1 November. In the new position, he will be responsible for communications with the board members and AGH’s pension fund clients. Spruijt will also head the provider’s department for board support and will become a member of the company’s management team. Since 2007, he has been the representative of union De Unie at the pension funds for the confectionary sector (Zoetwaren), MITT and PMT. Before this, he worked at pensions provider Syntrus Achmea.FMO – The €9bn Dutch development bank has appointed Koos Timmermans as new member of its supervisory board (RvT), also succeeding Bert Bruggink as chairman of its audit and risk committee. Pier Vellinga, who has been a member of the RvT since 2008, will take over from Jean Frijns as the RvT’s chair. Frijns will step down because he is retiring. The FMO also officially appointed Fatoumata Bouare as chief risk and finance officer and re-appointed Linda Broekhuizen as chief investment officer. Unigestion – The boutique asset manager has hired Paul Osborne as director, UK institutional clients. Osborne was previously head of UK business development at PineBridge Investments. At Unigestion he will have a particular focus on UK corporate pension schemes and insurers. Claire Harding joined Unigestion at the end of June as co-head of consultant relations, leaving Lombard Odier where she was head of global consultant relations. Aon – Six new UK-based partners have been promoted to the consultancy’s global business. They include: Kate Charsley, who is the lead investment consultant on several of Aon’s pension fund and endowment clients; Craig Jefford, head of pensions actuarial services; and Alison Murray, head of the company’s actuarial services proposition for local government pension scheme clients.Franklin Templeton Investments – David Whitehair has been appointed head of defined contribution (DC). He joins from Fidelity International, where he was senior DC business development manager. Jupiter Asset Management – The listed UK fund manager has hired Jill Barber from Franklin Templeton as global head of institutional. She will join Jupiter on 16 October 2017. Prior to her role as head of UK and Ireland institutional at Franklin Templeton, she had institutional roles at Hermes Investment Management, Fidelity International and Capital International.Gravis Capital Management – The specialist investment advisory firm has hired ex-Fidelity director Charles Payne as an investment consultant. Payne has been working as an independent consultant since leaving Fidelity in 2015 after 14 years at the firm. He regularly lectures at London Business School, the Imperial College Business School and elsewhere on equity research, stock analysis, financial marketing and business ethics. Before Fidelity, Payne was director of performance measurement and risk at Henderson Investors and COO of the investment division at Gartmore Investment Management. Allianz Global Investors – Sjoerd Angenent has been appointed director of business development for the institutional market in the Benelux region, where the manager wishes to expand. Angenent has previously worked as a sales director at Robeco and Janus Henderson Investors.JP Morgan Asset Management – John Adu and Tom Stephens have been named UK head of ETF distribution and head of JP Morgan ETF International Capital Markets, respectively. Adu joined from Deutsche Bank and Stephens was previously at Société Generale Corporate and Investment Banking. Janus Henderson Investors – Jim Cielinski will be the manager’s new global head of fixed income as of 1 November. He was most recently global head of fixed income for Columbia Threadneedle Investments. Before joining Columbia Threadneedle in 2010, Cielinski spent 12 years at Goldman Sachs Asset Management as managing director and head of credit. The People’s Trust – Catherine Howarth, chief executive of responsible investment campaign organisation ShareAction, is to chair the investment trust’s independent shareholders committee. The People’s Trust is being launched by Daniel Godfrey, former chief executive of the UK’s Investment Association. The shareholders’ committee’s purpose is “to provide additional and meaningful accountability of the chief executive and Board to shareholders”. The People’s Trust has appointed five other members of the committee.last_img read more

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Dutch minister: ‘Pensions funds should ramp up local investment’

first_img“Local investment does not only benefit participants and pensioners, but also their children and grandchildren,” the minister said.Citing the energy transition as the most important investment option, he said that the implementation of Dutch climate goals would lead to annual investments of €12bn in, for example, thermal grids and facilities to harvest offshore wind power.He also described sewer renovation, care for the elderly as well as non-regulated rental property in large cities, as “very profitable investments”.In his opinion, investing in the US or the UK is not the best option. “Look how the US is currently managed. And the UK is soon to leave the EU,” he said.Kamp pointed at Invest NL, the government initiative which is to issue risk-bearing capital for “socially desirable” projects that have been too risky for private investors up to now.Invest NL – scheduled to become operational as of 2019 – will receive starting capital of €2.5bn, and will independently develop projects.During the event, Prince Constantijn – brother of King Willem-Alexander – advocated increased investment in startups, an investment category into which only a few pension funds have so far dared to invest.As the envoy for StartupDelta, the Dutch programme for startups, the prince recommended Dutch pension funds take an early stake “in order to be at the table when the companies start making decent profits”.He said that currently successful Dutch startups were usually fully financed by large investors from countries such as the US and Singapore, and urged pension funds to “leave their comfort zone and start through, for example, establishing a venture capital fund”.Prince Constantijn received the explicit support of Leen Meijaard, executive chairman of BlackRock Benelux, who confirmed that current investments in Dutch startups are “small and fragmented”.Earlier during the congress, approximately 80% of the representatives of pension funds and insurers had said they agreed that institutional investors should increase their stake in startups. Henk Kamp, the outgoing Dutch minister of Economic Affairs, has again urged pension funds to significantly increase their local investments.“The Dutch economy is stable, successful and is currently growing at a rate of 3.3% on an annual basis,” he argued during a congress of the NLII – the organisation tasked with boosting local investment – in Amsterdam.Currently, local investments of Dutch pension funds comprise 12.4% of their combined assets, a recent NLII survey revealed.In the opinion of Kamp, this percentage “could go a long way” towards the 40% insurers have invested in the Dutch economy.last_img read more

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Spliethoff Adds More Secondhand Vessels to Its Fleet

first_imgDutch shipping company Spliethoff Group has added more of the former Hansa Heavy Lift vessels, expanding its fleet with a total of ten units.The company recently took over the 20,100 dwt Pietersgracht (HHL Kobe) and four 19,450 dwt units, namely Pijlgracht (HHL Lagos), Poolgracht (HHL Fremantle), Pauwgracht (HHL Richards Bay) and Paleisgracht (HHL Tokyo).Earlier in 2019, the company acquired the 12,750 dwt Hudsongracht (HHL Elbe), Humbergracht (HHL Tyne), Heerengracht (HHL Amur) and Houtmangracht (HHL Mississippi). These vessels were added to Spliethoff’s H-Type series, now consisting of five vessels in total. The heavy lift vessel Prinsengracht (HHL New York) also joined the company’s fleet.Spliethoff said that all vessels are or will be reflagged to Dutch flag/register.In cooperation with heavy transport operator BigLift Shipping, the company operates over 70 multipurpose and heavy lift vessels for the breakbulk, project and heavy transport markets.last_img read more

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‘ARREST BARKERS’ Defensor to cops: Enforce anti-barking ordinance

first_imgORDINANCE VIOLATOR. Iloilo City Regulation Ordinance No. 2014-194 makes it unlawful for any person to loiter in public places, open parking spaces and designated loading and unloading areas, and act as barker even with prior consent from the driver or any transport organization. But this woman barker would have none of it. PN PHOTO ILOILO City – The Iloilo CityPolice Office (ICPO) has agreed to help the city government’s PublicSafety and Transportation Management Office (PSTMO) run after barkers –persons who “call for, facilitate, induce or convince commuters to board aparticular or preferred public utility vehicle such as a jeepney, taxi, van,and bus for the purpose of extracting an amount from the vehicle’s driver.” Such approach apparently provedineffective. The barkers returned to the streets./PN Section 4 of the ordinance stipulatesthat a transport group shall be allowed to employ dispatchers with properidentification cards and duly signed by the transport group’s president. A dispatcher also manages andsupervises the parking and sendoff of the public utility vehicle in an orderlyfashion within the designated parking area but without collecting any fee fromthe driver. “The training would include teachingthe barkers how to handle traffic congestions until such time trafficauxiliaries arrive,” added Conlu. Barkers may be apprehended by thepolice or through citizen’s arrest. During the administration of thenmayor Jed Patrick Mabilog prior to the enactment of Regulation Ordinance No.2014-194, the city government tried stopping barkers by giving them alivelihood assistance of P5,000 each. Regulation Ordinance No. 2014-194makes it unlawful for any person to loiter in public places, open parking spacesand designated loading and unloading areas, and intermittently perform and actas barker even with prior consent from the driver or any transportorganization. It defines dispatchers as persons authorizedor accredited by transport groups to facilitate the boarding of commuters topublic utility vehicles at transport terminals. But for this to be realized,Regulation Ordinance No. 2014-194 must be amended, and no city councilor hasshown interest to do so. In August last year, Conlu proposedthe legitimization of barkers. He said they may be trained then accredited bythe city government as dispatchers or parking attendants. Accredited barkers could be stationedin identified jeepney loading and unloading areas across the city, he proposed. Regulation Ordinance No. 2014-194makes a clear distinction between barkers and legitimate “dispatchers.” A violator could be jailed for aminimum of three months but not more than six months. PSTMO chief Jeck Conlu sought the citypolice’s assistance in enforcing the ordinance, said Police Colonel MartinDefensor, ICPO director. The city government came up withRegulation Ordinance No. 2014-194 five years ago due to complaints aboutbarkers harassing jeepney drivers who did not give them money.last_img read more

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Inside Tyson’s 52-room mansion he sold to rapper 50 Cent for £3.3m

first_img But it was needs must for the heavyweight boxing legend, and in came rapper 50 Cent who bought it from him for £3.3million the same year it was revealed he blew his fortune. When the In da Club singer bought the house from Tyson, it set a record for the most expensive home ever sold in the area of Farmington – and it’s easy to see why. Along with those 21 bedrooms we mentioned earlier, the 50,000-square-foot abode has a 25 bathrooms, an indoor pool and hot tub, an indoor court, multiple game rooms, a green-screen room, and a recording studio. And it would’ve been a bitter pill for the 53-year-old to swallow, looking at the mega mansion. Boasting 52 rooms, including 21 bedrooms, as well as its own nightclub the property is as lavish as Tyson has ever owned. When Mike Tyson was declared bankrupt in 2003, he was forced to sell up. Advertisement Loading… With reported debts of £17million, his prized home in Connecticut was one of his first possessions to be sacrificed. Promoted ContentBig Actors Who Started Off With A Part In A Soap OperaBest Car Manufacturers In The World6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesWhy Go Veg? 7 Reasons To Do ThisThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical18 Beautiful Cities That Are Tourist Magnets10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market Value Entering the property through a stately front gate, you’re greeted by a lion statue. Walking into the home on the marble floor, a duelling wood-panelled staircase leads you to another level of the property. read also:Tyson’s company interested in Camp Nou naming rights deal As can be seen, the decor is as lavish as it gets throughout the property. At the entrance of the property you’re faced with opulent gates and a statue of a lion. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

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