Minister Pinzón Issues Call for Joint and Coordinated Work in the Fight against Crime

first_imgBy Dialogo February 21, 2012 At the opening of a preparatory meeting in advance of the meeting of defense, interior, and justice ministers of the Union of South American Nations (Unasur) that will be held in Cartagena in May of this year, Colombian Minister of National Defense Juan Carlos Pinzón called for work on making joint decisions in order to confront transnational crime. In his address, Minister Pinzón indicated that the assembly of Unasur ministers is the appropriate place for discussion, where the countries that make up the group can take action in common to confront problems such as transnational crime. “It’s appropriate to make joint decisions, because it’s necessary to identify our shared problems, and on that basis, try to establish joint agendas and work plans that can enable us to better confront the challenges our peoples face in the area of security and the fight against crime,” he affirmed. In the same way, he affirmed that the Unasur nations must find practical routes that can enable them to confront transnational crime. “Confronting the worldwide problem of drugs, the trafficking of arms and explosives, human trafficking, the trafficking of migrants, the corruption generated by these illicit activities, money laundering, kidnapping, cybercrime, and criminal gangs, as well as rejecting the presence of irregular armed groups in our countries” were the crimes noted by Minister Pinzón that should be taken into account at the upcoming May meeting. He also noted that “transnational crime does not respect borders, but instead takes advantage of the constitution of each of our nations, of the rule of law, in order to camouflage itself among the citizens in order to try to engage in social control, to try to mobilize its own interests; this is why it’s so important that as representatives of states, of brother states, we work jointly and in coordination in order to prevent crimes of this kind from prospering in the region.” Finally, the minister noted that what Colombia is offering to the 12 Latin American countries that make up Unasur at this meeting is the country’s experience in the fight against drug trafficking, terrorism, and criminal gangs. “We’re ready to offer this experience, this history,” the minister specified.last_img read more

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My Late Night Relationship with Claire Underwood and the Women of True Detective

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York My name is Jaime Franchi and I am a binge watcher.It all started with Breaking Bad. I began watching Season 1 in small, tasteful portions. One episode at a time, a few times a week. But as the action spiraled, I got so addicted to watching the unraveling of Walter White that my bedtime stretched one, two, three hours late. Toward the end, I was known to watch even four episodes at a time.When the series ended, I thought my addiction was cured.Alas, it was not. True Detective happened.True Detective, the pilot season of the HBO whodunit thriller, captivated me from start to finish (although my wild ideas about how it should’ve ended keep me from two enthusiastic thumbs up). I watched it in just a few sittings. And when it was over, I tuned my binge-watching focus on two seasons of House of Cards.The bad thing about indulging in the I-need-to-know-what-happens-next mode of TV watching is that although the high is so intensely amazing, it is also short-lived. So here I am in the aftermath of my True Detective/House of Cards binge-fest and if I can’t watch my programs, I need to do the next best thing: talk about them on the Internet.The two things that jump out at me after watching these two shows back-to-back is the way the writers treated the female characters. True Detective creator Nic Pizzolatto rightfully caught a lot of flak for its flat, victim-y women. The show revolved around the bromance/brenmity of detectives Rust Cohle (Matthew McConaughey) and Martin Hart (Woody Harrelson) and their search for a child killer. The first scene of an artful display of a murdered and mutilated prostitute set the stage for the way female characters would be used for the rest of the series: as props. The women were used to propel the narrative forward, but with character traits about as deep as a puddle. They were like the Seven Dwarves of Character Development: Slutty, Sexy, Crazy, Sneaky, Scary, Whiny and Dead.Maggie Hart, played by Michelle Monaghan, was the pretty, doting wife of Detective Marty Hart. When she discovers that he cheated, she manipulates the end of their marriage by seducing his partner Rust Cohle.Beth (Lili Simmons) is the underage prostitute who catches Marty’s eye—in an entirely wholesome way. In fact, he gives her money out of his own pocket to get out of the trailer park brothel where she lives to get a fresh start. (But then he meets her years later in a Verizon store and bangs her.)Detective Rust Cohle couples up for a few episodes there with a doctor who seems to be the peanut butter to his jelly sandwich. Yet, after pushing him to open up more, she is summarily discarded. She takes her place as the whiny, pleading woman to the stoic hero figure.Even Hart’s daughters are clumsily drawn. They are divided into the Good one and Bad one, sweet versus slutty, angelic vs. goth. The root causes of what might have caused Hart’s daughter Audrey’s descent into black nail polish-wearing sluthood are never revealed, leaving a gap where a female character’s depth might have been explored.WARNING: MAJOR SPOILER AHEADWhich brings us to House of Cards. The main female character of House of Cards, Claire Underwood, played with absolute brilliance by Robin Wright, is not only convincingly drawn, she is so classically beautiful that she makes me ache to grow another foot tall and chop off all of my hair.Claire plays the right-hand girl to Kevin Spacey’s Frank Underwood, the House Majority Whip-turned-VP-turned-President (all in two seasons.) (Which was like a week of viewing for me.) If you’re going to be married to someone with such vaulting ambition, it pays to have some of your own, lest you get eaten as prey. And Claire Underwood is nobody’s victim. Yet, instead of turning her into a power-hungry bitch of one-dimension, she is written as a multi-faceted character whose sensitivities and weaknesses not only caught me by surprise, but rang true.Frank and Claire are equally matched, which is no mean feat for someone as cutting and manipulative as he is. They hold fast to their promise to tell each other everything, magnificently displayed when Claire reveals details of their affair to Frank’s mistress Zoe Barnes (played by Kate Mara.) And though Frank’s affair was a calculated maneuver to have access to leak to the press (“A great man once said, everything is about sex. Except sex. Sex is about power,” he tells Zoe) Claire’s has a decidedly more emotional foundation. She reunites with an old lover, the photographer Adam Galloway (played by Ben Daniels.) When the affair proves politically damaging, however, she cleanly slices off her emotions with a bowie knife, leaving no dangling sentiment.The audience notes as she routinely plunges her real emotional depth for political use: she reveals her rape during a TV interview to circumvent abortion rumors, then uses it further to introduce a bill to the Senate; she manipulates the friendship of the First Lady to advance their place into the White House, and has a momentary breakdown in tears, showcasing the well of sentiment she keeps so tightly under wraps. It does not hold her back.Zoe Barnes, the unscrupulous reporter who beds Underwood in order to get her hands on scoop, is also well drawn. The transformation of the character from player to played is fraught with second guessing, recrimination, and old fashioned chutzpah.And finally Jackie Sharp, played by Molly Parker, is a ruthless go-getter. (If you’re seeing a pattern here, remember this show is set in Washington DC.) Jackie is hand-picked by Underwood to replace him in the House as Majority Whip due to her take-no-prisoners style. Yet, a scene in which she undergoes a painful ribcage tattoo as  self-inflicting penance for those she had killed (both actually and metaphorically), we see the painful wounds of her soul. And though Frank Underwood puts her into power, her actions show that she is no puppet. Her mind of her own puts her at odds with her mentor, making her a character to be reckoned with.If my binge watching has taught me anything, it is that both True Detective and House of Cards are crazy-addictive, right up there with the mother of all TV-enslaving programs, Breaking Bad. But if I had to choose one over the other, the badass women of House of Cards clinch it for me.last_img read more

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Joe Biden wins Pennsylvania, and with it, the presidency

first_img As we all remember so well, Donald Trump’s razor-thin win in Pennsylvania was part of what put him over the top in 2016, and he needed its 20 electoral votes this time around, too, just to keep any chance of winning alive. How sad for him. – Advertisement –center_img That’s the ballgame, folks. Joe Biden’s projected win in Pennsylvania puts him over 270 electoral votes. There are still potential state wins on the table, but he does not need them.Republicans did everything they could to suppress the vote and muddle the results in Pennsylvania, and the count felt endless after Trump jumped out to an early lead in the votes counted, while the mail ballots in heavily Democratic areas trickled in more slowly. That trickle inexorably cut down Trump’s lead, though, bringing a Biden win gradually into sight.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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Niche market

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Gold Coast architect Paul Uhlmann is selling his Fingal Head home

first_imgThe main living area of 30A Bambery Street Not a bad view.Mr Uhlmann had his eye on the block at 30A Bambery St for years prior to buying it and had a good idea of what he wanted to build. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa18 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago“The design is split level – it’s built into the hill,” Mr Uhlmann said.“That was why we wanted to get this piece of land because we thought it was one of the best blocks there. It’s a pretty rare piece of land.”He said the open living area flowed onto the courtyard on one side of the house and had views of the river on the other side.“We get about 3km of river views,” Mr Uhlmann said.“The other way, you can see the lights of Coolangatta.“Nearly everyone walks into it and goes, ‘I can’t believe you’re moving, it’s amazing’.”He said they decided to sell the much-loved family home because their children were going to school further north.“We got stuck doing too much driving, that was literally the only reason,” he said.Mr Uhlmann has worked as an architect for more than 30 years. 30a Bambery St, Fingal HeadAmong some of his most popular designs is the Gold Coast’s first ‘floating house’.He was fond of the design because it was an “interesting solution” to the complications that come with building on smaller blocks of sloping land.“The way some of the verandas are cut back, it’s very dramatic,” Mr Uhlmann said.The three-bedroom, two bathroom property features a sunken outdoor lounge with fire pit, a cinema room, an outdoor concrete bathtub and an indoor pool.The interior is a flow of matt black, copper and timber finishes, with timber framing the coast and city view.Mr Uhlmann said it was often hard to let go of the properties he had built.“There’s a couple you walk out of and go, ‘I could really live in that’,” he said.“You’re always trying to do the next job better than the last job.” 30a Bambery St, Fingal HeadHE’S the mastermind behind some of the Gold Coast’s most luxurious houses and now renowned architect Paul Uhlmann has put his own home on the market.His Fingal Head beach house has the cutting edge design expected of an architect’s home.Built into the hillside, it has a large bay window that makes the most of the views down the Tweed River.center_img 30a Bambery St, Fingal Head The courtyard of 30a Bambery Stlast_img read more

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Cairns real estate: Smithfield home close to everything

first_imgVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:11Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:11 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 Rate1xFullscreen5 tips to style your home for sale01:12EVERYTHING about this property is designed to make life easy.From its location close to shopping centres, cinemas, tourism attractions and the beaches to its modern, private and tech-savvy design, 10 Whipbird Drive, Smithfield will appeal to plenty.Current owners Geoff and Michelle Hiatt bought the 702 sqm piece of land six years ago and custom-built the five-bedroom, three-bathroom property which sits there today.A decision to downsize led to listing the home. Entertain in style.“We love the convenient location here at Canopy’s Edge,” Mr Hiatt said. “We can walk around the lovely walking paths in the area but for convenience you can’t beat being able to walk to Smithfield Shopping Centre for groceries, movies and restaurants. “Everything you could possibly need is within walking distance: doctors, dentists, Bunnings, even a brewery. “We can also walk through the cable ski park to Tjapukai, Skyrail, the Armoury Museum, and Caravonica School without going on the highway at all. “When we have visitors, they have access to everything.” A bathroom at 10 Whipbird Dr, Smithfield.In a perfect location to catch the breezes, the house remains cool even during the most humid of summer days. “The mountains and the trees mean that we are protected from the westerly sun in the afternoon,” Mrs Hiatt said. “We have space on all sides of the house and it is low maintenance.     “We have the solar power (battery-ready 6kW system) but the switchboard is also hardwired for a generator to connect to for power outages. Beautiful wooden floors throughout.“We have fast internet with Telstra’s Smart Community and Canopy’s Edge is secure with a closed circuit camera at the entrance – there is only one way in and out. “We are in a small section of the development with only local traffic. The whole area is well-maintained and the area outside our fence to the south is maintained by Cairns Regional Council as public land.”More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms2 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns2 days agoCairns Property Office City agent Debbie North said the low-maintenance, prestige home came with a separate three-bedroom children’s wing plus a massive separate master suite with a luxury ensuite.A fifth bedroom or office is well-located and perfect for guests. Dining with a view.“Beautiful flowing open plan design includes an outstanding sleek kitchen with a walk-in pantry and very spacious main living area which open to a secluded large patio entertaining area,” Ms North said. “It’s incredible to find such high privacy levels in a modern subdivision. “Not only does this home have a wonderful outlook to the reserve out the back but also has only one neighbour. Neat as a pin.“There’s a good sized parcel of land beside the house with its own access which makes a great recreational space but would also allow for a separate dwelling or granny flat or large shed.”last_img read more

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Ashley is IMCA Modified winner at Cottage Grove

first_imgBy Ben DeatherageCOTTAGE GROVE, Ore. (April 21) – Eric Ashley became the winner of Saturday’s IMCA Modi­fied feature at Cottage Grove Speedway.Albert Gill was out front early before a multi-car tangle brought about an early pause to the ac­tion. Aaron Sheelar became the new leader on lap six and there he would remain for some time.Sheelar was passed on lap 16 by C.J. Putnam who was first to the checkers. He came up light on the post-race scales, however, giving the win to Ashley.Sheelar ended the evening second over Braedon Hand. Tyler Smith crossed the line in fourth ahead of Rob Mayea.last_img read more

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Blues pay tribute to Lampard

first_imgFrank Lampard will leave Chelsea with plaudits from the club he served with such aplomb for 13 years ringing in his ears. Lampard gave no immediate indication as to what the future might hold, instead choosing to thank those who helped him make such a success of his Stamford Bridge career. Lampard said: “When I arrived at this fantastic club 13 years ago I would never have believed that I would be fortunate enough to play so many games and enjoy sharing in so much success. “This club has become part of my life and I have so many people to thank for the opportunity. Firstly, Ken Bates, who put his neck on the line to sign me as a young player and without him I would not have even begun this experience. “Roman Abramovich, the man who saved our club and took us all to new levels. His desire to push the club to the top of the football world has rubbed off on everyone. “All the managers and coaches who have helped me develop my game during the time I have been here. I have learnt from every one of them. “All the brilliant team-mates who I have been lucky enough to train and play alongside for so long. Not just their football qualities but also the friendships I have gained along the way. “I’d also like to give a special mention to all the staff and people behind the scenes at the club who do not receive the glory but without them the club would simply not function. “The club will move forward, and as a Chelsea man I have no doubt that with the quality of the players that are there, they will continue with the success that we have all enjoyed over the past seasons.” Press Association It concluded: “That Lampard has won more international caps while playing for Chelsea than anyone else in our history only strengthens the argument that he is one of the very greatest players to have represented the club. “Any Chelsea supporter who has had the good fortune to watch Super Frank Lampard in full flow will know we have never seen his like in our midfield before, and we will be very blessed to again see his equal.” Lampard is currently with the England squad at their pre-World Cup camp in Miami and could face the media ahead of England’s Wednesday friendly against Ecuador. While a move away from the top-level European game has been mooted – with New York City FC said to be leading the race for his signature – his international team-mates are convinced he still has much to give. Fellow England midfielder James Milner said: “He’s not finished yet. He’s still got that quality and still has the goals, so I am sure he’ll have plenty of offers and he will choose what is right. “Players have ups and downs in their career, but every season he delivers and the example is set for the younger players coming in. “Since I’ve been in the England squad he’s been a top player, a top pro and that’s exactly what we need going into a major tournament.” Goalkeeper Petr Cech was the first of Lampard’s Chelsea team-mates to pay tribute, posting a picture of the two of them on Twitter with the message: “It has been a privilege to have played with a true cfc legend and one of the most influential PL players ever”. The 35-year-old confirmed in a statement on Monday evening that he had played his last game for the Blues and will seek a new challenge after the World Cup. Chelsea responded by issuing a lengthy tribute on the club’s official website which finished by hailing the midfielder as one of their finest players of all time. last_img read more

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Reds close in on Herrera deal

first_img Reports have suggested United are set to pay around £30million for the 24-year-old Spaniard, who they tried to recruit last summer, before his fee rises at the end of this month due to the terms of his contract. And it is understood the deal could be wrapped up in the next few days. Manchester United are close to signing Athletic Bilbao midfielder Ander Herrera, Press Association Sport understands. Press Associationcenter_img Herrera would become the first new signing United have made since they confirmed Dutchman Louis van Gaal – currently in charge of the Holland national team at the World Cup – as the permanent successor to sacked manager David Moyes in May. Moyes’ attempts to secure Herrera’s services for the Red Devils last summer descended into farce on transfer deadline day. Reports emerged of three people, said to be representing United, managing to get into Spanish league headquarters for discussions about the proposed switch and then leaving an hour later, apparently unable to complete the paperwork required to finalise the deal. It subsequently transpired that United, who dealt directly with Athletic, knew nothing of the trio’s existence. Negotiations between the two clubs collapsed anyway, with Moyes believing the buy-out clause in Herrera’s contract was too high. Just under a year later, though, it seems talks have been revived and are set for a swift conclusion. Herrera, who played for Real Zaragoza prior to joining Bilbao in 2011, has been capped for Spain at under-21 level and also represented his country at the London 2012 Olympics. last_img read more

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Pulis heaps praise on Kane

first_imgWest Brom boss Tony Pulis has hailed rising Spurs sensation Harry Kane as a shining example of a young, modern-day footballer. Press Association “He leads them out. They take the pace of the game off him at times, which is wonderful when you have a striker like that. “To be fair to Tottenham they have certainly found two gems in those two.” When suggested to Pulis that Berahino and Kane are the two most exciting young English strikers in the country, he replied: “Saido has a long way to go. I don’t think he is in that bracket yet. “Kane looks as though he is a lad who has bitten the arm off to get that chance and he is not going to let it go. “That is what you want, you want players to have that desire and commitment. “It is a wonderful game and a wonderful life and they get paid extraordinary amounts of money. “Sometimes they get lost in the wash, where really and truthfully their whole life should be committed to becoming better players, to performing better week in week out. “There are so many things that surround footballers these days that sometimes they forget the main reason they are what they are is because they have been blessed with a talent to play football and they have to be reminded of that at times.” Pulis goes into the game with virtually a full squad, with new £4.75million signing Callum McManaman included and poised to make his debut. Pulis has another emerging star under his wing in Saido Berahino, but has warned the talented striker he is far from the finished article, with lessons to potentially be learned from Kane. Albion’s Barclays Premier League clash with Tottenham on Saturday throws up an intriguing battle between the two players, both aged 21 – born just a week apart – and who both wear the number 18. Kane has been a revelation for Spurs this season, scoring 18 goals in 32 matches, and Pulis believes he has displayed the ideal temperament for a player who has hit the big time so young. Berahino, meanwhile, has shown signs his new-found status has gone to his head this term, such as failing to celebrate any of his four goals in the 7-0 FA Cup win over Gateshead at the start of the month. More significantly, and a few days later, Berahino was banned from driving for 12 months after pleading guilty to a drink-driving offence that had taken place in October. Initially reflecting on Kane, and another Tottenham talent in 23-year-old midfielder Ryan Mason, Pulis said: “They are fantastic players who have come through the Academy system. “The supporters can relate to them. They are local lads, and both of them are Tottenham supporters I believe – Harry definitely – so it is really nice to have kids come through and play for the team.” Asked if he was a fan, Pulis added: “Kane has been outstanding. “His attitude is so refreshing, and he has proven beyond doubt he has the talent to play in the Premier League. “He did so well in respect of his early games, he brought life (into the team) and he actually carries the flag for them. last_img read more

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