Santos Promises Hard Line Against The FARC After Winning Presidential Election


first_imgBy Dialogo June 21, 2010 Ruling-party candidate Juan Manuel Santos promised a hard line against the FARC after defeating independent Antanas Mockus by a wide margin in the Colombian presidential election, in balloting marked by abstention and violence. Santos won 69% of the votes, compared to 27.5% for Mockus, according to official results. In his first words after the results became known, Santos, a member of the Social Party of National Unity (‘La U,’ rightist), emphasized that the nine million votes in his favor were the highest vote total “ever obtained” by any candidate in Colombia and called for unity around the administration that will take office on 7 August. “No more useless confrontations. The time for unity has arrived,” he said. In his speech, Santos thanked his political mentor, outgoing president Alvaro Uribe, characterizing him as “one of the best this country has had,” and acknowledged Mockus as “a serious contender, who made Colombia think about the value of life, of transparency, and of legality.” “We share those values, and I invite him to join us in keeping them at the forefront,” he added. For his part, Mockus, a member of the Green Party, who obtained more than 3.5 million votes, affirmed that he will act as a “fair observer” of the new administration and emphasized that his political organization will remain in place as an alternative to the ruling party. Santos, a former defense minister in Uribe’s administration, promised a “hard line” against the leftist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), calling on the group to free the individuals it has kidnapped and continues to hold. “Time has run out for the FARC, for those who resort to violence. And the Colombian people know very well that I know how to fight them,” he said. At the same time, he sought cooperation in improving Colombia’s delicate relations with its neighbors, especially Ecuador and Venezuela, although without mentioning them directly. “In relationships of conflict, there are always two alternatives: looking bitterly to the past or opening paths for cooperation for the future,” he noted. Shortly afterward, Uribe congratulated the president-elect in a televised address, in which he expressed gratitude for “his nobility in debate, his love for Colombia, and the hope he inspires in us.” The outgoing president also highlighted the role played by Mockus, “who is not planning to engage in baseless opposition, but has rather proposed the beautiful task of deliberating about how to construct an alternative vision of our homeland, and not opposition to our homeland.” The balloting was characterized by low turnout, with an abstention rate of 56%, and by violence that took the lives of seven police and four military personnel. Nevertheless, Uribe emphasized that in his eight years in office, elections have been “held with decreasing violence each time.” “Democratic security has restored the political liberties that we were in the process of losing due to the terrorists’ actions,” he said. Going into the balloting, Santos obtained the support of the major parties in the governing right-wing coalition, the Conservative Party and the Radical Change Party in particular. In contrast, Mockus did not enter into any alliances with other parties for Sunday’s second round, for which he campaigned on a platform of restoring “legality and transparency” to government. Mockus, a mathematician and philosopher, derives his popularity from his two terms as mayor of Bogotá. This was his second campaign for the presidency, following a loss to Uribe in 2006. Santos’s vice-president will be Angelino Garzón, a former union activist and labor minister, who has promised to devote himself to social issues and ensure respect for human rights, an issue on which Uribe’s administration has a tarnished record.last_img read more

Oyster Bay Brewery Brings New Nightlife to a Sleepy Downtown


first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York [dropcap]T[/dropcap]he hamlet of Oyster Bay used to be a place where the sidewalks seemed to roll up at night. The rap was that it was the kind of downtown where cool things go to die—if they ever came alive in the first place.But you can kiss that reputation goodbye because when the Oyster Bay Brewing Company opened the doors to its giant new digs over a month ago, there was something new in the air—and it wasn’t just the aroma of fresh hops. Now the village is literally hopping at night, and the weekends have never been the same.“The craft beer business is so hot that breweries are a destination in themselves,” Gabe Haim, one of the co-owners, told the Press. “So we are bringing in people who don’t normally come to Oyster Bay.”These days they can’t keep the crowds away at the brewery, and Haim, 33, and his partner Ryan Schlotter, 34, like it that way. They opened the original brewery in 2012 but it was a tight squeeze.In February, the company moved around the corner to a new home on Audrey Avenue that is five times the size of its cramped quarters on South Street. Instead of cramming a tasting area and brewery equipment into 1,400 square feet, the company now has 6,000 square feet to play with. The old bar was maybe eight-feet long but the new one runs 30 feet, with 24 tap lines. Instead of brewing batches of 100 gallons—the limit at their old venue—they can now make beer in thousand-gallon batches. For those keeping track, a barrel has 31 gallons. The plan this year is to make more than 2,000 barrels. When the brewery began, the most they made annually was about 500 barrels. More variety is also on tap.“We have some new lagers that are coming out. We have some specialty beers, some double IPAs,” said Haim. “At this point, we’ve got plenty of space so the sky’s the limit.”He and his partner, who hold down day jobs at Rallye BMW in Westbury, are very happy to see Oyster Bay’s downtown spring to life. They do their brewery work at night and on the weekends. The brew masters start practicing their craft in the morning, although the tasting room doesn’t open until 1 p.m. It closes at 10 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursday, but stays open an hour later on Fridays and Saturdays, while shutting down at 8 p.m. on Sundays.“We never had this type of crowd before,” added Katie Mattner, the tasting room manager and events planner. “Now we’re getting local people who come here to hang out. People have walked in and said, ‘Whoah! Is there a party here tonight?’”Wait a Minute: Considering an online MBA? Whether its convenience, flexibility, or ability to earn more money, there’s many reasons why people choose on online degreeIn the past, Mattner said, “People would come in for a tasting and maybe a couple of pints and then leave. Nobody would stay more than an hour or so. But now people are here all night! So many customers have been coming to us and saying, ‘Thank God, you opened because this town really needed something.’”By all accounts, many more people are indeed coming to Oyster Bay. They’re shopping, touring Teddy Roosevelt’s recently restored Sagamore Hill homestead nearby, and then visiting the tasting room, grabbing lunch or dinner at the restaurant next door or bringing in pizza from down the block. The brewery doesn’t offer food itself but it certainly encourages customers to BYOF, so to speak.“For a town that I would say has been relatively sleepy for the last however many years, there’s three new restaurants opening in town,” said Haim. “I think we’ve given people some confidence in the ability of a business to survive, and part of it is with the people we bring into town.”“The craft beer business is so hot that breweries are a destination in themselves”Just a few doors from the brewery is the address of Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto, who has nothing but praise for his new neighbor.“The newly opened location of the Oyster Bay Brewing Company is a perfect example of the entrepreneurial spirit that has kept, and will continue to keep, businesses flourishing in the Town of Oyster Bay,” said Venditto in a statement. “Since 2012, the company has become renowned for their dedication to producing the highest quality product around, while remaining true to their Gold Coast roots and staying thoroughly New York at heart. It has been a valuable addition to the Town of Oyster Bay.”So far, the supervisor has reportedly not been seen in the new tasting room but they have a stool ready for him, just in case. On the other hand a few members of the Islanders hockey team have shown up. Haim and Schlotter are “huge” Islanders fans, and named their ale, Barn Rocker, after the Nassau Coliseum, because “rock the barn” used to be the rallying cry there. These days you can get this ale at Barclays Center in Brooklyn—and at Citi Field, too.Having an expanded base in Oyster Bay makes it all possible.“It’s great for us and it’s great for everybody around us, including residents and not just businesses,” said Haim. “It’s great to live in a town where your downtown is bustling.”last_img read more

Essequibo beat Select U-15 by 2 wickets


first_img… Dindyal sets up crushing win for DemeraraESSEQUIBO chalked up a tense 2-wicket win over the Select U-15, thanks to fifty from Aryan Persaud when action in the GCB/RUBiS U-17 Inter-county tournament continued yesterday. Persaud played a captain’s knock by grafting 51 off 143 balls with 2 fours to end not out.Essequibo, chasing 182, ended on 153 for 8, thanks to Persaud and a brisk 45 from Ronaldo Scouten who hammered 3 fours and 4 sixes; as spinner Salim Khan snatched 3-22 for Select U-15.Batting first, the U-15 XI were again tested by their much older opponents. Jarred Allicock was the tormentor, bagging 4 for 28 in reply to opener Rampertab Ramnauth, who smashed 8 fours and a six in his top knock of 78, with the next best score being 13.At the Everest ground, Demerara surged to an emphatic 8-wicket victory over Berbice in their second-round encounter.Berbice, batting first, were destroyed by man-of-the-match Alvin Mohabir who bagged 5-19 from 10 overs. Romel Datterdeen chipped in with excellent figures of 3-18 to help keep the home team to 108 all out.In reply, Demerara reached 111 for 2 after National Youth batsman Mavindra Dindyal stroked an unbeaten 50 off 52 balls with 8 fours and a six.Support came from Jaime Campbell who hit 6 fours and a maximum in his 45 not out, ending the match in just 21.5 overs.last_img read more

Champions League ‘massive’ to Spurs new home – Pochettino


first_imgVictory also moved Pochettino’s men above Liverpool into third, and he believes their success this season is even more laudable having played the whole campaign at a temporary home in Wembley.“For the club (it) is a massive thing to move to the new stadium and play Champions League,” said Pochettino.“It will be another massive challenge because it will be the same as playing in Wembley. It will be a fantastic stadium, but you need to make the stadium your home.”Despite undoubted progress in Pochettino’s four years in charge, Spurs have still yet to win a trophy under the Argentine.And he accepted that silverware is the next challenge having established Tottenham as a regular in the top four.“The first step is to be competitive, to reduce the gap with the top four, and that was the challenge four years ago. Now it is the first time in 23 years in the Premier League Tottenham is above (all) the (other) London clubs.“Next is the trophy, but you need to build. We are not in a club that won a lot in the past years.”Spurs had won just one of their previous five games as a late season slump threatened to cost them Champions League football.And in their penultimate match at their temporary home, the hosts were grateful to some good fortune and wayward Newcastle finishing to seal their return to Europe’s premier club competition next season.Jonjo Shelvey smashed a free-kick from the edge of the box off the post before Hugo Lloris produced a fine flying save to his right to parry a powerful header from Jamaal Lascelles.Dwight Gayle headed over a decent opportunity with a free header from close range and then saw a tame effort comfortably handled by Lloris once more.With tension among the home support rising, Spurs fans could barely believe their eyes when Kane completely failed to make contact as the ball fell invitingly for him with just Dubravka to beat just before the break.Kane hasn’t been at his best since returning from ankle ligament damage last month that kept him sidelined for three weeks.However, England’s talisman still can’t be offered too many clear-cut chances, and he made amends to settle Spurs’ nerves five minutes into the second-half.Son Heung-min’s low cross teed up Kane to open his body and curl home his 39th goal of the season into the top corner.There were still a few scares to survive for Spurs as Ayoze Perez fluffed his lines with a great chance to equalise and substitute Jacob Murphy then had the visitors’ best chance of the night, but blasted high and wide to a palpable sense of relief.The Spurs fans rose to their feet to greet Toby Alderweireld’s return as a substitute. The Belgian has been sidelined by Pochettino in recent months reportedly due to his refusal to sign a new contract with the club.And seconds later there were more celebrations as news of the full-time score filtered through from Stamford Bridge that Chelsea’s Champions League chase had faltered0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Kane on target: Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane vies with Newcastle United midfielder Mohamed Diame © AFP / Ian KINGTONLONDON, United Kingdom, May 9 – Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino described a return to Champions League football at the club’s new 62,000 capacity stadium next season as “massively important” after securing a top four finish on Wednesday.Spurs qualified for the Champions League for a third consecutive season thanks to Harry Kane’s winner in a nervy 1-0 win over Newcastle allied to Chelsea’s 1-1 draw at home to Huddersfield.last_img read more