Victims Outraged with FARC Claim They Don’t Have Hostages

first_img Relatives of victims of the armed conflict in Colombia were outraged on September 6, at the claim by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) that they no longer have hostages in their possession, and they requested a place at the table of peace negotiations between the guerrillas and the government, which will be established in October in Oslo. Dozens of relatives of the abductees and missing assembled on September 6 in Bogotá’s Plaza Bolivar to have their position on the start of a peace process between the communist armed organization and the government of Juan Manuel Santos known. They asked the government for “two famiy members of the kidnapped and two family members of the missing to attend the dialogues as thematic participants” pointed out a statement from the association “The Missing,” read by Colombian journalist Herbin Hoyos. Maria Elena Gálvez, who is seeking information regarding the whereabouts of her father, kidnapped in 1991, asserted to AFP that someone who suffers these crimes “must be present”. The families demanded that the investigation of all their cases be the first item on the agenda that the government and the FARC discuss. They also considered it “unacceptable” that the FARC delegates assured in a news conference in Havana, that a query with all battlefronts concluded that they do not have any captives. “Then where are all the kidnapped and missing people we were fighting for?” Gálvez asked in amazement. In the press conference, the guerrilla commanders hinted that abductions committed by other groups were wrongly attributed to them. The NGO País Libre, which provides help to the families of the hostages, has documented 405 cases of people that would be held by the FARC, but asked the government to disseminate official figures on the kidnapped and missing people, which some organizations say are in the thousands. The FARC announced they were relinquishing the act of kidnapping civilians for extortive purposes in February, and in April, they released the last 10 police and military captives that they said they had. By Dialogo September 10, 2012last_img read more

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Thirteen EU member states supported Croatia’s efforts to establish an EU Tourism Fund

first_imgA delegation of the Ministry of Tourism, consisting of State Secretary Frano Matušić and Chief Adviser to the Minister Barbara Mesić, participated in the 11rd meeting of the UNWTO Commission for Europe in Prague from 13 to 63 June. By the way, Croatia currently chairs the UNWTO Commission for Europe, and State Secretary Matušić chaired the presidency of the Commission on behalf of the Ministry of Tourism.A few months ago, Minister Cappelli started lobbying EU member states in order for tourism to gain a better position in the EU institutions and the establishment of the EU Tourism Fund, and Minister Cappelli and the Government of the Republic of Croatia were supported by the European Parliament financial lines for tourism. According to the Ministry of Tourism, in the meantime, information and support for the Croatian initiative began to spread among all members, so that thirteen member states: Italy, Portugal, Spain, Cyprus, Romania, Slovakia, Lithuania, Latvia, Malta, Poland , Greece, Bulgaria and Slovenia – both in writing and in bilateral meetings, sided with Croatia.The tourism sector employs 24 million people in the EU and generates 10 percent of GDP and certainly deserves to be more represented within the EU, is one of the main arguments for strengthening the position of tourism in EU institutions, ie the establishment of the EU Tourism FundYesterday in Prague, at a meeting of the Commission for Europe, support for the Croatian initiative was voted on. During the discussion, Italy pointed out that strengthening the position of tourism is an issue of strong EU interest, and that the UNWTO (World Tourism Organization) should be the main protagonist who will support us with its decisions at the EU level. All 13 Member States agreed that tourism deserves a separate administration within the European Commission (currently under administration together with the creative industries), that this separate body should be a place where we will discuss employment, youth, the labor force, but also stronger financial support for tourism.”The government has recognized the value of tourism and that is why we have launched an initiative to establish a single European fund for tourism and working groups to give tourism in Europe as the strongest tourist region in the world its deserved place and representation. The launch of this initiative is of great importance for Croatia as one of the leading tourist destinations in Europe, and its implementation would open up numerous financial and development opportunities for the Croatian tourist system.”, Said Minister Cappelli on the recommendation of the European Parliament.As the multiannual financial framework for the next seven-year period is adopted by autumn 2018, and next year there are new elections for the European Parliament, this is the right time for all countries that advocate strengthening the position of tourism to join their votes. As tourism is a horizontal activity, it is financed from several different funds, for most countries it is most important to financially support innovative entrepreneurial projects in tourism, which will generate new employment, and consequently positive financial processes. “UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Polilikashvili has openly supported the initiative from the beginning, and talks on the issue will continue in the EU institutions over the next month. However, this time Croatia will not be alone. A large number of member states will be with us. ” stand out from the Ministry of Tourism.Croatia to host UNWTO session next yearAt the end of yesterday’s session of the UNWTO Commission for Europe, it was announced that Croatia has won the competition for the next host of the UNWTO Commission, which will be held in 2019 in Croatia. It will be an opportunity to host the leaders and leaders in tourism of the 42 members of the UNWTO Commission for Europe.last_img read more

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Brisk walks fight prostate cancer

first_img Share Walks must be brisk to have an effect, the experts believeBy Michelle RobertsHealth reporter, BBC NewsMen who have been recently diagnosed with prostate cancer can help keep their disease at bay by taking brisk walks, claim researchers.Based on their observations, men who power walk for at least three hours a week can halve how much their cancer will grow and spread over the next couple of years.Strolling does not have the same effect, Cancer Research journal warns.Experts say it shows that keeping active can improve health.But they say the findings should be interpreted with caution because the men who did more walking also tended to be younger, leaner, and non-smokers, which could also explain some of the differences seen.Leg workThe University of California San Francisco study looked at the outcomes of 1,455 men, mostly in their 60s, who were diagnosed with “localised” prostate cancer, meaning it had not yet started to spread.The men were asked to say how much exercise and of what type they took in the average week. During the 31 months of follow up, the US researchers recorded 117 events, including disease recurrence, bone tumours and deaths specifically caused by prostate cancer.And they found that men who walked briskly for at least three hours a week were far less likely to have one of these events.The brisk walkers had a 57% rate of progression of disease than men who walked at an easy pace for less than three hours a week.Lead researcher Erin Richman said: “It appears that men who walk briskly after their diagnosis may delay or even prevent progression of their disease.“The benefit from walking truly depended on how quickly you walked. Walking at an easy pace did not seem to have any benefit.“Walking is something everyone can and should do to improve their health.”The scientists believe power walking might affect prostate cancer progression by changing blood levels of certain proteins that have been shown in the lab to encourage cancer growth.Dr. Helen Rippon, head of research management at The Prostate Cancer Charity, said: “Although this research will need to be repeated to make sure the results can be applied to all men with prostate cancer, we would certainly advise men diagnosed with prostate cancer to ensure that their lifestyle includes a good amount of physical activity – and walking is often the easiest way of achieving this.”Liz Woolf of Cancer Research UK said: “We know there are many benefits to exercise and that it can help people to recover more quickly after cancer treatment but it’s difficult to set specific levels of exercise as everyone’s needs and abilities are different.“Just to be safe, it is important that people with cancer check with their doctor before taking up any new form of exercise.” Sharing is caring! Share Sharecenter_img 18 Views   no discussions HealthLifestyle Brisk walks fight prostate cancer by: – May 24, 2011 Tweetlast_img read more

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