Archivo de ‘Colombia’

President says there is no hurry to name new Bogotá Mayor

Miércoles, abril 16th, 2014

The President of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos, said there’s no rush to appoint a replacement for dismissed Mayor of Bogotá, Gustavo Petro. “We will evaluate the results of each interview and make the decision that’s best for Bogotá, so I think we have to have patience and wait, there is no rush, we are not in a hurry to make that decision (…),” Mr. Santos said.

He will not select a new mayor, he explained, until he meets with Antonio Navarro, the third candidate. The President has until Wednesday to announce a replacement for Petro.

CDO homeowners ask VP Garzón for help

Miércoles, abril 16th, 2014

Homeowners of Lérida CDO properties that were evacuated for safety reasons sent a letter to Colombia’s Vice President Angelino Garzón, asking for more attention from the National Government in regards to the negotiation process with the construction company.

Santiago Uribe, spokesperson for the victims and Resilience Chief of Medellín, said the most pressing concern is that the construction company wants to negotiate with each one of the families individually and refuses to do so with the group.

Uribe also said the victims are concerned with the possibility of banks reactivating mortgages, after the grace period they had been given is over.

President says all victims can’t be compensated at once

Miércoles, abril 9th, 2014

President Juan Manuel Santos said on Wednesday that the State has made a “monumental” effort to compensate all victims of the armed conflict, but that the Government doesn’t have the ability to take care of all of them at once.

“A monumental institutional and financial effort has been made, an effort recognized by the entire world,” Mr. Santos said during an interview with Señal Radio Colombia in honor of National Memory and Solidarity towards Victims Day, which is observed today in Colombia.

More than 350,000 victims of the 50-year old armed conflict have been compensated already, which the President indicated is an impressive number and has been accomplished with more than 2,2 billion pesos.

The President indicated that the reparation process initiated by his administration, the first in the world to do it before an armed conflict has ended, is essential to achieving the stable long-lasting peace desired by Colombians.

Two suspects in Sierra Nevada fires

Lunes, abril 7th, 2014

Firefgihters have been trying to put out another fire in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, which has been burning for the past four days. According to the National Risk Management Unit (Ungrd), the fires pose no risk to the neighboring communities, vegetation is low and the fire is burning an area which had already been affected by another fire that burned in the days prior to this one.

Reinforcement crews arrived yesterday to assist firefighters, the Air Force, and 121 members of units from the National Disaster Risk Management System attempting to control the flames. The head of the Ciénaga Fire Department, Lourdes Peña, authorities are very concerned with the increase in wildfires in recent months. The drought is severe and temperatures are extremely high, which makes fired spread more quickly and aggressively. The Ungrd confirmed that two suspects are under investigation for their role in the fires.

Eight acid victims have been taken to Simon Bolivar

Lunes, abril 7th, 2014

Over the past 12 days, eight victims burned with acid have been taken to the Simon Bolivar hospital in Bogotá, including one male. The most recent case, according to hospital sources, is Luz Adriana Jurado, 43, a native of Manizales who was transferred this morning from the Mario Gaitán Yanguas hospital in Soacha. Authorities believe the suspect in this attack is another woman; the two women allegedly consumed a significant amount of alcohol and had an altercation, during which the aggressor threw boiling water mixed with a chemical agent at Jurado.

Jurado was transferred to the nation’s capital due to the severity of her injuries, and is scheduled to undergo surgery on Tuesday. Meanwhile police released a sketch of alias ‘Jairo’, the alleged perpetrator of the attack against Inés Carrillo, a woman who managed a fast food restaurant in Bosa. Business executive Natalia Ponce de León, attacked on March 27th by Jonathan Vega, is in stable condition and scheduled to undergo another reconstructive surgery in the next few hours.

Medellín, one of the top 3 places to live

Martes, abril 1st, 2014

The Cómo Vamos (How are we doing) Network revealed the results of its Citizens’ Perception Survey about quality of life in 11 Colombian cities. Medellín, Manizales, and Pereira scored highest in terms of best cities to live in, while Ibagué, Bogotá, and Cartagena scored lowest.

Everyday factors like mobility, security, health, education, and trust in leaders all came into play for this study. The network’s goal is to evaluate changes in the quality of life in Colombia’s cities, influence the decision-making processes, and facilitate the exchange of good practices and ideas, as well as promote citizen participation.

President is bringing Peace Council back

Miércoles, marzo 26th, 2014

During the 14th Governors’ Summit underway in Ibagué, Tolima President Juan Manuel Santos announced he is bringing back the National Peace Council due to the fact that the peace process with the Farc guerrilla is now “mature”.

The President said he met with former Senator Piedad Córdoba with whom he agreed to reconvene the council and offer a chance for participation to all representatives of civil society. The goal is to take a number of proposals and bring them to the negotiating table in Havana, Cuba.

New officers will assist in keeping Transmilenio safe

Miércoles, marzo 26th, 2014

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos added 300 new police officers to reinforce security for the Transmilenio massive transport system in Bogotá,  the nation’s capital. The extra manpower joins the system’s existing 580 officers. “These new agents (…) will cover all stations, so Transmilenio users will and should feel safer,” Mr. Santos said.

Users with complaints and concerns can also reach out to authorities by calling the 155 hotline.

Avianca has two weeks before pilots strike

Miércoles, marzo 26th, 2014

Avianca executives have until April 10th to reach an agreement in negotiations with the Colombian Civil Aviators Association (Acdac), which includes 419 of its 982 pilots; the group is asking for salary adjustments. Should they be unable to reach a deal, the general assembly will decide if it goes on strike or calls in arbitration.

The airline was forced to sit back down to discuss the issue after pilots abandoned talks back in October of 2013. Acdac was asking for a fixed 25 percent increase in salaries while Avianca offered a variable 11 percent tied to improvements in productivity.

Cubans denied asylum in Colombia

Martes, marzo 18th, 2014

The Colombian Government rejected the request for asylum filed by six Cuban citizens back in January. The reason, according to Foreign Relations Minister Maria Angela Holguín, is that there’s a chance they are no longer in the country.

The committee assigned to study the case met on February 24th and decided to deny the request. Ms. Holguín said the Ministry as well as Immigration have been trying to locate the Cubans for a week, but they believe that four of them left.

The six Cubans fled from Cuba some time in the final week of 2013 and were headed to Ecuador, but there they were turned back due to irregularities and made to board an Avianca flight to Cuba via Bogotá; during their layover they decided to stay and request asylum for political reasons.

The Foreign Relations Ministry confirmed that the two Cubans who remain in the country are planning to ask for an extension to the pass they were granted by the Colombian Government in January, and this will most likely be approved, but for this they must appear before the authorities.

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