By Dialogo June 19, 2012 The Colombian senate’s approval June 14 of looser terms in peace talks sends a strong message to leftist guerillas who have been battling the government for half a century, experts said. The constitutional reform proposed by President Juan Manuel Santos, which must still pass the House of Representatives and Constitutional Court, allows for the possibility of amnesty for demobilized guerillas. It also sets out provisions to provide restitution to victims of the decades-long conflict and opens the door for former guerillas to gain political office so long as they did not perpetuate crimes against humanity. “It is essentially a message to the guerillas — they’re saying here is a way to make peace,” Fernando Giraldo, a political science professor at the Javeriana University. Colombian law currently imposes hefty prison terms on guerilla leaders accused of terrorism and bars them for life from political office. Amnesty is only offered for non-violent political crimes. “It’s a law for peace,” said Ariel Avila of Corporación Nuevo Arco Iris, a think-tank promoting peaceful resolutions to the Colombian conflict. “It opens a door to dialogue and offers a legal grounding to support it.” The approval does not signal that talks are imminent, cautioned Giraldo. “Society needs a pathway to escape this interminable armed conflict, but peace is not around the corner,” he told AFP. In public speeches this week Santos urged the military to attack guerillas with force and insisted that if a dialogue is opened “it will be on our conditions and under our controls.” Colombia has been riled in a bloody internal conflict that has killed, injured and displaced hundreds of thousands of people over the past 50 years.
An agreement on co-financing a project for the restoration of cultural heritage was signed in Dubrovnik “Lazareti – creative district of Dubrovnik”, whose total value is HRK 33 million, and a total of HRK 26 million will be co-financed by European Union funds.The mentioned project of restoration and equipping of cultural heritage and improvement of cultural heritage management through its putting into full cultural and tourist function will increase the attractiveness and recognizability of the monumental complex Lazareti and Dubrovnik as exceptional cultural destinations throughout the year.The grant agreement from the European Union funds for financing the project “Lazareti – Creative District of Dubrovnik” was solemnly signed by the Minister of Regional Development and European Union Funds Gabrijela Žalac, Director of the Central Agency for Financing and Contracting Tomislav Petric and on behalf of the beneficiary, Dubrovnik Mayor Mato Franković. “This year, we signed contracts for a total of 14 cultural heritage projects worth almost HRK 364 million, and the total allocation for cultural heritage projects amounts to HRK 903 million.”Minister Žalac emphasized and added:”In 2017, 9 contracts worth 5,9 billion kuna were signed for projects in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, on which I would like to congratulate all those involved in the preparation of projects co-financed by EU funds and wish them successful implementation!”On behalf of the Project beneficiaries, the Mayor of the City of Dubrovnik Mato Franković He thanked the Ministry of Regional Development and European Union Funds and the Central Agency for Financing and Contracting for cooperation and explained that within the integrated development program it is planned to renovate 3 naves of the Lazareti monument complex – individual cultural property registered in the Croatian Register of Cultural Heritage. diverse cultural content that will ensure the sustainability of this project both at the institutional level and at the financial level.
Friday, in Tim Lester’s mind, was the day the competition truly began.It was the first time that Syracuse practiced in full pads. It also was one of the first times that Drew Allen has been truly comfortable in the SU system. Until now, it’s been tough for Lester, the quarterbacks coach, to make any judgments on who will win the starting job under center.“There’s not much clarity yet,” Lester said, “but they’ve all been playing hard and learning.”Allen and Terrel Hunt are splitting snaps evenly at quarterback, Lester said, with Charley Loeb following behind. Days ago it seemed that Hunt was the frontrunner in the two-horse race. Now it’s a dead heat.The next few days will go a long way in separating the pack. The Orange practiced third downs for the first time on Saturday and will do further situational work in the upcoming practices. Those are when Lester will learn each quarterback’s “quirks.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWho holds on to the ball too long? Who can execute on third downs? Or in the red zone? It’s questions like those that Lester hopes will be answered in the coming days, and the answers will shed light on the outlook of the quarterback competition.“Today was good,” Lester said. “Real fun for me to see the guys in a unique situation because we’ve been doing first down for five days now.”Also adding some clarity is Allen’s rapid progression into the flow of the offense over the past few days.For the first few days he spent practicing with Syracuse, he had yet to familiarize himself.“He was just uncomfortable with everything,” Lester said.But he’s improved quickly, faster even than Lester expected, and is now on level footing with Hunt and Loeb.It’s helped make Hunt better, too. Lester said that Loeb and John Kinder pushed Hunt well in the spring, but adding Allen and freshmen Mitch Kimble and Austin Wilson has made for a crowded competition that has only elevated Hunt’s play. Over the next few days, though, there should be some clarity.Said Lester: “Now we’re into the unique things that make a quarterback special.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on August 10, 2013 at 12:43 pm Contact David: firstname.lastname@example.org | @DBWilson2