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.
December 16, 2016 Jobs That Pay, Press Release, Workforce Development Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today visited Tec Centro in Lancaster to highlight the importance of workforce development and job training, especially for middle class families and underserved communities.“Tec Centro is a remarkable program, combining language development, basic education, skills training, and job placement into one comprehensive service that helps people gain the experience and training they need to get jobs right here in Lancaster,” Governor Wolf said. “The Commonwealth’s investment of $250,000, at the urging of Rep. Mike Sturla (Lancaster), will allow Tec Centro to deliver their premier training programs to more residents of Lancaster.“This expansion will be an essential component in their plan to bring education and job training to the residents of Lancaster County, so that they can be prepared to join the workforce and have the skills needed to fill, and excel in, good middle class, family sustaining jobs.”Governor Wolf’s core focus includes ensuring Pennsylvania’s economy is creating middle class jobs and that Pennsylvania workers have access to training that prepares them to take hold of those jobs. Nearly 100,000 more Pennsylvanians are working since this time two years ago, and in 2016, the Wolf Administration secured commitments for creating and retaining more than 200,000 full-time jobs and the investment of nearly $1.1 billion in Pennsylvania’s economy.Tec Centro’s service delivery system integrates language development, adult basic education, skills training, and job placement into one comprehensive service which is community based and culturally competent.“This funding will allow Lancaster’s Tec Centro to expand their services and provide great opportunities for the community,” said Rep. Sturla. “As the state’s premier bilingual vocation training center, it provides opportunities in family-sustaining careers. I am glad that I was able to help ensure they have the funding needed to educate and train as many individuals as possible.”Tec Centro has started to deeply address the workforce development issues affecting the Latino community in Lancaster. The success of Tec Centro will provide an important replication model much needed in Latino communities across the Commonwealth.“We are particularly pleased that Governor Wolf has visited Tec Centro because our leadership, staff, and students have been working diligently to create a workforce development vehicle that succeeds with marginalized communities who need an integrated strategy of language development, adult basic education, bilingual skills training, and job placement,” said Carlos Graupera, President and CEO of the Spanish American Civic Association, which runs Tec Centro. “Tec Centro has become an important vehicle in the Lancaster community for the advancement in the work force of unemployed as well as underemployed residents of our community.”Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Wolf Touts Workforce Development, Job Training Programs in Lancaster
And they were tied, 58-58, when Amica made his biggest play of the night, a block on a Warriors breakaway to prevent Liverpool from going back in front with 1:30 to play.They exchanged free throws before Adam Dudzinski, with 30 seconds left, hit a driving layup to put WG front for good. Trying to answer, the Warriors instead turned it over when Jack Pento stepped on the baseline.Amica took it from there, hitting on five of six free throws in the waning seconds to give him 22 points for the night as eight of Dudzinski’s 13 points came in the fourth quarter, John Benson adding 11 points.Aside from Young, three other Warriors reached double figures, Kyle Caves getting 13 points as Jacob Works had 12 points and Romeo Clarke had 11 points.Before all this, Cicero-North Syracuse, after yet another close call in a defeat to Baldwinsville Jan. 17, rebounded a day later to defeat Rochester’s Edison Tech 64-59.Dominating the first half, the Northstars led 36-16, and then held on behind Luke Paragon’s career-best 32 points. Tavores Flournory earned eight points, with Jerrod Hills adding seven points.But C-NS lost 64-48 to Bishop Ludden last Monday night, unable to recover from a first half where the Gaelic Knights steadily built a 38-22 advantage.Paragon, despite 11 rebounds, was held to just two points. Kevin Felasco led with 15 points, while Hills had 11 points. Brian Bonin and Grant Sennett had nine points apiece as Grant Baker (18 points) and Mykell Kaigler (15 points) set the pace for Ludden.Then, on Friday night, C-NS fell 68-50 to Nottingham, outscored 38-21 following a close first half as Mazi Jackson had 20 points for the Bulldogs, just ahead of Jaden Ezomo’s 19 points and Marlen Peters’ 16 points.Paragon and Bonin both finished with 14 points, but no one else on the Northstars hit double figures, Sennett and Joe Penizotto each gaining seven points.Among this week’s action is a second head-to-head meeting between C-NS and Liverpool, nearly two months after the Warriors won the first encounter in the Peppino’s Invitational at OCC.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Again, it matched up the last two state Class AA champions. Liverpool had won 66-53 back in that initial meeting, but was in catch-up mode through most of the rematch.Sparked by six straight points from Will Amica, WG went on an 8-0 run to close the first quarter, and maintained that lead through a foul-filled first half, only to have Liverpool storm back and go in front 40-38 late in the third period before Anthony Dattellas hit six straight points to return the lead to the Wildcats.After that, no one could get away. Josh Young, with a career-high 22 points, paced a Warriors team that stayed in front for most of the fourth quarter yet never by more than a basket. Now that it had finally broken its mid-season six-game skid by completing a regular-season sweep of Corcoran, the Liverpool boys basketball team wanted to do the same to the reigning state champions.Doing so would mean trying to upend West Genesee’s six-game win streak in last Saturday night’s Pathfinder Bank Classic on the same Allyn Hall floor at Onondaga Community College where it beat the Wildcats on Dec. 10.Liverpool nearly did so, the game swinging back and forth until the final seconds when WG’s strong free-throw shooting proved a difference-maker, the Warriors taking a 67-62 defeat. Tags: boys basketballC-NSliverpool