first_img Can music help bring about peace in Colombia? Some of the most prominent musicians and singers in Colombia hope so. They banded together to record “Un paso por la paz,” a song which appeals for peace and harmony throughout the country. The song and an accompanying video were released in September. Carlos Vives, Juanes, Andrea Echeverry and about 60 other musicians from every region in Colombia participated in recording the song, which was inspired by “We Are The World,” the hit song written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie which was released in March 1985 to raise relief funds for Africa. The lyrics of “Un paso por la paz” call on Colombians to imagine and sing for a country where war is finally a thing of the past. ‘Voices of the people’ The song has been well received on the radio and on the social networks. As of late September, the YouTube video has been watched nearly 350,000 times, and the hashtag #SoyCapaz has reached more than 7 million people on Twitter. To support the campaign, several Colombian companies have donated products such as milk and others have trained thousands of employees to publicize the “Soy Capaz” message in public places in major cities. The effort offers an opportunity to transmit a message to Colombians about the possibilities offered by a country without war. “A Colombia at peace will produce a new generation of Colombians,” said the members of the alternative rock band Pescao Vivo, who also took part in “Un paso por la paz.” “Maybe the changes won’t be seen immediately and will bypass this generation, which includes us, but when our children are born, they’re going to grow up with a different perspective on their country and that will change people’s mindsets and it will change Colombia. We’ll be more tolerant, less stressed, a generation that will stand up for itself in the eyes of the world, with a much deeper sense of love for Colombia.” I loved the song and the video. I feel so proud to be Colombian For peace, everything is welcome Everything that is done to achieve peace is welcome I simply liked it very much. I like the thing with the song 🙂 Peace is a concept that brings beauty to the soul based on healthy ideas. Good for the creators of such yearning for peace Whenever it’s for peace, it is an accumulation of efforts. I like it Precious and very meaningful. May God allow it to be carried out successfully for the good of that great country which we, the Puerto Ricans, love too.A I have always said that we have to give those guerrilla fighters peace, peace, they deserve every peace, peace that exists. They are a bunch of terrorists and people still don’t want to believe they just watch. Everything said is very interesting We love music, especially when the lyrics are positive. What a good idea! We should sing for religious tolerance, too!! =D I like it I love knowing that people are concerned about each other and this is an initiative which shows love for one’s brother. It is very educational To sing for peace is to sing for life This is really cool. We the Narcos rule You’re worth crap Dilma loses to Aécio in the second round of elections according to the polls. “ague”(incomprehensible) in Brazil “dimtodi”(incomprehensible) The FARC and the ELNs are not terrorists, you bunch of idiots! They are revolutionaries, the terrorists are those in favor of Uribe and the Colombian oligarchy led by beastly gringos!…. THE MUSICIANS’ ATTITUDE IS VALUABLE BECAUSE OF THEIR SOCIAL COMMITMENT TO PEACE. So they want peace in Venezuela and with you and your voice to be heard all over the world. Thank you for beautiful Venezuela THIS WEBPAGE IS ONE OF THE MOST VISITED BY CLAUDIA SANABRIA DE SUMASKI. SHE NEVER LEAVES THE WEBPAGE. SHE REALLY LIKES RECONQUISTA HOY, THAT IS WHY SHE SENDS YOU REGARDS TO ALL KISSES I’ve always like it. It’s like peace, you have to be at one with everyone else. there have already been too many deaths in the Americas Many people have died in Maturi because of the foolishness of the National Guard that doesn’t want to do anything Why don’t they get together and sing against prostitution, mafias, drug trafficking and hunger? That is a really good idea!! That’s how it should be for the clergy and the politicians. Get together and speak with one voice That was a wonderful idea. Colombia needs peace. We have lived through lots of pain and the death of many of our innocent compatriots. It is not fair, we don’t want more wars, we want peace…..I dream of a great Colombia, as a haven of peace and tranquility. Very positive for our country and to change the real imagery all of us those who love our country! share this article and, of course, the video with the song which is an example of our talent! By Dialogo September 29, 2014 While the government continues negotiations with the FARC, the Soy Capaz campaign is encouraging Colombians throughout the country to work for peace. The campaign brings together more than 120 private sector businesses, including several professional soccer teams, representatives from different religious congregations and 14 Colombian universities. The initiative has spread across social networks, such as Twitter, where public figures and ordinary people can use the hashtag #SoyCapaz to describe the actions and sacrifices that they are prepared to make in order to put an end to the armed conflict. “The song reflects the spirit of the campaign,” Benavides said. “The idea is that peace is a collaborative construction.” To produce the song, Benavides, who is a renowned producer in Colombia and abroad, recruited Carlos Vives, who agreed to write the lyrics in collaboration with the composer Andrés Castro. Artists quickly respondcenter_img The song represents a deep desire for peace among Colombians, said music producer Iván Benavides, who coordinated the project. “It’s a very powerful song that manages to convey a message,” he said. “The artists represent the different voices of Colombia. They are the voices of the people.” The song is part of the “Soy Capaz” campaign, an initiative introduced on September 8 by the National Business Association of Colombia (ANDI). The initiative seeks to encourage reconciliation among Colombians as part of the effort to achieve an enduring harmony. Peace has been elusive in Colombia for more than 50 years, due to attacks by terrorist groups like the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the National Liberation Army (ELN), as well as other illegal armed organizations. The battle has also had serious economic consequences. The fighting has cost Colombia about 230 billion pesos (113,240,891.08 USD) since 2004, according to Semana magazine. That is more than the country’s budget for 2014, which is nearly 200 billion pesos. The Colombian government is trying to end the conflict, through ongoing peace talks with the FARC in Havana. Federal government officials have also spoken about the possibility of holding similar peace talks with the ELN. ‘Soy Capaz’ encourages peace Next, Benavides began contacting dozens of artists throughout Colombia in order to try to coordinate the recording sessions. The response was immediately positive. “I thought it was an important opportunity to unite around the country, so that our talent could in some way serve to contribute to the musical memory of Colombia,” said Adriana Lucía, 33, a singer-songwriter who took part in the song. Lucía sings vallenato and porro, two Colombian musical genres. “Sometimes we artists are uncommitted and this is an opportunity to sing and talk about what’s happening in Colombia.” The project attracted artists of all ages. Ati Gunnara, 16, is an indigenous Colombian from Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta who took part in the recording sessions. Leonor Gónzalez Mina, 80, a pop music singer from the Colombian Pacific, also participated. González Mina, who is known as “La negra grande de Colombia,” took part even though she had been convalescing at her home in Cali. A popular songlast_img read more

first_imgIn the 2019 presidential race, the Dems joined the coalition supporting the candidacy of Gerindra Party chairman Prabowo Subianto, who went head-to-head against PDI-P-backed President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo. After the latter won his reelection, Gerindra jumped ship to the ruling coalition since Prabowo was appointed a Cabinet member.Both Agus and Puan – the daughter of former president and PDI-P matriarch Megawati Soekarnoputri – are among those who might join the 2024 presidential election. However, thus far only Agus has declared his intention to run in the race.Although the two are rather cordial when it comes to their ties, relations between Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and the PDI-P chairwoman have been strained since he ran against then-president Megawati in the 2004 presidential election. He was serving in her Cabinet as the coordinating political, legal and security affairs minister at the time.Separately, Agus said that he hoped the Dems could return to their political glory in 2024 and secure more seats in the House than the current 54 gained in the 2019 legislative elections, a steep drop from the 150 seats the party won in 2009.”This is not a baseless hope. Because we have had success,” he said.The PDI-P currently has the most seats in the House with 128 after the ruling party secured 19.3 percent of the vote in the 2019 legislative race.Topics : Agus, the son of former president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, further said that he and Puan also touched on the COVID-19 crisis and its impact on the country’s economy during their meeting.Speaking to the press with Agus, Puan expressed her expectation for the PDI-P and the Democrats to continue maintaining their relations and that she looked forward to her next meeting with him.”This is our first meeting since [Agus] was appointed chairman,” Puan said. “I hope this isn’t the first and last meeting for us. We’ll maintain this friendship for this nation together.”Read also: Archrivals Megawati, SBY prepare successors for 2024 race Democratic Party chairman Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono and House of Representatives Speaker Puan Maharani, an executive of the ruling Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), sat together on Thursday to discuss the two parties’ cooperation in the upcoming regional elections.The PDI-P and Dems formed a coalition to nominate candidate pairs running for regional head posts in 28 of the 270 regions in the country that will participate in the elections, which are to be held simultaneously on Dec. 9.”We have discussed the PDI-P and the Democratic Party’s collaboration in the regional elections. Hopefully we can maintain the cooperation for the sake of the nation,” Agus said after the meeting at the legislative complex in Senayan, Central Jakarta, on Thursday.last_img read more

first_img Reggae Boyz’s starting team: Ryan Thompson (GK), Je-Vaughn Watson (captain), Jourdaine Fletcher, Shamar Nicholson, Rosario Harriott, Michael Binns, Oneil Fisher, Damion Lowe, Ladale Richie, Owayne Gordon, Kevon Lambert. Jamaica and Honduras were locked at 0-0 at the end of the first half of  tonight’s friendly match in Houston, Texas.last_img

first_imgA recap of the action during a weekend when Fulham were crushed in Friday’s game, Chelsea lost to Manchester City in the Saturday evening kick-off, Scott Hogan banished his injury nightmare to earn a point for Brentford, while QPR ground out a draw in south Wales…Richard Stearman (right) conceded a penalty against Brighton.Brighton & Hove Albion 5 Fulham 0Match report  Jokanovic reaction  Action: In Friday night’s game, Fulham’s three-match winning run ended abruptly as they were thrashed by promotion-chasing Brighton, for whom Tomer Hemed scored a hat-trick.Reaction: Whites boss Slavisa Jokanovic warned his players they may yet pay “a very expensive price” for their poor defending. They have now conceded 240 goals in 126 league games since the start of the 2013-14 season.Meanwhile, Brighton manager Chris Hughton outlined why he felt his team had won so convincingly – and why they had been a success in the Championship after last season’s struggles.Scott Hogan was on target for the first time for Brentford.Brentford 1 Bristol City 1 Match report  Smith reaction   Action: A stoppage-time equaliser from Scott Hogan – his first goal for the Bees after more than 18 months of knee injuries – salvaged a point for Brentford at Griffin Park.Reaction: Head coach Dean Smith revealed Hogan earned a round of applause from his Brentford team-mates in the dressing room.Defences were on top as QPR drew at Cardiff.Cardiff City 0 QPR 0Match report  Hasselbaink reaction  Player ratings  Action: QPR secured a point in an uninspiring end-of-season encounter at Cardiff, with goalkeeper Matt Ingram keeping a clean sheet on his debut.Reaction: Afterwards, Rangers manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink admitted his side lacked a cutting edge but said they were “dominant” with the ball.The Dutchman also insisted that Alex Smithies remains his number one keeper.Rangers man of the match: Ingram had an excellent maiden appearance, looking comfortable and confident – click here to see how we think the other R’s players fared.Courtois was sent off with 12 minutes of the match remainingChelsea 0 Manchester City 3 Match report  Hiddink reaction  Player ratings Action: Sergio Aguero scored a hat-trick and Thibaut Courtois was sent off as Chelsea were well beaten at home in Saturday’s late game.Reaction: Despite the defeat, Blues boss Guus Hiddink took some consolation from Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s performance.He also felt the 3-0 scoreline was harsh on his side, and took issue with a suggestion they had shown a lack of fighting spirit.Some Chelsea fans, meanwhile, were critical of left-back Baba Rahman on Twitter, calling him a “fraud” and “the worst footballer in the league”.Blues man of the match: The red card sullied an otherwise excellent display from Courtois, who made four brilliant saves  – click here to see how we rated the players.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.TORONTO — The Oakland A’s now know what it’ like to be walked off to Boston.The Toronto Blue Jays were the escorts as the A’s headed for Fenway Park and a series with the Red Sox.The Blue Jays produced two game-ending hits in a three-game sweep that added to the A’s misery of being swept in three games by the Blue Jays last weekend in Oakland. The 5-4, 11-inning loss Sunday afternoon might have been the …last_img read more

first_img The Human Employment and Resource Training (HEART) Trust/National Training Agency (NTA) is accepting applications for one of its Legacy programmes – the Graduate Work Experience Programme (GWEP) – which was formerly implemented under the National Youth Service (NYS). She explained that the application process, which is ongoing throughout the year, is open to persons between 17 and 29 years of age and persons living with disabilities, who are between 17 and 34 years old. Story Highlights The Human Employment and Resource Training (HEART) Trust/National Training Agency (NTA) is accepting applications for one of its Legacy programmes – the Graduate Work Experience Programme (GWEP) – which was formerly implemented under the National Youth Service (NYS).Speaking with JIS News, Acting Senior Director of Community Service at HEART Trust/NTA, Ronique Rhoden, said the programme is targeting 500 graduates of tertiary institutions this year, who will be given the opportunity to gain employment that is critical to their career development.She explained that the application process, which is ongoing throughout the year, is open to persons between 17 and 29 years of age and persons living with disabilities, who are between 17 and 34 years old.Applicants should possess at least a National Vocational Qualification of Jamaica (NVQ-J), Level Four certification from the HEART Trust/NTA or an associate degree, a bachelor’s degree, or equivalent certification from University Council of Jamaica-accredited tertiary institutions.The GWEP will place successful applicants within public and private-sector entities where they will be exposed to six months of work experience and receive a fortnightly stipend of $19,100.00. During the internship period, they are also required to engage in volunteerism. Ms. Rhoden pointed out that the HEART Trust/NTA is also looking for placement sites and is, therefore, encouraging corporate Jamaica to facilitate these graduates as they seek to gain well-needed work experience.Interested graduates are required to submit a completed application form along with proof of qualification, their Tax Registration Number (TRN), National Insurance Scheme (NIS) number, birth certificate, any government-issued identification (ID) card or school ID, and one passport-sized photograph (no more than six months old) to the HEART Trust/NTA.Ms. Rhoden said the GWEP provides an opportunity for valuable practical work experience, personal development, career development, networking and increased employment prospects for the participants.For further information on the GWEP, interested persons may visit or call toll free 888-432-7862. They may also visit the HEART Trust/NTA’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages to access information about the programme. Speaking with JIS News, Acting Senior Director of Community Service at HEART Trust/NTA, Ronique Rhoden, said the programme is targeting 500 graduates of tertiary institutions this year, who will be given the opportunity to gain employment that is critical to their career development. last_img read more

first_imgOTTAWA – What impacts your vote more, your brain or your gut feeling?As Canadians prepare to cast their ballot in the federal election, it appears a person’s subconscious may play a bigger role in their decision than you might think.When you mark your ‘X’ on Oct. 21, you may like to think you’ve rationally decided which party or candidate is best, but hidden biases have a big impact.David Moscrop, a political scientist and author of the book Too Dumb for Democracy, explains studies have shown the pitch of a candidate’s voice, their facial structure, their gender, their race, and even their height can be more of an influence on your vote than their policies.“The pattern of your thinking is so deeply structured by biased racial and gender considerations,” he says. “We typically operate on cognitive auto-pilot.”Moscrop says everyone faces these hidden biases, and that’s why subconscious sexism and racism are big problems in politics.“We can’t ever assume that the decision we’re making is wholly rational,” he notes, adding those hidden factors can have a bigger impact than you might think on the overall result. “In a close race, those little biases can be decisive, they can be huge advantages.”So how do you kick these biases? Moscrop says it’s important to take a step back, always be aware, and challenge your choices to make sure you’re making a reasoned and informed decision.“Dig into what you think is an important issue. Give yourself some reasons — don’t simply look at someone and say, ‘well, I like the way that person makes me feel.’”last_img read more

The Cardinals lost to the Saints 31-7 on Sunday. The fifth-year safety went into surgery later that day, where doctors shaved the exposed bone and closed the wound, according to Somers’ tweet:“Drs shaved bone on Johnson’s finger and repaired. Lost about down to first knuckle— Kent Somers (@kentsomers) September 23, 2013.” Johnson pulled off his glove and the flesh was still in the glove exposing the bone down to the first knuckle. Apparently Johnson didn’t even realize the injury until he took his glove off on the sideline. Arizona Cardinals’ Rashad Johnson lost a piece of his left middle finger after making a routine tackle on New Orleans running back Darren Sproles on a punt return.Not even Johnson knows exactly what or when it happened, but Arizona Republic’s Kent Somers confirmed via Twitter that Johnson’s injury occurred sometime during his Sproles takedown:“Johnson’s injury happened on a punt return, tackling sproles. Not sure what happened, might have smashed in ground. #AZCardinals— Kent Somers (@kentsomers) September 23, 2013.” read more

first_imgManchester United transfer target Milan Skriniar has broken his silence regarding talks over his future.The Inter Milan defender is reportedly a target for Manchester United and a host of other top clubs across Europe but he insists he’s only focused on playing for the Milan club.The Slovakia international is on the radar of United as Mourinho looks to reinforce his defensive options, and while the 23-year-old is flattered by the speculation, he is keeping his feet on the ground.“When some coach like Jose says that he is looking for a player like me or somebody else, it’s always nice, but I don’t know why these rumours continue,” he told ESPN FC.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“I’ve not said anything to anybody, just what you can see on the web.”“Even if Jose is one of the most famous, best, greatest coaches in the world, it’s not something I think of because I’m playing for Inter and am happy here at Inter.”“I’m happy in Milan, it’s a great city, even when my parents or friends come here, we have a look around and I’m happy here and relaxed here. When the results are going well too, it’s all even better.”last_img read more

first_img Ashlie Rodriguez 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The San Diego Unified Board voted unanimously to ask Trustee Kevin Beiser to resign. They say he cannot properly help run San Diego’s largest school district and wrestle with a civil lawsuit, claiming sexual harassment and assault.Beiser maintains his innocence but hasn’t communicated with his constituents since the allegations came to light in March. The school he teaches at, Castle Park Middle in Chula Vista, says he’s been put on an indefinite leave of absence without pay.To actually remove Beiser parents would need to gather signatures from 15 percent of the estimated 586,000 registered voters in the school district. Parents have threatened to do just that but it’s not a quick fix. Updated: 3:09 PM April 22, 2019 Posted: April 22, 2019center_img San Diego Unified School Board voted unanimously for Trustee Beiser to resign, but will he? Ashlie Rodriguez, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more