Colombia’s Santos Comes To Power Very Popular Poll

first_imgBy Dialogo August 06, 2010 Colombia’s President-elect Juan Manuel Santos will take over the Andean nation’s highest office more popular than the incumbent leader credited with a dramatic fall in violence, an opinion poll showed on Friday. Colombia is much safer than when outgoing leader Alvaro Uribe took power in 2002, thanks to his U.S.-backed offensive against leftist guerrillas. His success against rebels and drug lords kept him popular and brought an uptick in investment. Santos — who takes office on August 7 and heads Uribe’s ‘U’ Party — will become president with 76 percent of Colombians rating him as favorable — one percentage point above his predecessor and Colombia’s most popular leader in history. “We’re in the honeymoon phase because when there’s a change of government and a well-received government ends, that generates a lot of optimism in people,” said Jorge Londono, head of Gallup, which published its poll in local media. Former Defense Minister Santos — who won the most votes in Colombia’s history in June — has broadly pledged to keep up the security and pro-business policies of Uribe and has benefited from the president’s strong rural support. When Uribe came to power for the first of his two terms, Marxist guerrillas controlled large swathes of territory and could carry out attacks in major cities — including a strike on the presidential palace in 2002. But eight years later, the rebels are hemmed in to remote, rural areas of Latin America’s No. 4 oil producer — and that has opened up new parts of the country to increased economic activity, improved Colombia’s image and kept Uribe popular. The Gallup poll — which interviewed 1,200 people across five big cities from July 16-24 — found 52 percent said the country was getting better, versus 41 percent who said the same in February this year. As Uribe prepares to step down, 80 percent of Colombians approve of the job he is doing. Speculation is rife about his political future post-presidency. Half of Colombians said the country would continue getting better at the start of Santos’ administration. Santos will inherit a feud with Caracas — which has hurt trade worth billions of dollars a year — over accusations by Uribe’s government that Venezuela harbors Colombian guerrillas — charges that saw President Hugo Chavez break ties.last_img read more

Sheriff: More Help Is Needed For Mentally Ill Convicts

first_imgINDIANAPOLIS – One local sheriff says when releasing prisoners back into society, the goal is to have the convict better off than when they entered jail.Franklin County Sheriff Ken Murphy told a legislative committee that the goal is simply not being met for some inmates that deal with mental illness.Murphy, along with Howard County Sheriff Steve Rogers, testified Monday in Indianapolis about the current dilemma of mentally ill inmates in Indiana’s county jails.The state closed many mental hospitals in the 1980’s as part of a shift toward community-based programs.Since then, Murphy says county jails have become the “insane asylum” in Indiana.“Many of the crimes they commit are due to their mental illness. Then they get caught up in this revolving door of the justice system and treated like any other inmate. Their mental illness is never truly treated,” the Franklin County sheriff said.“So it’s just an endless game of they’re out-they’re in [of jail], and it’s a matter of whether we pay now or pay later.”Jails could likely be the largest mental health facilities in some counties as community resources are just not available, the sheriffs said.Murphy adds that his sheriff’s department generally deals with mentally ill individuals who struggle financially.“The inmate population we deal with has no money, no insurance and no job. The idea of privatization is great for people who can afford it. But, we are dealing with a totally different population that does not have those resources.Murphy told legislators a solution could be found by developing a financial strategy which could lead to the reopening of up-to-date regional mental health facilities.Until a new solution is developed, Murphy says inmates “are not getting the intensified counseling and probably a lot of the medications they need.”“We are better people than this. We don’t have to treat people like this when they are suffering from mental illness.”last_img read more

Bajrang Punia in an exclusive interview calls out the bias of referees

first_img 11 months ago Deepak Punia pulls out of World Wrestling Championship due to injury Written By 11 months ago Bajrang Punia, Ravi Dahiya win Bronze at World Wrestling Championships Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00Loaded: 0%Duration 0:00Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio TrackQuality LevelsFullscreenThis is a modal window. This video is restricted from playing on your current domain Error Code: PLAYER_ERR_DOMAIN_RESTRICTED LIVE TV COMMENT Last Updated: 25th September, 2019 10:32 IST Bajrang Punia In An Exclusive Interview Calls Out The Bias Of Referees In an exclusive interview with Republic TV, Bajrang Punia claimed the referees & organisers were biased and discriminatory in the World Wrestling championship. Bajrang Punia questions the bias of referees favouring powerful wrestling countries. The wrestling star Bajrang Punia has come down heavily on referees and judges of World Wrestling championship calling them ‘cheats and highly discriminatory’. “I missed Gold because referees were cheats. I had clearly won the semi-final bout. And our decision to go for the challenge was right but the referees and organisers were biased and discriminatory and I would say in simple words, cheats,” Bajrang told Republic TV after his return from World Wrestling Championship.Read: Bajrang Punia, Ravi Dahiya Win Bronze At World Wrestling ChampionshipsHigh Time Wrestling Be Made More Transparent: Bajrang PuniaBajrang Punia, who excelled his own record of bagging maximum medals at the World Championship, was not happy at all. “This has been going on for many years. The marginal points always go in favour of traditional powerhouses of World Wrestling. And the clear cut bias can be seen every time. It’s high time wrestling be made more transparent with clear rules and regulations. At the moment, its heavily loaded in favour of some the Middle East and East European countries. Not good for wrestling,” he observed.Read: WFI Writes To UWW Following Bajrang Punia’s Defeat, Asks For ReviewBajrang, who got the Khel Ratna award but could not attend the ceremony due to World Championship, said he was honoured to get the award which should have come last year. “Just like getting the award a year late, I hope the rules favouring powerful wrestling countries also change, “I missed gold because of these policies and I can never forgive and forget that,” he added. Bajrang said he would like to strengthen his legs and his game would further improve. “Yes, there is one area of development. Olympics is my target now. Will train to the extreme to improve and go all out to bag a medal at the Olympics. I cannot assure you the colour of the medal but yes its coming in Tokyo. Bajrang Punia assures you that,” thundered the triple World Championship medallist.Read: Bajrang, Ravi Seek Bronze After Booking Tokyo 2020 Olympics Berths’Wrestlers Are Second to None’Bajrang, who has won maximum medals for India in men’s category like PV Sindhu has won in women’s category across all sports, is World number one in 65 kg category. “Without a World Championship gold and Olympic medal, the journey won’t be complete,” he noted. He has a unique record of winning back to back Commonwealth Games and Asian Games gold medals in 2018 after winning silver medals in their previous edition in 2014. He won two gold medals in Commonwealth Championship and a staggering five medals including two gold and a silver in Asian Championship. Bajrang also endorsed Wrestling Federation of India president, Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh’s proposal to make Wrestling ‘the national game’. “Which other sport in India is giving international medals in heaps on a consistent basis? Wrestlers are second to none and wrestling deserves to be declared as national sports.”Read: Bajrang Punia Punches Ticket To Tokyo 2020, Third Indian To Qualify SUBSCRIBE TO UScenter_img WE RECOMMEND First Published: 25th September, 2019 10:32 IST FOLLOW US Suman Ray Session ID: 2020-09-09:19ce5e57980101a9efa05b1a Player Element ID: video_player_5f5856b5bdfc7 OK Close Modal DialogBeginning of dialog window. 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Al Hilal Fall in Love with Enyimba Turf, Beckons on Monimichelle

first_imgOfficials of Al Hilal of Sudan not only left Aba Sunday with what they see as positive result but with a desire to have in their home the kind of pitch they played at the Enyimba Stadium.Al Hilal’s leader of delegation, Muhammad Harun while basking in the euphoria of the goalless draw they got in Aba, noted that they played under a completely different atmosphere at the Enyimba Stadium.He hailed the transformation of the playing turf which he said was a complete departure from what it used to be. In his words: “This is not our first time in Aba. We were here some years back and the pitch then was one in which the players found it difficult to walk…I am not talking about running. You can barely walk when it rains and the pitch then was horrible. I am surprised with what they (Enyimba) now have. The pitch is not only fantastic but one of the biggest in the world in terms of dimension.“This is an artificial grass that is as good as natural. We have contacted the company that constructed this pitch (Monimichelle) and we would want him to come over and do some pitches in Sudan. Yes, it may be expensive but it would be a very good investment for the game,” observed the Al Hilal boss.Harun stressed that Al Hilal came to Aba with one thing in mind…to get a positive result, even as he insisted that the goalless draw was a positive one.“We see how it goes in Sudan, but we are going home satisfied with the outcome of this first leg,” Harun concluded.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more