Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Peace Finally Comes to Colombia

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos(left) and Marxist rebel leader Timochenko  shake hands after signing a peace accord in Cartagena, Colombia, September 26, 2016. Reuters pic
Yesterday, in Cartagena, Colombia, the country's president, Juan Manuel Santos and the leader of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), Timoleon “Timochenko” Jimenez, inked a historic deal – a peace agreement sealed last month after a four-year negotiation process to end Latin America’s last major armed conflict.
Santos called it “a new stage in our history – one of a country in peace!”
The two signed with pens made out of real bullets for the occasion.
The guests at the signing included UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, US Secretary of State John Kerry, the Vatican's Secretary of State Pietro Parolin, and an array of Latin American leaders including Cuban President Raul Castro.
The 2,500 attendees wore white for the 70-minute ceremony.
The accord remains to be ratified in a referendum next week.
Colombia's peace deal breaks new ground in trying to balance the desire for peace with the demands of justice which bedevil all peace talks.
There's no amnesty, unlike all previous peace accords in the region. The FARC, as well as Colombia's security forces, have accepted special tribunals and a truth and reconciliation process.
Let’s pray that the painstaking peace that has been achieved is permanent.
On Saturday, Celtic gave Kilmarnock a 6-1 drubbing.
Moussa Dembele's brace (35, 38) ensured his team extend their Scottish Premiership lead to five points.
But it was Killie striker Souleymane Coulibaly who opened the scoring with a sensational 35-yard strike from the left touchline – in the thirty-second minute.
James Forrest slotted the third in the fifty-second minute and Leigh Griffiths claimed the fourth, fourteen minutes later. And Scott Sinclair dispatched a penalty (72) before Tom Rogic added a sixth in the eighty-fifth minute.
And Liverpool claimed a third straight EPL win courtesy of an emphatic 5-1 victory over 10-man Hull. The Reds were really in control of the game, from start to finish.
Adam Lallana's low shot from inside the box in the seventeenth minute following a driving run and pass from Coutinho, yielded the first goal. Then thirteen minutes later, James Milner scored from the spot after Hull’s Ahmed Elmohamady saw red for handball in the box. Sadio Mane added a third for the home side. More goals were inevitable and came through Sadio Mane's low finish (36), Coutinho's brilliant long-range effort (52) and Milner's second penalty (71) – awarded for Andrew Robertson's foul on substitute Daniel Sturridge. Hull got a consolation goal through David Meyler (51).
Did you know that in the time since Jurgen Klopp took over on October 08, 2015, Liverpool have scored 71 goals, more than any other team over this period?

On Saturday too, Liquid Gold Toastmasters met at Sis & Co. in Jalan Jenjarum in Kg. Kayu Ara Damansara, PJ for only our second LG Lite meeting. A wee collection of just four members.

But that in no way, spoiled our fun because we still had our F&B and equally important, speeches and evaluations, including Table Topics. And of course, fellowship.


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