Correa Returns to Colombia Following Restoration of Relations

first_imgBy Dialogo December 17, 2010 I am surprised by the help from the Ecuadorans but very grateful. It is a great help to our victims may God truly bless the Ecuadoran people and both governments so that may continue on the right and good path that will give peace and tranquility to us Colombians and to the whole world. May God bless them. Chao. On 15 December, Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa, his ambassador-designate Raúl Vallejo, and Foreign Minister Ricardo Patiño made their first visit to Colombia following the restoration of relations, broken off in 2008 due to a Colombian military operation on Ecuadorean territory. The visit, which focused on the delivery of aid for victims of the rains in Colombia, provided the occasion for both presidents to declare their readiness to approve the respective ambassadors. “The names have already been officially presented. In diplomatic protocol, approval has to be given. We don’t see any problem, at least on the Ecuadorean side,” Correa said in the area of La Victoria, near Cali (in southwestern Colombia), where he personally delivered the aid packets. Two weeks ago, the Colombian government nominated Fernando Arboleda, a former justice of the Supreme Court of Justice, as its ambassador to Ecuador. Santos affirmed that on his return to Bogotá, he would grant approval to the designated Ecuadorean ambassador, Raúl Vallejo, a former education minister. “Then things will be completely normalized,” he said. Correa arrived in Cali, where he met Santos, in the morning. Together, the two presidents flew over La Victoria and then spoke with its inhabitants. Wearing jeans and an orange vest, Correa declared, “We only want to make ourselves present and give a fraternal embrace to the Colombian people. We’ve brought some supplies, and we’ll send more subsequently. It’s a small amount of aid, despite our efforts, for the magnitude of what’s happened.” The rains in Colombia have left nearly 280 dead and have affected two million people so far this year, according to the latest official figures. In La Victoria, Correa delivered seven tons of humanitarian aid. “Count on your Ecuadorean brothers, without doubting for an instant. We have a shared past, a present that very much unites us, and it’s now time to look for a future together,” he insisted. Santos responded by thanking “the Ecuadorean people” once again for the aid. “We’re reestablishing relations the way things should be, because we are brother peoples,” he added. The aid brought by Correa goes beyond the humanitarian framework of solidarity and represents his administration’s first direct diplomatic gesture toward Colombia subsequent to the bilateral tensions. This is Correa’s second visit to Colombia since the rupture of relations. On 7 August, when bilateral ties had been restored at the chargé d’affaires level, the Ecuadorean president attended Santos’s inauguration in Bogotá. Correa and Santos fully reestablished relations on 26 November, on the sidelines of the meeting of the Union of South American Nations (Unasur) in Georgetown. Ecuador broke off ties with Colombia as a consequence of the 1 March 2008 Colombian military operation against a base of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), a Marxist guerrilla group, on Ecuadorean soil, in which twenty-five people died, including rebel leader Raúl Reyes. Ties were reestablished at the chargé d’affaires level in November 2009.last_img read more

UNY students can now pay tuition through Tokopedia

first_img“The university would still get the full payment, but the students would be subsidized by Tokopedia and OVO,” he added.Tokopedia and OVO are now used as a payment channel for students to pay their tuition fees.BTN Yogyakarta branch manager Donnie Iskandar said that apart from OVO, BTN and Tokopedia also offered other payment options such as payment via bank account, credit card or even through convenience stores like Alfamart and Indomaret.He said the funds collected through the different channels would be managed by the campus through BTN.“This definitely makes it easier for millennial students to pay their tuition and at the same time, improves UNY’s image as a university that supports digitalization,” Donnie said.To pay their tuition through Tokopedia, students only need to click the Biaya Pendidikan (Education Fee) category, then find Universitas Negeri Yogyakarta. Once they input their student ID number, the application will show their tuition fee along with a choice of payment methods.“Tokopedia is already connected to OVO. Students just need to type in their PIN. The balance will automatically be deducted and the payment is done,” Sutrisna said, adding that his institution was ready to collaborate with other digital platform and e-wallet providers. (kmt)Topics : Students at Yogyakarta State University (UNY) can now use e-wallets to pay their tuition and even get cashback, the university announced on Tuesday.University rector Sutrisna Wibawa, tongue firmly in cheek, made the announcement in a post on Twitter by posing like K-Pop group BTS in a recent advertisement for online marketplace Tokopedia. Bayar UKT di UNY sekarang bisa lewat Ovo dan Tokopedia.Salam dari Sutrisna, bukan personil BTS pic.twitter.com/zj611DgkTH— Sutrisna Wibawa (@sutrisna_wibawa) February 18, 2020“It’s just the rector’s spontaneous idea to inform our students of our newest tuition payment method,” UNY staff member Ilham Dary Athallah told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday. “The reason is simple: easy and at the same time beneficial, thanks to the cash back facility,” Sutrisna said in a statement.The program, he said, was offered in collaboration with Tokopedia, state lender Bank Tabungan Negara and e-wallet provider OVO.“With just few clicks, our students can now make their payments quickly and easily,” Sutrisna said, adding that if e-wallets could be used for high schools, then there was no reason they could not be used for universities, referring to homegrown startup Gojek’s recently announced partnership with education institutions.He added that in certain situations, the students could also receive cashback from either Tokopedia or OVO on their respective payment platforms.last_img read more

Equinor Gets NPD Nod to Extend Åsgard A Production

first_imgEquinor has received an approval from the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate for extended technical lifetime for the Åsgard A facility in the Norwegian Sea until 2027.It will extend the production twelve years longer than the original plan.Åsgard A plays a particularly important role in recovering as much as possible of the remaining liquid reserves in Smørbukk and Smørbukk Sør, as most of the gas injection wells on these fields are tied in to Åsgard A and will rely on the gas injection from Åsgard A through the 2020s.The licenses are also considering new drilling targets and wells linked to Åsgard A both in the shorter and longer term, and they will be important measures to promote improved recovery.Additional measures to improve recovery are also being planned. A project involving ‘low wellhead pressure’ is important, and has an expected start-up date in 2022, NPD said.Recovery of Trestakk as well as the ‘Blåbjørn’ discovery depends on an extended lifetime for Åsgard A.The technical lifetime for the Åsgard A facility was originally based on 20 years of operation, and expires in 2019.last_img read more

Motorsports News Mexico Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton out qualifies Sebastian Vettel, Daniel Ricciardo secures pole position

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Motorsports News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Daniel Ricciardo upstaged his Red Bull teammate Max Verstappen with a dazzling record lap to snatch pole position in the final seconds of Saturday’s thrilling shootout for the Mexican Grand Prix, with Lewis Hamilton taking third.  After seeing his young Dutch teammate dominate every practice session, the Renault-bound Australian produced a stunning riposte in one minute and 14.759 seconds, beating Verstappen by 0.026, as Red Bull swept the front row of the grid. It is Ricciardo’s third career pole and the team’s first lockout since the United States Grand Prix in 2013.Read More | Leicester City owner’s helicopter crashes near stadium, casualties fearedWorld championship leader Hamilton, seeking to clinch his fifth drivers’ title, was third for Mercedes ahead of rival Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari with Valtteri Bottas fifth in the second Mercedes and Kimi Raikkonen sixth in the second Ferrari. German Nico Hulkenberg was seventh ahead of his Renault teammate Carlos Sainz and the two Saubers of Charles Leclerc and Marcus Ericsson. Verstappen was hoping to become the youngest pole-sitter in F1 history and was clearly disappointed.Read More | Holidaying? Five packing tips that will save space in your luggage”Thanks, legends,” shouted a wildly happy Ricciardo over team radio before adding later: “I knew it was in there somewhere — I just knew the pace was in the car — Max showed that all weekend. “I still wasn’t convinced it was the cleanest lap, but I’ve got to relax a little — I’m tripping major nut-sack right now… Shout out to the team to get a one-two.”   A glum Verstappen could not hide his feelings. “The whole qualifying was crap,” he said. “I had the same problems as I had in FP2 — engine braking not what I wanted, rear locking… I thought it would be enough with the problems we had.” Hamilton closing in Hamilton, who will be champion again if he outscores Vettel by five points, or if the German fails to win, was satisfied with third. “I am really happy with it,” he said. “We had a difficult day yesterday and it was a big improvement. I wasn’t expecting to get as high as we got. “Being behind the Red Bulls is not a bad thing — third is a nice place to start here as you get a good tow from the buys ahead.”Vettel said: “I think we got more or less everything out of the car, but dropping to fourth from second is not satisfying. We’ll see what we can do from there — we have good straight-line speed. Maybe that will help.” Out went Romain Grosjean and his Haas team-mate Kevin Magnussen in Q1 with Stoffel Vandoorne of McLaren and both Williams cars again.It was Haas’ first double exit from Q1 since the same race in 2017. In Q2, Verstappen regained the initiative with a record lap in 1:15.640 ahead of Hamilton while out went the Force Indias of Esteban Ocon and local hero Sergio Perez, either side of Fernando Alonso’s McLaren, along with the two Toro Rossos. All of the top teams ran on ultra-soft tyres, on which they will start the race, leaving the faster, but much less durable, hyper-softs for the top-ten shootout, which began with both Ferraris out eagerly. On their first runs, Vettel clocked 1:14.970, another record, before Hamilton went second, just 0.052 seconds adrift — until Verstappen blitzed to provisional pole in 1:14.785, nearly two-tenths clear. “That’s P1, Round One,” Red Bull told him before team chief Christian Horner warned they would “have to improve on that” to be sure. As they began to emerge for their final laps, Bottas was passed, on the run to Turn One, by Vettel while Hamilton delayed his out-lap — clear signs of the competitive tension between Ferrari and Mercedes. But it was the cool Ricciardo who improved and delivered. last_img read more