The Colombian volcano Nevado del Ruiz erupts

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, warned of the situation on the social network Twitter

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The volcano Nevado del Ruiz, in west-central Colombia recorded today, “an eruptive event” at 1740 hours local (2240 GMT), Volcanological and Seismological Observatory of Manizales (OVSM).

A special bulletin of the scientific center that holds permanent watch on the volcano’s activity, ordered the change of alert in the Andean summit of “orange” to “red”, which is to say “imminent eruption or in progress.”

It also recommended that the authorities and the community “continue attentive to any changes present in the activity” of the volcano.

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, warned of the situation on the social network Twitter.

“The volcano Nevado del Ruiz erupted. Please follow all planned contingency plans,” Santos wrote. No authority has reported damage in the areas influence of the volcano.”

The OSVM informed of the situation to the governors and Luis Piedrahita Gudio Echeverry Carlos Delgado, the departments of Caldas and Tolima, respectively, the heads of the zones of influence. scientific authorities themselves had changed the status of the alert “orange” to “yellow” on 29 May after the seismic changes, instability and fall of volcanic ash from the summit.

In November 1985 a score of Caldas and Tolima stocks were hard hit after an eruption from the crater Arenas causing a thaw and a flood that killed about 23,000 of the 25,000 inhabitants of the town of Armero. The volcano Nevado del Ruiz, at an altitude of 5,364 meters above sea level, is part of the so called Nevados Natural Park Andean Central Cordillera of Colombia.

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US allocates more money to Colombia and Mexico to fight anti-crime

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US allocates more money to Colombia and Mexico to fight anti-crime!

USAID spends about $ 180 million to that country and between 50 to 60 million dollars to Peru, Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala

MIAMI, Feb. 8. – Latin America and the Caribbean received U.S. assistance for more than one billion dollars annually for programs in various sectors and Haiti is a priority in the region following the devastation caused by the earthquake of January 12, 2010 , said a U.S. official.

The administrator for Latin America and the Caribbean of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Mark Feierstein said in Miami that after the Caribbean country, Colombia, Mexico, Central America and Peru are on the list of priorities of the agency.

The agency provides assistance in education, agriculture, security, judicial, health and the strengthening of democratic institutions, among other areas.

“The priority is Haiti in terms of budget, the biggest budget we have. We have implemented a major program and Congress approved additional funds,” said Feierstein.

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The U.S. government has sent to the Caribbean nation nearly $2 billion 200 million is USAID about a $1.3 billion dollars since 2010 to present, according to figures from the government agency.

Haiti was hit by a powerful earthquake of 7 degrees on the Richter scale that killed 300 000 people, many injured and 1.2 million homeless.

Property damage was estimated at 7.9 Billion$ and reconstruction costs about 11.5 Billion $, according to data from the Haitian government.

“We are very” happy “with the progress being made in Haiti, said Feierstein to mention that the number of people living in tents down from 1.5 million to 500 thousand, but considered that this figure is still” too high. “

“In the area of ​​agricultural production, where USAID has been working with farmers, we could double or even triple the production in the last two years,” the official said.

Showed much enthusiasm for an industrial park to open in northern Haiti soon and is expected to be the largest private employer in the Caribbean country with the generation of about 65 000 jobs.

This is a joint project of the United States, the Haitian Government and the InterAmerican Development Bank (IDB), said.

With regard to Colombia and Mexico said that USAID provides assistance in security issues.

In Mexico, he said, the battle being waged against drug trafficking, while highlighting the efforts of Colombia to strengthen their security gains.

“These issues now have become priorities for USAID. And the reason for this is twofold: one, because the impact may be great potential for the United States when there is instability by criminal violence. But also because to consolidate gains in the development is essential to address the issue of security, “he said.

USAID spends about $ 180 million in Colombia and from 50 to 60 million dollars in Peru, Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala.

A very important sector for the agency is related to democracy and therefore implements programs to strengthen institutions in almost all countries of the region.

In the case of Venezuela are allocated five million dollars in technical assistance to “promote and protect democracy and human rights.”

Feierstein also stressed that Latin America, compared to other developing regions, “has evolved much more economically and politically is more advanced,” and the matter said: “As a result, programs that one usually associate more with USAID are much less common in Latin America.”

In fact, the agency plans to close its office in Panama this year “in recognition of the progress we (the country) has had on economic and political terms in the last 20 years.”

“We’re 20 years devoting $ 400 million to Panama and now will drop to zero,” he added.

Angie Sanclemente Valencia (beauty Queen) expresses remorse: Drug Trafficking!

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From her very humble beginnings in Barranquilla, Colombia, she rose to be one of her country’s most coveted beauty queens. At 21, Angie Sanclemente Valencia was crowned as Colombia‘s “Queen of Coffee.”

It was 2000 and the beginning of a career that would propel Sanclemente into the world of her dreams as an internationally acclaimed model. After winning the Colombian pageant, she quickly found work as a lingerie model in Mexico and other countries. She also started training as an actress and took theater lessons.

But Sanclemente’s career came to a screeching halt in May of 2010 when she was arrested in Argentina and charged with drug trafficking.

Interpol had issued an arrest warrant against her in December of the previous year after she was connected to a 21-year-old woman who was arrested just before she was to board a flight to Cancun, Mexico, from Buenos Aires carrying 55 kilograms of cocaine (120 pounds). The fallen beauty was on the run for five months, hiding in Argentina.

While on the run, Sanclemente continued to update her Facebook page. In a Facebook message to CNN in 2010, she denied any involvement in the case, writing, “I’m very sad and hurt by the bad information. I don’t know how the press can destroy an innocent person.”

After being convicted in early November, Sanclemente is speaking from prison for the first time. It’s quite a change from the life of glamor she lived before her arrest.

“I have been here [in prison] one year and seven months. I’m innocent of all of the accusations. It was all a big misunderstanding,” Sanclemente said.

Her 2010 arrest was an international scandal and her Interpol mugshot made headlines around the world. The former queen of coffee became known as “the queen of cocaine.” Four men and two other women were also arrested in connection with the case.

Argentinian authorities charged her with leading a ring of fashion models to smuggle cocaine from South America and into Europe, via Cancun. She says her Argentinian boyfriend and his uncle, who are also in prison, were indeed involved in drug trafficking, but not her.

“It may sound ridiculous and incredible, but I’m innocent of this farce they invented. My boyfriend made a mistake, and I’m paying the consequences. But I love him and I love him because he loves me just the way I am. I never found in anybody else what I found in him,” Sanclemente said.

Now 32 and sentenced to six years and eight months behind bars, the promising career she once had seems like a vanished dream. Nicolas Gualco, her boyfriend, and Daniel Monroy, Gualco’s uncle, have also received the same sentence.

Moving to Argentina from Mexico, Sanclemente says in retrospect, was a big mistake. “I regret having taken the flight to Argentina, to be honest with you.”

Sanclemente had expressed regret once before about making the wrong choices. She was dethroned as Colombia’s queen of coffee for breaking the rules by having been married. Reports say that she was once married to a Mexican drug trafficker, but she’s always denied that was the case.

In an interview shortly after being dethroned, she spoke about the consequences of not listening to the woman who raised her as single mother. “I’m very capricious and a lot of [bad] things have happened to me for not listening to my mother,” Sanclemente says. Her words now seem prophetic

Anti-drug police found 24 laboratories in four regions of Colombia

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Colombia anti-drug police found and destroyed 24 laboratories of cocaine base during a raid in four regions, reported today in Bogota responsible for that force.

The plants had a combined capacity of about 500 kilos of pasta per month, calculated the head of the Anti-Narcotics Division (Diran) of the National Police, General Luis Alberto Perez in an appearance before the press.

The officer said that the labs were found in rural areas of the departments of Antioquia (northwest), Bolivar (north) and Cordoba (north).

Seven of them belonged to The Urabeños, paramilitary band of origin, ten to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the other seven to the guerrillas and the Army of National Liberation (ELN), said Perez.

The police chief said drugs were found in the laboratory more than 3.43 tons of coca leaves and 201 kilos of cocaine base, as well as chemicals used in drug production.

The raid, dubbed Operation 96 Phase VI and carried out with the support of the Colombian Air Force (FAC) and the Attorney General, also included the bombing of a clandestine landing strips in San Benito Abad, a village of the Caribbean department of Sucre