Brother of Colombias former President Álvaro Uribe arrested for homicide

first_imgRelated posts:Colombia is again the world’s top coca producer. Why that’s a blow to the US Colombia suspends peace talks with FARC after general kidnapped Colombia’s ‘discriminatory’ military draft under discussion as peace deal comes closer Mafia profits tempt Colombia’s Marxist rebels as peace nears A Bluradio handout photo shows Santiago Uribe, brother of Colombia’s former president and current senator Álvaro Uribe, on Feb. 29, 2016 following his arrest on suspicion of homicide and links to ultra-conservative militia. AFP/BluradioBOGOTÁ, Colombia – A brother of Colombia’s former President Álvaro Uribe has been arrested on suspicion of homicide and links to ultra-conservative militia, authorities said Monday.A younger brother of the ex-president who is now a senator, Santiago Uribe — a rancher — was arrested in the El Poblado area of Medellín, capital of Antioquia department, a source in the prosecutors’ office said.He will be tried on charges of aggravated homicide and conspiracy to commit crimes linked to the paramilitary group “The Twelve Apostles,” the source added.The group has been blamed for many killings over the years in eastern Antioquia, and the younger Uribe has been investigated in the past.Prosecutors say that during decades of civil war, the paramilitaries engaged in what they called “social cleansing,” killing — at times with police knowledge or support — people they believed had ties to leftist guerrillas.Álvaro Uribe was president from 2002-2010.The news about his brother comes as negotiators were closing in on a March 23 deadline to sign a peace deal that could bring an end to Latin America’s last armed conflict.But lingering disagreements over disarmament and other points risk delaying the accord.The conflict has killed 260,000 people and displaced 6.6 million, according to the United Nations. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Say you say me using tú vos and usted

first_imgRelated posts:El dilema of gender confusion in Spanish Who’s on first? Misadventures in language-land The amazing true story of ‘tuanis’ and ‘brete’ – words to be thankful for The real secret of the world’s happiest country: grapes and MacGyver Back in the days when many people outside of Latin America thought that all the region had to offer was tacos, Chiquita Banana, and Desi Arnaz, Spanish students learned there were four ways to say “you”: the singular and plural informal forms,tú and vosotros, normally used when speaking to close friends, relatives, children, and animals; and the singular and plural formal forms, usted and ustedes, used to express respect. These were the only forms students learned, and al diablo with the barbarians south of the border.Nowadays, attitudes have changed, and in any given Spanish class, the Latin American forms are the norm.Why all this confusion over what, to us (at least, nowadays), is just one simple word? Let’s look a bit at the history of “you” in Spanish.Tú is a direct descendent of the Latin singular informal form tu, and up until the middle ages, the Latin plural form vos was the only word for the plural “you.” Then it came to be used in a formal singular sense as well. Therefore, to distinguish between something like “you, respected person” and the plural “you,” the Spaniards added otros (others) to vos, rendering vosotros, “you others” – much like the southern “you all” or our ubiquitous “you guys.”At this point, then, there existed three forms of “you” in Spanish: tú (singular informal), vos (singular formal) and vosotros (a general plural).In 16th-century Spain, matters became further complicated. In place of vos, there came into being an even more polite form of address, vuestra merced(your mercy), used with the third person of the verb, much as we might say, “How is his majesty today?” or “Does your honor wish to speak?”Over time, this form became usted and the plural form became ustedes.With this new polite form, vos, the former polite singular, lost prestige and became yet another informal singular form, while vosotros stayed on as the informal plural.Over more time, Spaniards stopped using the redundant vos, and stuck with tú. Thus, Castilian, or standard Spanish, ended up with four forms: tú, vosotros, usted and ustedes.Tú and vosotros use their own second person verb forms, while usted and ustedes share the third-person forms with “he,”“she” and “they.”Since all of Spanish-speaking America uses ustedes for both the familiar plural and the polite plural, Spanish teachers and grammar books now teach and practice in the classroom that there are three forms of “you” in Spanish: tú, usted and ustedes. They add as a side note, of course, that vosotros exists in Spain.Well and good, we’re back to three forms. If you recently took a Spanish course back home and you’re in Costa Rica now, you should be on target, right? Wrong. As it turns out, Spanish courses are targeted at Mexican Spanish, and we have a couple of hitches in the words for “you” in Costa Rica.In the first place, Ticos don’t generally use the tú form at all among themselves, but will often use it with foreign friends because they expect it.So what do they use with their friends and family? The answer to that question depends on the Tico to whom you put the question.Everybody, of course, uses ustedes for the plural “you.” The singular is another matter. Many simply use usted all the time, while others use usted or vos.This brings us to the second hitch: some use two forms of the singular “you,” depending on whom they are addressing: usted and vos.Moreover, Costa Rica is not the only country to use vos. Much of Central America, parts of Colombia and most notably Argentina, among others, also use it.Mexico and Peru, however, do not.Why is this? And what exactly is the vos form, anyway? I’ll explain all this in a future column. Meanwhile, I suggest you stick with the old, reliable usted until you get a handle on this thing.The original version of this piece was published on September 9, 2007. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the enewsletterClick the cover to view the e-brochureAPT has launched its 2020 Europe brochure offering some incredible Superdeal savings. Clients booking before 30 November 2019 can take advantage of Superdeals including a Fly Free promotion. This deal is available on select itineraries across 2020 departures and suite categories. Selected holidays that include a river cruise of 14 nights or more in select suite categories, also offer a Fly Business Class for $3,995 per person deal.Other Superdeals include Companion Fly Free, Air Credits and No Solo Supplements on select itineraries.On an APT River Cruise, there’s nothing like the ease of unpacking just once and awaking to a new exciting destination each day. Classic Journeys are all about the must-see sights by land and rail while staying in the finest hotels, châteaux and resorts. Meanwhile, on the road less travelled, Small Group Journeys offer a more in-depth and intimate exploration.Spanning from Portugal to Russia, the new APT Europe brochure has something for every traveller. While all of the popular, best-selling itineraries are on offer again in 2020, an exciting range of new discoveries await.THE BEST-SELLER: Magnificent Europe Luxury River CruiseEmbark on APT’s flagship 15-day Magnificent Europe river cruise between Amsterdam and Budapest, starting at the special price of $7,095 per person, twin share (for bookings before 30 November 2019). Experience one of APT’s own Concerto River Ships, the only fleet in Europe to boast APT’s custom-designed Twin Balcony Suites, which allow guests to enjoy the passing views from both inside and out.APT’s Signature Experiences include a visit to Namedy Castle, a cocktail reception and concert at Vienna’s City Palace and the Grand Empress steam train. Book before 30 November 2019 to take advantage of Fly Free and Fly Business Class for $3,995 per person Superdeals as mentioned.NEW: Western Front ExplorerDelve into World War I history as you explore the battlefields, shrines and memorials that are found along the Western Front. Explore Ghent, Antwerp and Bruges, teeming with medieval and classical wonders. You’ll also explore The Netherlands, where cuisine, culture and art take centre stage.NEW: Grand Voyage of EuropeThis is APT’s most in-depth journey on Europe’s waterways. The Balkans offer dramatic gorges, cobblestone streets, historic vineyards and medieval towns. Glide along the Danube, where Budapest and Vienna shine, before continuing along the Main and Rhine to Amsterdam.NEW: Majestic DanubeSee the best of the sights on the Danube river on APT’s newest river ship, the MS AmaMagna. Features include some of the largest suites in river cruising with full outside balconies, multiple dining venues, heated pool, Zen Wellness Studio, intimate Sundowner vessel and leisure platform.NEW: Best of Portugal & FranceThree rivers in one journey. Absorb Lisbon’s ancient ruins and mountains, before cruising the Douro River. Cross into Spain with a stay in Madrid, then fly to France where you’ll taste gourmet delights along the Rhône and uncover a world of history and art on the banks of the Seine.NEW: Captivating Cornwall & CotswoldsOn this Small Group Journey, you will be treated to the authentic Cotswolds village experience, as well as admire the seascapes of Cornwall and savouring lunch at Rick Stein’s Café.NEW: A Swiss FairytaleIf your ideal fairytale involves horse-drawn carriage rides, wine tastings and plunging into the world’s best alpine landscapes, then this is the journey for you. See Switzerland spring to life on this intimate discovery, where you’re so close to nature that even one of your stays is literally on a lake.NEW: Secrets of The BalticsDiscover the hidden gems of the Baltics, including Mazmežotne, the islands of Muhu and Saaremaa, as well as unique wildlife. Also not to be missed are the gourmet delights served in Riga and a cooking class in Trakai.More at back to the enewsletterlast_img read more