By Dialogo May 06, 2011 On 3 May, Colombian authorities announced the arrest of two alleged members of a criminal group suspected of kidnapping ten people the previous week in a vacation home in the Colombian department of Antioquia (in the northwestern part of the country), the Army reported. On 2 May, the Public Prosecutor’s Office had announced the arrest of another suspect in southern Medellín, the capital of Antioquia, bringing to three the number of individuals linked to the case who are in custody. The most recent arrests “took place in the Belén neighborhood of Medellín, as a result of intelligence work begun by soldiers from the Military Unified Action Group for Personal Liberty (Gaula) as soon as the kidnapping of the ten citizens took place and thanks to the timely report by relatives,” the Army indicated. On 24 April, an armed group arrived at a rural property in the municipality of Sopetrán, in northwestern Colombia, apparently looking for members of a criminal gang. When they did not find them, they carried off ten individuals who were there, no indication of whose whereabouts has yet been found. According to the Army, “a rifle, a submachine gun, four pistols, a fragmentation grenade, a silencer, nine ammunition clips, and ninety-six live rounds,” among other items, were seized during the arrest operation. Among those arrested was a female juvenile.
Story Highlights Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the business environment in Jamaica has improved significantly, with investors now more willing to take risks.The Prime Minister, who was addressing the grand opening of an itelbpo Smart Solutions facility in Freeport, St. James, on October 4, said he has been attending several similar opening and ground-breaking ceremonies in recent times.“I do this because it drives home the point that great things are happening in Jamaica. I am doing two or three per week.“It is amazing what is happening in Jamaica and it is showing the psychology of economics; confidence,” he said, noting that the Government is making it easier for persons to calculate “what the risk factors are, project what the future will be and where you can make wise investments”.The Prime Minister said the fact that persons are willing to take risks with their money puts the impetus on the Government to put the measures in place where they can be successful.“When the owners of capital take the risk and create employment, everyone should be appreciative and try to ensure that the capital is successful,” he stressed.The Prime Minister pointed out that the Government is working to create a sustainable cycle of economic growth and job creation.“We understand that this is the partnership that the Government must continue to nurture. We also want employees to know that they are a part of the risk and should value the fact that employment has been created to their benefit. It all works together in a nice partnership,” he said.For his part, itelbpo co-founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Yoni Epstein, said the company has “developed exponentially” since its inception in 2012.He informed that itelbpo has grown from a small business process outsourcing (BPO) operator with seven employees in Jamaica to a large global competitor with more than 1,000 employees in Montego Bay; Kingston; The Bahamas; and Tampa, Florida.Over the past five years, the company has serviced a range of clients across sectors such as hospitality, telecommunications, utilities, medical billing and transportation, he pointed out.Services include sales, booking, web chat, social media coordination and Google PPC management, quality assurance and payment services.Itelbpo Smart Solutions is Jamaica’s largest locally owned BPO and contact centre management firm.The function also marked the company’s fifth anniversary celebrations. He informed that itelbpo has grown from a small business process outsourcing (BPO) operator with seven employees in Jamaica to a large global competitor with more than 1,000 employees in Montego Bay; Kingston; The Bahamas; and Tampa, Florida. “It is amazing what is happening in Jamaica and it is showing the psychology of economics; confidence,” he said, noting that the Government is making it easier for persons to calculate “what the risk factors are, project what the future will be and where you can make wise investments”. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the business environment in Jamaica has improved significantly, with investors now more willing to take risks.
After a five year hiatus, the Black Eyed Peas have reunited to help communities in crisis via a transformation of their 2003 #1 breakthrough hit “Where’s The Love?” into “#WHERESTHELOVE”.Credited as The Black Eyed Peas Ft. The World, the song and accompanying video campaign calls for calm, asking citizens of the world to stop the hate and violence that has resulted in many lives lost in Baton Rouge, Baltimore, Ferguson, Orlando, St. Paul, Brussels, Paris, Istanbul, and sadly the list goes on.“The World” in The Black Eyed Peas Ft. The World features a wealth of talent joining will.i.am, apl.de.ap, Taboo and Fergie on “#WHERESTHELOVE” including performers Jamie Foxx, Ty Dolla $ign, Mary J. Blige, Diddy, Cassie, Andra Day, The Game, Tori Kelly, V. Boseman, Jessie J, French Montana, Justin Timberlake, DJ Khaled, Usher, Nicole Scherzinger, A$AP Rocky, Jaden Smith and a 40-member children’s choir.The campaign kicks off with the “#WHERESTHELOVE” music video available exclusively on Apple Music at AppleMusic.com/blackeyedpeas, and song available for download exclusively on iTunes at iTunes.com/blackeyedpeas. After the 24 hour iTunes exclusive global premiere period, the song will be going wide to all digital retailers. The Black Eyed Peas, Interscope Records and iTunes will donate all of their respective proceeds from the purchase of the song in the United States to i.am.angel foundation, a non-profit foundation that is transforming lives through education, inspiration and opportunity created by Black Eyed Peas front man will.i.am.In tandem with the launch of the campaign, the i.am.angel Foundation, and foundation education partner and leading geospatial company Esri revealed a Story Map that maps all U.S. neighborhoods and draws attention to those that are struggling due to low spending on education, high unemployment, high poverty and murder rates.Esri assembled maps using data from the Sentencing Project, the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Association of State Budget Officers, the U.S. Census Bureau, and Esri’s Living Atlas of the World. These maps provide context about communities in crisis, including those plagued by police killing unarmed civilians, civilians killing police officers, and civilians killing each other based upon hate and intolerance around race, gender and religious beliefs. Communities such as: Baltimore, Maryland; Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Ferguson, Missouri; St. Paul, Minnesota; New York City and Sanford/Orlando, Florida are included. The maps are available for any city, town or rural area in the U.S.“will.i.am, the Black Eyed Peas, and the i.am.angel Foundation are change agents for communities with the work they do focused on youth and advancing STEM education,” said Jack Dangermond, president of Esri.To learn more about the Black Eyed Peas call-to-action campaign and the importance of investing in education to break the cycle of poverty and violence, watch an ATTN: interview with Black Eyed Peas band members will.i.am, apl.de.ap and Taboo.“ATTN: is thrilled to be working with the Black Eyes Peas to highlight pressing social issues that warrant community activism. Together we will continue to share informative and empowering content on ATTN: to further the message of Where’s The Love?,” commented Matthew Segal, ATTN: Co-founder and Editor-in-Chief.The i.am.angel Foundation collaborates with organizations including College Track and FIRST Robotics to offer STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) focused educational programs for K-12 students in underserved communities, including Boyle Heights/East Los Angeles, and Ferguson, Missouri.The Black Eyed Peas wish to thank hundreds of concerned citizens who volunteered their time and talent to perform/appear within the video, write and perform the music, film and edit the music video and behind-the-scenes elements, create the community GIS mapping project, develop social media assets, and provide significant marketing, promotion, legal and non-profit advisory services.See www.wheresthelove.com for the full list of credits, volunteer contributors and officially aligned charities.