The identity of ‘Caliche’, whose real name is Leónidas Zambrano Cardozo, was confirmed a few hours after he died in combat in a rural area of Nariño department, on the border with Ecuador. Minister of Defense Juan Carlos Pinzón, said in a press conference that ‘Caliche’ was part of the FARC’s joint staff, of which he was member for 30 years. On May 8, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos praised the country’s Army for killing a leader of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), which is currently in peace talks with the Colombian government in Cuba. By Dialogo May 10, 2013 Santos also said that ‘Caliche’ was in charge of the FARC’s ‘Jacobo Arenas’ mobile column, to which he attributed responsibility for attacks in Cauca department, one of the most affected areas in the country by the armed actions of the guerrillas. Peace negotiations have been ongoing since last November in Havana, without declaring a ceasefire due to Santos’ decision, who believes it would give the FARC a strategic advantage at the peace talks. “He had nine arrest warrants. He was responsible for terrorist attacks, killings, and kidnappings,” the minister said, and added that the leader’s death was “a huge blow” against the FARC. “Congratulations to our Army, our Public Force,” Santos said during a public presentation in the city of Armenia (300 km west of Bogotá) after receiving confirmation that aka ‘Caliche’ was killed on May 4, along with six other FARC members.
Norwegian oil company Equinor has received consent from the Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) for exploration drilling in the North Sea with the Transocean Spitsbergen rig. Transocean Spitsbergen; Photo by Kenneth Engelsvold; Source EquinorThe safety agency said on Wednesday it had given Equinor consent to drill exploration well 16/5-7 in production license 502, which is located in the North Sea offshore Norway.The well 16/5-7 is to be drilled north-west of the Utsira High in the North Sea, south-west of Johan Sverdrup and north-east of Sleipner.Water depth at the location is around 105 meters. Drilling is scheduled to begin in mid-May 2019 and is estimated to last for 28 days.The well will be drilled by Transocean Spitsbergen, which is a semi-submersible drilling rig of the Aker H-6e type, operated by Transocean Norway Operations.Transocean Spitsbergen received Acknowledgement of Compliance (AoC) from the PSA in 2012.
HAVANA – A powerful magnitude 7.7 earthquakestruck in the Caribbean Sea between Jamaica and eastern Cuba on Tuesday,shaking a vast area from Mexico to Florida and beyond, but there were noreports of casualties or heavy damage. Dr. Enrique Arango Arias, head of Cuba’sNational Seismological Service, told state media that there had been no seriousdamage or injuries reported on the island. (AP) The quake was centered 139 kilometers(86 miles) northwest of Montego Bay, Jamaica, and 140 kilometers (87 miles)west-southwest of Niquero, Cuba, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Ithit at 2:10 p.m. (1910 GMT) and the epicenter was a relatively shallow 10kilometers (6 miles) beneath the surface. A sinkhole is surrounded by police tape after it appeared when a powerful magnitude 7.7 earthquake struck in the Caribbean Sea between Jamaica and eastern Cuba, at Public Beach on West Bay, Grand Cayman on Jan. 28, 2020. AP