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Colombia warlord’s son tapped to lead victims’ program, sparking outrage

Colombia warlord’s son tapped to lead victims’ program, sparking outrage

World
May 21 (UPI) -- The Colombian government this week named the son of one of the country's most notorious warlords to run a program meant for victims of its long-running civil war. Survivors and victims' rights groups expressed outrage with the selection of Jorge Rodrigo Tovar to operate the program run out of the interior ministry created to compensate victims. Tovar's father, Rodrigo Tovar, known as Jorge 40, has been accused of nearly 400 massacres. Tovar, leader of the Northern Bloc of the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (AUC), was blamed for the torture and dismemberment of 60 peasant farmers in 2000 among other crimes. He was extradited to the United States in 2008 and is serving a 16-year sentence for drug trafficking. "It's not just because he's Jorge 40's son," Colombia Sen...
How falling behind on a payday loan can lead to an arrest warrant

How falling behind on a payday loan can lead to an arrest warrant

Finance
Payday Loan Store (Photo by Interim Archives/Getty Images)Interim ArchivesYou'll find the words in Utah's constitution: "No imprisonment for debt."And yet more than 3,000 people in the state were served arrest warrants arising from an unpaid loan between September 2017 and September 2018, according to a new report on payday loans by the Consumer Federation of America."People are definitely going to jail," said Christopher Peterson, director of financial services at the CFA.Each year, 12 million Americans use short-term, high-interest rate "payday" loans. Nearly three-quarters of the borrowers have a household income below $ 40,000, and almost 10% are retired.Interest rates on storefront payday loans are, on average, almost 400%. Many people find themselves in "debt-traps," borrowing payday...
Transfer window closes: Jarrod Bowen and Odion Ighalo lead done deals on deadline day

Transfer window closes: Jarrod Bowen and Odion Ighalo lead done deals on deadline day

Sports
West Ham's late capture of Hull City forward Jarrod Bowen for an initial £18m was the only big-money move of the lowest-spending Premier League January transfer deadline day since 2010.Premier League clubs spent £230m in the month, the second highest total ever.But only £25m of that was spent on deadline day. Odion Ighalo's move from Shanghai Shenhua to Manchester United dominated headlines, but was a loan deal - like five of the 11 top-flight signings.The £1.6bn spent this season, including the summer window, is the second highest behind 2017-18's £1.9bn, according to figures from Deloitte.The deadline closed for English clubs at 23:00 GMT on Friday, with Scotland's one hour later.
Sir David Attenborough says fixed-term parliaments lead to lack of climate focus

Sir David Attenborough says fixed-term parliaments lead to lack of climate focus

Science
The UK's fixed-term parliaments could see politicians failing to prioritise climate change, veteran naturalist Sir David Attenborough has suggested.He told the first citizens' assembly on climate having a five-year government leads to a lack of long-term planning.The 110-strong assembly in Birmingham will meet over four weekends to examine options for how the UK can meet its greenhouse gas emission targets.Sir David said he was "extremely grateful" to those taking part.It is hoped their recommendations - to be published in April - will help inform Parliament and the government on policies to reach net zero emissions.Sir David said one of the problems with Parliament having a fixed length of five years is that the effects of climate change may only be felt...
Lewis Capaldi and Dave lead Brit Award nominations

Lewis Capaldi and Dave lead Brit Award nominations

Entertainment
It'll be a battle between ballads and bangers at this year's Brit Awards, with Lewis Capaldi and Dave pitched against each other in four categories. The Scottish torch singer and the Streatham-born rapper are both up for best male, best newcomer, best single and album of the year at the ceremony, which takes place in London next month.Stormzy and Mabel are the second most-nominated artists, with three apiece.But Ed Sheeran is largely frozen out, receiving just a single nomination.The six-time Brit Award winner had one of last year's most successful albums - the star-studded No. 6 Collaborations Project, which spent five weeks at number one, and selling 568,000 copies.However, he is locked out of the best male and best album categ...