Colombia: Death of Guerrilla Sought by Panamanian Authorities Confirmed

first_imgBy Dialogo October 08, 2010 A FARC guerrilla charged in Panama with the mutilation of two border guards from that country was among those killed in a recent bombardment of their camp by the Colombian army, the Colombian police announced. “The individual in question is Jorge de Jesús Posada, alias ‘Ignacio,’ fourth-in-command of the FARC’s Front 57, sought by Panamanian authorities on charges of responsibility for laying a minefield that caused multiple mutilations to two members of the National Border Service,” the police indicated in a statement. Posada is one of five members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) who died Monday in a joint attack by the Colombian army and police on a guerrilla column near the border with Panama (in northwestern Colombia). According to the police, Posada was also responsible for directing the shipment of cocaine from Colombia to Panama through the dense jungle of the El Darién region and received money and arms shipments from the latter country to supply other rebel fronts. On 24 June, two patrol officers from the Panamanian National Border Service suffered mutilations to their legs after stepping on an anti-personnel mine laid by the rebels in an abandoned camp on Panamanian territory. The FARC, created in 1964 and believed to have around eight thousand current fighters, according to Defense Ministry estimates, has suffered in recent years under a harsh military offensive that has driven them back into the country’s most remote jungle regions.last_img read more

FinTech Stash launches mobile bank with stock-based rewards

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Stash, the FinTech aimed at simplifying how people save and invest, announced Tuesday (March 12) the launch of its mobile-first banking service that comes with a rewards program, enabling customers to invest as they spend.In a press release, the FinTech said its new rewards program, dubbed Stock-Back, enables users to earn fractional shares of stock automatically on qualified purchases by using their Stash debit card. That enables users to build a portfolio of investments that reflect where and how they are spending their money. They get the opportunity to invest in the companies they are interacting with on a regular basis.The new mobile-first banking service is in conjunction with Green Dot Corp. It includes a debit account with no overdraft or monthly maintenance fees, access to a network of free ATMs nationwide and direct deposit. The launch comes after Stash raised $65 million in a Series E round of fundraising, the company noted in the press release. Proceeds from that will go to grow the product and build brand awareness for it.last_img read more

Cesc Fabregas hails Arsenal ‘legend’ who unearthed Gabriel Martinelli and Hector Bellerin

first_img Comment Francis Cagigao has been crucial to Arsenal recruitment for years (Picture: Youtube/Real Federacion Espanola Futbol)Cesc Fabregas has labelled Arsenal scout Francis Cagigao a ‘legend’ after two of his discoveries scored in the Premier League draw with Chelsea on Tuesday night.Gabriel Martinelli and Hector Bellerin struck to rescue a point for the Gunners after they twice went behind having seen David Luiz sent off.The Brazilian and the Spaniard were both scouted by Cagigao, who has a long and impressive record of picking out youngsters that have gone on to perform for the Gunners.Cagigao was crucial to bringing Fabregas himself to north London, and the former Arsenal midfielder was delighted to see his work paying off again.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAfter Martinelli scored the first equaliser of the game at Stamford Bridge, Fabregas tweeted: ‘Francis Cagigao strikes again.Then after Bellerin netted a superb strike in the dying minutes to make the score 2-2, he added: ‘And Francis Cagigao strikes again and again. Legend.’And Francis Cagigao strikes again and again. Legend.— Cesc Fàbregas Soler (@cesc4official) January 21, 2020 Advertisement Cagigao is Head of International Scouting at Arsenal and has also been credited with the signings of Lauren, Santi Cazorla and Alexis Sanchez over an association with Arsenal which dates back to 1997 on the staff.He also started his career as a player with the Gunners in the 1980s, although never made a first team appearance for the club, before going on to play professionally in Spain.The 50-year-old has even been credited with almost securing the signature of a 15-year-old Lionel Messi, although that clearly never came to fruition.Conducting the majority of his work in Spain and South America, Cagigao has become a hugely respected figure in the game over the years and has attracted the interest of big European clubs himself, with Real Madrid previously credited with an interest in taking him away from Arsenal.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityOne Cagigao talent praised the other on Tuesday night, with Bellerin thoroughly impressed with Martinelli on and off the field since arriving in the summer from Ituano in Brazil.‘A lot of people talk about his talent, but what people don’t see is that Gabi is a professional,’ said Bellerin. ‘He turns up early every day. He does all the stuff and everything anyone asks him to do. He is the first player to press and the last player to leave everything on the pitch.‘The goals are just a plus. He helps us in every single way and the thing that everyone needs to praise him for his attitude. That is what makes him a player.‘I think he is obviously really young in his career – so many things can happen – but if he keeps his head where it is right now, he is going to go really far for sure.’MORE: Ian Wright says Shkodran Mustafi is ‘not good enough’ for Arsenal and aims swipe at Unai Emery after Chelsea drawMORE: Dani Ceballos drops Arsenal exit hint after Chelsea draw Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 22 Jan 2020 1:11 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link60Shares Cesc Fabregas hails Arsenal ‘legend’ who unearthed Gabriel Martinelli and Hector Bellerinlast_img read more

Dyfed Pension Fund picks Threadneedle for global mandate [amended]

first_imgDyfed Pension Fund (DPF) has awarded a £150m (€179m) global equity mandate to Threadneedle Investments, following a public tender.The mandate represents just under 9% of DPF’s £1.6bn portfolio.DPF said the mandate reflects a move away from a regionally focused equity portfolio towards a more global approach.It will be funded by reallocating some of DPF’s existing investments in UK and European equities into Threadneedle’s Global Equity Income strategy, managed by Stephen Thornber. Anthony Parnell, treasury and pension investments manager at Carmarthenshire County Council, which administers DPF, said: “Our fund works with only a small number of investment mangers, and this mandate is part of our strategy to take a more global approach to equity investing to deliver the best returns for our members.”Parnell added: “We liked Threadneedle’s global equity income approach and its emphasis on quality companies, and the characteristic of protection in falling markets, which this strategy aims to provide.“We were also impressed by their commitment to a high-quality client service delivery.”The strategy seeks investments in “quality income” companies that deliver a high and sustainable dividend, but also generate growth.Thornber has run the Global Equity Income Strategy since its inception in 2007.DPF’s adviser is independent investment adviser Eric Lambert, with Allenbridge Epic assisting in the search.last_img read more

Irish government approves key auto-enrolment provisions

first_imgThe Irish government has decided on and published key elements of the design of its new auto-enrolment defined contribution (DC) pension savings system scheduled to come onstream by 2022.Most of the elements are based on the proposals that were set out in the government’s “strawman” document published last year.This was followed by a wide-ranging public consultation process that included contributions from experts internationally, as well as economic analysis by Ireland’s Economic and Social Research Institute.  Regina Doherty, minister for employment affairs and social protection, said the decisions that had been taken by the government were underpinned by the principle that the system “first and foremost operates in the best interests of savers”.  She highlighted the ‘pot-follows-member’ design as a key feature of the auto-enrolment system.“This means that an employee’s pension contributions will be collected in the same pension ‘pot’ even when an employee changes employer, or if the employee has multiple employers,” she said. “This is one of the critical lessons that we learned from examining similar systems internationally.”Key provisions include:* Automatic enrolment to apply to all those in employment between 23 and 60 and earning at least €20,000 per annum and not in an equivalent employer’s scheme;* Opt-in for employees under 23 or over 60, or earning under €20,000 p.a.;* Contributions are compulsory for the first six months of membership, followed by a two-month opt-out period and some limited savings suspension periods;* Employers have to make a matching (but tax-deductible) contribution at a specified rate, with a qualifying earnings ceiling of €75,000;* Minimum contributions start at 1.5% of salary, increasing by 1.5 percentage points every three years to a maximum of 6% at the start of Year 10;* The state will set up a Central Processing Authority (CPA) to approve providers and collect and distribute contributions;* Employees to choose their provider (if not, the CPA will do so), achieving a “pot follows member” approach;* Providers must offer a limited number of standard investment choices, including a default;* Providers’ charges for administration and investment capped at 0.5%.The government is sticking to 2022 as the start date for auto-enrolment, in spite of failing to meet most of its interim deadlines by the start of 2019.Timeline questionedJerry Moriarty, chief executive, Irish Association of Pension Funds (IAPF), said: “Experience elsewhere shows auto-enrolment is effective in increasing coverage. The targeted contribution rates go some way towards achieving a reasonable level of adequacy.”However, he added: “It is good that it is moving on, but 2022 still seems ambitious, particularly with some key decisions to be made.”He said one of these decisions is the nature of the state contribution: “Strawman suggested a direct contribution, but it might be done by tax relief.”Another of his reservations was that the operation of the CPA is still “somewhat unclear”.Moriarty said: “Putting the CPA in place is the first key step as they will be approving providers, setting the criteria for providers and will also need the infrastructure to collect contributions. That will be challenging in order to have the first employees enrolled in 2022.”Meanwhile, the exemption from providing auto-enrolment for members of an existing scheme which meets prescribed minimum standards and contribution levels will be key for pension schemes, he warned.Moriarty said: “The issue for existing schemes will be what those prescribed minimum standards will be, and many schemes may need to increase their contribution levels.”Furthermore, he observed: “There is still detail required on who is covered, such as when and how often that is determined. It has the potential to be reasonably complex, particularly with issues like suspensions.”last_img read more

Minister D’Ambrosio Presents Marine and Coastal Bill 2017

first_imgMinister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Lily D’Ambrosio, today introduced the Marine and Coastal Bill 2017 – a new legislation to provide a better future for Victoria’s coastal and marine environments.The bill has been developed in close consultation with communities and organisations working to look after marine and coastal areas, as well as the guidance of a panel of experts, chaired by Associate Professor, Geoff Wescott.“Victoria’s marine and coastal environment is under pressure from the long-term challenges of climate change and population growth. Infrastructure along the coast is also ageing, which makes it harder to take action on the ground,” according to the minister’s official release.“Providing a better future for Victoria’s coastal and marine environments is our priority and putting strong, effective legislation in place is critical to get this done,” said D’Ambrosio.“This is about providing a simpler, more integrated approach to planning and managing the marine and coastal environment – to address the key challenges for the next 20 years and beyond.”The Marine and Coastal Bill 2017 – together with a range of complementary reforms and actions in the proposed Transition Plan – is part of the Government’s 2014 election commitments outlined in ‘Our Environment, Our Future’.last_img read more

Drug dog for high school

first_imgScene 25 October 2019Family First Comment: Acting in the best interests of the welfare of all!“Wakatipu High’s got zero tolerance for students possessing, using or supplying illegal drugs, either at the school or when representing the school, even while allowing that drugs are a reality in the Queenstown community… Certainly, feedback from parents is positive – people are happy about the board’s position and they’re happy that we’re doing things.”A drug-sniffing dog’s about to go through Wakatipu High after several students were recently suspended for smoking cannabis.Principal Steve Hall announced the move in the school’s newsletter last Friday, saying it’s a first for Wakatipu High, though not uncommon in other schools.Hall’s message was accompanied by a strongly-worded letter to parents and students by board of trustees (BOT) chairman Charlie Phillips, on behalf of the board.Phillips makes it clear that Wakatipu High’s got zero tolerance for students possessing, using or supplying illegal drugs, either at the school or when representing the school, even while allowing that drugs are a reality in the Queenstown community.“If students make bad personal choices, they will face consequences that will jeopardise their future at [Wakatipu High].“This is underpinned by the fundamental right for students and teachers to feel safe at school.”READ MORE: up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

John Gray, 67, Cincinnati

first_imgJohn C. Gray, 67, of Cincinnati, passed away at 6:15am, Saturday, April 21, 2018 at Mercy Anderson Hospital in Cincinnati. He was born near Olean on September 17, 1950 the son of Gilbert and Evelyn Lane Gray. Survivors include one son Glen Edward Gray of Versailles; Three brothers Glen Gray of Milan, Robert (Linda) Gray of Versailles, and Ronald (Linda) Gray of Farmers Retreat; three sisters Wanda Gray of Versailles, Janice (Wayne) Linkmeyer of Cross Plains, and Hope Gray of Olean. He was preceded in death by his parents, and his brothers Gary Gray and Gene Gray. Mr. Gray was a 1968 graduate of South Ripley High School and studied diesel mechanics at the Southeastern Career Center. He was a former resident of Olean and Vevay and was a former bus driver for the Switzerland County Schools. He had also worked with his brother Gary in the excavation business. John was a member of the Bear Creek Baptist Church in Friendship. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, April 25th at 11am at the Bear Creek Baptist Church in Friendship with Rev. Sherman Hughes officiating. Burial will be in the Cliff Hill Cemetery in Versailles. Visitation will be on Tuesday from 5pm to 7pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles and from 10am until time of services Wednesday at the church. Memorials may be given to the Bear Creek Baptist Church or the Cliff Hill Cemetery in care of the funeral home.last_img read more

Wenger proud of Gunners achievement

first_img Negotiations over the deal were lengthy and, although Wenger is adamant he always wanted to sign, he would not be drawn on whether victory in the cup final played a part in his decision. “I don’t want to answer that question,” he replied when asked if there would have been doubt over his future without the trophy win. “Was it always going to happen? Certainly. I always said the same thing, I want to think that I have done well for the club. My motivation was never at stake, I always wanted to stay. “But as well I wanted to feel that I had done a good job. The fact that we could not win was going on my mind and it was important for me to feel like I was doing a decent job. “I never look behind me at what is done. I look in front of me. I’m always turned forward. We have won the cup but we want to win more and we want to come back and fight for more, what is done is done.” A fourth Premier League crown would be Wenger’s ideal target for this coming season, with another assault on the Champions League also in his mind. With the extra money now at his disposal, he believes things are more even in Arsenal’s fights with the elite. “I would say that the balance of power is a bit more even than it was five or six years ago,” added Wenger. “With the financial fair play added to the fact we have more financial power than five years ago it gives us a better chance. “The last two seasons it has changed because we had the financial power to do it, the seasons before we could not and I was sitting here saying where do we go next, but we managed to get into a better position.” Press Association In the intervening years after leaving Highbury, Wenger still managed to guide Arsenal to top-four finishes in every season and finally ended his trophy jinx with a 3-2 win over Hull in May. With the purse strings also loosened as the loans taken out to build their new home were repaid, Wenger has finally been able to flex his muscles in the transfer market – breaking the club’s transfer record last year to sign Mesut Ozil and acquiring Chile forward Alexis Sanchez this simmer. But it was those years of battling against free-spending sides like Chelsea and Manchester City, as well as rivals such as Manchester United and Liverpool, which Wenger admits he may remember more fondly in the years to come. “I accepted the challenge when I signed my contract knowing what would happen,” he said. “Personally, I think it was the most sensitive and important period of my career here – it was exciting to keep the club at the level with less resources. “Did we do well or not? The only thing I can say is that we were consistent at that level but maybe we lacked some quality to really win it. “The only thing I can assure you is that I gave absolutely everything to do as well as I could. Is it enough? You’ll never know. Could someone have done better? You never know.” With the FA Cup success behind him, Wenger penned another contract extension at the club, with the new three-year deal taking him up until 2017. Arsene Wenger believes keeping Arsenal competitive in their barren years has been the most important achievement of his reign. Winning last season’s FA Cup final gave the Gunners their first piece of silverware in nine years, a trophy drought which had seen some question whether the 64-year-old Frenchman was still the right man to take the club forward. Having delivered three Premier League titles since taking charge in 1996, Wenger has also overseen a move to the Emirates Stadium – a decision which left the club unable to compete financially with other title rivals for almost a decade. last_img read more

Warner pulls out of Hundred, ECB delays season start

first_imgDAVID Warner has cited a scheduling clash and family time as the reasons behind his decision to withdraw from the inaugural edition of The Hundred in the UK later this year.The tournament is due to run from July 17 to August 15, though with the England and Wales Cricket Board’s decision on Friday to delay the beginning of its domestic season until May 28 at the earliest due to the coronavirus pandemic, there could well be knock-on effects for The Hundred.Warner’s withdrawal from the tournament is unrelated to COVID-19; has been shown an email exchange between the 33-year-old’s management and The Hundred organisers from early this month regarding his decision to pull out.“I was excited to participate in The Hundred’s inaugural season with the Southern Braves, though with the latest updates to the Cricket Australia schedule in the middle part of 2020, and due to the exceptionally busy cricketing programme over the last 12 months, I have decided to put my family first and spend this time of the year with them,” Warner said in a statement that was prepared prior to the coronavirus being declared a pandemic.Warner will instead make himself available for Australia’s currently unscheduled home limited-overs series with Zimbabwe, set for August. The move represents a turnaround on his stance in January, when his manager James Erskine said Warner would be prioritising The Hundred ahead of the international series given no dates for the Zimbabwe series had been set and a commitment to the UK-based tournament had already been made.The ECB’s decision to delay the beginning of their home summer came two days after it suspended all recreational cricket. The County Championship was due to start on April 12 and the T20 Blast is to start on May 29 but the ECB said work has begun on possible revised schedules to begin in June, July or August.The opening England international of the season is on June 4 against West Indies at The Oval, the first of three Tests.Australia are scheduled to arrive for three T20 and three ODI matches against England from July 3.The governing body approved a seven-week delay to the start of the 2020 season following discussions with the first-class counties, the MCC and the Professional Cricketers’ Association.“The decision to delay the start of the season has been essential, given the circumstances the nation faces,” ECB chief executive Tom Harrison said.Warner is the first marquee player to withdraw from The Hundred, with Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Aaron Finch, Adam Zampa, Dan Christian, Glenn Maxwell, D’Arcy Short, Chris Lynn, and Nathan Coulter-Nile the other Australians signed on to be involved. (AAP)last_img read more