Colombia Neutralizes FARC Dissident

first_imgBy Yolima Dussán/Diálogo March 06, 2019 The Colombian Air Force (FAC, in Spanish) neutralized Édgar Salgado, alias Rodrigo Cadete, in an operation in Caquetá department, southeast Colombia. The combined operation to neutralize the former FARC member, leader of a Residual Organized Armed Group (GAOR, in Spanish), culminated on February 2. “This operation sends a clear message to the country: This government is committed to supporting everyone who really wants to make a transition or reintegrate based on the principles of truth, justice, reparation, and no repetition,” Colombian President Iván Duque told the press. “We will be forceful, relentless, and with all the offensive, dissuasive, and punishing capabilities of our institutions.” On January 26, Colombian National Police intelligence personnel located the GAOR camp where alias Cadete had arrived with 20 men. An operation was immediately drawn up under the Special Operations Joint Command in the rural area of San Vicente del Caguán, where the dissident leadership was to hold a meeting. About 250 members of the Special Forces Brigade took part in the operation supported by FAC and the Colombian Marine Corps. After days of intelligence flights to ensure that no civilians were in the area, authorities defined the exact coordinates for the operation. Precision projectiles hit the camp. Ground combat enabled troops to detain 14 people and seize war materiel, computers, and satellite phones. Alias Cadete was one of 14 rebels neutralized. Criminal record The terrorist’s neutralization, a high-value military target, is a hard blow against GAORs led by former FARC member Miguel Botache alias Gentil Duarte, commander of dissident groups in that part of the country. “Cadete was second in command. That’s why this is the toughest blow against dissidents,” said Colombian Minister of Defense Guillermo Botero. “We will keep up operations, because security forces surrounded another part of the group that accompanied alias Cadete. The criminals intended to create a route to Venezuela that would give them an outlet to the Pacific Ocean to operate freely.” Interpol had issued a Blue Notice on Cadete—meant to “locate, identify, or obtain information about a person of interest in a criminal investigation”—with an arrest warrant for criminal conspiracy and terrorism. Within FARC, he rose to commander of the Southern Bloc, the group responsible for attacks and kidnappings in many parts of the country. “In August 1998, Cadete took part in an attack against Miraflores, Guaviare, leaving 35 military service members dead, 25 injured, and dozens of people missing,” Botero said. Three months later, in November, he coordinated an attempt to take over Mitú, where 70 police officers and 15 civilians died, while 15 police officers were kidnapped. He was known for being the right-hand man of Víctor Suárez, alias Mono Jojoy, former FARC commander who was killed in September 2010. With these crimes under his belt, alias Rodrigo Cadete participated in the peace talks and was part of the committee that traveled to Havana during the process. After the peace agreement was signed, the former guerrilla settled in one of the camps for training and reintegration in the territories the accord defined. Back to terrorism and narcotrafficking “The former guerrilla decided not to abide by the agreements, and go back into hiding,” Botero said. “He joined alias Gentil Duarte, and together designed a plan to gather 8,000 criminals with clear instructions for terrorist acts, funding strategies, and illegal activities in the area,” said Army Major General Luis Fernando Herrera, commander of the Colombian Military Forces. According to the Army General Command, FARC dissidents control the narcotrafficking business. In Guaviare, Vaupés, Vichada, and Caquetá departments, they oversee illicit crop routes, cocaine labs, and logistics to transport drugs to other countries. Cadete was a dissident. Authorities believe that his neutralization and the possible death of his trusted confident, alias Cachorro, in the same operation will cause other members of the GAOR to reorganize the criminal structure and vie for positions. “This is why this operation is so important, because we were able to disrupt its development. We will maintain intelligence and surveillance operations to stop its growth,” Duque said.last_img read more

East Hampton Man Dies in Possible Drowning

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 45-year-old man died after being pulled from the water in his hometown of East Hampton on Sunday evening.East Hampton Town Police said two men saw James A. Weber collapse in the water at Sammy’s Beach in Three Mile Harbor at 7 p.m.The men swam from nearby Maidstone Park to the victim, who they pulled from the water.Weber was taken to Southampton Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. His death is being investigated as a possible drowning.East Hampton police ask anyone with information on this case to call them at 631-537-7575.last_img read more

Do you have alignment among your leaders?

first_imgThe fact that director-level leaders and senior staff at credit unions had different perceptions of governance was evident throughout the research done for The State of CU Governance, 2018, a new report from CUES.“It surprised even us, and it should definitely concern you,” write the report authors, Michael G. Daigneault, CCD, and Jennie Boden, of CUES strategic partner Quantum Governance, Vienna, Va. “If we know one thing, it’s this: Gaps between the board and senior staff will eventually become destructive.”Notable among the different perceptions between board level and staff leaders was that while 53 percent of supervisory committee members and 44 percent of board members reported their boards were very effective at “building a culture of trust,” just 27 percent of senior staff and 25 percent of CEOs said this was true at their credit unions.Here are two key recommendations from the report for credit unions that want to close the gap:Make good governance a priority at your credit union. You can up your governance game by doing an assessment of individual directors or the whole board. You will also find help when you attend quality governance education programs, such as CUES Governance Leadership Institute™ (this year in as well as Toronto and the CUES director seminars.Work to address any gaps between board-level leaders and staff. CUES’ Center for Credit Union Board Excellence features a section about CEO/board relations, including a recent article—“Person to Person: Cultivating CEO-Director Relationships”—by CUES member Chris Shockley, president/CEO of $3.1 billion Virginia Credit Union, Richmond, Va. Of course, CUES Symposium: A CEO/Chairman Exchange—coming up later this month—is specifically designed to strengthen the bond between CUs’ two top leaders. If you haven’t been taking governance seriously at your credit union in 2017, make 2018 the year to turn things around. And if your governance is already on a good keel, ask yourself, what does the next level look like? I look forward to hearing about your efforts. 15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pembroke Since joining CUES in March 2013, John Pembroke has played a leadership role in developing and launching a new direction in CUES’ strategy, branding and culture. Under his guidance, CUES … Web: Detailslast_img read more

How Biden and Trump Can Each Still Win the Presidency

first_imgOtherwise, Mr. Trump’s path to winning a second term depends on holding onto the battleground Great Lakes states he won in 2016 and on retaining Georgia. “Trump’s path is exactly the same as it was in 2016,” said Alex Conant, a Republican strategist who is a veteran of Senator Marco Rubio’s campaigns. “He needs to overperform in some traditionally blue states. Trump wins when the voters Democrats take for granted no longer reliably vote for Democrats.” If Mr. Biden prevails in Georgia and Arizona, he can reach 270 electoral votes while losing Pennsylvania and Michigan or Wisconsin.Or he could become president simply by winning back Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania.In Georgia, where Mr. Trump holds a narrow lead with about 92 percent of the vote counted, a leak at a processing center in the central part of the state delayed the tabulation of some ballots for Atlanta and its suburban counties, which are seen as Democratic strongholds.- Advertisement – If you just want results… There will be a results map on The Times’s home page, and yes, the infamous needle will be back — but only for Florida, Georgia and North Carolina, the only states providing granular enough information for our experts to make educated projections of uncounted votes.If you want constant updates… Times reporters are live-blogging all day and night. This will be your one-stop shop for minute-by-minute updates: race calls, on-the-ground reporting from swing states, news about any voting issues or disruptions, and more.If you want to check in every so often… Times journalists are also producing a live briefing from roughly 5 p.m. to 3 a.m. ET, with an overview of what’s happening in the presidential race, the Senate and House races, and the voting process itself. Roughly 20 percent of the vote remained unreported as of 6 a.m. Wednesday in DeKalb County, a heavily Democratic suburb of Atlanta.“Joe Biden’s path is largely unchanged since he entered this race,” Guy Cecil, the chairman of Priorities USA, a leading Democratic super PAC, said early Wednesday. “There are still at least five competitive states giving him multiple paths to 270. It may take a couple of days to count the votes, and we may need to fight the Trump campaign in court, but Joe Biden remains the favorite.” In Wisconsin, Mr. Biden was running well ahead of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 margins in Waukesha County, a Milwaukee suburb, and Dane County, home to the liberal city of Madison. The Milwaukee turnout appeared to be lower than in 2016, a troubling possibility for Mr. Biden given the city’s heavily Democratic tilt.Still, Democrats were confident that the final vote tally would favor Mr. Biden.“I think if you look at what’s counted and what is not counted, Biden is almost assuredly going to win Wisconsin,” said Sachin Chheda, a Democratic strategist in Milwaukee.And then there is Nebraska, one of two states, along with Maine, that split their electoral votes by congressional district. Mr. Biden won the state’s Second Congressional District, which includes Omaha. The Nebraska Democratic Party chairwoman, Jane Kleeb, declared victory early Wednesday.“Omaha is now Joe-maha,” she said.Because Mr. Biden won that lone Nebraska electoral vote, he could secure the presidency by winning Arizona, Michigan and Wisconsin — regardless of the result in Pennsylvania. Mr. Trump’s victories in Florida, Ohio and Texas did not create a new path for him so much as close off new shortcuts by which Mr. Biden could have claimed victory on Election Day. In remarks made early Wednesday from the White House, the president was adamant that he would hold onto Georgia, North Carolina, Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania — all states with significant percentages of ballots left to count.“We don’t need all of them” to win, he said.His last chance for a flip is Nevada, which was expected to be a tight race, but one generally favoring Mr. Biden. Updated Nov. 4, 2020, 6:30 a.m. ETcenter_img – Advertisement – Here are the top scenarios remaining for Mr. Biden, as well as Mr. Trump, to win the 2020 election. The Biden scenarios presume that he wins Nevada, a blue state where he is narrowly ahead.One path involves Mr. Biden winning both Arizona and Georgia, Sun Belt states where he appears competitive with tens of thousands of votes left to be counted. Mr. Biden has the edge in Arizona, and a win there would take some pressure off him to rely entirely on the blue-wall states. He can afford to lose Pennsylvania if he wins Arizona, Michigan and Wisconsin.- Advertisement – Joseph R. Biden Jr. started election night with many paths to 270 electoral votes, but by Wednesday morning President Trump had won Florida, Ohio and Texas and was within striking distance of winning North Carolina.That left a diminished but still significant number of ways by which Mr. Biden could prevail, mostly clustered around recapturing Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, the once-reliable “blue wall” states that Mr. Trump toppled four years ago.- Advertisement – Mr. Biden, appearing briefly before his supporters in Wilmington, Del., early Wednesday, said he was “feeling real good about Wisconsin and Michigan” and predicted a win in Pennsylvania, a central battleground that is notorious for its sluggish counting of ballots.“We believe we are on track to win this election,” he said. Election 2020 ›How to Follow the Election ResultsHere’s a guide to The Times’s election night coverage, no matter when, how or how often you want to consume it.last_img read more

ShareAction scrutinises UK auto-enrolment providers

first_imgSix of the UK’s nine largest automatic enrolment pension providers do not have a policy banning investments in companies that produce toxic components of harmful weapons, according to campaign organisation ShareAction.Only three of six providers that did have specific policies to address controversial weapons excluded companies with links to chemical and biological weapons.The finding emerged from a survey the charity carried out of the nine largest auto-enrolment providers – known as master trusts – in the UK.ShareAction ranked the providers on their approaches to responsible investment, with a focus on default funds, and member engagement and communication, claiming these areas had “received little focus during the roll-out of auto-enrolment”. 195 64 260 26 Scottish Widows The People’s Pension 204 193 192 79 90 68 104 114 187 Legal & General** 73 NOW: Pensions Aegon UK* Standard Life** 64 Standard Life* 78 115 63 125 129 122 69 197 78 118 166 Royal London 193 73 Legal & General* 71 139 62 200 According to ShareAction, the top five performers were NEST, The People’s Pension, Legal & General, Aviva, and Standard Life. NEST was the top ranked provider overall mainly due to its score on responsible investment, where it was the “standout leader”.The bottom performers were Scottish Widows, Royal London, NOW: Pensions, and Smart Pension.“We do not believe that ShareAction has a good understanding of [our] approach, and it is therefore difficult to record high scores through ShareAction’s rather crude scoring system” Rob Booth, director of investment and product development at NOW: Pensions  Smart Pension withdrew from the survey as it was transitioning to a new investment strategy at the time and “did not want to place dated or potentially misleading information in the marketplace that may have resulted in confusion for members”, according to chief investment officer Darren Agombar.NOW: Pensions disagrees with assessment Rob Booth, director of investment and product development, said ShareAction’s ratings focused heavily on voting rights, while NOW: Pensions’ investment strategy required it to hold equity index futures.  “We do not believe that ShareAction has a good understanding of this approach, and it is therefore difficult to record high scores through ShareAction’s rather crude scoring system,” said Booth.The findings did not accurately reflect the “significant” emphasis NOW: Pensions placed on responsible investment, he added.The master trust had 15.3% of total assets under management invested in green bonds (£99.3m), equal representation of men and women on its trustee board, and a published policy of social responsibility in investments.“We are constantly developing our approach to SRI [socially responsible investing] and, over time, we will start to consider direct investment into companies which will be bound by the terms of our existing SRI policy,” Booth said. “In the meantime, we are pleased to see that we scored among the highest for communications and engagement, climate change and our controversial weapons policy.”A spokesperson for Aegon noted that its workplace default funds were passive, but “becoming increasingly ESG aligned”.Lorna Blyth, head of investment solutions at Royal London, said: “We are reviewing the report’s conclusions and recommendations and look forward to discussing in further detail with ShareAction how they arrived at their scores.” How they faredThere were pockets of good practice and innovation, ShareAction said, but “a lack of evidence pension providers are actively reaching out to savers to engage on important issues that really matter to them”.Paul Britton, research officer at ShareAction and author of the report, said: “Of course, auto-enrolment pension providers cannot be solely blamed for Britain’s retirement cliff-edge, but they do need to act on their key position to engage the 9m new workers with their pension savings.“Hoping members don’t opt-out as the minimum contribution rates rise is not enough – people need compelling reasons to save.”In April minimum contributions in auto-enrolment defined contribution schemes rose to 5% – from 1% of salary to 3% for employees, and from 1% to 2% for employers. In April 2019 the minimum will rise again to 8% in total, with the employee contribution reaching 5%.Notes: *Contract-based scheme. **Master trust. The responsible investment theme had a greater weighting in the overall score because it covered a broader range of issues. Overall score (max 352)Responsible investment score (max 227)Communication and engagement score (max 125) 127 NEST Aviva* IPE contacted the bottom five providers for comment. Scottish Widows did not respond.NOW: Pensions is the pension provider for IPE International Publishers.last_img read more

Edmonton home with panoramic views the whole package

first_imgVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:21Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:21 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow to buy your first home01:21A SOUTHSIDE treasure with drawcard panoramic views of Cairns city and surrounding mountain ranges has entered the market.Selling agent Therese Plath of Ray White Cairns South said the Edmonton home was a “visually stunning, executive residence filled with quality finishes, glorious light-filled living and outstanding family appeal”. The pool at 14-16 Waterfall Cl, Edmonton, incorporates those incredible views. Swim all day in summer at 14-16 Waterfall Cl, Edmonton.It ticks many boxes, having been recently renovated, surrounded by space and with a waterfall-edge pool. But the biggest tick of all would be the views.“One of the biggest drawcards of this outstanding residence is the blue chip elevated position with professionally landscaped gardens,” Ms Plath said.“You will never tire of the stunning views of Cairns city, lush picturesque mountains and rainforest. This location is simply the best.”With a surge in demand for more remote living as a result of coronavirus, 14-16 Waterfall Close at Edmonton, could be on to a winner.The four-bedroom, three-bathroom home features a superb chef’s kitchen with an extra wide island bench, which also functions as a breakfast bar. Time to get the friends over for some quality entertaining at 14-16 Waterfall Cl, Edmonton.The bright and welcoming kitchen-dining-living zone forms the heart of this home, according to Ms Plath. The kitchen’s “flawless expression of fit and finish” is completed by black wattle timber bench tops, over-mount double sinks and a range of quality stainless-steel appliances including free-standing oven, a second integrated double oven and built-in combination microwave.An elegant alfresco area features low maintenance tiling and lots of natural light, suitable for year-round entertaining with family and friends overlooking the resort-style saltwater swimming pool framed by lush leafy surrounds and those stunning views.The home has been designed to create a seamless flow from one space to the next, maintained on a single level. More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms2 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns2 days ago Need space for your boat? This home has plenty of it.The indoor-outdoor connection is the focus, leading to an outdoor living area and swimming pool via dual sliding stacker doors.“This home is ideal for a family that loves entertaining, having fun and enjoying everything that this property has to offer,” Ms Plath said.The recently renovated property includes a separate parents’ retreat from the three well-proportioned bedrooms all with built-in robes. The parents’ retreat includes a comfortable media room with access to the outdoors, a large bedroom with a large walk-in robe and ensuite bathroom. For the avid angler or caravanner, there is a separate large high-clearance powered shed with easy access via an adjoining street. With its own toilet, wash basin, ceiling fans and 3.6m high ceilings, accessed via large double folding doors, serving as the ultimate man cave.The large block gently slopes with well-maintained lawns, established gardens and 1000 sqm of rainforest at the back of the house, which is a short walk from Isabella Falls.The fully airconditioned home features solar panels, a security system with cameras and alarm, and an extra wide double lock garage.last_img read more