By Eduardo Szklarz/Diálogo September 14, 2020 On August 24, troops of the Peruvian Armed Forces and the National Police neutralized four Shining Path terrorists in the coca-growing region of the Apurímac, Ene, and Mantaro Rivers Valley (VRAEM, in Spanish).Alias Cirilo, the group’s leader, and aliases Roger, Wilmer, and Alejandro were neutralized.Service members recovered three rifles and a gun during the August 24 operation against the Shining Path. (Photo: ANDINA)“In the military command structure of this organization, comrade Cirilo carried out security activities for narcotrafficking,” Peruvian Minister of Defense Jorge Chávez Cresta said in a statement on the same day.According to the minister, Cirilo allowed the movement of cocaine hydrochloride to certain areas in exchange for financing and logistics to expand the organization’s support bases in the southern VRAEM.A soldier and a police officer also died during the clash. The operation took place in the Anchihuay district, Ayacucho region. Service members recovered three rifles and a gun, in addition to documentation and military supplies.Alias Cirilo’s group was part of the Shining Path’s so-called “main force,” under the orders of alias Antonio.“Its members were responsible for an ambush in March against a National Police convoy in the community of Aguas Verdes, where two civilians died,” the ministries of Defense and the Interior said in a joint statement.From 1980 to 2000, the armed conflict between the Shining Path and the Peruvian state left 69,280 people dead or missing, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (CVR, in Spanish) said.“These figures exceed the number of human losses Peru suffered in all the external and civil wars in its 182 years of independence,” the CVR said in a report.In recent months, the Armed Forces have implemented a strategy of siege and constant harassment against remnants of the Shining Path in the VRAEM, with the help of National Police intelligence.The measure led to desertions in the organization. In January, for instance, seven remnants of the Shining Path abandoned their column, the ministries of Defense and the Interior reported.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Illustration by Jon MorenoNEW YORK — At a press conference today, the chief financial officer of the Somali Pirates offered Nassau County a substantial low-cost loan to help solve its current financial crisis.CFO Abdikarim Laaban said the Pirates had up to 275 million euro available to help the county, as it once again teetered on the brink of an economic cliff.The terms of the loan offer were not disclosed, but a spokesperson for Nassau County hinted it was better than anything they had received from the U.S. Congress, thanks to ideological opposition from Conservative Republicans from Southern and Southwestern states.The Somali Pirates (New York Stock Exchange Symbol: SOPIR) had a successful IPO in early December, when the market valued their stock at 57.4 billion euro on the first day of trading.As he rang the opening bell on the NYSE floor, the leader of the Pirates was heard to comment, “It is wonderful to be among our brothers here on Wall Street.”Mr. Laaban also confirmed that the Pirates are negotiating with Nassau County to allow them to open a branch office on Long Island Sound. This, he said, was part of a long-term strategic plan to increase their worldwide market penetration and revenue. They currently operate only in the Gulf of Aden.“This will be a brand new market for us,” said Mr. Laaban, “And we certainly want to follow local customs and traditions and be a good corporate neighbor.”A spokesperson for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security said they were following the situation closely. Analysts noted, however, that they would be hard-pressed to patrol Long Island waters under their current budget.“Monitoring the whole of Long Island Sound is an expensive job,” said the spokesperson. “Especially since we have learned that terrorists have recently bought exploding underwear from China,” he continued. “So purchasing X-ray machines with the newest ‘Butt-Scanner’ technology is our first priority.”Nassau County, one of America’s richest, is in serious financial trouble. The county was already facing a projected $25 million budget deficit before Superstorm Sandy further devastated the region’s economy.Long Island cities and towns faced huge budget deficits before the storm, and were fighting to get their fiscal houses in order since the recession lowered tax revenues. They also face large pension and health-care obligations.The Somali Pirates, on the other hand, seized a record 1,181 hostages in the second half of 2012 and corporate income rose 27.5 percent.“Nassau County has a grave financial crisis,” said the Pirates’ CFO, “And we’d be happy to work with them to restore a balanced budget.“Also, property values on the North Shore are still relatively quite low, and with increased U.S. Navy activity in the Gulf of Aden, Long Island seems like a more attractive place to live and work.”“Besides, Long Island politicians cannot possibly be more corrupt that those in the Middle East. Can they?”In other news, Suffolk County, which is in the midst of its own financial meltdown, confirmed today that they had called the Somali Pirates’ main office but their calls had not yet been returned.“The eastern end of Long Island has a long history of being friendly to pirates,” said one anonymous legislator. “We’re all for private enterprise, and our people are currently putting together a package of corporate tax breaks to bring their organization here.”Pete Tannen is a humor writer who has won multiple awards from the National Press Club (Washington, D.C.), the Press Club of Long Island and the Florida Press Association. His columns can also be heard on select Public Radio stations across the U.S. www.tannenweekly.com
The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (the OSFI is the Canadian equivalent of the US Office of the Comptroller of Currency) has issued a restriction – that any non-banks must remove the terms “bank”, “banker” and “banking” from any references provided by that financial institution. Any financial institutions that continues to use these terms can face criminal charges. “The restriction applies to all non-bank financial service providers, including both federal regulated trust and loan companies and provincially regulated institutions (i.e. credit unions). So processing checks, granting loans, and managing individuals’ wealth is not considered banking in Canada.In the U.S., holding deposits and issuing debit cards is also not considered “banking”. PayPal’s assets, which is the aggregate of all balances held in PayPal’s users’ accounts, $33 billion as of January 2016, would make it the third largest credit union in the U.S., if it were regulated as a credit union, which of course it’s not. PayPal operates only under state-by-state money transmitter licenses. To be fair, PayPal is subject to Regulation E consumer protections. But none of the other quarterly reporting, compliance and restrictions that apply to banks and to credit unions apply to PayPal, so holding people’s money must not be banking. continue reading » 40SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Muhadjir said that the Diamond Princess evacuees would be placed in a different “quarantine block” and kept separate from the World Dream evacuees.”There are two [quarantine] blocks,” he said, and that the government had prepared the details of the quarantine procedure in consultation with the relevant agencies.Of the 78 Indonesian crewmen who were working aboard Diamond Princess, eight have tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus that emerged in Wuhan, China. The eight Indonesians remain in Japan, where they are receiving treatment.Earlier, the government said that only the 68 crewmen who had tested negative for COVID-19 would be evacuated, as the two others had decided to continue working on the cruise ship. However, acting Foreign Ministry spokesperson Teuku Faizasyah said that one of the two later decided to return to Indonesia, kompas.com reported.The Japanese government quarantined the Diamond Princess and all 3,711 passengers and crew on board for two weeks starting Feb. 5 in Yokohama. By the time the ship and all aboard were released from quarantine on Feb. 19, more than 600 passengers and crew had tested positive for COVID-19.Following the evacuation, the Garuda Indonesia aircraft used in the evacuation has been grounded at Kertajati airport for three days of disinfection and sterilization. (gis)Topics : The 69 Indonesian crewmen, who were airlifted from the coronavirus-stricken Diamond Princess cruise ship in Yokohama, Japan, and arrived back in Indonesia on Sunday evening, are due to start their 28-day quarantine period on Sebaru Kecil Island today.The Garuda Indonesia aircraft carrying the evacuees from Tokyo’s Haneda Airport landed at around 11 p.m. on Sunday at Kertajati International Airport in Majalengka, West Java.The crewmen were sprayed with disinfectant upon disembarking the aircraft, and then transported to a port at the Indramayu thermal power plant (PLTU). There, they boarded the Indonesian Navy’s Dr. Soeharso Hospital Ship to Sebaru Kecil Island in the Thousand Islands archipelagic regency, which extends north-northeast of Jakarta Bay. Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Cultural Affairs (Menko PMK) Muhadjir Effendy said that the crewmen were healthy and they would undergo a series of medical examinations aboard the hospital ship en route to the uninhabited island, including sample collection.”The [Diamond Princess evacuees] have health certificates from the Japanese authorities that declare them healthy,” Muhadjir said on Sunday. “However, we will conduct further examinations in accordance with the President’s instructions, as we have to be careful about this.”Sebaru island is currently housing 188 Indonesian crewmen who were evacuated from the World Dream cruise ship in Hong Kong and arrived on Friday afternoon to start their 14-day quarantine period .Read also: Jakarta’s island starts housing evacuees from World Dream cruise ship
The government rolled out a series of extra measures on Friday including direct grants to cover up to 80 percent of the wages of employees who have been temporarily laid off, as it ordered cafes, pubs and restaurants to close entirely.France, which is already on lockdown, is vowing to let no company go under as it too embarks on a massive program of intervention to safeguard jobs.Clearing the way, the EU has suspended limits on members’ debt and deficit levels.That is a particular relief to Italy, which has overtaken China to register the most deaths from COVID-19.Backed by France, Italy wants the EU to breach the ultimate taboo by allowing eurozone members to pool their debts and issue so-called coronabonds. Germany — which fiercely opposed such a radical step during the eurozone debt crisis — is now not ruling it out.Not so fastWhile Europe vows to do whatever it takes, US lawmakers failed on Sunday to agree on a trillion-dollar emergency package to shore up the crumbling American economy.The package — likely the largest federal intervention in US history — would cushion the blow for households and backstop ailing businesses. It would also likely send the federal deficit soaring.But Democrats said the plan pushed by President Donald Trump’s Republicans failed adequately to protect millions of workers or the under-equipped healthcare system.A separate package from US financial overseers including the Federal Reserve would provide a stunning $4 trillion in liquidity to juice up the economy.Measures agreed already include $100 billion directed at paid sick leave and expanded unemployment benefits, which Trump signed into law last week.Central banks centralizeThe Fed has issued a near-daily series of announcements to reassure panic-stricken markets and keep dollars flowing, in addition to slashing its main lending rate to near zero.On Monday, the US central bank vowed to buy unlimited amounts of government debt — akin to printing money — and offered to lend directly to small- and medium-sized firms.The European Central Bank, after being criticized for keeping interest rates on hold, last week announced a 750-billion-euro scheme to buy government and corporate bonds, so circulating huge amounts of cheap cash.The Fed and ECB have joined other central banks in enhancing currency swaps to maintain a plentiful supply of dollars running through seized-up credit markets.Missing in actionSo far, global bodies such as the G7 and G20 have yet to forge a collective response to fight the pandemic and help poorer nations who lack the borrowing capacity of their richer peers.Angel Gurria, secretary-general of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), said at the weekend that that needs to change “to avoid a protracted recession”.He called for a “sizeable, credible, internationally coordinated effort” bigger even than the 1930s New Deal and the Marshall Plan, which rebuilt Europe after World War II.Saudi Arabia, which holds the G20 presidency, has called for a video conference summit of leaders this week.Topics : Breaking taboosGermany, the European Union’s toughest fiscal hardliner, now recognizes that extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures. On Monday, Berlin said it would abandon its constitutional debt limits and raise 156 billion euros ($168 billion) in new borrowing in a bid to stop Europe’s largest economy from going under.A few weeks ago, Britain was anticipating a free-market future outside the EU but it is now resorting to levels of state intervention unseen since World War II. Governments around the world are resorting to the unthinkable in economic policy as they battle to immunize growth from deeper coronavirus carnage.Gargantuan debt spending, printing of money, loan guarantees, tax breaks and even direct payments to workers are all in the highly unorthodox mix.AFP surveys the latest responses by major economies as COVID-19 has spread from China to infect the rest of the world, making a global recession all but inevitable:
GLOBAL – Campagne, NAPF, Aberdeen, Aon Hewitt, BNP Paribas, Conning Asset Management, Ethos, Mercer, Neuberger Berman, Standard Life InvestmentsCampagne – The €377m pension fund Campagne has appointed Eddy Koning as board member and chairman as of 1 October. He succeeds Cor Vonk, who chaired the scheme for the past 11 years. Koning was director of Campagne’s pensions desk until 1 September, when he was succeeded by Aart-Jan Baaijens.National Association of Pension Funds – Frank Johnson and Jonathan Hunt have joined the UK association’s defined benefit council. Johnson currently serves as managing director of investments at pension manager RPMI, and Hunt is director of corporate finance and investment at the London Borough of Westminster’s local authority fund. The defined contribution council has also selected three members, appointing Anne Hunt, Andy Cheseldine and Carol Young. Hunt is currently pensions manager at bakery Warburtons, Cheseldine a partner at LCP and Young serves as head of pensions at brewer Heineken’s UK subsidiary. All five positions were contested with a ballot following applications from 36 NAPF members.Aberdeen Asset Management – Álvaro Antón Luna and Ana Guzmán Quintana join the company’s newly launched Madrid office, responsible for business development. Senior business development manager Luna joins from Aon Accuracy, having worked at Aberdeen in the past. Quintana joins from Dekabank. Aon Hewitt – Stuart Mckinnon is to join the company’s global investment practice as principal consultant, leaving LCP after five years. Prior to working at LCP, he worked at Close Wealth Management and, in his nearly two decades in the industry, also spent time at Threadneedle Investment Management at its fixed income and risk management desks.BNP Paribas Securities Services – Florence Fontan has been named head of the asset manager client segment with overall responsibility for strategy, business development and products. Fontan has been the firm’s head of public affairs since 2007 and joined in 1998 after a decade at Arthur Andersen. She will be succeeded as head of public affairs by Laurence Caron-Habib, a member of the public affairs team since 2007.Conning Asset Management – Neil Holmes has been appointed head of business development for the UK and Benelux, based in the London office. Holmes previously worked at Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank and has worked at Fortis Bank and Barclays Capital.Ethos – Kasper Müller, current president of the Swiss foundation jointly owned by domestic pension funds, has declined to seek re-election at the 2015 annual general meeting. Müller, who has been with Ethos since its foundation in 1997, has been its president since 2007. Director Dominique Biedermann has been proposed as Müller’s replacement and will resign from his current role in 2015 to assume the post.Mercer – Richard Dell has been named global head of the consultancy’s equity boutique, responsible for its equity research team. Having joined Mercer five years ago, Dell was until recently a senior researcher covering global equities and emerging markets. He has previously worked at Fidelity Worldwide Investments and Merrill Lynch Investment Managers.Neuberger Berman – Mark Østergaard has been named head of institutional sales for Scandinavia, based in London. Joining from Gottex Fund Management, where he was director of Nordic institutional clients, he has also worked at London & Capital, SparNord and HSH Gudme.Standard Life Investments – Amanda Young has been named head of sustainable and responsible investment. She is currently a board member at UKSIF, has previously worked as the SRI officer at Newton Investment Management and started her career at Rabobank International.
WEST BURLINGTON, Iowa – The Deery Brothers Summer Series returns to a very familiar venue for its 31st opening night and ends with a Month of More Money in September.Touring IMCA Late Models start their 2017 campaign on Saturday, April 1 at 34 Raceway. That event marks the series’ 49th appearance – more than at any other track – at West Burlington and its first there since 2013.“The first-ever series race was held at 34 Raceway so we’ve got a lot of history there,” noted Tour Director Kevin Yoder. “I know a lot of our drivers as well as fans that follow the Deery Series have been looking forward to returning.”The Sept. 2 Yankee Dirt Classic main event at Farley Speedway pays $7,500 to win while a bonus of as much as $1,500 awaits the winner of the Sept. 7 show during the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s at Boone Speedway.Dates April 8 at West Liberty Raceway, April 14 at Farley, April 15 at Independence Motor Speedway and April 23 at Dubuque Speedway precede the start of the track point season.The series is at Quad City Speedway on May 14 and at Boone Speedway for the traditional Memorial Day show on May 29.Doubleheaders with the Arnold Motor Supply Hawkeye Dirt Tour for IMCA Modifieds follow June 6 at Marshalltown Speedway and June 13 at West Liberty.Completing the schedule are Farley’s Sept. 1-2 Yankee, the Super Nationals event at Boone and the Sept. 22-23 Liberty 100 at West Liberty, which wraps up with both points and pay-only features.All features pay a minimum of $2,000 to win and $300 to start.“The sponsorship from the Deery Brothers Automotive Group really steers this ship and entering a 26th year working with them is very significant,” Yoder said.“Casey’s General Store is back as sponsor on the nightly redraw program and Sunoco Race Fuels will give $250 to a random feature qualifier with perfect attendance each night,” he continued. “This schedule is very travel-friendly and I anticipate very competitive races on the track and in the point standings.”Champion of the 2016 series was Tyler Bruening of Decorah. Darrel DeFrance of Marshalltown has competed at all 467 events in series history.2017 Deery Brothers Summer Series Schedule – Saturday, April 1 at 34 Raceway, West Burlington; Saturday, April 8 at West Liberty Raceway; Friday, April 14 at Farley Speedway; Saturday, April 15 at Independence Motor Speedway; Sunday, April 23 at Dubuque Speedway; Sunday, May 14 at Quad City Speedway, East Moline, Ill.; Monday, May 29 at Boone Speedway; Tuesday, June 6 at Marshalltown Speedway; Tuesday, June 13 at West Liberty Raceway; Friday and Saturday, Sept. 1 and 2 at Farley Speedway; Thursday, Sept. 7 at Boone Speedway; Friday and Saturday, Sept. 22 and 23 at West Liberty Raceway.
Sept. 30, 2007 Box Score PENSACOLA, Fla. – West Florida’s (9-1-0, 2-0-0 GSC) attack was too much for the Harding (3-8-0, 0-2-0 GSC) defense as they rolled to their ninth straight victory 5-0 Sunday afternoon at the UWF Soccer Complex.The Argonauts scored three times within the first 10 minutes of the match. Rafael Segal scored two of the goals, the first coming only a minute-and-a-half into the match when Keith Savage left a pass at the top of the box for the junior to finish. Segal struck again four minutes later when he headed in a cross fro Jimmy McHenry for his eighth goal of the season.At the 7:26 mark of the first half, Nolan Intermoia netted his first goal of the season when he flicked the ball over the head of the Harding defense coming off a set play sent in by Mason Hupp.West Florida would keep possession of the ball for a majority of the first half and take the 3-0 lead into the break.The Argonaut would begin the second half similar to the first scoring early and quickly. In the 54th minute, Jimmy McHenry would pick up his team leading ninth goal of the season after Savage and Segal set up McHenry with a break away. It was Savage’s 22nd assist of his career placing 3rd in school history, just three behind the all-time record set by Pat Cannon who played from 1998-2001.Less then two minutes later Savage would also pick up his ninth goal of the season when he scored off of a corner kick, which was flicked on by Patrick McLean.For Savage it was his 24th point of the season and 106th of his career placing him third in school history.The Argonauts defense remain solid keeping the Bisons attack to only 10 shot three of which were on goal. Keepers Juan Garcia and David McNally combined for three saves en route to West Florida’s fifth shut out of the seasonThe Argonaut will play one more home against William Carey on Thursday beginning at 7:30 p.m. before going on a three game road trip all against conference opponents. “Live Stats” for all game will be available at goargos.com on the Men’s Soccer home page. Print Friendly Version Share West Florida Continues on Winning Streak
The Latics head to Wembley anchored in the Barclays Premier League relegation zone knowing their manager is hot favourite to replace David Moyes at Goodison Park following the confirmation he will join Manchester United on July 1. Wigan chairman Dave Whelan has already insisted the Toffees are not a big enough club to attract someone of Martinez’s calibre. However, whilst he allowed himself a chuckle at Whelan’s intervention, it is clearly not a debate Martinez is prepared to get into, either with the media or, more importantly, Everton – at least not now. “It would be a waste of time for anyone at the moment,” said Martinez. “The chairman has a fantastic knowledge about the game and you can ask him anything. He will never turn away from an answer. But the most important thing for me is to be ready for Saturday. “Whatever people say doesn’t affect us. This is the peak of our season and we are not going to lose any focus or concentration. All that matters is Wigan Athletic. We need to fight to make our fans proud.” It is a shame for Wigan that the build-up to the biggest day in their entire history should be overshadowed by discussion of Martinez’s future. The Spaniard believes success at Wembley would help alter the perceptions which surround the club from those outside of the DW Stadium. He added: “It would change the perception from the outside and I think that’s very, very important. “Internally we all know what an incredible achievement Wigan Athletic is. Wigan Athletic as a whole – from the chairman coming up with that vision and that idea – is an incredible story, but from the outside there’s nothing like winning titles and major titles to get that huge football respect and that will be very, very important for us. “Internally it’s just another step forward to what this football club is defying the odds to achieve and carry on achieving.” Wigan boss Roberto Martinez has no intention of allowing speculation over a summer move to Everton to get in the way of his side’s first FA Cup final. Press Association
Barcelona are set to be without Lionel Messi for around three weeks after he ruptured an adductor muscle in his right leg in the 1-1 draw at home to Atletico Madrid on Wednesday night.The Argentinian maestro appeared to suffer the injury after tussling for possession with Atletico defender Diego Godin and was replaced by Arda Turan with 58 minutes gone.Worse was to follow for Barca as Angel Correa then equalised for the visitors, jinking past Javier Mascherano and steering a shot past Marc-Andre ter Stegen and in off a post. The news about Messi was a further blow to Barcelona, who were unable to make any inroads into Real Madrid’s three-point lead at the top despite Ivan Rakitic heading them in front against Diego Simeone’s side in the 41st minute.The club confirmed the time-frame of Messi’s injury in a tweet from the club’s official account, and coach Luis Enrique told the Spanish media: “Losing Messi is a loss to us and a loss to football. With Leo we are stronger, but we are still strong without him.”The injury means Messi is set to miss LaLiga matches against Sporting Gijon and Celta Vigo plus a Champions League tie away to Borussia Monchengladbach in between.Enrique admitted it would be “difficult to protect” Messi with the games coming thick and fast for Barcelona and with Argentina no doubt desperate to have him involved in next month’s World Cup qualifiers.Enrique said Atletico had been a tough nut for his side to crack.“When there are 11 guys in the area, co-ordinated like that, it takes a lot out of us to break them down,” he said in quotes reported by Marca.“This result is not what we wanted, but we must move on.”There was also an injury for midfielder Sergio Busquets just before Messi suffered his problem, which will somewhat overshadow the ceremony to mark Busquets renewing his Barcelona contract until 2021 on Thursday.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram