By Dialogo February 16, 2012 LIMA — The arrest of Florindo Eleuterio Flores Hala, the last remaining original leader of Peru’s Shining Path terrorist group who was still at large, delivered a major blow to the outlawed party just as it was trying to recast itself within the legal political system. Known until recently only as “Comrade Artemio,” the 50-year-old rebel was arrested Feb. 12 in an abandoned house deep in the Upper Huallaga Valley in the country’s north-central jungle. He was alone and bloodied, having been injured in a firefight three days earlier. A special unit of the National Police that located him had actually been looking for a corpse, after a nurse in a nearby hamlet erroneously reported that Artemio had been shot in the chest and was dying. Artemio was a member of the Shining Path’s “politburo” formed in the 1980s as the Maoist party began spreading throughout this Andean country. He was dispatched to the Huallaga in 1984 to establish a party presence there and — taking advantage of rampant drug trafficking in the region — turned it into one of the Shining Path’s principal bastions. He remained in charge, eluding capture for 27 years. Artemio’s arrest a ‘serious defeat’ for Shining Path Observers say Artemio’s capture is a strategic, symbolic disaster for the Shining Path that comes nearly two decades after party founder and leader Abimael Guzmán was himself arrested. It also comes as Artemio’s supporters try to register a legal version of the party. “The capture of Shining Path leader Artemio is a serious defeat for one of the two armed factions of the Shining Path. Terrorism has once again lost, but we cannot let down our guard,” said Francisco Diez Canseco, president of the Council for Peace. While savoring Artemio’s defeat, President Ollanta Humala’s government shares Diez Canseco’s opinion that there is still work to be done in the Huallaga and the Apurímac-Ene River Valley (VRAE), where a more violent breakaway faction of the Shining Path continues to operate. Peruvian Defense Minister Luís Alberto Otárola told reporters Feb. 13 that the war on terrorism would not stop with Artemio’s arrest. The government immediately dispatched a large contingent of soldiers and police officers to the area where Artemio was detained to locate his followers, estimated between 50 and 100 armed fighters. “All the possible escape routes were closed when the circle was closing on Artemio,” said Otárola. Huallaga Valley still prime coca-growing country Artemio was arrested in the province of Tocache, in the San Martín region. The province is part of a larger area — which includes provinces in the neighboring Huánuco and Ucayali regions — that has been under a state of emergency since December 2005, when one of Artemio’s columns ambushed a police patrol, killing eight officers. Humala and his advisers recognize that the drug trade in the valley will make pacification difficult. The Huallaga was the country’s primary zone for growing coca, from which cocaine is extracted, for decades. It’s the reason Artemio was dispatched there in the first place, with money earned providing protection for the drug trade going to finance the Shining Path’s activities elsewhere in Peru. The valley’s importance as a coca-growing region has declined in recent years, but it’s still home to more than 13,000 hectares of coca, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The Huallaga is the target of Peru’s coca-eradication program, which eliminated 10,290 hectares there in 2011. Otárola said the strategy used to nab Artemio would be applied in the VRAE, in the south-central jungle. The VRAE includes provinces in four regions, including two in Ayacucho, where the Shining Path launched its war against the state in May 1980. VRAE faction of Shining Path steps up violent attacks Besides being home to the largest remaining faction, the VRAE is now Peru’s principal zone for coca growing and cocaine production, with 19,723 hectares under cultivation, according to UNODC. The state does not have a coca-eradication program there. Diez Canseco cautions that the government shouldn’t confuse the Shining Path remnants with drug trafficking, arguing that eliminating one doesn’t mean the other will disappear. He said the government should avoid lumping both under the “narco-terrorist” moniker. The VRAE faction is headed by Víctor Quispe Palomino, also known as “Comrade José,” who joined the Shining Path as an armed combatant nearly 30 years ago. Unlike Artemio, Palomino broke with the Shining Path’s jailed leadership in the 1990s, after Guzmán began calling for a “peace accord” with the government. Guzmán’s followers, including his attorney, Alfredo Crespo, calls Quispe a “mercenary.” While Artemio has been pushing for talks, saying in December that he was calling a unilateral truce to get the government to negotiate, the VRAE faction has grown increasingly violent in the past three years. The group killed 12 soldiers and police officers in 2011 and routinely attacks anti-terrorism outposts in the zone, which has been under a state of emergency since May 2003. The most recent attack took place Feb. 6 in a hamlet in Cusco’s Quillabamba province. A group of some 30 heavily armed fighters besieged a police outpost for nearly four hours, firing on it with automatic weapons and grenades. Two officers were seriously wounded. Government hopes $5 million reward will lead to Quispe’s capture Defense Minister Otárola said new operations were already underway to arrest Quispe, who runs the VRAE operation with two of his younger brothers. “At the same time President Humala announced the arrest of Artemio, he said there was a firm and energetic decision to go to the VRAE and tear down the terrorist organization there under the control of José and his clan,” he said. One thing that could help the hunt for Quispe is a $5 million reward offered for his arrest by the U.S. State Department. The Peruvian government also has a $1 million bounty on his head. U.S. officials, after congratulating Peru for Artemio’s arrest, confirmed on Feb. 13 that the reward for him would be paid. Retired Gen. Roberto Chiabra, a former defense minister, said the reward could cajole Shining Path collaborators into turning on Quispe and his brothers. Also playing out in February was a decision by Guzmán’s followers to give up for the moment on an effort to register a legal political party. The Movement for Amnesty and Fundamental Rights (Movadef) embraces the Shining Path’s guiding philosophy and its vision of creating the People’s Democratic Republic of Peru, as well as demanding the release of Guzmán, 77, who is serving a life sentence. The registration was initially rejected in November because of its similarities to the Shining Path, but given a window in January when the election board said the registrar’s office needed to rule on the party’s inscription, not only its philosophy. It was headed to a definitive rejection when leaders announced Feb. 1 that they would withdraw the petition. Congress, in the meantime, has passed legislation banning political parties that embrace a violent philosophy. Movadef leader Crespo, a former Shining Path inmate, said the movement was examining several options but had not abandoned the idea of taking part in legal politics. First, stop referring to these assassins terrorist as combatants, or guerrillas because they are not, they never were and they never will be because of their ideology and criminal actions outside the law and attacking from behind, there are thousands of innocent people cruelly killed by this band of terrorists, that is what they are, TERRORISTS, please be informed about their background before referring to them so benevolently, that all the good Peruvians are offended and we feel hurt by any concession made to this scourge, offending the memory of our dead people, all innocent victims of their craziness. They are not a political party, they are a band of criminals following the murderous totalitarianism ideas of their deranged leader, compliant by Justice he is in life imprisonment, which is what they deserve all these murderers. Some of these killers managed to flee the country years ago and are campaigning around the world to proclaim that they are guerrillas of a fair cause, and they get funding from many unwary people of North America and Europe, money that turns into weapons that have continued killing more innocents in my country, do not continue playing their game, they are terrorists, do not be naive accomplices of their crimes. NO to terrorism!
December 18, 2020
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr A NAFCU-supported bill introduced Tuesday by Reps. Mick Mulvaney, R-S.C., and Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., mirrors a recent Senate bill by calling for public hearings on NCUA’s annual budget and requiring publication of the agency’s draft budget in the Federal Register.The bill, the “National Credit Union Administration Budget Transparency Act,” would require NCUA to provide notice of a public hearing on its budget and invite comments on it.“We appreciate the leadership shown by Representatives Mulvaney and Sinema in putting forth legislation to help achieve NCUA budget transparency,” said NAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger. “We believe requiring NCUA to hold public budget hearings is a simple, common-sense practice that will help give credit unions a voice in the agency’s setting of the yearly operating budget, which is funded directly by credit unions and their members.”The House bill is identical to a bill introduced last month by Sens. Dean Heller, R-Nev., and Mark Warner, D-Va. NCUA budget hearings are also called for in the draft regulatory improvement bill released yesterday by Senate Banking Chairman Richard Shelby, R-Ala. continue reading »
December 17, 2020
continue reading » If you’re still not sure how the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act of 2019 has already changed your credit union’s retirement plans, you’re forgiven. The law passed rather unexpectedly late in 2019 and parts of it went into effect almost immediately. But there’s still time to catch up and make sure your plan participants understand some new options the act gives them.The SECURE Act affects defined contribution and defined benefit plans, individual retirement accounts, and 529 savings plans. Here are brief summaries of four key changes that 401(k) sponsors should know about.1. Eligibility for long-term, part-time employeesEffective date: plan years beginning after Dec. 31, 2020 (but it’s a bit complicated)Previously, plan sponsors could require at least 1,000 hours of work during a plan year for employees to be eligible to contribute to a 401(k) plan. The SECURE Act now requires that employees who have worked 500 hours in each of three consecutive plan years be eligible. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
December 16, 2020
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 32-year-old man was fatally struck by a vehicle in his hometown of Copiague over the weekend.Suffolk County police said Benjamin Zuniga was hit by a vehicle on Oak Street near the corner of Great Neck Road at 1:25 a.m. Sunday.The victim was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip, where he was pronounced dead.The driver, who stayed at the scene, was not charged.
November 20, 2020
“The outcome could usher in a ‘buffering period’ for already-tense China-U.S. relations, and offer an opportunity for breakthroughs in resuming high-level communication and rebuilding mutual strategic trust,” Global Times, a fiercely nationalistic tabloid, wrote in an article, citing Chinese experts.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – HONG KONG — China’s state news media reacted with cautious optimism to former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s victory in the United States’ presidential election, expressing hope that he would stabilize the fast-deteriorating relations between the two countries.But many outlets also continued to warn of future tensions between the superpowers, and to suggest that American democracy was in decline.- Advertisement – The article suggested that the two countries could work together on combating climate change, containing the coronavirus and developing vaccines, noting that Mr. Biden would be “more moderate and mature” on foreign affairs.The response echoed much of the rest of the world, where many world leaders breathed sighs of relief at the election’s outcome. The president-elect has promised a restoration of normalcy and a renewed commitment to multilateralism.Global Times noted that relief in a tweet, writing that the leaders of Canada, Britain, France, India and Germany had already congratulated Mr. Biden. “The Trump era is seeming over,” it said. – Advertisement – But even as Chinese propaganda signaled a new phase in U.S.-China relations, it also continued to push a narrative of American decline — a constant refrain in recent months as an increasingly wealthy and confident China has tried to market itself to the rest of the world as a viable alternative for global leadership. Under President Trump, trust and cooperation between the United States and China ebbed to their lowest levels in recent history, as a trade war raged and officials on both sides hurled recriminations about espionage, protest movements and the coronavirus pandemic. China’s state-controlled news outlets had criticized Mr. Trump and the United States increasingly stridently in recent months.But the immediate reaction to Mr. Biden’s victory on Sunday was measured, indicating that China was willing to attempt, and indeed was eager for, a thaw.
November 18, 2020
Jan 3, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Canadian authorities have now confirmed a case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in an older dairy cow suspected last week of having the disease.Canada’s second BSE case does not indicate an increased risk for food safety, wrote the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) in an announcement yesterday. No part of the animal entered the human or animal food chains, CFIA noted. Canada mandates the removal of high-risk cattle parts, called specified risk materials (SRM) from the human food supply.The cow was tested because she couldn’t walk, qualifying her as a high-risk animal under Canada’s BSE surveillance rules. The cow was born in 1996, 1 year before Canada and the US banned the feeding of protein from ruminants to other ruminants.The announcement of a suspected case occurred as US officials announced plans to lift a ban on importing live Canadian cattle that had been imposed after the discovery of the first BSE case in May 2003. The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) said on Dec 29 that the borders will reopen to cattle younger than 30 months old and to other beef products beginning Mar 7. BSE is only rarely found in cattle younger than 30 months.Confirmation of a second BSE case doesn’t rattle US confidence, according to a statement today by Ron DeHaven, administrator of the US Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS).USDA remains confident that Canada’s animal and public health measures, along with US rules “provide the utmost protections to US consumers and livestock,” DeHaven said in a news release.The discovery of a second case is not surprising to those involved in surveillance efforts, CFIA noted, adding that additional cases may be found as testing of high-risk cattle continues. The country tested 22,000 animals in 2004, CFIA said.World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) rules identify a country as at minimal BSE risk if fewer than two cows for each million cattle older than 24 months are found to be ill during the previous 4 years, the APHIS announcement said. Canada has about 5.5 million cattle in that age range, which would allow for up to 11 BSE cases without jeopardizing its minimal-risk status.CFIA has identified the home farm of the BSE-infected cow and is searching for any other animals at similar risk. The agency is also tracking offspring of the infected cow and looking into what the infected cow ate early in her life, when infection was most likely to occur.See also: Jan 3 USDA response to confirmed caseDec 30, 2004, CIDRAP News story on suspected case
October 19, 2020
Log in with your social account LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Facebook Linkedin Topics : Forgot Password ? Google The House of Representatives is standing firm on its plan to raise the electoral threshold in 2024 despite concerns that the move would result in wasted votes and a loss of political representation, a lawmaker has said.The House’s plan to raise the threshold is laid out in a bill to revise the 2017 General Elections Law. The bill stipulates that political parties must gain 7 percent of the national vote to acquire seats in the House, compared with the 4 percent of the national vote stated in the 2017 law.Raising the threshold would simplify the country’s multiparty system, which in turn could strengthen the presidential system, as mandated by the Constitution, said deputy chairman of House Commission II overseeing home affairs Saan Mustopa from the NasDem party.Saan said the House, however, also left open the possibility of adopting a threshold lower than 7 percen… electoral-threshold elections #Elections elections-bill legislative-threshold #electoral-threshold #ElectionBill
October 18, 2020
October 6, 2020
Jessica Rudd and her husband Albert Tse have been revealed as the buyers of a Chelmer home.FORMER Australian “first daughter” Jessica Rudd, has been revealed as the owner of a home which changed hands in Chelmer.Property records show Rudd and her husband Albert Tse, settled on the property for $2.18 million.More from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 2019The five-bedroom property was advertised as a “family home’’ with a large backyard. It is on a 1227sq m block of land.The home was recently renovated and has a home office on the lower level.Living areas are open plan and flow to the outdoors to an entertainment courtyard.The yard has established gardens, a swimming pool and a cricket pitch.Property listing data reveals it was taken to auction through Place at New Farm.
September 23, 2020
By Josh ReynoldsSTUART, Iowa (Aug. 17) – Track champions were crowned Sunday night at Stuart Speedway.Marcus Fagan, Clint Luellen, Logan Richards, Luke Wanninger, Andy Forcht and Jamie Schirm were feature winners on Plowman/Stanley Trenching Night at the Races and Brian Blessington, Luellen, Cody Cleghorn, Josh Gilman, Korbin Nourse and Shannon Anderson wrapped up track championships.Luellen earned his eighth win of the year on the way to Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod track championship honors. Luellen survived a late restart to hold off Jake McBirnie and Kody Havens to earn the feature win.Fagan was chased by Blessington and Jeff Anderson throughout the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature before driving to victory. Richards led the entire distance to win the Mach-1 IMCA Sport Compact feature ahead of Dean Loga and Cody Cleghorn. Cleghorn earned seven feature wins this season on his way to the track title.Wanninger reeled in Gilman on the 15th lap to drive to victory in the IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified main. Nick Roberts ran third. Schirm used a lapped car to his advantage to drive to victory in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock feature. Schirm set the pick on slower traffic on lap nine to drive to victory ahead of Anderson and John Watson. Anderson’s five feature wins propelled him to track champion honors.