Top Member of the Shining Path Killed in Peruvian Jungle

first_imgBy Dialogo September 07, 2012 In another blow to this group, Rolando Cabezas Figueroa, a senior leader of the Shining Path, was killed during a confrontation with military forces in Ayacucho (southeast), reported Peruvian President Ollanta Humala on September 5. “As a result of the confrontation with the Armed Forces, we have been able to confirm the death of so-called ‘Comrade William’. This is a hard blow to the terrorist organization in the VRAEM” (Valley of the Apurimac, Ene and Mantaro Rivers), Humala said to RPP radio. The clash between the Military Forces and the Shining Path leader occurred on the morning of September 5 in the Llochegua district of Ayacucho Department (about 360 miles southeast of Lima). The president highlighted that Figueroa was second in command in the VRAEM region, and that he led the Shining Path attacks and ambushes against Military bases in the Peruvian jungle for 22 years. In February, the Peruvian Military Forces captured Florindo Flores a.k.a. ‘Comrade Artemio’, one of the top leaders of the Shining Path in the Alto Huallaga valley (northeast). Rolando Cabezas Figueroa, 43, a.k.a. ‘Comrade William’ or ‘Guillermo’ was deemed responsible for the attack on the Mazangaro Military Base in Junín (central jungle), where five soldiers died and seven more were wounded in August. “Comrade William was responsible for the sniper attack against helicopters of the Armed Forces,” said Humala after noting that operations continue in the area to capture the leaders of the Shining Path. Rolando Cabezas Figueroa was the creator of an ambush on a military patrol in Sanabamba, Ayacucho, on April 9, 2009, in which 14 Soldiers died, he reported.last_img read more

South West local authorities consider £19bn asset pool

first_imgLocal authority schemes including the Environment Agency Pension Fund and Avon Pension Fund are exploring the launch of a pooled investment vehicle for their £19bn (€24.2bn) in assets.The eight funds, all located in the South West of England, said they had been working on details of a possible collaboration since the UK’s July Budget reiterated government support for asset pooling as a means of reducing management costs.In a statement, the funds said any approach would need to allow for sufficient flexibility “to evolve as governance or investment requirements change”.They added: “The objective will be to achieve savings over the longer term from both lower investment management costs and more effective management of the investment assets.” It stressed that the structure would focus on pooling the buying power of the collaborating pension funds, maintaining an individual scheme’s ability to control matters such as asset allocation.In minutes from a September meeting of the Avon Pension Fund, the scheme said the preferred approach was for a collective investment vehicle (CIV) centrally administered by one of the councils, with all members represented through a joint board.This would differ from the approach pursued by London’s councils, which set up a standalone corporate entity, with Hugh Grover as chief executive, to oversee its consolidation efforts.The report to the pensions committee said a CIV approach would involve compromises, including less control over the structure of future investment mandates.But it argued that the approach was preferable to unnamed alternatives that would “probably leave the fund at the margins”.The eight funds – Avon, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, the Environment Agency, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire – have historically exchanged best practice and worked on a number of joint procurement exercises, including one in 2010 for consultancy services.In the minutes from the Avon meeting, it was noted that the current eight members would be suited for collaboration, as no single authority would dominate.However, it accepted that, with £19bn in assets, it fell short of the government’s wish for substantial asset pools, with previous figures setting the target at £25bn.The announcement that the South West was looking to collaborate comes after chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne said the pooling of local authority assets – which he said would create British Wealth Funds – would help boost future investment in domestic infrastructure.Other efforts to pool investments include all Welsh local authority funds jointly procuring a new passive equity manager, the London CIV and collaboration between the London Pensions Fund Authority and both the Lancashire Country Pension Fund and the Greater Manchester Pension Fund.last_img read more

Adopt-A-Pet Dog of the Week

first_imgFacebook50Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Adopt-A-Pet of SheltonLook at that happy face! Sattin is a young Labrador Retriever mix with a beautiful black shiny coat and sparkling brown eyes. This energetic young girl is about 18 months old. She is still learning and needs a patient owner who will continue to work with her and give her lots of attention, exercise, and love.Sattin is a work in progress but everyone who has worked with her can see so much potential if she can be kept busy and out of trouble. She would probably do best with an active family who can spend time training and exercising this smart, athletic girl. We would not recommend young children because of her high energy level.For the right family who can let Sattin enjoy the pleasures of being a young and playful dog while working with her to learn self-control, Sattin could be the dog you have always been looking for.We have lots of great dogs at our dog shelter on Jensen Road in Shelton, which we list on our website at www.adoptapet-wa.org and on our Facebook page.  We always welcome volunteers and donations to help care for them.  Contact us at www.adoptapet-wa.org or contact us at [email protected] or (360) 432-3091.last_img read more