FARC Leader Timochenko Convicted in the Murder of Archbishop Isaias Duarte Cancino

first_img Archbishop Duarte was 63 when he was gunned down, becoming the oldest of more than 30 Colombian clerics to have been assassinated in an apparently uncontrollable cycle of revenge murders. An outspoken critic of political and drug-related violence, he was appointed archbishop by John Paul II in 1995 after serving several years as bishop of Apartadó, a banana-growing region near the Panamanian frontier. For years, Apartadó had been plagued by guerrillas, paramilitaries, drug-traffickers and arms smugglers. Duarte tried to kick-start peace negotiations, but had little success. Arriving in Cali, the southwestern base of some of Colombia’s most powerful drug-trafficking cartels, Duarte wasted no time in denouncing criminals and guerrillas alike. Within weeks, he accused drug bosses of corrupting the country’s congressional elections by their pouring money into the campaign coffers of local candidates. Unafraid of political controversy, he didn’t pull any punches with the guerrillas either. In 1999, he excommunicated leading members of Colombia’s second-largest left-wing guerrilla group, the National Liberation Army (ELN), after the group abducted more than 150 people attending Mass in a Cali church. And while maintaining tireless pastoral and educational work, he continued to agitate against all forms of violence and those who carried it out. He goaded the government and blasted then-President Andrés Pastrana, for his peace overtures to FARC, arguing that attempting to negotiate with the country’s main guerrilla army was absurd when it refused to implement a ceasefire while talks were going on. “A rebel who kidnaps and kills, eliminates entire populations and mocks the whole process of peace lacks the virtues proper to a human being and becomes the most miserable of men,” Duarte wrote in 2000. “We ask God that the guerrilla fighters in Colombia may feel deep sorrow in their souls for the evil they commit when they kill an innocent, defenseless brother or sister, that they may understand that theirs is not a just war, but merely a repeating of savage acts of the saddest times of human history.” Duarte’s unrelenting criticism earned him praise from right-wing paramilitary leaders, but he shrugged that off and turned his attention to their killings. The gunshots that killed Archbishop Isaias Duarte Cancino outside a church in Cali, Colombia, on Mar. 16, 2002, echoed around the world. Swift condemnation followed, including harsh words from Pope John Paul II. “He paid the highest price for his energetic defense of human life, his firm opposition to all types of violence and his dedication to social development according to the Gospel,” said the late pope. Nearly a decade later, a Colombian court has placed responsibility for Duarte Cancio’s murder with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, convicting FARC’s supreme leader, Rodrigo Londoño Echeverry (alias “Timochenko”) of involvement in the assassination along with three other FARC luminaries: Noel Mata Mata, Jorge Torres Victoria and Luciano Arango. All four were tried in absentia and sentenced to 25 years each. They also were ordered to pay the equivalent of $543,000 to the prelate’s family. In delivering the judgment, the Cali criminal court said: “There is no doubt that the murder of Archbishop Isaias Duarte Cancino was related to his religious status and position. As archbishop of Cali, he protested the reprehensible acts constantly carried out by guerrillas in this country.” The judge reiterated calls for the capture of all four convicted rebels. The convictions came seven years after another guerrilla, Alexander de Jesus Zapata (alias “Cortico”) was convicted of the same crime in January 2005 and sentenced to 36 years in prison. Timochenko, 52, took over control of FARC after his predecessor, Alfonso Cano, was killed in a military operation last November. Assassination sparked outrage The archbishop was born in San Gil in the province of Santander and attended secondary school in nearby Bucaramanga before entering a seminary in Pamplona, Spain. He went on to study theology in Rome. On graduation, he returned to Bucaramanga to become a parish priest until 1985 when he was appointed bishop of Germania de Numidia. Three years later, he became the first incumbent bishop of the newly created diocese of Apartadó in northern Antioquía province. It was in Antioquía that Duarte developed a close working relationship with Alvaro Uribe Vélez, then a no-nonsense provincial governor who would later become president. Duarte’s assassination was shocking but in some ways not surprising. It was brutal, and the gunmen made sure the prelate would not survive. The killing came after guerrillas stormed the Good Shepherd church in Aguablanca, one of the poorest districts of his Cali archdiocese. He had just finished officiating at a collective marriage ceremony for 105 couples when armed men broke into the church and fired repeatedly at the archbishop, according to witnesses. A parish priest was wounded also in the assault. Edilberto Ceballos, Duarte’s driver, told Caracol Radio that the archbishop had been shot several times by two of the gunmen. “Two guys came and opened fire and hit him three or four times, maybe even six times,” the driver said. “I saw him dead.” The director of Carlos Holmes Trujillo Hospital in Cali, Ricardo Vanegas, confirmed that the prelate was dead on arrival at the hospital. The government launched a special task force to identify and hunt down the perpetrators. Colombian authorities immediately blamed left-wing rebels, but amid a flurry of accusations, they later said they were working on other theories. One theory was that FARC had not acted alone — that drug-traffickers and narco-linked paramilitaries also had a hand in the assassination’s planning. Bishop Julio Cesar Vidal Ortiz of Monteria, a close personal friend of the archbishop, was persistent in arguing there had been a wider conspiracy behind the murder, basing his allegations on a meeting he had with paramilitary leader Carlos Castano Gil, who himself was killed. The bishop denounced the nature of armed conflict in Colombia “in which Marxist ideologies and their archrivals join together to defend their business, that of cocaine.” But a prosecutor attached to the National Human Rights organization dismissed the wider conspiracy theory and linked the slaying directly to FARC leaders. Following the assassination, the Pastrana administration came under criticism for failing to protect the archbishop. The president said police had offered to provide Duarte with bodyguards but that he had always demurred. However, Duarte’s assistants insisted after his death that they had requested police protection for him but never got a response. Speaking about the archbishop a few days later, John Paul II remarked: “While I lift up my prayers for the eternal rest of the late prelate and express my closeness to the Colombian church that weeps over his tragic demise, I urge Colombians once again to follow the way of dialogue, excluding all types of violence, blackmail and kidnapping and to firmly commit themselves to what are the true roads of peace.”center_img By Dialogo January 20, 2012 Duarte well-known for criticizing FARC violence last_img read more

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BAFFERT’S MAYBELLENE HEADS FIELD OF TEN 3-YEAR-OLD FILLIES IN SATURDAY’S GRADE I, $300,000 LAS VIRGENES STAKES AT FLAT MILE

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 28, 2015)–Third to eventual Eclipse Award winning juvenile filly Take Charge Brandi last out, Bob Baffert’s Maybellene heads a field of ten 3-year-old fillies going one mile in Saturday’s Grade I, $300,000 Las Virgenes Stakes at Santa Anita.Owned by Baffert’s wife, Jill, the Kentucky-bred filly by Lookin At Lucky was a game third, beaten three quarters of a length in the Grade I, 1 1/16 miles Starlet on Dec. 13 at Los Alamitos, and will thus be shortening up a sixteenth of a mile on Saturday.A perfect two for two at a flat mile, Maybelline, who is blessed with ample natural speed, is 7-2-1-2 overall with earnings of $151,300. Out of the Giant’s Causeway mare Greathearted, she will again be ridden by Rafael Bejarano.Baffert will also be represented by Spendthrift Farm’s Callback, who comes off a second place finish to multiple stakes winner Seduire in the Grade II Santa Ynez Stakes on Jan. 3, and will be trying two turns for the first time in career start number four. A gate to wire maiden special weight winner going 5 ½ furlongs two starts back on Dec. 4, Callback should certainly be forwardly placed in the Las Virgenes.As is often the case, trainer Jerry Hollendorfer will be amply represented in yet another graded stakes, as he’ll saddle no less than five in the Las Virgenes,–headed by stakes winning Light the City.A disappointing fifth, beaten 10 ¾ lengths as the 5-2 favorite by stablemate Seduire in the Grade II Santa Ynez Jan. 3, Light the City won the six furlong Anoakia Stakes three starts back on Oct. 12, and was a close third as the 1-5 favorite in the seven furlong Desi Arnez Stakes two back on Nov. 16.Owned by Cheyenne Stables, LLC, Light the City, who has two wins from four starts, will also be trying a route of ground for the first time. A Kentucky-bred filly by Street Sense, she’s out of the A.P. Indy mare Light From Above and has made $106,900. Ridden by Elvis Trujillo in all four of her races, she’ll be handled for the first time by Kent Desormeaux.Like probable favorite Maybellene, Hollendorfer’s Majestic Presence exits the Grade I Starlet on Dec. 13. Fourth, beaten 2 ¼ lengths, she may seek a stalking-type trip with Gary Stevens back aboard. 0wned by Mark DeDomenico, LLC, and North American Thoroughbred Racing Corp., she was also a close third to Take Charge Brandi two starts back in the Grade III, one mile Delta Princess Downs Stakes on Nov. 22. A gate to wire one mile maiden special weight winner on synthetic Polytrack at Del Mar Aug. 13, she is 6-1-0-2 overall with earnings of $133,000.Hollendorfer will also send out KMN Racing, LLC’s, Lutine Belle, who comes of a sharp, come from behind tally in the one mile turf Blue Norther Stakes Jan. 1, and by lightly raced Glory, who stretches out off a 6 ½ furlong maiden special weight win on Jan. 10. Owned by Fox Hill Farms, Inc., the Kentucky-bred daughter of Tapit will be making her third career start.An even fifth, beaten 3 ¾ lengths by Take Charge Brandi in the Grade I Starlet Dec. 13, Hollendorfer’s Achiever’s Legacy defeated Maybelline two starts back in the seven furlong Desi Arnez Stakes Nov. 16 and could pose a late threat with regular rider Drayden Van Dyke up. Owned by Campbell, Cellucci, Horowitz and partners, the Kentucky-bred daughter of City Zip has two wins from six starts, including a close third in a one mile dirt allowance on Oct. 23.Trainer John Sadler will be represented by hard-knocking Suva Harbor, who pressed the pace and went on to a three quarter length allowance win going a flat mile on Jan. 4. Owned by Gary and Cecil Barber and Wachtel Stable, the grey filly by Rockport Harbor has never been worse than second in four starts and is in search of her third consecutive win. She has earnings of $88,000.The complete field for the Grade I Las Virgenes, to be run as the eighth race on a nine-race card Saturday, with jockeys and weights in post position order: Glory, Mike Smith, 117; Maybellene, Rafael Bejarano, 117; Lutine Belle, Alex Solis, 117; Achiever’s Legacy, Drayden Van Dyke, 117; Mio Me, Corey Nakatani, 118; Majestic Presence, Gary Stevens, 117; Callback, Martin Garcia, 117; Suva Harbor, Martin Pedroza, 117; Miss Mandate, Joe Talamo, 117, and Light the City, Kent Desormeaux, 117.                First post time on Saturday is a 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.last_img read more

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Multiple avian influenza outbreaks in Tennessee

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest In early March, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that a strain of the bird flu has been detected in a Tennessee chicken breeder flock contracted to food giant Tyson Foods Inc. As a result, the farm will euthanize 73,500 birds to stop the virus from entering the food system, the USDA said.The Tennessee Department of Agriculture said in a news release that tests confirmed the presence of the H7 strain of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza, or HPAI, at the facility in Lincoln County, Tennessee. Then, a few days later, another poultry farm in Giles County tested positive for a different low pathogenic strain of avian influenza through routine testing. Tennessee State Veterinarian Charles Hatcher said the two cases do not seem to be related. The latest situation is less serious, but the premises at the Giles County site were still quarantined.In 2014 and 2015, a U.S. avian flu outbreak required the slaughter of 50 million chickens (mostly egg-laying hens) and turkeys. As a result, U.S. egg prices reached record highs.Even more alarming, avian flu is a disease with zoonotic potential, meaning it can spread between animals and people. China was the most recent place this occurred.Since October 2016, at least 460 human cases of avian influenza and numerous deaths have been reported there, according to details released March 3 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Many live poultry markets in China were shut down to reduce human contact with infected birds after a surge in human avian flu infections.Avian flu is one of many respiratory diseases that virologist Chang-Won (Charles) Lee conducts research on at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC). He is also leading scientists from 11 institutions in a research project designed to determine all of the microbes — things like bacteria, fungi and viruses — in the poultry respiratory system.Lee is collaborating with other scientists to determine which commensal microbes are hazardous, see how they are impacted by factors such as environmental conditions, and recommend new control methods and management systems for healthier barns and birds with stronger immune systems. Lee also leads collaborative projects on developing a universal flu vaccine that can provide enhanced protective immunity against emerging flu strains. Lee is available to address biosecurity measures aimed at preventing the spread of bird flu and to discuss the various strains of the disease.last_img read more

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African Swine Fever brings destruction, possible market opportunity

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Joel Penhorwood, Ohio Ag NetAfrican Swine Fever is in the midst of causing global trouble and all signs point to it likely heading to the United States soon. The hog industry is keeping a close eye on the disease’s next move.What exactly is African Swine Fever (AFS)? As defined in Hungerford’s ­Diseases of Livestock it is: “A highly contagious fatal disease of pigs with a great propensity for international spread (Geering and Forman, 1987). It is caused by a DNA virus which is very resistant, can survive in blood at 4 degrees C for 18 months, in frozen carcasses for several years, and in uncanned hams for up to six months. It affects all classes of pigs and warthogs.”Though AFS does not affect humans, it poses considerable risk to the wellbeing of the swine industry with all hogs contracting the disease requiring termination.“When it comes to global issues right now, that is something that could be very devastating in the pork industry in the United States. The threat is very real, with approximately 12 million people going back and forth to China every year, that kind of traffic of course concerns us,” said Steve Rommereim, National Pork Board president. “We have a lot of feedstuffs that come from China when it comes to our vitamin pre-mixes and what not. Vitamins are all manufactured only in China. We’ve got a real threat there. We’re trying to determine anyway if that virus can live in the kind of products we go back and forth with. We know it’s transferred through processed meat products. If grandma goes to China to visit and brings something back, albeit illegal it happens all the time — that’s how it broke in Japan, that’s how it broke in Belgium is people bringing things across the border.“We’re working as much as we can with USDA and some of the other government agencies trying to at least get on top of what that threat looks like, what it is, and how can we prevent the spread of these foreign animal diseases.”Rommereim said the U.S. has in-depth protection procedures in place if AFS hits.“There’s going to be a total stop of movement of swine. You can imagine the disruption that would cause. Numbers thrown out — $8 billion lost the first year. This thing has no vaccine. It’s very threatening. These are the kind of things we’ve got to be able to prevent because we’ve already struggled with PEDV in the past,” he said. “We’ve determined for sure that PEDV came from China and we think almost for sure that it was brought over in feed products. How do we prevent that from happening again? There’s a lot of work being done, especially on the research side as to what can we do to stop the spread of these viruses.”Christine McCracken is senior protein analyst with Rabo AgriFinance. She noted from the marketing side how destructive AFS has been, though there is some silver lining if conditions are right.“There are massive losses throughout China — 14 different provinces affected at this point,” she said. “This includes most of the primary pork growing areas, with the exception of one. There is a lot of loss there. It’s hard to estimate exactly how much. They’re working hard to get it under control, but given the structure of the industry, that’s going to be very difficult with all the backyard operations they have in China. Our best guess is that they’ll work through and try to stamp out as much as they can, but it will be hard for them.“We think that could open the door to some imports, either from Europe, which has access. It remains active in pushing product into China, or for the U.S. longer term. We’re facing these tariffs so it’s a little hard to get direct access, but our expectation is that with some of the markets that Europe isn’t able to meet, because of the active shipment of product into China, we might pick up some of those markets. There is that kind of offset assuming that the overall global trade into China increases. We remain optimistic, but there are big losses in China right now and that’s certainly tragic for that country.”According to the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, at various times throughout the 20th century, ASF has been endemic in Africa, Europe, South America, and the Caribbean. Until the last few years, outbreaks were confined to eastern and southern Africa and Sardinia. However, outbreaks in the Caucasus region and Russia have begun to spread to Eastern Europe and pose a great risk for further spread to other European Union countries.More from APHIS on their emergency management procedures for AFS in this analysis: https://www.aphis.usda.gov/animal_health/emergency_management/downloads/sop/sop_asf_e-e.pdf.last_img read more

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ReadWriteWeb Events Guide, 6 February 2010

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts 16 April 2010: Mountain View, CaliforniaUnder the Radar: CloudUnder the Radar: Cloud is must-attend event for dealmakers and heads of IT from large enterprises, SMBs, service providers, carriers and media companies who are responsible for helping their companies leverage new technology and innovation in the fast-evolving IT ecosystem. Join us for the 15th Under the Radar conference, featuring a hand-picked selection of the world’s most innovative cloud startups among 350 top tech, media, telcom and finance executives. For ticket and more information, visit http://undertheradarblog.com. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Looking for conferences this month in warm locations? We’ve got a bunch of ’em in Florida and California. Tired of your hometown’s balmy winter weather? We’ve got you covered, too, with events in New York City. Look at that – who says you can’t make everyone happy?How do you like your ReadWriteWeb events guide? As a world map? As a downloadable iCal (and Google Calendar-importable) file? You can even import individual events using the link beside each entry. Know of something cool taking place that should appear here? Let us know in the comments below or contact us.8 February 2010: Tampa, FloridaSocial Fresh TampaThis is the social media conference that comes to you. Social Fresh is a one-day, case-study-rich conference targeted for marketers. Social Fresh Tampa will have 30+ speakers, including Chris Barger of GM, Maggie Fox of Social Media Group and John Andrews of Collective Bias (formerly of Walmart).ReadWriteWeb readers get a 15% discount with the code “RWW15”.10 February 2010: New York CityOnline Community Unconference Eastcenter_img ReadWrite Sponsors 16 – 17 April 2010: Royal Oak, MichiganFutureMidwestFutureMidwest is the region’s largest technology and knowledge conference. Founded by Adrian Pittman, Jordan Wolfe and Zach Lipson, FutureMidwest is the fusion of two successful conferences held in Michigan in 2009 – the Module Midwest Digital Conference and TechNow.Both conferences highlighted how technology and digital tools have dramatically changed the way we do business and the effect this transition has had on companies. FutureMidwest kicks things up a notch with presentations, group breakout sessions, relationship-building opportunities and influencers who are taking action to redefine business in the digital age. Register here.11 May 2010: San Francisco, CaliforniaFinovateSpringFinovateSpring 2010 will again showcase the most cutting-edge financial and banking technology innovations to Silicon Valley and the world. With Finovate’s signature mix of short, fast-paced onstage demos (no slides are allowed) from handpicked companies and intimate networking time with their executives, this conference packs a ton of unique value into a single day.Come see the cutting edge of banking and financial technology and network with hundreds of the leading financial executives, venture capitalists, press, industry analysts, bloggers and fintech entrepreneurs. Early bird registration rates are available.5 October 2010: New York CityFinovateFallFinovateFall will return to Manhattan on Tuesday, October 5 to showcase dozens of the biggest and most innovative new ideas in financial and banking technology from established leaders and hot young companies. The Fall event is the original and largest Finovate and features a single day packed with our special blend of short, fast-paced onstage demos (no slides are allowed) and intimate networking time with top executives from the innovative demoing companies.FinovateFall is a unique chance to see the future of finance and banking before your competition and find the edge you need in today’s market. Early bird registration rates are available.Download this entire events calendar in iCal format. Social Networking World ForumEnterprise social mediaSocial TV World ForumMobile Social Networking ForumThe event features key speakers from global brands, organizations, social networking publishers and developers, pioneering social media leaders, top agencies, content producers, and more.Full workshop program within exhibition areaEvening networking receptionPre-show online meeting planner for delegatesFree pass for exhibition only7 – 9 April 2010: Sydney, AustraliaConnectNowConnectNow brings together international specialists and thought leaders in social media, emerging technologies and their intersection with business. Learn how the realtime web, location based services, augmented reality, ubiquitous computing and personalised services are changing marketing and communications. Understand the importance of trust in relationship marketing and what is “social currency”. For more info email [email protected] Tags:#Events Guide#web The Online Community Unconference East is a gathering of online community professionals – managers, developers, business people, tool providers, investors – to discuss experience and strategies in the development and growth of online communities. As we have found with our past events, the best source of information on all of these challenges is other knowledgeable practitioners. The event runs from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Digital Sandbox.11 February 2010: New York CityNYC Venture Capital and Angel ShowcaseFundingPost is hosting a VC showcase where 20-plus VC funds and angel groups will be exhibiting their firms during a great cocktail party setting. Each fund will have their own table setup for the sole purpose of meeting great new companies.Additionally, there will be an optional pitching workshop from 2:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. The cost to participate in the workshop will be $400. This workshop includes the $125 ticket to the event, and a 1/4 page listing in the Venture Guide Magazine. This event is sponsored by Credit Suisse, and takes place at One Madison Avenue, from 6-9:15 p.m.18 February 2010: Silicon Valley, CaliforniaFuture of FundingActive limited partners, top rated venture capitalists, and successful entrepreneurs are invited to Silicon Valley on February 18, 2010 to discuss the Future of Funding. The venture capital bubble has burst, and change is coming. Now is the time to have a constructive dialog about the future with all of the stakeholders at the table.Don’t miss the opportunity to partake in this exclusive event hosted by TheFunded. Please visit www.futureoffunding.com to see speaker and event details.ReadWriteWeb readers use the code “RWW” and get 10% off.22 – 24 February 2010: Miami, FloridaThe Future of Web Apps MiamiThe Future of Web Apps Miami is a three day event for Web application developers and entrepreneurs, and includes tutorials, inspiration and workshops taught by leading figures at the cutting edge of today’s Web. Companies at the event include Twitter, Facebook, Mint.com, Palm, FreshBooks, Reddit and Mozilla. Topics include HTML5, jQuery, online marketing, funding strategies, measuring the success of your Web app, and Facebook Connect. Find more information at http://carsonified.comReadWriteWeb readers use the code “RWW” and get $50 off.25 February 2010: Miami, FloridaMiami VC and Angel EventAt FundingPost‘s next event, a panel of investors who will focus on early-stage venture investing. We will be discussing trends in early-stage investing, sectors that these Angels and VCs look at, things that are most important to them when they are considering an investment and the best and worst things an entrepreneur can do to get their attention. Entrepreneur summaries will be given to the investor speakers and attendees – all of the investors will get your company description and contact info!Additionally, there will be an optional pitching workshop lunch where we will completely deconstruct your elevator pitch, and work with you on formulating a clean and concise elevator pitch giving the important information that investors need to hear to make an educated decision on your company! Then you get to give your new elevator pitch in person to the panel of investors during the event! Click here for more information.4 March 2010: Silicon ValleySilicon Valley VC and Angel ConferenceAt FundingPost‘s next event, a panel of investors who will focus on early-stage venture investing. We will be discussing trends in early-stage investing, sectors that these Angels and VCs look at, things that are most important to them when they are considering an investment and the best and worst things an entrepreneur can do to get their attention. Entrepreneur summaries will be given to the investor speakers and attendees – all of the investors will get your company description and contact info!Additionally, there will be an optional pitching workshop lunch where we will completely deconstruct your elevator pitch, and work with you on formulating a clean and concise elevator pitch giving the important information that investors need to hear to make an educated decision on your company! Then you get to give your new elevator pitch in person to the panel of investors during the event! Click here for more information.11 March 2010: Los Angeles, CaliforniaLos Angeles VC and Angel EventAt FundingPost‘s next event, a panel of investors who will focus on early-stage venture investing. We will be discussing trends in early-stage investing, sectors that these Angels and VCs look at, things that are most important to them when they are considering an investment and the best and worst things an entrepreneur can do to get their attention. Entrepreneur summaries will be given to the investor speakers and attendees – all of the investors will get your company description and contact info!Additionally, there will be an optional pitching workshop lunch where we will completely deconstruct your elevator pitch, and work with you on formulating a clean and concise elevator pitch giving the important information that investors need to hear to make an educated decision on your company! Then you get to give your new elevator pitch in person to the panel of investors during the event! Click here for more information.15 – 16 March 2010: London, England2nd Annual Social Networking World Forum — LondonThe 2nd Annual Social Networking World Forum takes place at the Olympia Conference Centre in London. The two-day event features four dedicated conference streams:last_img read more

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Rationalist Dabholkar murder: CBI seeks Sanatan Sanshtha lawyer Sanjeev Punalekar’s custody again

first_imgThe CBI on Wednesday opposed the bail plea of advocate Sanjeev Punalekar, counsel for the fringe right-wing outfit Sanatan Sanshtha, and again sought his custody in connection with the murder of eminent rationalist Dr. Narendra Dabholkar.The CBI, through Special Public Prosecutor Prakash Suryavanshi, sought his custody on the grounds that it needed to interrogate Mr. Punalekar regarding documents and other materials seized from the him during his arrest on May 26.A special court on June 4 remanded Mr. Punalekar, and his aide, Sanatan Sanstha member Vikram Bhave, in judicial custody after two spells in the CBI’s custody.At the time, the court denied the CBI’s plea seeking a further extension of the custody of the accused, observing that the investigating agency had not made any fresh progress in the investigation when the accused was in its custody.Mr. Punalekar and Mr. Bhave have been alleged to have participated in the conspiracy to murder Dr. Dabholkar, especially in destruction of evidence and in aiding and abetting Sachin Andure and Sharad Kalaskar, named by the investigating agencies as the assailants of the late rationalist.Advocate Virendra Ichalkaranjikar, Mr. Punalekar’s defence counsel, said the CBI plea seeking Mr. Punalekar’s custody for a second time was nothing but “a delaying tactic”.Mr. Ichalkaranjikar said, “Despite having custody of advocate Punalekar for 10 days, the CBI failed to uncover anything to further their probe. It is inconceivable why the agency needs his custody now as they could easily have questioned Mr. Punalekar about the material seized from the electronic gadgets had there been something incriminating in them.” The hearing will continue on Thursday.Earlier this week, the CBI’s counsel, in his arguments, vehemently opposed Mr. Punalekar’s bail plea on the grounds that he would “tamper with the evidence” if released. The prosecutor, advocate Suryavanshi, had submitted that Mr. Punalekar had exceeded all limits in advising Sharad Kalaskar to destroy the firearms allegedly used to murder Dr. Dabholkar and journalist Gauri Lankesh.Likewise, he argued that the CBI needed more time to probe how Mr. Bhave conducted the reconnaissance before Dr. Dabholkar’s murder and interrogate him to uncover details of the getaway motorbike used by the two shooters.In September last, seeking an extension of Kalaskar’s custody, the CBI told the court that in July 2018, the accused had allegedly dismantled four country-made pistols and thrown them in the creeks of Greater Mumbai and Thane, while suggesting that one of them could be the weapon used to kill Dr. Dabholkar.In his statement to the CBI last year, Kalaskar allegedly said that Mr. Punalekar, known for his defamatory statements against Dr. Dabholkar, had asked him to destroy the weapons.According to the CBI, Kalaskar further revealed that it was the Thane-based Mr. Bhave who had allegedly planned the reconnaissance, pointed Dr. Dabholkar to the assailants and even planned the getaway route for the shooters.last_img read more

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Fans Poking Fun At Wildcats Recruit Isaiah Briscoe After He Accidentally Suggests Derrick Rose Went To Kentucky

first_imgJohn Calipari, to his credit, has had a great deal of success putting his college players in the NBA. While most of Cal’s representatives in the league hail from Kentucky, there are a still a few – like Tyreke Evans and Derrick Rose – leftover from his Memphis days.Wednesday night, during the McDonald’s All American Game, top UK recruit Isaiah Briscoe was asked by ESPN’s Jay Williams why he chose to play for Coach Cal. Briscoe’s response involved him listing off the names of numerous NBA stars coached by Calipari. And while he was probably just mixing up his words, he did suggest that Rose had played for Kentucky.Fans on social media, predictably, have been having a field day with the quote, perhaps unfairly. Kentucky Commit, Isaiah Briscoe: “I chose Kentucky because of UK greats like Derrick Rose”— The Golden Jew (@GoldenJew) April 2, 2015Isaiah Briscoe: Derrick Rose went to that other school called Kentucky which is actually called Memphis— Connor Gross (@Cgross920) April 2, 2015Isaiah Briscoe realizes Rose & Evans played for Cal at Memphis right? #McDonaldsAllAmericanGame— Jacob McCallister (@RockChalkJacob) April 2, 2015“@GoldenJew: Kentucky Commit, Isaiah Briscoe: “I chose Kentucky because of UK greats like Derrick Rose”” pic.twitter.com/UQZQ12VGHb— Christopher Burr (@HeisenBURRRg) April 2, 2015“@GoldenJew: Kentucky Commit, Isaiah Briscoe: “I chose Kentucky because of UK greats like Derrick Rose”” pic.twitter.com/mI1tN9g9mc— Keep It Real 2015 (@A2K4Life) April 2, 2015Kentucky Commit, Isaiah Briscoe: “I chose Kentucky because of UK greats like Derrick Rose” pic.twitter.com/rSMkVTx4UK— Keyser Söze (@WhoButMe_) April 2, [email protected]: Kentucky Commit, Isaiah Briscoe: “I chose Kentucky because of UK greats like Derrick Rose” pic.twitter.com/nCiItEK0Wx— Bryan Evans (@BryGuy2103) April 2, 2015Briscoe is clearly aware that Calipari coached at Memphis, so perhaps he just got nervous live on television. Either way, he’s taking a beating on social media.last_img read more

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Harpers speech left much to be desired First Nations delegates say

first_imgAPTN National NewsOTTAWA–Many First Nations chiefs and delegates at the Crown-First Nations Gathering in Ottawa expressed disappointment with Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s speech, even as some tried to find some hope buried in the words he delivered.Many chiefs and delegates were looking for signals in the prime minister’s speech for a new approach by his government toward First Nations issues.Harper also met with a small delegation of chiefs Monday evening who relayed some of the pressing issues facing their communities and the First Nations leaders were hoping the prime minister would respond in his speech.The prime minister also stayed longer than initially believed at the meeting and was said to be meeting with delegates late into the afternoon.For many, however, the speech felt short of expectations.Michael Bignell, a band councillor from the Opaskwayak First Nation in northern Manitoba, said he was disappointed the prime minister made no major announcement.“I was hoping for something of an announcement, of anything, like education,” said Bignell, who watched the speech on a video screen in the overflow room at the Chateau Laurier.Madawaska Maliseet Chief Joanna Bernard, from New Brunswick, said the speech fell flat.“I was not impressed. He didn’t bring anything, hope or inspiration from the future,” said Bernard, who also watched the events from the luxury hotel next to Parliament Hill.Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs Grand Chief Derek Nepinak, however, said he saw gleams of possibility in Harper’s words.Nepinak said Harper’s comments on slowly eroding the Indian Act, instead of abolishing it, fit with his organizations call for creating a process, like a larger meeting involving premiers, to begin slowly changing the whole system.“We are not asking for a rewrite (of the Indian Act), we are asking for something new,” said Nepinak, who was in Victoria Hall to hear the prime minister’s chief first-hand. “First Nations are fully willing to participate and take on all responsibilities to that end. ”Ontario’s Nishnawbe Aski Nation Grand Chief Stan Beardy, however, said he came away disappointed after hearing Harper’s speech.“We had hoped there would be an acknowledgment that these are our lands and that we have a right to benefit in jobs and training and economic benefits and job creation,” said Beardy. “Also, there is no real mention of how you are going to deal with the immediate challenges like housing.”Canupawakpa Dakota First Nation Chief Frank Brown said he didn’t really expect much from the speech and the prime minister met his expectations.“There was nothing different, nothing,” said Brown, whose Dakota community is in Manitoba. “He’s tried to announce to the world that, ‘I’m dealing with First Nations.’”Brown said his community will continue to try to generate their own revenues, outside of government funds.Brown’s community has already set up a smoke shack, which has been raided a couple of times already by Manitoba Ministry of Finance authorities. Brown said there are also plans to expand a fledgling casino to include VLTs.“We are asserting and declaring our rights,” said Brown, who was in the main hall for the meetings. “We want to generate revenue and create revenue to sustain us without federal funds and that is exactly what we are doing.”last_img read more

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