Grain mostly lower, livestock mixed

CHICAGO — Grain futures were mostly lower Wednesday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.Wheat for July delivery advanced 12 cents at $4.3620 a bushel; May corn was off 1.40 cents at $3.5360 a bushel; July oats fell 12.40 cents at $2.79 a bushel; while May soybeans lost .80 cent at 8.1260 a bushel.Beef was mixed and pork was higher on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.Jun. live cattle was off 0.18 cent at $1.1262 a pound; May. feeder cattle was up .25 cent at $1.3795 a pound; May lean hogs rose 1.04 cents at .8302 a pound.The Associated Press read more

Is 25 too young to save Not if you want to retire

TORONTO — When 20-somethings look ahead to the new year, saving for retirement is unlikely to top their list of financial worries.[np_storybar title=”We could retire earlier if only we didn’t spend so much time in school” link=””%5DPre-1950s, a person might have had 47 years to save for a retirement that might have lasted five years. Saša Jurovicki says with more time in school and longer lives, we might have 33 years to save for 15 years of retirement. Keep reading. [/np_storybar]But a new survey suggests that’s exactly where it should be, given that 70% of people polled thought they could only afford to retire if they started saving by age 25.It may seem like a daunting task for a generation known for its high debt levels, costly tuition fees and lacklustre job prospects, but experts say that doesn’t mean it’s impossible.There’s so much going on when you’re a young person just fresh out of school or trying to find your own way that it’s hard to prioritize everything“There’s so much going on when you’re a young person just fresh out of school or trying to find your own way that it’s hard to prioritize everything,” said Brett Strano, a financial adviser with Edward Jones in Mississauga, Ont.“The challenges that are posed with that is that no one really knows how to allocate their extra cash flow.”Only 26% of those surveyed, across various age groups, said they felt they had saved enough for retirement, a figure that dropped to 20% among workers with a household income of less than $100,000.Those surveyed also said they only put 9% of their savings toward retirement on average, with RRSPs as the primary vehicle.“You have a great opportunity when you’re young (to build savings) because of the compounding over a large period of time,” said Bob Stammers, director of investor education at the CFA Institute.“The problem is you don’t have the money. Even if you didn’t have student loan debt, which most people do and they need to get rid of, and consumer debt, people are just not making as much when they start out.”And for young people enjoying a regular paycheque for the first time, there is a strong temptation to spend.“You want to start (saving) as soon as you can, and that’s different for everybody,” said Stammers.“I don’t think there’s necessarily an age; I think for most people it’s going to be when they start in the working world and when they get involved with an organization that has a… (pension) plan.”That’s exactly what Krystal Yee, 31, did after getting her first job.While she couldn’t save much, she made a point of putting $20 into an RRSP every month.“It wasn’t a lot but it was something and it helped me maintain a saving mentality,” said Yee.“It’s really motivating to see my savings grow even if it was just a little bit and then, after I got out of debt, because I was already in the habit of saving money, all the money that I had earmarked for debt repayment now went into my savings.”RRSPs are the type of investment vehicle that may allow people to save for retirement at the same time as other life goals such as owning a home, since they allow first-time homebuyers to take money out — effectively borrowing from themselves — without a tax penalty if they need the money for a down payment.Many companies also now offer new employees a group RRSP or a defined contribution pension plan instead of defined benefit plans, which have become expensive to fund in the current low interest rate environment.“The onus now moves to the employee to think about … where their money should be invested,” Strano said.The survey, prepared by Vision Critical for Fleishman Hillard, was conducted online between Oct. 3 and Oct. 7, among a sample of 3,029 Canadians adults employed either full- or part-time.The polling industry’s professional body, the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association, says online surveys cannot be assigned a margin of error because they do not randomly sample the population. read more

BC to table balanced budget but still facing pressure to deal with

B.C. Finance Minister Mike de Jong is pictured, June 27, 2013 in Victoria, B.C. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito B.C. to table balanced budget, but still facing pressure to deal with debt VICTORIA – British Columbia’s finance minister says the budget he is preparing to table Tuesday is balanced, but Mike de Jong is issuing the same warning he did with last year’s pre-election fiscal plan: there are few goodies inside.But de Jong says that’s a good thing.The finance minister said the three-year plan will forecast modest budget surpluses, which he said was a sign the Liberal government has stuck to its goals of controlling government spending during challenging times.“I’d like to think people assign importance to government living within its means, particularly in the context of a time when very few governments are able to do that,” said de Jong.“There will not be huge swings in taxation policy. There won’t be huge spending announcements. We’re not at a point yet where that’s possible within the context of the balanced budget.”Other than Saskatchewan, B.C. is the only province to balance its books.Federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty said last week the Conservative government in Ottawa is on target to produce a balanced budget next year — ahead of a federal election — but this year he’s still battling a deficit.De Jong said holding the line on spending wasn’t easy, but it produced results.“It’s interesting how quickly now some pundits dismiss (a balanced budget) as being insignificant,” he said.“In every other province it would be huge news and yet because of the discipline that we’ve brought, people accept that as a given. It’s been hard getting to this point.”The next B.C. election is set for May 2017.De Jong has already said the budget will not include revenue estimates from the development of the liquefied natural gas industry. He said the government is still refining its regulatory and taxation policies for the prospective new industry and legislation won’t be tabled until the fall.Premier Christy Clark says LNG development represents a trillion-dollar economic opportunity for B.C. that could create up to 100,000 jobs. Last year, she outlined plans for a fund that she predicted would build enough resource revenues to pay off B.C.’s debt, currently hovering at $60 billion and rising.Canadian Taxpayers’ Federation B.C. spokesman Jordan Bateman said Clark’s promise of LNG revenues is still just a promise, and until that money appears — if it ever does — the Liberals should continue their tight-wad financial ways.“I want to believe in LNG,” said Bateman. “I’m hoping for LNG, but you’ve got to plan like it’s not going to be there. It’s really important this government keep thinking it’s broke and keeps grinding out the savings wherever they can find them. Keep holding the line on spending. Don’t get too crazy on borrowing.”He said de Jong and the Liberals deserve to crow about their balanced budget, especially after going into an campaign last spring without any expensive election promises.“They deserve credit — they held the line on spending,” Bateman said.“It would have been easy for them to go into the election and throw around hundreds of millions of dollars in goodies to try and buy votes. To their credit, they didn’t and it’s going to turn into what looks like a surplus this year.”But Bateman said he’ll be looking for the Liberals to control the provincial debt, which is forecast to rise above $60 billion this year.Opposition New Democrat finance critic Mike Farnworth said he’ll look to see if the B.C. budget factors in costs associated with fewer federal health dollars and the recent B.C. Supreme Court judgment that found the Liberal government should not have removed the rights of teachers to bargain class sizes and their composition as part of their collective agreement.The government said it will appeal the ruling. Education Minister Peter Fassbender said reinstating previous contract language governing class size and composition could cost the government up to $1 billion.“Does (the budget) address the very serious skill shortage in this province?” Farnworth said. “Does it allow the resource-based ministries to do the job they have been hampered in doing because of the cuts over the last number of years? It’s going to be interesting to see what their figures are.” by Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 16, 2014 11:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Womens Volleyball Ohio State to continue success in Rebel Invitational

Ohio State head women’s volleyball coach Geoff Carlston looks on afterhis team surrendered a point during their match with Purdue on Friday, Oct. 27 at St.John Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Purdue won the match 3-0. Credit: Jeff Helfrich |Former Lantern ReporterThe Ohio State women’s volleyball team is heading into its second series of the season Friday and Saturday after kicking off the season undefeated through three games. The squad will head to Oxford, Mississippi, to play Southern Mississippi and Ole Miss on Friday and Samford in the Rebel Invitational on Saturday. “It’s a really good tournament,” head coach Geoff Carlston said. “You’re going to get three really different looks, three styles and three coaches who know what they’re doing. We won’t be in Saint John’s, so embracing that trip is something we’ve talked a lot about. We’re excited.”After the opening weekend, Southern Miss holds a 3-0 record, with Ole Miss and Samford at 2-1.Ohio State sophomore middle blocker Lauren Witte, was named co-Big Ten Player of the Week on Monday. Witte hit .636 during opening season and scored 48 points, 37 kills and 12 blocks with only one error, a number that Carlston deemed “unheard of.”“Every team was worried about her,” Carlston said. “They were focused on stopping her and she still was able to be effective. When everyone knows that it’s coming and you can still play with the maturity that she played with; I think that’s the most impressive thing. Witte said she hopes to focus on better exemplifying all of these traits throughout the season. “Being a sophomore, I’ve been here for a year and know how the team and the Big Ten works,” Witte said. “At this point, I think it’s most important for me to have a constant core presence, leadership and skill-wise, that other teams are going to notice and worry about.”The team values their “culture playbook,” a set of rules and beliefs that they are all fully behind, with Witte crediting it for her mindset this season.“‘Trust the process’ is one of my favorites,” Witte said. “It’s easy to see the end goal. Obviously we want to win a national championship, but we have to realize that each practice is progressive and if we are getting better each day small bit by small bit, in the end it will pay off.”Having just come out of the Buckeyes’ first series, there is time and room for improvement. Carlston said he aims to focus on playing around with the rotations more, and building more aggressive serving.Witte and Carlston both look forward to the ongoing transition of the four freshmen on the team, a process that they both noted has been smooth and enjoyable so far. The team will face Southern Miss on Friday at 1 p.m., Ole Miss on Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Samford on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. read more

London fire brigade issues warning over faulty tumble dryers

first_imgThe UK’s biggest fire brigade is urging people to stop using tumble dryers that are subject to product recall or safety notices following a huge tower block blaze.Fire investigators say the blaze in Shepherd’s Bush, London, which ripped through the 18-storey high rise and took 120 firefighters to put out, was believed to be caused by a faulty tumble dryer which was subject to “corrective action” by the manufacturer and due to be attended by an engineer. Friday's blaze started in the kitchen of a seventh-floor flat  A faulty Indesit tumble dryer is believed to have caused the blaze,  fire investigators said.London Fire Brigade has now called on Indesit’s parent company Whirlpool to urgently change its advice to consumers, which currently says users can continue operating their tumble dryers while waiting for a product modification.London Fire Commissioner Ron Dobson said: “If my kitchen had one of the recalled goods in it, I would unplug it straight away until it has been checked and repaired.”The speed with which the fire took hold shows how dangerous a faulty tumble dryer can be – that’s why we are calling for Whirlpool to urgently change their advice to consumers.”The flat’s occupants had a terrifying ordeal. The kitchen quickly became smoke logged and thankfully they noticed the smoke and quickly left the flat and called the Brigade.”If your appliance is subject to a safety or recall notice or you think there is something wrong with it our advice is simple – unplug it immediately and contact the manufacturer or a qualified repair technician.”Friday’s blaze started in the kitchen of a seventh-floor flat and the occupants were in at the time and using their tumble dryer.They were uninjured and escaped smoke coming from the dryer. The residents of four other flats in the block have also had to be rehoused following the blaze.Manufacturers Hotpoint, Indesit and Creda are in the process of fixing an estimated 4.3 million faulty tumble dryers across the UK after their parent company, Whirlpool, notified customers of a widespread safety defect last October.Faulty tumble dryers, in which excess fluff can catch the heating element in the machine and cause a fire, have been linked to a number of recent blazes in British homes.Since October, Whirlpool has replaced or fixed around 750,000 tumble dryers. A spokesperson for Whirlpool said: “Our thoughts are with all those affected by this incident. The cause of the fire is currently unknown and we will assist London Fire Brigade in any way we can as they investigate. We are looking into the circumstances surrounding the fire as a matter of urgency. As investigations are currently ongoing, we are unable to comment further at this time.” Friday’s blaze started in the kitchen of a seventh-floor flat Credit: LFB / Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Geek deals 250 off HP Pavilion performance desktop

first_imgOptions can be baffling. Laptop or desktop? 720p or 1080p display? Dual-core or quad-core? Hard drive or SSD? And that’s just the beginning of your spec comparisons. There’s a whole host of upgrades for personalization. Once you succumb to one attractive add-on, you may find yourself falling down the rabbit hole and filling your cart with additional drives, add-in cards, and peripherals that you don’t really need.That’s the beauty of a quickship item. Usually, more thought goes into these ready-made PCs — their pre-set builds can accommodate a wide variety of needs, so you needn’t mull over the importance of every spec decision before checking out. This is the case with our deal on a HP Pavilion HPE quick-ship item available today.Only $699 nets you this HP Pavilion HPE h8-1228 with a quad-core Intel Core i5 CPU, 8GB RAM, a 1.5TB hard drive, and yes, even dedicated graphics that you know you want. There’s also a Blu-ray player/SuperMulti DVD burner and audio that’s capable of exporting 5.1 stereo surround sound. It has inputs to connect to the latest gadgetry, including HDMI, DVI, and DisplayPort (VGA is only available with a dongle).It’s not gaming PC, per se (even though the red makes it look kind of Alienware-esque), but the Radeon 7570 graphics can still handle the rigors of most of today’s gaming. As you might recall, the HPE was introduced as HP’s top-shelf desktop, put it right below their bottom-of-the-line workstation, the Z200.All in all, it’s a good deal on a pre-configured desktop with excellent specs. And you won’t pull out your hair in the selection process. Just keep in mind that there is a reason why this deal is being offered… new Ivy Bridge gear from Intel is rumored to be available soon.Check out this deal at LogicBuy.last_img read more

Avec Adminium la dématérialisation a de lavenir

first_imgAvec Adminium, la dématérialisation a de l’avenirUne start-up française a créé un espace de service innovant pour aider les particuliers à gérer leurs données administratives au quotidien. Mis en ligne en octobre 2010, Adminium est en train de révolutionner la dématérialisation numérique. Cette société française a décidé d’aider les particuliers qui sont de plus en plus confrontés aux factures électroniques, et d’aller plus loin que les services de coffre-forts numériques existants. Depuis plusieurs années, EDF, les opérateurs de téléphonie, les banques proposent à leurs clients de ne plus recevoir de documents papiers. Une belle initiative pour protéger les forêts du monde entier, mais un casse-tête pour les particuliers. Car les factures, relevés de comptes sont des documents importants que chacun souhaite conserver, protéger, organiser.  Adminium propose une solution double. D’abord, vos documents sont conservés en sécurité et durablement dans un coffre-fort numérique, ensuite, plusieurs services vous sont proposés pour vous aider dans la gestion de votre paperasse.  Didier Louvet, ancien Directeur Général de Smartbox, et fondateur d’Adminium explique en exclusivité pour Maxisciences : “Les documents appartiennent à l’utilisateur, c’est lui qui doit pouvoir  décider de ce qu’il veut faire. Ce que nous apportons en plus d’une conservation durable et sécurisée, c’est un ensemble de services utiles,  pour lui permettre de trouver un bénéfice dans la dématérialisation de sa vie administrative. L’utilisateur retrouve facilement ses documents, où qu’il soit et n’importe quand, il peut trier et analyser ses informations et partager les données de son choix avec les personnes qu’il souhaite. Une famille peut par exemple échanger des documents pour régler un problème de succession. Il y a un esprit très ‘foyer’. L’utilisateur peut également paramétrer des alertes de gestion (prévenir d’un dépassement de facture, ne pas oublier un renouvellement de contrat, ou encore être informé que la résiliation d’un compte de téléphonie mobile est à faire…). Adminium est avant tout une société de service. Notre grande différence avec les coffres-forts numériques de première génération est la possibilité de traiter les informations contenues dans les documents, en plus du stockage, pour apporter un vrai service à nos utilisateurs”.Un clic, et je retrouve tous les documents pour une démarche administrativeÀ lire aussiLes applications pour entraîner son cerveau sont-elles vraiment efficaces ?Concrètement, la société peut établir des historiques ou des suivis de dépenses. Si  après avoir acheté sur Internet, vous avez enregistré une garantie dans votre espace, Adminium peut vous prévenir quelques jours avant son expiration. A terme, les possibilités sont énormes, comme le détaille enthousiaste Didier Louvet : “Nous proposerons bientôt des fonctionnalités pour regrouper  automatiquement les documents dont vous avez besoin lors d’une démarche administrative. Nous recensons actuellement les 50 démarches les plus courantes. Vous cliquerez par exemple sur le bouton ‘demande de passeport’  et tous les documents nécessaires seront regroupés automatiquement, organisés et livrés sous forme de dossier prêt à être imprimé”. D’ici quelques années, Adminium imagine même que votre administration recevra le dossier par mail et le traitera en direct sans que vous ayez à vous déplacer. Plus qu’un coffre-fort numérique, Adminium est donc une société de services informatiques dédiée aux utilisateurs. La start-up qui travaille en étroite collaboration avec la CNIL a reçu le soutien de d’OSEO. Prochaines étapes de développement : travailler avec tous les organismes émetteurs de factures dématérialisées. Didier Louvet précise : “En 2011, nous projetons de rencontrer EDF, les banques, la CAF … et également les plus grands sites e-marchands. Ces structures gagneront aussi à nous délivrer directement les documents de leurs clients, si ces derniers le demandent, afin que les relations soient plus fluides et plus simples pour tous”. La start-up française n’a donc pas fini de grandir.  L’objectif final, obtenir la création d’un label ou d’une vignette Adminium pour attester de la valeur légale d’un document dématérialisé. Pour son lancement Adminium propose une offre gratuite pendant 3 mois sans engagement. Cliquez ici pour la découvrir. Le 4 décembre 2010 à 08:22 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Morrissey Announces Fall US Tour Dates With Interpol

first_img Twitter Morrissey Announces Fall U.S. Tour Dates With Interpol Morrissey Announces Fall U.S. Tour With Interpol morrissey-announces-fall-us-tour-dates-interpol The onetime Smiths frontman will soon release an all-covers album called California Son on May 24. Yesterday, he released the first single from the album, a duet with Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong and the Regrettes’ Lydia Night, who cover the 5th Dimension’s “Wedding Bell Blues.”Morrissey is also scheduled to play a seven-date Broadway run at New York City’s Lunt-Fontanne Theater from May 2 to May 11. Facebook Email News Morrissey will release an all-covers album, ‘California Son,’ on May 24Rachel BrodskyGRAMMYs Apr 9, 2019 – 10:59 am Morrissey has unveiled a series of U.S. tour dates with support from post-punk provocateurs Interpol. Starting in Sept., the two acts will play venues around the country, beginning in Columbia, MD, at the Merriweather Post Pavilion. The tour will wrap on Oct. 6 in San Diego.Ticket info available at Ticket sales open to the public on Friday, April 12 at 10 a.m. ET.last_img read more

Nintendos answer to Xenoblade Chronicles X long load times is 10GB of

first_imgWhile Nintendo may class the Wii U as a current gen system, its spec sheet suggests last-gen+ hardware resides inside the case. It can’t match the PS4 or Xbox One on performance, and the included storage is limited to just 32GB, or even 8GB if you chose the Basic model. With that in mind, Xenoblade Chronicles X is an impressive achievement on the system, but it is also making it very clear what the limits of the Wii U are.Load times for the disc-based version of Xenoblade Chronicles X are long. Nintendo and developer Monolith Soft realize this and have decided to do something about it in the form of downloadable data packs. There are four in total, amounting to just over 10GB of data to download. Thankfully that data can be placed on an external USB-connected drive. You also don’t have to download all four packs as they are split based on what you do most in the game.Here’s a short description of what each pack contains:The Basic Data Pack (2GB)The most essential data pack, this contains frequently used terrain, city, and field data to speed up load times in general.Enemy High-Speed Data Loading Pack (2.93GB)Recommended for players who want to do a lot of exploring and regular fighting of enemies.Player High-Speed Data Loading Pack (3.8GB)Recommended for any players who intend to focus on completing lots of missions.Skell High-Speed Data Loading Pack (1.6GB)Speeds up loading for all the game’s mechs.Even though you have a choice of how many of these packs to install, it’s clear from the descriptions that you really want them all on your Wii U. All players are going to do everything detailed in the packs and won’t want to suffer longer than necessary load times for any of it. Of course, if you opted to buy the game digitally, you will already have all the data on a hard drive and won’t need these packs.Hopefully having to do things like this for individual games will wake Nintendo up to the fact they need to add a large hard drive to the Nintendo NX.last_img read more

Temporary breather to Teesta Setalvads NGOs

first_imgGovernment has given a temporary relief to social activist Teesta Setalvad’s two NGOs, which allegedly violated Foreign Currency Regulation Act, by allowing them more time to reply to its showcause notices.Sabarang Trust and Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP), run by Teesta and her husband Javed Anand, were served the notices nearly a month ago following an on-site inspection of their records and books of accounts carried out by Home Ministry officials in April this year.”Even after almost a month, no reply has come from the two NGOs. We have extended the deadline by a fortnight and asked them to reply by mid-July to our showcause notices. If the NGOs do not reply even then, we will have no option but to cancel their FCRA registration,” a Home Ministry official said.During the probe under Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA), Home Ministry officials found that Teesta and her husband were running a magazine “Communalism Combat” as co-editors as well as printer and publisher of their company Sabrang Communication and Publishing Pvt Ltd (SCPPL) and allegedly received foreign contribution.last_img read more

Hanging restaurant sees stellar response

first_imgKolkata: The popularity of the country’s first hanging restaurant at New Town is growing fast, with 100 young couples enjoying their dinner there on Valentine’s Day.Remarkably, all 50 tables at the restaurant had been booked over phone on Thursday morning. A special menu had been prepared for the occasion. The restaurant remains open from 7 pm to 10 pm. The lights have been arranged to enhance the ambience. State Urban Development and Municipal Affairs minister Firhad Hakim had inaugurated the restaurant last Saturday. It is a part of the Biswa Bangla Gate which was opened by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee from the dais of the 43rd Kolkata International Book Fair on January 31. Though there are 72 seats, the restaurant will be opened with only 50. The viewing gallery will remain open from 12 noon to 5 pm and visitors will have to buy entry tickets online. They will be allowed to stay for an hour. There is free Wi-Fi connection on offer as well.last_img read more

AllinOne Sidebar Developer announces death of Firefox addon

first_imgAll-in-One Sidebar Developer announces death of Firefox add-on by Martin Brinkmann on August 17, 2017 in Firefox – 66 commentsThe developer of the popular All-in-One Sidebar extension for the Firefox web browser announced the end of life of the Firefox add-on today.All-in-One Sidebar is a popular Firefox add-on that lets users open Firefox specific pages in the browser’s sidebar. The extension has more than 123000 users right now and the highest possible rating of five out of five stars on Mozilla AMO.You may use it to display bookmarks, downloads, the browsing history, and add-ons in the sidebar, and also any internal Firefox about page, for instance about:config or about:support.While Firefox may display some content in a sidebar as well natively, the bookmarks, history and synced tabs, it does not display other pages that All-in-One Sidebar supports.The developer has two main reasons for stopping development of the extension. The first reason is that he moved to Chrome as his main browser and has no plans on switching back to Firefox. He states in the announcement that he does not want to spend time developing an extension for a browser that he does not use anymore.I’m simply not prepared to spend my less free time for developing an extension for a browser, which I don’t use anymore and in which I have no more personal interest.But even if he would have the desire to continue development, he could not do so because migration of All-in-One Sidebar to the WebExtension format is not possible at this point in time. Migration is necessary as Mozilla will drop support for legacy add-ons (of which All-in-One Sidebar is one), to go WebExtensions exclusive. This will happen when Firefox 57 gets released.The WebExtensions APIs that are available right now are extremely limiting when it comes to manipulating the browser’s interface and functionality according to the developer of the All-in-One Sidebar add-on for Firefox.An extension like AiOS, which is heavily changing the interface of the browser, isn’t viable with Firefox 57 onwards.I have a very clear opinion about the new extension system and the previous unique selling point of Firefox in my point of view. I really hope they will succeed with the new direction – but without me as a user and extension developer.All-in-One Sidebar will stop working when Firefox 57 Stable is released. The extension will continue to work in Firefox ESR until the Extended Support Release is moved to the next major version in mid-2018. SummaryArticle NameAll-in-One Sidebar Developer announces death of Firefox add-onDescriptionThe developer of the popular All-in-One Sidebar extension for the Firefox web browser announced the end of life of the Firefox add-on today.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Jailing made Colombian relive kidnapping trauma

first_imgProsecutors alleged that the man was Sigifredo Lopez, and arrested him on suspicion of murder, kidnapping, perfidy and rebellion. Besides the video, prosecutors said four former FARC guerrillas had given testimony implicating Lopez, according to a copy of his arrest order.No motive was offered, leading to speculation that Lopez could have plotted with the rebels and then been betrayed when they kidnapped him as well.Colombians were aghast. It seemed unthinkable that a man who himself was held captive for nearly seven years could have betrayed his own, and some people, including Colombia’s interior minister and relatives of the slain legislators, expressed hope that somehow it was all a terrible mistake.“Judas?” Colombia’s leading weekly newsmagazine asked on its cover.Another former hostage, Gov. Alan Jara of the southern province of Meta, said he felt “absolute disbelief” when the allegations surfaced, though he never met Lopez because they were held in distinct parts of the country.“It’s two different hells,” Jara said. “And who knows know which is worse: the kidnapping, or being imprisoned for something he didn’t commit.” Top Stories Associated PressCALI, Colombia (AP) – Sigifredo Lopez personally paid the cost of Colombia’s bloody civil war when he was kidnapped by rebels along with 11 other legislators, held captive for seven years and became famous as the lone survivor of a notorious massacre of his captive colleagues.His stunning arrest this year made him a symbol of something else as well: the murky nature of Colombia’s long civil conflict. Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project After his arrest, Lopez was taken to the capital, Bogota. Behind bars, he was suddenly reliving a nightmare of captivity that he thought was over. Even worse, he was suspected of complicity in the death of his fellow captives.It wasn’t long, however, before the prosecutors’ case began unraveling.On May 24, Caracol Television broadcast an interview with a former rebel who took part in the legislators’ kidnapping and said the man on the video was actually guerrilla Milton Sierra Gomez, alias “JJ,” the commander of the assault.At the request of Lopez’s lawyers, the video was examined by Colombian forensic experts and the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation. It was determined the video was too brief and the audio too muddled to tell whether the man was Lopez.The testimony of the former rebels who implicated Lopez was also thrown into doubt.One had said Lopez used a cellphone to call then-President Andres Pastrana from the jungle and tell him not to bomb an area where the captives were being held. But Pastrana told Colombian media he was never contacted by Lopez during those years.A judge rejected the charges brought by prosecutors and Lopez was freed on Aug. 14, though the prosecutors have not formally withdrawn the charges, acknowledged error or apologized. Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk 0 Comments   Share   “I hope that what happened to me never happens again to any Colombian.”___Associated Press writers Cesar Garcia and Vivian Sequera in Bogota contributed to this report.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Prosecutors alleged that far from being a victim, Lopez was actually in cahoots with the rebels who seized the lawmakers. The former hostage found himself a prisoner again.“They painted me as the worst criminal in the history of humanity,” Lopez said in an interview with The Associated Press at his home in Cali.Now 48 and with thick, graying hair, the heavyset lawyer lives with his high school sweetheart, also an attorney, in a middle-class house. He apparently practices little law these days, but ran for the national Senate in 2010 and for mayor of Cali in 2011, losing both times.Lopez has frequently recounted his ordeal as a rebel hostage to investigators and others, so he didn’t think much about the phone call from prosecutors summoning him to their office on May 16.But he was floored by what they had to say: “Sir, you are under arrest.”“I thought it was a joke,” Lopez said.Guerrillas of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, the FARC, staged a dramatic raid on the provincial legislature in 2002 and grabbed 12 little-known lawmakers, including Lopez.He was a member of the center-left Liberal Party, but the rebels apparently gave no thought to his politics. He and his companions were among at least 50 military officers, police and politicians taken captive between 1997 and 2002. They made up a group that the FARC called the “exchangeables”_ hostages it wanted to swap for imprisoned rebels. Successive Colombian governments, however, rejected that idea. How do cataracts affect your vision? How men can have a healthy 2019 Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Sponsored Stories Other former hostages said his case highlights deficiencies in Colombian justice system, which allows prosecutors to order a suspect detained without charge during an investigation.“Sigifredo’s case is one of those episodes in which injustice borders on madness,” said Ingrid Betancourt, a French-Colombian who was running for Colombia’s presidency when she was taken captive by the FARC in 2002. An army rescue freed her and 14 other hostages in 2008.Legal authorities defend their actions, noting they had testimony from the ex-rebels to corroborate their suspicions about the video.“Prosecutors had no evidence that those witnesses were untruthful,” Attorney General Eduardo Montealegre told the AP. “It was in no way staged.”Lopez said his 38 days in a Colombian jail did bring a major life change. On June 22, the day he was released from prison and put under house arrest, he asked his partner of 26 years to marry him. Patricia Nieto said yes, and they tied the knot a week later.“I had several revelations from God,” Lopez said. “In one of them he told me: `Get married by the Holy Mother Church.’”Today Lopez said he’s happy and trying to move on. He doesn’t know yet whether he will sue the government, but he hopes to see changes in the legal system. Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Eleven of the legislators were executed five years later in a confused incident when their rebel captors mistook another guerrilla unit for a government rescue force and carried out standing orders to kill their hostages in the event of such an attempt. Lopez was the only survivor. He was freed by the FARC in 2009 and returned to Cali, the capital of Valle del Cauca.Since Lopez was released, his story has not wavered: He survived the 2007 executions because on that day the rebels were punishing him by keeping him 50 meters, or about 50 yards, away from the others, separated by a wall of palm leaves.Lopez said he heard the gunshots but other rebels quickly spirited him away. 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