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Santos Affirms That Colombian Military Knows FARC Leader’s Location

first_img Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos affirmed on 18 February that the military knows the location of Alfonso Cano, the top leader of the FARC guerrilla group, and dismissed the possibility that he might escape. “The military and the government know perfectly what area Cano is in,” Santos said during a speech, responding to doubts about whether the FARC’s top leader might have taken advantage of the previous week’s hostage-release process, which involved a pause in military operations in several Colombian regions, to leave the place where he was. “We know exactly where they are, and we’re not such idiots that we would allow a pause in operations in an area where he is and so facilitate his escape,” Santos said. “We’re happy to have a dialogue, but we’re not idiots. We’re going to keep after him, breathing down his neck, just as we’re breathing down it right now. That bandit will fall, like Mono Jojoy fell,” he added. Santos, who took office in August 2010, has struck hard against the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, a communist group, the most recent blow being the death in a September 2010 bombardment of Mono Jojoy or Jorge Briceño, who was the FARC’s second-ranking leader and its top military commander. In March 2008, when Santos was defense minister under former president Alvaro Uribe, Raúl Reyes, the guerrilla group’s second-ranking leader at that time, was also killed, in a bombardment of his camp on Ecuadorean territory, very near the border with Colombia. Between 9 and 16 February, the FARC unilaterally released six hostages, for which purpose Santos’s administration authorized a pause in military operations in areas of the provinces of Meta, Caquetá, Tolima, and Cauca, in central and southern Colombia. By Dialogo February 21, 2011last_img read more

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Nordic investor launches search for $250m equity mandate

first_imgA Nordic investor is seeking a manager for a $250m (€216m) global developed market equities mandate, via IPE Quest Discovery.According to Discovery search DS-2472, the investor wants a US-domiciled pooled fund in order to benefit from tax exemptions for dividends.The fund should have a multifactor approach with an “enhanced” process.Managers should have a track record of at least a year for the strategy. The deadline for submissions is 18 September at 5pm UK time.Discovery is IPE Quest’s pre-RFI tool, designed to enable institutional asset owners to carry out a preliminary search for managers active in an asset class or region.The IPE news team is unable to answer any further questions about IPE Quest, Discovery, or Innovation tender notices to protect the interests of clients conducting the search. To obtain information directly from IPE Quest, please contact Jayna Vishram on +44 (0) 20 3465 9330 or email [email protected] open IPE Quest manager searches:European investor seeks manager for $100m global equities mandate (closes 13 September)last_img read more

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Ferguson confirms Rio is England bound

first_img Ferguson cast doubt on whether Ferdinand would accept Roy Hodgson’s call for the double-header against San Marino and Montenegro, expressing concern about disruption to the meticulous way the 34-year-old prepares. But after Ferdinand produced another controlled display in the 1-0 win over Reading, Ferguson confirmed he would report for England duty. “Rio will be joining up,” said United manager Ferguson. It is believed Hodgson has spoken to the United boss to offer assurances about how the player will be treated, which may include not using him in the San Marino game. Saturday night’s evidence showed why England want him involved, though, as Ferdinand sauntered upfield before finding Wayne Rooney – whose 21st-minute effort deflected in off Alex Pearce. “He broke into the midfield very well,” said Ferguson. “He has always been good at that. He doesn’t do it as much as he used to, of course, but it paid off for us.” United are clearly concerned about the effect this international break could have on their season considering they travel to Sunderland on March 30 for a lunchtime kick-off, and Chelsea 48 hours later for their FA Cup quarter-final replay. “We are making arrangements for some players to fly home by privately-hired jet after their matches to make sure they get home as quickly and as smoothly as possible,” said Ferguson. “Tiredness is a great leveller but we’ll do our utmost to make sure we field the freshest possible teams. Private planes are going to cost the club an awful lot of money but it is something we feel we have to do.” Ferguson made eight changes and handed Alex Buttner a rare start. The changes did not affect United’s winning momentum, even if their performance was, at times, disjointed. “It has been a great season for us,” said Ferguson. “Most of the time we have been playing well and obviously (this game) doesn’t reflect the 15 points ahead we are, it is the previous six months.” Press Associationcenter_img Sir Alex Ferguson watched Manchester United tighten their grip on the Premier League title before confirming Rio Ferdinand would join up with England next week.last_img read more

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