By Dialogo December 06, 2012 Colombian authorities increased pressure on the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) before resuming the peace talks in Cuba this week, by setting a deadline of less than a year to reach the peace agreement and launching a military attack that could have resulted in dozens of dead guerrillas. On December 3, President Juan Manuel Santos stated on his Twitter account that he felt “positive” about the development in the first round of negotiations with the FARC, which resumed on December 5, in Havana. However, “no one is considering modifying the time frame of negotiations. Months, not years,” said Santos hours after meeting his delegates for the talks in Havana. In a speech on December 2, the Colombian president highlighted that negotiations must be finalized by November 2013 at the latest. Officially, there is no limit for the end of the negotiations, and the guerrillas, who insist on addressing the social causes of the conflict, have already expressed their rejection to “immediate peace.” The talks with the oldest guerrilla group in Latin America were formally initiated in Oslo, Norway, last October, and then transferred to Cuba on November 19. The agrarian problem was the first of five agenda topics to be discussed on the island until both parties took a five-day break on November 29, while sending public messages of hope at the same time. The Colombian government has rejected establishing a truce before reaching a final agreement, while the FARC committed to a unilateral ceasefire for two months, until January 20. The rebel negotiating team was still in Havana before talks resumed late on December 5, and they met with envoys of the International Committee of the Red Cross to request that the talks with the government are recognized under the provisions of the Geneva Convention. This Convention imposes rules and limitations for militants in armed conflict, while protecting prisoners of war and the civilian population.
John E. Burris, 74, of Greensburg passed away on Friday, January 27, 2017 at Arbor Grove Village in Greensburg. John was born on October 9, 1942 in Franklin County to John Riley and Lula Mae (Baker) Burris. John had many different jobs throughout his life, which included tree trimming, he had his own plumbing business, and he worked for Randall’s Textron, BCA, and Delta Faucet, all in Greensburg, and he most recently worked for Wal-Mart in the maintenance department. John was most known for his great love for coon hunting. He was a coon hunting fanatic, winning many contests and he was even featured in a story in the Coon Hunter Magazine. He was a veteran of the United States Army. On December 29, 1962, he married Eilene Venter and she survives.John is also survived by his son; Jeff Kraus, Greensburg, two daughters; Jennifer (Terry) Black, Greensburg, Michelle Ricke, Greensburg, 3 brothers; Phillip (Sarah) Burris, Connersville, Charles Burris, Connersville, James (Susette) Burris, Indianapolis, 3 sisters; Juanita Russel, Connersville, Lois Martin, Tennessee, Laura Lee Burris, Connersville, 4 grandchildren, and 6 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, and sister; Jeanette Stevens. Visitation will be at Porter-Oliger-Pearson Funeral Home on Tuesday, January 31 from 1-3pm followed by Funeral Services at 3 pm with Rev. John Meyer officiating. Burial and military graveside rites will follow at South Park Cemetery in Greensburg. Memorials can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.Online condolences can be made at www.popfuneralhome.com
”Our focus in Keystone Bank is to empower indigent women through training, education and other forms of learning, to achieve sustainable job creation and income generation in line with the global sustainable development goals,â€ said Bamawo who also explained why the bank partnered organisers of the Okpekpe road race as the United Nations Organisation has set promotion of gender equality and empower women empowerment as one of its millennium development goals.â€œEmpowering grassroots and financially excluded women by giving them a voice necessitated the collaboration with the Organisers of Okpekpe road race to empower the women of Edo State and we are quite pleased with the results achieved in this first phase with 49 women trained and empowered to become business leaders. We look forward to replicating these initiatives across Nigeria,â€ she further said.Mike Itemuagbor, promoter of the race and chief executive officer of Pamodzi Sports Marketing, organiser of the historic race thanked Keystone Bank for using the platform provided by the first road race in West Africa to be granted a label status by the IAAF.â€œIAAF road race label events are races that the IAAF designates as one of the leading road races around the world and Okpekpe is the first to be so designated in West Africa. â€œWe are delighted with the support we enjoyed from Keystone Bank in terms of the women development programme it undertook in Okpekpe, providing them with the basic training they will need to conquer poverty and make them socially and economically relevant in the society,â€ said Itemuagbor.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Keystone Bank, one of the fastest growing full service commercial banks in Nigeria has expressed satisfaction with the women empowerment programme it undertook at the first ever IAAF silver label road race in West Africa, the Okpekpe International 10km Road Race which came to a historic climax penultimate Saturday in Okpekpe near Auchi in Edo State.All over the world the issue of women empowerment has continued to take the centre stage in development discuss and it is recognised that empowering women to participate fully in economic life across all sectors is essential to build stronger economies and improve the quality of life especially for women, men, families and communities.The bank’s Head of Corporate Social Responsibility/Sustainability, Izore Bamawo, is delighted the globally rated Okpekpe International 10km Road Race offered Keystone Bank a very visible platform to empower about 49 women during its week-long programme in Okpekpe.