Arch Coal, in Nod to Market Trends, Abandons Lease-Expansion Application

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享SNL:Arch Coal Inc. has withdrawn its application for a lease on a federal tract of land in Wyoming that would have expanded its Black Thunder mine.The request to lease the West Hilight tract was withdrawn at the end of August, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management confirmed in an email. “We currently have more than 1.1 billion tons of Powder River Basin reserves under lease, and are targeting annual production of 70 [million] to 80 million tons per year at Black Thunder,” Arch spokeswoman Logan Bonacorsi said. “The decision to withdraw the application was made after careful evaluation of our near-term needs and a commitment to a judicious capital allocation approach.”The Black Thunder mine is the second-largest coal mine by production in the country.More: Arch says downsized Black Thunder no longer in need of new federal coal tract Arch Coal, in Nod to Market Trends, Abandons Lease-Expansion Applicationlast_img read more

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Forecast says renewables will prompt steep power price cuts in Australia

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Guardian:While the Morrison government has identified lowering power prices as a key early priority, a new analysis says wholesale prices will almost halve over the next four years because of the technology many Coalition conservatives oppose – renewables.The latest renewable energy index compiled by Green Energy Markets confirms analysis by the Energy Security Board that wholesale electricity prices are on the way down because of an addition of 7,200 megawatts of extra large-scale supply from renewable energy.Tristan Edis from Green Energy Markets says the political debate in Canberra is lagging behind practical developments in the national electricity market. The national energy guarantee was scuppered in part because government conservatives were concerned the mechanism didn’t do enough to reduce power prices, and because of claims that renewables were inflating power bills.“What I think is extraordinary given recent political events is that we’ve actually turned the corner on wholesale electricity prices and they’re now headed downward and will continue to decline substantially over the next few years,” Edis told Guardian Australia. “This doesn’t seem to have sunken in at all in our political debate.”The new analysis charts movements in prices in the energy market. It says prices began to rise when large amounts of supply were withdrawn from the market in South Australia with the closure of the Northern power station, and because of the closure of the Hazelwood plant in Victoria. The analysis says price reductions have followed more renewable projects coming on stream. “Prices have since continued to decline in anticipation of increasing amounts of renewable energy supply reaching construction completion and contributing power to the grid.”More: Renewables forecast to halve wholesale energy prices over four years Forecast says renewables will prompt steep power price cuts in Australialast_img read more

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Promise of Recycling

first_imgRecycling today is considered by many to be a huge success, though Americans could be recycling more than they do. Well managed recycling systems that focus on profitable resources like glass, paper and metals have had the most success. Photo cred: Digital VisionEarthTalk®E – The Environmental MagazineDear EarthTalk: Has recycling lived up to its promise to reduce waste and pollution, save energy and provide jobs in our ailing economy?                                                                — Ian Atkinson, New York, NYAmericans still don’t recycle as much as they could. Nonetheless, the practice is already considered a huge success given that it keeps about a third of the solid waste we generate out of our quickly filling landfills and saves natural resources while generating much-needed revenue for struggling municipal governments. Recycling also helps us keep our carbon footprints down: According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, recycling one ton of aluminum cans conserves more than 1,665 gallons of gasoline.Of course that doesn’t mean the progression from virtually no recycling just 40 years ago to today’s U.S. average of 33.8 percent has always been smooth. Some types of materials, especially mixed plastics, have proven difficult and/or expensive to recycle, causing skeptics to question the overall value proposition. But well managed recycling systems that focus on profitable resources like glass, paper and metals have been a big success. And why wouldn’t they be, when recycling uses as little as five percent of the energy required for virgin production of materials such as aluminum?Sara Brown of Presidio Graduate School reports that, while recycling has gained significant momentum during the last two decades, it has still not yet realized its potential. “Unfortunately, recycling pick-up services are not cheap and it is viewed as a redundant service; extra trucks mean extra cost. On top of that, single stream recycling requires investment in technology to sort the loads efficiently,” she says. “Trash, on the other hand, is far more indiscriminate because everything just goes to one place, the landfill.”Brown says that the availability of curbside recycling programs varies throughout the country, as does their success. For example, New York City was a pioneer in recycling, but when the city became strapped for cash, recycling rates fell precipitously to just 15 percent and have not recovered. “New York City officials claim it is more expensive to recycle than to send trash to landfills and incinerators for disposal, and that they have to weigh those costs against environmental goals.”On the other end of the spectrum is San Francisco, which has been steadily increasing its recycling and composting and is now up to over 77 percent. Even more incredibly, the city is aiming for zero waste by 2020. Brown lauds San Francisco for structuring its recycling program to promote the desired behavior. “Curbside fees are charged on a ‘pay as you throw’ basis for trash, while recycling and compost are free, creating a financial incentive for following the law and sorting your waste.” Brown adds that programs like San Francisco’s prove that recycling can be economically viable besides being good for the planet.Brown acknowledges we’ve come a long way with recycling but that there is still great potential to do more. A November 2011 report entitled “More Jobs, Less Pollution” by a coalition of groups including the BlueGreen Alliance, the Natural Resources Defense Council and Recycling Works! advocates that the U.S. government mandate diverting 75 percent of our waste coast-to-coast by 2030. The result would be 1.5 million new jobs as well as significant pollution reduction and savings in water and other resources.CONTACTS: More Jobs, Less Pollution Report, docs.nrdc.org/globalwarming/files/glo_11111401a.pdf; Presidio Graduate School, www.presidioedu.org. EarthTalk® is written and edited by Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss and is a registered trademark of E – The Environmental Magazine (www.emagazine.com). Send questions to: [email protected] Subscribe: www.emagazine.com/subscribe. Free Trial Issue: www.emagazine.com/trial.last_img read more

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Kentucky Getaway Giveaway

first_imgEnter to win a getaway in beautiful Kentucky!Out Kentucky Getaway Giveaway Prize Package includes:A two night stay in a two bedroom cottage at Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park$50 gift certificate to DaVinci’s Little Italian RestaurantFour passes to the Museums of Historic HopkinsvilleEnter Below:THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED! THANKS TO ALL WHO ENTERED AND PLEASE CHECK OUT ALL OUR OTHER GREAT GIVEAWAYS. Rules and Regulations: Package must be redeemed within 1 year of winning  date. Entries must be received by mail or through the www.blueridgeoutdoors.com contest sign-up page by 12:00 noon EST on July 15th, 2013. One entry per person. One winner per household.  Sweepstakes open only to legal residents of the 48 contiguous United  States and the District of Columbia, who are 18 years of age or older.  Void wherever prohibited by law. Families and employees of Blue Ridge  Outdoors Magazine and participating sponsors are not eligible. No  liability is assumed for lost, late, incomplete, inaccurate,  non-delivered or misdirected mail, or misdirected e-mail, garbled,  mistranscribed, faulty or incomplete telephone transmissions, for  technical hardware or software failures of any kind, lost or unavailable  network connection, or failed, incomplete or delayed computer  transmission or any human error which may occur in the receipt of  processing of the entries in this Sweepstakes. By entering the  sweepstakes, entrants agree that Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine, the State of Kentucky, Kentucky State Parks, and Hopkinsville Christian County CVB reserve the right to contact entrants multiple times with special information  and offers. Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine reserves the right, at their  sole discretion, to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry  process and to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Sweepstakes.  Winners agree that Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine and participating  sponsors, their subsidiaries, affiliates, agents and promotion agencies  shall not be liable for injuries or losses of any kind resulting from  acceptance of or use of prizes. No substitutions or redemption of cash,  or transfer of prize permitted. Any taxes associated with winning any of  the prizes detailed below will be paid by the winner. Winners agree to  allow sponsors to use their name and pictures for purposes of promotion. Sponsors reserve the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater  value. All Federal, State and local laws and regulations apply.  Selection of winner will be chosen at random at the Blue Ridge Outdoors  office on or before July 30th, 6:00 PM EST 2013. Winners will be contacted by  the information they provided in the contest sign-up field and have 7  days to claim their prize before another winner will be picked. Odds of  winning will be determined by the total number of eligible entries received.last_img read more

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Essential Paddling Tips from Pros

first_imgPat KellerThree-time long boat Green Race champion; whitewater’s sweetheart of the SoutheastLearn your boat by first taking it out to the lake. The best way to know your craft and how it will respond in varying currents is to be aware of what its rocker and edges will want to do. A quick drill on flatwater will help you dial this. First, get up to speed. Once you’re moving, you have four options:1. Lean to the front left edge2. Lean to the front right edge3. Lean over the back left edge4. Lean over the back right edge.Try all four of those and just see what the boat wants to do.Shane BenedictTwo-time medalist at World Freestyle; co-founder of Liquidlogic kayaksI have always thought of my top skill as being precision. I regularly use a broad repertoire of strokes to the point that they become second nature. Practice freestyling and old-school-style eddy hopping to learn how to visualize tight, precise lines and put the boat exactly where you want it with the right momentum and angle. It also doesn’t hurt to know how to scramble like a mofo when you are dealing with Plan B.Nick TroutmanBronze medalist in Freestyle World Championships 2007; three-time Canadian national freestyle championOne of the most important and most underrated skills is edge control. It’s the difference you notice between someone flying through the rapid fast and stylish compared to someone just making it down the rapid. You edge the boat to miss tapping on a little rock or catching your edge on an eddy line; it’s also about knowing exactly when to edge to take a boof stroke or land a boof. To practice, just try simple tricks like seeing how long you can edge on your side without having your paddle in the water. Get farther onto your sidewall until you eventually fall over. This skill takes time to master, though luckily you can practice anywhere.Clay WrightFirst Green Race winner; squirt boating icon; inventor of “the loop”Practice failure. Try really hard moves in safe places. You’ll learn the very real skill of dealing with where you are when you aren’t set up for the rest of the drop. Try rolls or 360s between eddies, attempt eddies that are too shallow or small and learn to grab at rocks or fall out the back and get back on track. Paddlers who can improvise quickly form better back-up plans and get to run challenging lines with less risk.Anna LevesqueBronze medalist at Freestyle World Championships 2001; founder and owner of Girls at PlayThe skill I think is crucial for styling a rapid is confidence. Confidence and skill are related. The better skill (technique) you have, the more confident you’ll feel; the more confident you feel, the better you’ll perform. Building confidence has four components:1. Learn and practice good technique.2. Gain experience. Get out and paddle.3. Feel supported by your paddling peers.4. Learn from the bad lines, but don’t focus on them.Confidence comes from recognizing our strengths while we learn from our weaknesses.last_img read more

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Blue Ridge Parkway to Receive $3.1 Million Land Grant

first_imgThe Blue Ridge Parkway is set to expand by 1,654 acres in the Plott Balsam Mountains of Jackson County, North Carolina.The expansion is being made possible by a generous land grant from The Nature Conservancy valued at just over $3 million.The gifted land, which can be seen from the Waterrock Knob Overlook, is of particular importance to conservationists because it harbors two federally endangered mammals— the North Carolina flying squirell and the Indiana bat— and a rare type of rhododendron often called pinkshell azalea. It’s also home to nine other rare plant species as well as rare Red spruce and Fraser fir habitat.With this new land acquisition, which comes as the National Park Service celebrates its 100th anniversary, NPS hopes to improve the overall visitor experience of the Blue Ridge Parkway, an attraction that drew more that 15 million visitors last year alone.“Every time a property is conserved adjacent to the Blue Ridge Parkway, it improves the visitor experience by preserving scenic vistas, water quality, and habitat for wildlife,” Blue Ridge Parkway Superintendent Mark Woods told the Asheville Citizen-Times last month.In addition to hosting rare plants and animals, the newly donated tract, visible from Milepost 452, contains the highest summit in all of the Plott Balsam Range at an elevation of 6,292 feet.According to the Citizen Times, the land will be added to an adjacent 5,000 acres later this month to make up a new conservation area to be known as Waterrock Knob Park.Related Content:last_img read more

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Trail Mix | Spitzer Space Telescope

first_imgYears of music collecting – records, tapes, compact discs, digital devices and external hard drives – has a way of cramping one’s space.From the smallest efficiency apartment to a spacious family home, the music collector – perhaps you, or someone you love – is well familiar with the real estate that shelves or albums and teetering stacks of discs or tapes can occupy.Enter, then, the brand new concept album from Spitzer Space Telescope, the recording name of singer/songwriter Dan MacDonald. Colonies In The Wild Frontier is unlike any recording project previous. Every song, each representing different periods in the American folk tradition, is presented via at least two videos and connections to voluminous amounts of supplementary material like lyrics, sheet music, and folk art.Available as a downloadable app, Colonies In The Wild Frontier represents a wild departure from the record business norm. With copious amounts of material available directly to the listener, this exploration of folk music is a clarion call for future artists who want to collaborate with other artists, and not record labels, to create music.I recently chatted with Dan MacDonald about the new record, star gazing, and the videos he made for the record.BRO – You spend a lot of time space gazing? Got a favorite constellation?DM – I don’t do much star gazing, but on a clear night I’ll definitely check out the sky. Meteors and shooting stars are cool, but I’m not so into constellations, personally.BRO  – Some of your favorite old time artists?DM – I love Roscoe Holcomb, Howie Mitchell, Tommy Jarrell, Elizabeth Laprelle, The Downhill Strugglers, and more, but I also love versions of old time songs that Joan Baez, Paul Clayton, John Jacob Niles, and other artists did. What was really cool about making this album an app is that I was able to link the listener directly to the artists that inspired me, which has never been possible before. Nobody has to read the liner notes or search around online. Videos of these artists are integrated right into the album.BRO – Speaking of those videos, what was the inspiration behind that?DM – I got the idea to make an album of all videos from my years of song hunting on Youtube. I realized how much more vivid a song can be when you can watch footage of the artist performing it. So, each video of my album is essentially an homage to a killer video I’ve found online. I really did my best to make each one subtly educational about folk music traditions.BRO – We are featuring “Corn Holler” on this month’s Trail Mix. As a native of Southwest Virginia, can I tell you that I appreciate the correct spelling?DM – Glad to hear that.BRO – You get to add an old time fiddle tune to a space capsule shot into space, in the hopes an alien culture will hear it. What’s your pick?DM – Those aliens are going to crank up the Bruce Molsky and Rushad Eggleston version of “Chinquapin Hunting” and wish that hadn’t wasted so much time on those damned crop circles.“Colonies In The Wild Frontier” is available via Apple’s App Store and on Google Play. For more information on Dan MacDonald, the new record, and when you can catch Spitzer Space Telescope on stage, point your browser here.last_img read more

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Yummy Trails

first_imgWhen you think of Kentucky, what’s the first food to come to mind? Fried chicken of course! Our eastern region is filled with many things we love and take much pride in. It is home to some of the best mountains, rivers, outdoor communities, breweries and so much more. We also take great pride in our food. It’s sometimes hard to choose where to go due to how many great places there are… Well heck why not go to all of them?! We all love food, and we all clearly love trails. So why not combine the two? The legacy of fried chicken in Kentucky all started from a cafe in Corbin, Kentucky, in 1930, after Colonel Sanders perfected his recipe and launched his global empire that put Kentucky on the map as the number one place to get fried chicken. Kentucky is not only home to that still visitable cafe. It also holds the World Chicken Festival every September in London, Kentucky with lots of family activities and all the perfectly made fried chicken you could eat. Lowcountry Oyster Trail Central Pastry ShopHoltman’s DonutsJupiter Coffee & Donuts Kelly’s BakeryMartin’s DonutsMilton’s DonutsMimi’s Donuts & BakeryOxford Doughnut ShoppeRoss BakeryStan the Donut ManThe Donut HouseThe Donut Spot Blue Ridge Mountain Creamery Cane Creek CreameryEnglish Farmstead Cheese Heritage Homestead Looking Glass CreameryOakmoon Farm &  Creamery Round Mountain Creamery Three Graces Dairy Spinning Spider CreameryYellow Branch Cheese and Pottery Addison Farms Vineyard Hickory Nut Gap Farm Linville Falls Winery Ripshin Goat Dairy Western North Carolina Cheese Trails Luigi’sBufalinaRecovery Room RestaurantRossini’s PizzaFrank Pepe Pizzeria NapoletanaModern ApizzaColony GrillWillington PizzaBARSally’s ApizzaPaul & Eddy’s PizzaHarry’s PizzaBlind Pig Pizza CompanyZuppardi’s ApizzaGrand ApizzaThe Little Rendevous Introducing the NEW ice cream trail that will take you through the state of Tennessee! It mainly hits some of the larger cities, but feel free to add your favorite small town shop to the trail. Do you happen to share a special kind of bond with Homer Simpson due to your similar donut craving habits? Well then do we got the trail for you. The Donut Trail in Butler County, OH consists of 12 family-owned doughnut shops and is celebrating its second anniversary! The best part about this trail is the uniquely outrageous doughnut flavors all along the trail, like s’mores, banana pudding, cheesecake, and even an orange juice-flavored doughnut. Pennsylvania is known for its beautiful farmland landscapes, rolling hills, and a simpler way of life. The Pennsylvania Ice Cream Trail authentically celebrates this by including 12 sites that all have a creamery on a farm, which of course results in super fresh, homemade ice cream. Just when you thought the food trails couldn’t get any better. That’s right folks, Western North Carolina has a Cheese Trail! This trail has great distances and various terrain levels involved, so it’s important to plan your route ahead of time and call ahead to ensure the next cheesemakers on your list accept visitors. Pro Tip: bring a cooler to bring back your favorites. Donut Trail Ohio Harland Sanders Cafe And MuseumBeaumont InnBlue Isle Home-Style Restaurant And BarParkette Drive-InLocal FeedClaudia Sanders Dinner HouseShirley Mae’s CafeKurtz RestaurantWallace Station DeliMilkwoodMerrick InnGreyhound TavernChicken KingDasha Barbours Southern Bistro Bluffton Oyster Co.Lady’s Island OystersMay River Oyster Co.Shell Ring Oyster Company We put together the top food trails our region has to offer so you can fill your next road trip and your bellies with unforgettable experiences. Download a passport and earn a free t-shirt if you make every stop. Heads turned to Connecticut’s pizza in 1988 after the coming-of-age classic, Mystic Pizza debuted. Now, people can’t get enough of it, which is why the Connecticut Pizza Trail features not ten, not twenty, but sixty-eight pizza joints across the state. Since 2015, the trail has be rapidly growing and expanding into Connecticut’s neighboring states to share the pizza love. Coventry Parlor at Laurel LocksPatches Family CreameryFox Meadows CreameryThe Milkhouse at Oregon DairyPerrydell Farm Dairy, IncTwilight Acres, LLCChester Springs Creamery at Milky Way FarmCrystal Spring FarmFreddy Hill FarmLapp Valley FarmMerrymead FarmWay-Har Farms Ice Cream Trail in Pennsylvania Connecticut Pizza Trail Don’t worry seafood lovers, there’s a trail for you too! South Carolina is now home to the new Lowcountry Oyster Trail that’ll have you come and stay awhile when it launches at the Bluffton Seafood and Arts Festival in October, the official beginning of oyster-season. If the words Oysters Rockefeller and Blackened Local Wreckfish with Fried Oysters and Rice Middlins is making it to hard to wait until the fall, Head north to the Virginia Oyster Trail. Fried Chicken Trail in Kentucky Tennessee Ice Cream Trail Sheridan’s Frozen Custard Bobbie’s Dairy Dip Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams Clumpies Ice Cream Co. Milk and Honey Tic-Toc Ice Cream Parlor Razzleberry’s Ice Cream Lablast_img read more

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USA BMX Blue Ridge Nationals coming to Lexington, VA

first_imgVirginia Horse Center; Anderson Coliseum Where Photo courtesy of USA BMX About USA BMX Camping: $50 per night When Fri, Jan 24; Races begin at 1pm Founded in 1977, the American Bicycle Association (ABA) is the world’s largest BMX racing organization with over 70,000 members racing at more than 300 sanctioned tracks across North America.  United States operations are conducted under the brand USA BMX and Canadian operations are known as BMX Canada.  Photo courtesy of USA BMX For more information visit www.usabmx.com Photo courtesy of USA BMXcenter_img This weekend’s Blue Ridge Nationals also features the President’s Cup which is a special point series just for this weekend. Riders who participate all three days will have the opportunity to be awarded the President’s Cup. Cups are awarded to 1st place overall in each age group (i.e. 10 Boys). All Open and Mixed Open classes are also eligible. A President’s Cup will also be awarded to the state that finishes with the most points on the weekend. A virtual President’s Cup team sheet is created using the 10 best rider scores from each state each day. State points will be published daily on USA BMX social channels, and the state with the highest three-day total will be crowned the President’s Cup Champion.  487 Maury River Road  Tags: #blueridgenats / #presidentscup Sun, Jan 26; Races begin at 8am Lexington, Virginia 24450-3374  Photo courtesy of USA BMX Sat, Jan 25; Races begin at 11:30am Parking: $10 per day / $30 Weekend pass / No trailers in General Parking USA BMX professional and amateur riders from all over the country will gather in Lexington, Virginia, at the Virginia Horse Center this weekend for the Blue Ridge Nationals including local riders Dallas Gardner, Dustin Hammond, Foster Chadek, Parker Respass and Zoe Dannenberg.  last_img read more

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Peru: Children Join Shining Path Guerrillas

first_imgBy Dialogo May 27, 2009 On Monday Peruvian politicians and human rights organizations called images of gun-bearing children ten to thirteen years old among the Shining Path (Sendero Luminoso) guerrillas filmed for a TV program in the Amazon region “abnormal.” At least 17 children were undergoing military training in a remote spot in the jungle of Peru and shouting the slogan “Long live Marxism-Leninism, Maoism, mainly Maoism, for the worldwide socialist proletarian revolution.” The minors, their right fists held high, also repeated the theme of the group’s leader, another child who appears to be less than 13 years old. This was staged in the presence of Víctor Quispe Palomino, “Comrade Jose,” who identified himself as the head of the Central Regional Committee of the Communist Party of Peru, known as the Shining Path. The spread of this video on Sunday night on the program “Punto Final” broadcast by “Frecuencia Latina TV” in Lima astonished the country. Prime Minister Yehude Simon condemned and deplored the use of children by the Path. “You cannot use a child in combat; the Shining Path turns children into soldiers, but how much responsibility can these children take? Minors are less responsible because they can be incited and misled,” he said. “We have to wake up and realize that the Shining Path is not defeated and is still active,” he said. For his part, Francisco Soberon, from The Association for Human Rights in Peru (APRODEH) strongly protested the recruiting of children by the Maoist organization. “That is unbelievable, those methods were employed in Africa, the use of children by armed groups is a result of forced recruitment,” he said. “Thus juveniles have no will or discretion; it is a form of indoctrination which must be rejected completely,” Soberon said, stressing that forcibly recruited children “are not responsible and are blameless.” “They are minors, so the state has an obligation to rescue and not stigmatize them, to reeducate and rehabilitate them because they are compelled to act against their reason and conscience,” he said. The television report also shows the children playing soccer in a clearing in the jungle, probably in the troubled Valley of the Apurimac and Ene Rivers (VRAE), which is a mountainous area in the center and southeast of the country that serves as a refuge for the remnants of the Shining Path. The first video shows the face of “Comrade José,” a man about 50 years old, a Shining Path leader who led an ambush against an army patrol on April 9 that killed fifteen soldiers and who is being intensively searched for by the army. Soldiers who survived the ambush subsequently claimed that the attacking forces included armed children who were forced by various women, including members of the Shining Path, to deal the coup de grace to at least one seriously wounded soldier. In the report, leader Quispe Palomino said that his organization is a new phase of the Communist Party and has no links with the Shining Path, the party founded by Abimael Guzmán Reynoso, who has been in prison since 1992 and is sentenced to life imprisonment, and who unleashed a civil war between 1980 and 2000 that left 69,000 dead and missing.last_img read more

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