Venezuela’s cryptocurrency ‘genius’ once pushed US sanctions against Maduro’s government

Gabriel Jimenez addresses Venezuelan-Americans during an event to pressure the Obama administration to implement sanctions on the government of Nicolas Maduro, the president of Venezuela, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP)
Updated 19 March 2018
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Venezuela’s cryptocurrency ‘genius’ once pushed US sanctions against Maduro’s government

CARACAS: A chief strategist of Venezuela’s government-backed cryptocurrency is a former US congressional intern, and he once organized protests against the same socialist administration he’s now helping to circumvent US financial sanctions.
Gabriel Jimenez was catapulted to something of tech stardom in Venezuela last month when he stood alongside President Nicolas Maduro on national TV signing a contract to position the fledgling currency among international investors.
Maduro described his company as “young Venezuelan geniuses.”
Yet just a few years ago Jimenez was in the US campaigning for financial sanctions against Maduro’s government and working as an intern for Florida Republican Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a strong critic of Maduro.
Now his former boss thinks he or anyone else behind the petro should be considered for sanctions too.


Golden Globe Race seek to rescue injured Indian sailor

The Australian Joint Rescue Co-ordination Center is working hard to assess and coordinate all possible options to rescue Abhilas Tomy. (goldengloberace)
Updated 23 September 2018
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Golden Globe Race seek to rescue injured Indian sailor

  • The Australian Joint Rescue Co-ordination Center is working hard to assess and coordinate all possible options to rescue Abhilas Tomy

PARIS: The organizers of the round-the-world Golden Globe Race said Saturday they were scrambling to rescue missing Indian sailor Abhilash Tomy, but admitted he was “as far from help as you can possibly be.”
Tomy’s yacht Thuriya had its mast broken off when it was rolled in a storm on Friday and the yachtsman suffered what he called “a severe back injury.”
The organizers described him as “incapacitated on his bunk inside his boat” and his yacht is 2,000 miles (3,704 kilometers) off the coast of Perth, Western Australia.
On Saturday, he managed to send a message saying: “Extremely difficult to walk, Might need stretcher, can’t walk, thanks safe inside the boat... Sat phone down.”
The organizers said on the race website: “The Australian Joint Rescue Co-ordination Center is working hard to assess and coordinate all possible options to rescue Abhilas Tomy who is as far from help as you can possibly be.”
Tomy, a 39-year-old commander in the Indian navy, is able to communicate using a YB3 texting unit but his primary satellite phone is damaged.
He has a second satellite phone and a handheld VHF radio packed in an emergency bag, but organizers said he was unable to reach it for the moment.
The organizers said they had urged him to try to get to the bag because it could be crucial in making contact with a plane from Australia and an Indian air force plane which might be able to fly over the area.
Given the distance from land, the planes will not be able to spend long in the area, the organizers added.
A French fishing boat was also heading to the scene “but may not arrive for a few days.”
The Golden Globe Race involves a gruelling 30,000-mile solo circumnavigation of the globe in yachts similar to those used in the first race 50 years ago, with no modern technology allowed except the communication equipment.
Tomy’s own yacht is a replica of Robin Knox-Johnston’s Suhail, winner of the first Golden Globe Race.