Daniel Ortega Denies Basic Health Services And Public Assistance To Nicaraguans Opposing His Ideology

first_imgBy Julieta Pelcastre / Diálogo December 11, 2019 At least 420 doctors and health workers from the Ministry of Health’s network of public hospitals in Nicaragua were removed from their position between 2018 and 2019 for defending the right to medical care of people labeled as dissidents, says the Nicaraguan Medical Unit, a nongovernmental organization that fights for the rights of health professionals. In contrast, clandestine health care services are flourishing.“The government is trying to subdue its people to the max, so that they only have two options: remain in the country and wait for the worst, or leave,” Carla Sequeira, head of legal counsel at Nicaragua’s Permanent Commission on Human Rights, told Diálogo. “Repression and threats didn’t start in the spring of 2018, but rather since Ortega returned to power [in 2007].”“Many of the country’s living rooms [are] small medical offices and clandestine clinics that tend to the victims of repression,” José Luis Borge, a doctor and president of the Nicaraguan Medical Unit, told Diálogo. “Police harasses health professionals for assisting those that the government refuses to assist, especially protesters, ex-prisoners, and relatives of political prisoners.”Nearly 70 years after the United Nations declared health access to be a basic human right, in Nicaragua the situation is different. Amaya Coppens, a Nicaraguan student, was detained in September 2018, on charges of terrorism, and released in June 2019. “Coppens was labeled as a second-class citizen, and she cannot access medical and educational services,” said the Mexican newspaper La Tribuna. “This is the other side of repression,” said Borge.“Former prisoners and their relatives experience a civil death. They cannot use public hospitals because they are treated badly or rejected, they are denied identification documents, they cannot work, and they are expelled from universities and other public service facilities,” Sequeira added. “Many of them are being prosecuted again for common crimes.”Public health management in Nicaragua led Canada and the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control to impose sanctions on then Minister of Health Sonia Castro in June, for denying medical treatment to injured protesters and firing medical staff. Currently, Castro serves as Ortega’s personal advisor.The population suffers the negative effects of losing health specialists and volunteers. According to Borge, Nicaragua ceased to provide more than a million medical appointments and 20,000 emergency surgeries in the last 20 months. The waiting list for patients needing specialized surgery is almost a year long, he said.Borge told the press that he was kidnapped when he arrived at a restaurant on November 19. “They never took responsibility. I wanted to know what they were going to do with me, if they were going to kill me or what. They just said, ‘We haven’t received any orders yet.’ [On November 20] they took me out with my face covered and left me near the National Agrarian University. They said: ‘Okay, doctor, you were very lucky. Some of the missing persons will never be seen again.’”last_img read more

Uruguay Seizes Largest Cocaine Shipment Ever

first_imgBy Juan Delgado / Diálogo February 04, 2020 In late December 2019, the Uruguayan Navy seized about 6 tons of cocaine, striking what it called “the largest blow to narcotrafficking in the country’s history.” Authorities arrested four people following an operation that brought elements of the Navy from Montevideo Port, on the south coast, to the city of Dolores, on the country’s west side.During a port inspection on December 26, officers of the Naval Prefecture’s Investigation Division, in cooperation with Customs Directorate agents, found 9,740 pounds of cocaine in four containers. The drug was hidden in packages inside a shipment of soy flour that belonged to the company Camelia Sociedad Agraria. Its destination was Lomé, the capital of Togo, Africa.The next day, authorities headed for Dolores, where the company was located. In a field, officers found more than 3,086 lbs of cocaine hidden in packages inside soy flour bags. The company’s owner, Luis Gastón Murialdo Garrone, and his 19-year-old son were arrested and charged with storing and exporting narcotics. Authorities also detained two workers responsible for transporting the soy flour from the company premises to the port.Point of transitUruguay is increasingly being used as a transit point to move drugs produced in Latin America to Africa, with European markets as their final destination. According to U.S.-based organization In Sight Crime, which specializes in the study of security threats in Latin America and the Caribbean, the amount of cocaine Uruguay seized in the first few months of 2019 was twice the total seized in 2018. Drug confiscations increased throughout the year.For example, in May 2019, authorities found more than 1,323 lbs of cocaine inside a private jet coming from Uruguay, after it landed in Basel, Switzerland. In August, German authorities discovered more than 4 tons of cocaine from Uruguay in Hamburg Port. In November, Uruguayan authorities seized about 3 tons of cocaine in containers in Montevideo Port that were bound for Togo’s neighboring state of Benin.According to Insight Crime, the demand for cocaine is on the rise in Europe. Prices are also higher than in the United States, attracting transnational criminal groups.“A kilogram [2.2 lbs] of cocaine leaves South American ports valued at about $5,000, a price that reaches $50,000 when it arrives in Europe,” Martín Verrier, professor of International Relations at the University of Belgrano in Buenos Aires, Argentina, told Diálogo. Verrier served as the Security Ministry’s deputy secretary for the Fight Against Narcotrafficking during the presidency of Mauricio Macri.According to January 2020 research from U.S. daily newspaper The Wall Street Journal, worldwide cocaine seizures on commercial ships and private vessels tripled in the last three years, going from 22 tons in 2017 to more than 73 tons in 2019. The contamination of containers is a cheap method used to transport drugs from Latin America, says the newspaper. In Uruguay, Montevideo Port is one of the main shipping points for the Southern Common Market, known as Mercosur, an organization founded by Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay.The findings in Switzerland and Germany led to the resignation of Uruguay’s head of Customs in August 2019, and the strengthening of control measures. Captain Diego Perona, head of the Uruguayan Navy’s Public Affairs, told Diálogo that the December seizure was made possible by “changes in regulations and controls on container exports, modifying flaws and weaknesses.”The cocaine, authorities said, was produced in Bolivia, as the logos on the packages found in December were similar to others seen in operations where Bolivia was confirmed as the country of origin.last_img read more

Jamaican divorces on the rise as marriages fail.

first_imgNewsRegionalRelationships Jamaican divorces on the rise as marriages fail. by: – May 29, 2012 120 Views   no discussions Share Close to 2000 marriages ended in divorce last year according to the Statistical Institute of Jamaica.KINGSTON, Jamaica  – According to the Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN), 1,960 divorces absolute were granted by the Supreme Court for 2011.More than a half (53 per cent) of divorces granted were to persons who had been married for between five and 14 years, stated the information in the most recent edition of the Demographic Statistics.The data indicates that 78 per cent of the persons who got divorced were married for fewer than 20 years.Previous reports published by STATIN show that 1,853 marriages ended in divorce in 2009.And while the divorce rate continues to rise, the marriage rate is not keeping pace.According to the STATIN data, 20,403 persons were married last year.“This was 1,009 or about five per cent fewer marriages less than the 21,412 registered for 2009,” the document noted.The parishes with the highest number of marriages in 2011 were St James (3,579), St Ann (3,442), Westmoreland (2,981), Kingston and St Andrew (2,499) and St Catherine (2,416).Caribbean 360 News Sharing is caring!center_img Share Share Tweetlast_img read more

Sherwood has no fear – Redknapp

first_img Sherwood has coached Spurs’ development side, but his only two games in charge of the first team came when Levy sacked Villas-Boas and asked the former Tottenham midfielder to take over on a temporary basis. But Redknapp, who first brought Sherwood to the club in 2008, is sure the former England and Blackburn man will be a success. “They’ve made a great decision to give him the job,” the former Spurs manager told talkSPORT. “Villas-Boas was a scout for years and years. He never played football. “He got thrown into the deep end, did a great job at Porto, and got the Chelsea and Tottenham job off the back of that. “Tim has far more football experience than the previous manager had. He’s been a top player and captained Blackburn. He’s been coaching for many years with the Under-21s so he’s not short of experience. “He’s got no fear and can handle players. He won’t be afraid of talking to them because they were bought for £20-30million, it will make no difference to him.” Sherwood took up a part-time coaching role at Spurs under Redknapp in 2008 before moving up the ladder to become technical co-ordinator. Press Association Harry Redknapp has laughed off suggestions that Tim Sherwood does not have the experience or knowledge to lead Tottenham back into the Champions League. Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy took a huge gamble on Monday night when he named Sherwood as the club’s new manager. The 44-year-old, who has been given an 18-month contract, has very limited experience when it comes to management. Redknapp saw promise in Sherwood during his three-year spell at Spurs and made sure the new manager was exposed to as much experience of first-team affairs as possible. “When I was there he travelled to every first-team game with me, including all the away European games,” Redknapp added. “He’d come and watch the first-team games every Saturday after training the kids on a Saturday. So he’s been around the first team for a good few years.” Sherwood won his first Barclays Premier League game last Sunday when Spurs came from behind to register an impressive 3-2 win at Southampton. Tottenham now sit four points off the top four but victories over West Brom and Stoke in the coming days can put the team firmly back in contention. Redknapp took Spurs into the Champions League in 2010 and the QPR manager thinks Sherwood can achieve the same feat this year. Redknapp even believes that Tottenham can catch second-place Arsenal, who have spent much of the season at the top of the Barclays Premier League. “I thought Tottenham were absolute certainties to finish above Arsenal at the start of the season,” Redknapp said. “Then Arsenal lost their first game of the season, but they have done fantastic since then. But they are only six points above Tottenham. “That’s nothing. That can be wiped out in a week, so Tottenham are still bang in there. “They have a good squad. I think Tim will get the best out of them. I wouldn’t write Tottenham off four a top-four position, they have got as good a chance as the seven teams that will be scrapping it out until the end of the season.” Sherwood is expected to be without winger Aaron Lennon, who has an abdominal injury, for his first game in permanent charge against the Baggies on Boxing Day. The new boss does have midfielder Mousa Dembele available though, after he recovered from an ankle injury he suffered at St Mary’s last weekend. last_img read more

PBC Resident Pleads Guilty to Stealing Letters with $170,000 in Checks from Mailbox

first_imgA 34-year-old Palm Beach County resident plead guilty earlier this week to a one-count indictment for mail theft, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida.Marchello Wilbon entered his plea on Wednesday for stealing mail with over $170,00 worth of checks from a Lantana home, the U.S. Attorney’s Office states.Court documents show that on July 15 at around 8:30 a.m., a resident on southeast Atlantic Drive placed letters containing 39 checks with a total value of about $171,599 in the mailbox outside the home.Wilbon is charged with stealing the mail. He is facing up to five years in prison and up to $250,000 in fines, and will be sentenced on December 13.last_img

News in brief: Chelsea youngster’s loan move, Blues U21s draw, Fox to play in Stones game

first_imgChelsea Under-21sThe Blues’ development side drew 0-0 with RC Lens’ second team in the first of two matches to be played on their brief trip to France. Mason Mount hit the crossbar early on with a header, while Charlie Wakefield and Ike Ugbo went close late on. They play Reims on Sunday.Victorien AngbanSpanish side Granada have announced that they have signed the Chelsea teenager on loan. Ivorian midfielder Angban, 19, first came to Chelsea’s attention in 2012 but only signed in 2015 once he had qualified for a work permit. He then spent last season with Belgian side Sint-Truiden and will join fellow Chelsea loanee Jeremie Boga at Granada.BrentfordChief executive Mark Devlin says he expects around 3,000 fans at Griffin Park for Saturday’s pre-season friendly with Kaiserslautern, including almost 1,000 coming from Germany.Brentford BLukas Tabro scored the winning penalty against his former club as the Bees’ rebranded development squad beat Odense Under 19s in a shoot-out.The match at Vildbjerg Stadion ended in a 1-1 draw, with Bradley Clayton cancelling out Odense’s first-half opener. Brentford keeper Ellery Balcombe saved two penalties, with Danny Parish, Jarvis Edobor, Chris Mepham, Clayton, Marc Rio and Zain Westbrook netting.Ruel FoxThe former Tottenham and Newcastle winger has been added to the squad of Premier League legends who will play Wealdstone in a charity match on Sunday 31 July. Ex-QPR winger Trevor Sinclair and four other former England internationals – Darren Anderton, Dion Dublin, Kevin Davies and Chris Powell – are also expected to feature.Hayes & Yeading UnitedFormer Barnet and Birmingham left-back Kamal Guthmy and ex-Uxbridge striker Melford Simpson have both joined the Southern League club.Skipper Adam Everitt – who had attracted interest from other clubs following the club’s relegation from National League South – experienced former Premier League midfielder James Harper and full-back Jim Fenlon have all signed new deals. Academy graduates Lucas Sinclair, Ethan Grant and Jack Raines have also signed first-team forms.HendonFormer Northwood striker Niko Muir, who made a solitary appearance for the Greens a few years ago, has rejoined the club.Alan Turvey TrophyHarrow Borough will entertain Wingate & Finchley in the first round of the Ryman League Cup, while Hendon will host Met Police.MiddlesexThe second XI games against Nepal on Monday and Wednesday of next week have been cancelled.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Crowd funding for a bit of Christmas cheer

first_imgThrough crowd funding Angel Projects is now able collect many smaller donations from people all over the country and build towards being able to provide each child with a food hamper that will help balance their diets. (Image: Angel Projects)With the festive season nearly upon us, Angel Projects is making use of the crowd funding services offered by Start Some Good to ensure that the festive spirit reaches about 1 500 children throughout South Africa.The organisation would be joining the crowd funding trend to help raise the funds it needed to meet its goals, Angel Projects founder and chief executive Brenda Scheepers announced recently. She also called on South Africans to help it reach its target.Scheepers highlighted the need for a special project to make sure that underprivileged children were well-nourished over the festive periods. She felt programmes like Angel Projects’ holiday food package initiative would go a long way to meeting this need.“Township crèches across South Africa are responsible not only for looking after children during the day while their parents are at work, but they are also responsible for providing them with possibly the only balanced meal they will have per day,” she said.“Each December these crèches close and with that ends their support of these developing children’s most basic nutritional needs.”Through crowd funding Angel Projects is now able collect many smaller donations from people all over the country and build towards being able to provide each child with a food hamper that will help balance their diets.To make use of the Start Some Good crowd funding services, projects must be aimed at making a positive social impact. Start Some Good co-founder Alex Budak said the group’s ultimate goal was “to create a world where anyone could bring about a new future for their community”.“We look forward to connecting (with) more change-makers such as Brenda from Angel Projects around the world with the resources they need to make a difference.”Scheepers said her initiative was very excited to provide South Africans with a heart for change a real opportunity to do something meaningful this Christmas. “We know this campaign will be a great success.”If you want to help Angel Projects raise funds for this project visit the Start Some Good holiday food package page to make a donation or get in touch with Angel Projects either via email at [email protected] or telephonically; phone Laura on 074 704 8126 or Jean-Michel on 074 613 6170.last_img read more

An Underground Roof?

first_imgSource: Bill RoseAlthough I am not completely sure that Bill Rose, a research architect for the Building Research Council at the University of Illinois Urbana/Champlain, takes full credit for this underground flashing detail, he certainly is the one who popularized it. Rose has used this for years for water management on historic buildings; you can find more information on his detail in both his seminal book, Water in Buildings, and a 1997 Fine Homebuilding article, “Details for a Dry Foundation”.Associated informationThis approach to handing roof water does affect what types of plantings you can use around the perimeter of any building, but it’s a good idea to keep that organic material (and substantial plantings) away from the structure anyway. How or even if the barrier is fastened or adhered to the foundation wall may not be all that critical; it can depend on how well the soil drains, how far the roof eave extends, and how far the roof load lands away from the foundation. Even if the leading edge of the barrier is pinned by soil material against the foundation wall, all — or certainly most — of the roof water will follow the sloped underground barrier away from the foundation. The underground roof requires little to no maintenance and is cost-competitive with gutters and downspouts as well. As a retrofit detail, it’s mainly the digging that drives the cost. It happens: snow loads trash them, historic commissions don’t allow them, or architects and clients simply don’t like the way they mess up clean roof lines. What do you do when you can’t use gutters to manage all that water coming off of roof eaves or valleys?Underground water barrierAn underground roof is a deflecting surface just below grade that slopes away from the building and directs all that roof water away from the foundation. Any impervious sheet material (heavy-duty polyethylene, rubber membrane, rigid insulation) at least 3 feet wide is placed along the foundation about 8 to 12 inches below grade and sloped at anywhere from a 2:12 to a 4:12 pitch. (In a cold climate, using rigid foam insulation has the additional benefit of warming the soil, even if just a bit, beneath the insulation and next to the foundation.) Well-draining soil is placed over the sheet material up to grade, where a large-diameter topping material, such as pea stone or wood mulch, helps to break up the falling water and reduce splashback to the building. RELATED ARTICLES Ground GutterFixing Those Drainage Problems, 30 Years Later FHB: Inground gutters keep basements dryGBA Encyclopedia: Inground GuttersGBA Encyclopedia: Stormwater ManagementGBA Encyclopedia: Roof GuttersGBA Detail: Underground Water Barrier Retrofitlast_img read more

Not good for democracy: Sena; Opposition supports Raj Thackeray

first_imgSupport poured in for Maharashtra Navanirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray on Thursday from opposition parties as well as ruling alliance partner Shiv Sena as he was questioned by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) all of Thursday.MNS workers registered their protest against the government action through the hashtag #ISupportRajThackeray on social media. Late on Wednesday, unknown persons threw pamphlets in Lalbaug and Parel asking why the ED had never questioned BJP leaders. Maharashtra Congress president Balasaheb Thorat said Mr. Thackeray had raised issues against the Central government’s functioning during the Lok Sabha campaign. “Instead of answering, the government sent an ED notice. Anyone who questions the government is either served a notice or termed anti-national. This isn’t good for democracy, this is dictatorship,” said Mr. Thorat.On Wednesday, Mr. Thackeray’s estranged cousin and Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray had said he does not expect anything concrete to emerge from the ED probe. On Thursday, Sena leader and Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Raut said that despite their political differences, both the Thackerays are brothers. “Uddhavji has made himself clear on this issue. Blood is always thicker than politics,” said Mr. Raut.The Nationalist Congress Party too criticised the action taken against Mr. Thackeray. “If the ED finds the Kohinoor case worthy enough to be investigated, then let them do that. But the timing of the ED summons to Raj Thackeray clearly raises questions,” said NCP’s Mumbai president Nawab Malik.Leader of the Opposition in Council, Dhananjay Munde, said every individual who has dared to ask this government questions has been victimised and is being thrown into the net of enquiries and investigation agencies.last_img read more

JRU back on track, pips Letran

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first_imgView comments JRU saw its winning run snapped at four by the Arellano Chiefs and JRU head coach Vergel Meneses praised his team for showing maturity in bouncing back from a loss.“It was important for us to bounce back after we lost to Arellano,” said Meneses in Filipino. “And this win showed the character of the players, that they can recover after a heartbreaking loss.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIn the second game, Christian Garcia dropped 20 of his 27 points in the first quarter alone and Sidney Onwuebere had 16 points and 15 rebounds as Emilio Aguinaldo College ripped Mapua University, 85-72, to keep its Final Four hopes afloat.Already playing minus big man Hamadou Laminou, who went down with a season-ending ACL injury, the Generals also lost bruiser Juju Bautista, who hurt his shoulder in a previous match. But it hardly mattered against an undermanned Cardinals squad, who dropped to 1-11 for the season. The Generals, meanwhile, improved to 5-6 to move to within half a game out of the playoff circle. —BONG LOZADA, INQUIRER.NET WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games01:42Cops track down 4 persons of interest in ambush of DOLE employee01:42Cops track down 4 persons of interest in ambush of DOLE employee01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City JRU’s Teytey Teodoro (right) evades the defense of Letran’s JP Calvo. —AUGUST DELA CRUZJose Rizal University wasted no time in getting back to the win column by frustrating Letran, 77-68, in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament Thursday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Heavy Bombers held on to the third seed with a 7-4 record while the Knights slipped to a 5-6 card to hang precariously out of the top four.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img So-Baadur match goes to tiebreaks MOST READ LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Read Next Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF presidentlast_img read more

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