UN rights chief says Maldives must take further steps on path to

24 November 2011The Maldives has made “significant advances” during the first few years of its transition to democracy, but a large gap still exists between the rhetoric and the reality on the ground, the United Nations human rights chief said today. Wrapping up a visit to the Indian Ocean archipelago, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay told journalists that the Maldives deserved credit for the progress it has made since a reform agenda began nearly a decade ago. Multi-party presidential elections were held for the first time in 2008, ending 30 years of one-party rule, and the country has ratified six of the seven core international treaties. Ms. Pillay – who met with President Mohamed Nasheed, senior Government officials, opposition figures, leading judges, parliamentarians and representatives of civil society during her visit – noted there has been “a dramatic reduction in the incidence of torture” and the country is also promoting dialogue within both South Asia and the Islamic world on the importance of human rights. “Yet, as virtually all my interlocutors have noted, the process of transition is far from over, and some of the achievements still have shallow roots,” she said. “Some of those with whom I have spoken pointed to a large gap between the political rhetoric and actual implementation of reforms on the ground.” The High Commissioner noted that the Majlis, or parliament, is not in session because of a series of disputes and has therefore passed just five bills and three amendments so far this year. “The enactment of some vital human rights-related pieces of legislation envisaged in the constitution have been held up. These include, most notably, the penal code, the criminal and civil procedures, the law on domestic violence and the right to information bill.” While she found bipartisan political agreement on the need for such laws, “their progress has been paralyzed by the political impasse. I urge politicians of all stripes to set their disputes to one side, because these laws are both necessary and overdue.” Women are also severely under-represented in the country’s judiciary and political ranks – only five of the nearly 200 judges and magistrates are female, for example. “For women to fulfil their potential, they need respect, education, and equal rights and opportunities. This is clearly recognized in the Maldives’ constitution. Yet the widespread domestic violence against women in the Maldives indicates a lack of respect – as does the failure to enact the draft law designed to deal with this issue. And the shortage of women in high-powered jobs indicates both a lack of opportunities, and a lack of ambition solidified by deficiencies in the education of girls.” Ms. Pillay said a starting point to improve female representation would be to expand the role of women on the local councils on the islands, “where their practical experience and know-how could bring quick benefits and recognition.” She also voiced concern about the country’s health-care system, which she described as deteriorating the abuse and exploitation of migrant workers, particularly those from Bangladesh the state of religious freedom and tolerance and the continuing practice of flogging some offenders. read more

SNCLavalin suspended from right to bid on World Bank projects for 10

MONTREAL — SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. (TSX:SNC) said Wednesday a settlement has been reached with the World Bank Group in an investigation into allegations of bribery involving a bridge contract in Bangladesh.A number of terms of the settlement were being withheld, but they included a suspension of the right of a subsidiary, SNC-Lavalin Inc. and its controlled affiliates, to be awarded World Bank Group-financed projects for 10 years.However, the suspension could be lifted after eight years if the terms and conditions of the settlement agreement are complied with fully, SNC said in a news release Wednesday.No financial penalty was imposed and other SNC-Lavalin Group subsidiaries will be able to bid on such contracts if they meet the terms of the agreement, SNC added.The company said revenues generated from projects in the affected subsidiaries that are financed by the World Bank and other multilateral development banks have historically represented about one per cent of the its annual revenues.The RCMP raided a SNC-Lavalin office in Oakville, Ont., in September 2011 at the request of the World Bank, which was investigating a bridge contract that was never awarded in the South Asian country.The accusations of bribery prompted the World Bank to suspend a US$1.2-billion loan and temporarily barred the SNC-Lavalin subsidiary from bidding on other contracts in the country.A Bangladesh newspaper has reported that the country’s anti-corruption commission was investigating allegations that SNC-Lavalin Inc. offered “huge bribes” to at least six influential Bangladeshi officials, including two former government ministers, to obtain the lucrative bridge contract.SNC-Lavalin Group said Wednesday that the company launched an internal investigation when the matter was first brought to its attention and “has worked closely with the World Bank throughout the settlement process.”“The company’s decision to settle signals our determination as we go forward to set standards for ethics in business conduct and for good governance that are beyond reproach,” CEO Robert Card said.“The company has already taken, and will continue to take, measures to ensure rigorous compliance and control procedures are in place,” Card added.SNC-Lavalin Group is involved in engineering and construction projects around the world.Canadian Press read more

US committed to build long term sustainable partnerships with Sri Lanka

Anthony Renzulli, the US Embassy’s Head of Political Affairs, presided over the official ribbon cutting ceremony in Nintavur on February 12 while Public Affairs Officer David McGuire inaugurated the school in Soodaikkudah on February 14, the US Embassy in Colombo said today. Also participating were Eastern Province Governor M.L.A.M. Hizbullah, State Minister of Health, Nutrition, and Indigenous Medicine Faizal Cassim, Eastern Province Education Ministry Secretary I.K.G. Muthubanda, Provincial Director of Education for Eastern Province M. T. A. Nizam, and Zonal Director of Education and Principal of the Soodaikkudah Barathi School Sivasubramaniam Kirupathas. The United States says it is committed to build long term, sustainable partnerships with the people of Sri Lanka.Building educational opportunities for the children of the Eastern Province, the US Indo-Pacific Command (INDOPACOM) renovated two schools in Nintavur and Soodaikkudah. At the Soodaikkudah school, INDOPACOM funded the construction of five new classrooms and a 35,000-liter rainwater harvesting system. The classroom building incorporates an emergency shelter on the top floor, providing a safe location for local families in the event of a natural disaster. This project also created a new handicap-accessible toilet block with ten stalls.“These school construction projects symbolize the commitment of the United States to building long term, sustainable partnerships with the people of Sri Lanka,” stated McGuire. “Empowering young Sri Lankans by improving their access to safe, quality spaces in which to learn is just one example of how we stand with the Sri Lankan government as it works to ensure equal rights and opportunity for all. The leaders of tomorrow are learning here today, and our hope is that they see how much more we can achieve when we work together as partners.”These renovations illustrate the strong and enduring partnership between the United States and Sri Lanka and represent the commitment of the United States to continuing a close relationship with Sri Lanka in the future. (Colombo Gazette) INDOPACOM invested more than 190 million Sri Lankan Rupees in these construction projects that directly benefit rural and under-served communities and engaged local school administration officials as partners in the construction, supporting local development and contributing to the education and future of Sri Lankan youth in Eastern Province.The INDOPACOM construction project at the Al Mazhar Girls High School added 12 classrooms, a 35,000-liter rainwater harvesting system, and 17 additional bathroom stalls. The Al Mazhar Girls High School serves 1170 students. “This school represents a chance for Sri Lanka’s youth to learn, to examine, to challenge. It is especially important to offer these opportunities to young women and girls,” said Renzulli. “I’m pleased we can provide this assistance to the future female leaders of Sri Lanka.” read more

Crossborder attacks force movement of Nigerian refugees in Cameroon – UN agency

Some 100 Nigerian refugees cross into Cameroon every day, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said in press release, which said that the Nigerian refugees had been living in “absolute fear” of the insurgents.The agency has already relocated more than 8,600 over the past two weeks as cross-border fighting worsened. On 18 September, insurgents attacked a series of Cameroonian villages located along the border with Nigeria and burnt more than 10 churches. Ten days earlier, insurgents attacked villages in the area, killing eight people and seizing 300 motorbikes.Since the beginning of the crisis in Nigeria, local authorities in Cameroon have reported the arrival of 43,720 Nigerian refugees, including 26,720 who have been registered by UNHCR.The crisis in north-eastern Nigeria has also displaced some 70,000 people to neighbouring Niger, according to authorities, and some 1,600 to Chad. An estimated 650,000 people are internally displaced in north-eastern Nigeria due to the insurgency. “The refugees told our teams that they are living in absolute fear as insurgents launch artillery shells into the town and want to relocate as soon as possible,” UNHCR said.The agency said it is moving some 5,000 Nigerian refugees from the border town of Fotokol from the nearby Nigerian town of Gambaru Ngala, which had fallen under insurgent control this month.In Fotokol, living conditions are dire. Refugees are living in overcrowded classrooms and in makeshifts shelters constructed with pieces of cloth. They rely on the local authorities and villagers for food.“In response, we have started to build more family shelters, some 100 per day. We have just completed construction of an emergency health post and our partner, International Medical Corps, has deployed medical staff to provide emergency health care to new arrivals,” UNHCR said. read more

Victoria affirms commitment to coal

first_imgThe Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) has endorsed the Victorian Budget’s strong contribution to sustainable economic growth, to effective climate change policies and to addressing capacity constraints in the economy that threaten the scale and longevity of the present minerals industry expansion. The Budget confirms the Victorian Government’s commitment to clean coal technologies as a cornerstone response to the challenges of reconciling energy security with climate change.MCA, Executive Director, Victoria, Chris Fraser said: “the Victorian Budget provides a responsible basis to ensure strong sustainable development of the State that is financially sound and delivers effective environmental and social dividends. It provides the framework to enable the minerals industry to continue to make a significant contribution to the economic and social development of the State, particularly in regional and rural Victoria.This commitment is especially significant in the Government’s initiative to expand the Energy Technology Innovation Strategy (ETIS) by A$110M, which is supported by the MCA.” The A$110 million commitment is to support new large-scale pre-commercial Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) demonstration projects in Victoria. This will assist greatly in mastering clean coal technologies and ensuring that the State’s vast resources of brown coal can continue to underpin Victoria’s economy,” Fraser said.In addition, the State budget confirmed that A$12.2 million would be made available for the establishment of Clean Coal Victoria and a further A$5.2 million for investigating carbon storage sites in Gippsland. “The commitment to establish Clean Coal Victoria fulfils an obligation made prior to the last election, but more importantly allocates additional funds to those originally proposed. These extra funds will make Clean Coal Victoria far more capable ofcontributing to the strategic development of the Gippsland coalfields, Fraser said.“The long term development of the vast Gippsland coalfields and Victoria’s realisation of its incredible natural endowment depends upon the ability of coal users to reduce greenhouse gases – the ‘clean coal’ solution. That is, solutions to the critical economic, regulatory and technological constraints for the capture of carbon dioxide from processing plants, transporting the carbon dioxide and burying the carbon dioxide deep underground. Work is required on the critical constraints to capture, transport and storage and the funds announced in the budget today will assist greatly in meeting that challenge.”“On the matter of research, development and demonstration funding more generally, the MCA is disappointed that the Budget has deferred further financial commitment to an innovation statement that the Government signalled will be made later in the year. Victoria has a strong base for research and development in the minerals industry and, as identified in the Innovation Roadmap of Victoria’s Earth Resources prepared by the Victorian Government and Minerals Council of Australia in 2006, it is good business for government to participate in pre-competitive minerals research in Victoria.“We hope that the innovation statement identifies this benefit and that the Brumby Government earmarks research, development and demonstration funding for the minerals industry in future,” Fraser said.MCA is also disappointed that the Budget did not take the opportunity to substantially increase spending on vocational education and training. “The Australian economy is limited in its ability to grow due to critical and in some cases chronic shortages of skilled workers. This is especially the case in the minerals industry which will need an additional 27,000 skilled trades people by the year 2015. The vocational education and training sector is in dire need of reform and this includes the injection of additional funds. It is hoped that the Victorian and Australian Governments urgently address this critical capacity constraint in future,” Fraser said.last_img read more

Battle Ground grad looks for love on MTV

first_imgThere was a month-long period in 2016 when Taylor Selfridge’s friends thought she was living with her grandmother in Florida with a broken phone.In reality, she in was in the Dominican Republic looking for love.Selfridge was there to film “Are You The One?,” an MTV dating show where 22 men and women compete in challenges while getting to know each other and figure out which other cast member is their “perfect match,” as determined by matchmakers. If the 22 cast members pair up perfectly, they split a $1 million prize. The fifth season premieres 9 p.m. Wednesday.Selfridge, 22, didn’t tell many people she was appearing on the show, and had her mother cover for her by telling them she was in Florida and couldn’t be reached. The Battle Ground High School grad, who grew up in Battle Ground and Yacolt, now lives in Lake Stevens, where she is saving up money in hopes of moving to Los Angeles to pursue a career in modeling.More than fame or money, she said she went on the show to try and find love.“I can’t find it on my own, so I might as well have somebody help me,” she said. “We have matchmakers, so I felt like I had a good chance.”She can’t say what happened during filming of the show, however she did enjoy trying to date during filming more than in the real world. A big reason for that is because during filming, cast members aren’t allowed to have their phones. There’s no access to TV or the internet.last_img read more

Seven Stars Resort Spa is honored by TripAdvisor And US News World

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, February 21, 2018 – Providenciales – Seven Stars Resort & Spa, located on the island’s pristine beach, Grace Bay beach, is honored to be recognized by TripAdvisor in this year’s Travelers’ Choice Top Hotels in the Caribbean and U.S. News & World Report Best Hotels in Turks and Caicos.TripAdvisor ranked Seven Stars Resort & Spa as one of the top 25 hotels in the Caribbean and amongst the top 1 percent of all hotels listed.  TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice winners are based on millions of real and unbiased hotel reviews and opinions on tripadvisor.com™, and content from across the web.  The TripAdvisor community writes over 30 million trusted reviews and opinions that include best and worst vacation descriptions, attraction suggestions and photos.In addition, Seven Stars Resort & Spa was ranked number four on U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hotels in Turks and Caicos list.“Being recognized by our guests through The Travelers’ Choice awards and by travel editors alike for the U.S. News & World Report Award rankings reinforces our incomparable world-class service provided by our committed and fantastic team members,” said Ken Patterson, CEO,Seven Stars Resort & Spa.  “We are thrilled to earn these distinctions from travelers who know us best and travel editors who recognize our luxury standard of island hospitality.”Seven Stars Resort & Spa lives up to these prestigious accolades by offering guests top-notch service and well-appointed luxury suites that are among the island’s most spacious.  The 167 guest accommodations range in size from junior, one, two and three-bedroom suites equipped with ocean views, granite kitchen counters, and marble bathroom floors.  Seven Stars is home to Turks & Caicos’ only heated salt-water pool and offers guests private pool deck cabanas for lounging, beach butler service, on-site spa and wellness services and award-winning top gourmet dining options. For more information on Seven Stars Resort & Spa visit www.SevenStarsGraceBay.com.Press Release: SevenStarts Resort Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Senate Committee Approves Water Resources Development Act

first_imgThe Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee on Wednesday approved the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) proposal (S. 601) introduced just last week by Chairwoman Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Ranking Member David Vitter (R-La.). The proposal passed on a vote of 18-0.The measure authorizes water infrastructure and flood control projects and includes changes, supported by the American Soybean Association (ASA), to the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund to ensure that all user fees collected annually will be spent solely on port maintenance and dredging projects. Currently, only about half of the more than $1.8 billion collected in port fees annually goes to fund harbor maintenance. The rest has been used for general government spending.Other key provisions included in S. 601 would streamline environmental reviews by increasing coordination among involved entities and imposing financial penalties on federal agencies that do not meet deadlines. The expedited environmental review requirements are similar to provisions included in the 2012 surface transportation bill.Harbor maintenance dredging. (Photo by Chris Miller, Newport Beach Harbor)The bill does not address the Inland Waterways Trust Fund and lock and dam infrastructure. Committee leaders have indicated their intent that inland waterways issues will be addressed when the bill reaches the floor of the Senate and the Finance Committee has the opportunity to have input on the funding issues.Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has indicated that WRDA could be considered by the full Senate in late April.last_img read more

SUV slips off boat ramp at Watson Island Marina

first_imgMIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – An SUV slipped off a boat ramp and nearly sank into Biscayne Bay, Monday.According to police, an SUV ended up in the water at the Watson Island Marina after it slid off a boat ramp.Thankfully, everyone inside of the vehicle was able to exit before it sank.No injuries were reported.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

New bill would make Facebook Twitter liable for political bias

first_img NEW → Sen. Hawley released a new bill that will remove the immunity big tech companies receive under Section 230 unless they submit to an external audit that proves that their algorithms and content-removal practices are politically neutral. https://t.co/s2SGsmnZZm pic.twitter.com/3o1UtpBh5b— Senator Hawley Press Office (@SenHawleyPress) June 19, 2019 Sen. Josh Hawley introduced legislation that would affect big tech companies.  Getty Images A new piece of legislation aims to put pressure on tech companies to show that they’re politically neutral. At risk is the tech companies’ immunity over content published on their platforms.Sen. Josh Hawley, a Republican from Missouri, introduced on Wednesday the Ending Support for Internet Censorship Act, which would remove tech companies’ automatic immunity, provided in Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1996. This section protects online platforms such as Facebook and Twitter from liability for content posted by their users. To receive immunity under the new act, tech companies would have to subject themselves to an external audit proving to the Federal Trade Commission that their practices are politically neutral. 14 Photos The Internet Association — a trade association representing Facebook, Twitter, Google and other tech companies on matters of public policy — says the companies it represents share the same goal as Hawley but take issue with his legislation. “This bill forces platforms to make an impossible choice: either host reprehensible, but First Amendment protected speech, or lose legal protections that allow them to moderate illegal content like human trafficking and violent extremism,” Michael Beckerman, Internet Association president and CEO, said in a statement Wednesday. “That shouldn’t be a tradeoff.” Smart displays let Amazon, Facebook, Google show you answers to your questions Facebook’s a giant, but its supporters don’t think it… Tags 17 Mobile Politics This act would only affect larger tech companies, which it defines as having more than 30 million active monthly users in the US, more than 300 million active monthly users worldwide, and more than $500 million in global annual revenue. Those that don’t meet the criteria would still receive automatic immunity. “With Section 230, tech companies get a sweetheart deal that no other industry enjoys: complete exemption from traditional publisher liability in exchange for providing a forum free of political censorship,” Hawley said in a press release. “Unfortunately, and unsurprisingly, big tech has failed to hold up its end of the bargain.Facebook and Twitter declined to comment. Sen. Ron Wyden, a Democrat from Oregon, introduced the original Communications Decency Act of 1996 in the House of Representative when he was a Congressman at the time. He tweeted Wednesday that Sen. Hawley’s legislation as a violation of the First Amendment and would make the government the “speech police.” He also says the Senator from Missouri’s legislation didn’t grasp Section 230 of the act. 2:15 Share your voice Last July, representatives from Google, Facebook and Twitter testified in a congressional hearing that their respective companies made mistakes on what content gets published, but that they aren’t censoring with a political bias. President Donald Trump in March accused social media sites of being biased against conservatives. Then in May, the White House launched a website where people can report whether they thought their social media accounts were banned due to political bias. Originally published June 19 at 8:14 a.m. PT.Update 10:45 a.m. PT: Adds comment from Internet Association and background info. 1:16 p.m. PT: Adds Sen. Wyden tweet. Now playing: Watch this: Comments CDA 230 lets private companies take down inappropriate third-party posts without incurring liability. It’s designed to protect companies from floods of lawsuits, the sort that kill innovation in its infancy. Republicans used to fight tooth and nail for these protections.— Ron Wyden (@RonWyden) June 19, 2019 Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Unfair to brand Jharkhand as a hub of mob lynching says PM

first_imgHe also spoke about parliamentarians questioning the credibility of Electronic Voting Machine, saying that, “Parties that are represented in the Rajya Sabha have got opportunities to govern in some state or the other after elections conducted through EVMs.””Why question EVMs today?” asked PM Modi.”We also took time to understand the EVM. It is a technology, and must be understood and promoted. We saw that by doubting it, we were going down the wrong path. We told ourselves that that is not the way to be, and we handled it maturely. We stopped blaming others,” said PM Modi. PM Modi said that the deaths due to Encephalitis outbreak in Bihar are saddening and embarrassing.”We need to take the issue seriously. People should be made aware of vaccination, safety, and other health benefits. I believe that this is a sad state. Today it is one state, can happen in another state tomorrow,” said PM Modi.”The need of the hour is to strengthen Ayushman Bharat. We want our poor to get top quality and affordable treatment. I am in constant touch with the state government and I am sure we will collectively come out of this crisis soon,” he added. “I was saddened when some leaders said- the BJP and allies won the elections but the nation lost, democracy lost,” said PM Modi.TwitterPrime Minister Narendra Modi condemned the mob lynching in Jharkhand, emphasising that the accused should be brought to law, in his reply to the ‘Motion Of Thanks On the President’s Address’ in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday, June 26.The PM spoke on various crucial issues including the Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) outbreak in Bihar and the water crisis throughout the country.He also attacked the Opposition and said that the Congress has not been able to digest their loss. “They have not been able to accept defeat. I do not consider this to be a healthy sign in a democracy,” said PM Modi.He also said that the voters are aware of all that happens in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha and that they have voted keeping this in mind.”I was saddened when some leaders said- the BJP and allies won the elections but the nation lost, democracy lost. I want to clearly say that such statements are unfortunate. Why question the wisdom of voters?” he said. TwitterHere are the highlights of PM Modi’s address in Rajya Sabha:Speaking on the issue of Jharkhand mob lynching, PM Modi said that the whole state shouldn’t be branded as a “hub of mob lynching”.”The lynching in Jharkhand has pained me. It has saddened others too. But, some people in the Rajya Sabha are calling Jharkhand a hub of lynching. Is this fair? Why are they insulting a state? None of us have the right to insult the state of Jharkhand,” he said.”It is our responsibility to protect each citizen. If we stop seeing through the political lens, we will be able to see a bright future,” he added. PM Modi said that almost 226 districts in the country are dealing with water crisis.”Now I am trying to mobilize everyone to tackle this, how we can give priority to water in MPLAD funds. We also have to make society aware on water issues. A Jal Shakti Ministry has also been setup,” he said. On the issue of National Register of Citizens (NRC) published in July 2018, PM said that the government was only following Supreme Court’s instructions. He also said that the NRC was part of accord signed by the then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.last_img read more

Brazil orders Google to hand over Street View data

first_imgNo related posts. BRASÍLIA, Brazil – Brazilian judges have given U.S. Internet search giant Google until Saturday to turn over private data collected through its Street View program, press reports said Thursday.Failure to do so would mean a daily fine of $50,000, up to a maximum of $500,000.Google equips cars with cameras and antennas to take photos of streets and houses, which are later posted to a feature in its maps program called Street View.The photos are pieced together online to create a map that a person on a street would see.According to a complaint from the Brazilian Institute of Computer Policy and Rights (IBDI), the car-borne software also enables Street View to access private Wi-Fi networks and intercept personal data and electronic communications.IBDI pointed to similar occurences in other parts of the world and demanded that Google reveal if it had engaged in such practices.It said Google had admitted collecting data while insisting they were not used “in its products and services. The U.S. search engine stressed that it had now removed the data collection software from its vehicles.The case followed press disclosures, based on documents leaked by U.S. intelligence leaker Edward Snowden, of massive U.S. cyberspying in Brazil.Targets included President Dilma Rousseff’s communications, those of state-run energy giant Petrobras and emails and telephone calls of millions of Brazilians.Google has denied any link to the U.S. electronic snooping, mainly conducted by the powerful National Security Agency (NSA).But files obtained from Snowden, who is in exile in Russia and sought by U.S. authorities for violation of espionage laws, indicated that NSA can collect data sent by fiber optic cable between Google and Yahoo data hubs.Google told the court the debate on data collection took place in several countries some time ago and was now closed.It did admit that its software can intercept signals from open Wi-Fi networks.Google also said it had been in contact with authorities of countries where these incidents occurred, but in the case of Brazil there was no relevant legislation nor a regulatory body.Google and other leading tech companies have expressed opposition to the creation of Brazil-based databases of local customer information, as proposed by Brasilia in a bid to combat foreign spying.Google says in principle it backs proposed legislation enshrining an Internet civil rights framework, dubbed Marco Civil de Internet in Brazil.But it has warned that a proposed amendment to Marco Civil requiring Internet firms to store Brazilian user data in Brazil “risks denying Brazilian users access to great services that are provided by U.S. and other international companies.” Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Guatemalas Pérez Molina could face impeachment

first_img Facebook Comments Recommended: In Guatemala, anti-establishment presidential candidate benefits from corruption scandalsPresident Otto Pérez Molina’s future is in the hands of five congressmen after the Supreme Court gave the legislature the green light to decide whether he should be stripped of his prosecutorial immunity so that he can be tried for corruption charges.The court’s verdict was announced Thursday after Congressman Amílcar Pop Ac, of the indigenous Winaq party, filed a complaint arguing that there are sufficient grounds to prosecute Pérez Molina for corruption charges. Since doing so, Congressman Pop claims he has been subjected to death threats.Pérez Molina is accused of involvement in two major corruption scandals: a massive customs fraud network known as “La Línea” that involved a number of top government officials, and corruption charges involving a $14.5 million dialysis contract granted by the Guatemalan Social Security Institute (IGSS).One of the most potentially incriminating pieces of evidence are telephone conversations recorded by the International Commission Against Impunity (CICIG) as part of the investigation into the La Línea case that contain references to “the president.”More damaging evidence could emerge as Francisco Javier Ortiz Arriaga, known as “Teniente Jerez,” one of the ringleaders of La Línea, is seeking to be included in a witness protection program in exchange for providing detailed information of how the customs fraud structure operated and exactly who was involved.Vice President Roxana Baldetti, who was forced to resign on May 8, has been banned from leaving the country. Her U.S. visa has been revoked, her bank accounts and those of her husband have been frozen and her properties have been searched by police as part of the ongoing investigation. A number of telephone recordings contain references to “La Dos” (“No. 2”), “La R,” and “La Señora.”Despite the fact that he faces intense pressure from civil society to step down, Pérez Molina is adamant that he will not resign. “I will remain in my position; I was constitutionally appointed and I will face this [CICIG’s investigation into the case],” he said Thursday in a press conference.In Congress’ handsAn extraordinary congressional hearing was held Friday in order to elect a five-member commission to analyze Congressman Pop’s arguments. Following the procedure established under Guatemalan law, each member of the house was assigned a number, and two members of Congress were asked to draw five random numbers from a raffle.The five selected members are: Baudilio Hichos López, Hugo Fernando García Gudiel and Juan Armando Chuy Chanchavac from the LIDER party, independent Congressman Mario Santiago Linares, and Hugo Morán Tobar, from the CREO party.Several of these congressmen have a tainted track record, which could hinder the credibility of the commission.Throughout his two decades in Congress, Hichos López, who presides the newly appointed commission, has switched from the Nationalist Change Union (UCN) party, to the Guatemalan Republican Front (FRG) and then to LIDER, a practice known as transfuguismo in Spanish. During his brief period as vice minister of agriculture under the administration of Alfonso Portillo (2000-2004), he was accused of trafficking protected plant species, and more recently, he was accused of nepotism and profitting from state contracts in the eastern department of Chiquimula.García Gudiel recently defected from the Patriot Party (PP), and according to investigations published by El Periódico newspaper, owns at least three mansions in Guatemala City, a Monterrico beach resort and Atitlán. One of these properties has been valued in $2.5 million, a sum that far exceeds his income as a member of Congress.Linares also abandoned the PP in late 2014. Morán Tobar, 30, who switched from the PAN party to CREO is part of a cohort of young members of Congress known as dipukids. They were voted into office in 2011, but hopes that their arrival would bring a breath of fresh air into a legislature dominated by a culture of graft soon floundered as they failed to bring about any significant change.Once the commission has reached a verdict, Congress will vote on whether or not to accept its recommendation. If Congress decides to strip Pérez Molina of his immunity he could face a process similar to impeachment. His party, the PP, currently holds 35 of the 158 seats in the legislature.See also: Resignation rumors of Guatemala’s Pérez Molina grow after fourth week of protests Jumping shipIn the wake of the recent corruption scandals, many PP congressmen switched their party allegiance to Lider, which now has 62 of the 158 seats in Congress and is leading the polls.The legislature faces intense pressure from voters to allow Pérez Molina to be tried for corruption – demonstrators gathered outside Congress on Friday and thousands of protesters held another peaceful march on Saturday calling for Pérez Molina’s ouster. Nevertheless, the PP is expected to seek an agreement with Lider to secure a favorable outcome for the president. Riot police stand guard as indigenous people protest for the release of other protesters being held inside a bus by the National Civil Police after they participated in demonstrations to demand the resignation of Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina in Guatemala City late on June 13. Johan Ordónez / AFPIt is also unclear whether pressures from the U.S. Embassy could influence the commission’s decision. Although pressure from the U.S. Embassy was unofficially mentioned as one of the key reasons that forced former Vice President Roxana Baldetti to step down on May 8, the Obama administration in the U.S. is perceived as being supportive of allowing Pérez Molina to finish his term in office, as not doing so could jeopardize governance and stability.On June 1, U.S. Ambassador to Guatemala Todd Robinson announced that his government would support Guatemala’s fight against corruption by subjecting officials from the internal revenue service to polygraph tests. The photographs of Robinson speaking from Pérez Molina’s lectern while the president stood beside him with his head bowed, drew widespread criticism and accusations of U.S. interference in domestic affairs.However, on Friday, Robinson denied the claims and said the Obama administration “would be willing to work with whoever is in charge.”“The commission will face pressure from different quarters, including civil society and Uncle Sam. It won’t be surprising if the PP and LIDER try to bribe the members of the commission in order to influence their final verdict,” constitutional lawyer Gabriel Orellana told The Tico Times.Adding a dramatic touch to the course of events, Hichos López and other members of the newly appointed commission claim anonymous sources have threatened to kill them and their family members if they don’t recommend stripping Pérez Molina of his immunity.Should Congress ultimately decide there are sufficient reasons to allow Pérez Molina to be impeached, a criminal court must then decide whether or not he is unfit for office and should face trial. If that were to happen, newly appointed Vice President Alejandro Maldonado Aguirre would automatically become president until the elections are held on Sept. 8 and a new president takes office in January 2016.“If Congress decides to create a mantle of impunity to protect the president, that will deal a serious blow to the fight against corruption and will allow the structures of impunity that exist in our country to flourish”, Congressman Pop told The Tico Times. Related posts:Resignation rumors of Guatemala’s Pérez Molina grow after fourth week of protests In Costa Rica visit, Guatemala president-elect Jimmy Morales reaffirms opposition to drug decriminalization Guatemala swears in comedian Morales on Thursday Guatemala president faces mounting pressure in scandallast_img read more

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Stroll and swim at one of Europe’s most beautiful gardensThe Terra Nostra Botanic Gardens are located at the heart of the Valley of Furnas, part of the massif of the Furnas Volcano and with its own microclimate. Here you can see tropical plants such as Canarian palms and Australian king palm trees as well as a grotto, serpentine canal and beautiful water gardens. The garden’s main lake is geothermal and visitors can bathe in its naturally warm waters.Opening Hours: 10am-7pm dailyTickets: €6 per adult, €3 per childAddress: Furnas, Portugal 10. Stand on the rooftop of the AtlanticThe island of Pico is just a ferry ride away and here you’ll find Ponta do Pico, Portugal’s highest point as well as the loftiest peak of the Mid Atlantic Ridge. You can see its triangular summit from miles away of course but nothing beats standing atop it, especially when it’s cloaked in snow and ice. You’ll need to register in advance and hire a guide – book online here to climb; it takes about three hours each way, following the wooden poles, and requires good general fitness and a willingness to scramble.Opening Hours: It’s a 7 hour hike that begins early. There’s also the option for a sunrise hike.Tickets: €120 per person if you’re solo, if there are two, it’s €65. The price continues to decrease per person the bigger the group.Address: Pico, Azores11. Go underground at Gruta do CarvãoNot all of the Azores attractions are above land – this archaeological museum shows you the different effects of the volcanic surface under the ground on a caving tour. The lava creates a marbled effect on the underground channels, and even if you’re not a keen geologist, you’ll be interested in the subterranean formations. If you book a longer hike, make sure you wrap up warm and prepare to squeeze through some tight spaces – not one for claustrophobics.Opening Hours: 10am-12.30pm, 2pm-6pm dailyTickets: From €5 per person – longer tours are availableAddress: Rua do Paim – 2ª Circular, Ponta Delgada 1. Be king of the castle at Sao Bras FortressOnce upon a time being in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean meant plenty of pirates – and the Azores’ answer to them was this fortress, known as the Sao Bras Fortress, or Castle of Saint Blaise. Walk up to this high point overlooking the city of Ponta Delgada and explore the renaissance bastions and battlements, dating back to the sixteenth century. It remains in service today as a base of the Portuguese Navy.Opening Hours: 10am-6pm, closed on weekendsTickets: €3Address: 9500-768 Ponta Delgada, Portugal 12. Swim in Vila Franco do Campo inletYou might stop off at Isla de Vila Franco do Campo on whale watching trip. This small island is just off Sao Miguel, and during summer it’s a popular swimming spot. Catch the boat from the main island, make sure you bring some snacks and water (there’s nothing on the island other than a swimming hole), and spend 3 hours lounging on your own island paradise.Tickets: The boat from Ponta Delgada costs €5Address: Vila Franco do Campo, Sao Miguel13. Visit one of the worlds’ newest islands – CapelinhosFaial Island was created 60 years ago by a Capelinhos volcano. Walk along the black sand beaches, hike to the peak and walk up to the lighthouse for an incredible (and very breezy) view of the Atlantic. The Capelinhos Volcano Interpretation Centre is a must-do for keen archaeologists too.How to get to Faial Island: Flights depart from Ponta Delgada to Horta daily.Address: Faial Island, Azores14. Photograph Lagoa das Sete Cidades If you’re not keen on taking flight over the lakes, you can still visit the green waters by foot. There are a number of hiking trails around the park, but you should make sure yours crosses over Boca do Inferno viewpoint to make sure you get the best photos. The gothic Sao Nicolau Church is also in the park (EN9-1A, Sete Cidades, Sao Miguel) – the ideal spot for taking some respite from the Atlantic winds.Opening Hours: 24 hoursTickets: FreeAddress: Sete Cidades, Sao Miguel, Portugal Search for flights to Ponta Delgada 4. Go birdwatching at Fogo LakeFogo Lake, or Lagoa do Fogo, is a jaw-droppingly beautiful sight, its clear blue waters filling a volcanic caldera ringed with velveteen volcanic peaks. This landscape was formed by an eruption in 1563 but today all is peaceful, your main companions waders and ducks, seen mostly in the thickly wooded northern section of this nature reserve. It’s worth climbing the 949m Pico da Barrosa, southwest of the lake, for truly spectacular views across the whole island of Sao Miguel – and the chance to see Azorean gulls.How to get to Lagoa do Fogo: Take the 315 bus from Ponta Delgada, then catch a taxi the rest of the way. You can also use transfer companies like Celina from the centre of Ponta Delgada.Tickets: €2 per person for entry, or €60 for day trips from the cityAddress: Miradouro da Serra Barrosa | Agua de Pau, Sao Miguel ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepartReturnCabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Mapcenter_img More perfect holidays in Portugal… Top 15 attractions and things to do in LisbonMeander into Alfama, listen to fado music and soak up the sun in Portugal’s beautiful capital. Top 15 attractions and things to do in PortoThe city of bridges and wine cellars is plenty of fun for a weekend away – this is why. 10 best beaches in PortugalThe most beautiful sets of sands near Lisbon, Porto and Faro. Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire. 7. Hit the beach at Ribeira Quente VillageAlthough sunbathing may be off the menu (those trade winds keep things fairly cool and wet out here) the Azores are home to numerous idyllic black sand beaches ripe for a sandy stroll – or a surf. On Sao Miguel Island head to Ribeira Quente Village for sheltered sands backed by a picturesque ancient fishing village, or take a boat over to Santa Maria. The “mother island” was first to pop up out of the Atlantic and today boasts the whitest beaches and warmest waters. Blue Flag Praia Formosa is the best place here for watersports, such as jetskiing and kayaking, as well as surfing.Opening Hours: 24 hoursTickets: FreeAddress: Praia Formosa, Ribeira Quente8. Spot whales and dolphins off the Azores coastThe Azores is one of the best places in the world for whale watching, the waters around its nine islands being home to some 20 different species of cetaceans (that’s whales and dolphins to you and me). Because there are so many species here, both resident and migrating, you’ll see something whatever time of year you visit. Expect to see residents the common dolphin and bottlenose dolphin, as well as blue whales at the end of the winter, and sperm whales, sei whales and bearded whales in the summer.Opening Hours: Tours usually start early (8am-9am). Find a local vendor in Ponta Delgada.Tickets: €55 for a half day9. Soar above it all paraglidingThe landscape of Sete Cidades is one of those to which no photograph can do justice. This pair of crater lakes in the heart of Sao Miguel island were formed by the tears shed by a pair of star-crossed lovers (a green-eyed princess and a blue-eyed shepherd) says the local folklore – but we reckon you’ll be more interested in the paragliders you’re almost certain to see taking advantage of the thermal currents. Contact the Clube Asas de Sao Miguel to join them, or visit in August for the annual Azores Paragliding Festival, held here. 2. Pose for a selfie with the city’s symbol, Portas da CidadeFind a postcard of Ponta Delgada, see a picture of the Portas da Cidade. This triple-arched black and white-washed gateway was built in the eighteenth century and has served as the city’s symbol ever since. It originally stood next to the old quay but was transferred to Praca de Gonçalo Velho Cabral during construction of the seaside Prince Henry Avenue. This beautiful square is the perfect starting point to a wander around the city centre, its black and white paving stones leading up to the Church of St. Sebastian, outside which are the cafe tables of Restaurante Barcarola – a great spot for coffee (and free WiFi).Opening Hours: 10am-11pm Friday-Saturday, closed Sunday-Monday, 10am-9pm Tuesday-ThursdayTickets: Free to enterAddress: Av. D. Joao III, 9500-035 Ponta Delgada, Portugal3. Feast on tasty (and very cheap) tapasPetiscos (or Portuguese tapas) can be found in bars and restaurants across the islands, with prices starting from just €1. Seafood is, naturally, ubiquitous with grilled octopus and fried mackerel, both staple dishes found on most menus. Head to Mané Cigano on Rua Eng José Cordeiro (lunch only) for some of the best, or A Tasca on Rua do Aljube for generous portions of dishes such as smoked black pudding served with pineapple. For entertainment with your petiscos try Arco 8 on Avenida Abel Ferin Coutinho, where potent cocktails accompany the nightly live music performances. How to get to Ponta DelgadaFly direct to the Azores Islands from London, or jump on a connecting flight from Manchester or Birmingham. You can also fly to Lisbon or Porto direct from many U.K cities, then catch a separate connecting flight to the Azores.Search for flights to Ponta Delgada Where to stay on a city break in Ponta DelgadaIf you’re looking for a hostel:Pousada De Juventude De Ponta Delgada is a guest house in the centre of the city – complimentary breakfast and free Wifi is included!If you’re looking for a hotel:On the off chance you need to be doing work in the Azores, VIP Executives has meeting rooms, Wifi and a conference centre. That’s not it though – you can also look forward to their gym and spa.If you’re looking for luxury:Hotel Talisman makes the ideal home away from home when you’ve been out swimming, hiking and paragliding all day. Slide into one of their suites with a sea view to totally bliss out.Search for hotels in Ponta Delgada Looking for cheap flights to Ponta Delgada? Search now 15. Taste the local wines of the Azores This will be one of the most unique locations you’ll ever be in on a wine tour. The volcanic sands of Pico Island have been producing wine since the fifteenth century – just 200 years after the first settlers arrived. It’s said that the 2,439 acres lend a salty quality to the wine – you’ll have to try it yourself. 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