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miércoles, 7 de junio de 2017

Holanda rechaza procesar a Wilders por discurso contra el islam en Viena

Insultar a una comunidad religiosa o una religión no es un delito penado por la ley en los Países Bajos, a diferencia de lo que ocurre en Austria.


La Justicia holandesa rechazó procesar al ultraderechista Geert Wilders por sus declaraciones antiislamistas en un discurso en Viena, a pesar de una petición oficial de Austria para llevar al político ante los tribunales por incitación al odio.

"Solo si una declaración se centra en un grupo que se caracteriza por una creencia, puede ser castigada", afirmó la Fiscalía holandesa en un comunicado, aunque estudió cada palabra del discurso que Wilders dio en marzo de 2015.

Insultar a una comunidad religiosa o una religión no es un delito penado por la ley en los Países Bajos, a diferencia de lo que ocurre en Austria.

En su discurso, Wilders insultó al islam "como religión, y no a las personas musulmanas", explicó la Fiscalía para justificar que las palabras del político no son punibles bajo la ley holandesa. Wilders, líder del segundo partido más grande de Holanda, el PVV, afirmó en su discurso que el islam es "una ideología de la guerra y el odio" y que "llama a la gente a ser terrorista".

En Holanda, las declaraciones del ultraderechista "se consideran crítica religiosa y no un insulto a un grupo de la población".

Una organización islámica denunció ese discurso a la policía austríaca, lo que llevó a la apertura de una investigación en ese país, aunque una portavoz informó de que preferían "transferir" esa denuncia a Holanda.

El presidente de la Iniciativa Islámica Austríaca, Tarafa Baghajati, presentó una queja oficial sobre el discurso y explicó que Wilders "dio la impresión de que todos los musulmanes están aquí para hacer la guerra contra los europeos".

El pasado año, Wilders fue declarado culpable de incitar a la discriminación racial e insultar a una comunidad, con su manifiesto que pedía "menos, menos marroquíes" en Holanda. No recibió ninguna pena por ello, pues fue una sentencia simbólica en la que se le llamó la atención por sus declaraciones, aunque él recurrió la condena.

viernes, 10 de marzo de 2017

Jerome Boateng volverá a las canchas, luego cuatro meses fuera por lesión


El entrenador del Bayern Munich, Carlo Ancelotti, anunció este viernes que el defensor alemán regresará a la competición en el juego del próximo sábado frente al Eintracht Fráncfort.

"No empezará el partido, pero le haré jugar. Está en forma", declaró el técnico italiano a la prensa.

Boateng no ha jugado desde el 23 de noviembre en Rostov (derrota 3-2 del Bayern). Luego paró para someterse a una operación en el músculo pectoral derecho.

Ancelotti, que ahora juega con el alemán Mats Hummels y el español Javi Martínez en el centro de la defensa, se mostró contento por el regreso.

"Boateng es un fantástico defensa central, su regreso me ofrece la posibilidad de rotar, porque tenemos muchos partidos importantes en abril", dijo el técnico.

Boateng, elegido futbolista del año en Alemania el curso pasado y muy presente en la escena mediática, fue reprendido en noviembre por el presidente del club Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.

"En su interés y en el del Bayern estaría bien que descendiera un poco al terreno", dijo la leyenda del fútbol alemán.

martes, 6 de septiembre de 2016

Presidente filipino lamenta haber insultado a Barack Obama

Se disculpó por haber llamado 'hijo de puta' al presidente estadounidense.



El presidente filipino Rodrigo Duterte lamentó este martes haber insultado a Barack Obama, a quien trató de "hijo de puta" el lunes en Manila antes de viajar a Laos donde ambos participan de una cumbre con varios países del sudeste asiático.

"Si bien la causa inmediata (de la controversia) fueron mis fuertes comentarios a ciertas preguntas de la prensa (...) también lamentamos que se presentó como un ataque personal contra el presidente de Estados Unidos", señaló un comunicado y agregó que Duterte "lamenta que sus declaraciones hayan causado tal controversia".

Este lunes, antes de partir hacia Vientián, Duterte calificó a Obama de "hijo de puta", luego de enfurecer por advertencias de que podría exponerse a cuestionamientos del presidente estadounidense por supuestos crímenes de

Estado en Filipinas por la política de mano dura contra narcotraficantes.

"Debes ser respetuoso. Y no sólo lanzar preguntas y comunicados. Hijo de puta, te voy a maldecir en ese foro", había dicho Duterte en una conferencia de prensa en Manila el lunes.

Cifras oficiales difundidas el domingo señalan que desde que Duterte llegó al poder, el 30 de junio unas 2.400 personas murieron en operativos antidrogas de la policía, una media de 40 personas por día. La reacción estadounidense fue cancelar una reunión de ambos jefes de Estado.

"El presidente Obama no sostendrá un encuentro bilateral con el presidente Duterte", indicó Ned Price, portavoz del Consejo de Seguridad Nacional. La relación entre estos dos antiguos aliados se ha desplomado de manera sorpresiva tras una serie de insultos proferidos por Duterte.

El presidente de Filipinas antes también había tildado al embajador de Estados Unidos en Manila como "hijo de puta" - una acusación que suele utilizar - y criticado a Estados Unidos por su propio historial de asesinatos policíacos.

El conflicto entre Estados Unidos y Filipinas se produce en un momento crucial para la región, con el gobierno chino tratando de tomar el control sobre el impugnado mar meridional de China.

La cumbre de la Asean (Asociación de Naciones del Sudeste Asiático), a la cual asiste Obama, congrega además de Filipinas y el anfitrión Laos, a Brunei, Camboya, Indonesia, Malasia, Birmania, Filipinas, Tailandia y Vietnam.

AFP

jueves, 2 de junio de 2016

CICLISTA ESTADOUNIDENSE NO IRÁ A RÍO 2016 POR ZIKA

El ciclista estadounidense Tejay van Garderen no participará en los Juegos Olímpicos de Río de Janeiro porque le preocupa que pueda contagiarse con el virus zika y lo transmita a su esposa embarazada.
Van Garderen es el primer atleta estadounidense que se baja de los Juegos debido a la enfermedad, que es transmitida por la picada de un mosquito.
El vocero de la federación estadounidense de ciclismo, Kevin Loughery, confirmó la decisión y dijo el jueves a The Associated Press que van Garderen es el único atleta que ha retirado su nombre de la lista candidatos del organismo. Estados Unidos anunciará su equipo de ciclismo de ruta el 24 de junio.
Van Garderen, miembro del equipo olímpico de 2012, tenía casi seguro uno de los dos puestos en el equipo. El ciclista de 27 años, un veterano del Tour de Francia, es un experto en contrarreloj y su habilidad en montañas se ajustaba a la ruta llena de colinas en Río.
La esposa de van Garderen, Jessica, tiene programado dar a luz en octubre.
El jefe del comité organizador de Río, Carlos Nuzman, dijo el jueves en una reunión del COI en Lausana, Suiza, que los casos de zika disminuirán significativamente entre junio y septiembre.
Nuzman aseguró el que el zika no representa un riesgo a la salud pública que amerita cancelar los Juegos.
Deportistas como el basquetbolista español Pau Gasol y la futbolista estadounidense Hope Solo han expresado preocupación por la situación del virus, que ya se confirmó que puede ocasionar defectos congénitos y enfermedades neurológicas.

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miércoles, 4 de mayo de 2016

UEFA Champions League: City de Pellegrini no logra la hazaña y se despide de Champions tras perder con Madrid

Los' Citizens' cayeron por 0-1 y los 'merengues' avanzaron a la final del certamen.

City de Pellegrini no logra la hazaña y se despide de Champions tras perder con Madrid

Manchester City de Manuel Pellegrini no pudo ante el Real Madrid en el Santiago Bernabéu, tras perder por 1-0, logrando así que los 'merengues' avanzaran a la final de la Champions League con un marcador global de 1-0.

Al comienzo del encuentro los 'Citizens' fueron los que controlaron el balón, aunque sin la profundidad necesaria para inquietar la portería de Keylor Navas.

A los 7' el leve dominio de los dirigidos por el 'Ingeniero' se terminó de manera casi definitiva, cuando el capitán Vincent Kompany se lesionó y obligó al ingreso de Eliaquim Mangala.

Tras esto, los 'merengues' comenzaron a tomar la manija del encuentro y fue así como llegaron a la apertura de la cuenta a los 20', pase filtrado de Dani Carvajal para Gareth Bale, el galés que remató, pero el balón rebotó en Fernando y terminó entrando en el ángulo descolocando a Joe Hart.

Tras ello, la brega bajó en ritmo y los primeros 45 minutos no tuvieron mucho más que contar, excepto por un intento de Fernandinho que dio en el palo y se fue desviado.

En el complemento la llegada más clara fue del Real Madrid, cuando Bale cabeceó un centro que pegó en el vertical. En el rebote, Cristiano Ronaldo anotó con una evidente mano, en una jugada que además estaba invalidada.

La única chance de real peligro que tuvo en el segundo tiempo el equipo de Pellegrini fue un remate de Sergio Agüero a los 88', pero el disparo del argentino se fue apenas desviado.

De esta forma, Real Madrid clasificó a la final de la Champions League, donde se topará el próximo 28 de mayo ante el Atlético de Madrid en el estadio San Siro de Milán.

Cabe recordar que ambos elencos ya se enfrentaron en la final de este certamen continental en la temporada 2013-14, en un partido donde Sergio Ramos fue el gran héroe al empatar el partido a los 90'. forzando el alargue, fase del lance donde los 'merengues' superaron ampliamente a los 'colchoneros'.

viernes, 29 de abril de 2016

Científico inglés resuelve el dilema sobre qué fue primero, ¿el huevo o la gallina?

“OK, todos podemos volver a nuestras vidas normales ahora”, escribió James McInerney en Facebook tras zanjar la interminable discusión. 



¿Qué fue primero el huevo o la gallina? Esta pregunta ha sido fuente de debate tanto en conversaciones cotidianas como en el mundo científico.

James McInerney, un investigador de Reino Unido parece haber zanjado la interminable inquietud y para ello ha hecho gala de una lógica evolucionista que pocos se atreven a cuestionar.

Para explicarlo, el científico ha presentado la línea evolutiva de tortugas, lagartijas, serpientes, cocodrilos y aves.

Así las cosas, el huevo en realidad fue primero para los reptiles que para las aves. De lo que se deduce, que primero fue el huevo que la gallina.

“OK, todos podemos volver a nuestras vidas normales ahora”, escribió en Facebook James McInerney tras su corta y contundente exposición.


domingo, 10 de abril de 2016

FÚTBOL MUNDIAL: El fin de semana, en un vistazo



Bienvenido al repaso de FIFA.com al menú del fin de semana, en el que te mantendremos al corriente de todo lo que suceda en el fútbol mundial. En el programa, competiciones continentales en África y Oceanía, además del apasionante derbi del Ruhr en Alemania. Si quieres saber más sobre las ligas del mundo entero, echa un vistazo a la nueva sección En Vivo donde podrás encontrar todos los resultados, goleadores y tablas de clasificación del planeta con una imagen renovada y actual.

Los partidos destacados
Wydad Casablanca 2-0 TP Mazembe
Noussir (44), El Hajaoui (66 pen)

Los líderes de la liga marroquí, con John Toshack al timón, recibieron a los defensores del título en la ida de los octavos de final de la Liga de Campeones de la CAF, con el pase a la fase de grupos en juego. Y su actuación no pudo ser mejor, ya que se impusieron por 2-0. Su estrategia de haber reservado a los titulares en la competición local parece haber dado resultado ante un conjunto congoleño que llegó con apenas dos partidos jugados en la Super Ligue de su país. El Wydad no participaba en el torneo continental desde 2011, año en el que alcanzó la final. Así las cosas, eliminar al vigente campeón sería todo un golpe maestro.

Schalke 2-2 Borussia Dortmund
Leroy Sane (51), Klaas Jan Huntelaar (66); Shinji Kagawa (49), Matthias Ginter (56)

Mientras que el primer periodo del Rivierderby representó la tensión que se vive siempre en un gran clásico como este –la única acción de peligro serio fue el intento de Sane–, el segundo tiempo mostró las emociones que escasearon al comienzo: Kagawa abrió el marcador apenas iniciada la etapa, pero Sane igualó para los locales dos minutos después. El Dortmund volvió a ponerse delante gracias a un cabezazo de Ginter, solo en el área, pero Sokritis Papastathopoulos derribó poco después a Huntelaar en los últimos 16 metros. El propio holandés se encargó de facturar y poner cifras definitivas. Pudieron no serlo, pero Fahrmann se esforzó al máximo para evitar la caída de su arco mientras que Max Meyer desperdició una gran oportunidad sobre el final.
El resto de la jornada
La Liga española, que parecía definida hace dos semanas, dio un vuelco al vencer la Real Sociedad al FC Barcelona por 1-0 gracias al gol de Mikel Oiarzábal y a las manos del arquero argentino Gerónimo Rulli. El Barça ahora tiene apenas tres puntos de ventaja sobre el Atlético de Madrid y cuatro sobre el Real Madrid. Los Merengues golearon al Eibar por 4-0 en el Bernabéu, un resultado que les ha servido para colocarse segundo durante un rato, aunque el muy buen triunfo por 3-1 del Atlético de Madrid en Barcelona sobre el Espanyol devolvió a los de Zinedine Zidane a la tercera posición.

El Leicester sigue con siendo el equipo de la clase trabajadora y nada lo detiene rumbo al título de la Premier League. Venció 2-0 como visitante al Sunderland y está muy cerca de hacer el sueño realidad. Arsenal y el West Ham protagonizaron un emocionante partido en el Boleyn Ground que finalizó 3-3, un resultado que no convino a ninguno de los dos en su lucha en la Premier League. El Manchester City venció 2-1 al West Bromwich Albion y sigue obligando al Manchester United a ganar para aspirar a la Liga de Campeones. Los Red Devils visitarán el domingo a uno de los aspirantes al título, el Tottenham Hotspur. Al vencer de visitante por 3-1 al Stuttgart, el Bayern amplió su ventaja sobre el Borussia Dortmund a siete puntos. El Mainz (45) y el Borussia Moenchengladbach (45) no ganaron y no lograron presionar al Schalke (45) y al Bayer Leverkusen (48) en la lucha por las plazas europeas. En Italia, la Juventus perdía 1-0 ante el AC Milan en San Siro pero los goles de Didier Pogba y Mario Mandzukic permitieron al puntero sumar otros tres puntos rumbo al Scudetto. El Napoli, segundo, goleó al Hellas Verona por 3-0 pese a no contar con su su máximo artillero, Gonzalo Higuaín, y se mantiene a seis unidades.

En Francia, la carrera por el segundo puesto se comprimió gracias a la derrota por 4-1 del Mónaco (55) ante el Lille y la victoria del viernes como visitante del Olympique de Lyon (55) sobre el Lorient por 3-1. El Niza (53) venció al Rennes (51) por 3-0 y se mantiene a la expectativa.

En Latinoamérica
En México, líder y escolta se pusieron de acuerdo para no tener piedad de sus rivales: Rayados de Monterrey goleó 6-0 al Chiapas, de floja producción en lo que va del Torneo Clausura, y el América también llegó a la media docena y superó 6-1 a Xolos de Tijuana.

En Colombia, Junior y Atlético Nacional honraron el partidazo que se esperaba en Barranquilla con un 3-3 infartante en el que los locales remontaron un 2-1 pero Jonathan Copete igualó para los de Medellín en tiempo de descuento. El empate sumó un tercer líder, ya que Millonarios también alcanzó los 26 puntos al superar a Boyacá Chico.

En Costa Rica otro gran duelo de equipos históricos que están en la cumbre se quedó en manos del puntero Herediano, que venció como local por 2-1 al Alajuelense, segundo. Por su parte, en Argentina, hay dos encuentros que destacan del resto por su importancia para la parte alta de la Zona 2: Estudiantes de La Plata - Atlético de Tucumán y el clásico del Sur entre Banfield y Lanús, en el que los Granates aspiran a seguir siendo punteros.

El viernes por la noche, San Lorenzo derrotó en Mendoza al líder de la Zona 1, Godoy Cruz, lo que puede permitir a Central volver a la cima si derrota el domingo a Vélez Sarsfield en Arroyito.

El camino a Japón 2016
En el primero de los 16 días que durará la Liga de Campeones de la OFC, el Tefana tahitiano cosechó un rotundo 1-6 ante el Nadi, a pesar del estrambótico gol en propia puerta del arquero Mickael Roche. Sin salir del Grupo C, el Magenta es segundo merced a su 0-2 frente al Kiwi. El Hekari United y el Team Wellington mandan en el Grupo B. El Auckland City, gran coloso continental, debutó goleando 4-0 al Solomon Warriors FC.

En África, el Al Ahly logró un comienzo fuerte al igualar 1-1 en el feudo del Young Africans tanzano. El objetivo es llegar a la fase de grupos, algo que no ha logrado desde 2013, el año en el que se ciñó los laureles. Asimismo, el vencedor de 2014, el ES Sétif, logró un meritorio 2-2 en el campo del Al Merreikh, semifinalista el año pasado.

Lo que se dijo
"Sigo pensando que la Liga no se nos escapará". Gerard Piqué, tras la derrota del FC Barcelona en Anoeta.

"¿El Scudetto? No hicimos nada todavía. Tenemos partidos por delante y debemos pensar en ganarlos". Paul Pogba, luego del triunfo de la Juventus ante el AC Milan.



El Tino Asprilla, encantado con el espectáculo ofrecido por Junior y Atlético Nacional.



El uruguayo Carlos Sánchez celebró en Twitter la victoria de Rayados de Monterrey.

viernes, 22 de enero de 2016

Armed group's leader balks at FBI talks without media


BURNS, Ore. (AP) — The leader of an armed group occupying a national wildlife refuge in Oregon met briefly with a federal agent Friday, but left because the agent wouldn't talk with him in front of the media.

The short meeting occurred as the standoff over federal land use policies stretches to the three-week mark and as Oregon officials are putting increased pressure on federal authorities to take action against Ammon Bundy's group.

Bundy arrived at the airport in Burns late Friday morning, where the FBI has set up a staging area. On Thursday, Bundy went to the airport and spoke to an FBI negotiator over the phone. They agreed to speak again Friday, but Bundy left shortly after he arrived because the FBI agent he spoke with said federal authorities wanted any conversation to be private.

Bundy wants face-to-face conversations in front of reporters.

"I really don't think, at this point, even having another phone conversation here without him would be beneficial," Bundy said before leaving.

He also questioned the FBI's authority.


"If you haven't got sanction from the sheriff, there's no reason to be talking to you," Bundy said.

A crowd of reporters watched the brief exchange, while state troopers and armed federal agents looked on.

Bundy's group began occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in eastern Oregon on Jan. 2.

The FBI did not immediately comment on Friday's meeting with Bundy, but said in a statement Thursday their "response has been deliberate and measured as we seek a peaceful resolution."

On Wednesday, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said she was angry because federal authorities have not taken action against Bundy's group, which began occupying the refuge Jan 2. The Democratic governor said the occupation has cost Oregon taxpayers nearly half a million dollars.

Brown sent a letter Thursday to U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch and FBI Director James Comey, urging them "to end the unlawful occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge as safely and as quickly as possible."

In a statement Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley said it was "long past time for this illegal occupation to end and for the people of Harney County to get their lives back."

The Democrat said he hope authorities could peacefully resolve the situation and hold Bundy's group accountable.

At community meetings, some local residents have asked Bundy and his group to leave. However Bundy has said he believes his group's work is appreciated by locals. He said the armed men have been "helping ranchers," doing maintenance on the refuge because "it's in a bad shape," and taking care of fire hazards in the refuge's fire house.

Bundy has also asked the FBI to let two ranchers sent to prison for arson go back home.

Earlier Bundy also said his group plans to have a ceremony Saturday for ranchers to renounce federal ownership of public land and tear up their federal grazing contracts. The armed group plans to open up the 300-square-mile refuge for cattle this spring.

lunes, 11 de enero de 2016

Golden Globe Awards 2016: The Good, The Bad, The Overshared

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 10: In this handout photo provided by NBCUniversal,  Host Ricky Gervais and presenter Mel Gibson speak onstage during the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 10, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo by Paul Drinkwater/NBCUniversal via Getty Images)

Taraji P. Henson snapping “Get off my train!” after handing out cookies, Ridley Scott humblebragging about The Martian’s box office take, Jamie Foxx announcing Straight Outta Compton won best score when it wasn’t nominated – as usual, this year’s Golden Globes Awards didn’t quite encompass the full range of performances by Hollywood A-listers. Here are some awards the Globes forgot to hand out last night:

Most Disturbing Over-Sharing In An Acceptance Speech

Accepting her Globe as best actress in a miniseries for American Horror Story: Hotel, Lady Gaga thanked her personal team: “The things I put my mind through and my body through while I’m working—it makes me like a child. I can’t do things alone. And you allow that.”


Best Dis of Western Civilization To Promote Your Own Personal Brand

“I have to say that I directed the movie that the great Ennio Morricone, at 87-years of age, did an original score for, and won the Golden Globe!” Quentin Tarantino raved, accepting the composer’s trophy for The Hateful Eight. Tarantino insisted that, until his movie, Morricone never had won an award for “for any individual movie” in the U.S. Except, the HFPA had twice previously done just that – which Voice-Over Guy even noted as Tarantino took the stage.

Best Audition To Replace Ricky Gervais As Golden Globe Awards Host

Jim Carrey wasn’t the only person who seemed to be auditioning to become the next Golden Globe host. Andy Samberg, most recent Emmy host, seemed to be taking a crack at it when he took the stage and launched into a “this is it, the final award of the night” gag as he presented one of the night’s early awards. But Carrey won the derby when he came out to run though the nominees for best motion picture. Like Gervais, he advised nominees to put the awards in perspective – he just did it much better:

“I’m two-time Golden Globe winner Jim Carrey. When I got to sleep at night, I’m not just a guy going to sleep. I’m two time Golden Globe winner Jim Carrey going to get some well-needed shut-eye. When I dream, I don’t just dream any old dream, no sir. I dream about being three time Golden Globe winning actor Jim Carrey, because then I would be enough. It would finally be true, and I could stop this terrible search, for what I know ultimately won’t fulfill me. But they are important, these awards. I don’t want you to think just because, if you blew up our solar system alone, you wouldn’t be able to find us, or any of human history, with the naked eye. But from our perspective this is huge! One more time: here are nominees for best motion picture.”

Greatest Bravery In The Face Of Get-the-Hell-Off-The-Stage Music

Taraji P. Henson, winning for best actress in a TV drama for Empire, let show


taraji-p-henson-golden-globes-2016-ftr2producers know she would not be moved till she taraji-p-henson-golden-globes-2016-ftr2had worked her way through her acceptance speech laundry list. “Please wrap? Wait a minute! I waited 20 years for this! You gonna’ wait! Yeah, you gonna’ give me a little more time.”

Most Likely to Have an “Accident” Backstage

Henson, after snapping at someone helping her get up onstage, “Get off my train!”

Most Suspenseful Competition Of The Evening

As Golden Globe Awards become less spontaneous, and acceptance speeches more tedious (a compelling argument for moving the ceremony back to cable), Ricky Gervais provided some welcome drama when he introduced presenter Mel Gibson, noting that when he’d hosted a few years back, he’d joked about Gibson “getting drunk and saying a few unsavory things.”

“Now I find myself in the awkward position of having to introduce him again. I’m sure it’s embarrassing for both of us. And I blame NBC for this terrible situation. Mel blames – we know who Mel blames,” Gervais snarked. “I want to say something nice about Mel before he comes out.” One Bill Cosby gag that did not land later, Gibson walks onstage.

“I love seeing Ricky once every three years because it reminds me to get a colonoscopy,” Gibson shot back, evening the score. Re-enter Gervais, to Gibson’s surprise, and viewers’ delight, to ask him what “sugar tits” means, according to tweets from the room. If true, it was a reference to a line Gibson allegedly used on a female cop when pulled over a few years back. Gervais’ question got bleeped by the NBC Decency Police, though viewers got to see the big reax in the room:


And Gervais got the last word—literally; the final words of the trophy show broadcast were Gervais, signing off: “That’s it. We’re out of time. From myself and Mel Gibson, shalom.”

Most Surprising Intimation Of Mortality Morgan Freeman modestly told the ballroom as they applauded his entrance, “Not too much, now. Applause like that means usually they don’t expect to see you around much longer.” Less expected was when Jennifer Lawrence dropped “I want us to be buried next to each other, I really do” on her Joy director David O. Russell.

 Best Acceptance Speech For A Lifetime Achievement Award That Wasn’t

Sylvester Stallone’s acceptance for best supporting actor for Creed sounded a lot like a career honor thank you. “I am the sum total of everyone I’ve ever met and so lucky I absorbed some of it. Last time I was here it was 1977… the view is so beautiful now.” After thanking “legendary producers Irwin Winkler and Bob Chartoff, who actually mortgaged his house to take a chance on a mumbling actor and gave me the shot of a lifetime,” he concluded, “Most of all, I want to thank my imaginary friend Rocky Balboa for being the best friend I ever had.” It was touching, though Twitter immediately slammed him for forgetting to mention the person responsible for his being onstage, Creed director Ryan Coogler. Twitter soon corrected itself with a report Stallone had thanked Coogler and star Michael B. Jordan, but only after cameras cut away.

Reminiscence HFPA Most Wanted Not To Hear During A Cecil B. DeMille Award Acceptance Speech

Denzel Washington, accepting the actual career honor from the association, was carried back in time to when legendary agent/producer Freddie Fields took him under wing. “He invited me to [my] first Hollywood Foreign Press luncheon. He said, ‘They’re going to watch the movie, we’re going to feed them. They’re going to come over, you’re going to take pictures with everybody, you’re going to hold the magazines, take the pictures – and you’re going to win the award. I won that year.”


Courtesy of Deadline Hollywood

viernes, 23 de octubre de 2015

Hurricane Patricia: Strongest Storm Ever Measured to Hit Mexico


Hurricane Patricia became the strongest storm ever measured on the planet early Friday, with experts warning it could trigger 40-foot waves along southwestern Mexico and "life-threatening" flash flooding.

More than 7 million residents — and an estimated tens of thousands of U.S. citizens visiting or living there — were told to prepare for the "worst-case scenario" as the ferocious storm was expected to race ashore on Mexico's Pacific coast between 6 to 10 p.m. ET Friday.

The tourist magnets of Puerto Vallarta and Manzanillo were directly in the Category 5 storm's projected path, and Puerto Vallarta's airport was closed Friday out of precaution as some stranded vacationers described their inability to fly out a "nightmare."

Packing 200 mph winds, the U.S. National Hurricane Center labeled Patricia as the "strongest hurricane on record" in the Atlantic and eastern North Pacific Basins.

Mexico has not formally requested help from the U.S., but State Department spokesman Mark Toner told reporters Friday that America "stands up to offer any assistance that we can in the aftermath of what at least appears to be a pretty epic event in terms of the intensity and size of the storm."



NBC News meteorologist Bill Karins warned that Patricia would be "the most devastating storm to ever hit Mexico" with "catastrophic damage" likely between the posh resort of Puerto Vallarta and the bustling port city of Manzanillo.

While typhoons Nancy and Violet had stronger estimated winds, Patricia was the strongest storm ever actually observed, Karins added. Patricia already has "put on quite a show" in how rapidly and unexpectedly it has strengthened, he said.

Typhoon Haiyan, which devastated the Philippines in 2013, made landfall with 190 mph winds. Patricia is poised to surpass that record, Karins said.

At 1 p.m. ET, Patricia was about 85 miles southwest of Manzanillo, and about 155 miles south of Cabo Corrientes.

Hurricane warnings stretched from San Blas to Punta San Telmo, an area that includes Puerto Vallarta and Manzanillo. CONAGUA, the Mexican national water commission, predicted waves about 40 feet at landfall.


The National Hurricane Center said it was expected to produce deadly rip currents and "life-threatening flash floods and mudslides."

It added: "Some fluctuations in intensity are possible today, but Patricia is expected to remain an extremely dangerous Category 5 hurricane through landfall."



Up to 20 inches of rain was predicted for the Mexican states of Jalisco, Colima, Michoacan and Guerrero through Saturday, the NHC said.

The Mexican government declared a state of emergency.

The U.S. Consulate General in Guadalajara urged Americans in the hurricane warning area to "make preparations immediately to protect life and property."



Rogelio Estreda, a representative for the Grand Fiesta Americana Resort in Puerto Vallarta, told NBC News that the site would be evacuated at 7 a.m. local time (8 a.m. ET).

"We are expecting something bad, but maybe nothing will happen," Estreda said. "It can change at any time."

Patricia would be only the second Category 5 hurricane to hit the entire Pacific coast since full record-keeping began in 1949. An unnamed storm struck in late October 1959 near Manzanillo, killing an estimated 1,800 people — 800 of them from mudslides alone.

Karins added that 10 inches of rain were already predicted for Texas over the next three days, warning that "what's left of Patricia will make flooding in south Texas even worse" on Sunday.



Laura Diane Rebholz, who co-owns a modeling agency in Scottsdale, Arizona, told NBC News early Friday that she felt it was "safer to ride the storm out" at the Puerto Vallarta hotel where she's vacationing.

"It's almost as if it's literally 'the calm before the storm,'" she said. "It's very much business as usual around the resort with staff seemingly unfazed by the hurricane."

But Australian newlywed Natalie Griffin said Friday that she and her husband were trying to catch an early flight out of Puerto Vallarta after five days of vacationing. At the hotel on Thursday, she said, guests were told that they could be evacuated by bus to Guadalajara, Jalisco's capital city located further inland.

Griffin said she decided to take her chances at the airport early Friday, but flights out were looking grim.

"We were all excited as we thought we were about to board, and now they have said the airport is closed but they want to get special permission to fly this plane out," she told NBC News. "Everyone wants to know if we are flying or not so we can make plans to leave the area."



Among those hunkering down include Atlanta-born Ian Hayden Parker, who founded the Vallarta Daily News in Puerto Vallarta, which has established 18 hurricane shelters.

"We live in a resort town, but outside of the tourist zone, there is still a lot of poverty and people without computers, Internet or phones," said Parker, who hopes to continue to inform locals about the storm's impact.
>br /> After residents were urged to begin storm preparations Thursday, Parker said, "many people followed our advice and are now just playing the wait and see game."

For some tourists, the impending hurricane created an unexpected upheaval in their plans — and forced them to pack up quickly and head for safer ground.

Jason Sapp and Teri Batterfield were set to get married Friday night on the beach outside of the Hyatt Ziva in Puerto Vallerta. Instead, they and about 25 other guests were on a bus heading to Guadalajara — a ride they were told would take 10 hours because of all the traffic from people evacuating the coastal area.

Daughter Jessica Sapp, of the San Diego area, told NBC News that it's been a "nightmare" for the couple and the other guests who flew in on Thursday for the wedding. The Hyatt, she added, has been shut down.

"They were putting boards on the windows and everybody had to evacuate," she said. "They had a little bit of food for us, but everything is shutting down."


Fiona Bronte, 24, said she first checked into the Vidanta resort in Puerto Vallerta on Saturday with her grandparents and parents. Guests at her hotel were awaiting anxiously Friday afternoon to be redirected to a shelter — but their patience was fraying.

"Everyone is starting to get worried and trying to stock up on food and water," the San Francisco woman said, adding, "People are remaining calm at the moment, but nerves are starting to run high."


Source: NBC News, Twitter

martes, 8 de septiembre de 2015

Guatemala procesará al expresidente Otto Pérez Molina por corrupción




El expresidente de Guatemala Otto Pérez Molina será procesado por su supuesta implicación en la red de corrupción aduanera conocida como “La Línea”, que le obligó a renunciar la semana pasada a la Presidencia para presentarse ante la Justicia, anunció este martes el juez del caso.

En una audiencia este martes, el juez Miguel Ángel Gálvez dijo que era “prudente” decretar el auto de procesamiento a Pérez Molina, porque hay “indicios razonables suficientes” que establecen su vinculación con la red de corrupción.

El juez debe aún pronunciarse sobre si ordenará la prisión preventiva de Pérez Molina, que permanece bajo “prisión provisional”, una medida que dictó el jueves pasado para garantizar la continuidad de la audiencia y preservar la vida del imputado.

La Fiscalía imputó la semana pasada al exmandatario de los delitos de asociación ilícita, caso especial de defraudación aduanera y cohecho pasivo, y pidió que fuera ligado al proceso.

Ahora la Fiscalía ha solicitado al juez que decrete prisión preventiva por entender que existe riesgo de fuga. La Fiscalía con el respaldo de la Comisión Internacional Contra la Impunidad en Guatemala (CICIG), señalan a Pérez Molina de ser uno de los líderes de “La Línea”, la red que fue desmantelada en abril pasado.

Por ese caso se encuentra en prisión preventiva la exvicepresidenta Roxana Baldetti, quien renunció al cargo en mayo pasado, y otras 27 personas entre funcionarios y particulares.

La red, que tenía como jefe operativo al prófugo de la justicia Juan Carlos Monzón, exsecretario privado de Baldetti, se habría apoderado de al menos 29 millones de quetzales (3,7 millones de dólares) producto de los sobornos por la defraudación aduanera, según la acusación de la Fiscalía.


Ver Mas en: http://www.elcolombiano.com/internacional/guatemala-procesara-al-expresidente-otto-perez-molina-por-corrupcion-ML2683349

martes, 23 de junio de 2015

Nicholas Salvador, Who Wielded Machete After Beheading Woman, Found Not Guilty




LONDON — A machete-wielding man caught on video moments after beheading a great-grandmother outside of her north London home was found not guilty Tuesday on the grounds of insanity.

Nicholas Salvador, 25, is being detained indefinitely at a maximum security hospital under Britain's Mental Health Act following his diagnosis of paranoid schizophrenia.



Salvador severed the head of Palmira Silva, 82, at her Edmonton neighborhood home during the random Sept. 4 attack, police said. He had been staying with friends at a neighboring property at the time.

Moments later, a police helicopter's camera captured Salvador — armed with a machete and a wooden pole — trying to smash into another backyard where children were playing.

The bare-chested Salvador crashed through gardens behind homes during his 45-minute rampage as police desperately tried to warn residents of the imminent danger.

"This man has decapitated a person already ... We can confirm the lady is dead," a voice on the recording can be heard saying. "He's now smashing the premises up."

As Salvador got closer to the children, unarmed police officer Steven Robertson defied an order to withdraw and scrambled onto a roof to warn their mother.

"He should be highly and publicly commended for that," Recorder of London Nicholas Hilliard told the court Tuesday about Robertson's heroic actions on that day.

Prosecutors and defense lawyers each accepted the advice of psychiatrists that Salvador was suffering from paranoid schizophrenia.


Ver Mas en: http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/shocking-footage-moments-man-beheaded-grandmother-n380231

viernes, 1 de mayo de 2015

21 personas mueren en Irak por explosiones de carros bomba


Bagdad.- El director del departamento de ayuda humanitaria de la Unión Europea advirtió el jueves que la situación en Irak se está deteriorando rápidamente mientras el mundo atiende otras crisis.

Poco después de que Jean-Louis de Brouwer hizo la advertencia, una oleada de atentados con autos bomba en Bagdad y en un poblado justo al sur de la capital iraquí dejó 21 muertos en total y muchos heridos más, señaló AP.

Ningún grupo se adjudicó la responsabilidad de los ataques, pero en Bagdad y sus alrededores ha habido atentados casi a diario, la mayoría contra shiíes -que son mayoría en el país- o fuerzas de seguridad, incluso en momentos en que las autoridades pasan apuros para recuperar territorio capturado por el grupo Estado Islámico.

Horas antes en el día, De Brouwer dijo que el número de desplazados en Irak se ha cuadruplicado en el último año y no muestra indicios de disminuir.

"Lo peor aún está por venir", afirmó. "La situación se está deteriorando, la ayuda humanitaria está convirtiéndose en algo aún más esencial de lo que era; el problema es el financiamiento'", agregó.

Irak está convulsionado en un enfrentamiento entre el Gobierno, milicias aliadas y fuerzas del grupo Estado Islámico que han tomado amplias partes del Norte y el Oeste del país.

Los combates han obligado a 2,7 millones de personas a desplazarse a otras partes del país, incluidas 110.000 que huyeron de nuevos enfrentamientos dentro y en los alrededores de la ciudad de Ramadi en la provincia occidental de Anbar en las últimas dos semanas.

Muchas de esas personas están viviendo con otras familias, en el interior de mezquitas o en campamentos improvisados alrededor de la periferia oeste de Bagdad. Mientras tanto, hay cientos de miles más en las regiones curdas del norte.

"Este es un asunto de bastante preocupación, ya que las necesidades están incrementándose exponencialmente y los recursos no están aumentando", dijo de Brouwer. "Me temo que además hay, no una fatiga de los donadores, sino que están exhaustos", añadió.

Un problema de refugiados aún más grande en la vecina Siria y el reciente terremoto en Nepal le han quitado atención a la crisis que crece lentamente en Irak, señaló.

En junio, la UE y las Naciones Unidas llevarán a cabo en Bruselas una nueva exhortación para el envío de ayuda humanitaria a Irak. El bloque europeo casi ha duplicado su asignación de recursos para ese país de 22 millones de dólares en 2014 a 43 millones este año.

Después del anochecer del jueves, una ola de bombas azotó Bagdad. La más letal estuvo dirigida contra el distrito occidental de Mansur, de mayoría suní, donde dejó cinco muertos y 12 heridos, informaron autoridades de seguridad.

Un carro bomba cerca de una tienda de helados provocó la muerte de cuatro personas y que 14 quedaran heridas en el vecindario chií de Hurriya, en el norte de Bagdad. Además, la policía indicó que otros dos autos bomba causaron el fallecimiento de siete personas y lesionaron a 18 en dos vecindarios shiíes en el este de la capital iraquí. Las fuerzas de seguridad rápidamente bloquearon el acceso a los sitios de las detonaciones.

Por otro lado, un auto bomba estalló cerca de diversos restaurantes en el distrito shií de Talibiya, en el este de Bagdad, lo que derivó en dos muertes y dejó 10 heridos.

Y en el poblado de Maidan, justo al sur de la capital, un estallido de una bomba cerca de un café causó tres muertes y dejó 11 heridos, agregaron los funcionarios.

Autoridades médicas confirmaron los fallecimientos. Todos los funcionarios hablaron a condición de guardar el anonimato porque carecían de autorización para declarar a los medios.

Ver Mas en: http://eluniversal.com/internacional/150430/21-personas-mueren-en-irak-por-explosiones-de-carros-bomba

jueves, 30 de abril de 2015

Trying to Locate the Living, Nepal Rescuers Find Only Frustration




BHAKTAPUR, Nepal — A team of the United States’ most renowned search-and-rescue workers drove into the shattered city of Bhaktapur on Wednesday, having traveled to Nepal from Fairfax County, Va.

They brought with them sniffer dogs trained to detect live bodies, acoustic and seismic listening devices designed to pick up noises from entombed victims, and engineers capable of cutting through six-inch walls of reinforced concrete. Their goal was straightforward, said Capt. Mike Davis, the team’s manager.

“We are going out there to look for human life,” he said.

The members of the disaster assistance response team, from the United States Agency for International Development, drew stares, with their buzz cuts and neon hard hats, as they mounted the hill into the 15th-century city. But the next three hours brought a slow deflation, as they bumped into other international crews and one resident after another told them there was no one to save. The ruined houses were mashed wads of brick and mud and wood, leaving no space that could allow a trapped person to survive.



One tip seemed promising — a collapsed five-story concrete building — but a Pakistani military team was already scouring it.

A white-haired man approached Captain Davis, bowed his head and joined his hands together in prayer, pointing to the place where his 26-year-old son, Amin Sainju, was buried when his house collapsed. But Amin was presumed dead, and Captain Davis explained, through a translator, that the team was tasked with finding the living.

“We could be at the end of that window,” he explained in an interview. “But we have got to try.”

By Wednesday, four days after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake rocked this impoverished country, the death toll had risen above 5,200, and recovery and relief efforts had become a long, hard slog. Newspapers made much of the story of Rishi Khanal, 27, who was rescued on Tuesday after being trapped for around 80 hours in the debris of a hotel where he had been eating lunch.


In an interview with The Associated Press, Mr. Khanal described drinking his own urine for sustenance and banging with his hands on the rubble around him until he caught the notice of a French-led rescue team.

In Bhaktapur, a city about seven miles from Katmandu, though, people’s entreaties had a numbing sameness. They wanted tarpaulins, food and water. And they wanted help recovering the dead.

Lt. Col. A. R. Rana, a Nepali army officer, named four countries that had sent search teams into the city in the last several days. He said no one had been found alive in the city since Monday, and international teams should take on more practical tasks.

“They are all doing the same thing,” he said. “They are sending people who want to get live bodies.”

With tens of thousands of people living in tents in parks and fairgrounds, frustration is building. Several hundred people blocked traffic Wednesday in Katmandu, the capital, complaining that they had not received any aid and demanding transportation to their villages. Reuters reported that a group of around 200 villagers in Sangachowk, a hard-hit area about a three hours’ drive from Katmandu, used tires to block a highway so they could stop trucks filled with food and relief materials headed for the district headquarters.

Signs of life were returning in many places. In Bhaktapur, which was deserted just two days ago, families returned in great numbers on Wednesday, and some people were balanced precariously on three-story piles of bricks, trying to extract and dust off family photos.


Vikas Jamban stood in a square with a few friends, watching first a 20-person detachment of the Blue Sky Rescue team, a group of volunteers from China, and then Captain Davis’s crew. Mr. Jamban said that he had also seen Indian, French and Polish crews pass through before the Americans, and that he was counting on International aid organizations to provide services that the government had not.

“Up until four days we have nothing to eat, no water, no electricity, and my house is broken,” he said. “The Nepali government, I don’t know what they’re doing.”

John Tung, a structural engineer who travels with Captain Davis’s team, was eyeballing the narrow pink-brick houses around him, some of them hundreds of years old. Judging from the visible slant on the first floor of the houses that remained standing, he said, around 30 percent were unstable and could fall if there was another strong aftershock.

“We saw a bird sitting on the side of one building,” said Blake Payne, a software engineer who serves as a technical specialist for the team. “The bird took off, and a brick fell.”

Nearly three hours had passed since the team had arrived, and Captain Davis was in a hurry to move to a neighborhood where there was a greater likelihood of finding survivors. He was still being trailed, a little mournfully, by Radesham Sainju, the father who had hoped someone would uncover the body of his son, but that would not happen: The elite response teams follow guidelines set by the International Search and Rescue Advisory Group, which confine them to rescuing the living until the country’s government has declared the search over. Even after that, they almost never recover dead bodies.

“If you tried to recover all the dead bodies, you might leave live bodies to die,” said Bill Berger, the U.S.A.I.D. disaster assistance response team leader in Nepal. “We only have so much bandwidth to the search-and-rescue team, so they have to focus on getting live bodies. That’s always got to be the priority.”

But that, Mr. Tung said, does not make it any less frustrating to walk away from a place without having found any sign of survivors. They had come so far.

“Yes,” he said. “It’s a little hard to handle.”

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miércoles, 29 de abril de 2015

Bloodied, exhausted and traumatized: Victims finally escape quake zone


Melamchi, Nepal (CNN) - Even from high above, flying in an Indian Air Force helicopter, it is easy to see that the people of Melamchi, central Nepal, are happy to see us.

Residents in this remote village, about a 44km drive from Nepal's capital, Kathmandu, stand on the distinctive steeply terraced hillsides and wave furiously as the relief flight passes overhead.

The mission, a joint effort between Indian air crew and a Nepalese army medical team, is only the third operation of its kind to reach the village since Saturday's massive 7.8-magnitude quake, which left more than 5,000 people dead.

The aircraft is stuffed to capacity with tents, medicines and packages of tinned tuna, instant noodles and rice, all bundled haphazardly aboard the Mi-17 by soldiers at the air base in Kathmandu barely 15 minutes earlier.

Local official Upendra Tamang is there to greet the helicopter as it touches down on a field in front of the village medical clinic, and waiting soldiers swing into action to unload the delivery.

He says people have been desperately awaiting the supplies. The situation in Melamchi and the surrounding villages is "dire," he tells CNN through a translator.

According to Nepal's National Emergency Operation Center, 1,376 people were killed in Sindhupalchok District, where Melamchi is located, when the earthquake hit.

Some 18,000 houses were destroyed and 100,000 people have been displaced in the surrounding area, says Tamang.

"Everyone is sleeping outside," he says.

He has serious concerns about food supplies in the region, saying the piled boxes of rice and noodles aren't nearly enough to meet the needs of local people.

"Aid agencies need to do something very quickly," he says.

In the days since the quake, injured people from the region have been told to find their way to Melamchi so they can be picked up by the relief flights, he says.

They've sent about 500 of the most seriously injured people for treatment in Kathmandu already -- the majority by road -- but many more are stuck in a local clinic waiting for help.

Seven of them, five women and two men, are suddenly driven onto the airfield in a truck and on the back of a pickup.

Their injuries are not life-threatening, but they look to be in a bad state: bloodied, exhausted and traumatized.

An elderly woman's face is covered in bandages that look like they haven't been changed in days.

Another cries in pain as she is loaded on to a stretcher from the back of the pickup, then awkwardly hoisted on to the helicopter.

Among the injured brought on board the flight is Forshani Tamang, accompanied by her son.

He tells CNN their family lives in a village called Bachunde, where nearly all the houses were destroyed. He and other family members carried Forshani for four hours to reach Melamchi.

With their home destroyed and their stores of grain lost, the family are in crisis.

As the helicopter takes off for the capital, flying over a landscape dotted with collapsed buildings and bright orange tents, Nepalese army doctor Naveen Tiwari offers perhaps the only positive for those on board.

The patients' injuries are mostly lacerations of varying degrees, he says. Their vital signs are all stable, and with antibiotics and intravenous drips, they should recover.

When the helicopter touches down at Kathmandu airbase, the patients are swiftly unloaded and unceremoniously laid out on the tarmac in the emergency triage area in front of an aircraft hangar, and paramedics scramble to administer IV drips to those in need

As Forshani's son feeds her a cracker softened with water, the relief team turn to prepare for another mission.

Read More: http://edition.cnn.com/2015/04/29/asia/nepal-earthquake-rescue-flight/index.html

Volkswagen profit jumps 17% on European recovery



Volkswagen increased operating profit in the first quarter on cost cuts and improving European auto demand, winning some respite after the shock ouster of Chairman Ferdinand Piech.

Operating profit jumped 17 percent to 3.33 billion euros ($3.65 billion), from 2.86 billion a year earlier, VW said on Wednesday, close to the top end of a range in a Reuters poll of analysts, whose forecasts averaged 3.12 billion euros.

The German group stuck to its guidance for the 2015 operating margin to come in a range between 5.5 and 6.5 percent after reaching 6.3 percent last year.

VW also still expects group revenue to exceed last year's record 202 billion euros by as much as 4 percent on continued growth in deliveries.

Read More: http://www.cnbc.com/id/102629779

lunes, 27 de abril de 2015

Salma Hayek pela papas en un campo de refugiados de Siria


BEIRUT, 27 de abril.- Como parte de una gira de promoción de su nueva película, la actriz mexicana Salma Hayek visitó un campo de refugiados en Siria, donde además de pelar papas para la alimentación de los pequeños, convivió con un sinnumero de niños.

Salma Hayek dice que espera que la cinta animada "The Prophet", que coprodujo, inspire a los jóvenes a ser creativos a la hora de pensar en modos para mejorar el mundo.

La estrella mexicana se encuentra en Líbano para el estreno internacional del filme, escrito y dirigido por Roger Allers, el realizador de "El Rey León" de Disney.

La película sigue a una niña que encuentra la voz que perdió a través de su amistad con un poeta encarcelado por sus ideas. La historia, basada en los poemas del emblemático poeta libanés Khalil Gibran, es una colaboración entre varios animadores.



Al hablar con reporteros el lunes, Hayek, de ascendencia libanesa, describió "The Prophet" como "una carta de amor" a su herencia que con suerte alentará a las nuevas generaciones a pensar diferente.

Ver mas en: http://www.excelsior.com.mx/funcion/2015/04/27/1020969

Quake-aid need acute in Nepal capital


KATHMANDU, Nepal -- Shelter, fuel, food, medicine, power, news, workers -- Nepal's earthquake-hit capital was short on everything Monday as its people searched for lost loved ones, sorted through rubble for their belongings and struggled to provide for their families' needs. In much of the countryside, it was worse, though how much worse was only beginning to become apparent.
The official overall death toll soared past 4,000, even without a full accounting from vulnerable mountain villages that rescue workers were still struggling to reach two days after the disaster.
Udav Prashad Timalsina, the top official for the Gorkha district, where Saturday's magnitude-7.8 quake was centred, said he was in desperate need of help.
"There are people who are not getting food and shelter. I've had reports of villages where 70 per cent of the houses have been destroyed," he said.
Aid group World Vision said its staff members were able to reach Gorkha, but gathering information from the villages remained a challenge. Even when roads are clear, the group said, some remote areas can be three days' walk from Gorkha's main disaster centre. Some roads and trails have been blocked by landslides, the group said in an email to The Associated Press. "In those villages that have been reached, the immediate needs are great including the need for search and rescue, food items, blankets and tarps, and medical treatment."
Timalsina said 223 people had been confirmed dead in Gorkha district but he presumed "the number would go up because there are thousands who are injured." He said his district had not received enough help from the central government, but Jagdish Pokhrel, the clearly exhausted army spokesman, said nearly the entire 100,000-soldier army was involved in rescue operations.
"We have 90 per cent of the army out there working on search and rescue," he said. "We are focusing our efforts on that, on saving lives."
Saturday's earthquake spread horror from Kathmandu to small villages and to the slopes of Mount Everest, triggering an avalanche that buried part of the base camp packed with foreign climbers preparing to make their summit attempts.
Aid is coming from more than a dozen countries and many charities, but Lila Mani Poudyal, the government's chief secretary and the rescue co-ordinator, said Nepal needed more. He said the recovery was also being slowed because many workers -- water tanker drivers, electricity company employees and labourers needed to clear debris -- "are all gone to their families and staying with them, refusing to work."
"We are appealing for tents, dry goods, blankets, mattresses, and 80 different medicines that the health department is seeking that we desperately need now," Poudyal told reporters. "We don't have the helicopters that we need or the expertise to rescue the people trapped."
As people are pulled from the wreckage, he noted, even more help is needed. "Now we especially need orthopedic (doctors), nerve specialists, anaesthetists, surgeons and paramedics," he said. "We are appealing to foreign governments to send these specialized and smart teams."
About 7,180 people were injured in the quake, police said. Poudyal estimated that tens of thousands of people had been left homeless. "We have been under severe stress and pressure, and have not been able to reach the people who need help on time," he said. The arrival of relief flights has caused major backups at Kathmandu's small airport.
Four Indian air force aircraft carrying aid supplies and rescue personnel were forced to return to New Delhi on Monday because of airport congestion, Indian defence ministry spokesman Sitanshu Kar said. India planned to resend the planes later Monday night when the situation was expected to have eased.
Nepal police said on their Facebook page that the country's death toll had risen to 3,904 people. That does not include the 18 people killed in the avalanche, which were counted by the mountaineering association.
Another 61 people were killed in neighbouring India, and China's official Xinhua News Agency reported 25 people dead in Tibet. Well over 1,000 of the victims were in Kathmandu, the capital, where an eerie calm prevailed Monday.
Tens of thousands of families slept outdoors for a second night, fearful of aftershocks that have not ceased. Camped in parks, open squares and a golf course, they cuddled children or pets against chilly Himalayan nighttime temperatures.
They woke to the sound of dogs yelping and jackhammers. As the dawn light crawled across toppled building sites, volunteers and rescue workers carefully shifted broken concrete slabs and crumbled bricks mixed together with humble household items: pots and pans; a purple notebook decorated with butterflies; a framed poster of a bodybuilder; so many shoes.
"It's overwhelming. It's too much to think about," said 55-year-old Bijay Nakarmi, mourning his parents, whose bodies recovered from the rubble of what once was a three-story building.
He could tell how they died from their injuries. His mother was electrocuted by a live wire on the roof top. His father was cut down by falling beams on the staircase. He had last seen them a few days earlier -- on Nepal's Mothers' Day -- for a cheerful family meal.
"I have their bodies by the river. They are resting until relatives can come to the funeral," Nakarmi said as workers continued searching for another five people buried underneath the wreckage.
Kathmandu district chief administrator Ek Narayan Aryal said tents and water were being handed out Monday at 10 locations in Kathmandu, but that aftershocks were leaving everyone jittery. The largest, on Sunday, was magnitude 6.7.
"There have been nearly 100 earthquakes and aftershocks, which is making rescue work difficult. Even the rescuers are scared and running because of them," he said. "We don't feel safe at all. There have been so many aftershocks. It doesn't stop," said Rajendra Dhungana, 34, who spent Sunday with his niece's family for her cremation at the Pashuputi Nath Temple.
Acrid, white smoke rose above the Hindu temple, Nepal's most revered. "I've watched hundreds of bodies burn," Dhungana said.
The capital city is largely a collection of small, poorly constructed brick apartment buildings. The earthquake destroyed swaths of the oldest neighbourhoods, but many were surprised by how few modern structures collapsed in the quake.
On Monday morning, some pharmacies and shops for basic provisions opened while bakeries began offering fresh bread.
Huge lines of people desperate to secure fuel lined up outside gasoline pumps, though prices were the same as they were before the earthquake struck.
With power lines down, spotty phone connections and almost no Internet connectivity, residents were particularly anxious to buy morning newspapers.
Pierre-Anne Dube, a 31-year-old from Canada, has been sleeping on the sidewalk outside a hotel. She said she's gone from the best experience of her life, a trek to Everest base camp, to the worst, enduring the earthquake and its aftermath.
"We can't reach the embassy. We want to leave. We are scared. There is no food. We haven't eaten a meal since the earthquake and we don't have any news about what's going on," she said.
The earthquake was the worst to hit the South Asian nation in more than 80 years. It and was strong enough to be felt all across parts of India, Bangladesh, China's region of Tibet and Pakistan.
Nepal's worst recorded earthquake in 1934 measured 8.0 and all but destroyed the cities of Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Patan.
The quake has put a huge strain on the resources of this impoverished country best known for Everest, the highest mountain in the world.
The economy of Nepal, a nation of 27.8 million people, relies heavily on tourism, principally trekking and Himalayan mountain climbing.

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jueves, 23 de abril de 2015

Volcán Calbuco en Chile modera actividad eruptiva; vuelos siguen suspendidos

La columna de humo del volcán alcanzó más temprano el jueves unos 15 kilómetros de altura, con dirección hacia el noreste, acompañada de una moderada lluvia de cenizas. El volcán chileno Calbuco moderó su actividad eruptiva cerca del mediodía del jueves, aunque podría registrar reacciones súbitas mientras una enorme columna de cenizas se expandía por el sur del país y por territorio argentino, situación que impide la reanudación de los vuelos suspendidos.

El macizo entró inesperadamente en erupción la tarde del miércoles, tras permanecer inactivo por casi medio siglo, para acrecentar su fuerza en la madrugada del jueves y suavizarla en las últimas horas, en una señal del complejo escenario que enfrenta el tercer volcán más peligroso del país.

"Este episodio eruptivo ya concluyó", dijo Gabriel Orozco, vulcanólogo del Servicio Nacional de Geología y Minería (Sernageomin).

"En este momento no tenemos columna eruptiva sobre el volcán, así que difícilmente podría colapsar esa columna porque en este momento (...) la columna eruptiva ya se despegó del volcán y va siendo guiada por los vientos hacia el norte", agregó.

Pese a la moderación, las autoridades no descartan un peor escenario y mantienen un anillo de exclusión de 20 kilómetros alrededor del macizo, apoyadas por fuerzas militares.

"No es descartable un escenario más complejo en las próximas horas, esto básicamente por la acumulación de lava que existe en la parte alta del volcán", dijo a periodistas el subsecretario del Ministerio del

Interior, Mahmud Aleuy.

La columna de humo del volcán alcanzó más temprano el jueves unos 15 kilómetros de altura, con dirección hacia el noreste, acompañada de una moderada lluvia de cenizas que llevó a las autoridades a decretar alerta sanitaria en las zonas más aledañas y a repartir miles de mascarillas a la población.

Una capa de unos 10 a 15 centímetros de ceniza y piedrecillas cubría las calles de pueblos cercanos al Calbuco, mientras reportes de radioemisoras locales mencionaron el desborde de ríos en algunas zonas.

Hasta el mediodía, se registraba una sola persona desaparecida y poco más de 50 personas en albergues.Hasta el mediodía, se registraba una sola persona desaparecida y poco más de 50 personas en albergues. (AFP)


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miércoles, 22 de abril de 2015

World News: Solicitan a la Corte Suprema de Justicia investigar al magistrado Erasmo Pinilla


Una solicitud para que la Corte Suprema de Justicia investigue al magistrado presidente del Tribunal Electoral, Erasmo Pinilla, fue introducida esta tarde por Sidney Sittón, abogado del expresidente de la República  Ricardo Martinelli.

El documento fue presentado dos días después de que Pinilla admitiera que varios miembros de su familia están en la nómina del Tribunal Electoral.

La semana pasada, la Autoridad Nacional de la Transparencia y Acceso a la Información (Antai) solicitó la apertura de una investigación por el presunto nombramiento de ocho familiares de Pinilla en la institución.

La Antai solicitó al TE incluir el nepotismo como una falta en su Código de Ética, medida que fue incorporada en el día de ayer.

El TE informó que los familiares de Pinilla ya renunciaron.

Read More: http://www.prensa.com/judiciales/Solicitan-Suprema-Justicia-Erasmo-Pinilla_0_4191331009.html

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