Venezuelan Exodus Worries Latin America

first_imgBy Gustavo Arias Retana/Diálogo October 19, 2018 Thousands of Venezuelans are fleeing the unstable government of Nicolás Maduro, migrating to Latin American countries. According to Eric L. Olson, deputy director of the Wilson Center’s Latin American Program, the exodus is considered the worst migration crisis in the region in the last 50 years. Several countries face housing, xenophobia, and organized crime challenges, created by the massive migration wave. According to the United Nations (UN), 2.3 million Venezuelans live abroad and 1.6 million have left since 2015, when the crisis worsened under Maduro’s rule. Colombia is the main destination, where more than a million Venezuelans live. Peru, Chile, Ecuador, Argentina, Panama, and Brazil also face substantial migration flows. According to Rafael Uzcátegui, general coordinator of the non-governmental organization Venezuelan Program of Education-Action on Human Rights, the situation is not new. “It intensified in the last several months due to economic and social problems the country is going through,” he told Diálogo. “People are leaving Venezuela not only because of political reasons; they also escape civil insecurity and the economic crisis,” Uzcátegui said. “There were five migration waves: first, businesspeople; second, middle-class dissidents; third, political refugees; fourth, lower-class people; and most recently, quite particular, former government officials and supporters of Chavism.” Faced with the situation, the region must respond to the immediate challenge of sheltering Venezuelans and ensuring access to basic health and protection. “Countries of the region put into place several mechanisms to regularize the situation of Venezuelan migrants, so they can access basic services, such as health, education, and work,” Olga Sarrado, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Venezuela, told Diálogo. “Now, more than 727,000 Venezuelans hold a permit that regularizes their stay in the host nation. Since 2014, more than 336,000 Venezuelans sought asylum around the world.” Colombia, Peru, and Ecuador request a Venezuelan passport or a special permit to enter and remain on their soil. To enter Chile and Panama, Venezuelan migrants need a visa issued by a consulate. Brazil only requires an ID, although Brazilian authorities have already considered restricting Venezuelans’ entry. Maduro’s government denies the emergency and organized staged repatriations on TV. In late August, Venezuelan Minister of Communication Jorge Rodríguez told the press that the crisis in Venezuela was “fake news spread by xenophobic, racist governments.” Exposed to organized crime Sarrado and Uzcátegui agree that one of the main concerns Venezuelan migration brings to the region is criminal gangs trying to take advantage of the dire situation. Uzcátegui explained that problems start when Venezuelans try to obtain a passport to leave the country, as the black market takes advantage of the difficulty to obtain legal documents. “Leaving without a passport makes it difficult to get to any country, and nowadays Venezuelans leave without a valid passport, because the chain of corruption prevents them from getting one legally. They have to buy passports on the black market at prices ranging from $800 to $1,200,” he said. Venezuelans, once out of the country with or without passports, continue to fall prey to organized crime. UNHCR detected networks linked to human trafficking and sexual exploitation that take advantage of the migrants’ vulnerable situation, Sarrado said. “Venezuelans, especially those with irregular situations, are exposed to great risks such as human trafficking, sexual and labor exploitation, or recruitment by illegal groups,” he said. Xenophobia and social tension The spread of xenophobia and acts of violence are other challenges Venezuelans face in host nations. Discrimination can be flagrant, especially when the wave of arrivals is concentrated in areas with a sluggish economy. In August 2018, people in the border state of Roraima, Brazil, through which most Venezuelans enter the country, attacked a makeshift camp of about 2,000 immigrants. The attackers were neighbors claiming that four Venezuelans had hit and robbed a Brazilian shopkeeper. In Peru, attacks against Venezuelans increased. Derogatory name-calling on social media and in the streets is the main form of aggression against migrants who arrive in the Andean country. “These retaliations happened in similar contexts, and could be mitigated if policies to welcome immigrants and an understanding of why they cannot stay in their country exist,” said Uzcátegui. “These cases could be contained if there were enough information available for citizens on the seriousness of the humanitarian emergency in Venezuela, information that would awaken solidarity. But governments of receiving nations should also guarantee that formal inclusion offers more advantages than maintaining an irregular status, including no repatriation, access to documentation and education, health, and employment,” he concluded.last_img read more

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Catherine O’Hara, Annie Murphy in Hudson’s Bay Holiday Campaign

first_imgCatherine O'Hara and Annie Murphy in Hudson's Bay Holiday CampaignAnnie Murphy and Catherine O’Hara YouTubeIt’s a mini Schitt’s Creek union! Catherine O’Hara and Annie Murphy reunited for the loveliest holiday campaign with Hudson’s Bay. And Moira and Alexis Rose would one hundred percent approve.On Tuesday, November 3, the Canadian department store dropped the most adorable video featuring the two Emmy-winning actresses.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Meanwhile, Murphy said that holiday joy to her is all about spreading the seasonal spirit. “For me, that joy is sobbing through ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’ in front of the family Christmas tree.”Though O’Hara has long been a staple of the comedic community, before Murphy made her name on the hit sitcom, she had a difficult time booking roles.“Just before Schitt’s Creek, things were quite bleak,” she said during an appearance on The Kelly Clarkson Show at the start of this year. “My house had just burned down. I had, like, $3 in my bank account. I hadn’t worked in close to two years, and I had just blown my very first screen test … I found myself crying in the Pacific Ocean, a very snotty cry, and the universe was like, ‘Don’t do this anymore. This is not for you!’ But then, two days later, I got the audition for Schitt’s Creek.”- Advertisement – Now look at her working in holiday campaigns with an award under her belt!Listen on Spotify to Get Tressed With Us to get the details of every hair love affair in Hollywood, from the hits and misses on the red carpet to your favorite celebrities’ street style ‘dos (and don’ts!) Titled “A Call to Joy,” the duo calls frolics through a snowy forest, a cozy living rooms and a snow globe to bring together people in the name of the holidays. Naturally wearing all their most festive sweaters and party dresses.“Growing up with my big family in Toronto, I was excited every year to see the beautiful holiday window display at Hudson’s Bay,” O’Hara said in a statement, according to Tom + Lorenzo. “I was also thrilled knowing my Mom and Dad would be buying our Christmas presents there! So I’m very happy to join this festive campaign celebrating Canadians and our colorful holiday season.”- Advertisement –last_img read more

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Devin Haney defends WBC title with dominant points win over Yuriorkis Gamboa | Boxing News

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Questions mount over Israel action on ‘annexation’ date

first_imgInternational criticism While the US has offered tacit support for immediate annexation as part of the Trump plan, most of the international community is vocally opposed to the project. Writing in Israel’s Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper on Wednesday, Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that although he was a “passionate defender of Israel,” he viewed annexation as “contrary to Israel’s own long-term interests.””Annexation would represent a violation of international law,” he said.France, Germany along with several other European states and the United Nations all oppose annexation, as do Gulf Arab states, with which Israel has increasingly sought warmer ties. Jordan, one of only two Arab nations that has diplomatic ties with Israel, has warned that annexation could trigger a “massive conflict” and has not ruled out reviewing its 1994 peace treaty with the Jewish state.   Application of “sovereignty” is a term used widely in Israel to refer to what the international community views as annexation and a breach of international law.Alternate prime minister and defense minister Benny Gantz said this week that annexation must wait until the coronavirus crisis has been contained.Gantz is due to take over as prime minister in November 2021 under the terms of a coalition deal. Netanyahu met on Tuesday with US Ambassador David Friedman, a staunch supporter of Jewish West Bank settlers and of annexation.”I discussed the question of sovereignty, which we are currently working on and will continue to work on in the coming days,” Netanyahu said after the meeting.Netanyahu may still move forward, either later on Wednesday or in the days ahead, with Israeli media suggesting he may announce a merely symbolic move, like the annexation of one settlement on Jerusalem’s outskirts.  But experts have noted that he is keenly watching the US presidential election and may still want to act decisively before January if he fears Trump will not win a second term. Presumptive Democratic party nominee Joe Biden is opposed to any unilateral annexations by Israel.   Expectations of a major Israeli announcement on controversial annexations in the occupied West Bank dimmed Wednesday, as global criticism of the project mounted and Palestinian protesters began gathering in Gaza. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s coalition government had set July 1 as the date from which it could begin implementing US President Donald Trump’s Middle East peace proposal.The Trump plan, unveiled at the White House in January, offered a path for Israel to annex territory and Jewish West Bank settlements, communities considered illegal under international law.  Netanyahu has voiced enthusiastic support for the Trump plan — which has been roundly rejected by the Palestinians — but the right-wing premier has not revealed his intentions for enacting the US proposals. In the hours ahead of the self-imposed July 1 kick-off date, a growing chorus of Israeli officials indicated that a major announcement was not imminent. And on Wednesday, Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi, a Netanyahu political rival now serving in the center-right coalition, told army radio that he thought it was “unlikely something would happen today.”But, he added: “I don’t know if there will be a statement today on the application of sovereignty. That is a question you have to ask Prime Minister Netanyahu.”center_img Topics : Palestinian protesters gather The Palestinians have called for protests against the Trump proposals on Wednesday in the Jordan Valley, Ramallah — the West Bank seat of the Palestinian Authority — and in the Gaza Strip, ruled by the Islamist Hamas movement.Protesters began gathering in Gaza City ahead of a demonstration scheduled for 11am (0800 GMT) local time, while rallies in the West Bank were due to start in the early afternoon.The Palestinians have said they are willing to renew long-stalled talks with Israel — but not on terms outlined in the Trump plan.  Hamas, which has fought three wars with Israel since 2008, says that Israeli annexations in the West Bank would be a “declaration of war”.The Islamist group launched some 20 test rockets from Gaza into the Mediterranean Sea on Wednesday, a move aimed at dissuading Israel from moving forward, Hamas sources told AFP. Israel annexed east Jerusalem following the 1967 Six Day War and then the Golan Heights on the Syrian border in 1981, in moves never recognized by most of the international community. last_img read more

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Family fights off competition to land three-bedder

first_imgThe home at 6 Hoad Street, Upper Mount GravattA young family are the new owners of a two-storey brick home after securing the Upper Mount Gravatt property at auction. The three-bedroom home at 6 Hoad St sold for $615,000 under the hammer. Marketing agent Grant Boman, of Ray White Mount Gravatt, said five buyers registered for the auction and four were actively bidding on the day. An opening bid of $450,000 started the action. “It was fairly active. We had a pause around the $605,000 mark and then some negotiations,” Mr Boman said. More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020The home at 6 Hoad Street, Upper Mount Gravatt.“Bidding commenced again at $610,000 and then there was one further bid at $615,000.”Mr Bowman said a young family were the thrilled highest bidders. “They’re renting nearby and the wife actually grew up a couple of streets away and was keen to get back to the area,” he said. “The vendors have owned the home since 1981 and were planning to move to a retirement village. They were pretty satisfied.”Mr Bowman said the Upper Mount Gravatt market was “going strong”.“Family properties are really sought after,” he said.last_img read more

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2017 Dredger of the Year Award by WEDA

first_imgWestern Dredging Association (WEDA) recently presented the 2017 Annual Dredger of the Year Award to Anthony Binsfeld in recognition of his life’s work in advancing the dredging industry.During its annual meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, WEDA recognized Dr. Donald Hayes, PE, BCEE, for his outstanding contributions to the dredging community and to the Western Dredging Association.Through his role as Professor and Department Chair of the University of Nevada at Las Vegas (UNLV) Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Construction, Dr. Hayes supports the dredging community in developing improved dredging technologies and dredged material management techniques.Of immeasurable value to the dredging industry, Dr. Hayes’s research has focused upon efficiencies of technologies for both navigation and environmental dredging, sustainable management of dredged material including contaminated sediments, and coastal restoration and mitigation.Dr. Hayes is an active member of the WEDA Board of Directors. He is a member of the Board of Directors’ Technical Papers Committee, the Training and Certification Committee, and the Awards Committee. Dr. Hayes has also been a long-standing contributing member of the WEDA Environmental Commission.He is well known for WEDA short courses and delivering lectures during the day before WEDA conferences. He also supports the dredging community as a lecturer at the annual Dredging Short Course at Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas.last_img read more

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IMCA Technical Manager Joins IACS Advisory Committee

first_imgThe International Marine Contractor’s (IMCA) technical manager, Mark Ford, has been unanimously endorsed by the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) to become a member of the IACS Advisory Committee (AVC).In welcoming Mark Ford to the committee, Knut Ørbeck-Nilseen, IACS council chairman said: “We extend our warmest welcome on behalf of IACS and look forward to Mark’s positive and valuable contributions to the AVC and the further development of IACS Quality System Certification Scheme (QSCS).”Mark Ford joined the IMCA secretariat in 2012 from Charles Taylor Consulting, where he worked as a senior surveyor and divisional director in the safety and loss prevention department. His work involved carrying out ship condition surveys prior to and during entry into P&I insurance cover, writing various technical and safety articles for the safety and loss department publications.Mark Ford said: “My experience as a senior surveyor, ISM Lead Auditor, and my close association with IMCA’s eCMID System, have all provided highly relevant knowledge and skills for contributing to the IACS Advisory Committee’s work.”Before coming ashore Mark Ford worked for over 25 years as a marine engineer on bulk carriers and diving support vessels, ultimately rising to the rank of chief engineer. He has worked as an engineer superintendent for a product tanker company which involved dry dockings, general repairs and the daily running of the fleet and also as a consultant marine engineer, specialising in FMEAs, exhaust gas emission studies, vessel lay-up studies and retro-fit specifications.last_img read more

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Don’t meddle with PH state affairs, US senators told

first_img Nograles explained that De Lima was given due process and the drug charges against her went through the “regular” court process as provided under Philippine laws. De Lima was accused of accepting drug money from prisoners when she was justice secretary from 2010 and 2015. She has repeatedly denied the allegations./PN Cabinet secretary Karlo Nograles said the US Senate resolution calling on President Donald Trump to impose sanctions on Philippine officials supposedly behind the detention of De Lima can be deemed as “meddling.” “Ang malungkot dito, sila ay naulila. Namatay ang kanilang ama. (P)umayag (na nga) sila – in the interest of transparency and in order to warn those that had been in contact with them – na ilahad sa publiko na sila ay (positive for the disease tapos) pinagbabato (pa) ang kanilang tahanan,” says Cabinet secretary Karlo Nograles. GMA NEWS It also asked Trump to impose Magnitsky sanctions on Philippine government officials behind her arrest and detention. The Global Magnitsky Act authorizes the US government to sanction those who it sees as human rights offenders, freeze their assets, and ban them from the US.center_img The US Senate on Thursday passed a resolution that called for De Lima’s immediate release, branding her as a “prisoner of conscience, detained solely on account of her political views and the legitimate exercise of her freedom of expression.” “We deem it to be pangingialam. Parang dinidiktahan tayo kung paano patakbuhin ang justice system natin,” Nograles told reporters in Malacañang on Friday. “Independent tayo eh. Sovereign state tayo so don’t meddle in our sovereignty,” he stressed. MANILA– A Palace official has urged the United States senators to stop interfering with the Philippines state affairs following numerous calls to let opposition Sen. Leila de Lima go out of detention.last_img read more

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Lady Bulldogs vs. Lady Wildcats Volleyball Results

first_imgIt was a rough night for the Lady Wildcats as fell to The Batesville Lady Bulldogs 25-17, 25-14, 25-17.The communication on the court was lacking. They have some things to figure out for sectional is fastly approaching. Kamryn McCool led with 8 kills. Kayley Schoettelkotte had a good night with 4 kills and 2 blocks. Kendall McCool had 2 ace serves as well as 8 digs. Autumn McDaniel led with 17 digs and Jenna Orschell added 5 digs. Kaitlyn Obert led with 3 ace serves.The ladies will be back in the gym to prepare for Lawrenceburg who will play here for the Lady Wildcats’ Senior Night. Come out and cheer on our six seniors as they play their final home match.Courtesy of Wildcats Coach Tanya Wirtz.We fell to Batesville tonight in JV 25-12, 25-16.We just didn’t appear to be in sync tonight. If the pass was good, then the hit was off and vice versa. All in all, we are still able to play back and give them a run for their money. In the end, it just left us a little short. We host Lawrenceburg Thursday @5. As this will be our last Home game of the season.We are on the road all next week..Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and ending Saturday with our EIAC JV Invite at EC. Cone out and support your very own Lady Cats!!Courtesy of Wildcats Coach Jill Megenthal.The Freshman Wildcats fell to the Bulldogs in two sets at home 25-16, 25-18.We fought hard till the end having some great kills by Kloe Bolos and Elise Klei. We also had some great serves and digs from Abby Mitchum.The Freshman Lady Cats are on the road next Tuesday to East Central to finish out the season.Courtesy of Wildcats Coach Logan Allen.Dog don’t stay in wildcat county long as all teams win in minimum sets.From freshman coach Erin Trenkamp: The freshman Lady Bulldogs defeated the Franklin Co tonight in 2 games. The setters both had a great game. Belle Wolters served 9pts with 3 being aces, Shalee Harrington also served a great game with 10pts with 3 being aces. Game one was a score of 25-18 game two was 25-18.From JV coach Shelly Prickel: The JV Lady Bulldog Volleyball team continued their winning ways defeating EIAC foe, Franklin County, in minimum sets. Scores were 25-16, 25-12. Kelsey Shupe was the top server with 13 points including 3 aces. Monica Gerstbauer earned 8 points including 2 aces in addition to collecting 13 assists as the team’s setter. Anna Bauer was strong at the net pounding 6 kills. Tori Kurtz notched 4 kills and a stuff block to spark the team. Maggie Walsman played well defensively with 4 digs and 6 good serve receptions. The team is now 15-2 as they head into the last couple weeks of the season. Come out and support this hardworking team!In the Varsity match the dogs excreted themselves slowly but calmly with a sense of self assurance. The sets were never to a point where I felt uncomfortable or the team. Serving was key in keeping their middles out of system. We definitely won the serve serve receive portion of the match with 11 aces on the night, Kylie Laker #7 accounted for 6. Offensively Morgan Meyer #3 had another key EIAC match hitting .350 with 11 kills.We have an extended break until next Monday, October 2nd when we will welcome Greensburg for a 5:00pm Freshman & JV Start.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Jody Thomas.last_img read more

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Batesville Chamber Director welcomes new staff member

first_imgBatesville, In. — On behalf of the Chamber Board of Directors, we are excited to announce that Alison Hountz has joined the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce as Office Coordinator. A brief bio about Alison is below:Being born and raised in Batesville, I’ve always been a champion of our little city. Currently, I reside outside of Batesville with my husband Scott and our dog Max. I have various interests and hobbies, some of which include: being outdoors, animals, traveling, cooking/baking, gardening, family ancestry, writing and art.I love people, so I couldn’t be more thrilled about working alongside Anna at the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce! It’s my hope to be an integral part of promoting small, local area businesses in my beloved hometown. Looking forward to seeing many familiar, as well as, new faces in the coming months!Please join us in welcoming Ali to the Chamber! Ali can be reached by email: chamber@batesvillein.com, by calling (812) 934-3101 or stop in to see her at 2 W. Pearl Street.Sincerely,Anna M. IboldExecutive Directorlast_img read more

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