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jueves, 30 de abril de 2015

Baltimore mom who smacked son during riots: "I don't want him to be a Freddie Gray"

The Baltimore mother caught on video repeatedly smacking her son after catching him participating in rioting in Baltimore told CBS News that she was only concerned about protecting him.

"He gave me eye contact. And at that point, you know, not even thinking about cameras or anything like that. That's my only son and at the end of the day I don't want him to be a Freddie Gray," Toya Graham said, referencing the 25-year-old man who died after mysteriously sustaining severe spinal injuries in police custody earlier in the month. His death has sparked protests throughout the city, with tensions boiling over Monday.

Graham told CBS News she launched into action after spotting her 16-year-old son Michael wearing a hoodie and mask amid the protesters.

"At that point, I just lost it," said Graham. "I was shocked, I was angry, because you never want to see your child out there doing that."

Graham, a single mom with six children, denounced the vandalism and violence against police officers. She said rioting in Baltimore is no way to go about getting justice for Freddie Gray and that she doesn't want that life for her son.

"There's some days that I'll shield him in the house just so he won't go outside and I know that I can't do that for the rest of my life," said Graham. "I'm a no-tolerant mother. Everybody that knows me, know I don't play that."

It's that reputation that made her son wince the second he saw her.

"He knew he was in trouble," said Graham. "He said when 'I seen you,' he said, 'ma, my instinct was to run.'"

Graham says after she got her son home they both watched news coverage of the demonstrations and riots on television. As images of her reaction started to go viral, Graham says comments started appearing on her son's Facebook page, many in support of her.

"Friends and everybody making comments and saying you know, you shouldn't be mad at your mother, you should give her a hug," said Graham.

Graham hopes the incident will serve as a teachable moment for her son.

"And by him seeing everything what's going on I just hope, I'm not sure, but I hope that he understands the seriousness of what was going on last night."

The video has been widely circulated as people look for answers to the violence, and it even drew the attention of Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts.

"I wish I had more parents who took charge of their kids tonight," he said, according to CBS Baltimore.

Graham told CBS News she thinks the situation wouldn't have been as bad if there were more mothers out there monitoring their sons. But she acknowledged there are some circumstances that can prevent moms from from doing that.

"We don't know where those mothers are at, a lot of mothers have to provide for their children," said Graham. "You can talk blue in your face to your children, but at the end of the day they gonna make their own decisions. As parents we just have to follow through to make sure that's where they supposed to be at."

Commissioner Batts told reporters late Monday night that a bulk of the rioters who pelted officers with rocks and bricks, inciting a massive display of looting and vandalism across parts of West Baltimore were area high schoolers.

"These are Baltimore youthful residents, a number of them came right out of the local high schools there on the other side of Mondawmin and started engaging in this," said Batts. "I think these were youth coming out of the high school and they thought it was cute to throw cinder blocks at the police department and address it that way."

At least 20 police officers were injured in the violence and one person was critically hurt in a fire, according to authorities. Police made 235 arrests, including 34 juveniles.

The streets were calmer Tuesday as the National Guard deployed. A 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew remained in effect.

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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

101 Baltimore Protesters Go Free as Arrest Paperwork Backs Up

Dozens of people arrested in violent demonstrations this week in Baltimore were being released early Wednesday evening because police were unable to complete their paperwork in time, the state public defender's office said.

The 101 detainees began walking free without charges about the same time that Baltimore police announced that their report into the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old African-American man who died in police custody this month, wouldn't be made public Friday.

Police Commissioner Anthony Batts had set a deadline of Friday to file the report with state investigators. Capt. Eric Kowalczyk said late Wednesday afternoon that the report would remain closed to protect the integrity of the inquiry.

"We know that there are a lot of people who want answers who have concerns they want addressed, and we have an obligation to do our best to be accountable," Kowalczyk said. But "we cannot release all of this information to the public, because if there is a decision to charge in any event by the state's attorney's office, the integrity of that investigation has to be protected."

Thousands of people crammed the area around City Hall in a so-far peaceful rally Wednesday night ahead of a 10 p.m.-to-5 a.m. curfew that was imposed Tuesday. The curfew was ordered after protests turned violent Monday night after Gray's funeral.

The public defender, a government agency that represents suspects who have no lawyer, had filed habeas corpus petitions demanding that the 209 people arrested Monday night be released if they weren't formally charged within 48 hours. No court has "amended or changed the rules that require these important safeguards," it said.

The deadline arrived early Wednesday evening, and 101 of those detained began streaming out of the Baltimore City Central Booking and Intake Facility even as others were lining up in court to answer charges.

The releases were the result of a logjam for police who were scrambling to pull the necessary paperwork to file charges at the same time they were trying to keep peace on the city's streets, Kowalczyk said.

Batts, the police commissioner, told reporters Wednesday night: "We've come up on a timeline. We are releasing them with future prosecution in mind. ... We're not giving up on them."

Kowalczyk's comments followed earlier statements in which Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake sought to soften her description of people involved in the unrest as "thugs."

"When you speak out of frustration and nger, one can say things in a way that you don't mean," the mayor said on Twitter. "That night we saw misguided young people who need to be held accountable, but who also need support. And my comments then didn't convey that."

Meanwhile, the White House has weighed in on the video of Toya Graham, the Baltimore woman who chased her son away from confronting police on Monday, calling it "a powerful expression about the role that parents can play."

"The thing that resonated with me is — was her expression that she was concerned about her son facing the same fate as Freddie Gray," spokesman Josh Earnest said. "And while I'm sure that it was not the immediate reaction of her son to feel like she was looking out for his best interest, there is no doubting that her reaction was one that was rooted in her concern for his safety and his well-being and her love for her child."

More than 3,000 National Guard, Maryland State Police and other law enforcement officers remained on alert before the second night of the curfew. Gov. Larry Hogan welcomed the peaceful response to the curfew Tuesday, but he said early Wednesday evening: "We are not out of the woods yet."

Similar protests were being organized in other cities. Hundreds of protesters marched Tuesday night through Washington, D.C., and the South Side of Chicago. And in New York, a rally in Union Square was under way Wednesday night "to show the people of Baltimore that we stand in solidarity with them and with their resistance," the group Millions March said.

Other rallies were planned Wednesday night near Boston and Thursday night in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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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.

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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.

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lunes, 27 de abril de 2015

State of Emergency Declared as Baltimore Protests Turn Violent Following Freddie Gray Funeral

Baltimore descended into chaos Monday with widespread rioting, arson and looting, just hours after the funeral of Freddie Gray, prompting Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan to declare a state of emergency.

Tensions have been high in Baltimore for a week; Gray died on April 19 with a severed spine that occurred while he was in police custody.

The post-funeral demonstrations became more tumultuous as the afternoon wore on, with a police car and van being torched and several storefront windows broken. A CVS pharmacy, which had been looted after its windows were smashed, was then set ablaze. And the mall where the demonstrations started suffered looting and vandalism throughout the evening.

Another van was set on fire and protesters forced firefighters to retreat from the scene, leaving the vehicle to burn.

Baltimore police later tweeted that demonstrators cut a fire hose to prevent firefighters from putting out a blaze.

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake called the violent looters "thugs." She said there was a difference between the peaceful protesters of days past and "the thugs who only want to incite violence and destroy our city.

"I'm a life-long resident of Baltimore... Too many people have spent generations building up this city for it to be destroyed by thugs, who in a very senseless way are trying to tear down what so many have fought for," Rawlings-Blake said. " Tearing down business, tearing down or destroying property. Things that we know will impact our community for years."

"It is idiotic to think that by destroying your city you're going you're going to make life better for anybody."

She said that, starting Tuesday, there would be a weeklong curfew imposed from 10 p.m. until 5 p.m. — in addition to the juvenile curfew Baltimore regularly has.

She said there were only two reasons for anyone to be on the streets during curfew: "medical emrgency or you're going to work."

Col. Darryl DeSousa, Baltimore PD's chief of patrol, said 15 police officers were injured by flying debris; 13 had been treated and released as of 8 p.m.

There had been 27 arrests by Monday evening, but both Desousa and Rawlings-Blake said police would review video of the violence and vandalism and expected that many more arrests would be made.

The Baltimore Sun reported the initial gathering of violent protesters stemmed from a flier distributed on social media calling for a "purge" to take place at 3 p.m., starting at the Mondawmin Mall and ending downtown.

The meme is based on the movie "The Purge," which imagines what would happen if there were no laws, the according to the Sun.

The flier featured an image of protesters breaking the window of a police car in a disturbance on Saturday, the paper said.

The Baltimore Emergency Operations Center was opened and Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan put the National Guard on alert in case they are needed to respond.

"I strongly condemn the actions of the offenders who are engaged in direct attacks against innocent civilians, businesses and law enforcement officers," Hogan said in a statement. "There is a significant difference between protesting and violence and those committing these acts will be prosecuted under the fullest extent of the law.

On the day she was sworn into office, Attorney General Loretta Lynch briefed President Barack Obama on the unfolding events in the Charm City.

"Attorney General Lynch assured the President that she would continue to monitor events in Baltimore and that the Department of Justice stands ready to provide any assistance that might be helpful there," the White House said in a statement.

Police said 15 cops had been injured; at least one had been knocked unconscious.

"We will find the people responsible and put them in jail," said Captain Eric Kowalczyk. "They attacked officers without provocation."

Baltimore cops took to Twitter to try to keep the situation from spiraling out of control.

"Several juveniles are part of these aggressive groups. WE ARE ASKING ALL PARENTS TO LOCATE THEIR CHILDREN AND BRING THEM HOME," read a tweet on the official Baltimore Police Twitter feed.

The Rev. Jamal Bryant, who earlier delivered a eulogy at Gray's funeral, said the violence was not what was needed "just hours out of the burial."

"I'm asking every young person to go home," Bryant told reporters.

He also took to Twitter to ask Baltimore clergy to come to respond to the mall at the center of the mayhem to help calm the situation.

"Clergy!!!.....we need to be in The streets right NOW!!" Bryant tweeted, adding later, "All disciplined brothers both Muslim & Christian we are one army today...we must reclaim this situation! Come to Mindawmin now!!"

Billy Murphy, an attorney for Gray's family,y said they were in shock watching the violence in Baltimore.

"They don't want this movement nationally to be marred by violence," he said. "It makes no sense."

His firm posted the following statement its FaceBook page: "Freddie Gray's family is watching the looting and rioting and is upset, sad, angry. They are begging people to stop this."

Cops initially shooed ticket holders inside Camden Yards for a game between the Orioles and the White Sox, but around 6:30, the Orioles announced the game would be postponed.

And the Maryland State police sent 42 troopers to assist in Baltimore with another 40 set to respond.

Earlier, Baltimore police said several gangs, including the Black Guerilla Family, Bloods, and Crips formed a partnership to "take out" law enforcement officers.

The police said in a press release they consider the gang rumblings a "credible threat," but offered no specifics.

The threats were enough to spur the LAPD to order its officers to ride in pair rather than solo "out of an abundance of caution" for their officers.

At Gray's funeral, Bryant urged mourners to join the protests that have occurred in the wake of Gray's death on April 19.

"Freddie's death is not in vain," Bryant said. "After this day, we're going to keep on marching. After this day, we're going to keep demanding justice."

But some of the protests got out of hand Monday afternoon with police reporting more than 2,000 protesters throwing rocks and debris at officers in the area

Gray was arrested after a foot pursuit on April 12 and was seen on video yelling as he was hauled into a police van. After a stop to shackle his feet, Gray arrived at a police station house with his spinal column 80 percent severed. He died a week later.

Officials have promised an exhaustive investigation with results due on May 1.

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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.

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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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sábado, 25 de abril de 2015

Colombia, campeón del Mundial de Fútbol de Salón

El equipo dirigido por Jaime Cuervo venció 4-0 a Paraguay en la final y se quedó con el título.

Camilo Gómez, Jorge Cuervo, Diego Abril y Denis Rodríguez anotaron los goles de la Selección Colombia en la final del Mundial de Fútbol de Salón que se disputó este sábado en Bielorrusia.

Las tres primeras anotaciones fueron en el primer tiempo, después de un comienzo más bien pausado en el que los rivales se analizaron y prefirieron no arriesgar para mantener el arco en cero. El equipo colombiano, dirigido por Jaime Cuervo, aprovechó la ‘explosión’ de algunos de sus jugadores para irse arriba en el marcador y volver a mostrar la superioridad que mantuvo a lo largo del torneo.

Jhon Pinilla, figura del equipo colombiano, solo disputó algunos minutos de la final, pues recibió una falta que lo sacó del partido. Primero recibió masajes del fisioterapeuta de la Selección, pero después fue descartado para reingresar.

Uno de los más destacados del partido fue el arquero Óscar García, quien siempre estuvo atento ante las exigencias de los jugadores paraguayos y le brindó seguridad al quinteto nacional.
br /> De esta manera, Colombia revalidó el título que logró hace cuatro años, en Bogotá y llegó a tres campeonatos mundialistas: Bolivia-2000, Colombia-2011 y Bielorrusia-2015. Y Argentina, en el 2019, será la sede del próximo Mundial, en el que el equipo nacional defenderá su condición de campeón.

“Seguimos haciendo historia porque nunca el fútbol de Salón colombiano había jugado una final de un Mundial en Europa y ahora logramos el título”, le dijo Jaime Cuervo, técnico del equipo nacional, a ‘Colombia Sports’. “Se demostró que Colombia tiene grandes jugadores y es un excelente equipo”, agregó.

“Se demostró que somos una familia y pese a mi ausencia el equipo demostró que está lleno de grandes jugadores, somos 12 con un nivel importante y que siempre queremos aportarle a la Selección”, dijo Pinilla.

Colombia tuvo una excelente presentación en el Mundial: superó 6-0 a Bélgica en la semifinal, eliminó en cuartos a Rusia (5-3), y en la fase de grupos derrotó a Venezuela (5-0), a República Checa (4-1) y a Curazao (10-2).

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viernes, 24 de abril de 2015

My (rough) first day with Apple Watch

SAN FRANCISCO — If Apple could come up with a device as intuitive and easy to use as the iPhone but was worn on the wrist, I'd say that would be a pretty cool thing to buy.

But the Apple Watch ain't that product. At least not for me — so far.

In my first seven hours with a review unit of the Watch on Thursday, I found myself incredibly frustrated with endless nags to type in a passcode, a screen that constantly went dark and confusion about simple navigation. And oh, the battery was 100% dead within seven hours, although Apple says that was probably due to not being fully charged before use.

It's fully charged now, and I'll be back to you later this weekend with an update.

Based on the first day, it's hard to get over the steep learning curve.

This new watch — Apple's first new category since the iPad in 2010 — is so different from past Apple devices.

The company has always been known for creating products that were intuitive, and didn't need instruction manuals because they were so simple to use.

The watch is a mouthful, a new way of cramming most everything we do on the iPhone into a device that's less than 1-inch tall. I believe that's why you can't walk into an Apple Store today to buy it. They don't want you to take it home yet.

The watch starts at $350, but has many different models and bands available that bring the price all the way up to a whopping $17,000.

Apple, I believe, would prefer that you come in and have the associate walk you through how to use it, because they know you'll have too hard a time figuring it out on your own.

It sounds simple enough: a digital device that tells time. You swipe it and use the crown on the side for navigation. But that's not how it goes.

Take, for instance, Apple's own language on how to send and receive texts.

Logic is, you swipe the timepiece away, go to messages app, and click a button, right?

Actually, you:

"Raise your wrist to see who your message is from and to read the full message. Lower your arm to dismiss it."

To compose a new one, you:

"Force Touch in the Messages inbox to compose a new message."

Force Touch isn't the swipe we've come to know from the iPhone, but a new command, which I guess I'll eventually get used to.

No one had to show me how to use the iPhone. I got it immediately. watch after a few days? Probably. Hope the next few days aren't as frustrating as the first.

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jueves, 23 de abril de 2015

LRT, Transitway work highlights of summer of construction

After two years underground and behind the scenes, work on Ottawa's light rail system will start to be front and centre during this summer's construction season.

Transitway closure in June to change east-end commute

The conversion of a large section of the Transitway in the east end between Hurdman and Blair stations to light rail is likely the biggest change commuters will notice this summer, according to city officials giving a technical briefing Thursday.

But entrance work at downtown LRT stations is also set to begin, as is construction at four future LRT stations in the east end: Tremblay, St. Laurent, Cyrville and Blair.

As LRT work ramps up, other work, such as the widening of Hwy. 417 to accommodate OC Transpo buses, is scheduled to wrap up this fall.

Though people in Ottawa's east end may disagree, this year's summer of construction may end up being less painful than the daily grind commuters experienced over the last two years.

Commuter can expect disruptions in the downtown core, however, because of work on Albert/Scott Street and Sussex Drive and work at Lyon and Rideau Stations, said Phil Landry, the manager of Traffic Services for the City of Ottawa.

The city is beginning work on 60 new projects covering more than 50 km of road and spending $240 million on renewal work at 195 sites covering 120 km.

Last year there were 85 new projects covering 50 km, while there were about double the number of renewal work projects.

Here are some of the projects expected to have a high impact, sorted by the month work is set to begin.


Nicholas St. utility work and bridge repairs. Main street reconstruction. McIlraith Bridge rehabilitation. June

Hwy 417 adjustments to accommodate Transitway going offline. Hwy 417 westbound onramp to Hwy 174 eastbound ramp closure.

July - August

Parkdale off-ramp closure. The Transitway from Hurdman to Blair is scheduled to go offline on June 28.

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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)


Premier League footballer Adam Johnson charged with three offences of sexual activity with a child and one of grooming

Footballer Adam Johnson was today charged with three offences of sexual activity with a child under 16 and one of grooming.

The 27-year-old Sunderland star, who was initially suspended and then reinstated by the club following the allegations, attended Peterlee police station in County Durham earlier today

The Premier League winger was arrested at his mansion on March 2. Durham Police had previously extended his bail for five weeks.

A force spokesman said: ‘Adam Johnson, a professional footballer aged 27 from County Durham, has this afternoon been charged with three offences of sexual activity with a child under 16 years old, plus one offence of grooming.

‘Johnson was initially arrested on March 2 and was charged after he answered his police bail today at Peterlee police station. He will appear the magistrates’ court in Peterlee on the morning of May 20.’

The offences alleged to have been committed by Johnson - whose long-time girlfriend Stacey Flounders gave birth to a daughter in January - date from last December to this February.

Gerry Wareham, Chief Crown Prosecutor for the North East, said: ‘Following an investigation by Durham Police, I have today authorised police to charge Adam Johnson, aged 27, with four offences under the Sexual Offences Act 2003. The offences are alleged to have been committed on one girl aged 15 at the time.’

Mr Wareham added that Johnson 'has a right to a fair trial' and that 'the complainant in this case is entitled to lifelong anonymity under the law'.

Johnson has made 31 appearances for Sunderland this season, scoring five goals. In total he has netted 20 times in 116 games for the club, including the winner at Newcastle in December’s derby.

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miércoles, 22 de abril de 2015

One dead, 20 sick with Botulism symptoms after church potluck

One person has died and at least 20 others were sick with symptoms of foodborne Botulism following a weekend church potluck in Ohio, hospital officials said on Tuesday.

The Fairfield Medical Center said in a statement that the patients, five of whom were in a critical condition, had all attended a picnic at Cross Pointe Free Will Baptist Church in Lancaster on Sunday.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had sent anti-toxin to treat the sick, the hospital said, while local health officials investigated the cause of the outbreak.

Botulism is a rare but potentially fatal paralytic illness caused by a nerve toxin that is produced by certain bacteria, according to the CDC.

Symptoms include drooping eyelids, slurred speech and muscle weakness, which can progress to paralysis of the limbs and respiratory muscles, the CDC said.

The hospital said Botulism is not contagious, so there is no threat to the public at-large or people at the hospital. Symptoms generally begin showing up within 36 hours of eating the contaminated food, but can start as many as 10 days after, the hospital said.

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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.

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jueves, 16 de abril de 2015

‘Suge’ Knight Ordered to Stand Trial on Murder, Attempted Murder Charges

A Los Angeles County judge ruled Thursday morning that there was enough evidence for former rap mogul Marion “Suge” Knight to stand trial on murder and attempted murder charges for allegedly plowing his truck into two people in a Compton restaurant parking lot earlier this year.

Superior Court Judge Ronald Coen made the ruling at the end of a preliminary hearing in which the surviving alleged victim recanted portions of his statements to investigators implicating Knight and repeatedly claimed not to remember details about the incident.

Footage from a security camera shows Knight’s truck running over two men in the parking lot. His attorney has argued that Knight acted in self-defense, saying his client hit the men while he was trying to drive away after one of them attacked him.

Cle “Bone” Sloan, an actor and filmmaker who describes himself as “a nonactive gang member,” testified Monday that he could not recall many of the details surrounding the Jan. 29 incident in which he was run over.

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Police: "Nanny cam" captures babysitter burning tot

DANBURY, Conn. -- Police say video from a "nanny cam" shows a babysitter beating a 3-year-old Connecticut girl and burning her on a hot stove.

Lidia Quilligana is in custody on a first-degree assault charge that carries a 20-year prison sentence. Following her arrest in late March, bail was set at $1 million after a prosecutor who saw the video argued for an increase from the $100,000 that was initially set.

Hearst Connecticut Media Group reported that a newly-released arrest report provides more details about the March 27 incident. Danbury Police Officer Thomas Geanuracos wrote in the arrest report that the video shows Quilligana put the child's hands on what appeared to be hot stove burners.

"In the footage, you can see the absolute fear and pain from the trauma in (the little girl's) facial expressions," Geanuracos wrote in the report, according to the paper.

In a statement to police, the mother reportedly said Quilligana told her the child had burned herself as they made pancakes. The mother discovered the alleged abuse after reviewing video from a camera she had secretly installed in December, when she had become suspicious about bruises on her daughter's body, reports the paper.

The paper didn't publish the mother's name in order to protect the child's identity.

The 31-year-old Quilligana has not entered a plea. Hearst Connecticut Media Group said her lawyer, Jennifer Tunnard, was not available for comment Wednesday. She did not immediately return a call early Thursday morning.

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Here’s the First ‘Batman v Superman’ Teaser

Ready for the ultimate tease?

Zack Snyder blessed the world on Wednesday night (Apr. 15, 2015) with 20 precious seconds of teaser material to get us all excited for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

The teaser, is just that. Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill, who play the Caped Crusader and the guy with the S on his shirt, respectively, are missing. There’s no dialogue whatsoever. Just a date: Apr. 20, when the special IMAX teaser will be shown at select screening events.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice opens nationwide Mar. 25, 2016. Yah. 2016

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martes, 14 de abril de 2015

Police: Man Wanted For Sexual Assault Found Dead Following Standoff

SPRINGBORO -- A man barricades himself inside a home in Springboro initiating a six-hour standoff.    

The standoff ended around 3:00 Tuesday morning on Black Pepper Court after about six hours of negotiations.

Springboro Police say they first arrived to the home because 45-year-old Leopold Posival was wanted for sexually assaulting an underage girl. That's when officers made contact with him, and he then refused to come out of the house.    

We're told Posival threatened police and allegedly told crews he would hurt himself or any officer who tried to enter the home.

The Springboro police chief tells us Posival had access to several weapons and the chief was forced to call in the SWAT Team around 9:00 Monday night.

Throughout the night, officers tried to talk Posival into surrendering. Over the phone, police say Posival admitted that he was involved in the sexual assault but they say he was still very defiant. He was found with a self-inflicted gunshot wound after tear gas was shot inside the residence.

Police say Posival was an Army veteran and possibly had post-traumatic stress disorder, (PTSD). Crews say in the past few weeks he has been suicidal.

The teen involved in the sexual assault was treated at the hospital and we are told she is doing OK.    

Right now, the home is being searched for more evidence involving the sexual assault.

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Percy Sledge, singer of classic soulful ballad ‘When a Man Loves a Woman,’ dies

(CNN) — Legendary R&B singer Percy Sledge has died at the age of 73, CNN has confirmed.

The crooner, best known for his classic song “When a Man Loves a Woman,” passed away Tuesday morning in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The cause of death was not immediately available.

“Woman” was a massive hit, topping the charts in 1966 and appearing on numerous movie soundtracks. It was later famously covered by Michael Bolton.

In 1987, the single was reissued and made the top 10 in the UK.

Sledge followed it up with more romantic songs like “Warm and Tender Love” and “It Tears Me Up,” and continued to record through the 1990s.

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lunes, 13 de abril de 2015

Tragedia en una playa de Marbella

El Ayuntamiento de Marbella ha decretado el luto oficial por el «trágico suceso» que ocurrido esta tarde en la Playa de La Venus -o del Mediterráneo, como la llaman otras personas- en donde han fallecido por ahogamiento tres personas, integrantes de un programa de intercambio denominado Erasmus Plus que se encontraban en la ciudad.

A última hora de la tarde de este lunes los buzos de la Guardia Civil han rescatado el cuerpo del tercer estudiante ahogado en la playa de Marbella.Un cuarto se encuentra crítico en el hospital Costa del Sol.

El Ayuntamiento ha puesto a disposición del resto de miembros del programa los equipos de apoyo y recursos necesarios ante este suceso y los medios de que dispone para las labores de rescate que están llevando a cabo la Policía Nacional, Guardia Civil y Capitanía Marítima.

Las víctimas mortales son dos alumnos de 18 y 19 años y un monitor de 30. Todos ellos de origen turco.

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At Disney racecar attraction, Lamborghini crashes, kills 1

ORLANDO, FLA. — A Lamborghini that was part of an exotic car racing attraction at Walt Disney World crashed into a guardrail, killing a passenger and injuring the driver on Sunday, police said.

The attraction lets racecar fans be drivers or passengers in luxurious cars such as Lamborghinis, Porsches or Ferraris.

It wasn't immediately clear if the driver was a track employee or a customer. The driver was hospitalized with minor injuries. The passenger was a 36-year-old man from Davenport.

Their names were not immediately released.

The Lamborghini crashed when the driver lost control on the course at the Exotic Driving Experience, according to the Florida Highway Patrol, which was investigating.

A Disney spokeswoman declined comment.

At the track, customers pay anywhere from $200 to about $400 to drive five or six laps around a track with a professional driving instructor in the passenger seat offering advice, according to the Exotic Driving Experience's website.

The track is operated by Petty Holdings, which has other Exotic Driving Experience attractions at speedways in Atlanta, Daytona Beach, New Jersey, Kansas, New Hampshire and Texas.

In a statement, Petty Holdings said: "On behalf of everyone in the organization, it is with a very heavy heart that we extend our deepest sympathies to those involved in today's tragic accident in Orlando."

The Exotic Driving Experience, along with its sibling track, the Richard Petty Driving Experience, was slated to close this summer at Disney World for unrelated reasons.

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domingo, 12 de abril de 2015

Jordan Spieth Storms to Masters Win

Before the NBA playoffs and the Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather Jr. hype take over the spring, before Major League Baseball commandeers the summer and the NFL marches onward to world domination come fall, the collective sports world needs to pause for a moment and deliver a full-throated thank you to Jordan Spieth.

Spieth didn’t just win the Masters at the age of 21 on Sunday. He single-handedly shook the sport out of its post-Tiger Woods doldrums. The wildly precocious Texan with a mixture of swagger and humility burned up Augusta National from start to finish.

A year removed from a heartbreaking second-place finish in his Augusta debut, Spieth tied Woods’s 72-hole Masters scoring record with an 18-under par 270—albeit bogeying the final hole—to capture the first of what figures to be numerous green jackets.

“It’s awfully impressive,” world No. 1 Rory McIlroy said of Spieth, who won by four strokes over Phil Mickelson and Justin Rose.

In the course of four days, Spieth added a desperately needed dose of spice to a sport that was trying to talk itself into becoming excited about watching McIlroy dominate for the next decade.

Nothing against McIlroy—winner of the previous two majors, four overall, and on the verge of the career grand slam already. The 25-year-old McIlroy is plenty charming, has an exceedingly cool accent and metronome-like swing that induces swoons among the golf cognoscenti.

But the thing is, golf did domination from mid-1996 to nearly the end of the last decade. It was fun watching Woods chase Jack Nicklaus’s record 18 major championships, but starting that up all over again felt like getting juiced for “The Godfather IV.”

No thank you. This is what Spieth saved us from, announcing himself in the grandest possible way that McIlroy, who shot a cool 68-66 on the weekend to finish at 12-under par for the tournament, is going to have plenty to contend with in the coming months and years.

Suddenly, the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay in Washington in June, the British Open at St. Andrews and the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin are worth drawing red circles around on the calendar.

Spieth’s game might very well be a few years away from contention on a U.S. Open layout, with its legendary punishing rough. Spieth ran away here hitting 71% of Augusta National’s sprawling fairways—20th in the field. He had his share of misses far wide onto the playable pine straw. Hit those same shots at the U.S. Open and you’ll be fighting just to get back onto the fairway. Woods won his first Masters at age 21 in 1997 and didn’t figure out how to win a U.S. Open until 2000.

On the other hand, Spieth showed he can play across the pond at last year’s Ryder Cup at Gleneagles in Scotland, where he shrugged off any hint of fear and was one of the best players for the losing American side. St. Andrews, here we come.

Sunday’s script became clear very quickly, even with the winners of 24 major championships holding four of the top six spots on the leaderboard. McIlroy and Woods, playing in the third-to-last group, began the day 10 strokes back and needed fast starts to have any hope. Mickelson, who started the day five strokes back, was in a similar spot.

Yet even the all-time greats start running out of holes so quickly when they need to go low at Augusta. The three future Hall of Famers registered just a single birdie on the par-5 second hole. Mickelson scored it and his gallery did its usual Lefty love-burst. But it didn’t lead to the final-round duel fans were hoping for, though. He would finish at 14-under, tied for second with Rose.

“I would have taken 14-under at the start of the week,” Mickelson said. “I just got outplayed by a player who played incredible golf.”

As Woods missed his eagle and birdie putts on the second and McIlroy missed his for birdie, a roar went up from 500 yards up the hill. Spieth had his birdie on the first hole to reach 17 under par. It wasn’t the perfect round. Spieth let Rose climb to within three shots by the eighth hole, and with an opportunity to break Woods’s Masters record, he bogeyed the 18th.

But Spieth always managed to steady himself and find the perfect shot when he needed it. His stellar approach on the par-5 13th from some 230 yards over the water to eight feet helped him stretch his lead to five strokes. That birdie tied Woods’s 1997 tournament record on a course that is now 500 yards longer than it was then. The order for Texas barbecue at next year’s champion’s dinner was all but placed.

“He’s going to fly the flag of golf for a little while,” Rose said of Spieth. “People are going to get excited.”

Spieth yells at his ball at it comes off the club like a weekend hacker. He isn’t afraid to make fun of himself, joking the other day about being distracted in the middle of his round by a desperate need to find a restroom. He has a sister with a neurological disorder and seems to understand where golf sits on life’s priority list.

He pulled off a nifty trick, winning this most treasured of championships just a year after coughing up a final-round lead and finishing second. That is nothing to sneeze at. Greg Norman and David Duval came within a hair of winning here early in their careers and never got over the hump.

So thanks, Jordan Spieth. So good, so young, so much more to come.

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McWilliams Arroyo vence por KO a mexicano Víctor Ruiz

El peso mosca fajardeño McWilliams Arroyo ratificó sus deseo de ir a tras una nueva oportunidad de título del mundo al vencer en la noche del sábado por nocáut a los 1:32 del tercer asalto al mexicano Víctor Ruiz Rocha durante el respaldo del cartel celebrado en el Coliseo de Puerto Rico.

Arroyo conectó temprano a Ruiz Rocha con un gancho de izquierda a la cabeza en el inicio del primer asalto.

El aspirante a una corona mundial en el peso mosca le administró en varias ocasiones el mismo golpe, y cerrando el asalto lanzó una combinación que abrió con la misma mano y que hizo que el mexicano cayera a la lona por primera ocasión.

Arroyo, que en su última pelea perdió mediante una controversial decisión dividida ante el campeón de la Federación Internacional de Boxeo (FIB), Amnat Ruenroeng, en Tailandia, retomó las cosas en donde las dejó en el segundo asalto, haciendo llegar con efectividad el mismo gancho de izquierda que lastimó a Ruiz Rocha en el primer ‘round’.

En el tercero, un gancho de zurda directo al mentón hizo que el mexicano cayera de bruces a la lona para recibir el segundo conteo. Ruiz Rocha se levantó, pero Arroyo presionó y puso fin al combate con una abrumadora ofensiva.

“Ya me estaba velando el gancho y trató de cambiar la estrategia. Pero yo me mantuve presionando. Me sorprendí cuando se cayó en el tercer asalto”, expresó Arroyo tras la victoria con la que mejoró su marca a 16-2 y 14 anestesiados.

“Yo en verdad no voy a pensar que lo hice excelente y si hay que mejorar vamos a mejorar. Estoy orgulloso y contento de pelear en Puerto Rico. No podía defraudarlos”, aseguró el joven peleador boricua.

Arroyo es el quinto clasificado de la FIB y está undécimo en las clasificaciones de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo, organismo es el que el flamante campeón lo es el mexicano Juan Francisco ‘El Gallo’ Estrada.

Ruiz Rocha dejó vio caer su récord a 18-5 con 13 nocáuts.

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viernes, 10 de abril de 2015

VII Cumbre de las Américas: las declaraciones y temas que marcan la antesala de la reunión

El objetivo de la Cumbre de las Américas ha sido siempre el de crear un ambiente propicio para solucionar los problemas políticos y económicos de la zona. Se extiende en 35 países. Y en esta séptima edición hay un ingrediente importante: la participación de Cuba, que había sido suspendida desde 1962 de la Organización de los Estados Americanos (OEA).

En el marco democrático de toda la reunión, la configuración de bloques continentales, marcados por alguna ideología, han permanecido en medio del desconcierto. Teniendo en cuenta que la crisis en Venezuela, país que lleva el bastión socialismo, será uno de los temas principales de esta edición.

La pregunta que sale cada dos años es qué tanto se ha avanzado en el la "necesidad de la construcción de una comunidad hemisférica democrática", tal y como se plantea la OEA para estas cumbres. ¿Ha sido constante la construcción de una "buena gobernanza", así como la "interrelación entre la democracia y las cuestiones socioeconómicas"?

En la I Cumbre de las Américas, llevada a cabo en en Miami -en diciembre de 1994-, se plantearon 23 temas. Uno de ellos fue la erradicación de la pobreza.

"Resulta políticamente intolerable y moralmente inaceptable que algunos sectores de nuestras poblaciones se encuentren marginados y no participen plenamente de los beneficios del desarrollo. Con el objetivo de lograr una mayor justicia social para todos nuestros pueblos, nos comprometemos individual y colectivamente a mejorar el acceso a la educación de calidad y a la atención primaria en materia de salud, así como a erradicar la pobreza extrema y el analfabetismo", planteó en ese entonces la Declaración de Principíos.

Por ejemplo, hasta el 2011, Latinoamérica la tasa de desempleo se sitúo en 29,4%, según la Comisión Económica para América Latina y el Caribe (CEPAL). Ello también incluía que un 11,5% de toda la región viven en la pobreza extrema o en la indigencia.

Si bien el crecimiento en algunos países de la región ha tenido picos rescatables, no ha ido de la mano con políticas sostenibles que hagan una vía para el desarrollo.

La siguiente cumbre, desarrollada en Santa Cruz de la Sierra -Bolivia- en 1996, tuvo como tema principal el "desarrollo sostenible", invocada por el entonces presidente boliviano, Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada.

La declaración se sostuvo en "aplicar medidas eficaces y constantes para asegurar que el sistema económico y financiero internacional apoye el crecimiento de las economías locales y su desarrollo sostenible con el fin de lograr una mayor justicia social para todos nuestros pueblos". En más dos décadas, las cifras desarrollo han sido acaparadas por las fuertes políticas asistencialistas.

¿Será esta cumbre la que rompa con el círculo de la no integración?


El tema principal de esta cumbre -llevada a cabo en Panamá-, en teoría, será la “Prosperidad con Equidad: El Desafío de la Cooperación en las Américas”. Pero ya en la víspera de esta reunión, en el Foro de la Sociedad Civil y Actores Sociales se discutió sobre Cuba, creando una controversia sobre quién va a representar a la sociedad civil en esta cumbre.

Según informó la web de la Deutsche Welle, en el foro hubo quienes insistieron que en Cuba debe haber "una actualización del modelo económico".

"Hay participación en Cuba, los jovenes somos partícipes en elecciones, en consultas populares, somos miembros de organizaciones sociales, incluso este foro es un ejemplo de ello", dijo la periodista cubana Yessica Domínguez, citada por la DW.

Raúl Castro llegó a Panamá hoy. Será la primera vez que Cuba esté presente en la cumbre. Se ha especulado también que sería un nuevo encuentro entre el castrismo y el presidente de Estados Unidos, Barack Obama, luego de que ambos países reanudaran las relaciones bilaterales tras más de cuatro décadas. El mandatario estadounidense llegó esta noche a Panamá.


Venezuela es no solo punto álgido de la cumbre sino que también ha dividido al continente. Unos apoyan el decreto que firmó el presidente Obama, sancionando a funcionarios venezolanos que hayan violado los derechos humanos.

Los problemas no solo son políticos, también socioeconómicos. La severa crisis castiga a una sociedad que ha tenido en más de una década al chavismo como eje de todo.

Antes del inicio de la cumbre, 25 expresidentes han denunciarán al gobierno de Nicolás Maduro por la grave situación por la que atraviesa su país.

Sin embargo, el gobierno venezolano sigue empeñado en recolectar firmas para rechazar el decreto estadounidense. Hasta el momento han recabado unas 3 millones de firmas.

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Obama y Castro hablan por teléfono previo a su reunión

El presidente Barack Obama tiene previsto reunirse cara a cara con su homólogo cubano, Raúl Castro, este viernes.

Obama habló con Castro este miércoles antes de salir de Washington hacia Jamaica y Panamá, le dijo a CNN un oficial de la Casa Blanca.

Es la primera vez que los líderes interactúan desde que sus naciones acordaron reanudar las relaciones diplomáticas después de medio siglo de enemistad.

Obama llegó a Panamá la noche del jueves, a su tercera Cumbre de las Américas, una gran reunión de los líderes de América Latina que en los últimos años se tiñó de animosidad por la exclusión de Cuba. Momentos después de que el Marine One, el helicóptero de Obama, aterrizó en la Ciudad de Panamá, el avión de Castro aterrizó en la misma pista. La televisión panameña presentó ambas llegadas en vivo.

Este año, Obama espera un recibimiento más cálido de las docenas de países representados en la Cumbre, después de anunciar en diciembre que estaba buscando en conversaciones con La Habana la reapertura de embajadas y la eliminación de barreras al comercio y los viajes.

Se espera que Obama anuncie en Panamá que EE.UU. está removiendo a Cuba de la lista de países que patrocinan el terrorismo, un gran avance en la construcción de relaciones diplomáticas entre las dos naciones.

El Departamento de Estado envió su recomendación a la Casa Blanca el miércoles; Obama dijo el jueves un grupo de expertos la está revisando antes de él tomar una determinación final.

Sin embargo, en declaraciones durante una breve escala en Jamaica, insinuó fuertemente que estaba dispuesto a retirar a Cuba de la lista, que también incluye a Irán, Sudán y Siria.

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