Mexican media, both in Mexico and the U.S., are having fits over Trump.
The thing is,
Only 20% of the 2.5 million tickets for the Paralympics, which run from Sept. 7 to Sept. 18, have been sold. The event’s financing remains tenuous as organizers continue to seek additional sponsors and revenue from last-minute ticket sales.
Rio’s local government and Brazil’s federal government have pledged a combined 250 million reais ($77 million) to bail out the Rio 2016 organizing committee, which says it is short on cash to run the Paralympics. The committee has declined to open its books, and recently won a court battle to keep its finances private.
. . .
Even with the promise of taxpayer-funded help, the International Paralympic Committee is bracing for cuts that are “likely to impact nearly every stakeholder attending the Games,” Philip Craven, the committee’s president, said last week. IPC officials said transportation, media facilities and spectator services are likely to be affected.
Too late to call the whole thing off, but, after this, isn’t it time to end the Olympics?
I was reading R H’s post A robot could replace your crooked real estate agentand fully understand why he wants a robot to replace RE agents.
You see, I’ve been a licensed real estate agent since the late 1980s. I was active for a few years.
Read my post, Why real estate agents get a bad rap
Many of the immigrants pouring into Costa Rica are from other Central America countries, Cuba and Haiti. Speaking at the Wilson Center in Washington D.C, [Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo] Solis pointed out that Costa Rica is also receiving a lot of “extra-continental” immigrants.
Primarily these immigrants are from African countries, but Solis mentioned that his country has received some as well from Pakistan. The nearly million dollars Costa Rica received from the U.S is going to be used to “install camps” in the northern part of Costa Rica. President Solis mentioned that at one point there were more Cuban immigrants in the northern Costa Rican town of La Cruz than Costa Rican residents.
In a bid to help curb organized crime and human trafficking, Obama, accompanied by Vice-president Joe Biden, agreed to donate around $30 million in military supplies to Costa Rica, which includes two cargo planes, two large patrol boats and two smaller interceptor boats, air surveillance equipment and biometric software to help identify illegal immigrants in the field.
The agreement also provides supplies for law enforcement, including three armored vehicles, the construction of virtual shooting ranges and communication equipment for the guards at Corcovado National Park.
In addition to the equipment, the U.S. will provide Costa Rica with extensive Coast Guard training and maintenance packages for the boats.
Solís had recently expressed concern over neighboring Nicaragua’s purchase of fifty T-72 Russian tanks, according to A.M. Costa Rica (no direct link).
Additionally (emphasis added),
Last month, Costa Rica announced that it would offer temporary refuge to people fleeing from the violence-plagued Central American countries of El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala – a decision spurred by U.S. efforts to stem illegal entries along its southern border with Mexico.
As part of the program, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will pre-screen people seeking protection and transfer them to Costa Rica for processing before resettlement in the U.S. or another country.
Last Sunday Jorge Lanata dedicated his show to Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner’s money flow a.k.a. Cristileaks (video in Spanish),
In brief, Lanata’s investigation alleges that Fernandez and her late husband, Néstor Kirchner, transferred US$492million to 123 sham accounts registered in the state of Nevada during the years they were in office (Néstor from 2003-2010, Cristina from 2010-2015).
In 2014, Lanata had petitioned a Nevada court to release information regarding Kirchner’s companies in the US under a federal statute that allows a party to a legal proceeding outside the United States to ask an American court to obtain evidence for use in the non-US proceeding. The Sunday show calls #Cristileaks a trove of 3,500 pages of documents itemizing the transactions.
The transactions involved banks in the USA, Latvia, Paraguay, Hong Kong, Andorra, and Switzerland (among others) carried by Kirchner proxies, and were managed through Aldyne Ltd. in the Seychelles. The people who served as Kirchner proxies benefited through commissions, pensions, and government contracts.
Additionally, Lanata alleges that U.S. authorities provided Argentina with the information gathered through their money-laundering investigation, and the Argentinian government ignored it. The investigation came about when Argentina refused to honor $50billion worth of defaulting bonds, as bondholders requested the investigation.
Clarín has a detailed report.
Fernandez denies any wrongdoing
“There’s only a small problem with Clarín’s note: They didn’t find an overseas account, nor undeclared or hidden funds, BECAUSE THEY DON’T EXIST.”
La nota de Clarín tiene un solo problemita: no encontraron una cuenta en el exterior, ni fondos ocultos o no declarados, PORQUE NO EXISTEN.
— Cristina Kirchner (@CFKArgentina) August 22, 2016
Fernandez threatened to sue.
La Ruta del Dinero K, also at Clarín.
I was visiting Babalú Blog and came across this post by Carlos Eire: Evo Morales enthusiastic about Moringa pills given to him by Fidel Castro
“It’s such an important nutrient. Fidel now sends me Moringa pills,” said Evo Morales, president of Bolivia.
Evo just visited Fidel, to help him extend his 90th birthday celebrations.
El coma-andante Fidel has been promoting the cultivation of the Moringa plant for years, promoting it as a “miraculous tree” and urging its cultivation.
Carlos had added an illustration with the benefits, and a caption,
Moringa is POSSIBLY SAFE when taken by mouth and used appropriately. The leaves, fruit, and seeds might be safe when eaten as food. However, it’s important to avoid eating the root and its extracts. These parts of the plant may contain a toxic substance that can cause paralysis and death. Moringa has been used safely in doses up to 6 grams daily for up to 3 weeks.
There isn’t enough information to know if moringa is safe when used in medicinal amounts.
Regarding the “Nutrition for infants . . . and pregnant and nursing mothers,”
Special Precautions & Warnings:
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: It’s LIKELY UNSAFE to use the root, bark or flowers of moringa if you are pregnant. Chemicals in the root, bark, and flowers can make the uterus contract, and this might cause a miscarriage. There is not enough information available about the safety of using other parts of moringa during pregnancy. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
Moringa is sometimes used to increase breast milk production. Some research suggests it might do this, however, there isn’t enough information to know if it is safe for the nursing infant. Therefore, it is best to avoid moringa if you are breast-feeding.
Back in the olden days, there were similar remedies with anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory properties,
So better check WebMD before you take advice from Evo and Fidel.
Dr Samuel Gregg’s special report:
Poverty, Politics, and the Church in Pope Francis’s Argentina. Argentina is trying to break with 70 years of populism, corruption, and general economic decline. But in the age of the Argentine pope, what role will the Church play in this process?
Some of the same reform-minded Catholics, however, also mentioned that Pope Francis’s undisguised skepticism about economic liberalization and markets in general—which they describe as having become more rhetorically-charged and even radicalized since his election to Peter’s Chair—is helping fuel populist opposition to long-overdue changes.
They—and I—doubt this is the pope’s intention. Nevertheless, they point to speeches such as Francis’s remarks to the World Meeting of Popular Movements in Bolivia last year, delivered while sitting next to Bolivia’s arch-populist president Evo Morales. Such remarks, they claim, provide cover for Argentina’s own career-populists: people who, for all their talk about defending el pueblo, oppose any meaningful change to a status-quo that maintains their power but which has steadily eroded the Argentine economy’s ability to lift the poor out of their misery.
Read the whole thing.
A Dmitri Hvorostovsky double bill, both in Russian:
and extra Dmitri, singing very moving wartime songs, sent by Maria,
The latter went much better than the time Michael Palin sang with the Russian Pacific Choir,
More Dmitri in Russian,
The Pink Flamingo has a swoon-worthy Il Balen Del Suo Sorriso Smackdown