Former Argentine President Raul Alfonsin Dies

first_imgBy Dialogo April 01, 2009 Raul Alfonsin, the Argentine president who guided his country’s return to democracy following a military dictatorship that left thousands missing, died on Tuesday. He was 82. Alfonsin’s personal doctor, Alberto Sadler, said he died of lung cancer. The government declared three days of mourning. The presidential inauguration of the burly, mustachioed leader on Dec. 10, 1983, ended more than seven years of a repressive military regime that left at least 13,000 disappeared. He won an open election that the military was forced to call, in disgrace, after the nation’s defeat in the 1982 war with Britain over the Falklands Islands. His presidency was marked by two milestones: his daring decision to bring to trial the leaders of the dictatorship for human rights violations, and an economic collapse that made him hand power to his successor six month early. Annual inflation had surpassed 3,000 percent. Few discussed his crucial role in the restoration of democracy at a time when military regimes ruled most of South America, but his presidency came to be seen as a milestone in the region. He was instrumental in getting several political groups to set aside differences and unite in a loose coalition that paved the way for the 1983 election. He garnered 51.7 percent of the vote, handing the powerful Peronist party its first election defeat ever. In office, he quickly ordered the trial of nine members of the former ruling military junta, on charges including kidnapping, torture and the forced disappearances of thousands. It was a bold step in a country where the military dominated for decades, having taken power in six coups in the 20th century. “I think that sometimes I take too many risks, because what we did no one had done before,” he said looking back. Alfonsin said the trials were needed to restore a strong judicial system and break the destructive cycle of political chaos and military coups. The trials, unprecedented in Latin America, ended in December 1985 with the conviction and imprisonment of five former military rulers, including two ex-presidents. Four others were acquitted. Alfonsin established a National Commission on the Disappearance of People which produced for the courts a lengthy report known as “Nunca Mas,” or “Never Again,” detailing the military’s ruthless campaign against dissident based on testimony by hundreds of victims and their relatives and witnesses. Official records now put the number of disappeared during Argentina’s 1976-83 dictatorship at 13,000, while human rights groups say the toll is closer to 30,000. Alfonsin was right about the risks involved in trying the military. He survived three military uprisings between 1987 and 1988, and as a result asked Congress to approve legislation ending the trials and exempting from guilt lower ranking officers. Only now are many of the dictatorship’s most notorious figures being prosecuted, after Argentina’s Supreme Court struck down in 2005 sweeping amnesties from the 1980s that shielded hundreds of former officers from prosecution. Alfonsin kept his aura as a key figure of democracy until the end. “You are a symbol of democracy,” Cristina Fernandez told him as she was sworn in as Argentina’s Peronist president in 2008. Alfonsin made clear, however, there was still work to be done. “Our democracy is limp and incomplete,” He said as the nation marked the 25th anniversary of civilian rule. He explained his strong rejection of authoritarian rule as inherited from his father, a fervent supporter of the Republican Forces crushed by Gen. Francisco Franco in the Spanish civil war. After elementary school, however, he attended a military academy for five years. “Those were five very good years, for they served to tire me of military officials,” he later observed. As a 23-year-old law graduate from the University of La Plata, Alfonsin married Maria L. Barrenechea, whom he knew since childhood and courted at neighborhood dances in Chascomus, outside Buenos Aires. Law practice was a base for launching his political career: city commissioner in 1955, a provincial legislator three years later and a member of the national House of Deputies in 1963. In 1976, the military toppled President Isabel Peron, who had succeeded her husband, Gen. Juan Domingo Peron at his death, and launched a harsh campaign to wipe out leftist subversion. In response, Alfonsin and several prominent citizens formed the Permanent Assembly on Human Rights, which denounced rights abuse, challenging the regime. Alfonsin was his party’s uncontested presidential candidate when the military permitted elections in 1983. He won on a platform of human rights and honesty in government. He is survived by his six children. A vigil will be held in his honor at midnight on Wednesday in Congress.last_img read more

Job growth expected to have slowed in October, as rehirings drop off, layoffs increase

first_img“I do expect to continue to see gains in professional services, healthcare, manufacturing, and some hiring by retailers,” she said. “Food service will still have gains, but not as strong.”She said employers hired interns this summer, but there was not the normal transition from internships to actual hires that traditionally happens during the fall.November is usually the time when hiring ramps up for the holiday season. Retailers will not need as many workers as they normally do. There will be less travel, and the food service industry will not need to hire nearly as much for year end and holiday parties.“I’d love to be surprised on the upside, but the pace of employment gains are slowing, even though we’re still in the hole by 10 million jobs,” she said.Barclays economists expect 650,000 nonfarm payrolls were added in October, but the momentum in the labor market is slowing.“The goods side of the economy is doing okay,” said Michael Gapen, Barclays chief U.S. economist. “Factory output still needs to rise a little further to meet where demand is.”He expects good growth in manufacturing and construction employment. .“I would suspect of the 775,000 that we have in private employment, I would just look for a similar breakdown to last month, 10% of that or so may come from the goods side of the economy, and 90% from services,” he said.Gapen said the labor market could be hit by the spreading pandemic. “Presumably, there will be some restrictions on activities, but we’re not thinking states go back to lockdowns,” he said. Economists mostly expect job growth slowed in October, as the pace of rehirings dropped off and layoffs increased.Job growth was expected to total 530,000 in October, and the unemployment rate is expected to fall to 7.7%, according to Dow Jones. That number includes about a 150,000 decline in public sector jobs from the end of temporary positions for workers conducting the census.- Advertisement – But Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics, expects just 250,000 nonfarm payrolls were added in October. He said he expects there were 425,000 private sector jobs created, but another 175,000 payrolls were lost from the census and also state and local government jobs.“I think we’re close to stalling out. The odds of stalling out are pretty high, given the intensifying pandemic going into the Christmas buying season, and without fiscal support,” he said. “It will result in a weak number for retail employment.”Diane Swonk, chief economist at Grant Thornton, expects to see 325,000 nonfarm payrolls. She said the weaker growth has to do with an increase in layoffs, from airlines and other industries. She also anticipates less holiday hiring by retailers and other businesses, which could impact November’s employment picture.- Advertisement – That compares to 661,000 jobs created in September, and an unemployment rate of 7.9%. The employment report is released at 8:30 a.m. ET Friday.But while the consensus is for about a half million jobs, economists have a wide range of forecasts for October payrolls. Citigroup economists, for instance, expect 800,000 jobs were created in October.“We expect a solid increase of 800k nonfarm payrolls in October, consistent with a notable decline in continuing jobless claims even after accounting for a shift from regular state programs to federal unemployment programs,” the Citi economists noted. “The unemployment rate should fall further to 7.6% even with a potential modest increase in the participation rate.”- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

Norwegian SWF ‘slow to act’ on climate-related exclusions

first_imgHalcyon Agri has been criticised for alleged involvement in cutting down tropical forestsThe council recommended the exclusion due to an unacceptable level of risk that the company was responsible for severe environmental damage. At issue, according to the council’s report, were Halcyon Agri Corp’s conversion of tropical forest into plantations in Cameroon, and the risk posed by the company’s operations to the Dja Faunal Reserve in the country, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.Greenpeace has been campaigning against Halcyon Agri’s operations in Africa for several months, including pressuring investors to ditch their stakes.In a letter to Greenpeace’s Victorine Che Thoener last week, Halcyon Agri CEO Robert Meyer said his company had ceased clearing forests and offered the campaign group a place on Halcyon’s sustainability board.Halcyon Agri produces specialised rubber products and owns rubber plants and processing facilities in Cameroon, the Ivory Coast and Malaysia, and has around 15,000 employees. At the end of 2017, the GPFG owned the equivalent of 0.1% of Halcyon’s shares, worth roughly NOK5.5m.Norges Bank said its executive board had not conducted an independent assessment of all aspects of the recommendation, but was satisfied that the exclusion criteria had been fulfilled in this case. NBIM has considered a specific target allocation to renewable energy sourcesOn 8 March, the Norwegian Finance Ministry proposed the fund divest NOK66bn worth of ‘upstream’ oil and gas companies. However, this move was aimed at reducing the aggregate oil price risk in the Norwegian economy, rather than achieving any climate goal.The ministry has been considering allowing the fund to allow unlisted renewable energy infrastructure investments to its portfolio.Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM), which runs the GPFG, has corresponded with the Council on Ethics over the course of the past year on the issue of the climate change, but is now set to receive a nudge from the government to make progress in its efforts.The Finance Ministry said earlier this month that it planned to ask NBIM to review its efforts relating to climate risk in the GPFG, particularly relating to the individual companies that contributed the most to this risk within the fund.According to the fund’s 2018 annual report, the GPFG’s NOK5.5trn equity portfolio emitted 107m tonnes of CO2-equivalents last year.GPFG cuts Singapore rubber firmThis morning, NBIM announced it had decided to act on the Council on Ethics’ recommendation to blacklist Singapore-listed rubber firm Halcyon Agri Corp for contributing to environmental damage. The head of Norway’s Council on Ethics – the advisory body for the country’s NOK8.9trn (€919bn) sovereign wealth fund – says the fund has so far not acted on any of its climate-related recommendations.In its annual report for 2018, the council revealed that it had recommended for the Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG) to exclude five companies in the past two years, under the new climate criterion introduced in 2016.So far, however, none of these blacklistings have led to actual divestments by the fund.Johan Andresen, chair of the council, said in the report: “The council has issued a handful of recommendations, which Norges Bank has so far not taken a position on.”center_img Andresen used the example to illustrate that it could be hard translating overarching ethical guidelines into consistent practice.“The operationalisation of this criterion has proved difficult,” he said. “Although the criterion has only existed since 2016, many of its underpinnings have already changed.“Both the Paris Agreement and ever-changing emission trading regimes turn what constitutes a conduct-based norm violation into a moving target.”Despite this, the council still had to issue recommendations based on what it knew to be behaviour that lead to unacceptable emission levels, including an assessment of “companies’ willingness and ability to change such behaviour in the future”.Climate change and the GPFGAccording to the climate criterion in the GPFG’s environment-related ethical guidelines, “companies may be excluded or placed under observation if there is an unacceptable risk that they contribute to or are themselves responsible for… acts or omissions that on an aggregate company level lead to unacceptable greenhouse gas emissions”.The council declined to tell IPE the names of the five companies it recommended excluding. Its policy is only to make decisions public after the securities have been sold.last_img read more

US seems to be skating in mud at speedskating oval

first_imgShani Davis of the U.S. gestures in dejection after competing in the men’s 1,000-meter speedskating race at the Adler Arena Skating Center during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)SOCHI, Russia (AP) — More than an hour after the latest disappointment at Adler Arena, the bigwigs of U.S. speedskating huddled glumly in the empty stands, talking urgently among themselves, trying to figure out what to do now.This team came to the Sochi Olympics with such high hopes.So far, it looks like they’re skating in mud.“I’m at a loss for words,” said Ryan Shimabukuro, head coach of the American sprinters. “For whatever reason right now, we are getting skunked.”While Zhang Hong gave China its first gold medal ever in speedskating Thursday, and the Dutch added two more medals to what will surely be a record-breaking haul, the Americans are still seeking a medal of any color.The way things are going, the third shutout in the history of the storied U.S. program seems very, very possible.“We’ve all prepared as much as we could,” said Heather Richardson, who failed to make the podium in her two top events. “We gave it our best.”At least the Americans don’t have to worry about another flameout Friday — it’s an off day at the oval.Unless things change dramatically, it’s hard to envision anyone making the podium over the next week.Sure, Shani Davis is a two-time silver medalist in the 1,500, but he struggled to an eighth-place showing in the 1,000, an event he won at the last two Olympics.Brittany Bowe had done well on the World Cup circuit in the women’s 1,500. Then again, she’s the world-record holder in the 1,000 — and finished eighth in that event on Thursday, one spot behind teammate Richardson.Richardson was the top-ranked skater in the 1,000, winning three of four World Cup races this season (with Bowe taking the other), but she finished more than a second off Zhang’s winning time of 1 minutes, 14.02 seconds.“You’ve got to just take it for what it is,” Bowe said. “Obviously we haven’t had the outcomes that we had wanted or predicted, but that’s the games. We still have a long way to go.”The Americans came into Sochi with 29 speedskating golds — more than any other country — and 67 medals overall, the most of any U.S. Winter Olympics program.The only times the U.S. failed to win a speedskating medal were in 1984 at Sarajevo and the 1956 Games, where there were just four men’s races.This team thought it had a chance to do something special, given some impressive World Cup results this season and new high-tech suits from Under Armour, which got an assist in the design from aerospace giant Lockheed Martin. Now, there’s plenty of grumbling that the suits are actually slowing the skaters down in Sochi.“I’m not going to comment on that,” Shimabukuro said. “We have to race in the suits.”Through six of 12 events, the Americans haven’t finished better than Richardson’s seventh-place showing in the 1,000.“I’m obviously disappointed,” said Bowe, a former inline skater and college basketball player who quickly made the adjustment to ice. “It is my first Olympics, but I came here wanting to get a podium finish in that particular race. I didn’t, but all is good. I left it all out there on the track.”Zhang, who had not done much on the World Cup circuit this season, skated in the seventh of 18 pairs based on her middling results. Her time broke the track record and just missed the Olympic mark set by Chris Witty at the 2002 Salt Lake City Games.“She hasn’t had a podium finish yet this year,” Bowe said. “That’s what the Olympics are all about.”Many fans didn’t even see the gold-medal performance, drifting in late since the supposed big guns were all set to go in the second half of the session. Zhang was merely a spectator after the ice was resurfaced at the midway point, but her smile kept getting bigger as no one came close to beating her.The Netherlands took the other two spots on the podium, with Ireen Wust winning silver and Margot Boer the bronze.The Flying Dutch ran their medal haul to 12 and are on the cusp of breaking the previous record for most speedskating medals by a country at a single Olympics — East Germany’s 13-medal showing at the 1988 Calgary Games.Appropriately, most of the seats at Adler Arena are orange, the color of the Dutch team.That’s where the American officials and coaches sat Thursday night, trying to sort out if there’s any hope left for these games.___Follow Paul Newberry on Twitter at read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week — Nelson Boxing Club Summer Camp

first_imgMallard’s Source for sports would like to salute the cast of aspiring young boxers with Team of the Week honours.More information regarding the Nelson Boxing and Athletic Club can be found at the club’s website. The Nelson Boxing and Athletic Club held a very successful first annual Summer Boxing Camp recently at the Baker Street location in the basement of the Pharmasave Building.More than 15 boxers from host Nelson, Cranbrook, Kelowna, Vancouver, Nanaimo and Saskatchewan were put through 12-hour days to refine their skills in the ring.last_img


first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 15, 2016)–A dynamic force in the saddle, retired jockey Garrett Gomez, a two-time Eclipse Champion, was found dead Wednesday in Tucson, Az. at the age of 44. According to several media reports, Gomez, who had been living primarily in his native Tucson for the past two years, was found at a casino/hotel he had checked into on tribal land near Tucson.A phenomenal talent who was regarded as perhaps the strongest finisher of his era, Gomez was America’s leading rider by money-won for four consecutive years, from 2006 through 2009. He was voted America’s Eclipse Champion Jockey in 2007 and 2008 and was selected by a vote of jockeys nationwide as the winner of the Santa Anita George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award in 2011.Gomez, who dead heated with Victor Espinoza as Santa Anita’s Winter Meet leader in 2006-07, won 13 Breeders’ Cup races, highlighted by a dramatic head victory in the 2010 Classic at Churchill Downs aboard Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider’s Blame, who handed the legendary Zenyatta her lone career defeat.The son of a jockey, Louie Gomez, Garrett Gomez, who last rode at Keeneland in October 2013, won 3,769 career races and along with agent Ron Anderson, set a single-season record in 2007 by winning 76 added-money races. The following year, his mounts accounted for a career-high $23,344,351–just $10,000 short of Jerry Bailey’s all-time single season record.An avid golfer, Gomez, who along with his second wife Pam, owned a home in nearby Duarte, devoted much of his time to the links when based in Southern California from the late 1990s until he stopped riding in 2013.Gomez, who would have turned 45 on Jan. 1, is survived by four children, a son, Collin, and a daughter, Shelby, from his first marriage, and by a daughter, Amanda, and son, Jared, from his second.last_img read more

Thursday’s Chelsea quiz

first_imgTest your knowledge by seeing how many of these Chelsea-related questions you can answer correctly.[wp-simple-survey-24]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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Count ex-49ers star Justin Smith among Nick Bosa’s admirers

first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.SANTA CLARA — The 49ers’ Nick Bosa is no mini-Justin Smith. So said Justin Smith.“I don’t think he’s too mini. He’s a big guy. He looks big as (expletive),” Smith said on the sideline before the 49ers’ hosted the Atlanta Falcons.Similar to how Smith was a defensive-line catalyst in the 49ers’ last playoff run from 2011-13, Bosa is flourishing as a rookie who arrived with the No. 2 overall draft pick. Smith, …last_img

Calcutta settles down for yet another season of football frenzy

first_imgKrishnendu RoyThe long queues at the gates, the full-throated shouts and the fierce arguments at tea shops and coffee houses are all back as Calcutta settles down for yet another season of football frenzy. Also back is its accompanying tension which is exactly what keeps the Bengali ticking during the,Krishnendu RoyThe long queues at the gates, the full-throated shouts and the fierce arguments at tea shops and coffee houses are all back as Calcutta settles down for yet another season of football frenzy. Also back is its accompanying tension which is exactly what keeps the Bengali ticking during the hot and humid Indian summer.On paper, however, nothing has changed, from the fabulous amounts that reportedly changed hands during the transfer period – in no other centre is football such a big money business – to the continued domination of the three big clubs.Yet the 1982 football season promises to be different from the previous ones in at least one major respect. For the first time the senior division league will feature a plethora of new faces who have made it to the top in such large numbers, for perhaps the first time ever in Calcutta’s football history.For years football lovers had been demanding new faces and though the clubs would get hold of youngsters they would invariably get sidetracked by the big names. This year, thanks to the Asian Games, most “stars” are out undergoing rigorous workouts in training camps which means they cannot participate in any home tournament before the Games are over.It is a football season without such names as Bhaskar Ganguli, Prasun Banerjee, Xavier Pius, Shabir Ali, Manash Bhattacharya, Prasanta Banerjee and Compton Dutta whose absence has certainly shorn it of glamour but not of interest as is evident from the crowded stands.advertisementMukherjeeGlamour Boys: The news isn’t so good for the missing star performers. As an official of a leading club said: “Most of the glamour boys thought people would not turn up if they were not playing and often blackmailed us. But now it is evident that it is the attachment to the club which draws supporters to the ground irrespective of which players are being fielded.” And already it has been noticed that the game itself does not suffer if the big names are not around, as was evident when Mohammedan Sporting beat Bata last month 3-0 with an entirely new team.Last year’s league champion, Mohammedan Sporting lost heavily this year on the transfer market and has practically a new side apart from the Iranians. Jamshed Majid and Khabaji, who did not play in the first outing, and Shabir Ali who is attending the Asiad camp. Besides, with most of the big names now in the 28-30 age group it is doubtful whether they can continue playing meaningful football. They were found seriously wanting when pitted against the much younger and faster teams from abroad during the recent Jawaharlal Nehru tournament in Calcutta. Organisers of the game have, ever since, been seriously scouting for new talent. Replacements are needed and the current season may provide them with the right answers.During the current season, however, the older players have little to worry about. Even though they are not playing for their clubs during the senior division league, they continue to be retained and draw their monthly emoluments in addition to the Rs 2,000 a month that the All India Football Federation pays them for attending the national camp.Shankar AdhikaryAnd for most of them, the clubs dole out handsome amounts. It has been reported that East Bengal club, which took a lot of beating last year, has spent around Rs 10 lakh this year to recover its lost prestige. Among those who have signed for the club this year are Indian skipper Bhaskar Ganguli.One of the reasons why the clubs have signed up internationals in spite of the fact that they would be of no help during the league is because prestigious tournaments like DCM, Rovers and Durand will take place after the Asian Games when the restriction on players will cease to exist. Income Tax: The big clubs may also experience difficulties with the Income Tax (IT) authorities as they have been mentioned as sources of income in the it returns filed by some of the stars. This is the first admission by players of being paid for playing.Earlier while everyone knew that the players were being paid, there was no official record simply because the cash changed hands under the table. However, with the big guns in the Income Tax Department having close relations with the authorities of major clubs – a relationship which is mutually beneficial – it is quite likely they will not have to bother much and eyes will continue to be kept shut.advertisementLast season, one of the smaller clubs had tried to get the phony amateur status of the big team players blasted through a court case, but didn’t get very far, so inter-woven are the relationships between the top three.East Bengal, Mohun Bagan and Mohammedan Sporting, and the Indian Football Association (IFA) the state level apex body which is supposed to keep a close look on the clubs for smooth conduct of the game. The court put the responsibility of finding out whether a club was paying its players or not squarely on the shoulders of the IFA.Meanwhile eyes in Calcutta are rivet-ted on up-and-coming players like Amitabha Mukherjee of Mohun Bagan who had scored the all-important goal for the team at the Federation Cup tournament at Kozhikode earlier this year. Also in the limelight is Krishnendu Roy oi the same team who had played so well for India at the Merdeka tournament but who, for inexplicable reasons, has been kept out of the Asiad camp.For East Bengal the rising players are link-man, Swapan Raut and left-winger, Arun Nath while Mohammedan Sporting, which has been almost without any star attraction this year, has been lucky to get the services of Debashish Mishra, acclaimed as this season’s best midfielder and also the fast right-winger, Shankar Adhikary.These players had either played for smaller clubs previously or had signed up for one of the big three only to spend their afternoons as reserves on the sidelines. This is the first time that they have found an opportunity to display their mettle and appear to have already earned their places as new stars in Calcutta’s soccer world.last_img read more