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          Seeds Of Maya Genius Grow In A New Kind Of School      Cache   Translate Page      
It's in Guatemala, where the educational achievement of poor students is severely lacking. Students might dress up in cow costumes, bake bread — or frame a building.
          Seeds Of Maya Genius Grow In A New Kind Of School      Cache   Translate Page      
It's in Guatemala, where the educational achievement of poor students is severely lacking. Students might dress up in cow costumes, bake bread — or frame a building.
          Ex-vice-presidente da Guatemala é condenada a 15 anos e meio de prisão      Cache   Translate Page      
Por Sofia MenchuCIDADE DA GUATEMALA (Reuters) - A ex-vice-presidente da Guatemala Roxana Baldetti foi condenada nesta terça-feira a 15 anos e meio de prisão por fraude, tráfico de influência e associação ilícita em relação...

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          Guatemalan Refugee Seeks Sanctuary in Charlottesville Church      Cache   Translate Page      
María Chavalan is from a persecuted ethnic group in Guatemala. She fled to the U-S in 2015. Now, ICE is pressuring her to buy a ticket back to Guatemala, but she is pleading her case in court, and seeking sanctuary in a church in Charlottesville. WMRA’s Marguerite Gallorini attended her press conference yesterday.
          Seeds Of Maya Genius Grow In A New Kind Of School      Cache   Translate Page      
Imagine a small, developing nation whose education system is severely lacking: schools are poorly funded, students can't afford tuition or books, fewer than half of indigenous girls even attend school — and often drop out to take care of siblings or get married. These are the schools of rural Guatemala. Now meet a firebrand educator who thinks he has a way to reinvent schools in Guatemala. His school is called Los Patojos, a Spanish word used in Guatemala that means "little ones." The main school building — with its sunny courtyard and colorful murals — is located in the town of Jocotenango, about an hour from the capital of Guatemala City. On the day I visit, the littlest students are racing around in homemade cow costumes as part of a student performance taking place later that day. Los Patojos is in the mold of Montessori and Waldorf schools. It focuses on the whole child — the intellectual, the artistic, the physical and the practical. Teachers show the students how to bake bread,
          Fisioterapeuta docente para trabajar en México o Guatemala - IPETH Instituto Profesional en Terapias y Humanidades - Cali, Valle del Cauca      Cache   Translate Page      
Clínica y/o Docente. IPETH te invita a participar en nuestro proceso de Atracción de Talento para la posición de Docente de Tiempo Completo.*....
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          Manuel Keosseián: "Sería un honor dirigir a Honduras, me siento capacitado"      Cache   Translate Page      

La Prensa

San Pedro Sula, Honduras.

El entrenador uruguayo Manuel Keosseián, estratega que logró 3 títulos con el Marathón, habló este martes sobre los rumores que lo colocan en las últimas horas como uno de los candidatos para que tome las riendas de la selección Nacional de Honduras.

En declaraciones al programa Panorama Deportivo de Radio Internacional, el DT charrúa no dudó en confesar que estaría encantado de sentarse en el banquillo de la Bicolor para reemplazar al entrenador colombiano Jorge Luis Pinto, quien fracasó con el combinado catracho luego de que no logró la clasificación al Mundial de Rusia 2018.

Hoy Keosseián, considerado como uno de los ídolos en el Marathón, señaló que se siente capacitado si se le da la oportunidad de comandar a la selección catracha de cara a la eliminatoria de Catar 2022.

"Dirigir la Selección de Honduras, claro que me encantaría.

Conozco su fútbol más que nadie.

Eso es importante he trabajado en el país y ha sido en el que mejor me han tratado durante he dirigido”, comenzó diciendo Keosseián.

Y añadió: "He sido un bendecido en el fútbol.

He tenido la oportunidad de dirigir grandes en Uruguay (Peñarol), grandes en Perú (Universitario), Guatemala (Municipal), Costa Rica (Saprissa) y Honduras (Marathón).

Esto es precioso, no ha sido fácil y me siento un hombre halagado”.

"Manolo" indica que se siente feliz con el hecho de que su nombre suene para dirigir a la Bicolor e indicó que se siente con capacidad si se le brinda la oportunidad.

"Para mí es más que un honor, sería maravilloso dirigir la Selección de Honduras y me siento capacitado pero ya no depende de mí.

No tenido contacto pero bienvenido sea que por lo menos tenga una posibilidad y que se acuerden de mí".

Por último, Keosseián indicó de manera rotunda que en sus planes nunca está el hecho de poder dirigir en un futuro al Real España, el gran rival del Marathón.

"Tengo una buena relación con Elías Burbara del Real España, le dije que lo quería y sería al rival que no iría.

respeto mucho a Real España, pero nunca lo dirigiría, pero a los otros nunca se interesaron por mí.

Lo único que tengo bueno yo es que soy muy agradecido soy de gente de pueblo, de barrio y siempre voy a San Pedro Sula”, finalizó.


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          Seeds Of Maya Genius Grow In A New Kind Of School      Cache   Translate Page      
Imagine a small, developing nation whose education system is severely lacking: schools are poorly funded, students can't afford tuition or books, fewer than half of indigenous girls even attend school — and often drop out to take care of siblings or get married. These are the schools of rural Guatemala. Now meet a firebrand educator who thinks he has a way to reinvent schools in Guatemala. His school is called Los Patojos, a Spanish word used in Guatemala that means "little ones." The main school building — with its sunny courtyard and colorful murals — is located in the town of Jocotenango, about an hour from the capital of Guatemala City. On the day I visit, the littlest students are racing around in homemade cow costumes as part of a student performance taking place later that day. Los Patojos is in the mold of Montessori and Waldorf schools. It focuses on the whole child — the intellectual, the artistic, the physical and the practical. Teachers show the students how to bake bread,
          Re: Emerging Market Bond Funds      Cache   Translate Page      
jhfenton wrote:
Tue Oct 09, 2018 3:36 pm

I did open a position in VEGBX (Vanguard Emerging Market Bond Admiral Shares), Vanguard's active EM bond fund, when it went live last December.



Despite the fact that emerging market equities have tanked over that period, VEGBX has not. It is actually my best-performing bond fund over that period. (That is not saying much.)



(VEGBX is not connected in any way to VWOB/VGAVX, Vanguard's EM bond index funds. VEGBX is an active mutual fund. It has accumulated about $100 MM in assets.)



[Snip...]


VWOB and VEGBX certainly approach Emerging Markets in different ways, and I think cap-weighted indexing may be problematic when it comes to EM bonds. VWOB is of course a "Government" index, but there are govt.-owned corporations issuing bonds which are also included in it. I suppose VWOB would fall under "USD sovereign" in Nisi's graphic above, contrary to VEGBX. Anyhow, here's a look at their holdings as posted in their respective Vanguard profile pages. Of course there's that elephant in the room - maybe call it a panda:



(Market allocations as of 08/31/2018)


CODE: Select all

     VWOB/VGAVX                       VEGBX 

(Vang EM Govt Bond Index) (Vang EM Bond "active")

China 17.40% Mexico 8.30%
Mexico 8.20% Indonesia 8.10%
Brazil 5.70% Argentina 7.50%
Indonesia 5.70% Chile 6.20%
Russia 4.70% Guatemala 3.60%
United Arab Emi 4.60% Ukraine 4.20%
Saudi Arabia 4.20% Colombia 4.10%
Turkey 3.80% Hungary 3.50%
Argentina 3.60% Philippines 3.20%
Qatar 3.50% Russia 3.20%
Colombia 2.40% Brazil 3.10%
Philippines 2.00% Kazakhstan 3.00%
South Africa 1.70% Egypt 2.80%
Chile 1.60% Lithuania 2.50%
Lebanon 1.60% Trinidad & Toba 2.50%
Oman 1.50% India 2.20%
Egypt 1.40% Uruguay 2.10%
India 1.40% Dominican Repub 2.00%
Kazakhstan 1.40% El Salvador 1.90%
Malaysia 1.40% Romania 1.60%
Bahrain 1.20% South Africa 1.60%
Panama 1.20% Ghana 1.50%
Ukraine 1.20% Oman 1.50%
Dominican Repub 1.10% Peru 1.50%
Ecuador 1.10% Turkey 1.50%
Hungary 1.10% United States 1.50%
Peru 1.10% Angola 1.30%
Uruguay 1.00% Honduras 1.30%
Kuwait 0.80% Sri Lanka 1.30%
Poland 0.80% Bermuda 1.10%
Sri Lanka 0.80% Paraguay 1.10%
Croatia 0.70% Mongolia 0.90%
Nigeria 0.70% Senegal 0.90%
Venezuela 0.70% Panama 0.80%
Romania 0.60% United Kingdom 0.80%
Azerbaijan 0.50% Armenia 0.70%
Costa Rica 0.50% Croatia 0.70%
Angola 0.40% Lebanon 0.60%
Ghana 0.40% Saudi Arabia 0.70%
Ivory Coast 0.40% Serbia 0.60%
Jamaica 0.40% Venezuela 0.70%
Morocco 0.40% Qatar 0.50%
Pakistan 0.40% Jordan 0.50%
El Salvador 0.30% Ivory Coast 0.40%
Iraq 0.30% Latvia 0.20%
Kenya 0.30% Costa Rica 0.20%
Mongolia 0.30%
Paraguay 0.30%
Serbia 0.30%
Belarus 0.20%
Bolivia 0.20%
Gabon 0.20%
Guatemala 0.20%
Jordan 0.20%
Senegal 0.20%
Trinidad & Toba 0.20%
United States 0.20%
Vietnam 0.20%
Zambia 0.20%
Armenia 0.10%
Bahamas 0.10%
Bermuda 0.10%
Ethiopia 0.10%
Georgia 0.10%
Honduras 0.10%
Namibia 0.10%
Thailand 0.10%
Tunisia 0.10%

          Legisladores de EEUU piden investigar uso indebido de equipo militar donado a Guatemala      Cache   Translate Page      
WSHINGTON (Sputnik) — Los congresistas estadounidenses Eliot Engel y Seth Moulton dijeron en un comunicado conjunto el martes que escribieron una carta al secretario de Estado, Mike Pompeo, instándole a investigar el supuesto uso indebido de equipo militar estadounidense por parte del Gobierno guatemalteco.
          Trump Administration Crackdown on Immigration Does Little to Deter Guatemalan Families      Cache   Translate Page      
The Trump administration’s crackdown on immigration isn’t doing much to deter new arrivals. A New York Times special focusing on Guatemalan migrants outlines the plight of Central American families, many of whom are willing to risk deportation in order to escape extreme poverty and widespread violence. Liset Juarez’s husband, writes the Times, was one such The post Trump Administration Crackdown on Immigration Does Little to Deter Guatemalan Families appeared first on Legal Reader.
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          Seeds Of Maya Genius Grow In A New Kind Of School      Cache   Translate Page      
Imagine a small, developing nation whose education system is severely lacking: schools are poorly funded, students can't afford tuition or books, fewer than half of indigenous girls even attend school — and often drop out to take care of siblings or get married. These are the schools of rural Guatemala. Now meet a firebrand educator who thinks he has a way to reinvent schools in Guatemala. His school is called Los Patojos, a Spanish word used in Guatemala that means "little ones." The main school building — with its sunny courtyard and colorful murals — is located in the town of Jocotenango, about an hour from the capital of Guatemala City. On the day I visit, the littlest students are racing around in homemade cow costumes as part of a student performance taking place later that day. Los Patojos is in the mold of Montessori and Waldorf schools. It focuses on the whole child — the intellectual, the artistic, the physical and the practical. Teachers show the students how to bake bread,
          Former Guatemalan vice president convicted and sentenced in Magic Waters scandal      Cache   Translate Page      
Earlier today former Guatemalan Vice President Roxana Baldetti was convicted and sentenced to 15 years in prison on a variety of corruption charges, including fraud, illicit association and influence peddling, related to the Lake Amatitlán "Magic Water" scandal.

Baldetti's conviction and sentence is a significant victory for the country's criminal justice system. With CICIG's assistance, Guatemalan prosecutors successfully brought one of the country’s highest ranking political officials to justice for defrauding the state of millions of dollars. Its prosecutors succeeded in front of Guatemalan judges in spite of repeated attempts by Baldetti’s lawyers and her allies to obstruct and delegitimize their efforts.

The successful resolution of the “Magic Water” case demonstrates how important collaboration between Guatemalan prosecutors and the international commission has been to strengthening the rule of law in the country and how important it is for their work to continue.

You can read my comments in Former Guatemala VP Sentenced to Jail Time on Corruption Charges by Parker Asmann for InSight Crime.
          The border / Don Winslow.      Cache   Translate Page      
cover image"The explosive, highly anticipated conclusion to the epic Cartel trilogy from the New York Times bestselling author of The Force.What do you do when there are no borders?When the lines you thought existed simply vanish?How do you plant your feet to make a stand when you no longer know what side you're on? The war has come home. For over forty years,Art Keller has been on the front lines of America's longest conflict: The War On Drugs. His obsession to defeat the world's most powerful, wealthy, and lethal kingpin--the godfather of the Sinaloa Cartel, Adan Barrera--has left him bloody and scarred, cost him people he loves, even taken a piece of his soul. Now Keller is elevated to the highest ranks of the DEA, only to find that in destroying one monster he has created thirty more that are wreaking even more chaos and suffering in his beloved Mexico. But not just there. Barrera's final legacy is the heroin epidemic scourging America. Throwing himself into the gap to stem the deadly flow, Keller finds himself surrounded by enemies--men that want to kill him, politicians that want to destroy him, and worse, the unimaginable--an incoming administration that's in bed with the very drug traffickers that Keller is trying to bring down. Art Keller is at war with not only the cartels, but with his own government. And the long fight has taught him more than he ever imagined. Now, he learns the final lesson--there are no borders. In a story that moves from deserts south of the border to Wall Street, from the slums of Guatemala to the marbled corridors of Washington, D.C., Winslow follows a new generation ofnarcos, the cops that fight them, the street traffickers, the addicts, the politicians, money-launderers,real-estate moguls and mere children fleeing the violence for the chance of a life in a new country. A shattering tale of vengeance, violence, corruption and justice, this last novel in Don Winslow's magnificent, award-winning, internationally bestselling trilogy is packed with unforgettable, drawn-from-the-headlines scenes. Shocking in its brutality, raw in its humanity,Untitledis an unflinchingportrait of modern America, a story of--and for--our time"-- Provided by publisher.
          Exvicepresidenta de Guatemala, condenada por corrupción      Cache   Translate Page      
La exvicepresidenta de Guatemala, Roxana Baldetti, estará en prisión por 15 años, condenada por corrupción.La exvicepresidenta guatemalteca Roxana Baldetti fue condenada hoy a más de 15 años de prisión, por fraude para la adjudicación de un contrato millonario para descontaminar un lago cercano a la capital. El fallo es el primero de cuatro casos en su contra
          Condenada a 15 años de cárcel la exvicepresidenta de Guatemala Roxana Baldetti por corrupción      Cache   Translate Page      
La mano derecha del expresidente Otto Pérez Molina todavía se enfrenta a dos juicios más y a una solicitud de extradición de Estados Unidos por narcotráfico y lavado de dinero
          Guatemalan part of the Caribbean Sea for taxon Astropecten articulatus (Say, 1825)      Cache   Translate Page      
Distribution "Guatemalan part of the Caribbean Sea" for taxon Astropecten articulatus (Say, 1825) has been added by Andreas Kroh via the MS Access interface on 2018-10-09T09:08:33+00:00
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          Lagunero se luce en Centroamericano de Atletismo Máster      Cache   Translate Page      

Raúl López Flores, atleta torreonense, volvió a esta ciudad lleno de gloria tras conquistar la ciudad de San José, Costa Rica, lugar que del 5 al 7 de octubre pasados, albergó el XXI Campeonato Centroamericano de Atletismo Master, logrando resultados de excelencia.

En el mencionado certamen participan solamente atletas mayores a 30 años, procedentes de países como México, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Belice, Panamá, Nicaragüa, el local en esta ocasión fue Costa Rica, entre otros. López logró adjudicarse 4 medallas para firmar así una exitosa participación en el competitivo certamen internacional.

López obtuvo medalla de oro en la competencia de salto de longitud y en la carrera de relevos 4 por 400, mientras que quedó en el segundo lugar dentro de la carrera 4 por 100 y en la competición individual de los 400 metros, siendo uno de los atletas con mejores resultados, dejando de ésta manera en alto el nombre de la ciudad y del país.

Más información en El Siglo de Torreón


          Cuentos reunidos - Paul Bowles      Cache   Translate Page      

Título: Cuentos reunidos
Autor: Paul Bowles

Páginas: 512

Editorial: Alfaguara

Precio: 24 euros

Año de edición: 2010


Este volumen recopila 42 relatos escritos a lo largo de 42 años, entre 1944 y 1986, por este tangerino de adopción. Es un material que ha recibido los elogios más encomiásticos. Gore Vidal dijo que estaban entre los cuentos mejor escritos por un norteamericano, y Norman Mailer, entre los mejor escritos por cualquiera. no sé si alguna de las dos afirmaciones es cierta o aproximadamente cierta, lo que sí sé es que me han parecido formidables y muy inteligentes.

Son relatos que a veces cuentan historias terribles, llenas de barbarie, que a menudo tratan el tema del choque de culturas entre el occidental y el aborigen magrebí. dos están relacionados de una manera u otra con el viaje, su gran tema central. Unos están dedicados a la nostalgia de algunos lugares y rincones que tienen una atmósfera especial; otros describen el modo en el que las personas de culturas exóticas y supuestamente extrañas, ven al occidental, que para sorpresa del lector acaba siendo visto como algo ajeno y estrambótico, y otros más, describen el viaje interior de alguien que acaba migrando completamente de una cultura a otra, lo que hace que uno se pregunte quién es quién, qué cosa es eso de la identidad y en qué nos podemos apoyar como algo seguro. Viaje e identidad son los dos grandes temas de Bowles, tratados de mil maneras y desde mil puntos de vista.

A veces estos textos están teñidos de un cierto surrealismo, un sinsentido y absurdo que parece enraizado como algo básico e inevitable en el universo. Son relatos sutiles, aparentemente sencillos, pero llenos de matices y sugerencias. En ellos suele ser más importante lo que no se dice que lo que se dice explícitamente.

Un libro único de un autor originalísimo, que no se parece a ninguno otro, aparentemente desarraigado hasta parecer universal, sabio y viejo, dotado de una perspicacia poco común. Se puede ver la evolución del autor a lo largo de los años y hay tal cantidad de relatos aquí que resulta difícil elegir uno. Hay varios que me encantan, pero quizás me quedaría con «Mil días para Mokthar», una deliciosa miniatura que uno no sabe si acaba bien o mal.

Esta edición esta preparada, prologada y anotada por el guatemalteco Rodrigo Rey Rosa (1958), que también es responsable de parte de las traducciones.

Paul Bowles y su mujer Jane, en Tánger

Paul Bowles (Nueva York, 1910-1999) tiene una biorafía realmente curiosa. Compositor y escritor, era descendiente de alemanes e hijo de un dentista. Tuvo una adolescencia tormentosa, con un padre maniático que le hacía masticar cada bocado cuarenta veces y una madre absorbente con la que discutía ferozmente.

Se escapó de casa a los diecinueve años y ya no paró de viajar. Conoció en París a la generación perdida, a Ezra Pound, Gertrude Stein y Djuna Barnes. Estudió composición en Nueva York y vivió en Berlín, Marruecos, Guatemala, México, Costa Rica y Colombia, mientras publicaba poesía y componía música para más de 30 películas de Hollywood, conciertos, ballets y óperas.

Según él, era un viajero y no un turista, porque el turista viaja para recopilar fotos, recuerdos y sensaciones que mostrar a la vuelta y el verdadero viajero viaja sin un objetivo fijo, simplemente por el placer de viajar.

Finalmente, se instaló en Tánger, viajó por toda África y escribió libros de viajes, memorias, cuentos y novelas, que le convirtieron en un escritor de culto. Enseñó Tánger a prácticamente toda la generación beat, inició a muchos de sus miembros en el consumo de curiosas drogas marroquíes, como el majoun. Su nombre quedó para siempre ligado al de esa ciudad.

En las fotos aparece como un gentleman, elegante y discreto, pero también gris, tímido y con tendencia a pasar desapercibido. Una de esas caras que miramos durante y un segundo para olvidarla en seguida.

Paul Bowles

Publicado por Antonio F. Rodríguez.

          Nueve capturados por trata de personas e incumplimiento de deberes      Cache   Translate Page      
Por los delitos de explotación sexual e incumplimiento, seis guardias del Sistema Penitenciario y tres particulares fueron capturados, como resultado de varios allanamientos que realizó el Ministerio de Gobernación a través de la Policía Nacional Civil (PNC) en coordinación con el Ministerio Público, en Zacapa y Guatemala. El caso que se le da seguimiento es […]
          Church offers sanctuary to woman facing deportation      Cache   Translate Page      
Guatemalan woman takes refuge in Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church in Charlottesville, Virginia.
          Ex-vice-presidente guatemalteca condenada a 15 anos por corrupção      Cache   Translate Page      

CIDADE DA GUATEMALA - Um tribunal guatemalteco condenou nesta terça-feira a ex-vice-presidente Roxana Baldetti (2012-2015) a 15 anos e seis meses de prisão, depois de julgá-la culpada de participar de uma fraude para a concessão de um contrato milionário para descontaminar um lago perto da capital.

A sentença foi dada depois de quatro meses de julgamento do caso revelado em fevereiro de 2016.

guatemala_9_10_18Entre outros envolvidos condenados se encontra Mario Baldetti, irmão da vice-presidente, sentenciado a 13 anos por facilitar, sem ser funcionário público, a licitação irregular do projeto da firma M. Tarcic Engineering Limited, do empresário argentino-israelense, Hugo Roitman, também condenado a 11 anos de prisão.

Esta é a primeira sentença de quatro casos de corrupção pelos quais responde Baldetti, que renunciou em maio de 2015 depois de ser acusada de orquestrar uma fraude nas alfândegas nacionais.

Baldetti era vice-presidente do então chefe de Estado Otto Pérez, que renunciou em 2015 e se encontra preso à espera de julgamento também por envolvimento em casos de fraude. No mesmo ano, o presidente Fernando Otto Pérez Molina foi deposto e preso.

A Guatemala atualmente vive uma crise entre os Poderes Executivo e Judiciário. Em agosto, o presidente Jimmy Morales vetou a renovação do mandado do chefe da Comissão Internacional contra a Impunidade na Guatemala (Cigig) , o juiz colombiano Ivan Velásquez, para o período entre 2019 e 2021, e em seguida barrou a sua entrada no país.

A decisão desencadeou uma disputa entre os Poderes do país.


          Tribunal dice que proyecto en Lago de Amatitlán fue un acto de corrupción e impunidad - Prensa Libre      Cache   Translate Page      

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Tribunal dice que proyecto en Lago de Amatitlán fue un acto de corrupción e impunidad
Prensa Libre
La exdiputada y exvicepresidenta de la República recibió la condena más alta, 15 años y seis meses. En el caso hubo tres absoluciones, pero el Ministerio Público deberá continuar las investigaciones contra esas tres personas. Lea además ...
Ex vicepresidenta de Guatemala condenada a 15 años de cárcel por corrupciónEl Nacional.com
Histórico: Condenan a exvicepresidenta Roxana Baldetti por corrupciónLa Hora
La exvicepresidenta guatemalteca Roxana Baldetti es condenada a 15 años de cárcel por corrupciónUnivision
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          Guatemala firma con Brasil acuerdo para convertir a su ganadería en potencia      Cache   Translate Page      
Guatemala, 9 oct (EFE).- El Gobierno de Guatemala firmó hoy con Brasil un acuerdo para convertir a su industria ganadera en una de las más grandes del mundo a través de la innovación y la mejora de la producción bovina y de leche.
          El grito de vida de Maha Mamo que salió de las sombras 30 años después      Cache   Translate Page      
Guatemala, 9 oct (EFE).- Hace tres días, la activista que da voz a los apátridas, Maha Mamo, salió de las sombras y pudo gritar "yo existo" después de una larga demora de 30 años de edad. Lo hizo en Ginebra, con las lágrimas de la resistencia que durante toda su vida la mantuvo a flote en la búsqueda de su lugar en el mundo.
          #ecuador - diosfuenteyvida      Cache   Translate Page      
#Diosfuentedevida#Colombia#Mexico#Ecuador#Guatemala#Argentina#Costarica#Salvador#Bolivia#Uruguay#Peru#Chile#Honduras#Panamá#Puertorico#Paraguay#Estadosunidos#Brasil#España#Sigueme Si acaso dejan de adorarlo , oirán una voz que les dirá: No hagan eso, porque eso no me agrada. Adórenme sólo a mí. Isaías 30:21
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          Seeds Of Maya Genius Grow In A New Kind Of School      Cache   Translate Page      

It's in Guatemala, where the educational achievement of poor students is severely lacking. Students might dress up in cow costumes, bake bread — or frame a building.


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Imagine a small, developing nation whose education system is severely lacking: schools are poorly funded, students can't afford tuition or books, fewer than half of indigenous girls even attend school — and often drop out to take care of siblings or get married. These are the schools of rural Guatemala. Now meet a firebrand educator who thinks he has a way to reinvent schools in Guatemala. His school is called Los Patojos, a Spanish word used in Guatemala that means "little ones." The main school building — with its sunny courtyard and colorful murals — is located in the town of Jocotenango, about an hour from the capital of Guatemala City. On the day I visit, the littlest students are racing around in homemade cow costumes as part of a student performance taking place later that day. Los Patojos is in the mold of Montessori and Waldorf schools. It focuses on the whole child — the intellectual, the artistic, the physical and the practical. Teachers show the students how to bake bread,
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In the face of incursions into the Columbia Forest Reserve and the village of San Benito Poite by poachers from neighboring Guatemala, concerns have been raised about the ongoing encroachment [...]
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Las dos instituciones artísticas del Ministerio de Cultura y Deportes dedicadas a la danza, el Ballet Nacional de Guatemala y el Ballet Moderno y Folklórico se unirán el jueves 11 de octubre, a las 19:00 horas en un espectáculo en beneficio de la Asociación para la Educación “Padre José Halpin”, que se presentará en el […]
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SANTO DOMINGO. El dominicano Nick Hardt avanzó a la segunda ronda en la modalidad dobles mixtos en tenis, y Deuri Corniel arrancó bien en vela en la jornada de este martes de los III Juegos Olímpicos de la Juventud que se celebran en Buenos Aires, Argentina.

En judo, Omaria Ramírez se quedó corta en sus aspiraciones de subir al pódium al llegar hasta el repechaje, mientras que Nairobi Jiménez, en bádminton, perdió su segundo partido.

El quisqueyano Nick Hardt y Marìa Rivera Corado, de Guatemala, se colocaron en la segunda ronda (cuartos de final) del torneo de tenis al vencer 2 sets por 1 en tie brake al dueto internacional conformado por Valentina Ivanov, de Nueva Zelanda, y Rinky Hijikata, de Australia. Los parciales finalizaron 3-6, 6-4 (10-7).

El lunes, Hardt logró la victoria en dobles masculinos junto al arubeño Patrick Sydow, al derrotar en dos sets (2-0) a la pareja compuesta por Ali Dawani, del Reino de Bahréin, y por Dostanbek Tashbulatov, de Kazajistán, este lunes

Este miércoles, Hardt y Sydow buscaràn colocarse en la ronda semifinal del torneo de tenis que se disputa en el BA Lawn Tennis

Vela

Deuri Corniel ocupó el primer lugar de las tres carreras que se disputaron este martes en la modalidad Kiteboard IKA Twin Tip Racing hombres. La cuarta carrera fue interrumpida.

En total, la prueba consiste de 12 carreras y un final.

En damas, Paula Herrmann, en la misma modalidad Kiteboard IKA Twin Tip Racing, ocupó el sexto puesto en la primera, quedó cuarta en la segunda y novena en la tercera.

Tanto Deuri como Paula continuarán en acción este miércoles en el NSI Field Of Play B, de Buenos Aires.

Judo

A pesar del esfuerzo, Omaria Ramírez no pudo cristalizar su sueño de lograr una medalla en la categoría menos 78 kilos del torneo de judo de los Juegos Olímpicos de la Juventud.

Ramírez ganó su primera pelea 10-0 a Maral Mardani, de la República Islámica de Irán, pero luego perdió por 0-1 ante Eduarda Rosa, de Brasil.

En el combate de repechaje para avanzar a discutir el bronce, Omaria fue derrotada 0-10 por Alaa Mousaad Mohamed, de Egipto.

Natación

Mariel Mencìa Martínez se quedó corta en la prueba de clasificación de los 50 metros mariposa en las competencias de natación, al ocupar el quinto puesto del heat con 28.80 segundos, 1.25 segundos del primer lugar.

Bádminton

Nairobi Jiménez sufrió su segunda derrota en sencillos femeninos en el torneo de bádminton de los Juegos de la Juventud. Este martes, Jiménez cayó en dos sets corridos (9-21, 5-21) ante Phittayaporn Chiwan, de Thailandia. Ahora, Nairobi competirá en los dobles internacionales.

Fútbol sala

El equipo femenino de fútbol sala (Fùtsal) perdió por la vía de la goleada 14-0 de su similar de Portugal en el torneo de esta disciplina de los Juegos Olímpicos de la Juventud.

Portugal ganó el primer período 5-0 y el segundo 9-0, sin darle tregua a las quisqueyanas, que solo han anotado un gol en los dos encuentros que han disputado, ambos con derrotas.


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Guatemala, 9 oct (EFE).- El Congreso de Guatemala aprobó hoy una ley que facilita la reproducción de libros de texto al sistema braille, brindando formatos accesibles para aquellas personas con algún tipo de diversidad funcional en la vista.
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BUENOS AIRES (Sputnik) — Argentina y Guatemala recordaron los 100 años del comienzo de sus relaciones diplomáticas en una reunión del vicecanciller argentino Daniel Raimondi y el embajador guatemlateco Rony Abiú Chali-López.
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Cada vez mais próximo o lançamento do novo álbum, o NERVOCHAOS anuncia seu título: ‘Ablaze’, oitavo álbum de estúdio, mais uma vez gravado na Itália, no Alpha Omega Studios, ao lado do produtor Alex Azzali.

O novo álbum é esperado ainda para 2018 e mais uma vez será lançado em parceria com as gravadoras Cogumelo Records e Voice Music no Brasil. Em breve mais detalhes sobre ‘Ablaze’ serão divulgados.

O NERVOCHAOS também está de volta aos palcos seguindo a Nyctophilia Tour 2018, agora pela América Latina, e no momento divide os palcos de nossos vizinhos em shows com o Enthroned e Purgatory. A tour passa por países como Paraguai, Uruguai, Chile, Argentina, Bolívia, Equador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Panamá, Peru e Colômbia. Depois o Tanque de Guerra volta para mais shows no Brasil.

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EL PRESIDENTE ELECTO tendrá una nueva oportunidad de debutar en la escena internacional, pues está invitado, el 16 de noviembre, a la Cumbre Iberoamericana que se llevará a cabo en Guatemala. LA INVITACIÓN para Andrés Manuel López Obrador fue girada por la secretaria...
          Seeds Of Maya Genius Grow In A New Kind Of School       Cache   Translate Page      

Imagine a small, developing nation whose education system is severely lacking: schools are poorly funded, students can't afford tuition or books, fewer than half of indigenous girls even attend school — and often drop out to take care of siblings or get married.

These are the schools of rural Guatemala.

Now meet a firebrand educator who thinks he has a way to reinvent schools in Guatemala.

His school is called Los Patojos, a Spanish word used in Guatemala that means "little ones."

The main school building — with its sunny courtyard and colorful murals — is located in the town of Jocotenango, about an hour from the capital of Guatemala City. On the day I visit, the littlest students are racing around in homemade cow costumes as part of a student performance taking place later that day.

Los Patojos is in the mold of Montessori and Waldorf schools. It focuses on the whole child — the intellectual, the artistic, the physical and the practical. Teachers show the students how to bake bread, to take photographs, to frame a building — and they also instill pride of place.

"Guatemala wants to become Mexico. Mexico wants to become the United States. The United States wants to become Europe. I don't want to become anything. I want to become Guatemala," says Juan Pablo Romero Fuentes.
He is the 34-year-old founder of Los Patojos and its unlikely headmaster. His arms are heavily tattooed, he careens around the cobblestone streets in a beat-up 4Runner, he dresses like a rock guitarist (which he used to be) and he f-bombs his way through interviews.

"I want to show my kids that we come from Mayas," Romero continues. "They built a f*****g civilization out of their own ideas. I believe these kids will have that feeling again of, 'Hey, I'm able to do something by myself.' "

Romero considers himself more of a rebel or social activist than an educator. He started out as a teacher at a Catholic school in Guatemala, but became frustrated with the confining parochial traditions.

"I saw all these beautiful minds oppressed. I just didn't feel able to be myself," he says.

He started inviting kids from the streets of Jocotenango to his parents' middle-class house. That grew into a community center that offered classes and a performance space. More and more kids showed up. He attracted the attention of international donors like Just World International and the Give Kids a Chance Foundation, who helped him build a real school. In 2014, he was the only Latin American to be selected for a "hero award" by CNN, which brought more international exposure.

In Guatemala, where childhood is threatened by poverty, gang violence, drug addiction and generalized low self-esteem, Los Patojos is seen as a ray of light.

"We have four fundamentals here," says Rafael Fuentes, the education coordinator, and a cousin of Romero's, "food, health, education and art. For us, art is just as important as math."

The day I visit, the school is celebrating its twelfth anniversary. Each class performs a different dance routine. The student audience applauds wildly for the dancers. The 350 children — ages 4 to 17 — seem unusually energetic, even euphoric.

That may partly be due to the school's bedrock principle: A child must be healthy and nourished in order to learn. Patojos has its own clinic where a doctor monitors students' weight and health. A kitchen staffed by students serves breakfast, lunch and dinner every day.

Moreover, the school does not shelter its students from the often negative news that comes out of Guatemala. Teachers encourage them to stay informed and discuss headlines.

"Here, we learn what is happening in Guatemala and around the world," says 12-year-old Luis Julian Montufar. "In public schools, they brainwash you and tell you all the good things the president is doing."

He then launches into a critique of President Jimmy Morales' recent controversial cancellation of a UN-backed anti-corruption commission that was investigating the president's own family.

At this point, you're saying: Great! But who pays?

Los Patojos relies heavily on international and domestic donors. Romero is the first to admit he spends a lot of his time fund-raising.

"I need money and that's the big challenge," he says. "My job is to always keep finding investment, donations and partnerships." Up to now, he says, schooling has been free. They're about to initiate a modest tuition for the upper grades.

Romero has ambitious plans. He is building an additional campus a few miles away in the shadow of the smoke-belching Fuego volcano.

That campus is being built by a team of seven teenagers — all of whom he says were wild boys from the streets. They're now learning about construction and horticulture. The vegetables they're growing in the rich volcanic soil will be sold in town and served in a student-run café with the proceeds plowed back into the school. Ideas for six additional campuses across Guatemala are swimming around his head.

"We're not just educating kids," Romero says, "we're also giving them all the resources to make their businesses. I'm not afraid of being called a f*****g capitalist. I need to pay the bills."

Four years ago, the Guatemalan Education Ministry recognized Los Patojos and began accepting its diplomas. The school is only a dozen years old so there haven't been many graduates. Romero says ten kids have left Los Patojos and moved into the workplace.

In Guatemala, the Maya built pyramids, invented a writing system, and developed a calendar. Juan Pablo Romero believes the seeds of genius are still here. They just need watering.

Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

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As industry organizations butt heads and differ on strategies and policies, beef producers should focus less on division and internal fighting and more on this great news: beef exports continue to climb at a tremendous rate!

Division in agriculture has always been a challenge, but particularly so for the beef industry. Often I feel like our industry politics are worse than the Republicans vs. the Democrats.

There are several membership organizations to become active in, and as such, these organizations have different strategies, philosophies and political views to accomplish their member-driven policies.

I’ve been asked repeatedly by readers to comment on how I feel about the strange bedfellows of a few of these organizations. It’s not that I’m dodging the discussion, but I believe it’s a polarizing issue that only leads to greater division in our industry.

READ: Does beef demand impact you?

My best advice to these folks who are critical of one organization or another is this — stay active; ask questions; keep leadership accountable; and make sure you the producer are driving the direction of an organization and its policies.

We have many adversaries coming at us at once — fake meat companies, Humane Society of the United States, litigation against the beef checkoff and a push for “more sustainable” beef from environmentalist groups. It is pointless to fight amongst each other when we have so much work to do externally to compete for marketshare in the meat case and keep cattlemen in business and profitable for generations to come.

As a result, more unity is needed in this industry. While our strategies may vary, I believe every cattleman and woman can agree we all want the same thing — high beef demand, stable prices and fair markets with ample opportunities to merchandise our cattle how we see fit.

Anything other than that is a distraction, and that’s all I plan to say on this topic.

And while we may have great division and a growing number of adversaries hoping to take our industry down with the death of a thousand cuts, there is a silver lining in the beef cattle industry for 2018 — it’s export growth!

READ: U.S. finds home for beef in Japan, Korea

Joe Schuele for the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) says, “U.S. beef exports set new records in August with export value topping $750 million for the first time, according to data released by USDA and compiled by the USMEF.

"August beef exports totaled 119,850 metric tons (mt), up 7% from a year ago, valued at $751.7 million – up 11% year-over-year and easily exceeding the previous record of $722.1 million reached in May 2018. For January through August, beef exports totaled 899,300 mt, up 9% from a year ago, while value climbed 18% to $5.51 billion.”

What’s more, for the third consecutive month, USMEF reports that beef muscle cut exports set a new volume record in August at 95,181 mt, up 9% from a year ago for a value of $679.6 million (up 13%). Schuele adds, “Through August, muscle cut exports were 14% ahead of last year’s pace in volume (692,234 mt) and 21% higher in value ($4.93 billion).”

The August exports account for 13.2% of total beef production, up from 12.5% a year ago, and if you’re noticing a theme — “up” is the direction exports have headed in all categories.

According to the report, “For beef muscle cuts only, the percentage exported was 11.2%, up from 10.4% last year. For January through August, exports accounted for 13.5% of total beef production and 11.1% for muscle cuts – up from 12.8% and 10.1%, respectively, last year. Beef export value averaged $320.92 per head of fed slaughter in August, up 11% from a year ago. The January-August average was $318.66 per head, up 16%.”

READ: How to capture export value

This tremendous export growth is a reflection of how well-received U.S. beef products are around the world. We’ve got the taste, quality, safety and the reputation, and the numbers prove it.

For example, in South Korea, exports are up 42% from a year ago to set a new value record at $176.4 million (up 60% in value). In Japan, beef exports have climbed 8% from a year ago. In Mexico, exports were up 1% from a year ago in volume and were 8% higher in value.

Additionally, USMEF reports, “While beef shipments to China/Hong Kong slowed in the summer months, January-August exports remained 6% higher than a year ago in volume and 30% higher in value ($638.8 million). Exports to China, which reopened to U.S. beef in June of last year, were 4,580 mt valued at $39.8 million.

“Beef exports to Taiwan soared 36% above last year’s pace in volume (38,923 mt) and 40% higher in value ($359.9 million). Strong growth in the Philippines pushed beef exports to the ASEAN region 11% ahead of last year’s pace in volume (29,261 mt) and 23% higher in value ($160.7 million).”

We are also seeing export growth in places like Costa Rica, Guatemala, Panama and El Salvador, with export volume to Central America increasing 26% from a year ago to 9,519 mt, while value climbed 22% to $51.6 million.

To read the entire USMEF report, click here.

So to all the folks who spend their time and energy griping about membership organizations they don’t belong to, I would like to remind them it’s not all doom and gloom out there. The beef industry is on an amazing trajectory domestically and abroad to remain the premier protein at the center of the dinner plate.

Instead of division and internal fighting, how about we focus on the big picture and continue to promote our beef effectively and with great enthusiasm to our customers here and abroad?

The opinions of Amanda Radke are not necessarily those of beefmagazine.com or Farm Progress.


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A sudden influx of Guatemalan families into Arizona has overwhelmed detention facilities there and forced the government to release hundreds of parents and children over the past several days, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Tuesday...Large groups of 100 or more have been turning themselves in to agents and requesting humanitarian refuge. “We are seeing record numbers of family units coming across,” said one Department of Homeland Security official, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss the trend. The department has not published border arrest totals for September, but the number of parents who arrived with children is expected...
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* Pray for the Saints: We remind our listeners of the plight of Pastor Andrew Brunson imprisoned in Turkey for his faith, and of the impending death sentence hanging over Christian Asia Bibi in Pakistan. Pray that their captors repent and that the fury and anger of God be spared from raining down upon their heads as just and eternal punishment for their evil.


* In the Navy: Hear Bob’s guest host Doug McBurney report on this year’s "Association of Trans Bodybuilders" competition, which a Navy “man” has won!


The IPCC Still exists? Despite having been exposed as a complete fraud in 2009, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is still around, and spewing ever more preposterous prognostications, proving that indeed the world, (or at least the U.N.) has truly gone mad!


* Temple of a Dog: A Methodist Church in New York City has defiled itself to a degree that would have the Church’s godly founder John Wesley spinning in his grave! Why modern Methodists would honor homosexual child molester Oscar Wilde with “The Temple of Oscar Wilde” is completely understandable. And the display is just too disgusting to describe in writing here. You’ll have to listen, (and try not to get physically ill...)


* ANTIFA Takes Given Portland: Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler has handed the city over to anarchists and deviants. Older white men beware.


* Lip-Service to Personhood: RE-publican legislators and pro-abort maniacs continued the annual ritual Kabuki dance upon the heads of innocent murdered children as both sides postured and fund-raised, while the blood of the innocent spilled upon their heads for all eternity.


* An Ambush They Didn’t Deserve: While the recent South Carolina shootout in which one police officer was killed and six wounded appears to have garnered just a collective yawn from a population inured to bloodshed, your host expresses his shock at the massacre and the way the killer was alerted that the police were coming!


* “Experiencing” Typhus: That’s right, typhus! And not in Guatemala, but in downtown Los Angeles where derelicts are allowed to “experience” whatever they want, including “homelessness”, and the vectoring of communicable diseases.


* Google+ Shutting Down: If you had thought Google+ had already shut down years ago, you were incorrect. But now a data breach has caused someone to notice that the app was still running somewhere, and it’s being mercifully turned off.


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          Market chaos among a kaleidoscope of colors Guatemala Part 2 May 2015      Cache   Translate Page      
We left Panajachel in some pretty overcast conditions. Higher and higher we went as we started to make our way to CHICHICASTENANGO yeah that is a mouthful. The views as we were driving were still stupendous as the lake stretched out below us with volca
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Guatemala.- El Grupo de Lima exigió este martes al Gobierno nacional una investigación parcial e independiente sobre la muerte del concejal opositor Fernando Albán, quien se encontraba bajo custodia de las autoridades venezolanas. "El Grupo de Lima ...

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MIAMI (AP). El huracán Michael ganó fuerza en su avance sobre cálidas aguas tropicales y se teme que pueda convertirse rápidamente en un peligroso huracán de categoría 3 antes de tocar tierra en la costa noreste del Golfo de Florida, donde los residentes están cubriendo sus casas con tablones y buscando rutas de evacuación lejos de la peligrosa tormenta que avanza hacia ellos.

Un avión cazador de huracanes que rebotó en el ojo de Michael sobre el extremo oeste de Cuba el lunes en la noche, descubrió que sus vientos iban en aumento incluso cuando los meteorólogos advirtieron que la tormenta podría alcanzar el martes en la noche la categoría 3 con vientos de hasta 179 kilómetros por hora (111 millas por hora). Se espera que el meteoro toque tierra el miércoles en la costa noroeste del golfo, donde las autoridades advirtieron de que su llegada podría ser devastadora.

En la madrugada del martes, los vientos máximos sostenidos de Michael aumentaron a unos 144 km/h (90 mph) y avanzaba hacia el norte a 19 km/h (12 mph). El vórtice de la tormenta estaba a unos 627 kilómetros (390 millas) al sur de la ciudad de Apalachicola, en Florida, y a 675 kilómetros (420 millas) al sur de la Ciudad de Panamá, Florida. Los vientos con fuerza huracanada se extendían en un radio de hasta 56 kilómetros (35 millas) desde el ojo y los vientos con fuerza de tormenta tropical alcanzaban los 280 kilómetros (175 millas). Michael dejó intensas lluvias y vientos en el oeste de Cuba el lunes.

Los meteorólogos advirtieron que Michael podría dejar hasta 30 centímetros de lluvia (un pie) en el oeste de la isla, y podría provocar inundaciones repentinas y deslaves en zonas de montaña.

Las agencias mitigación de desastres de El Salvador, Honduras y Nicaragua reportaron 13 decesos por la caída de tejados y por las corrientes de ríos crecidos que arrastraron a algunos.

Seis personas fallecieron en Honduras, cuatro en Nicaragua y tres en El Salvador. Las autoridades buscan a un niño arrastrado por un río en Guatemala. La mayoría de las precipitaciones se atribuyeron a un sistema de bajas presiones en la costa del Pacífico de El Salvador. La presencia del huracán Michael en el Caribe podría haber contribuido.


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Japan passport holders will find it easier than ever to travel the world, as their travel documents have just moved up in the global Henley Passport Index to take the top spot.

The Henley Passport Index is a ranking of all of the passports in the world based on the number of countries their holders can travel to visa-free.

Until now Japan had been sharing joint first place with Singapore, which gained visa-free access to Uzbekistan earlier this year bringing its total to 189 countries.

However, earlier this month Japan gained visa-free access to Myanmar bringing its total to 190 - once again taking it to the top spot.


It's still a milestone for both Japan and Singapore, as 2018 is the first year in the index's 13-year history that either of them has had the most powerful passport in the world.
Both are way ahead of the UK and US which share fifth place with Portugal, the Netherlands, Austria and Luxembourg - but it's worth noting that the top four spots are shared by 10 countries.

Experts had previously revealed that the UK ranking is unlikely to increase until there is certainty regarding Brexit.
Full Henley Passport Index 2018

    Japan (190 countries)
    Singapore (189 countries)
    Germany, France, South Korea (188 countries)
    Denmark, Finland, Italy, Sweden, Spain (187 countries)
    Norway, UK, Austria, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, USA (186 countries)
    Belgium, Switzerland, Ireland, Canada (185 countries)
    Australia, Greece, Malta (183 countries)
    New Zealand, Czech Republic (182 countries)
    Iceland (181 countries)
    Hungary, Slovenia, Malyasia (180 countries)
    Slovakia, Latvia, Lithuania (179 countries)
    Liechtenstein, Estonia (178 countries)
    Poland (175 countries)
    Monaco, Chile (174 countries)
    Cyprus (173 countries)
    Brazil (171 countries)
    Argentina, Hong Kong (170 countries)
    Croatia, Bulgaria, Romania (169 countries)
    Andorra, San Marino (168 countries)
    Brunei (165 countries)
    Israel, Barbados, UAE (161 countries)
    Mexico (158 countries)
    Bahamas (155 countries)
    Uruguay (154 countries)
    Seychelles (152 countries)
    St Kitts & Nevis (151 countries)
    Antigua (150 countries)
    Costa Rica (149 countries)
    Vatican City, Taiwan (148 countries)
    Trinidad and Tobago (147 countries)
    Mauritius, St Lucia (146 countries)
    St Vincent and the Grenadines (145 countries)
    Macao, Grenada (144 countries)
    Paraguay (143 countries)
    Panama (141 countries)
    Venezulea, Honduras (138 countries)
    Dominica, Guatemala, El Savador (137 countries)
    Peru (135 countries)
    Serbia, Solomon Islands (130 countries)
    Samoa, Vanuatu (129 countries)
    Nicaragua, Ukraine (128 countries)
    Colombia, Tuvalu (127 countries)
    Macedonia (125 countries)
    Marshall Islands, Tonga (124 countries)
    Kiribati, Montenegro (123 countries)
    Micronesia, Moldova (122 countries)
    Russia, Palau Islands (119 countries)
    Bosnia and Herzegovina (118 countries)
    Albania (114 countries)
    Georgia (112 countries)
    Turkey (111 countries)
    South Africa (102 countries)
    Belize (101 countries)
    Timor-Leste (98 countries)
    Ecuador, Kuwait (93 countries)
    Fiji (90 countries)
    Guyana (88 countries)
    Maldives (87 countries)
    Nauru (86 countries)
    Qatar (85 countries)
    Jamaica (84 countries)
    Papua New Guinea (83 countries)
    Botswana (82 countries)
    Bahrain (81 countries)
    Suriname (80 countries)
    Bolivia (79 countries)
    Oman (78 countries)
    Belarus, Thailand (77 countries)
    Namibia, Kazakhstan (76 countries)
    Saudi Arabia (75 countries)
    Lesotho, China (74 countries)
    Indonesia (73 countries)
    Swaziland, Kenya, Malawi (71 countries)
    Gambia, Tanzania, Zambia (68 countries)
    Tunisia, Azerbaijan, Philippines, Dominican Republic (66 countries)
    Cape Verde, Cuba (65 countries)
    Uganda, Zimbabwe (64 countries)
    Ghana, Kyrgyzstan (63 countries)
    Sierra Leone (62 countries)
    Armenia, Benin, Morocco, Mongolia (61 countries)
    India (60 countries)
    Uzbekistan (59 countries)
    Sao Tome, Mauritania, Mozambique, Tajikistan (58 countries)
    Burkina Faso (57 countries)
    Senegal, Cote d'Ivoire, Guinea (56 countries)
    Mali, Gabon, Bhutan (55 countries)
    Togo, Niger, Cambodia, Rwanda (54 countries)
    Chad, Madagascar, Guinea-Bissau, Turkmenistan (53 countries)
    Comores Islands, Equatorial Guinea, Haiti, Laos (52 countries)
    Vietnam (51 countries)
    Algeria, Jordan (50 countries)
    Central African Republic, Angola, Egypt (49 countries)
    Cameroon, Myanmar (48 countries)
    Liberia, Nigeria, Congo (Republic) (47 countries)
    Burundi (46 countries)
    Djibouti (45 countries)
    Kosovo (44 countries)
    Congo (Democratic Republic), Iran (43 countries)
    Sri Lanka, Ethiopia, North Korea (42 countries)
    South Sudan, Bangladesh, Lebanon, Libya (41 countries)
    Nepal (40 countries)
    Sudan, Eritrea, Palestinian Territory (39 countries)
    Yemen (37 countries)
    Pakistan (33 countries)
    Somalia, Syria (32 countries)
    Iraq, Afghanistan (30 countries)



          Sin familiares o amigos para apoyarla, Baldetti escucha la primera sentencia en su contra - elPeriódico (Guatemala)      Cache   Translate Page      

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La ex Vicepresidenta fue declarada culpable y condenada a 15 años y medio de prisión, por liderar la estructura que defraudó al Estado por Q22.8 millones. Fecha de publicación: 09-10-18. Facebook Twitter Google+ WhatsApp Telegram. Por: RONY RÍOS ...
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A sudden influx of Guatemalan families into Arizona has overwhelmed detention facilities there and forced the government to release hundreds of parents and children over the past several days, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Tuesday...Large groups of 100 or more have been turning themselves in to agents and requesting humanitarian refuge. “We are seeing record numbers of family units coming across,” said one Department of Homeland Security official, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss the trend. The department has not published border arrest totals for September, but the number of parents who arrived with children is expected...
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The Encyclia ambigua complex (Laeliinae, Orchidaceae), a synopsis and notes on Encyclia virens and Epidendrum alatum

   
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A synopsis of the Encyclia ambigua complex, a member of the E. ceratistes clade, is presented. It is composed of three species, namely E. ambigua, E. trachychila, and E. dressleri. These taxa are restricted to the southern part of Megamexico in Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua and occur mostly in oak-pine or broadleaf evergreen forests, or more rarely, in tropical dry forests at elevations of (600–)1,250–1,700(–2,000) m. The recently described Encyclia alborubra is treated as a synonym of E. ambigua. Iconography pertinent to the understanding of the species, relevant discussion, and a key to the taxa involved are provided. In addition, we provide notes on Encyclia virens, attempting to decipher this nomenclatural puzzle, and on Epidendrum alatum Batem., to present a protologue that predates the one that is usually cited.


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LATE ON A THURSDAY evening in February 2017, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s plane landed at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland for his first visit with President Donald Trump. A few hours earlier, the casino magnate Sheldon Adelson’s Boeing 737, which is so large it can seat 149 people, touched down at Reagan National Airport after a flight from Las Vegas.

Adelson dined that night at the White House with Trump, Jared Kushner and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Adelson and his wife, Miriam, were among Trump’s biggest benefactors, writing checks for $20 million in the campaign and pitching in an additional $5 million for the inaugural festivities.

Adelson was in town to see the Japanese prime minister about a much greater sum of money. Japan, after years of acrimonious public debate, has legalized casinos. For more than a decade, Adelson and his company, Las Vegas Sands, have sought to build a multibillion-dollar casino resort there. He has called expanding to the country, one of the world’s last major untapped markets, the “holy grail.” Nearly every major casino company in the world is competing to secure one of a limited number of licenses to enter a market worth up to $25 billion per year. “This opportunity won’t come along again, potentially ever,” said Kahlil Philander, an academic who studies the industry.

The morning after his White House dinner, Adelson attended a breakfast in Washington with Abe and a small group of American CEOs, including two others from the casino industry. Adelson and the other executives raised the casino issue with Abe, according to an attendee.

Adelson had a potent ally in his quest: the new president of the United States. Following the business breakfast, Abe had a meeting with Trump before boarding Air Force One for a weekend at Mar-a-Lago. The two heads of state dined with Patriots owner Bob Kraft and golfed at Trump National Jupiter Golf Club with the South African golfer Ernie Els. During a meeting at Mar-a-Lago that weekend, Trump raised Adelson’s casino bid to Abe, according to two people briefed on the meeting. The Japanese side was surprised.

“It was totally brought up out of the blue,” according to one of the people briefed on the exchange. “They were a little incredulous that he would be so brazen.” After Trump told Abe he should strongly consider Las Vegas Sands for a license, “Abe didn’t really respond, and said thank you for the information,” this person said.

Trump also mentioned at least one other casino operator. Accounts differ on whether it was MGM or Wynn Resorts, then run by Trump donor and then-Republican National Committee finance chairman Steve Wynn. The Japanese newspaper Nikkei reported the president also mentioned MGM and Abe instructed an aide who was present to jot down the names of both companies. Questioned about the meeting, Abe said in remarks before the Japanese legislature in July that Trump had not passed on requests from casino companies but did not deny that the topic had come up.

The president raising a top donor’s personal business interests directly with a foreign head of state would violate longstanding norms. “That should be nowhere near the agenda of senior officials,” said Brian Harding, a Japan expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. “U.S.-Japan relations is about the security of the Asia-Pacific, China and economic issues.”

Adelson has told his shareholders to expect good news. On a recent earnings call, Adelson cited unnamed insiders as saying Sands’ efforts to win a place in the Japanese market will pay off. “The estimates by people who know, say they know, whom we believe they know, say that we’re in the No. 1 pole position,” he said.

After decades as a major Republican donor, Adelson is known as an ideological figure, motivated by his desire to influence U.S. policy to help Israel. “I’m a one-issue person. That issue is Israel,” he said last year. On that issue — Israel — Trump has delivered. The administration has slashed funding for aid to Palestinian refugees and scrapped the Iran nuclear deal. Attending the recent opening of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem, Adelson seemed to almost weep with joy, according to an attendee.

But his reputation as an Israel advocate has obscured a through-line in his career: He has used his political access to push his financial self-interest. Not only has Trump touted Sands’ interests in Japan, but his administration also installed an executive from the casino industry in a top position in the U.S. embassy in Tokyo. Adelson’s influence reverberates through this administration. Cabinet-level officials jump when he calls. One who displeased him was replaced. He has helped a friend’s company get a research deal with the Environmental Protection Agency. And Adelson has already received a windfall from Trump’s new tax law, which particularly favored companies like Las Vegas Sands. The company estimated the benefit of the law at $1.2 billion.

Adelson’s influence is not absolute: His company’s casinos in Macau are vulnerable in Trump’s trade war with China, which controls the former Portuguese colony near Hong Kong. If the Chinese government chose to retaliate by targeting Macau, where Sands has several large properties, it could hurt Adelson’s bottom line. So far, there’s no evidence that has happened.

The White House declined to comment on Adelson. The Japanese Embassy in Washington declined to comment. Sands spokesman Ron Reese declined to answer detailed questions but said in a statement: “The gaming industry has long sought the opportunity to enter the Japan market. Gaming companies have spent significant resources there on that effort and Las Vegas Sands is no exception.”

Reese added: “If our company has any advantage it would be because of our significant Asian operating experience and our unique convention-based business model. Any suggestion we are favored for some other reason is not based on the reality of the process in Japan or the integrity of the officials involved in it.”

With a fortune estimated at $35 billion, Adelson is the 21st-richest person in the world, according to Forbes. In August, when he celebrated his 85th birthday in Las Vegas, the party stretched over four days. Adelson covered guests’ expenses. A 92-year-old Tony Bennett and the Israeli winner of Eurovision performed for the festivities. He is slowing down physically; stricken by neuropathy, he uses a motorized scooter to get around and often stands up with the help of a bodyguard. He fell and broke three ribs while on a ferry from Macau to Hong Kong last November.

Yet Adelson has spent the Trump era hustling to expand his gambling empire. With Trump occupying the White House, Adelson has found the greatest political ally he’s ever had.

“I would put Adelson at the very top of the list of both access and influence in the Trump administration,” said Craig Holman of the watchdog group Public Citizen. “I’ve never seen anything like it before, and I’ve been studying money in politics for 40 years.”

ADELSON GREW UP POOR in Boston, the son of a cabdriver with a sixth-grade education. According to his wife, Adelson was beaten up as a kid for being Jewish. A serial entrepreneur who has started or acquired more than 50 different businesses, he had already made and lost his first fortune by the late 1960s, when he was in his mid-30s.

It took him until the mid-1990s to become extraordinarily rich. In 1995, he sold the pioneering computer trade show Comdex to the Japanese conglomerate SoftBank for $800 million. He entered the gambling business in earnest when his Venetian casino resort opened in 1999 in Las Vegas. With its gondola rides on faux canals, it was inspired by his honeymoon to Venice with Miriam, who is 12 years younger than Adelson.

It’s been said that Trump is a poor person’s idea of a rich person. Adelson could be thought of as Trump’s idea of a rich person. A family friend recalls Sheldon and Miriam’s two sons, who are now in college, getting picked up from school in stretch Hummer limousines and his home being so large it was stocked with Segway transporters to get around. A Las Vegas TV station found a few years ago that, amid a drought, Adelson’s palatial home a short drive from the Vegas Strip had used nearly 8 million gallons of water in a year, enough for 55 average homes. Adelson will rattle off his precise wealth based on the fluctuation of Las Vegas Sands’ share price, said his friend the New York investor Michael Steinhardt. “He’s very sensitive to his net worth,” Steinhardt said.

Trump entered the casino business several years before Adelson. In the early 1990s, both eyed Eilat in southern Israel as a potential casino site. Neither built there. Adelson “didn’t have a whole lot of respect for Trump when Trump was operating casinos. He was dismissive of Trump,” recalled one former Las Vegas Sands official. In an interview in the late ’90s, Adelson lumped Trump with Wynn: “Both of these gentlemen have very big egos,” Adelson said. “Well, the world doesn’t really care about their egos.”

Today, in his rare public appearances, Adelson has a grandfatherly affect. He likes to refer to himself as “Self” (“I said to myself, ‘Self …’”). He makes Borscht Belt jokes about his short stature: “A friend of mine says, ‘You’re the tallest guy in the world.’ I said, ‘How do you figure that?’ He says, ‘When you stand on your wallet.’”

By the early 2000s, Adelson’s Las Vegas Sands had surpassed Trump’s casino operations. While Trump was getting bogged down in Atlantic City, Adelson’s properties thrived. When Macau opened up a local gambling monopoly, Adelson bested a crowded field that included Trump to win a license. Today, Macau accounts for more than half of Las Vegas Sands’ roughly $13 billion in annual revenue.

Trump’s casinos went bankrupt, and now he is out of the industry entirely. By the mid-2000s, Trump was playing the role of business tycoon on his reality show, “The Apprentice.” Meanwhile, Adelson aggressively expanded his empire in Macau and later in Singapore. His company’s Moshe Safdie-designed Marina Bay Sands property there, with its rooftop infinity pool, featured prominently in the recent hit movie “Crazy Rich Asians.”

While their business trajectories diverged, Adelson and Trump have long shared a willingness to sue critics, enemies and business associates. Multiple people said they were too afraid of lawsuits to speak on the record for this story. In 1989, after the Nevada Gaming Control Board conducted a background investigation of Adelson, it found he had already been personally involved in around 100 civil lawsuits, according to the book “License to Steal,” a history of the agency. That included matters as small as a $600 contractual dispute with a Boston hospital.

The lawsuits have continued even as Adelson became so rich the amounts of money at stake hardly mattered. In one case, Adelson was unhappy with the quality of construction on one of his beachfront Malibu, California, properties and pursued a legal dispute with the contractor for more than seven years, going through a lengthy series of appeals and cases in different courts. Adelson sued a Wall Street Journal reporter for libel over a single phrase — a description of him as “foul-mouthed” — and fought the case for four years before it was settled, with the story unchanged. In a particularly bitter case in Massachusetts Superior Court in the 1990s, his sons from his first marriage accused him of cheating them out of money. Adelson prevailed.

Adelson rarely speaks to the media any more, with occasional exceptions for friendly business journalists or on stage at conferences, usually interviewed by people to whom he has given a great deal of money. “He keeps a very tight inner circle,” said a casino industry executive who has known Adelson for decades. Adelson declined to comment for this story.

ADELSON ONCE TOLD a reporter of entering the casino business late in life, “I loved being an outsider.” For nearly a decade he played that role in presidential politics, bankrolling the opposition to the Obama administration. As with some of his early entrepreneurial forays, he dumped money for little return, his political picks going bust. In 2008, he backed Rudy Giuliani. As America’s Mayor faded, he came on board late with the John McCain campaign. In 2012, he almost single-handedly funded Newt Gingrich’s candidacy. Gingrich spent a few weeks atop the polls before his candidacy collapsed. Adelson became a late adopter of Mitt Romney.

In 2016, the Adelsons didn’t officially endorse a candidate for months. Trump used Adelson as a foil, an example of the well-heeled donors who wielded outsized influence in Washington. “Sheldon or whoever — you could say Koch. I could name them all. They’re all friends of mine, every one of them. I know all of them. They have pretty much total control over the candidate,” Trump said on Fox News in October 2015. “Nobody controls me but the American public.” In a pointed tweet that month, Trump said: “Sheldon Adelson is looking to give big dollars to [Marco] Rubio because he feels he can mold him into his perfect little puppet. I agree!”

Despite Trump’s barbs, Adelson had grown curious about the candidate and called his friend Steinhardt, who founded the Birthright program that sends young Jews on free trips to Israel. Adelson is now the program’s largest funder.

“I called Kushner and I said Sheldon would like to meet your father-in-law,” Steinhardt recalled. “Kushner was excited.” Trump got on a plane to Las Vegas. “Sheldon has strong views when it comes to the Jewish people; Trump recognized that, and a marriage was formed.”

Trump and his son-in-law Kushner courted Adelson privately, meeting several times in New York and Las Vegas. “Having Orthodox Jews like Jared and Ivanka next to him and so many common people in interest gave a level of comfort to Sheldon,” said Ronn Torossian, a New York public relations executive who knows both men. “Someone who lets their kid marry an Orthodox Jew and then become Orthodox is probably going to stand pretty damn close to Israel.”

Miriam Adelson, a physician born and raised in what became Israel, is said to be an equal partner in Sheldon Adelson’s political decisions. He has said the interests of the Jewish state are at the center of his worldview, and his views align with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-of-center approach to Iran and Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories.

Adelson suggested in 2014 that Israel doesn’t need to be a democracy. “I think God didn’t say anything about democracy,” Adelson said. “He didn’t talk about Israel remaining as a democratic state.” On a trip to the country several years ago, on the eve of his young son’s bar mitzvah, Adelson said, “Hopefully he’ll come back; his hobby is shooting. He’ll come back and be a sniper for the IDF,” referring to the Israel Defense Forces.

On domestic issues, Adelson is more Chamber of Commerce Republican than movement conservative or Trumpian populist. He is pro-choice and has called for work permits and a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, a position sharply at odds with Trump’s. While the Koch brothers, his fellow Republican megadonors, have evinced concern over trade policy and distaste for Trump, Adelson has proved flexible, putting aside any qualms about Trump’s business acumen or ideological misgivings. In May 2016, he declared in a Washington Post op-ed that he was endorsing Trump. He wrote that Trump represented “a CEO success story that exemplifies the American spirit of determination, commitment to cause and business stewardship.”

The Adelsons came through with $20 million in donations to the pro-Trump super PAC, part of at least $83 million in donations to Republicans. By the time of the October 2016 release of the Access Hollywood tape featuring Trump bragging about sexual assault, Adelson was among his staunchest supporters. “Sheldon Adelson had Donald Trump’s back,” said Steve Bannon in a speech last year, speaking of the time after the scandal broke. “He was there.”

In December 2016, Adelson donated $5 million to the Trump inaugural festivities. The Adelsons had better seats at Trump’s inauguration than many Cabinet secretaries. The whole family, including their two college-age sons, came to Washington for the celebration. One of his sons posted a picture on Instagram of the event with the hashtag #HuckFillary.

The investment paid off in access and in financial returns. Adelson has met with Trump or visited the White House at least six times since Trump’s election victory. The two speak regularly. Adelson has also had access to others in the White House. He met privately with Vice President Mike Pence before Pence gave a speech at Adelson’s Venetian resort in Las Vegas last year. “He just calls the president all the time. Donald Trump takes Sheldon Adelson’s calls,” said Alan Dershowitz, who has done legal work for Adelson and advised Trump.

Adelson’s tens of millions in donations to Trump have already been paid back many times over by the new tax law. While all corporations benefited from the lower tax rate in the new law, many incurred an extra bill in the transition because profits overseas were hit with a one-time tax. But not Sands. Adelson’s company hired lobbyists to press Trump’s Treasury Department and Congress on provisions that would help companies like Sands that paid high taxes abroad, according to public filings and tax experts. The lobbying effort appears to have worked. After Trump signed the tax overhaul into law in December, Las Vegas Sands recorded a benefit from the new law the company estimated at $1.2 billion.

The Adelson family owns 55 percent of Las Vegas Sands, which is publicly traded, according to filings. The Treasury Department didn’t respond to requests for comment.

Now as Trump and the Republican Party face a reckoning in the midterm elections in November, they have once again turned to Adelson. He has given at least $55 million so far.

IN 2014, ADELSON TOLD an interviewer he was not interested in building a dynasty. “I want my legacy to be that I helped out humankind,” he said, underscoring his family’s considerable donations to medical research. But he gives no indication of sticking to a quiet life of philanthropy. In the last four years, he has used the Sands’ fleet of private jets, assiduously meeting with world leaders and seeking to build new casinos in Japan, Korea and Brazil.

He is closest in Japan. Japan has been considering lifting its ban on casinos for years, in spite of majority opposition in polls from a public that is wary of the social problems that might result. A huge de facto gambling industry of the pinball-like game pachinko has long existed in the country, historically associated with organized crime and seedy parlors filled with cigarette-smoking men. Opposition to allowing casinos is so heated that a brawl broke out in the Japanese legislature this summer. But lawmakers have moved forward on legalizing casinos and crafted regulations that hew to Adelson’s wishes.

“Japan is considered the next big market. Sheldon looks at it that way,” said a former Sands official. Adelson envisions building a $10 billion “integrated resort,” which in industry parlance refers to a large complex featuring a casino with hotels, entertainment venues, restaurants and shopping malls.

The new Japanese law allows for just three licenses to build casinos in cities around the country, effectively granting valuable local monopolies. At least 13 companies, including giants like MGM and Genting, are vying for a license. Even though Sands is already a strong contender because of its size and its successful resort in Singapore, some observers in Japan believe Adelson’s relationship with Trump has helped move Las Vegas Sands closer to the multibillion-dollar prize.

Just a week after the U.S. election, Prime Minister Abe arrived at Trump Tower, becoming the first foreign leader to meet with the president-elect. Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner were also there. Abe presented Trump with a gilded $3,800 golf driver. Few know the details of what the Trumps and Abe discussed at the meeting. In a break with protocol, Trump’s transition team sidelined the State Department, whose Japan experts were never briefed on what was said. “There was a great deal of frustration,” said one State Department official. “There was zero communication from anyone on Trump’s team.”

In another sign of Adelson’s direct access to the incoming president and ties with Japan, he secured a coveted Trump Tower meeting a few weeks later for an old friend, the Japanese billionaire businessman Masayoshi Son. Son’s company, SoftBank, had bought Adelson’s computer trade show business in the 1990s. A few years ago, Adelson named Son as a potential partner in his casino resort plans in Japan. Son’s SoftBank, for its part, owns Sprint, which has long wanted to merge with T-Mobile but needs a green light from the Trump administration. A beaming Son emerged from the meeting in the lobby of Trump Tower with the president-elect and promised $50 billion in investments in the U.S.

When Trump won the election in November 2016, the casino bill had been stalled in the Japanese Diet. One month after the Trump-Abe meeting, in an unexpected move in mid-December, Abe’s ruling coalition pushed through landmark legislation authorizing casinos, with specific regulations to be ironed out later. There was minimal debate on the controversial bill, and it passed at the very end of an extraordinary session of the legislature. “That was a surprise to a lot of stakeholders,” said one former Sands executive who still works in the industry. Some observers suspect the timing was not a coincidence. “After Trump won the election in 2016, the Abe government’s efforts to pass the casino bill shifted into high gear,” said Yoichi Torihata, a professor at Shizuoka University and opponent of the casino law.

On a Las Vegas Sands earnings call a few days after Trump’s inauguration, Adelson touted that Abe had visited the company’s casino resort complex in Singapore. “He was very impressed with it,” Adelson said. Days later, Adelson attended the February breakfast with Abe in Washington, after which the prime minister went on to Mar-a-Lago, where the president raised Las Vegas Sands. A week after that, Adelson flew to Japan and met with the secretary general of Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party in Tokyo.

The casino business is one of the most regulated industries in the world, and Adelson has always sought political allies. To enter the business in 1989, he hired the former governor of Nevada to represent him before the state’s gaming commission. In 2001, according to court testimony reported in the New Yorker, Adelson intervened with then-House Majority Whip Rep. Tom DeLay, to whom he was a major donor, at the behest of a Chinese official over a proposed House resolution that was critical of the country’s human rights record. At the time, Las Vegas Sands was seeking entry into the Macau market. The resolution died, which Adelson attributed to factors other than his intervention, according to the magazine.

In 2015, he purchased the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the state’s largest newspaper, which then published a lengthy investigative series on one of Adelson’s longtime rivals, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, which runs a convention center that competes with Adelson’s. (The paper said Adelson had no influence over its coverage.)

In Japan, Las Vegas Sands’ efforts have accelerated in the last year. Adelson returned to the country in September 2017, visiting top officials in Osaka, a possible casino site. In a show of star power in October, Sands flew in David Beckham and the Eagles’ Joe Walsh for a press conference at the Palace Hotel Tokyo. Beckham waxed enthusiastic about his love of sea urchin and declared, “Las Vegas Sands is creating fabulous resorts all around the world, and their scale and vision are impressive.”

Adelson appears emboldened. When he was in Osaka last fall, he publicly criticized a proposal under consideration to cap the total amount of floor space devoted to casinos in the resorts that have been legalized. In July, the Japanese Diet passed a bill with more details on what casinos will look like and laying out the bidding process. The absolute limit on casino floor area had been dropped from the legislation.

Meanwhile, the Trump administration has made an unusual personnel move that could help advance pro-gambling interests. The new U.S. ambassador, an early Trump campaign supporter and Tennessee businessman named William Hagerty, hired as his senior adviser an American executive working on casino issues for the Japanese company SEGA Sammy. Joseph Schmelzeis left his role as senior adviser on global government and industry affairs for the company in February to join the U.S. Embassy. (He has not worked for Sands.)

A State Department spokesperson said that embassy officials had communicated with Sands as part of “routine” meetings and advice provided to members of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan. The spokesperson said that “Schmelzeis is not participating in any matter related to integrated resorts or Las Vegas Sands.”

Japanese opposition politicians have seized on the Adelson-Trump-Abe nexus. One, Tetsuya Shiokawa, said this year that he believes Trump has been the unseen force behind why Abe’s party has “tailor-made the [casino] bill to suit foreign investors like Adelson.” In the next stage of the process, casino companies will complete their bids with Japanese localities.

ADELSON’S INFLUENCE has spread across the Trump administration. In August 2017, the Zionist Organization of America, to which the Adelsons are major donors, launched a campaign against National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster. ZOA chief Mort Klein charged McMaster “clearly has animus toward Israel.”

Adelson said he was convinced to support the attack on McMaster after Adelson spoke with Safra Catz, the Israeli-born CEO of Oracle, who “enlightened me quite a bit” about McMaster, according to an email Klein later released to the media. Adelson pressed Trump to appoint the hawkish John Bolton to a high position, The New York Times reported. In March, Trump fired McMaster and replaced him with Bolton. The president and other cabinet officials also clashed with McMaster on policy and style issues.

For Scott Pruitt, the former EPA administrator known as an ally of industry, courting Adelson meant developing a keen interest in an unlikely topic: technology that generates clean water from air. An obscure Israeli startup called Watergen makes machines that resemble air conditioners and, with enough electricity, can pull potable water from the air.

Adelson doesn’t have a stake in the company, but he is old friends with the Israeli-Georgian billionaire who owns the firm, Mikhael Mirilashvili, according to the head of Watergen’s U.S. operation, Yehuda Kaploun. Adelson first encountered the technology on a trip to Israel, Kaploun said. Dershowitz is also on the company’s board.

Just weeks after being confirmed, Pruitt met with Watergen executives at Adelson’s request. Pruitt promptly mobilized dozens of EPA officials to ink a research deal under which the agency would study Watergen’s technology. EPA officials immediately began voicing concerns about the request, according to hundreds of previously unreported emails obtained through the Freedom of Information Act. They argued that the then-EPA chief was violating regular procedures.

Pruitt, according to one email, asked that staffers explore “on an expedited time frame” whether a deal could be done “without the typical contracting requirements.” Other emails described the matter as “very time sensitive” and having “high Administrator interest.”

A veteran scientist at the agency warned that the “technology has been around for decades,” adding that the agency should not be “focusing on a single vendor, in this case Watergen.” Officials said that Watergen’s technology was not unique, noting there were as many as 70 different suppliers on the market with products using the same concept. Notes from a meeting said the agency “does not currently have the expertise or staff to evaluate these technologies.” Agency lawyers “seemed scared” about the arrangement, according to an internal text exchange. The EPA didn’t respond to requests for comment.

Watergen got its research deal. It’s not known how much money the agency has spent on the project. The technology was shipped to a lab in Cincinnati, and Watergen said the government will produce a report on its study. Pruitt planned to unveil the deal on a trip to Israel, which was also planned with the assistance of Adelson, The Washington Post reported. But amid multiple scandals, the trip never happened.

Other parts of the Trump administration have also been friendly to Watergen. Over the summer, Mirilashvili attended the U.S. Embassy in Israel’s Fourth of July party, where he was photographed grinning and sipping water next to one of the company’s machines on display. Kaploun said U.S. Ambassador David Friedman’s staff assisted the company to help highlight its technology.

A State Department spokesperson said Watergen was one of many private sponsors of the embassy party and was “subject to rigorous vetting.” The embassy is now considering leasing or buying a Watergen unit as part of a “routine procurement action,” the spokesperson said.

A Mirilashvili spokesman said in a statement that Adelson and Mirilashvili “have no business ties with each other.” The spokesman added that Adelson had been briefed on the company’s technology by Watergen engineers and “Adelson has also expressed an interest in the ability of this Israeli technology to save the lives of hundreds of thousands of Americans who are affected by water pollution.”

EVEN AS THE CASINO business looks promising in Japan, China has been a potential trouble spot for Adelson. Few businesses are as vulnerable to geopolitical winds as Adelson’s. The majority of Sands’ value derives from its properties in Macau. It is the world’s gambling capital, and China’s central government controls it.

“Sheldon Adelson highly values direct engagement in Beijing,” a 2009 State Department cable released by WikiLeaks says, “especially given the impact of Beijing’s visa policies on the company’s growing mass market operations in Macau.”

At times, Sands’ aggressive efforts in China crossed legal lines. On Jan. 19, 2017, the day before Trump took office, the Justice Department announced Sands was paying a nearly $7 million fine to settle a longstanding investigation into whether it violated a U.S. anti-bribery statute in China. The case revealed that Sands paid roughly $60 million to a consultant who “advertised his political connections with [People’s Republic of China] government officials” and that some of the payments “had no discernible legitimate business purpose.” Part of the work involved an effort by Sands to acquire a professional basketball team in the country to promote its casinos. The DOJ said Sands fully cooperated in the investigation and fixed its compliance problems.

A year and a half into the Trump administration, Adelson has a bigger problem than the Justice Department investigation: Trump’s trade war against Beijing has put Sands’ business in Macau at risk. Sands’ right to operate expires in a few years. Beijing could throttle the flow of money and people from the mainland to Macau. Sands and the other foreign operators in Macau “now sit on a geopolitical fault line. Their Macau concessions can therefore be on the line,” said a report from the Hong Kong business consultancy Steve Vickers & Associates.

A former Sands board member, George Koo, wrote a column in the Asia Times newspaper in April warning that Beijing could undercut the Macau market by legalizing casinos in the southern island province of Hainan. “A major blow in the trade war would be for China to allow Hainan to become a gambling destination and divert visitors who would otherwise be visiting Macau,” Koo wrote. “As one of Trump’s principal supporters, it’s undoubtedly a good time for Mr. Adelson to have a private conversation with the president.”

It’s not clear if Adelson has had that conversation. According to The Associated Press, Adelson was present for a discussion of China policy at the dinner he attended with Trump at the White House in February 2017. In September, Trump escalated his trade war with China. He raised tariffs on $200 billion Chinese imports. China retaliated with tariffs on $60 billion of U.S. products.

Adelson has said privately that if he can be helpful in any way he would volunteer himself to do whatever is asked for either side of the equation — the U.S. or China, according to a person who has spoken to him.

TOROSSIAN, the public relations executive, calls Adelson “this generation’s Rothschild” for his support of Israel. In early May, the Adelsons gave $30 million to the super PAC that is seeking to keep Republican control of the House for the remainder of Trump’s term. A few days later, Trump announced he was killing the Iran nuclear deal, a target of Adelson’s and the Netanyahu government’s for years. The following day, Adelson met with the president at the White House.

Five days later, Adelson was in Israel for another landmark, the opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem. Trump’s decision to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem marked a major shift in U.S. foreign policy, long eschewed by presidents of both parties. Besides dealing a major blow to Palestinian claims on part of the city, which are recognized by most of the world, it was the culmination of a more than 20-year project of the Adelsons. Sheldon and Miriam personally lobbied for the move on Capitol Hill as far back as 1995.

In an audience dotted with yarmulkes and MAGA-red hats, the Adelsons were in the front now, next to Netanyahu and his wife, the Kushners and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin. A beaming Miriam, wearing a dress featuring an illustration of the Jerusalem skyline, filmed the event with her phone. She wrote a first-person account of the ceremony that was co-published on the front page of the two newspapers the Adelsons own, Israel Hayom and the Las Vegas Review-Journal: “The embassy opening is a crowning moment for U.S. foreign policy and for our president, Donald Trump. Just over a year into his first term, he has re-enshrined the United States as the standard-bearer of moral clarity and courage in a world that too often feels adrift.”

Adelson paid for the official delegation of Guatemala, the only other country to move its embassy, to travel to Israel. “Sheldon told me that any country that wants to move its embassy to Jerusalem, he’ll fly them in — the president and everyone — for the opening,” said Orthodox Jewish Chamber of Commerce CEO Duvi Honig, who was in attendance.

Klein, the Zionist Organization of America president, was also there. The Adelsons, he said, “were glowing with a serene happiness like I’ve never seen them. Sheldon said to me, ‘President Trump promised he would do this and he did it.’ And he almost became emotional. ‘And look, Mort, he did it.’”

Do you have information about Sheldon Adelson and the Trump administration? Reach Justin at justin@propublica.org or on Signal at (774) 826-6240.


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As a boy living in a mountain village in Guatemala, Melvin knew he was a prime target for gangs looking to expand their drug business. He said they’d approach students on their way home from school and try to get them to join by acting friendly.

But one day last fall, when he was 17, a group of young men surrounded him and some friends. When he refused to join their gang, he said, they got violent.

"My friends managed to escape," he said in Spanish. "But they caught me and they started to beat me up and they cut me."

Melvin said they slowly cut his arm in several places with a knife and slashed his hand, as a form of punishment for refusing to join. Afraid for his life, Melvin and his parents decided he had to leave Guatemala and join relatives in Brooklyn. Now living in Bushwick, he's in an agonizing form of limbo.

Like thousands of other unaccompanied minors who come to the U.S. without their parents each year, Melvin is seeking asylum and has no legal status — which is why WNYC agreed not to reveal his real name. Now 18, he's slim with thick black hair. He's shy and talks softly, often looking away, and can point to the fading scars where he said he was cut. But he arrived in the U.S. at a difficult time for immigrants. President Trump's Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, has narrowed the standards immigration judges use when deciding whether to grant or deny it. As a result, odds that were long before are now even longer.

The Journey from Guatemala to Brooklyn

When Melvin left Guatemala last fall, he took the same route thousands of other migrants use. He crossed into Mexico and worked some odd jobs for a couple of months to make money. Then he climbed onto a notorious cargo train known as The Beast. This 2015 video by the U.K.'s Channel 4 News shows how it's a dangerous ride. Migrants jump on a network of trains while they're still moving and ride on top for a journey that covers almost 1500 miles over several days.

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Migrants fleeing violence in Central America ride atop a Mexican freight train.
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Melvin said he enjoyed watching the landscape during the day, but it was very cold at night. In January, after getting off the last train at Nogales, he crossed into Arizona and asked border agents for asylum. He said he was was handcuffed and taken to an office where he answered questions about his age and family. He was then detained at a shelter for unaccompanied minors. He recalled what it was like when he was given a toothbrush, clothing and a bed in a shared room.

"I couldn’t barely sleep that night thinking that I had made it," he said, in Spanish. "I felt protected." 

Melvin said he and the other kids took English classes during the day and played baseball. During his stay in detention, he also passed what's called the credible fear test. This is an interview with an asylum officer to establish whether there's a significant possibility that a person is eligible for asylum because of his or her fear of persecution. By making it through this first round, Melvin was allowed to stay in the U.S. while waiting for his asylum case to be decided by an immigration judge. He was released about a month after crossing the border to his uncle in Bushwick.

When WNYC first met him in the spring at the immigration court in Lower Manhattan's Federal Plaza, he was among dozens of unaccompanied minors. They were all attending a master calendar hearing, which is preliminary hearing before a judge. Those without a lawyer were given more time to find one.

Thanks to a coalition of nonprofits, about 80 percent of unaccompanied minors at New York's immigration court used to have lawyers, according to data analyzed by TRAC at Syracuse University. But in fiscal year 2017, only 58 percent of unaccompanied minors in New York were represented. Immigration lawyers said that's partly because the Trump administration's immigration policy changes have kept them busier than ever, unable to take as many new cases.

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Melvin enjoys going to parks to escape the noisy streets of New York. He's still adjusting to city life after growing up in a mountain town in Guatemala.
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Melvin was handed a list of free legal service providers when he attended that first court hearing. But over the summer, he said he had no luck finding a lawyer. "I went to different places but they said they had too many cases and they couldn’t help me," he explained, in Spanish. It wasn't clear if he had called every agency on the list.

Melvin's aunt Jessie — his uncle's sister — also lives in Brooklyn and tried to help, by referring him to her lawyer. She did not want to reveal her full name because her own asylum case is still pending. She claims she was raped by a gang member and that another one killed a relative. But the nonprofit legal service provider that represents her wasn't able to take Melvin's case.

Jessie works cleaning houses and her husband has a construction job. Their apartment is a just a small room they've divided with a shelving unit to create a mini bedroom for their ten year-old son. They share a kitchen and bathroom with other tenants in the building. Melvin comes over on most Saturdays.

"When he got here he looked like a different person," Jessie said in Spanish, describing how Melvin was very skinny when he arrived in New York over the winter.

Jessie said she has no doubt her nephew needed to flee Guatemala. She knew from her own experience there was no way Melvin could ask the police for help.

"In Guatemala if you are poor you are helpless," she said. "And if you have no money the police are not going to pay attention to you. But on the other hand, if you do something wrong and you can pay, you will be able to get away with it."  

Why Asylum is Such a Hard Case to Make

Over the summer, Melvin went to the St. Brigid Immigration Center. The storefront office in Bushwick is a neighborhood fixture led by Father John Kelly — an 80 year-old Irish immigrant who came to the U.S. in 1960. Kelly is a lawyer and St. Brigid's offers free legal services for immigrants seeking visas and citizenship assistance. But Kelly said asylum cases are more complicated and many immigrants can't find free lawyers to take their cases. 

"What’s happening is a lot of these people are paying lawyers," he said. "They’re retaining lawyers themselves."

When Melvin went to St. Brigid's, Kelly referred him to Thomas Wright, a private lawyer who specializes in asylum cases.

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Father John Kelly with Thomas Wright, Melvin's immigration lawyer.
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Although the Trump Administration argues it’s been too easy for impoverished young people to come to the U.S. claiming they’re victims, Wright said it’s actually quite tough for unaccompanied minors like Melvin to get asylum.

"When they say someone or a group wants to murder me in my country, my question that I then have to ask them is 'why?'"

Under asylum law, the threatened immigrant must be a member of a group that’s persecuted or someone whose political opinions have made them a government target.

But with gang violence in Central American countries, Wright said, everyone is a victim.

"They target everyone, they’re indiscriminate," he explained. "Because they’re indiscriminate, unfortunately the policies of the United States are 'we can’t help you.'"

Before President Trump took office, immigration judges had some flexibility to interpret asylum law. Victims of domestic violence could argue that women were a persecuted social group the police ignored. Those fleeing gangs could try to claim the government took no action to help. But this year, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said gangs and men who assault women are private criminals, with no connection to the government. That's a direct instruction to immigration judges, who work for Sessions as a part of the Department of Justice. They're not independent.

"I would say certainly that there’s now a strong presumption that a judge should deny" asylum, said Wright.

In the waiting room at St. Brigid’s last month, Wright and Father Kelly met Karen Rivera, a businesswoman from Honduras who claimed she’s a victim of extortion. She had a stack of papers about four inches high and described how gang members collaborated with the police.

"She actually went to the police and she told them the crimes that had been committed and the police are communicating and sharing information with the gangs," Wright said, after conversing with her in Spanish.

He said this appeared to be the type of case that could win asylum. "She didn’t say that her fear was due to the gangs," Wright noted. "She said her fear was due to the police, the governmental actor who was acting on behalf of the gangs."

But that connection isn't as clear in Melvin's case. Because he has no police report, all he's got is his personal story and the fading scars from where he said he was cut. He doesn't even have medical records for the injuries because he said there's no hospital in his town.

As his lawyer, Wright said he’ll look for anything to show the gang in Melvin’s town is somehow supporting government officials, because the teen said he believes they're paid to ignore certain crimes. 

"This may not be successful for asylum," Wright acknowledged. "However we do have convention against torture, where if we could demonstrate that if he were to be returned to Guatemala there’s a probability that he would be tortured there" by the gang. 

Wright said there are other potential tools in his legal arsenal. He's challenging Melvin's original notice to appear in court because it didn't contain a date or time. Some immigration lawyers are using a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling to try to throw out cases with these errors. And if he fails to win asylum for Melvin in the immigration court system, he said, he could appeal to a federal judge. The attorney general's strict definition of asylum doesn't apply in the federal courts.

There's also the possibility that Melvin's case could drag on for a couple of years, since the immigration court in New York City has a backlog of nearly 100,000 cases. By then, there could be a new president and new directions to the immigration judges about asylum law.

Living in Limbo

Melvin's life in Brooklyn is extremely busy. He spends six days a week working at a pizzeria under an elevated train line. He said he prepares pizza and makes deliveries for about $500 a week in cash. He'd like to take English classes but said he doesn't have time.

Technically, Melvin isn't supposed to get a job until he receives work authorization. But that can't happen until he formally applies for asylum, which could take several more months. Melvin said he had no choice but to work because he has to pay his share of the rent at the apartment he shares with his uncle and two other undocumented immigrants.

"My uncle has his relatives in Guatemala that he has to send the money to," he explained. "and he can't always be giving me food and clothes."

Melvin also has to save money for his lawyer. Wright is charging him $4500. Melvin's aunt Jessie paid half the fee.

Melvin said he had no idea winning asylum would be so hard and he's nervous about being sent back to Guatemala. His mother ran into a gang member who inquired about him. But he said he has no regrets about his journey.

"I feel safer here than in Guatemala." 

With Spanish translation by Lidia Hernández Tapia


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Llegan solos. Sobre todo de Honduras, Guatemala y El Salvador. No han cumplido, ni siquiera, los 18 años de edad. Vienen a Estados Unidos para reunirse con sus papás, con sus hermanos, con sus tíos, con familiares lejanos que apenas conocieron. Llegan muertos de cansancio luego de cruzar el México bravo. Si son niñas, el riesgo es mucho mayor. Son semanas, y a veces meses, de coyotes, maltratos, hambre, frío, durmiendo en el piso y soñando con una vida mejor.

Pero cuando esos niños llegan a Estados Unidos los meten en rejas o en cuartos que se sienten como hieleras, o en tiendas de campaña en medio del desierto. A veces les dan órdenes en un idioma que no es el suyo. Y su idea de un país amable - que los iba a recibir con los brazos abiertos y que los protegería de la violencia y el hambre que sufrían en casa - se empieza a desinflar.

Muchos de estos niños solos están llegando a la frontera sur de Estados Unidos. Se entregan en los puertos de entrada o cruzan ilegalmente y se quedan parados, sin resistirse, cuando los ven los agentes de la patrulla fronteriza. Casi todos llevan un número de teléfono apuntado en la palma de la mano, en un pie, en la suela del zapato, en el calzoncillo o amartillado en el cerebro a punta de tanto repetirlo.

En septiembre pasado había 12.800 de estos niños solos en custodia del gobierno de Estados Unidos, según investigó The New York Times. Es una cifra récord. Muchos más de los 2.400 que cuidaban en mayo del 2017. Estos niños suelen estar un par de meses en albergues del Departamento de Salud y Servicios Humanos hasta que se los entregan a sus familiares o a un adulto responsable de su cuidado. Pero como el servicio de inmigración (o ICE) ha usado a estos niños como señuelos para arrestar a padres indocumentados, a veces no los van a recoger o se tardan mucho.

Son tantos niños solos que ya no caben en los albergues contratados a empresas privadas por el gobierno federal. Y por eso ahora los están enviando a un gigantesco campo lleno de carpas en la población desértica de Tornillo, Texas. Ahí cabrían hasta 3.800 niños. Pero sin escuelas, centros recreativos o asistencia legal. A muchos de estos niños, reporta The New York Times, los trasladan a estas carpas de noche y sin previo aviso para que no se traten de escapar de sus albergues temporales.

Las carpas color beige en Texas me recuerdan el "tent city" donde el odiado sheriff Joe Arpaio enviaba a sus prisioneros en el condado de Maricopa, en Arizona. Las temperaturas en esa parte de Texas pueden fluctuar desde un calor asfixiante durante el día hasta un frío que te hace temblar de noche. Sí, las carpas tienen aire acondicionado, pero no son campamentos de verano, como algunos funcionarios del gobierno quisieran hacernos creer.

El gobierno les llama a estos niños "menores no acompañados", como si fuera una aerolínea. Este eufemismo esconde una política cruel y violatoria de los derechos humanos. No se trata de simples inmigrantes. Son, en realidad, niños refugiados con derechos especiales por estar huyendo de zonas de conflicto.

Pero así es como el gobierno del presidente Donald Trump trata a los niños centroamericanos. Los pone en carpas, solos, en el desierto. O los separa de sus padres cuando entran a Estados Unidos, como ocurrió recientemente con más de 2.500 niños. La llamada política de "cero tolerancia" llevó a detener a niños y bebes que no podían comunicarse con sus padres. Y 136, todavía, no han sido reunificados con ellos.

La doble moral es insoportable. ¿Qué ocurriría si, de pronto, niños estadounidenses fueran separados de sus padres al entrar a México, Honduras, Guatemala o El Salvador? ¿Se imaginan cómo reaccionaría Estados Unidos si alguno de sus países vecinos pusieran solos y en carpas a miles de niños estadounidenses durante 50 o 60 días?

Hace poco, cerca de McAllen, Texas, me le acerqué a un niño hondureño de apenas 5 años que había sido detenido junto a su madre por la patrulla fronteriza. Estaba cansado y asustado. Ingenuamente le pregunté qué le habían dicho sus papás, antes de salir de su casa, sobre Estados Unidos. "Que era muy bonito", me dijo, con una medssia sonrisa.

Ese niño, todavía, no sabía lo que le esperaba.

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LATE ON A THURSDAY evening in February 2017, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s plane landed at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland for his first visit with President Donald Trump. A few hours earlier, the casino magnate Sheldon Adelson’s Boeing 737, which is so large it can seat 149 people, touched down at Reagan National Airport after a flight from Las Vegas.

Adelson dined that night at the White House with Trump, Jared Kushner and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Adelson and his wife, Miriam, were among Trump’s biggest benefactors, writing checks for $20 million in the campaign and pitching in an additional $5 million for the inaugural festivities.

Adelson was in town to see the Japanese prime minister about a much greater sum of money. Japan, after years of acrimonious public debate, has legalized casinos. For more than a decade, Adelson and his company, Las Vegas Sands, have sought to build a multibillion-dollar casino resort there. He has called expanding to the country, one of the world’s last major untapped markets, the “holy grail.” Nearly every major casino company in the world is competing to secure one of a limited number of licenses to enter a market worth up to $25 billion per year. “This opportunity won’t come along again, potentially ever,” said Kahlil Philander, an academic who studies the industry.

The morning after his White House dinner, Adelson attended a breakfast in Washington with Abe and a small group of American CEOs, including two others from the casino industry. Adelson and the other executives raised the casino issue with Abe, according to an attendee.

Adelson had a potent ally in his quest: the new president of the United States. Following the business breakfast, Abe had a meeting with Trump before boarding Air Force One for a weekend at Mar-a-Lago. The two heads of state dined with Patriots owner Bob Kraft and golfed at Trump National Jupiter Golf Club with the South African golfer Ernie Els. During a meeting at Mar-a-Lago that weekend, Trump raised Adelson’s casino bid to Abe, according to two people briefed on the meeting. The Japanese side was surprised.

“It was totally brought up out of the blue,” according to one of the people briefed on the exchange. “They were a little incredulous that he would be so brazen.” After Trump told Abe he should strongly consider Las Vegas Sands for a license, “Abe didn’t really respond, and said thank you for the information,” this person said.

Trump also mentioned at least one other casino operator. Accounts differ on whether it was MGM or Wynn Resorts, then run by Trump donor and then-Republican National Committee finance chairman Steve Wynn. The Japanese newspaper Nikkei reported the president also mentioned MGM and Abe instructed an aide who was present to jot down the names of both companies. Questioned about the meeting, Abe said in remarks before the Japanese legislature in July that Trump had not passed on requests from casino companies but did not deny that the topic had come up.

The president raising a top donor’s personal business interests directly with a foreign head of state would violate longstanding norms. “That should be nowhere near the agenda of senior officials,” said Brian Harding, a Japan expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. “U.S.-Japan relations is about the security of the Asia-Pacific, China and economic issues.”

Adelson has told his shareholders to expect good news. On a recent earnings call, Adelson cited unnamed insiders as saying Sands’ efforts to win a place in the Japanese market will pay off. “The estimates by people who know, say they know, whom we believe they know, say that we’re in the No. 1 pole position,” he said.

After decades as a major Republican donor, Adelson is known as an ideological figure, motivated by his desire to influence U.S. policy to help Israel. “I’m a one-issue person. That issue is Israel,” he said last year. On that issue — Israel — Trump has delivered. The administration has slashed funding for aid to Palestinian refugees and scrapped the Iran nuclear deal. Attending the recent opening of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem, Adelson seemed to almost weep with joy, according to an attendee.

But his reputation as an Israel advocate has obscured a through-line in his career: He has used his political access to push his financial self-interest. Not only has Trump touted Sands’ interests in Japan, but his administration also installed an executive from the casino industry in a top position in the U.S. embassy in Tokyo. Adelson’s influence reverberates through this administration. Cabinet-level officials jump when he calls. One who displeased him was replaced. He has helped a friend’s company get a research deal with the Environmental Protection Agency. And Adelson has already received a windfall from Trump’s new tax law, which particularly favored companies like Las Vegas Sands. The company estimated the benefit of the law at $1.2 billion.

Adelson’s influence is not absolute: His company’s casinos in Macau are vulnerable in Trump’s trade war with China, which controls the former Portuguese colony near Hong Kong. If the Chinese government chose to retaliate by targeting Macau, where Sands has several large properties, it could hurt Adelson’s bottom line. So far, there’s no evidence that has happened.

The White House declined to comment on Adelson. The Japanese Embassy in Washington declined to comment. Sands spokesman Ron Reese declined to answer detailed questions but said in a statement: “The gaming industry has long sought the opportunity to enter the Japan market. Gaming companies have spent significant resources there on that effort and Las Vegas Sands is no exception.”

Reese added: “If our company has any advantage it would be because of our significant Asian operating experience and our unique convention-based business model. Any suggestion we are favored for some other reason is not based on the reality of the process in Japan or the integrity of the officials involved in it.”

With a fortune estimated at $35 billion, Adelson is the 21st-richest person in the world, according to Forbes. In August, when he celebrated his 85th birthday in Las Vegas, the party stretched over four days. Adelson covered guests’ expenses. A 92-year-old Tony Bennett and the Israeli winner of Eurovision performed for the festivities. He is slowing down physically; stricken by neuropathy, he uses a motorized scooter to get around and often stands up with the help of a bodyguard. He fell and broke three ribs while on a ferry from Macau to Hong Kong last November.

Yet Adelson has spent the Trump era hustling to expand his gambling empire. With Trump occupying the White House, Adelson has found the greatest political ally he’s ever had.

“I would put Adelson at the very top of the list of both access and influence in the Trump administration,” said Craig Holman of the watchdog group Public Citizen. “I’ve never seen anything like it before, and I’ve been studying money in politics for 40 years.”

ADELSON GREW UP POOR in Boston, the son of a cabdriver with a sixth-grade education. According to his wife, Adelson was beaten up as a kid for being Jewish. A serial entrepreneur who has started or acquired more than 50 different businesses, he had already made and lost his first fortune by the late 1960s, when he was in his mid-30s.

It took him until the mid-1990s to become extraordinarily rich. In 1995, he sold the pioneering computer trade show Comdex to the Japanese conglomerate SoftBank for $800 million. He entered the gambling business in earnest when his Venetian casino resort opened in 1999 in Las Vegas. With its gondola rides on faux canals, it was inspired by his honeymoon to Venice with Miriam, who is 12 years younger than Adelson.

It’s been said that Trump is a poor person’s idea of a rich person. Adelson could be thought of as Trump’s idea of a rich person. A family friend recalls Sheldon and Miriam’s two sons, who are now in college, getting picked up from school in stretch Hummer limousines and his home being so large it was stocked with Segway transporters to get around. A Las Vegas TV station found a few years ago that, amid a drought, Adelson’s palatial home a short drive from the Vegas Strip had used nearly 8 million gallons of water in a year, enough for 55 average homes. Adelson will rattle off his precise wealth based on the fluctuation of Las Vegas Sands’ share price, said his friend the New York investor Michael Steinhardt. “He’s very sensitive to his net worth,” Steinhardt said.

Trump entered the casino business several years before Adelson. In the early 1990s, both eyed Eilat in southern Israel as a potential casino site. Neither built there. Adelson “didn’t have a whole lot of respect for Trump when Trump was operating casinos. He was dismissive of Trump,” recalled one former Las Vegas Sands official. In an interview in the late ’90s, Adelson lumped Trump with Wynn: “Both of these gentlemen have very big egos,” Adelson said. “Well, the world doesn’t really care about their egos.”

Today, in his rare public appearances, Adelson has a grandfatherly affect. He likes to refer to himself as “Self” (“I said to myself, ‘Self …’”). He makes Borscht Belt jokes about his short stature: “A friend of mine says, ‘You’re the tallest guy in the world.’ I said, ‘How do you figure that?’ He says, ‘When you stand on your wallet.’”

By the early 2000s, Adelson’s Las Vegas Sands had surpassed Trump’s casino operations. While Trump was getting bogged down in Atlantic City, Adelson’s properties thrived. When Macau opened up a local gambling monopoly, Adelson bested a crowded field that included Trump to win a license. Today, Macau accounts for more than half of Las Vegas Sands’ roughly $13 billion in annual revenue.

Trump’s casinos went bankrupt, and now he is out of the industry entirely. By the mid-2000s, Trump was playing the role of business tycoon on his reality show, “The Apprentice.” Meanwhile, Adelson aggressively expanded his empire in Macau and later in Singapore. His company’s Moshe Safdie-designed Marina Bay Sands property there, with its rooftop infinity pool, featured prominently in the recent hit movie “Crazy Rich Asians.”

While their business trajectories diverged, Adelson and Trump have long shared a willingness to sue critics, enemies and business associates. Multiple people said they were too afraid of lawsuits to speak on the record for this story. In 1989, after the Nevada Gaming Control Board conducted a background investigation of Adelson, it found he had already been personally involved in around 100 civil lawsuits, according to the book “License to Steal,” a history of the agency. That included matters as small as a $600 contractual dispute with a Boston hospital.

The lawsuits have continued even as Adelson became so rich the amounts of money at stake hardly mattered. In one case, Adelson was unhappy with the quality of construction on one of his beachfront Malibu, California, properties and pursued a legal dispute with the contractor for more than seven years, going through a lengthy series of appeals and cases in different courts. Adelson sued a Wall Street Journal reporter for libel over a single phrase — a description of him as “foul-mouthed” — and fought the case for four years before it was settled, with the story unchanged. In a particularly bitter case in Massachusetts Superior Court in the 1990s, his sons from his first marriage accused him of cheating them out of money. Adelson prevailed.

Adelson rarely speaks to the media any more, with occasional exceptions for friendly business journalists or on stage at conferences, usually interviewed by people to whom he has given a great deal of money. “He keeps a very tight inner circle,” said a casino industry executive who has known Adelson for decades. Adelson declined to comment for this story.

ADELSON ONCE TOLD a reporter of entering the casino business late in life, “I loved being an outsider.” For nearly a decade he played that role in presidential politics, bankrolling the opposition to the Obama administration. As with some of his early entrepreneurial forays, he dumped money for little return, his political picks going bust. In 2008, he backed Rudy Giuliani. As America’s Mayor faded, he came on board late with the John McCain campaign. In 2012, he almost single-handedly funded Newt Gingrich’s candidacy. Gingrich spent a few weeks atop the polls before his candidacy collapsed. Adelson became a late adopter of Mitt Romney.

In 2016, the Adelsons didn’t officially endorse a candidate for months. Trump used Adelson as a foil, an example of the well-heeled donors who wielded outsized influence in Washington. “Sheldon or whoever — you could say Koch. I could name them all. They’re all friends of mine, every one of them. I know all of them. They have pretty much total control over the candidate,” Trump said on Fox News in October 2015. “Nobody controls me but the American public.” In a pointed tweet that month, Trump said: “Sheldon Adelson is looking to give big dollars to [Marco] Rubio because he feels he can mold him into his perfect little puppet. I agree!”

Despite Trump’s barbs, Adelson had grown curious about the candidate and called his friend Steinhardt, who founded the Birthright program that sends young Jews on free trips to Israel. Adelson is now the program’s largest funder.

“I called Kushner and I said Sheldon would like to meet your father-in-law,” Steinhardt recalled. “Kushner was excited.” Trump got on a plane to Las Vegas. “Sheldon has strong views when it comes to the Jewish people; Trump recognized that, and a marriage was formed.”

Trump and his son-in-law Kushner courted Adelson privately, meeting several times in New York and Las Vegas. “Having Orthodox Jews like Jared and Ivanka next to him and so many common people in interest gave a level of comfort to Sheldon,” said Ronn Torossian, a New York public relations executive who knows both men. “Someone who lets their kid marry an Orthodox Jew and then become Orthodox is probably going to stand pretty damn close to Israel.”

Miriam Adelson, a physician born and raised in what became Israel, is said to be an equal partner in Sheldon Adelson’s political decisions. He has said the interests of the Jewish state are at the center of his worldview, and his views align with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-of-center approach to Iran and Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories.

Adelson suggested in 2014 that Israel doesn’t need to be a democracy. “I think God didn’t say anything about democracy,” Adelson said. “He didn’t talk about Israel remaining as a democratic state.” On a trip to the country several years ago, on the eve of his young son’s bar mitzvah, Adelson said, “Hopefully he’ll come back; his hobby is shooting. He’ll come back and be a sniper for the IDF,” referring to the Israel Defense Forces.

On domestic issues, Adelson is more Chamber of Commerce Republican than movement conservative or Trumpian populist. He is pro-choice and has called for work permits and a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, a position sharply at odds with Trump’s. While the Koch brothers, his fellow Republican megadonors, have evinced concern over trade policy and distaste for Trump, Adelson has proved flexible, putting aside any qualms about Trump’s business acumen or ideological misgivings. In May 2016, he declared in a Washington Post op-ed that he was endorsing Trump. He wrote that Trump represented “a CEO success story that exemplifies the American spirit of determination, commitment to cause and business stewardship.”

The Adelsons came through with $20 million in donations to the pro-Trump super PAC, part of at least $83 million in donations to Republicans. By the time of the October 2016 release of the Access Hollywood tape featuring Trump bragging about sexual assault, Adelson was among his staunchest supporters. “Sheldon Adelson had Donald Trump’s back,” said Steve Bannon in a speech last year, speaking of the time after the scandal broke. “He was there.”

In December 2016, Adelson donated $5 million to the Trump inaugural festivities. The Adelsons had better seats at Trump’s inauguration than many Cabinet secretaries. The whole family, including their two college-age sons, came to Washington for the celebration. One of his sons posted a picture on Instagram of the event with the hashtag #HuckFillary.

The investment paid off in access and in financial returns. Adelson has met with Trump or visited the White House at least six times since Trump’s election victory. The two speak regularly. Adelson has also had access to others in the White House. He met privately with Vice President Mike Pence before Pence gave a speech at Adelson’s Venetian resort in Las Vegas last year. “He just calls the president all the time. Donald Trump takes Sheldon Adelson’s calls,” said Alan Dershowitz, who has done legal work for Adelson and advised Trump.

Adelson’s tens of millions in donations to Trump have already been paid back many times over by the new tax law. While all corporations benefited from the lower tax rate in the new law, many incurred an extra bill in the transition because profits overseas were hit with a one-time tax. But not Sands. Adelson’s company hired lobbyists to press Trump’s Treasury Department and Congress on provisions that would help companies like Sands that paid high taxes abroad, according to public filings and tax experts. The lobbying effort appears to have worked. After Trump signed the tax overhaul into law in December, Las Vegas Sands recorded a benefit from the new law the company estimated at $1.2 billion.

The Adelson family owns 55 percent of Las Vegas Sands, which is publicly traded, according to filings. The Treasury Department didn’t respond to requests for comment.

Now as Trump and the Republican Party face a reckoning in the midterm elections in November, they have once again turned to Adelson. He has given at least $55 million so far.

IN 2014, ADELSON TOLD an interviewer he was not interested in building a dynasty. “I want my legacy to be that I helped out humankind,” he said, underscoring his family’s considerable donations to medical research. But he gives no indication of sticking to a quiet life of philanthropy. In the last four years, he has used the Sands’ fleet of private jets, assiduously meeting with world leaders and seeking to build new casinos in Japan, Korea and Brazil.

He is closest in Japan. Japan has been considering lifting its ban on casinos for years, in spite of majority opposition in polls from a public that is wary of the social problems that might result. A huge de facto gambling industry of the pinball-like game pachinko has long existed in the country, historically associated with organized crime and seedy parlors filled with cigarette-smoking men. Opposition to allowing casinos is so heated that a brawl broke out in the Japanese legislature this summer. But lawmakers have moved forward on legalizing casinos and crafted regulations that hew to Adelson’s wishes.

“Japan is considered the next big market. Sheldon looks at it that way,” said a former Sands official. Adelson envisions building a $10 billion “integrated resort,” which in industry parlance refers to a large complex featuring a casino with hotels, entertainment venues, restaurants and shopping malls.

The new Japanese law allows for just three licenses to build casinos in cities around the country, effectively granting valuable local monopolies. At least 13 companies, including giants like MGM and Genting, are vying for a license. Even though Sands is already a strong contender because of its size and its successful resort in Singapore, some observers in Japan believe Adelson’s relationship with Trump has helped move Las Vegas Sands closer to the multibillion-dollar prize.

Just a week after the U.S. election, Prime Minister Abe arrived at Trump Tower, becoming the first foreign leader to meet with the president-elect. Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner were also there. Abe presented Trump with a gilded $3,800 golf driver. Few know the details of what the Trumps and Abe discussed at the meeting. In a break with protocol, Trump’s transition team sidelined the State Department, whose Japan experts were never briefed on what was said. “There was a great deal of frustration,” said one State Department official. “There was zero communication from anyone on Trump’s team.”

In another sign of Adelson’s direct access to the incoming president and ties with Japan, he secured a coveted Trump Tower meeting a few weeks later for an old friend, the Japanese billionaire businessman Masayoshi Son. Son’s company, SoftBank, had bought Adelson’s computer trade show business in the 1990s. A few years ago, Adelson named Son as a potential partner in his casino resort plans in Japan. Son’s SoftBank, for its part, owns Sprint, which has long wanted to merge with T-Mobile but needs a green light from the Trump administration. A beaming Son emerged from the meeting in the lobby of Trump Tower with the president-elect and promised $50 billion in investments in the U.S.

When Trump won the election in November 2016, the casino bill had been stalled in the Japanese Diet. One month after the Trump-Abe meeting, in an unexpected move in mid-December, Abe’s ruling coalition pushed through landmark legislation authorizing casinos, with specific regulations to be ironed out later. There was minimal debate on the controversial bill, and it passed at the very end of an extraordinary session of the legislature. “That was a surprise to a lot of stakeholders,” said one former Sands executive who still works in the industry. Some observers suspect the timing was not a coincidence. “After Trump won the election in 2016, the Abe government’s efforts to pass the casino bill shifted into high gear,” said Yoichi Torihata, a professor at Shizuoka University and opponent of the casino law.

On a Las Vegas Sands earnings call a few days after Trump’s inauguration, Adelson touted that Abe had visited the company’s casino resort complex in Singapore. “He was very impressed with it,” Adelson said. Days later, Adelson attended the February breakfast with Abe in Washington, after which the prime minister went on to Mar-a-Lago, where the president raised Las Vegas Sands. A week after that, Adelson flew to Japan and met with the secretary general of Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party in Tokyo.

The casino business is one of the most regulated industries in the world, and Adelson has always sought political allies. To enter the business in 1989, he hired the former governor of Nevada to represent him before the state’s gaming commission. In 2001, according to court testimony reported in the New Yorker, Adelson intervened with then-House Majority Whip Rep. Tom DeLay, to whom he was a major donor, at the behest of a Chinese official over a proposed House resolution that was critical of the country’s human rights record. At the time, Las Vegas Sands was seeking entry into the Macau market. The resolution died, which Adelson attributed to factors other than his intervention, according to the magazine.

In 2015, he purchased the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the state’s largest newspaper, which then published a lengthy investigative series on one of Adelson’s longtime rivals, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, which runs a convention center that competes with Adelson’s. (The paper said Adelson had no influence over its coverage.)

In Japan, Las Vegas Sands’ efforts have accelerated in the last year. Adelson returned to the country in September 2017, visiting top officials in Osaka, a possible casino site. In a show of star power in October, Sands flew in David Beckham and the Eagles’ Joe Walsh for a press conference at the Palace Hotel Tokyo. Beckham waxed enthusiastic about his love of sea urchin and declared, “Las Vegas Sands is creating fabulous resorts all around the world, and their scale and vision are impressive.”

Adelson appears emboldened. When he was in Osaka last fall, he publicly criticized a proposal under consideration to cap the total amount of floor space devoted to casinos in the resorts that have been legalized. In July, the Japanese Diet passed a bill with more details on what casinos will look like and laying out the bidding process. The absolute limit on casino floor area had been dropped from the legislation.

Meanwhile, the Trump administration has made an unusual personnel move that could help advance pro-gambling interests. The new U.S. ambassador, an early Trump campaign supporter and Tennessee businessman named William Hagerty, hired as his senior adviser an American executive working on casino issues for the Japanese company SEGA Sammy. Joseph Schmelzeis left his role as senior adviser on global government and industry affairs for the company in February to join the U.S. Embassy. (He has not worked for Sands.)

A State Department spokesperson said that embassy officials had communicated with Sands as part of “routine” meetings and advice provided to members of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan. The spokesperson said that “Schmelzeis is not participating in any matter related to integrated resorts or Las Vegas Sands.”

Japanese opposition politicians have seized on the Adelson-Trump-Abe nexus. One, Tetsuya Shiokawa, said this year that he believes Trump has been the unseen force behind why Abe’s party has “tailor-made the [casino] bill to suit foreign investors like Adelson.” In the next stage of the process, casino companies will complete their bids with Japanese localities.

ADELSON’S INFLUENCE has spread across the Trump administration. In August 2017, the Zionist Organization of America, to which the Adelsons are major donors, launched a campaign against National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster. ZOA chief Mort Klein charged McMaster “clearly has animus toward Israel.”

Adelson said he was convinced to support the attack on McMaster after Adelson spoke with Safra Catz, the Israeli-born CEO of Oracle, who “enlightened me quite a bit” about McMaster, according to an email Klein later released to the media. Adelson pressed Trump to appoint the hawkish John Bolton to a high position, The New York Times reported. In March, Trump fired McMaster and replaced him with Bolton. The president and other cabinet officials also clashed with McMaster on policy and style issues.

For Scott Pruitt, the former EPA administrator known as an ally of industry, courting Adelson meant developing a keen interest in an unlikely topic: technology that generates clean water from air. An obscure Israeli startup called Watergen makes machines that resemble air conditioners and, with enough electricity, can pull potable water from the air.

Adelson doesn’t have a stake in the company, but he is old friends with the Israeli-Georgian billionaire who owns the firm, Mikhael Mirilashvili, according to the head of Watergen’s U.S. operation, Yehuda Kaploun. Adelson first encountered the technology on a trip to Israel, Kaploun said. Dershowitz is also on the company’s board.

Just weeks after being confirmed, Pruitt met with Watergen executives at Adelson’s request. Pruitt promptly mobilized dozens of EPA officials to ink a research deal under which the agency would study Watergen’s technology. EPA officials immediately began voicing concerns about the request, according to hundreds of previously unreported emails obtained through the Freedom of Information Act. They argued that the then-EPA chief was violating regular procedures.

Pruitt, according to one email, asked that staffers explore “on an expedited time frame” whether a deal could be done “without the typical contracting requirements.” Other emails described the matter as “very time sensitive” and having “high Administrator interest.”

A veteran scientist at the agency warned that the “technology has been around for decades,” adding that the agency should not be “focusing on a single vendor, in this case Watergen.” Officials said that Watergen’s technology was not unique, noting there were as many as 70 different suppliers on the market with products using the same concept. Notes from a meeting said the agency “does not currently have the expertise or staff to evaluate these technologies.” Agency lawyers “seemed scared” about the arrangement, according to an internal text exchange. The EPA didn’t respond to requests for comment.

Watergen got its research deal. It’s not known how much money the agency has spent on the project. The technology was shipped to a lab in Cincinnati, and Watergen said the government will produce a report on its study. Pruitt planned to unveil the deal on a trip to Israel, which was also planned with the assistance of Adelson, The Washington Post reported. But amid multiple scandals, the trip never happened.

Other parts of the Trump administration have also been friendly to Watergen. Over the summer, Mirilashvili attended the U.S. Embassy in Israel’s Fourth of July party, where he was photographed grinning and sipping water next to one of the company’s machines on display. Kaploun said U.S. Ambassador David Friedman’s staff assisted the company to help highlight its technology.

A State Department spokesperson said Watergen was one of many private sponsors of the embassy party and was “subject to rigorous vetting.” The embassy is now considering leasing or buying a Watergen unit as part of a “routine procurement action,” the spokesperson said.

A Mirilashvili spokesman said in a statement that Adelson and Mirilashvili “have no business ties with each other.” The spokesman added that Adelson had been briefed on the company’s technology by Watergen engineers and “Adelson has also expressed an interest in the ability of this Israeli technology to save the lives of hundreds of thousands of Americans who are affected by water pollution.”

EVEN AS THE CASINO business looks promising in Japan, China has been a potential trouble spot for Adelson. Few businesses are as vulnerable to geopolitical winds as Adelson’s. The majority of Sands’ value derives from its properties in Macau. It is the world’s gambling capital, and China’s central government controls it.

“Sheldon Adelson highly values direct engagement in Beijing,” a 2009 State Department cable released by WikiLeaks says, “especially given the impact of Beijing’s visa policies on the company’s growing mass market operations in Macau.”

At times, Sands’ aggressive efforts in China crossed legal lines. On Jan. 19, 2017, the day before Trump took office, the Justice Department announced Sands was paying a nearly $7 million fine to settle a longstanding investigation into whether it violated a U.S. anti-bribery statute in China. The case revealed that Sands paid roughly $60 million to a consultant who “advertised his political connections with [People’s Republic of China] government officials” and that some of the payments “had no discernible legitimate business purpose.” Part of the work involved an effort by Sands to acquire a professional basketball team in the country to promote its casinos. The DOJ said Sands fully cooperated in the investigation and fixed its compliance problems.

A year and a half into the Trump administration, Adelson has a bigger problem than the Justice Department investigation: Trump’s trade war against Beijing has put Sands’ business in Macau at risk. Sands’ right to operate expires in a few years. Beijing could throttle the flow of money and people from the mainland to Macau. Sands and the other foreign operators in Macau “now sit on a geopolitical fault line. Their Macau concessions can therefore be on the line,” said a report from the Hong Kong business consultancy Steve Vickers & Associates.

A former Sands board member, George Koo, wrote a column in the Asia Times newspaper in April warning that Beijing could undercut the Macau market by legalizing casinos in the southern island province of Hainan. “A major blow in the trade war would be for China to allow Hainan to become a gambling destination and divert visitors who would otherwise be visiting Macau,” Koo wrote. “As one of Trump’s principal supporters, it’s undoubtedly a good time for Mr. Adelson to have a private conversation with the president.”

It’s not clear if Adelson has had that conversation. According to The Associated Press, Adelson was present for a discussion of China policy at the dinner he attended with Trump at the White House in February 2017. In September, Trump escalated his trade war with China. He raised tariffs on $200 billion Chinese imports. China retaliated with tariffs on $60 billion of U.S. products.

Adelson has said privately that if he can be helpful in any way he would volunteer himself to do whatever is asked for either side of the equation — the U.S. or China, according to a person who has spoken to him.

TOROSSIAN, the public relations executive, calls Adelson “this generation’s Rothschild” for his support of Israel. In early May, the Adelsons gave $30 million to the super PAC that is seeking to keep Republican control of the House for the remainder of Trump’s term. A few days later, Trump announced he was killing the Iran nuclear deal, a target of Adelson’s and the Netanyahu government’s for years. The following day, Adelson met with the president at the White House.

Five days later, Adelson was in Israel for another landmark, the opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem. Trump’s decision to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem marked a major shift in U.S. foreign policy, long eschewed by presidents of both parties. Besides dealing a major blow to Palestinian claims on part of the city, which are recognized by most of the world, it was the culmination of a more than 20-year project of the Adelsons. Sheldon and Miriam personally lobbied for the move on Capitol Hill as far back as 1995.

In an audience dotted with yarmulkes and MAGA-red hats, the Adelsons were in the front now, next to Netanyahu and his wife, the Kushners and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin. A beaming Miriam, wearing a dress featuring an illustration of the Jerusalem skyline, filmed the event with her phone. She wrote a first-person account of the ceremony that was co-published on the front page of the two newspapers the Adelsons own, Israel Hayom and the Las Vegas Review-Journal: “The embassy opening is a crowning moment for U.S. foreign policy and for our president, Donald Trump. Just over a year into his first term, he has re-enshrined the United States as the standard-bearer of moral clarity and courage in a world that too often feels adrift.”

Adelson paid for the official delegation of Guatemala, the only other country to move its embassy, to travel to Israel. “Sheldon told me that any country that wants to move its embassy to Jerusalem, he’ll fly them in — the president and everyone — for the opening,” said Orthodox Jewish Chamber of Commerce CEO Duvi Honig, who was in attendance.

Klein, the Zionist Organization of America president, was also there. The Adelsons, he said, “were glowing with a serene happiness like I’ve never seen them. Sheldon said to me, ‘President Trump promised he would do this and he did it.’ And he almost became emotional. ‘And look, Mort, he did it.’”

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          As Months Pass in Chicago Shelters, Immigrant Children Contemplate Escape, Even Suicide      Cache   Translate Page      
Internal documents reveal despair and tedium in one of the nation's largest shelter networks for unaccompanied minors.

One 16-year-old from Guatemala said he wanted to “quitarme la vida,” or “take my life away,” as he waited to be released from a Chicago shelter for immigrant children. He was kept there for at least 584 days.

A 17-year-old from Guinea went on a hunger strike, telling staff members he refused to eat until he saw evidence they were trying to find him a home. He was released nearly nine months after he entered a shelter.

And a 10-month-old boy, forcibly separated from his father at the U.S.-Mexico border in March, was bitten repeatedly by an older child and later hospitalized after falling from a highchair. He was detained for five months.

ProPublica Illinois has obtained thousands of confidential records about the nine federally funded shelters in the Chicago area for immigrant youth operated by the nonprofit Heartland Human Care Services — some dating back years, others from as recently as last week.

The documents provide a sweeping overview of the inner workings and life inside one of the country’s largest shelter networks for unaccompanied minors, including children separated from their parents under the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance policy.

While the records focus on Illinois shelters, they provide a rare glimpse of a secretive detention system that holds children at more than 100 sites across the country. They include descriptions of serious incident reports filed with the federal government, caseworkers’ notes on family reunifications, employee schedules, daily rosters, internal emails and more.

The documents reveal the routines of life inside the shelters, days punctuated by tedium and fear as children wait and wait and wait to leave. They spend their days taking English lessons and learning about such peculiarities as American slang, St. Patrick’s Day, the NFL and the red carpet fashions at the Academy Awards. They complain about the food and mistreatment by staff. And they cry and write letters and hurt themselves in despair.

In what they say and write, and in what is said and written about them, one truth becomes abundantly clear: The longer children are detained, the more they struggle.

And the time they spend inside is getting longer. The average length of stay nationally in fiscal year 2017 was 34 days. It grew to 57 days in June amid the Trump administration’s border crackdown that divided families, and then more recently to 59 days, federal officials told ProPublica Illinois last week.

But that figure masks the harsh reality that some children have spent hundreds of days waiting to leave. In Chicago alone, 27 children who were in Heartland’s care during the month of July — including several from India, Guatemala and Nepal — had been held for 200 days or more, records show. A 17-year-old from Honduras had been in custody the longest: 598 days.

“It’s traumatic to have this indefinite detention,” said Emily Ruehs-Navarro, an assistant professor of sociology at Elmhurst College near Chicago who has studied shelters for unaccompanied immigrant children. “It’s a vicious cycle where the longer kids stay, the more trauma is compounded on their situation.”

Children — many of whom are reeling from the trauma of rape, violence or other abuse in their home countries or during their treks to the United States — languish as caseworkers try to find sponsors and persuade them to undergo background checks. Those without relatives or family friends in the U.S. remain in custody even longer, sometimes rejected by long-term foster care programs already filled to capacity.

As caseworkers try to find placements, the older teens live in fear of turning 18. Records show that immigration officials, almost without fail, arrive on the children’s birthdays to take them into custody.

Heartland acknowledged that extended stays lead to some children “becoming frustrated and losing motivation and hope,” the agency wrote in a 2017 report to the federal government. When children are left inside for extended periods, the report continued, there is “no incentive” for them to behave.

Both Heartland and federal officials say they work hard to quickly find homes for children. The federal government makes the final call on when children can be released from a shelter.

In a statement to ProPublica Illinois, Heartland officials declined to comment on specific incidents involving children, but acknowledged that those affected by the zero tolerance policy “don’t want to be with us at all — they just want to go home.”

“That can play out in deep feelings of despair, unhappiness, wanting to escape, and even suicidal thoughts,” they said. “This has nothing to do with the shelter and everything to do with the trauma and horror these children have lived through — coming to a foreign country, being brought to an unknown place without your loved one, and suffering emotionally from being forcibly separated from their parents.”

Classes, Acculturation and Despair

Records reveal a regimented existence inside the shelters, with employees controlling nearly every minute of a child’s day. Though children attend class and play games and sports outside, they must walk in single-file lines and, for the most part, can’t move about buildings without permission.

“You wake up by 7 a.m., have a shower, then they give you breakfast,” recounted a 16-year-old from Nigeria who, along with two sisters, spent more than a month at a shelter this spring.

“I went to a lot of classes,” recalled a 15-year-old from Brazil now living with her mother in Philadelphia. “Three to four classes in the morning, then three more after lunch.”

Children spend hours each day in class, mostly learning English. Schedules and other records document regular activities around mental health and vocational education, from building positive relationships to writing a resume. Children who behave go on field trips to Chicago’s major cultural destinations, including art and science museums.

The records describe regular “community meetings” at the shelters during which children can voice their opinions. During one meeting in early 2017, children at the Casa Guadalupe shelters in suburban Des Plaines complained about finding hair in their food. That prompted management to remind staff to wear gloves and hairnets.

At another shelter, children requested coffee, hair bands and different shampoo.

The children, records show, said they were being unfairly punished by staff when other children acted out. In response, management talked to employees about how “sometimes our typical response is not an appropriate consequence.”

Other complaints, described in the documents and ProPublica Illinois interviews with children, involved food — not having enough of it or being forced to eat everything on their plates.

Nearly a dozen children who were recently released from a Heartland shelter told ProPublica Illinois they were grateful for the care they received: three meals a day, a bed and a roof over their heads.

A 16-year-old from India, who spent 114 days at Heartland’s largest facility on Chicago’s South Side, reported no problems during his time there and said he made some friends. He’s now happy to be with family in New York, his aunt said.

“He was alone and no family (was there), so that thing was very hard for him,” she said.

For the most part, several children said, shelter employees were kind. But they repeatedly also said employees would sometimes threaten to slow reunification efforts when children refused to take part in daily activities — as some children sometimes did if they were “too sad” to participate.

Heartland said such threats are not its policy. Ruehs-Navarro said children with repeated behavioral problems, or those who express suicidal thoughts or other psychological needs, may spend longer inside shelters because their caseworkers must ensure potential sponsors are prepared to provide the support they need.

“It’s supposed to be a protective measurement,” she said. “It’s not supposed to be a punishment, but it ends up being a punishment.”

For the 16-year-old who cried out that he wanted to “take my life away,” life before the shelter was already traumatic: He told Heartland staff that he came to the United States in early 2015 to flee violence in Guatemala, where he said he had been shot at twice and extorted by a gang.

As months passed in the shelter, new problems emerged. He talked about suicide, running away and hearing voices. More than a year later, documents note he became upset after receiving an update from his caseworker about the effort to place him with a sponsor. He punched a door in anger.

He didn’t leave until four months later, in late 2016. It’s unclear where he went.

“Just Wait Until the Paperwork Is Done”

Heartland, which cares for some 3,000 unaccompanied minors each year, receives more federal funding to do this work than all but three other organizations in the country. Heartland is part of a larger nonprofit organization called Heartland Alliance, which is based in Chicago and works on a range of issues, including human rights, housing and health care.

A former senior official with the Department of Health and Human Services said Heartland has a reputation for longer lengths of stays than the rest of the nation’s shelter network in part because it cares for a disproportionate number of children with physical and psychological challenges.

Advocates for immigrant children and some Heartland employees say there’s another reason for the more recent increases in lengths of stays: the public attention on children separated under the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance policy, as well as a court-ordered deadline to reunite those families. Together, those factors put pressure on shelter staff to prioritize those cases at the expense of other children in the shelters.

Heartland officials said the arrival of children under the zero-tolerance policy has not had a “significant” effect on getting other children back to their families. Instead, they point to other reasons for the delays, including more onerous federal requirements for potential sponsors. All household members, for instance, now need to be fingerprinted.

And new federal regulations require information on sponsors to be shared with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which could deter possible sponsors with household members who are undocumented immigrants. In the case of one 16-year-old from Honduras, records describe a delay after the “sponsor was scared to go to a police station for fingerprinting.”

The records obtained by ProPublica Illinois show how the process of matching children to sponsors — relatives, friends or foster families — can be drawn out. Shelter staff must ask for copies of birth certificates, photos or other documents to try to confirm relationships.

A relative of one 17-year-old who was released this summer told ProPublica Illinois how he sent letters to the boy’s mother in Bangladesh and waited for her to sign them and mail them back. He said he had to constantly reassure the teen, who was held for 11 weeks in Chicago, that he would be released soon.

“I told him, ‘Just wait until the paperwork is done,’” he said.

Cost is another factor. Federal guidelines require sponsors to pay for the plane tickets from a shelter to a new home for both the child and an escort. But many sponsors, often part of the same family, have little money to begin with and have gone into debt to send the children to the U.S. One mother, for instance, told authorities she sold her home in India to pay for her child’s journey here, according to documents.

In another case, a potential sponsor for a 17-year-old Guatemalan boy told shelter staff he had asked the boy’s relatives for 30,000 quetzales, or close to $4,000, to help pay for the costs of obtaining legal documents and a flight from Chicago to Florida. That sponsor was rejected, and a few days later, the boy told staff that “he wanted to kill himself due to receiving news that his sponsor was denied,” according to the documents.

Heartland officials said they understand the concerns surrounding travel expenses — as much as $1,250, some families told ProPublica Illinois — and in cases of “extreme hardship,” the federal government will cover the costs.

Several Heartland employees told ProPublica Illinois that staffing shortages also offer an explanation for growing lengths of stays. Family reunification specialists, they said, are sometimes asked to do other tasks, such as supervising children or cleaning up after meals. That takes them away from getting children safely placed with sponsors.

Federal monitors, in fact, reminded Heartland officials in an August 2016 email that family reunification specialists and clinicians “should not be assigned to other duties” because it “significantly and negatively impacts [level of care].”

But staffing woes continue. In July, a program manager at Casa Guadalupe sent an email to employees asking for volunteers to fill dozens of overtime shifts. One Sunday, the email shows, seven slots were available for a morning shift with 13 positions.

In another email a few days later, the program manager asked if staffers could work even part of a shift because the shelter “is in the need of help this week, especially Thursday, Friday and Saturday shifts.”

In recent weeks, current employees said, Heartland announced it would bring in temporary workers to help out at its shelters, including its largest facility, in Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood.

Heartland officials acknowledged their struggle to retain employees at the shelters.

“Our front-line staff have very tough jobs and can experience fatigue like many who do this work,” they said in a statement. “Moreover, the fluctuation and unpredictability of the number of intakes into our program present challenges for retaining full-time staff.”

The statement said that, when necessary, it “worked with specialized staffing agencies” and that those “temporary staff” go through background checks and training before they work with children.

Heartland regularly recruits for new full-time staff, and it recently hosted a job fair down the street from Casa Guadalupe focused on bilingual candidates, according to a flyer for the event. The former HHS official said that meeting children’s language needs has long been a challenge for Heartland because the organization receives many of the non-Spanish speaking minors in federal care.

Officials from Heartland said the organization “has the capacity to accept a diverse population due to the many languages spoken by its staff.”

Records show that, during July, about 60 percent of the minors in Heartland shelters were from non-Spanish-speaking countries, including India, Bangladesh, Brazil and Romania. At shelters across the country, the vast majority of children are from Central America and Mexico.

This summer, incidents related to staffing at Heartland shelters fell under unprecedented public scrutiny. Federal and state authorities opened investigations into the agency after news reports alleged staff at Casa Guadalupe gave a Guatemalan boy injections that made him sleepy.

Both investigations are ongoing, but Heartland officials said an internal review found no evidence to support the claims.

Lawyers for an 11-year-old boy sued Heartland in federal court in July alleging Casa Guadalupe staff was negligent for ignoring his cries for help, and claimed he was bullied and physically injured by an older child. Heartland has not responded to the filing in court, although officials from the organization have said they have found no evidence of negligence.

ProPublica Illinois previously reported that Heartland has been cited by the state Department of Children and Family Services several times in recent years for failing to provide appropriate supervision. In one case, children were found to have had oral sex in a common room at a shelter. In another, an employee allegedly engaged in a sexual relationship with a detained teen.

Heartland officials declined to address the specific incidents but said they “represent highly rare occasions.”

A Fear of Turning 18

On a recent Thursday morning, more than a dozen boys and girls wearing matching polo shirts and jeans filed into the courtroom of Chicago immigration Judge Jennie Giambastiani, who handles the court’s juvenile docket.

The children were being held in Heartland facilities and ranged in age from a 14-year-old Honduran girl with dark hair pulled into two bunches, to several 17-year-old boys with beards and mustaches beginning to sprout. Most of the children sat silently and looked down at their hands clasped in their laps. One teen periodically wiped his sweaty palms on his knees while another bounced his foot.

All were represented by attorneys from the National Immigrant Justice Center, also a subsidiary of the Heartland Alliance.

Giambastiani spoke briefly with every child — all but one through an interpreter — and asked the same questions: their name, age and, depending on the answer, how soon they would turn 18.

“Oh, that’s coming up,” she told one young man.

The judge turned to the attorney of another young man and issued the same warning she had repeated many times that morning: “With his 18th birthday looming, I don’t want him to miss an opportunity” to be placed with a sponsor.

“Please be mindful of that,” she added.

A child’s 18th birthday is a dreaded milestone marked by the arrival of federal immigration agents at shelter doors, sometimes just after midnight. Current and former staff said they have overheard older children talk about running away as their birthday approached. Some have been successful.

In some cases, Heartland assigns a staff member to monitor the child.

Heartland officials said they “have not had a significant number of children turn 18 while they are in our care.” But records show that, in July alone, at least six detained youths were picked up by ICE agents the day they turned 18.

A federal detainee locator showed that three of those teens remained in adult detention more than a month after they were transferred, including one in a county jail in Illinois that contracts with the federal government to provide immigrant detention. It’s unclear if the other three 18-year-olds were deported or released.

Nationally, between 1,000 and 1,200 children who turned 18 while in custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement were taken to ICE adult detention facilities in fiscal year 2017, according to a lawsuit filed in March by NIJC and the law firm Kirkland & Ellis. The suit seeks to halt the practice of automatically transferring 18-year-olds into adult facilities without considering “the least restrictive setting” — including non-detention placements — as required by law.

In some cases, teens who had secured placements were still transferred to ICE on their 18th birthday, according to documents filed in the lawsuit.

“The concerns and vulnerabilities of immigrant kids don’t magically disappear on their 18th birthday,” Kate Melloy Goettel, an attorney with NIJC, said.

What changes in adult detention is not all for the worse. On one hand, 18-year-olds can receive visitors, something that rarely happens at youth shelters because of the confidentiality around their locations.

But they lose access to free calls to families, daily classes and caseworkers. They trade in their plain shelter clothes for jail jumpsuits and, depending on where they are sent, their bunkmates for men and women charged with serious crimes. And instead of worrying about whether a sponsor will take them, the 18-year-olds wait to see if they will be eligible for release or whether their families can afford to bond them out.

Last week, a U.S. District Court judge denied a government request to dismiss the lawsuit and allowed it to move forward as a class-action suit to include all unaccompanied children transferred to ICE facilities after they turned 18.

Heartland officials said that they believe the right to seek safety and asylum extends to children who turn 18 while in shelters and that they oppose “the prosecution, detention and the return” of those children in search of such reprieves.

Sometimes, young people are so fearful of turning 18 — or were already 18 when they entered the country — that they lie about their birthdate or show fake birth certificates. Federal guidelines instruct staff who suspect supposed minors are actually adults to verify their age in part to avoid housing adults with children. Shelter staff can seek medical procedures such as forensic dental exams and bone density tests as part of the process.

Two Heartland workers said the evaluations are performed by an area dentist under the guise of a routine checkup. Heartland officials did not respond to questions about this process but instead referred to the federal guidelines.

The Heartland records show that in July, a young man from Ghana and a woman from Honduras in the shelters were turned over to ICE after “age redeterminations.”

Beatriz, a 15-year-old from Brazil, recalled how another girl she became friends with during her nearly nine months at a Heartland shelter was turned over to ICE after staff discovered the girl was actually in her early 20s. Beatriz said her friend was eventually released from federal custody and now lives with relatives on the East Coast.

Beatriz, meanwhile, lives in Atlanta, though she recently returned to Chicago for an immigration court hearing. She said she often thinks about her time at the Heartland shelter, even searching for it online using Google Street View, remembering the name of the street and of a nearby school.

And she has remained in touch with the friends she made inside, including the young woman now on the East Coast, through a messaging app.

They named their WhatsApp group “Sweet Freedom.”

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SUSANA DÍAZ ADELANTA LAS ELECCIONES EN ANDALUCIA BAJO PRETEXTO DE LA ESTABILIDAD. Lo bueno de las prerrogativas que tienen todos los Presidentes y Presidentas, ya sea del Gobierno de España como los de los diferentes Gobiernos autonómicos, es que pueden elegir el momento que más convenga a sus intereses y los de su partido, en que cierran el chiringuito de su legislatura y convocan elecciones con la esperanza de ser reelegidos. Claro, eso si no son sorpresivamente descabalgados del poder en una moción de censura, tal y como le ha sucedido a Mariano Rajoy hace escasos meses con la irrupción cual elefante en cacharrería del ambicioso, soberbio (por orgulloso no por epatante) y sectario Pedro Sánchez. Ese que ha decidido no cumplir precisamente con estar el mínimo tiempo posible, lo justo para convocar elecciones generales y dejar en manos de los españoles el que decidan sobre qué alternativa de Gobierno prefieren, ya que la actual situación con este Gobierno apoyado en los enemigos de España no creo que cuente con la simpatía del electorado. El caso es que Susana Díaz ha querido cubrirse en salud y se ha atrevido a justificarse diciendo que “Mi tierra no merece tener la inestabilidad que hay en el conjunto de España”. Una frase que merece ser analizada por la carga de hipocresía, cinismo y desvergüenza que contiene. Porque quizás se refiera a que su partido matriz, el PSOE, al que le sobra la O de obrero y la E de España, ha conseguido alzarse con el poder por la decisión de su actual líder, ese al que Susana Diaz llegó a enfrentarse en las primarias que acabó perdiendo y terminó por refugiarse en su cortijo sevillano. Una joven promesa cuyo discurso de españolidad había calado no solo en las filas socialistas, sino en otros caladeros en un momento en que el frente constitucionalista español más lo necesitaba, Pero la llegada de Pedro Sánchez al poder tras la moción de censura ha llevado a esa inestabilidad de Gobierno empecinado en mantenerse en el poder sustentado en unos PGE que dependen precisamente del apoyo de los enemigos de España. Pero es que Andalucía lleva años sumida en la inestabilidad en la que el PSOE ya no goza de esas amplias mayorías absolutas y la época de supremacía que ejercían desde la Junta personajes como Manuel Chaves y José Antonio Griñán, sus padrinos políticos que están implicados y enjuiciados en los más vergonzosos casos de corrupción en la Historia de España. Porque conviene acudir a la hemeroteca para recordar que Susana Díaz pasó por el mismo trance que afecta ahora a Pedro Sánchez. Su acceso a la presidencia de la Junta de Andalucía se produjo tras la renuncia de José Antonio Griñán, señalado entonces por el caso de los ERE’s, en una sesión de investidura que se celebró en septiembre del 2013. Faltaban seis meses para que se cumpliese la mitad de la legislatura. Una legislatura que se basaba en una coalición con IU-Los Verdes CA- y que contaba con la oposición del PP que había sido la fuerza más votada con 50 escaños frente a los 47 del PSOE-A y los 12 escaños de IU-LV-CA. Y una vez más la inestabilidad llama a la puerta de San Telmo. Susana Díaz el 25 de enero de 2015 anuncia que rompe el pacto de Gobierno con IU-LV-CA, alegando desconfianza hacia sus socios y la situación de inestabilidad que, a su juicio, atravesaba el Ejecutivo de coalición. Así que disuelve las Cámaras y convoca elecciones autonómicas. Aquí aparecen dos nuevos partidos políticos que entran con fuerza en el Parlamento andaluz. Los resultados fueron 47 escaños para el PSOE-A, que repitió los del 2012; 37 para el PP (13 menos); PODEMOS con 15 escaños; CIUDADANOS con 9 e IU-LV-CA con 5 (7 menos). La fragmentación era evidente y Susana había ido de Guatemala a Guatepeor. Finalmente se logra un pacto con CIUDADANOS obteniendo así la mayoría absoluta (56 vs. 47) tras aceptar las condiciones impuestas en cuanto a los temas de corrupción, imputados, limitación de mandatos, cambio de la ley electoral y bajada del IRPF tramo autonómico. Hay que decir que C’S ha mantenido el pacto a pesar de los graves incumplimientos en todos esos temas por parte de Susana Díaz y su actitud frente a los casos de corrupción que afectan a más de 100 ex altos cargos de la Junta de Andalucía y a los anteriores Presidentes Chaves y Griñán. Así que ahora Susana vuelve a ver la inestabilidad, pero esta vez fuera de Andalucía, en el resto de España según ella, pero que curiosamente afecta a su partido por haber aceptado el apoyo de unos socios nada fiables y a los que ella misma y la anterior Ejecutiva Federal habían vetado para la investidura como Presidente del Gobierno de Pedro Sánchez. Lo que tendría que explicar es ¿por qué en junio de este año decidieron no oponerse a que se presentase esa moción de censura con esos apoyos bastardos de los enemigos de España?. Porque al no hacerlo se convirtieron en cómplices necesarios de esa inestabilidad, que cuenta con el abrazo del oso de PODEMOS y su jactancia de gobernar sin formar parte del Gobierno, y con las exigencias de los golpistas catalanes del PDeCAT y ERC para apoyar los PGE a cambio de concesiones inasumibles. Lo que valía para Andalucía debió de valer también para España. Pero la realidad es que lo de envolverse en la bandera rojigualda y proclamar la españolidad depende de muchos factores y circunstancias, sobre todo el que sean propicias a los fines que Susana Díaz persiga. Nadie puede adivinar lo que pueda suceder el próximo 2 de diciembre, pero lo más probable es que el PSOE-A se quede en ese entorno entre los 42-47 escaños, principalmente porque no le pase factura el juicio de los ERE’s por no haber sentencia para esas fechas. Que el PP siga en su tendencia bajista arrastrado por el tsunami de la corrupción y transitoriedad sin un liderazgo fuerte ni proyecto claro para Andalucía quedando en el entorno de los 20 -25 escaños. Y que lo mismo ocurra con IU-LV-CA que puede incluso que sea barrida por PODEMOS definitivamente, siendo ésta la formación más beneficiada junto con CIUDADANOS, pudiendo pasar a empatar o superar al PP y convertirse en segunda fuerza. Así que es muy posible que volvamos a tener un pacto de Gobierno renovado entre PSOE-A y C’S, cuyo condicionado puede que sea mucho más exigente que el de la pasada legislatura y con mayor grado de seguimiento de los incumplimientos, eso del marcaje asfixiante. En cualquier caso estos meses son cruciales a nivel nacional donde, en principio, no podemos descartar nada ya que la inestabilidad puede agravarse en cualquier momento y forzar a Pedro Sánchez a decidir dar por terminada la legislatura en cuestión de semanas. Todo depende de si los PGE cuentan o no con los apoyos suficientes y eso también depende de si el Gobierno de la Generalidad no se ve forzado a convocar nuevas elecciones generales para intentar garantizarse una mayoría parlamentaria sin las hipotecas de suspensiones de diputados que crean una evidente inestabilidad y bloqueo en el Parlamento autonómico de Cataluña y, por consiguiente, en la gobernabilidad. O eso o tirarse al monte de la desobediencia y la unilateralidad. Pedro Sánchez ya puede darse por satisfecho de haber colmado su ambición personal. Fiarlo todo al apoyo de los golpistas es suicida y deja la iniciativa en manos de irresponsables y delincuentes fugados de la Justicia de España y que se dedican a entorpecer y boicotear las Instituciones. Si tuviera algo de dignidad no intentará forzar la situación y mantenerse a toda costa dos años más en una legislatura impostada. La solución solo pasa por cumplir con lo que prometió que haría, convocar elecciones en el menor plazo de tiempo posible. Ese tiempo ya ha pasado y cuanto más se dilate, más se aumentará la inestabilidad y la inseguridad perjudicando gravemente a la economía de España. Así que un día más y con mayor motivo si cabe: ¡¡¡GOBIERNO OKUPA DIMISIÓN!!! ¡¡ELECCIONES GENERALES YA!! ¡Que pasen si pueden y su conciencia se lo permite un buen día!
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Roxana Baldetti was charged with illicit association, fraud, and influence peddling.

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Guatemala.- El Grupo de Lima exigió este martes al Gobierno nacional una investigación parcial e independiente sobre la muerte del concejal opositor Fernando Albán, quien se encontraba bajo custodia de las autoridades venezolanas. “El Grupo de Lima urge al Gobierno de Venezuela a realizar una investigación inmediata, imparcial e independiente, con aval internacional, para esclarecer […]
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Former Guatemalan Vice President Roxana Baldetti has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for her role in the 'Magic Water' scandal.
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Raúl López Flores, atleta torreonense, volvió a esta ciudad lleno de gloria tras conquistar la ciudad de San José, Costa Rica, lugar que del 5 al 7 de octubre pasados, albergó el XXI Campeonato Centroamericano de Atletismo Máster, logrando resultados de excelencia.

MEDALLAS

En el mencionado certamen participan solamente atletas mayores a 30 años, procedentes de países como México, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Belice, Panamá, Nicaragua, el local en esta ocasión fue Costa Rica, entre otros. López logró adjudicarse 4 medallas para firmar así una exitosa participación en el competitivo certamen internacional.

López obtuvo medalla de oro en la competencia de salto de longitud y en la carrera de relevos 4 por 400, mientras que quedó en el segundo lugar dentro de la carrera 4 por 100 y en la competición individual de los 400 metros, siendo uno de los atletas con mejores resultados, dejando de ésta manera en alto el nombre de la ciudad y del país.

Raúl López se mostró agradecido con el Instituto Municipal del Deporte, en particular con Moisés Arce Daher, director del organismo, por haberle otorgado el apoyo necesario para ir a competir y obtener un gran resultado, junto a otros patrocinadores como la Universidad Iberoamericana Torreón y Dinger. López, quien se ubica en el undécimo lugar del ránking mundial, sigue preparándose rumbo al campeonato del mundo que se disputará el próximo año en Polonia, a donde pretende ir a poner el nombre de Torreón en todo lo alto, compitiendo ante atletas de élite a nivel global.

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          Lasers Reveal More Than 61,000 Ancient Maya Structures Hidden Beneath Guatemalan Jungle      Cache   Translate Page      

The survey revealed that the Mayans modified way more of their landscape than researchers ever thought. Through the use of LiDAR laser technology, researchers in Guatemala have discovered over 61,000 ancient Mayan structures. These yielded new information about the agriculture, lifestyle, and day-to-day life of the Mayan people. The study, recently published in Science, involved a […]

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Baldetti was found guilty of being involved in the embezzlement of millions of dollars from a state fund.
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Documento fue firmado por Gobiernos de Argentina, Canadá, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, México, Paraguay, Perú y Santa Lucía. Fernando Albán falleció el pasado lunes tras caer desde el décimo piso del Servicio Bolivariano de Inteligencia (Sebin).

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Roxana Baldetti, ex vicepresidenta guatemalteca, fue condenada este martes a más de 15 años de prisión, por participar en un fraude para la adjudicación de un contrato millonario para descontaminar un lago cercano a la capital.
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La Prensa

Ciudad de PanamáPrecio de venta de hoy del dólar estadounidense frente a las monedas de Centroamérica y su variación respecto de la jornada anterior: Países Moneda Precios Variación COSTA RICA Colón 594,60 (+0,23 %) GUATEMALA Quetzal 7,70 ( 0,00 %) HONDURAS Lempira 24,22 ( 0,00 %) NICARAGUA Córdoba 31,97 ( 0,00 %)El dólar es la moneda de curso legal en El Salvador y Panamá.


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La Prensa

Ciudad de PanamáPrecio de venta de hoy del dólar estadounidense frente a las monedas de Centroamérica y su variación respecto de la jornada anterior: Países Moneda Precios Variación COSTA RICA Colón 593,22 (+0,33 %) GUATEMALA Quetzal 7,70 ( 0,00 %) HONDURAS Lempira 24,22 ( 0,00 %) NICARAGUA Córdoba 31,97 (+0,03 %)El dólar es la moneda de curso legal en El Salvador y Panamá.


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LOS TRABAJADORES se sienten menos solos y más felices es espacios compartidos.

Tegucigalpa, HondurasLas perspectivas de crecimiento para 2018 no cumplen con las expectativas iniciales debido a los retos que enfrentan algunos países de la región, particularmente en Sudamérica.

El Banco Mundial (BM) ha recortado a menos de la mitad su proyección de crecimiento para la región latinoamericana, ya que en junio la entidad anticipaba que el PIB de la zona creciera 1.

7%, pero ahora anticipa un 0.

6%.

Así lo anunció el BM en su último informe regional semestral “Sobre incertidumbre y cisnes negros.

¿Cómo lidiar con riesgo en América Latina y el Caribe?”, publicado el 5 de octubre.

“Hemos encontrado baches en el camino a la recuperación”, dijo Carlos Végh, economista jefe del Banco Mundial para América Latina y el Caribe.

“Esto hace que sea aún más necesario mejorar la comprensión y la gestión de los riesgos y otros impactos, desde turbulencias financieras hasta desastres naturales”.

Se espera que Sudamérica se contraiga 0.

1% en 2018 y que crezca 1.

2% en 2019.

Este crecimiento más lento se debe a las turbulencias del mercado que comenzaron en Argentina en abril, la desaceleración en la expansión de Brasil, el deterioro continuo de la situación en Venezuela y un entorno externo menos favorable.

CentroaméricaContrario a otras regiones de América, Centroamérica y el Caribe seguirán creciendo; 2.

8% y 3.

7% en 2018, respectivamente.

Mientras que en 2019 Centroamérica podría crecer 3.

2% y el Caribe 3.

5%.

De los cinco países de la región central, el que más crecerá es Honduras con 3.

6% proyectó el Banco Mundial, seguido de El Salvador (2.

8%), Costa Rica (2.

7%) y Guatemala (2.

6%).

Mientras que la economía de Nicaragua caerá -3.

8% al cierre de este año, tras la crisis política que inició desde abril pasado.

La contracción de Nicaragua también le pasa factura a la región centroamericana.

En 2017 este país crecía a 4.

9%, por lo que se esperaba un mejor desempeño a inicios del año.

América Latina y el Caribe están sumamente expuestas y son muy vulnerables a una serie de desastres naturales como terremotos e inundaciones que pueden devastar regiones enteras, o los huracanes, que azotan particularmente a los estados caribeños, dijo el BM.

En términos de pérdidas humanas y daños económicos, la región es una de las más vulnerables del mundo debido a la elevada densidad poblacional de aquellas áreas donde golpean estos desastres y a la necesidad de mejorar las prácticas de gestión de riesgos.

“Teniendo en cuenta la incertidumbre existente en el panorama económico, es más importante que nunca construir resiliencia para afrontar el futuro con mayores garantías”, dijo Jorge Familiar, vicepresidente del Banco Mundial para América Latina y el Caribe


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Imagine a small, developing nation whose education system is severely lacking: schools are poorly funded, students can't afford tuition or books, fewer than half of indigenous girls even attend school — and often drop out to take care of siblings or get married. These are the schools of rural Guatemala. Now meet a firebrand educator who thinks he has a way to reinvent schools in Guatemala. His school is called Los Patojos, a Spanish word used in Guatemala that means "little ones." The main school building — with its sunny courtyard and colorful murals — is located in the town of Jocotenango, about an hour from the capital of Guatemala City. On the day I visit, the littlest students are racing around in homemade cow costumes as part of a student performance taking place later that day. Los Patojos is in the mold of Montessori and Waldorf schools. It focuses on the whole child — the intellectual, the artistic, the physical and the practical. Teachers show the students how to bake bread,
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Ana María Toledo Cáceres landed in Las Vegas on a sweltering September day in 2014. In the car with her fiancé, en route to her new home in Utah, the 49-year-old Guatemalan tried to take in the stark, red rock landscape. Cáceres had been sad to leave her two daughters behind in Guatemala City, but now she felt excited and ready to marry the man she loved. The wedding was scheduled for the following day—the same date she had agreed to be his girlfriend four years prior.

Cáceres’ fiancé was a gray-haired and stout Guatemalan man who had moved to the U.S. as a Mormon missionary and become a citizen. The two met in their home country in 2009 when he was back on a visit. Cáceres was skeptical of his advances at first, but she came to cherish him as, for months, they exchanged long emails about the Bible, hobbies, and goals for the future.

“Although I’m using my head, I’m also giving my heart permission,” she wrote to him then.

The marriage proposal came soon after, and he sponsored her to come to the United States on a fiancé visa. In her suitcase, Cáceres packed a formal, three-piece ivory garment to pair with pearl earrings and a matching necklace.

The wedding ceremony took place in a garden for about 20 people, all strangers sloppily dressed in shorts and sandals. But on the top of the wedding cake was a comforting reminder, a card with a saying the couple shared: “You’re not perfect but you’re perfect for me.”

That same night, Cáceres’ new husband took her to a hotel in Mesquite, a one-hour drive from Nevada’s Valley of Fire State Park, for their honeymoon. Recently, Cáceres sobbed as she recalled the small, suffocating room with the shut blinds. She remembered the rudeness of her husband’s touch and not being able to move, breathless under his body, while he forced her to have sex.

“I just wanted him to be outside of me,” Cáceres said. “It was maybe a few minutes, but for me, it was forever.”

Feeling guilty and ashamed, Cáceres would later attempt to take her own life. “I didn’t want to accept what had happened to me,” she said. “I didn’t want to say these hard words that put us in the statistics: I was raped.”

Like many immigrant victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, Cáceres felt trapped. Her immigration status prevented her from getting a driver’s license or a job, and she didn’t speak English. Living in a remote condo on the top of a hill in St. George, a gateway town to Utah’s national parks, where the closest bus stop was a 20-minute walk away, she relied on her husband to be her translator, driver, and provider.

As the foreign spouse of a U.S. citizen, Cáceres was eligible to apply for a green card and eventually for citizenship. But her husband refused to file the joint application. Instead, less than a month into their marriage, he asked for a divorce and tricked Cáceres into believing her only options were going back to Guatemala voluntarily or facing deportation.

It isn’t uncommon for abusers to use their victims’ immigration status as a tool of control if they attempt to leave. Often, women like Cáceres come from cultures where domestic violence is perceived as a private matter and they fear the reaction of family members if they were to go back to their home countries. Unaware of their rights or the range of services available to them in the U.S., victims end up staying in abusive homes.

Enacted in 1994 and reauthorized three times since, the Violence Against Women Act opened up legal avenues for immigrant victims of crimes to adjust their immigration status to become permanent residents. For the battered spouses of U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents, it meant the possibility to remain legally in the country without depending on the abuser by submitting a self-petition.

Without legal counseling, Cáceres learned about VAWA through her own research and filed a self-petition, receiving a green card in May 2017. In the fiscal year 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the government agency in charge of granting visas and other immigration benefits, approved more than 3,500 applications from foreign victims of spousal abuse like Cáceres.

VAWA was set to expire on Sep. 30, but a stopgap spending bill has guaranteed an extension through Dec. 7. Bipartisan support in Congress for a long-term reauthorization, however, has yet to be reached. The bill introduced by Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee in July to reauthorize VAWA for another five years has only been co-sponsored by Democrats. And while 46 House Republicans signed a letter urging a bipartisan reauthorization of VAWA before the September deadline, a group led by Rep. Elise Stefanik pushed for a six-month extension of the legislation to allow time for more negotiations. The move was received with disapproval by the House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who criticized “the continued refusal over many years of House Republicans to extend VAWA’s critical protections to include vulnerable communities, particularly Native American, immigrant and LGBTQ communities.”

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When Nela Kalpic, a native of Belgrade, Serbia, came to the United States, she was seeking freedom from more than a decade of abuse. While living between Egypt and Kuwait, Kalpic’s Egyptian husband routinely assaulted her: He hit her with a belt, locked her inside the house for an entire week, and punched her as she curled up in a ball. Kalpic couldn’t drive or go out by herself.

“I couldn’t call the police,” Kalpic said. “They would tell me, ‘Deal with your husband,’ or tell him I wasn’t being obedient.”

In 2013, the couple was in Egypt, and Kalpic convinced her husband to seek asylum in the United States, claiming that the widespread persecution of Coptic Christians in the country threatened their safety. They arrived in New York City on tourist visas and were granted asylum that New Year’s Eve.

But her husband never changed. He kept all the documents she needed for a green card application and repeatedly attempted to sabotage her jobs, first as a receptionist at a salon and then at a Pottery Barn store, according to character references written by friends and colleagues in support of Kalpic’s custody rights of her three sons.

“Are you going to be out by four or what,” he texted her one day in 2014.

“You know I finish at 6:30,” Kalpic replied.

“Ok. I’ll be out at four and I want you out or you know what will happen.”

When her colleagues asked her if she wanted to call the police, Kalpic refused. She didn’t trust the system would be on her side. “I was so used to being dismissed by everyone,” she said.

Reaching out to immigrant victims of crimes has become increasingly challenging in face of the adverse environment for survivors reported around the country. Still, advocacy groups and service providers remain hopeful that anti-immigration rhetoric won’t get in the way of Congress reauthorizing VAWA, a crucial tool to help victims of abuse.

“VAWA has been instrumental in highlighting issues that immigrants, particularly women, who experience domestic violence and sexual assault face, and it’s a critical component for those working in the field,” said Ruth Glenn, president and CEO of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

According to a recent report to Congress, VAWA grantees served, on average, 17,812 immigrants, refugees, and asylum-seekers for every six-month period between July 2013 and June 2015.

Fear of deportation is not the only factor keeping immigrant women from escaping domestic violence. Even for those lawfully present in the country like Kalpic, language barriers, economic instability, and lack of familiarity with the legal system contribute to the perpetuation of abuse.

Victims are often unable to provide for themselves and their children, and have few social support systems in place. Through funding from VAWA, law enforcement, prosecutors, courts, and community-based organizations can become their lifeline.

Even though Kalpic spoke English and was financially supported by her mother, for a period, she was out of a job and getting by on food stamps. She received a protective order against her husband, but text and Facebook messages provided by Kalpic show that he violated it multiple times over the years, often using their sons as mediators to get in touch with her.

In a letter of support to Kalpic, a friend wrote: “I have never seen a woman that cared more about her children than her. I often asked her why she wouldn’t leave him and it was always the same answer: ‘If I do he will take my children away from me.’ ”

It took Kalpic more than a year of being in the U.S. to leave what, in one court document, she called a “violent prison I’d been locked in for nearly 14 years.” With a driver’s license that was only a few weeks old, she drove 1,200 miles from North Carolina, where they lived, to Madison, Wisconsin, with her sons.

There, Kalpic connected for the first time with the Domestic Abuse Intervention Services in Dane County, a domestic violence organization that receives grants from VAWA.

* * *

Following the traumatic honeymoon and a divorce, Cáceres had nowhere to go. Looking back, she describes herself during that period as being completely deprived of freewill. “All the time I was with him I felt in the wrong place, in somebody else’s story,” she said.

Cáceres was sent to live with her ex-husband’s family, who, she says, rationed her food and asked her abuser for money in return for hosting her. Eventually, with the help of a couple from a church in the farming town of Spring City, Utah, Cáceres moved to the the New Horizons Crisis Center, the only organization providing emergency shelter and social services to victims of domestic violence, rape, or sexual assault in a 13,000-square-mile area encompassing five rural counties of central Utah.

“It was like a little light in the darkness,” she said.

Between the shelter and transitional housing, Cáceres remained under New Horizons’ roof for almost two years as she got back on her feet. There, she studied English and received counseling. And for the first time, she fully understood she had been a victim of marital rape.

At the time, the organization didn’t have a bilingual advocate for lack of funding, so when a position opened up in 2016, Cáceres was the perfect fit. Having navigated the hurdles of the legal system in her own case, Cáceres, as an advocate, was able to share the knowledge she wishes she had had two years earlier, as a victim.

Since then, she has assisted 55 immigrant victims of domestic violence, rape, and sexual assault across Utah. She has referred victims to immigration lawyers, helped them with paperwork, and accompanied them to medical appointments. And as a result of Cáceres’ outreach to the statewide domestic violence coalitions, farm owners, and churches, more immigrant clients started to come to the shelter.

According to executive director Debbie Mayo, New Horizons used to serve 10 to 20 Hispanic clients per year. After Cáceres joined their efforts, the number jumped to about 20 people every month. “It was like a snowball effect,” Mayo said.

Now, Cáceres is taking on a new role as a high school teacher of Spanish and English in Utah, and she’ll be applying for her U.S. citizenship in 2020. Even as a legal permanent resident, she feels insecure about her status. Cáceres hasn’t seen her two daughters, who are 26 and 23 and back in Guatemala, in four years because she fears leaving the country and being unable to return.

“I was given back my life,” Cáceres said about VAWA and the ability to stay in the U.S. “Congress needs to be conscious that we need these opportunities.”

For Erika George, a law professor at the University of Utah who leads the Migrant Women Project and recently conducted a study about the barriers migrant women face when trying to access legal and social services, VAWA sends a message that these women’s lives matter.

“We’ve created structural conditions that leave women unprotected and signal to them that they should continue to suffer in silence because they won’t be protected,” George said. “Laws tell us what we value as a society, and if we don’t have VAWA in place, we’ve failed in our responsibilities to recognize social equality and the role gender violence plays.”

Like Cáceres, Kalpic has also used her experience to help other victims in similar situations. She is active at a statewide policymaking level with the Wisconsin Governor’s Council on Domestic Abuse and the End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin coalition, a VAWA grantee. Kalpic also assists the local organization where she once sought help in training new advocates and engaging the community in discussions about domestic violence prevention.

“I want to make sure they have a perspective from someone who didn’t grow up in the United States,” Kalpic said. “How do we include women who don’t have all the tools in their box that those who were born and raised here have?”

For immigrant women, leaving an abusive relationship might not always feel like a choice. But the ability to gain lawful status, access counseling and legal assistance, and rely on a criminal justice system with the resources to protect them is nothing short of a pathway to safety and autonomy.

Last October, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker presented Kalpic with the Courage Award, which acknowledges outstanding achievements in domestic abuse issues.

“Every day we have to make sure that no voice is left behind,” she said in her acceptance speech. “We’re everywhere. Believe us. Don’t doubt us. It takes strength we don’t even know we have to seek help.”

At times, Kalpic still worries that her ex-husband could try to take her sons back to Egypt, where she would have no rights. But when she walks in the State Capitol, she’s reminded that it hasn’t all been in vain.

“Here, when you decide that you want to do something and you go for it, you can still achieve it,” Kalpic said. “And I hope we never lose that.”


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A look at what’s happening around the majors Sunday:
CHICAGO’S ACE
Jon Lester has put together some ace-worthy seasons during his 13-year major league career Authentic Eric Staal Jersey , including four All-Star appearances and a runner-up finish in the Cy Young voting two years ago. The Chicago Cubs left-hander is in the middle of what might prove to be his finest season so far, and he’ll look to become the National League’s first 12-game winner when he takes the mound against the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday. Lester is 11-2 with a 2.25 ERA this season, and he’s won his last seven starts – including going 5-0 with a 1.13 ERA during June.
GRADE-A OAKLAND
The Oakland A’s downed Cleveland 6-3 in 11 innings on Saturday, winning for the ninth time in their last 11 games and for the 15th time in their last 19. Oakland sits at a season-high nine games over .500 and will try and stay unbeaten for a seventh straight series when it closes out its series with the Indians. Brett Anderson (0-2, 7.63) starts for the A’s, and Shane Bieber (4-0, 2.97) goes for Cleveland.
GOING GREINKE
Arizona starter Zack Greinke has turned around his season since posting a 5.04 ERA in April and is 9-5 with a 3.35 ERA overall, including 112 strikeouts in 109 2/3 innings. The Diamondbacks right-hander will take the mound against the San Diego Padres, and he comes in having allowed only two runs in his last three starts combined – a span of 19 2/3 innings.
RICK’S REBOUND
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OZUNA’S OUTAGE
Since winner the NL’s Player of the Week award last month, St. Louis outfielder Marcell Ozuna has been in a prolonged funk – going 15-for-71 (.211) and failing to hit a home run during that stretch. The Cardinals left fielder was the prized offseason acquisition in a trade from Miami, coming off a season in which he hit .312 with 37 home runs and 124 RBIs. This year, Ozuna is hitting .275 with 10 homers and 46 RBIs in 83 games.

Matt Harvey is getting another chance, this time with a historically bad team in a city that will have far fewer late-night temptations than the Big Apple. The Mets are getting a catcher who can help at their most unsettled position.
The Reds acquired the former New York ace for catcher Devin Mesoraco on Tuesday, shortly before Cincinnati pulled away to a 7-2 victory at Great American Ball Park.
The deal provided a fresh start for two former All-Stars whose careers have been sidetracked by injuries.
Mesoraco merely had to walk to the visiting clubhouse and was on the bench for the first pitch by Luis Castillo, which Mesoraco originally was supposed to catch. He was still wearing his Reds socks when he headed for the New York clubhouse, where attendants were sewing his name on the back of a Mets uniform.
TORONTO (AP) – All-Star closer Roberto Osuna of the Toronto Blue Jays was charged with assault Tuesday and put on administrative leave by Major League Baseball Geno Atkins Jersey , preventing him from playing for at least a week.
Toronto Police declined to say whether it was domestic assault. Constable Jenifferjit Sidhu said the charge is for one count of assault but provided no further details.
Osuna, who is from Mexico, is scheduled to appear in court June 18.
Administrative leave is not considered discipline. Osuna goes on the restricted list and continues to receive his $5.3 million salary, but is ineligible to play.
The Blue Jays recalled right-hander Jake Petricka from Triple-A Buffalo to take Osuna’s spot on the roster.
SOCCER
ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) – A Paraguayan court on Tuesday confirmed the extradition of Nicolas Leoz, the former president of South America’s soccer confederation.
However, his defense attorney said they would appeal the decision at the country’s Supreme Court.
The 89-year-old Leoz was charged in a corruption scandal being investigated by the U.S. Justice Department, and has been held under house arrest in Asuncion fighting the extradition order.
A court in November approved his extradition to the United States, where he has been wanted since 2015 on charges of receiving millions of dollars in bribes from marketing companies in exchange for TV and marketing rights to soccer tournaments.
Leoz denies any wrongdoing.
An appeals court on Tuesday confirmed the decision by denying an appeal.
GENEVA (AP) – Five weeks before the World Cup kicks off Patrick DiMarco Jersey , FIFA fined the Russian soccer federation 30,000 Swiss francs ($29,900) on Tuesday because fans racially abused France players during a game in St. Petersburg.
Monkey chants were aimed at black players, including Paul Pogba, during France’s 3-1 win over Russia in a friendly in March at a marquee stadium which will host seven World Cup games.
FIFA said its disciplinary panel noted ”the gravity of the incident but also the limited number of fans involved.”
Anti-racism group Kick It Out said FIFA’s ”lack of effective action … will likely result in the further abuse of black players in matches involving (Russia).”
Russia faced criticism of racist incidents in domestic club games even before it was picked as World Cup host in 2010, and the federation was fined for racial incidents involving fans at the past two European Championships.
HOCKEY
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The Carolina Hurricanes hired former captain and current assistant Rod Brind’Amour as their coach Tuesday, hoping the ”greatest leader” in franchise history can end a nine-year playoff drought.
The team also announced that club president Don Waddell will become the full-time general manager after serving as acting GM.
The team scheduled a news conference for Wednesday to discuss the moves.
Waddell said a number of coaching candidates were discussed, but ”our conversations with staff and players consistently returned to the same person.”
One of the team’s most decorated players Sergei Boikov Jersey , Brind’Amour captained the Hurricanes’ only Stanley Cup championship team in 2006.
ZURICH (AP) – FIFA ethics judges have imposed a life ban from soccer on a Guatemalan official who took bribes linked to marketing deals for World Cup qualifying games.
Hector Trujillo was the first defendant sentenced last October in a sprawling American investigation of soccer corruption. He received an eight-month prison term after admitting wire fraud and conspiracy charges.
FIFA says its ethics committee has fined Trujillo $200,000 but it is unclear how the sport’s ruling body can enforce payment.
In a Brooklyn federal court, Trujillo was said to have received bribes totaling $175,000 as the Guatemalan soccer federation’s CEO-like general secretary. He was ordered to pay $415,000 in restitution.
Trujillo, a former constitutional court judge, was arrested in Florida during a December 2015 cruise holiday, just days after the U.S. Justice Department unsealed an indictment against him.
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Imagine a small, developing nation whose education system is severely lacking: schools are poorly funded, students can't afford tuition or books, fewer than half of indigenous girls even attend school — and often drop out to take care of siblings or get married. These are the schools of rural Guatemala. Now meet a firebrand educator who thinks he has a way to reinvent schools in Guatemala. His school is called Los Patojos, a Spanish word used in Guatemala that means "little ones." The main school building — with its sunny courtyard and colorful murals — is located in the town of Jocotenango, about an hour from the capital of Guatemala City. On the day I visit, the littlest students are racing around in homemade cow costumes as part of a student performance taking place later that day. Los Patojos is in the mold of Montessori and Waldorf schools. It focuses on the whole child — the intellectual, the artistic, the physical and the practical. Teachers show the students how to bake bread,
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Moscú, Rusia.

El administrador de la NASA, Jim Bridenstine, aseguró hoy que Rusia tendrá un papel en los planes de la agencia estadounidense de exploración espacial, como la vuelta a la Luna y la exploración de Marte.

El responsable de la NASA se reunió hoy por primera vez con su homólogo de la agencia espacial rusa Roscosmos, Dimitri Rogozin, desde que ambos asumieran sus cargos en abril y mayo de este año, respectivamente.

"Acabo de tener mi primera reunión con el director general Rogozin.

Reafirmamos nuestro compromiso a cooperar en la Estación Espacial Internacional (EEI) y abordamos la búsqueda de vida, la defensa planetaria y una presencia sostenible en la Luna", afirmó Bridenstine en un mensaje de su cuenta de la red social Twitter.

<amp-twitter width="375" height="472" layout="responsive" data-tweetid="1050071021687058434"></amp-twitter>"¡Vamos!", escribió en ruso el responsable de la NASA -en alusión a la famosa frase pronunciada por Yuri Gagarin antes de iniciar en 1961 el primer vuelo de un hombre al espacio-, animando a la colaboración entre ambas agencias.

Bridenstine quiso además dejar claro, en una entrevista a la agencia rusa Interfax y el diario Kommersant, que está dispuesto a trabajar en el proyecto de una plataforma lunar orbital junto con Rusia conforme al nivel de participación que Moscú decida asumir.

La vuelta a la Luna y la exploración de Marte han sido dos de los objetivos fijados por el presidente de EEUU, Donald Trump.

Sus planes incluyen la instalación de una plataforma orbital cuyo precio de construcción inicial será de 500 millones dólares y que estará lista para el año 2024.

Lea más: Guatemala: Más de nueve mil afectados por las lluvias de las últimas 24 horas"Ciertamente nos interesa su participación al nivel que Rusia quiera.

Queremos que sea una colaboración verdaderamente internacional, de manera que si Rusia está interesada en asumir un papel destacado, eso nos parece bien", señaló Bridenstine.

La NASA ofreció a finales de septiembre a Roscosmos participar en la construcción de una plataforma lunar, denominada Gateway, pero Rogozin dijo que no aceptaría un "papel secundario" en el proyecto.

"Creo que Rusia no puede permitirse participar en proyectos de otros países en base a papeles secundarios", señaló durante un encuentro con jóvenes ingenieros espaciales, según la agencia TASS.

EEUU quiere además enviar en un futuro una misión tripulada a Marte, algo para lo que también cuenta con Rusia, según Bridenstine.

Lea más: Datos que debes conocer sobre el potente huracán MichaelLos proyectos de EEUU requieren inevitablemente la participación de socios internacionales, incluida Rusia, indicó hoy cuando visitó el Museo de la Cosmonáutica en Moscú y el Centro de Entrenamiento de Cosmonautas Yuri Gagarin, donde probó un simulador de vuelos, un traje de cosmonauta y se metió en una cápsula espacial rusa.

Admitió que las posiciones de ambas agencias espaciales "divergen a veces" y que tienen "diferentes puntos de vista", pero recalcó que, pese a ello, "es importante mantener los canales abiertos, mantener el diálogo" y dejar de lado la política, en una velada referencia a las tensiones entre EEUU y Rusia.

Bridenstine, que voló junto a Rogozin a Baikonur, en Kazajistán y donde se sitúa el cosmódromo ruso, dijo que su visita al museo y al centro de entrenamiento ruso le ha recordado la colaboración entre ambos países tras una "carrera espacial" resultado de la Guerra Fría que finalmente dio lugar a programas importantes.

El administrador de la NASA mencionó especialmente el encuentro amistoso entre soviéticos y norteamericanos, el 15 de julio de 1975 en el espacio como resultado del proyecto de colaboración "Apolo-Soyuz" y el programa Shuttle-Mir en los años 90.

Lea más: EEUU condena "implicación" del gobierno venezolano en muerte de opositor"Y ahora colaboramos en la Estación Espacial Internacional (EEI)", recalcó.

"Ahora, parte de mi misión es asegurar que nuestras dos naciones no solo sigan trabajando juntos, sino que consigamos más juntos de lo que cualquiera de nosotros individualmente podría lograr a medida que avanzamos en nuestros objetivos para (volver a) la Luna y después explorar Marte", enfatizó Bridenstine.

De momento, mañana asistirá junto con Rogozin al lanzamiento de la Soyuz MS-10, que llevará a la EEI al cosmonauta Alexéi Ovchinin y al astronauta de la NASA Nick Hague.

No ha trascendido de momento si Bridenstine y Rogozin han acordado en su encuentro prolongar el envío de sus astronautas a la EEI en naves Soyuz, dado que el contrato entre Rusia y la NASA para transportar astronautas estadounidenses a la plataforma internacional en las naves rusas vence en abril de 2019.

Lo que sí dijo sobre el futuro de la EEI es que EEUU podría barajar la posibilidad de prolongar las operaciones de la estación hasta 2030 frente a 2024 que prevén los planes actuales, según Interfax.


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Ciudad de Guatemala.

Las precipitaciones que durante las últimas 24 horas azotaron diferentes puntos de Guatemala han provocado un total de 12 incidentes, dejando a 9,395 personas afectadas, 15 evacuadas, una herida y 256 viviendas con daños moderados.

Así lo informó hoy la Coordinadora Nacional para la Reducción de Desastres, que además agregó que hay 258 damnificados y dos viviendas que registran "daños severos", en los departamentos de Santa Rosa, Escuintla, Jutiapa, Petén y Quetzaltenango, los más afectados.

<amp-twitter width="375" height="472" layout="responsive" data-tweetid="1050083705061019649"></amp-twitter>Dentro de los incidentes registrados está un derrumbe sobre el kilómetro 100 de la Ruta nacional 15 en El Chol, en Baja Verapaz, que dejó a 1,000 personas que utilizan este camino afectadas, mientras que otro deslizamiento en Quetzaltenango obstaculizó otra carretera y dejó 7.

000 afectados.

<amp-twitter width="375" height="472" layout="responsive" data-tweetid="1049764255896100864"></amp-twitter>Además, una inundación registrada por las constantes lluvias en las aldeas El Socorro, La Danta, La Mocha y El Salitrio en Pasaco, en Jutiapa, dejó 360 personas afectadas, 60 damnificadas y 60 viviendas con daño moderado.

En las comunidades El Garitón, Madre Vieja, Portales, Cintular y Paso Hondo en Taxisco, de Santa Rosa, también hubo inundaciones, que junto con el desborde del canal de Chiquimulilla afectaron a 1.

020 personas, además de otras 195 damnificadas y 195 viviendas con daños moderados.

<amp-twitter width="375" height="472" layout="responsive" data-tweetid="1050086038973112321"></amp-twitter>Según los datos disponibles sobre la actual temporada de lluvias que empezó en mayo, hasta este 9 de octubre se contabilizan ocho fallecidos, 681,600 afectados, 3,244 evacuados, 172 personas en riesgo, 2,986 damnificados, 1.

208 albergados, 16,950 atendidos, 1 desaparecido y 3 heridos.

El invierno de 2017, el más intenso de los últimos 25 años de acuerdo con las autoridades guatemaltecas, dejó 31 muertos y más de 420,000 damnificados, además de 39,137 personas afectadas y 9,129 evacuadas.


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Roxana Baldetti était en détention préventive depuis 2015 et le début de l’enquête sur des faits de corruption…
          Fisioterapeuta docente para trabajar en México o Guatemala - IPETH Instituto Profesional en Terapias y Humanidades - Cali, Valle del Cauca      Cache   Translate Page      
Clínica y/o Docente. IPETH te invita a participar en nuestro proceso de Atracción de Talento para la posición de Docente de Tiempo Completo.*....
De Indeed - Wed, 26 Sep 2018 20:56:13 GMT - Ver todos: empleos en Cali, Valle del Cauca
          Cristina Kirchner: “El Estado se haría cargo de rentabilidad de empresas por tarifas de gas, de Guatemala a guatepeor”      Cache   Translate Page      

 Cristina Kirchner - Tarifas del gas

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La ex presidente Cristina Kirchner se refirió este miércoles en el Senado a la idea inicial del Gobierno de Mauricio Macri de aplicar a la gente un pago extra y retroactivo, en 24 cuotas, para solventarle a las empresa proveedoras de gas los daños por la devaluación y la suba del dólar de este año.

 

Cristina Kirchner se refirió en muy duros términos sobre la medida (ahora vuelta atrás) de la Administración macrista y dijo: "Acabo de leer la noticia acerca de que el Estado se haría cargo de una parte de la rentabilidad de las empresas en materia de tarifas de gas, por el impacto que tuvieron en sus balances por la devaluación. De guatemala a guatepeor".

 

 


Respecto del perjuicio al bolsillo de la gente por la idea original del Gobierno, dijo la ex mandataria: "En criollo: al ciudadano o ciudadana común que sufrió el impacto de la devaluación en su salario, en el supermercado, en la prepaga, en el colegio de sus hijos, en el transporte, en los medicamentos... A esos nadie les cubre nada y les sigue aumentando todo".

 


En el mismo sentido, Cristina Kirchner expresó en el Senado: "Ahora van a destinar recursos públicos, o sea impuestos que pagamos todos y todas, para que las millonarias cifras de ganancias en dólares que las empresas lograron por los tarifazos, no disminuyan por la devaluación".


          3 Men Who Contradict The Border Patrol On The Shooting Of A Guatemalan Woman Are Likely To Be Deported (Adolfo Flores/BuzzFeed News)      Cache   Translate Page      

Adolfo Flores / BuzzFeed News:
3 Men Who Contradict The Border Patrol On The Shooting Of A Guatemalan Woman Are Likely To Be Deported  —  Three men who were on the scene when a Border Patrol agent shot and killed a 20-year-old Guatemalan woman near the US-Mexico border in May are expected to be deported soon …


          Influx of Guatemalans in AZ Overwhelms Detention Units      Cache   Translate Page      
A sudden influx of Guatemalan families into Arizona has forced the government to release hundreds of parents and children over the past several days. Authorities have been dropping off busloads of families at church shelters and charities, some with ankle monitoring bracelets, others with little more than notices to appear in court.
          El caso del "agua mágica" por el que condenaron a Roxana Baldetti, exvicepresidenta de Guatemala, a 15 años de prisión      Cache   Translate Page      
Roxana Baldetti, quien fuera la primera mujer vicepresidenta de Guatemala., fue sentenciada a 15 años y seis meses de prisión.
          Cristina criticó la marcha atrás por retroactivo del gas: “De Guatemala a Guatepeor”      Cache   Translate Page      

La exmandataria mostró su descontento con la decisión del Gobierno de costear parte del aumento en la tarifa del gas como compensación a las empresas por la devaluación de los últimos meses.

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