US and others tell Haiti to speed up election planning, but no mention of January date
Foreign diplomats in Haiti on Wednesday called on Haitian President Jovenel Moïse to step up preparations for elections in the Caribbean nation.Known as the Core Group, the diplomats say Haiti’s leaders and institutions need to urgently publish an electoral calendar and accelerate the distribution of national identification cards to finalize the elections as soon as possible. Haiti also needs to put together a reliable electoral list, publish an electoral law and a party law that guarantee the transparency of the elections, and ensure that there are sufficient security conditions to allow elec...
Brazil aviation agency is first foreign regulator to clear Boeing 737 Max to fly
Brazil’s national civil aviation authority on Wednesday became the first foreign air safety regulator to join the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in approving the Boeing 737 Max to fly passengers again.The agency indicated that, like Europe’s aviation regulator, it too is asking Boeing to make some further design improvements that would be retrofitted to the Max later.In a statement, the Brazilian authority said that after “long independent work to reauthorize the operation of the aircraft,” it agreed with and adopted the FAA evaluation that the immediate safety issues with the Max ...
The Seattle Times
Michelle Kaufman: Diego Maradona was a genius player and flawed hero whose death hit South Florida hard
MIAMI — An outpouring of sorrow and tributes flowed from all corners of the world Wednesday as news of Diego Maradona’s death spread, for the Argentine soccer icon was not only among the best players of all time, but also a massive personality and tormented soul who transcended the sport.The short, stocky product of a poor Buenos Aires suburb was a magician with the ball, had unbridled pride in his country and carried every team he played for on his back. He scored 258 goals during his career, most with his left foot, leaving defenders flummoxed.He became a global star at the 1986 World Cup in...
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Trump is losing Twitter followers every day after losing the electionWhat’s the sound of a lame duck tweeting?Weeks after losing the election, President Donald Trump is now losing Twitter followers by the day, according to Newsweek.More than 46,000 of the president’s former disciples have reportedly stopped receiving his tweets since Sunday. The president still has nearly 89 million followers, but lost 10,000 readers by noon Wednesday.Newsweek observed that Trump’s Twitter following dropped by 12,476 followers Tuesday and by almost 6,000 more on Monday. On Sunday, he lost 19,164 followers.Acco...
Tribune News Service
Lebanon 'drug dealer' arrested in Brazil
A Lebanese-Brazilian man was arrested in Sao Paolo on Monday on drug trafficking charges, the New Arab reports.Assad Khalil Kiwan was arrested by Brazilian Federal Police as part of a global operation targeting drug dealing and money laundering networks that reach from South America as far as the UAE.Kiwan, who is a naturalised Brazilian citizen from Lebanon, is suspected of being part of organisation which used Brazilian ports to export drugs, particularly cocaine, to Europe.The Lebanese-Brazilian was one of the main targets of the operation, which involved raids in cities across the South Am...
The Middle East Monitor
Lebanese 'drug dealer' arrested in Brazil on trafficking charges in global operation
A Lebanese-Brazilian man named as Assad Khalil Kiwan has been arrested in Sao Paolo during a global operation by the Federal Police against drug trafficking and money laundering.The police issued 66 arrest warrants and 149 search and seizure orders in cities across the world in an operation to end an alleged drug smuggling group that spans South America and has links inside the UAE.The operation was named 'Enterprise' and law enforcement blocked some $400 million worth of assets of those under investigation, reports Brazil’s Globo News.Kiwan is suspected to being part of a global criminal ente...
On Gardening: Longwing butterflies creating Halley's Comet-type moments
Blue Moon on Halloween, Northern Lights creeping south, and now Jupiter and Saturn snuggling close for the first time since the Middle Ages. So goes the year 2020 and all of its memories. To The Garden Guy all of these “Twilight Zone” moments may pale in comparison to the Halley’s Comet-type events that have been happening in the butterfly world thanks to the Heliconian or longwing butterflies.Even though the zebra longwing is the state butterfly of Florida, I assure you it is tropical in nature and like its cousins I’ll be mentioning, are much more common in Central and South America. So, ima...
Tribune News Service
UN human rights commissioner condemns killing of black man in Brazil
UN Human Rights Commissioner Michelle Bachelet on Tuesday called for a transparent and independent investigation into the death of Joao Alberto Silveira Freitas, a black man who was beaten to death by supermarket security guards in Brazil.The killing on the eve of Black Consciousness Day last week in Porto Alegre sparked outrage across the country.The incident followed a confrontation between the 40-year-old and a supermarket employee, who called security. Footage showed two white guards punching Freitas in the face and kneeling on top of him.The killing is "an extreme but sadly all too common...
Carrefour shares plunge in Brazil after killing
SAO PAULO – International supermarket giant Carrefour’s shares plunged in Brazil on Monday, days after two white security guards at one of its stores killed a black customer, triggering widespread protests.Shares in the French group’s Brazilian unit were down six percent in afternoon trading on the Sao Paulo stock exchange after a video went viral of the guards beating 40-year-old welder Joao Alberto Silveira Freitas to death outside one of its stores in the southern city of Porto Alegre.Carrefour shares suffered the biggest losses on the day, even as the Ibovespa index overall gained around o...
The Bangkok Post
Crimefighting NGO tracks Brazil wildlife trade on WhatsApp and Facebook
The Golden conure (Guaruba guarouba), a species threatened by trafficking. Image courtesy of RENCTAS.In the tropical forest surrounding Alter do Chão, a Brazilian town located on a languid stretch of the Amazon River and home to what is considered one of the most beautiful freshwater beaches in the world, monkeys, macaws, agoutis and armadillos co-habit in relative harmony.About 33 kilometers west of the city of Santarém in Pará state, life’s slow pace in the village has long been a draw for weekend trippers and foreign tourists alike. But Alter do Chão and its surroundings, increasingly threa...