Coronavirus travel bans leave hundreds stranded at Brazil’s largest airport

first_imgCarvallido said she and her daughter Maria Jose had spent nearly two weeks at Guarulhos International Airport, located on the outskirts of Sao Paulo, the city with the lion’s share of Brazil’s coronavirus cases so far. The same airport saw a surge in traffic last week, when travelers descended on it hoping to beat a new US ban on foreigners coming from Brazil.”In this situation, we want to be with our families and my daughter wants it too … It is very, very difficult,” said Carvallido, shedding tears.Carvallido, 24, and others are eating from lunch boxes and donations and also take turns at an improvised kitchen set up outside the airport. They wash in the airport bathrooms using a small hose.They are demanding humanitarian flights. But Colombia’s foreign ministry said on Thursday no new flights from Brazil were scheduled until next week. Since late April there have been three such flights, taking a total of 346 people back to Colombia.Though called humanitarian, Colombians must pay $350 for the flights, and that is money Carvallido and many others at the airport do not have. Their calls for a free flight home have led nowhere so far.”Under current regulations, this request is not possible,” the Colombian consulate in Sao Paulo said in a statement. Topics : Stefany Carvallido, her 2-year-old daughter and about 200 other Colombians have been camping out inside Brazil’s busiest international airport for days in a desperate attempt to get back to their home country.More than two months after the coronavirus pandemic triggered worldwide lockdowns, much of the world is gradually reopening. But Latin America remains highly isolated by travel restrictions across the region.Colombia has suspended all international flights until at least Aug. 31, preventing its own citizens from returning by air. It has also suspended river and land border crossings with neighbors including Brazil.last_img read more

Auschwitz memorial director offers to share Nigerian boy’s blasphemy jail term

first_imgTwo spokesmen for Nigeria’s president declined to comment on the unusual intervention on Saturday.The presidency has not commented on the sentence that was condemned by rights groups. The UN children’s agency UNICEF last month said the sentence was “wrong” and went against international accords that Nigeria had signed. As the director of a memorial to a place “where children were imprisoned and murdered, I cannot remain indifferent to this disgraceful sentence for humanity,” he said in the letter to President Muhammadu Buhari, posted on the Memorial’s Twitter account.Read also: Indonesians remain sensitive to perceived blasphemy: YLBHI The head of Poland’s Auschwitz Memorial has written to Nigeria’s president offering to serve part of a 10-year jail term handed to a 13-year-old boy for blasphemy.Piotr Cywinski requested a pardon for Omar Farouq, who was accused of making blasphemous statements during an argument and sentenced by a sharia court in Nigeria’s northern Kano state last month.If a pardon was not possible, Cywinski said he and 119 other volunteers would take on the boy’s punishment and each spend a month in a Nigerian jail.center_img A special adviser to the governor of Kano said he had seen the letter on social media.”The position of Kano state government remains the decision of the sharia court,” Salihu Tanko Yakasai told Reuters.Baba Jibo Ibrahim, a spokesman for the Kano State Judiciary, said he had not seen the letter but added that the president had the power to pardon the boy.Nigeria is roughly split evenly between the mostly Christian south and predominantly Muslim north. Twelve of Nigeria’s 36 states apply sharia.Topics :last_img read more

PREMIUMKomnas HAM ‘still collecting evidence’ over fatal shooting in Intan Jaya

first_imgThe National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) has not considered forming an ad hoc committee to investigate a recent shooting of Papuan pastor Yeremia Zanambani and is focusing on collecting evidence, despite calls from Amnesty International.Komnas HAM commissioner Beka Ulung Hapsara said that, due to a lack of strong evidence, the commission had not been able to draw a conclusion yet on the incident, which occurred in Hitadipa district, Intan Jaya regency.“We are currently still intensively collecting data and facts from the events that occurred,” Beka told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday.He said Komnas HAM representatives in Papua had been working based on Law No. 39/1999 on human rights to assess the scope and elements of human rights violations.The commission would only form an ad hoc team, which is stipulated under Law No. 26/2000 on human rights court… LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Forgot Password ? Topics : Intan-Jaya Komnas-HAM Amnesty-International-Indonesia Papua pastor shooting-incident pembunuhan-pendeta-di-papua penembakan-pastor-di-papua ELSAM Executive-Office-of-the-President deputy-chief KSP Linkedin Log in with your social account Google Facebooklast_img read more

IPE Views: Pension funds hit by Petrobras losses must weigh legal options carefully

first_imgSwedish pensions buffer fund AP1 has already chosen to do this, and was part of a 23 March filing in the US District Court Southern District of New York.The pension fund is listed as a plaintiff alongside six public-sector New York pension funds.A spokesman for AP1 said: “We have decided to take this route since we expect to get more money back that way.”The fund had listened to counsel from its legal advisors, he said.Taking advice on any potential legal case is essential before opting for a particular course of action, says David Seidel, chief executive and chief general counsel of the Institutional Investors Tort Recovery Association (iiTRA) in the UK, which manages the interests of pension funds and other big investors in securities class action cases.“Like any case, the issues are complex and you have to know what you’re getting into before you make a decision on how to proceed,” he says.“It doesn’t matter if it’s Petrobras or another case in US or UK — they all require advice,” Seidel says.Key factors for a pension fund to consider before deciding whether to run its own legal action of join the class action include assessing how big their individual claim is, says Robin Ellison, consultant at law firm Pinsent Masons and professor of pensions law and economics at Cass Business School.Other issues are what the strength of the fund’s legal advice is, whether they have the internal management resources to manage the case, and whether the trustees are prepared to lose money on the case, he says.“Wherever you are running an action is hard work, even if the lawyers are doing it for you,” says Ellison.In the US, he says, investors have little to lose by joining or following a class action suit.“It’s a no-brainer because the law firm in the US runs a no-win, no-fee case,” he says, adding that the only downside is the 30 cents in the dollar the investor might lose on any damages they receive.“If you think you’ve got a good case and you are owed a gigantic sum of money, you might think it’s worth running a separate action in which you pay fees of 10 cents in the dollar,” he says.When a class action such as the suit against Petrobras is launched in the US, it is not even necessary for aggrieved investors to actively join the class action — they can simply sit on the sidelines and wait for the outcome.Because if successful, the court or its administrator then sends out the message to other investors, who are then free to put in their claims as well as those involved directly in the class action, says Seidel.Even running a separate case is much lower risk in the US than it would be in the UK, for example, Ellison says.“The big thing in America is that if you lose, you don’t pay the other side’s costs,” he says.Seidel says pension funds need to assess not only their exposure to the company they are considering suing, but the extent to which that relates to the legal issue at hand.“It depends how many shares they own that are relevant, and the estimated recognised loss, before they can decide whether to join the class action,” says Seidel.He also notes that, even though the US has been curbing the rights of non-Americans to sue through US courts, in the Petrobras case, European pension funds are able to use US courts to sue the Brazilian company — in the class action or separately — only because some of its shares trade as American Depository Receipts (ADRs) on the New York Stock Exchange.In general, non-American plaintiffs cannot now sue non-American companies in the US, he says.Seidel says the Petrobras case is likely to take years to reach a conclusion.“The allegations are quite significant, and even if it were to go to settlement on average it’s going to take around four years,” he says. Rachel Fixsen looks at the steps institutions can take to reclaim losses after investing in PetrobasPension funds exposed to troubled Brazilian oil giant Petróleo Brasileiro (Petrobras), who have lost money on their investments as a result of alleged wide-scale corruption at the company, will have to weigh their options carefully before deciding which legal route to take, experts say.A class action has already been launched in the US against Petrobras and related parties, with UK pension fund Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) acting as the lead plaintiff.While other investors who believe they have suffered losses from Petrobras’ misdeeds can join the class action, they also have the option of taking separate legal action against the semi-state owned enterprise.last_img read more

Video: Teekay’s Arctic LNG tanker transiting the Northern Sea Route

first_imgImage courtesy of TeekayLNG shipping giant Teekay released a time-lapse video showing its first Arctic liquefied natural gas carrier, the 172,000-cbm Eduard Toll transiting the Northern Sea Route.Teekay took the delivery of the Eduard Toll late in January. It is the fourth of 15 Arc7 LNG carriers being built for the Novatek-operated Yamal LNG project in Russia and Teekay’s first of six newbuildings contracted to service the project.Soon after delivery, Eduard Toll made its way to complete both its first loading at Sabetta terminal in Russia and first discharge in Montoir, France, Teekay said.This marked a major milestone for shipping in the Arctic as this was the first time a shipping vessel made independent passage, without the support of an icebreaker, during this time of year, it added.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>last_img read more

Imogene Ruth Peak

first_imgImogene Ruth Peak, 91, of Aurora, Indiana, passed away Tuesday, November 8, 2016 in Lawrenceburg, IN.She was born February 28, 1925 in Addyston, Ohio, daughter of the late Lee and Alma Owens.Imogene worked as a laborer for the Cochran Chair Factory.She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church and the Eastern Star. Imogene loved to cook and she also enjoyed canning. Her Friendship Bread and cookies were given to many friends and neighbors. When she was able she enjoyed gardening and she loved the outdoors and yard work. Imogene’s biggest joy was the time spent with her family.Surviving are her daughter, Priscilla (Tony) Ferguson of Greenwood, Indiana, sister Patti Owens of Cincinnati, Ohio, grandchildren, Nicholas (Melissa) Ferguson and Christopher (Katy) Ferguson, great-grandchildren, Ashlynn, Beckham, Allie & Peyton Ferguson.She was preceded in death by her parents, her loving husband of 48 years, Clyde Earl Peak and brothers, Harry & Walter Lee Owens.Friends will be received Saturday, November 12, 2016, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm at the Rullman Hunger Funeral Home, Aurora, Indiana.Services will be held at the Funeral Home at 1:00 pm with Rev. Dana Stout officiating.Interment will follow in the River View Cemetery, Aurora, Indiana 47001.Contributions may be made to the American Lung Association. If unable to attend services, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.comlast_img read more

Serie A giants reveal plans for new €1 billion stadium

first_imgAC Milan and Inter have revealed two plans for the new San Siro stadium, which would see a big change to the stadium and the surrounding areas. Loading… “The new concepts designed by Populous and Manica/Sportium provide for the retention of a part of the current Giuseppe Meazza Stadium within a new retail and sports district that can be used 365 days a year, including about 106,000 square metres of green space (nearly double the current 56,000 square metres of green space on the current site). Promoted Content7 Mind-Boggling Facts About Black HolesWorld’s Most Delicious FoodsEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWhat’s Up With All The Female Remakes?8 Addictive And Fun Coffee FactsCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way10 Of The Dirtiest Seas In The WorldMeet The Happiest Shiba Inu On Instagram!The Story Of The Small Italy Windows In The Walls Is Rather Grim The two clubs have long been thought of as European football’s sleeping giants but Inter had been challenging for the Serie A title this season, before their form dropped off in 2020. Milan are still struggling and are three points short of qualifying for next season’s Europa League and 12 points outside the top four. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The new stadium will be built on the site of the current ground’s car park, which will allow games to continue in the current ground whilst it is being built. “FC Internazionale Milano and AC Milan believe it is essential, especially in light of the current moment, to commence a project that represents more than one billion euros of private investment, which will generate thousands of new jobs and serve as a cornerstone for the future development of the city of Milan and Italian football.”center_img The two proposed designs for the redesign. Image: AC Milan/Inter “It will be a hub dedicated to retail, sports, cultural and leisure activities both outdoors and indoors, including a running track, a cycle path, an outdoor gym, a skateboard park, a five-a-side pitch and sports museum: most of the sports services will be available free of charge to the Milanese and citizens of the surrounding areas. “Both concepts would deliver an innovative district dedicated to the next generation, cutting edge for its low environmental impact and high sustainability, creating a new meeting place for social and recreational activities in the neighbourhood. Originally the city of Milan were hoping the old stadium could just be updated but it was not possible for several reasons to carry out the renovations needed, and it also would have meant playing games outside of Milan whilst it was built.Read Also: EPL stars cautioned over cars as clubs prepare strict COVID-19 protocols In a joint statement the clubs said, “The two new proposals are the result of a constructive dialogue with the Municipality and have been developed in accordance with the 16 conditions provided by the Municipality and the City Council in November 2019. The two clubs have shared the San Siro since 1947, with Inter having previously played at Arena Civica before Milan sold the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza back to the city, and its last big renovation took place before the 1990 World Cup.In 2015 it looked like Milan would part ways from their local rivals and build their own new stadium but now both clubs look set to stay at the site of their iconic ground and have revealed two plans.last_img read more

Whelan looks for big finish

first_imgGlenn Whelan urged Ireland to sign off their World Cup qualifying campaign with a flourish after slipping to a third successive defeat. The Stoke midfielder said: “We have got to finish on a high now, we know the group has been disappointing. “For this game, Noel spoke about defending but come Tuesday we would love him to let the reins off a little bit and go out on a high against Kazakhstan and give the fans something to cheer about. “We have to go out with a bang.” Ireland restored a measure of pride in defeat in Cologne in frustrating the Germans, who won 6-1 at the Aviva Stadium in October last year, for long periods. The home side took a 12th-minute lead when Sami Khedira’s long-range effort was deflected past keeper David Forde. However, Forde turned in a fine individual display and pulled off excellent saves from Andre Schurrle and Thomas Muller before the break to keep the visitors in it. Indeed, Ireland might have gone in level at half-time had Ciaran Clark’s header not come back off the crossbar, and Anthony Stokes had two early chances after the restart. But Schurrle extended Germany’s advantage after 58 minutes and after more Forde heroics and another Irish flurry, Mesut Ozil made sure at the death. Whelan said: “We created a few chances which was something to take from it. The scoreline doesn’t reflect the game, even though Fordey made a few good saves.” As King and his players headed home, Germany boss Joachim Low was making preparations for a revenge mission as he attempts to make Sweden pay for spoiling his side’s otherwise 100 per cent record. The Germans were leading the Scandinavians 4-0 in October, only to succumb to a Zlatan Ibrahimovic-inspired fightback which saw the visitors snatch a 4-4 draw, and that will be very much in Low’s mind when he sends his players out in the reverse fixture on Tuesday night. He said: “Four-four after being 4-0 up, you will not be the media darling for that weekend. “We had to take the flak for conceding four in a row, and there’s no need to remind the team. “We have played to our potential in the last two games and we have one more left. “We have a score to settle with the Swedes, but all in the best professional manner.” Germany’s 3-0 victory over the Irish at the Rhein Energie Stadion ensured that they will finish top of Group C and head for Brazil next summer, while their opponents will spend the close season reflecting on what might have been and plotting a route to the Euro 2016 finals. However, they have an opportunity to lay down a marker in Dublin on Tuesday evening when they face Kazakhstan in their final qualifier with Whelan hoping interim manager Noel King will take a different approach. Press Associationlast_img read more

Ouseley hits out at Baggies

first_img Anelka has denied a Football Association charge he made an abusive, indecent, insulting or improper gesture following his ‘quenelle’ goal celebration against West Ham on December 28. The Frenchman faces a minimum five-match ban if found guilty as the FA further allege the offence to be an aggravated breach given the potential reference to ethnic origin, race, religion or belief. The Baggies released a statement shortly after the incident saying they accepted the celebration had caused some offence and that Anelka had been asked to refrain from doing it again – with the striker agreeing to do so. But the club have continued to select the 34-year-old and Ouseley believes the midlands outfit should have taken stronger action during the fall-out from the affair. “West Brom should have taken much more responsibility in recognising that the action was offensive to Jewish people and also offensive to anyone who is against discrimination in football,” he told the Sunday Mirror. “If West Brom had behaved in an honourable manner then clearly we would be in a better place. “They haven’t been strong on this. If your player misbehaves you have an obligation to take action, regardless of what the FA does.” He added: “At the very least, after the game, they should have said we will investigate this. “If a steward behaves in this way then the appropriate action would be taken immediately. It appears West Brom may be distancing themselves from him by suggesting they aren’t financially supporting him in challenging the FA’s charge. “It still leaves the question hanging over what sort of care and responsibility they have for their employee and what sort of advice they are providing him. Football has to have values.” Kick It Out chairman Lord Ouseley has criticised West Brom over their handling of Nicolas Anelka’s alleged anti-Semitic gesture.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Dominic Thiem Returns to China Open

first_imgBeijing: Two-time Grand Slam winner Dominic Thiem will take part in the upcoming China Open after a three-year absence, tournament officials announced here on Friday. This year marks his third career appearance at the tournament in Beijing, reports Xinhua news agency.Being the second highest-ranked Austrian player (behind only Thomas Muster), he achieved a career-high ranking of world number four in 2017.The 26-year-old swept the Indian Wells Masters, beating Roger Federer with a three-set victory this March to claim his career first Masters title, before he captured the trophy by stunning Rafael Nadal in Barcelona.Apart from Thiem, world number six Stefanos Tsitsipas from Greece, Russian world number eight Karen Khachanov and Canadian rising star Felix Auger-Aliassime had also confirmed their participation.The highest-tiered tennis tournament in Asia, the China Open has been held for 16 consecutive years. It is scheduled to run from September 22 to October 6. IANSAlso Read: Austrian Dominic Thiem Stuns Federer, Wins Maiden Masters 1000 TitleAlso Watch: ATDC Press Conference in Guwahatilast_img read more