United States Sanctions Guatemalan Officials for Corruption

first_imgUnited States Sanctions Guatemalan Officials for Corruption Today, the United States is imposing sanctions on one current and one former Guatemalan government official-Gustavo Adolfo Alejos Cambara and Felipe Alejos Lorenzana, respectively-for their role in corruption in Guatemala.Gustavo Alejos and Felipe Alejos sought to interfere with the judicial selection process for appointing magistrates to Guatemala’s Supreme Court of Justice (CSJ) and Court of Appeals. Gustavo Alejos served as chief of staff for the 2008-2012 Alvaro Colom presidential administration, and Felipe Alejos is an elected delegate to the Congress of the Republic of Guatemala for the 2020-2024 term. Together, they reportedly facilitated payments to congressional representatives and judges in an attempt to influence the selection process for magistrates to both courts and to secure favorable judicial rulings that would protect Gustavo Alejos-as well as CSJ judges -from current and future corruption prosecutions.Gustavo Alejos and Felipe Alejos are designated pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13818, which builds upon and implements the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act and targets perpetrators of serious human rights abuse and corruption around the world. These sanctions also reinforce actions taken last year by the U.S. Department of State to publicly designate both individuals, and their immediate family members, under Section 7031(c) of the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act due to their involvement in significant corruption.These sanctions support efforts by the people of Guatemala to end the scourge of corruption, as part of the U.S. government’s commitment to support improvements in governance in Guatemala. Led by Vice President Kamala Harris, as well as Special Envoy for the Northern Triangle Ricardo Zuniga, these commitments target reforms that will improve transparency and the rule of law and lead to better conditions for the good of the Guatemalan people so they can build a brighter future.These sanction actions are undertaken in close coordination with the United Kingdom and coincide with the establishment of its new anti-corruption sanctions regime. By coordinating with like-minded global partners, we can more effectively combat corruption, including by disrupting access to the international financial system by corrupt actors and their networks. The United States will continue to engage closely with its allies to impose tangible and significant consequences on corrupt actors. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Congress, corruption, Department of State, elected, executive order, family members, Government, Guatemala, Human Rights, justice, President, rule of law, sanctions, Supreme Court, United Kingdom, United Stateslast_img read more

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US Mandates Shorter Airline Delays on Tarmac With Food and Water Included

first_img This rule was adopted in response to a series of incidents in which passengers were stranded on the ground aboard aircraft for many hours. After one of the most publicized incidents, where passengers were made to stay on a cramped commuter plane overnight, the Transportation Department issued the first-ever government fine of an airline for a tarmac stranding. Continental Airlines, ExpressJet Airlines and Mesaba Airlines were fined $175,000 for their roles in the nearly six-hour ground delay at Rochester, MN. From January to June this year, according to an AP report, 613 planes were delayed on tarmacs for more than three hours, with passengers kept on board. The new rule, which will take affect in 120 days, also: • Prohibits airlines from scheduling chronically delayed flights, subjecting them to enforcement action for unfair and deceptive practices; • Requires airlines to designate an airline employee to monitor the effects of flight delays and cancellations, respond in a timely and substantive fashion to consumer complaints and provide information to consumers on where to file complaints; • Requires airlines to display on their website flight delay information for each domestic flight they operate; • Requires airlines to adopt customer service plans and audit their own compliance with their plans; and • Prohibits airlines from retroactively applying material changes to their contracts of carriage that could have a negative impact on consumers who already have purchased tickets. Boeing 737 photo courtesy Chris Sloan www.airchive.com AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreResponding to horror stories of stranded travelers, the Obama Administration yesterday established a 3-hour time limit for airline passengers to be delayed on the tarmac before lifting-off. The new rule prohibits U.S. airlines operating domestic flights from permitting an aircraft to remain on the tarmac for more than three hours without bringing passengers back to the gate. Carriers are also now required to provide adequate food and drinking water for passengers within two hours of the aircraft being delayed on the tarmac and to maintain operable lavatories and medical attention if necessary. “Airline passengers have rights, and these new rules will require airlines to live up to their obligation to treat their customers fairly,” said Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. last_img read more

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On Queen’s 90th Birthday, Annie Leibovitz Photos Celebrate Elizabeth’s Family (LOOK)

first_imgThe Queen on steps at Windsor Castle with four of her dogs: clockwise from top left Willow (corgi), Vulcan (dorgie), Candy (dorgie) and Holly (corgi). AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThe British Queen turns ninety today. To mark the birthday, the royal family has released a series of official photographs taken by the renowned portrait photographer Annie Leibovitz at Windsor Castle just after Easter.The photo in pink above, was separately posted on Facebook with a message saying the Queen sends her best wishes and warm congratulations to all those celebrating their 90th birthday today, saying:“I send my best wishes to those who are celebrating their ninetieth birthday on 21 April 2016. On this shared occasion, I send my warm congratulations to you all. Elizabeth R.”The three Leibovitz photographs below were also posted on Facebook by the Monarchy. Another charming family portrait with little children, like the 4-generation picture released yesterday that is set to become a stamp, shows The Queen with her five great-grandchildren and her two youngest grandchildren. The portrait, which features a wee one holding her grandmother’s handbag, was taken in the Green Drawing Room, in the Castle’s semi-State apartments. The two oldest children standing to the left of The Queen are her grandchildren, James, Viscount Severn (aged 8) and Lady Louise (12)–the children of her son, Prince Edward. In the front is Princess Anne’s granddaughter, Mia Tindall, (via her daughter Zara Tindall) who is holding the handbag. Prince George (2), in the dark sweater, and in The Queen’s arms –in the tradition of Royal portraiture–the youngest great-grandchild, Princess Charlotte (11 months), are children of Prince William and Kate, now the Duchess of Cambridge. The other two little girls in the picture (one behind the Queen and the other to the far right) are Peter Phillips’s daughters (and Princess Anne’s grandchildren) Savannah & Isla. Here, Leibovitz posed The Queen with her daughter The Princess Royal, Anne, in the White Drawing Room at Windsor Castle.Follow all the royal activities surrounding the 90th birthday, which are happening all year, at the BBC.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

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Badminton world No. 1 Kento Momota slightly injured in crash in Malaysia; driver dies

first_imgKUALA LUMPUR – A van carrying Japan’s Kento Momota, the world No. 1 men’s badminton player, crashed into a truck early Monday morning, killing the driver, while Momota and three other passengers escaped with only slight injuries.The accident came just hours after Momota won the Malaysia Masters. Japanese coach Yu Hirayama, trainer Akifumi Morimoto and William Thomas of England were also on board, according to a statement from the Fire and Rescue Services Department. KEYWORDS Kento Momota poses with his medal after winning the Malaysia Masters on Sunday in Kuala Lumpur. | AP IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 badminton, Kento Momota, Malaysia Masters center_img RELATED PHOTOS According to a statement from the Serdang district police, Momota suffered a broken nose as well as injuries to his lips and face.The accident happened on a major highway before dawn as the group headed for Kuala Lumpur International Airport in a van, official news agency Bernama reported.“The victim’s body and all the injured were sent to” a hospital in the administrative capital Putrajaya, Norazam Khamis, a senior official from the Depart of Fire and Rescue Services, was cited as saying.Hours before the crash, Momota had easily defeated Denmark’s Viktor Axelsen 24-22, 21-11 in a boost for his preparations for the Tokyo Olympics.The 25-year-old enjoyed a stellar 2019 season, winning a record 11 titles, including the World Championships, Asia Championships and All England Open.“It’s truly tragic, especially involving a badminton icon like Momota,” Malaysian sports minister Syed Saddiq told reporters, after visiting the injured in a hospital south of the capital.But he added that those hurt were “recovering well, (and) all four are also in stable condition”.The others hurt suffered facial, leg, hand and head injuries, according to the police. GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMESlast_img read more

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San Francisco Shock finds chair partner in Herman Miller

first_imgOverwatch League franchise San Francisco Shock has established a partnership with office furniture company Herman Miller.In line with typical gaming chair deals, NRG Esports’ franchise will promote Herman Miller’s gaming product.Credit: San Francisco ShockRELATED: TSM selects Herman Miller as gaming chair partnerHerman Miller unveiled its first gaming-focused product, the Embody Gaming Chair, as part of its alliance with peripherals brand Logitech G on July 22nd. The partnership, which is centred around developing products specifically for gamers and competitors, was established in February.This partnership will see San Francisco Shock promote Herman Miller’s newly-released chair, though details on activations have not been disclosed at the time of writing. The team’s players will utilise the Embody chair as part of the deal.RELATED: Herman Miller, Logitech G to collaborate on esports-centric furnitureHerman Miller entered the esports industry in November last year through a deal with North American organisation Complexity Gaming, kitting its GameStop Performance Center out with its products. Earlier today, TSM announced an alliance with the furniture manufacturer.Esports Insider says: It’s clear that now that Herman Miller has a product available for purchase, it’s going into marketing mode. Gaming chair partnerships are commonplace in esports so we don’t expect anything new or innovative, though it’ll strengthen the competition in the marketplace which should only be a positive for esports.Subscribe to ESI on YouTubelast_img read more

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