Experts: Evo Morales Promotes Violence From Abroad

first_imgBy Gonzalo Abarca / Voice of America November 20, 2019 The political and social upheaval in Bolivia continues to increase mainly in La Paz, where, according to the Public Defender’s Office, eight people died and over 500 were detained.In the midst of generalized chaos and vandalism, the new interim government accused Cuba and Venezuela of being destabilizing agents and announced the rupture of diplomatic relations with Caracas, withdrawal from the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR, in Spanish) and the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA, in Spanish), as well as the removal of the Cuban medical brigade from the country.The U.S. Department of State maintains a do not travel warning to the Andean country.In interviews with Voice of America, a group of experts stressed that former President Evo Morales, from his exile in Mexico, is the main driver of the violence that has overtaken Bolivia.According to Dr. Eduardo Gamarra, professor of political science at Florida International University, “the violence taking place in Bolivia is due in large part to the actions, claims, and calls of former President Morales. Even from Mexico, although he speaks of pacification, what his followers are doing in some parts of Bolivia is the complete opposite,” he said. Gamarra added that “peace in Bolivia at this time depends on what former President Morales says from Mexico; he doesn’t need to be in Bolivia to pacify his followers.”Coup d’état or adherence to the Constitution?Morales’ followers, including international and U.S. political leaders, have described his exit from power as a coup d’état led by the Armed Forces and question the legitimacy of Interim President Jeanine Áñez. Morales said he was pressured to abandon power by then military chief, Army General Williams Kaliman. However, for Javier El-Hage, legal director of the Human Rights Foundation, Bolivia’s Constitution contradicts Morales’ claim of a coup.Bolivia’s riot police arrests supporters of former President Evo Morales during a protest against the interim government in Sacaba, Chapare province, departament of Cochabamba, November 15, 2019. (Photo: STR / AFP)“According to Bolivia’s Constitution, in cases of abandonment by the president, constitutional succession must be activated,” said El-Hage.Former Bolivian President Carlos Mesa, of the Citizen Community Alliance (ACC, in Spanish) opposition party, and who ran against Morales in the October 20 elections, recognized Áñez as the interim leader and requested holding new elections.Straight to the heart of democracyDr. Williams Bastopé, a Bolivian constitutional lawyer and defender of indigenous peoples, stressed that there was no coup in Bolivia.“It was a self-coup. It was precisely President Evo Morales who committed fraud. We all knew Evo Morales couldn’t win a second round. However, after the vote count mysteriously stopped for 22 hours, Morales showed up with a 10 percent lead. So, we were all suspicious. I had warned that if that were to happen it would be [a case of] fraud nailed straight through the heart of democracy,” he said.It’s not about class struggleFrom Mexico, Morales told daily El País, that the chaos agitating Bolivia is a class struggle and that “they struck the coup to defend wealthy people.”Gamarra denies that claim. “The pretext that the president used that there was a coup because he’s indigenous is absolutely false, and I think he’s causing great harm to Bolivia’s indigenous groups. The president first violated the law, that’s why he resigned. I think that simply arriving in Mexico and saying that Bolivia is racist because white people took him out is not only false, but it also introduces a narrative that gravely hurts the great progress achieved in Bolivia over the last 13 years, precisely because of what President Morales had done.”Reconciliation and indigenous peoplesExperts agree that social peace in the country will only be achieved once there is a national consensus. According to former President Morales, civic movements will lose representation in decision-making now that he is out of power.Bascopé refutes this point of view.“First, I took part in the Constitutional Assembly on the drafting team, representing the indigenous peoples. I am also an Aymara mestizo. Evo Morales has lost a lot of support from indigenous peoples, from peasant villages, and he is no longer the Evo Morales of some 10 years ago,” he said.“Yesterday three Cuban nationals were caught in El Alto with more than 700,000 bolivianos, precisely to finance the protests. And in Cochabamba, a member of the FARC [Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia] was caught in the midst of the confrontations. You can imagine the level to which Evo Morales has stooped to by betraying all the indigenous peoples and the Bolivian people,” Bascopé concluded.last_img read more

Barcelona to battle Arsenal for this promising Brazilian defender?

first_imgFC Barcelona are still no closer to signing their first new centre back of the summer, and reports in the Catalan capital claim the club could be looking as far away as Brazil for defenders. Sao Paulo’s Rodrigo Caio is being tracked by the Blaugrana, with Arsenal also said to be interested. talkSPORT’s Transfer Spotlight has more on the 20-year-old…Name: Rodrigo Caio Coquette RussoDate of birth: 17 August, 1993Birthplace: Dracena, BrazilPosition: Centre back / defensive midfielderClub: Sao PauloInternational appearances: 5 (Brazil U21)Honours: Copa Sudamericana (2012)What’s the latest?Catalan daily L’Esportiu note that Caio excelled at this summer’s Toulon tournament alongside fellow Barcelona target and Brazil U20 defender Marquinhos. The Blaugrana have sent technical secretary Albert Valentin out to Brazil to watch Caio with his club side, and so far the official has observed him in a 2-0 win over Bahia and a 1-0 loss against Chapecoense. Caio is expected to cost around €20m. Mundo Deportivo, meanwhile, claim Arsenal are also interested.Did you know?1) Caio has been at Sao Paulo since he was 11 years old. At youth level he played alongside the likes of Casemiro (currently at Porto on loan from Real Madrid) and Paris Saint-Germain’s Lucas Moura.2) The defender made his professional debut as a 17-year-old in 2011, though it wasn’t a game to remember, as Sao Paulo were hammered 5-0 by rivals Corinthians.3) In 2012 the youngster showed his versatility by regularly playing at right back. Though naturally a central defender, along with his spells on the flanks he can also play as a holding midfielder.4) The defender has a strong pedigree as a youth international, and was part of the Brazil U20 side that won the 2014 Toulon Tournament this summer, playing in every game including their 5-2 final victory over France. He scored two goals at the tournament.They say“Caio played a key role in Brazil’s Toulon tournament side. Sao Paolo’s president Carlos Miguel Aidar believes he’s worth €20m.” L’Esportiu on the defender.Video evidenceWhat do you think of Rodrigo Caio? Let us know below… Arsenal and Barcelona are being linked with Rodrigo Caio 1last_img read more

Don’t miss out on deductions

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant What does tend to trigger an audit, or, more commonly, questions about an individual item on a return, are deductions that seem abnormally high. Accountants and tax attorneys say that as long as you have the paperwork to back up the claims you make on your tax forms, you shouldn’t run into problems. You’ll be on safest ground if you either have your return prepared by a professional or reviewed by one if you’ve compiled it yourself. Ignorance can also cost a small business plenty of money – many small-business owners just don’t know what the law is. Fishman said owners tend to overlook a deduction tailored for them, known as the Section 179 deduction. This allows small businesses to deduct up-front rather than depreciate the cost of certain equipment bought and put into service during the tax year. There’s a change in the deduction for the 2005 tax year – it rose to $105,000 from $102,000 in 2004. There are other adjustments to the tax law each year, and business owners need to keep up with them. You can get a quick overview of them in IRS Publication 334, Tax Guide for Small Business. You can download a copy of it and other IRS publications and forms from the agency’s Web site, Another change for the 2005 tax year is an adjustment in the standard mileage rate used to deduct the cost of using a vehicle for business purposes. Because the price of gasoline soared in the last few months of the year, the IRS has set up a two-tier deduction for 2005 – businesses can deduct 40.5 cents for each business mile driven before Sept. 1, and 48.5 cents for business miles driven after Aug. 31 and before Jan. 1 of this year. (But beware – the deduction was lowered to 44.5 cents for 2006.) There also have been changes to some business tax credits – and some new credits created, such as the Hurricane Katrina employee retention credit, which gave employers whose businesses were inoperable after the storm an incentive to keep paying workers. A list of the credits can be found in Publication 334. Many small businesses will be able to take advantage of a new deduction, the domestic production activities deduction that grew out of the American Jobs Creation Act of 2004. The deduction gives a tax break to a variety of companies with at least one employee – on its Web site, the IRS defines qualifying production activities as including “manufacturing, producing, growing, and extracting tangible personal property, computer software, and sound recordings, and the construction and substantial renovation of real property including infrastructure.” “They don’t necessarily have to be a manufacturer. It can even apply to engineering firms – it’s that broad of a definition,” said Jeffrey Berdahl, a certified public accountant with Berdahl & Co. in Center Valley, Pa. But tax professionals describe the regulations governing the domestic production activities deduction as complicated, and suggest that small businesses hoping to take advantage of it consult with a tax adviser. “It’s going to be a relatively difficult form to go through,” Berdahl said. Accountants and tax attorneys say some planning the previous year can help a small business avoid mistakes and oversights that end up in overpaying the government. Ask a financial expert about the biggest pitfalls that small businesses encounter at tax time, and they’ll probably talk about a lack of planning. “People don’t spend enough time consulting their professionals and making sure it’s done,” said Bob Howard, an attorney with Hofheimer Gartlir & Gross in New York. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEW YORK – Every tax filing season, many small businesses end up paying the government more than they need to. Some don’t take advantage of all the deductions to which they’re entitled. Some haven’t kept up with changes in the tax law. Tax professionals say there are two main reasons why small businesses get tripped up while preparing tax returns: fear of an audit and ignorance. Stephen Fishman, an attorney and author of “Deduct It! Lower Your Small Business Taxes,” says the specter of an audit stops many small-business owners from claiming a home-office deduction, even when they qualify for this break and could save a substantial amount on their tax bills. Fishman noted that years ago, claiming you worked out of your home was one of those red flags that caught the eye of the IRS. But now, he said of small-business owners, “they may not be aware the law is more liberal” since changes were made in 1999, Fishman said. last_img read more

Sport Relief Weekend Raises Over £55 Million

first_imgSport Relief has raised over £55,444,906 following its massive weekend of television in the UK.The Sport Relief Weekend kicked off with a fantastic night of sporting fun and sketches galore, as this year’s Sport Relief Night of TV (BBC One and BBC Two) entertained the nation while raising an incredible £55,444,906 so far. The money will help make a real difference to people living incredibly tough lives at home in the UK and across some of the world’s poorest communities.“Thank you so much to the wonderful British public for their generosity and to everyone who has done their bit this Sport Relief – I could not be prouder!” said David Walliams. “The amazing amount of money raised is going to make a huge difference to people living incredibly tough lives, not only in the world’s poorest communities but right here at home in the UK too – thank you!”Included in the overall total and the largest corporate contribution on the night was £7,060,681 raised by Sainsbury’s colleagues and customers who have been doing themselves proud across the country by carrying out fundraising events. Sainsbury’s also raised money by selling the range of must-have merchandise, which includes the official Sport Relief t-shirt, available to buy in store and online until 22nd March.Hosting the TV spectacular on the BBC were John Bishop, Alesha Dixon, Greg James, Gary Lineker, Davina McCall, David Walliams and Claudia Winkleman. The return of the Clash of the Titans was hosted by Dan Walker and Ore Oduba and Sir Steve Redgrave and Freddie Flintoff were the captains of the two teams, with Team Flintoff winning an epic battle.The overall total also includes money raised by this year’s BT Sport Relief Challenges. Jo Brand’s Hell of a Walk saw the comedienne take on an incredible 135.7 miles as she walked from east to west, across the width of the country. The toughest challenge of Jo’s life raised an incredible £1,159,220 with £360,331 of that pledged by BT.The One Show’s Alex Jones, TV presenter Angellica Bell, comedian Hal Cruttenden, actress Doon Mackichan, and TV presenters Ore Oduba and Suzi Perry all took part in the BT Sport Relief Challenge: Hell on High Seas which saw the team battle fearsome winds, freezing temperatures and rough seas, in a feat of pure physical, mental and emotional endurance. The mammoth challenge raised a fantastic £1,062,868 with £160,000 of that pledged by BT.BT also handled more than 104,000 calls to the donation line during the live TV show, peaking at 88 calls per second with BT over 6,000 volunteers at 79 call centres across the UK.Through its ‘Flying Start’ partnership, British Airways has raised £2,509,528 this Sport Relief from money donated by customers on board, as well as from staff competing in fundraising events.Reflecting the UK public’s generous support for Sport Relief, the UK government Department for International Development has matched £10million of the 50% of public donations that will be spent internationally to help young people overcome the obstacles they face. HM Treasury has also donated £3 million to the campaign as part of a funding partnership with Comic Relief to transform the lives of women and girls in the UK.Global healthcare company GSK donated £3 million to help fight malaria and improve health as part of a new five-year partnership launched with Comic Relief in 2015.Greg James also took on an epic challenge, BBC Radio 1’s Gregathlon for Sport Relief. The challenge saw the DJ complete a triathlon a day for five consecutive days, across five different UK cities, raising a phenomenal £1,041,001.The Premier League continued their fantastic backing for Sport Relief by contributing an astonishing £1,050,638 for the campaign. This included their support of BBC 5 Live’s Battle of the Five-A- Sides with footballing legends Alan Shearer and Robbie Savage taking on a challenge for Sport Relief once again. This time round the pair held Sport Relief’s biggest ever five-a-side football match, which saw over 1,100 players take part in over 57 hours of continuous football. The stars were also joined by Danny Jones, Rachel Riley and Josh Cuthbert, who all played 12 hours straight of continuous football. Alan Shearer came out on top when the final whistle blew.Sport Relief (BBC One and BBC Two) was packed with incredible entertainment, with highlights including: Live events from LeeValley Velopark and Aquatics Centre as Sir Steve Redgrave and Andrew 
’Freddie’ Flintoff captained two teams of celebrities in the return of the Clash of the Titans, hosted 
by Dan Walker and Ore Oduba. David Walliams brought back popular Little Britain character, Emily Howard, for a special one-off sketch with comedian Micky Flanagan and Stoke City striker Peter Crouch as you’ve never seen him before. A one-off Luther special as Idris Elba stared alongside Sir Lenny Henry and a whole host of sports stars including Rio Ferdinand, Denise Lewis, Louis Smith, Ian Wright and David Haye. Alex Jones, Hal Cruttenden, Ore Oduba, Angellica Bell, Doon Mackichan and Suzi Perry looked back on their sail around the UK that saw them battle fearsome winds, freezing temperatures 
and rough seas, in a feat of pure physical, mental and emotional endurance. James Corden reprised his much-loved character, Smithy, for a spoof in which he runs for FIFA President with some of footballs greatest names including Sir Geoff Hurst, Brazilian football legend Pelé, England icon Steven Gerrard and the ‘Special One’ himself, Jose Mourinho. Paddy McGuinness and Harry Judd went head-to-head in a wrestling spectacular, Russell Kane and Will Young sported nose pegs for synchronised swimming routines and Freddie Flintoff and Darren Gough had their twirling batons at the ready as they took to the floor for rhythmic gymnastics.center_img Returning to his role after 40 years, Michael Crawford, who performed all of his own stunts, sported his beret as the disaster prone Frank Spencer in an exclusive Some Mothers Do Ave ’Em sketch with Michele Dotrice and cameos including Sir Bradley Wiggins. There were powerful reminders of the serious side of Sport Relief with moving appeal films that were presented by the likes of Danny Dyer, Marvin and Rochelle Humes and Olivia Colman, who showed how the money raised could help change lives both here in the UK and around the world. 
Some of the issues highlighted in the programme included Ebola, maternal mental health, HIV, malaria, and dementia. Money raised through donations to Sport Relief will go towards supporting these, and many other issues, to help make a real difference.
For those who missed out or just can’t get enough of the Sport Relief TV gold, bundles featuring the sketches from the night and exclusive behind-the-scenes content are available on the BBC Store and iTunes. Also available to download is ‘Running (Live from Abbey Road Studios)’, the official Sport Relief single by James Bay. Jo Brand and Greg James re-lived their outstanding fundraising challenges, whilst Eddie Izzard 
nears the climax of his epic 27 day Marathon Man endeavour in South Africa. There was also live music from Birdy and James Bay who gave a special performance of his track ‘Running’, the official Sport Relief single.last_img read more