Tag Archives: Americas

09Nov/17

Threats of drug gang violence force Mexican schools to close

CHILAPA, GUERRERO, MEXICO (NOVEMBER 07, 2017) (REUTERS) – Threats by organised criminals against teachers and students have forced around 300 schools to remain closed for 48 days, in some areas of Mexico’s Guerrero state, one of the country’s states that is most plagued by drug-violence, the government has said. Continue reading

30Oct/17

Puerto Rico moves to cancel Whitefish power contract after uproar

SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO (OCTOBER 29, 2017) (NBC) – Puerto Rico’s government power company said on Sunday (October 29) it would move to cancel a $300 million repair contract with a tiny Montana company to restore power to the storm-hit U.S. territory after an uproar over the deal. Continue reading

01Oct/17

San Juan Mayor to Trump: “Bring it on”

INTERNET (SEPTEMBER 30, 2017) (SOCIAL MEDIA WEBSITE — San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz fired back at U.S. President Donald Trump who placed blame squarely on Puerto Ricans for the slow recovery from Hurricane Maria after critics complained that his administration’s response to the U.S. territory’s plight was insufficient. Continue reading

30Sep/17

‘We are dying here’: San Juan Mayor

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz expressed her frustrations on Friday of the response to relief efforts in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria. Continue reading

28Sep/17

14 people shot dead at Mexican drug rehab centre

CHIHUAHUA, CHIHUAHUA, MEXICO (SEPTEMBER 26, 2017) (REUTERS) – Fourteen people were shot dead on Tuesday (September 26) night at a drug rehabilitation centre in northern Mexico as part of a territory fight between two criminal gangs, a spokesman for the state attorney general’s office said. Continue reading

19Sep/17

Maduro calls Trump ‘new Hitler’

CARACAS, VENEZUELA (SEPTEMBER 19, 2017) (VENEZUELAN GOVERNMENT TV) – Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro called U.S. President Donald Trump “the new Hitler of international politics” after Trump’s hard-edged speech to the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday (September 19). Continue reading

19Sep/17

Buildings shake as strong 7.4 quake hits Mexico on anniversary of deadly 1985 tremor

MEXICO CITY, MEXICO (SEPTEMBER 19, 2017) (MUTE) (REUTERS) – A 7.4 magnitude earthquake hit Mexico on Tuesday (September 19), shaking buildings in the capital of Mexico City and sending people fleeing into the street. Continue reading

08Sep/17

Awaiting Irma in the Bahamas

NASSAU, BAHAMAS (SEPTEMBER 07) (REUTERS) – Residents in the Bahamas were bracing for Irma which raged offshore vulnerable Haiti on Thursday (September 7) after devastating a string of Caribbean islands and killing at least 10 people as one of the most powerful Atlantic storms in a century took aim at the Turks and Caicos islands and Florida. Continue reading

30Jul/17

Venezuela’s computerized voting system fails to find president’s registration

CARACAS, VENEZUELA (JULY 30, 2017) (GOVERNMENT TV) – President Nicolas Maduro’s much-touted new voter identification failed to come up in the registry as he promoted the card on live national television on Sunday (July 30).

Maduro has promoted the Patria card ahead of the controversial election to elect Socialist allies to a constitutional super-body. The opposition is boycotting the election, saying it would allow him to dissolve the opposition-run Congress, delay future elections and rewrite electoral rules to prevent the socialists from being voted out of power in the once-prosperous OPEC nation.

The unpopular president went on state television to encourage Venezuelans to vote, admonishing them to remember to take their national identification cards and their new Patria voter ID cards.

After his card was scanned, the screen read ‘the person does not exist or the card has been cancelled.’