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Young Entrepreneur Siham Meftahi Empowers Moroccan Housewives with Culinary Startup

Rabat – Siham Meftahi, a 21-year-old Moroccan entrepreneur, has been making an impact on the lives of Moroccan women across the kingdom through her online start-up, Safe Eat. Meftahi’s company works to promote and empower housewives by helping them provide personalized catering services.The online network that encourages women cooks to prepare healthy homemade dishes, which are then marketed online.Meftahi told MWN that she had always wanted to create a startup that would make a positive impact on the lives of Moroccan women. “It did not take me an eternity to believe that it has always been my dream to change the world,” she said. The entrepreneur explained that she had long been impressed and inspired by women, especially Moroccans, “who are trying as hard as they can to establish themselves as independent and powerful women in a society still ruled by traditions.”In 2014, Meftahi joined École Nationale Supérieure des Arts et Métiers in Casablanca (ENSAM), where she studied industrial engineering. During her first year at the school, she joined ENSAM’s Enactus club for young business leaders.Through Enactus, Meftah was able to develop her entrepreneurial skills and get closer to her achieving her dream.The club helped her explore Morocco’s faraway places and rural areas, in which she learned about the needs of different communities in the kingdom. “My journey started off by field trips, where I met women who are seeking independence and willing to change their lifestyles,” she said.Then, in 2016 Meftahi founded Safe Eat. At first, the startup team was made up of two women cooks. As time went by, the small project started to grow. ?“We were able to attract two others recently,” she added.The young entrepreneur is looking forward to expanding her network. She also aspires to attract as many women as she can. “Five years from today, I would like to see my startup growing, with 20 successful women working hard to improve their status and life conditions,” she asserted.Safe Eat recently made it to the top nine projects in the world at the 2017 Google Search Stories competition organized by?Google Business Group?(GBG). Meftahi was the only Moroccan, African, or Arab finalist in the competition.“Whenever I see the positive effect of the startup on the lives of others, I believe that I am committed to work harder to achieve better results and contribute to the development of my country,” she said.Meftahi said that she would be proud to see her startup successfully marketing the culinary achievements of women. “I believe that women are strong, smart and courageous. I believe that every woman can be independent and solve her own problems by herself. I believe that every lady should not fear fire but become it.” read more

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Stronger action needed to rid world of landmines SecretaryGeneral says

He told the tenth annual gathering of high contracting parties to the protocol of the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons that calls for curbing the use of landmines, which convened in Geneva, that enhanced action is needed because “these weapons, silent and well-hidden, continue to kill and maim.”Amended Protocol II to the Convention bans the use of mines, booby-traps and other explosive devices against civilians. It entered into force in December 1998 and currently has 92 States parties.“You must consider in particular how to make the Protocol even more effective, and in particular how to enhance the Protocol’s implementation mechanism,” the Secretary-General said, in a message delivered by Sergei Ordzhonikidze, Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva.Mr. Ban called for membership to the Protocol to be expanded, particularly among developing countries, nations affected by landmines and States in conflict. 12 November 2008More efforts are needed to eliminate landmines and other explosive devices, despite the great strides made in ridding the world of the deadly weapons, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today. read more

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Court issues order on opposition rally and UNP event

The Kandy Magistrate today issued an order on the joint opposition rally scheduled to commence from Kandy tomorrow and a UNP recruitment drive also set to be held in Kandy on the same day.The Magistrate ordered that the joint opposition rally commence from outside the Kandy city and the UNP UNP recruitment drive to be held after 2pm tomorrow.

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UNICEF gears up to vaccinate 41 million children after polio outbreak in

At the regular bi-weekly press briefing in Geneva today, UNICEF spokesperson Christophe Boulierac expressed major concerns regarding the re-emergence of polio in Nigeria after two years of no recorded cases, stating that populations fleeing conflict have been on the move within the subregion, which raises concerns that the virus could spread across borders. As such, the agency has deployed 39,000 health workers across Nigeria and neighbouring Chad, Niger, Cameroon and the Central African Republic to deliver the oral polio vaccine in areas at high-risk for the virus. The spokesperson also stated that in addition to the 30 million children that have already been reached with vaccine during the first two rounds, the next round of the campaign is aimed at vaccinating 41 million children in the Lake Chad basin. In Borno state, a malnutrition screening was provided as part of the vaccination drive, he continued, also noting that UNICEF vaccination teams are conducting the screenings to identify cases of severe acute malnutrition in children under five before referring malnourished children to treatment programmes. “The immunization campaign is being delivered by national Governments, with support from UNICEF, the World Health Organization, Rotary International, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation,” said Mr. Boulierac. Unfortunately, UNICEF’s response has been hampered by a lack of funding, and continued insecurity in the region. So far, only one third of the required sum for the emergency response has been received. “UNICEF and its partners have scaled up [the] response by using the campaign to also find out more about the occurrence of malnutrition and be able to treat it better, as new territories in northeast Nigeria had become newly accessible,” said Boulierac, referring to the regional effort, led by Nigeria to root out Boko Haram insurgents. He added that the first round of vaccination of this campaign began in August. UNICEF reports 478,000 children under five with severe acute malnutrition in the Lake Chad basin area. In other north-eastern Nigeria states like Borno, Yobe and Adamawa, the number of children with severe malnutrition has reached 400,000. read more

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TV3s head of programming leaves the station

first_imgThe last five years have been exciting, demanding, challenging and often frustrating. But they have also been some of the most rewarding and enjoyable of my career – thanks to the skill of wonderful people across TV3 and particularly my talented and enthusiastic team in the Programme Department.In an interview with TheJournal.ie in August, Frow indicated he had had a difficult time overcoming the financial limitations of the broadcasting market here. He told reporter Hugh O’Connell:This has been a brutal, brutal, brutal year for me personally, much harder than 2008 and 2009 (his first full years at TV3). Financially it’s been a lot tougher, we don’t seem to be coming out of any kind of recession. Our ambition is limitless but we can only do so much unless some people step up to the plate and help us out a bit. The team are good but we’re not miracle workers.This referred to the continuing public funding support for RTÉ as well as the revenue they yield from commercial advertising.In that interview, he also referred to the personal toll the post was taking on him.I’m a bit knackered by the whole thing frankly. It’s exhausting and it’s really demoralising… I find it utterly depressing that no one will step up to the plate and it’s like nobody cares, you know? I think TV3 has such an important role to play in this country. It’s an independent voice, you can’t just have RTÉ dominating everything. Everyone seems to be utterly terrified of rattling RTÉ’s cage.He also said that he felt there was “an inherent snobbery towards TV3″ and that “maybe commerciality and snobs don’t go in hand”.While Frow said that he felt a great responsiblity to the commissioning team and to the channel as a while, he felt that there is “very little room for taking a risk on TV3 because we have such responsibilities, financial responsibilities, there’s no room for chucking… burning money because Ben’s got a whimsy that may or may not work.Reacting to the announcement of Frow’s departure today, TV3 chief executive David McRedmond said that he felt Frow had made a “distinctive and brilliant mark” on Irish broadcasting and that he was happy that he had been able to persuade him to stay so long. He added:While I am extremely sad that Ben is leaving TV3, he has all of mine and my colleagues’ gratitude and he leaves with our very best wishes.TV3 has yet to make a decision on a replacement for Frow at the helm of commissioning. Frow was responsible for launching TV3 shows such as Celebrity Salon, The Forgotten Irish, The Tenements, Dublin Wives, Tallafornia, Midweek, Celebrity Salon as well as bringing Irish version of Come Dine with Me and The Apprentice to air.- additional reporting by Hugh O’ConnellA ‘brutal, brutal, brutal’ year: Ben Frow interview> THE DIRECTOR OF Programming at TV3 is to leave the station at the end of this year. Ben Frow will finish up at the Ballymount broadcaster at the end of December, returning to the UK where he had previously worked at Channel 4, among other media companies.In a statement today, Frow said that it had been a “privilege and a pleasure” to work with TV3 and increase the volume of its homegrown programming. He said:last_img read more

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Harrison Ford wants you to play Ecotopia on Facebook

first_imgHarrison Ford, known for iconic movie roles such as Han Solo, Indiana Jones and Rick Deckard in Blade Runner, is getting into social gaming. Ford is supporting the development of a new game for Facebook which has an eco-friendly theme. It’s called Ecotopia, and is being made in collaboration with Conservation International. Founded in 1987, Conservation International is a non-profit organization which encourages responsible care of the global environment.The connection between Conservation International and Harrison Ford is not a new one. Ford has been affiliated with the organization for over 15 years and is Vice-Chair of the group’s Board of Directors. He is also known for actually piloting a chopper with the group in the jungles of Venezuela. Ford states that he believes Ecotopia is a refreshing way to engage millions of people in addressing critical environmental issues.Talkie, an independent game studio, developed Ecotopia which it plans to launch on Facebook on April 4th. The goal of the game is to create a personal utopia by battling eco-enemies including litterbugs. Players of the game begin with an uninhabitable environment which they must turn into a thriving community through the use of resources generated by the completion of in-game missions. Ecotopia will be free to play and will be developed for other platforms too. In the Facebook version of the game players will be able to connect with Facebook friends to send gifts and to encourage them to visit neighboring maps to perform helpful actions.Ecotopia is said to be the first game that encourages players to take environmentally friendly actions in the real-world to receive benefits in the game world. While participating in the game, players will also learn more about Conservation International and its many initiatives to improve the sustainability of the global environment.Read more at EcotopiaBrian’s OpinionFacebook has quite a reach when you consider that it has over 500 million members. Social gaming on Facebook has also begun to develop a life of its own with many game studios reaping the rewards. It’s good to see a non-profit group has realized the benefits of both and created a new game that enlightens those who play it.Besides Ford’s many movie roles and the entertainment it has brought me personally, I also appreciate his willingness to roll up his sleeves and get involved with a group that he believes shares his beliefs when it comes to the environment. While many famous actors and actresses are more than happy to share their time in doing a simple fundraiser or a television spot, it’s a unique group that actually gets involved at this level.last_img read more

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NXT talent being considered for Royal Rumble match

first_img Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Google+ Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 Talent from NXT are being considered to take part as entrants in the 30 Man Royal Rumble match this Sunday in Philadelphia according to a report by Mike Johnson. Other names including former WWE talents are also said to be under consideration as surprise entrants for the Rumble match as well.Source: PWInsider.comRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipSeth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate OccasionsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:27 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Seth Rollins Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Impact Wrestling leaving Pop TV, New television deal with Pursuit Channel announced Videos Articlescenter_img Facebook Roman Reigns is in Remission Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Kurt Angle Cesaro WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Match announced for next week’s 205 Live, 8-Man Elimination from TLC PPV in 2015 Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Bruce Prichard was already working in consultant role with WWE back in January Twitter Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

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Russias progress in the World Cup is well deserved

first_imgMundial host Russia has beaten all the nations it has played against but progress for them to the World Cup last-16 is the victory the country deserves, the country’s Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said on Thursday via FourFourTwo.Russia won their opening two matches at the tournament, humiliating Saudi Arabia with five goals and thrashing Egypt 3-1, to secure them a slot in the latter stages of the competition for the first time since the break-up of the Soviet Union.ScotlandScotland needs a hero: Billy Dodds Manuel R. Medina – September 10, 2019 According to former striker, Billy Dodds his country needs a hero to inspire future generations as the team’s hope to qualify to the EURO 2020 is small.“Our win, of course, is pleasing. This is huge. It is a great event for the country, because we deserve victories as we have done a lot for this. Because the country has built a large number of stadiums in such a short period of time. These are beautiful, stunning buildings,” Shoigu told journalists.He added that football was a great game, which unites those who love sports and their country and those “who value normal relations between other countries, states and peoples.”last_img read more

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Zaniolos Dad rules out Juve and Raiola move

first_imgNicolo Zaniolo’s father revealed the Roma midfielder will extend his stay at the club and rejected claims that Mino Raiola will not become his agent.Reports circulating in Italy were rife that Juventus were preparing a ‘huge’ offer for Zaniolo, who has broken out for Roma this seasonAnd Raiola was equally reported to have been keen on recruiting the Italy starlet.However, dad Igor told Football Italia via Corriere dello Sport: “Raiola asked for information and is interested in Zaniolo, but Vigorelli will remain Nicolo’s agent for a long time.“My dad says you can reach the top quickly but you can fall to the bottom even more quickly…”Nicolo Zaniolo, in his own words…➡️ https://t.co/cDOk3ZLeXy pic.twitter.com/y2WwCg3Zbl— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) February 21, 2019“At the end of the season there will be a meeting with Roma for his renewal, and there won’t be any problems.“On both sides, there’s a willingness to conclude negotiations in a positive way. The recent talk has been bad for Roma and Nicolo.Nicolo ZanioloZaniolo’s agent admits Spurs interest Manuel R. Medina – September 9, 2019 According to his agent, Nicolo Zaniolo was wanted by Tottenham Hotspur during the summer, but he explained why he renewed with Roma instead.“We all have to row on the same boat if he is to develop properly. We mustn’t upset the fans and club: Roma are going for third place, there’s the derby and then the match against Porto: for him, the priority is the team and he only wants to think about the pitch.“Yesterday he spent the day at home with his mother. He wants to stay focused on Roma’s upcoming games in Serie A and Champions League.“The first leg against Porto was a good test, but of course it’s not enough. We won’t hide his quality as it’s undeniable, but obviously, we mustn’t stop now because he hasn’t done anything yet.Zaniolo’s father: ‘He has to keep both feet on the ground’ | English News https://t.co/UCJeph3LRI pic.twitter.com/Qs78oCmIh3— SPORTS USA (@sportsusa_net) February 23, 2019“[His talent] will have to be confirmed in the final part of the season and then the next few years.“If he stops at his two goals against Porto then we’re at the beginning of the end. The derby? I’m pumped for it.“The derby is always a special game and there’s a fantastic atmosphere for it in the city. Nicolo is fired up, but I hope he’s more relaxed than I am.”last_img read more

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Trump admin suspends educational programs for migrant children

first_imgUS president Donald Trump. File photoThe Trump administration is suspending educational, legal and recreational programs for migrant children in its custody, saying an influx of children crossing the border without a parent or legal guardian was putting a “tremendous strain” on the resources of the agency tasked with housing them.The agency that houses migrant children – the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) – asked Congress for an additional $2.88 billion to increase shelter capacity, HHS spokeswoman Evelyn Stauffer said on Wednesday. ORR is part of the Department of Health and Human Services.ORR has instructed providers in its network to begin scaling back or stop providing services “that are not directly necessary for the protection of life and safety,” Stauffer said.On May 30, HHS official Mark Boss sent an email to providers in ORR’s network of shelters informing them costs budgeted for educational and recreational activities, including staff associated with those programs, were “unallowable costs” for any federal funds received after May 22.The email, which was seen by Reuters, was first reported by Reveal at the Center for Investigative Reporting.Border agents apprehended 11,507 unaccompanied children on the southwest border in May, an 80% increase from a year earlier, according to government data released on Wednesday.ORR’s system of shelters is currently running at 96% capacity, according to a HHS official who declined to be named because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the program.The provision of recreational and educational activities, such as English language lessons and sports, are required by a long-standing legal settlement, known as the Flores settlement, that lays out conditions under which migrant children can be kept.”If this administration goes forward with denying education, recreation and other unspecified ‘non-essential services’ they would be in flagrant violation of the Flores settlement and will face immediate legal action,” said Neha Desai, Director for Immigration at the National Center for Youth Law in Oakland and a Flores co-counsel.The Trump administration has repeatedly called on Congress to enact regulations that would override the settlement. It is also working on regulations on the length of time and conditions in which children can be detained.Congresswoman Rosa DeLaura from Connecticut, who chairs the House committee negotiating with ORR on supplemental funding, said in a statement that the Trump administration could not be given a blank check “when time and again it has failed to show it has these childrens’ best interests at heart.”Last week, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) placed limits on special legal protections for some migrant children who turn 18 or reunite with a parent or guardian before they file their asylum application.In a policy memo to all asylum officers dated May 31, USCIS official John Lafferty also empowered officials to request additional documents if they suspect an applicant is over 18 years old when they file their asylum application.last_img read more

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No Canadian passport Dont try flying back into Canada as of Sept

first_imgNo Canadian passport? Don’t try flying back into Canada as of Sept. 30 Tags: Canadian TORONTO — If you have clients who are dual citizens, take note: starting Sept. 30 these travellers will need a Canadian passport to fly back into Canada, reflecting new policy from the federal government.Currently dual citizens flying back into Canada only need to show their passport from one country. A traveller who holds both Canadian and U.S. citizenship, for example, can right now use their U.S. passport to gain entry back into Canada, as long as they also show proof of residency in Canada (like a driver’s license).According to reports in the Toronto Star, that will all change on Sept. 30, when dual citizens must have a Canadian passport to get back into the country. The new policy is part of Canada’s new electronic screening system, and so far only applies to air travel.Some are calling the move a cash grab, and discriminatory. But Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada spokesperson Lindsay Wemp told the Star that a valid Canadian passport is the only acceptable travel document for the purpose of air travel. “As the government does not want Canadians to face travel-related delays, we strongly encourage all Canadian citizens to travel using a valid Canadian passport.”More news:  Air Canada’s global sales update includes Managing Director, Canada & USA SalesIt’s estimated that close to one million Canadians have citizenship for more than one country. Travelweek Group Posted bycenter_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Share Thursday, August 18, 2016 last_img read more

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Tico Times Weekly Digest November 12 2018

first_imgIn this week’s episode of the Weekly Digest: hunger is on the rise in Latin America, saving Costa Rica’s smallest primate and more news from ticotimes.net.This week’s Digest was sponsored by Banana Beach in Santa Teresa.Interested in sponsoring the Digest, with the option of a visit from our film crew? Contact kstanley@ticotimes.net.Stories from the episode:Both hunger and obesity increase in Latin America: http://bit.ly/2RN6UrGHelping save Costa Rica’s smallest primate: http://bit.ly/2z5smkJAn interview with Olympic hopeful Jenny Méndez: http://bit.ly/2DktHXICosta Rica to face Chile and Peru in friendlies: http://bit.ly/2T6rbtWTeenage designers steal the show at fashion show: http://bit.ly/2QxVrfrOff the Eaten Path – Cordero’s Bar: http://bit.ly/2T6rnta Facebook Comments Related posts:The Tico Times Weekly Digest: Oct. 1, 2018 The Tico Times Weekly Digest: Oct. 15, 2018 The Tico Times Weekly Digest: Nov. 5, 2018 The Tico Times Weekly Digest: Jan. 7, 2019last_img read more

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Land reform Paraguays ticking political bomb

first_img Sponsored Stories ___Associated Press writers Pedro Servin and Belen Bogado in Asuncion, Paraguay, contributed to this report.___Follow Peter Orsi on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/Peter_Orsi Yet during four years in office, Lugo achieved little meaningful reform.“It’s amazing how that land question again has become the Achilles’ heel of Paraguayan politics and of this government in particular,” said Miguel Carter, a Paraguayan political scientist specializing in South American land issues at American University in Washington. “Symbolically, the fact that this massacre of 17 people triggered this onslaught is telling.”Agriculture keeps the tiny economy of landlocked Paraguay sputtering along. The two largest exports are soy and beef, and the farm sector last year generated nearly 30 percent of the government’s annual revenues of $8 billion.Yet with big agribusiness dominant, the average countryside dweller sees little of that wealth. Between 74,000 and 300,000 people are landless, according to varying estimates. Paraguay is the region’s most unequal in land concentration, trailing countries like Brazil, where land problems are at least cushioned by a more industrialized economy.In Paraguay, the imbalance dates back to around 1870 when the country began unloading terrain to pay off a crippling war debt. The selloff sped up under strongman Gen. Alfredo Stroessner’s 1954-1989 rule, when large agribusiness took hold and 8 million hectares (20 million acres) passed to private buyers, many of them friends of the regime. Associated PressASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) – Along Avenida Republica in downtown Asuncion stands the gleaming facade of the $20 million Legislative Palace, where well-tailored congressional aides on their cellphones come and go and armed police guard the legislature that just impeached one president and installed another.Across the street, a trash-strewn tent camp dominates a public park where residents of a shantytown scheduled for demolition have been protesting for the last year and a half. Pigs and dogs root in the dirt, as flames lap at the grate of a rudimentary cooking pit. (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top Stories 5 treatments for adult scoliosis 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, familycenter_img Lugo gets credit for sincerely wanting to lift the rural poor, and for publicly legitimizing discussion of fishy land transfers. He also funded programs to distribute seeds to poor farmers and teach them about fighting crop disease and raising livestock.But in 2010, just 30,000 titles were granted under land reform, according to Eugenio Alonso, who then oversaw the land agency.The president couldn’t implement land reform quickly because the government didn’t have any land under its control to distribute, said Luis Aguayo, leader of Paraguay’s largest landless movement group with about 60,000 members. “But he was advancing, administratively, to recover terrain controlled by the big landowners.”But at the same time, during Lugo’s administration police launched 300 operations to clear invading protesters from private holdings.Now his successor, former Vice President Federico Franco of the Liberal Party, has to make land reform a central issue of his own foreshortened term, which ends August 2013. Franco on Wednesday ordered the Agriculture Ministry to conduct the national land survey as quickly as possible, saying a solution to Paraguay’s agrarian problem is “long-awaited.” More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Colorado leader Horacio Cartes denied the impeachment was a power grab, saying his party was motivated by Lugo’s “bad governance.” There is “only one way for the Colorado party to return to power: by winning the 2013 elections,” he said.Only belatedly, after one of Lugo’s appointees was immersed in scandal, did he order a clean-up at the agency responsible for land reform.“The idea was to recover lands that Stroessner fraudulently gave to his friends and families,” said Belarmino Balbuena, leader of the Paraguayan Peasants’ Movement. “That idea couldn’t move forward because the courts put the brakes on any attempt to recover them, in compliance with laws that protect the rich, not the poor.”With a 1.8 percent annual population growth rate, small plots of land can’t sustain large families and the industrial sector is too small to absorb the overspill. So many peasants migrate to construction jobs in places like Buenos Aires, or to shantytowns in Asuncion.“It’s this model of development that has become a curse on Paraguay. It concentrates land, it doesn’t lead the country to industrialization, therefore it creates large segments of the population living in poverty,” said Carter, the American University political scientist. New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates 0 Comments   Share   The post-Stroessner constitution gives lawmakers wide leeway in checking the president. With weak support in congress against strong conservative opposition, the 61-year-old Lugo apparently never felt confident enough to push comprehensive land reform.He also didn’t keep promises to hold a nationwide survey to untangle an out-of-date land registry in which many titles vastly understate the amount of land controlled by large soy and cattle farms. By some accounts the listed holdings exceed the country’s total square acreage. In some cases, multiple people lay claim to the same land and in others owners have apparently illegally claimed adjacent terrain as their own.Lugo also lost budget battles that could have funded land acquisitions. During his administration, Congress passed Paraguay’s first income tax, but delayed its implementation until 2013, just months before Lugo’s term would have ended. An agreement struck with Brazil to triple the amount of energy it pays for energy from a shared river dam to $360 million annually, but Congress kept tight control of the windfall.Against strong opposition and impeachment talk that swirled long before his recent troubles, Lugo “never was up to tackling what was Paraguay’s biggest social problem,” said Alfredo Boccia Paz, a Paraguayan political columnist. But he acknowledged that “If he had done much more, he probably would have fallen sooner.” The stark contrast tells the story of a divided people living under the same red-white-and-blue-striped flag.In one Paraguay, GDP has risen for three straight years and tony nightclubs and steak dinners are commonplace. In the other Paraguay, comprising more than half of the country’s 6.5 million people, putting food on the table is a daily struggle and home may be a dirt-floor shelter with no electricity, toilets or running water.The political crisis in this South American nation is grounded in the tensions between the landed and the landless, which came into sharp relief June 15 when a clash over disputed property left 17 people dead and provoked the impeachment a week later of President Fernando Lugo.But the roots of the crisis stretch back 140 years, and prevail through an intractable pattern that keeps about 1 percent of the population in control of 77 percent of arable land, while 55 percent of Paraguayans are poor and 31 percent live in extreme poverty by a U.N. count.Paraguay’s poor hoped they had found their savior when Lugo, the bearded and sandal-clad “bishop of the poor,” won the presidency in 2008 on campaign promises to deliver land reform, ending the conservative Colorado Party’s six decades of single-party rule.last_img read more

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