Millions of Hondurans dispute election fraud

first_imgDec. 11 — Tens if not hundreds of thousands of people, especially youth, have poured into the streets of Honduras, a country of only 9 million, to protest election fraud.“They have stolen the votes from us,” Salvador Nasralla Salum said at a march on Dec. 10 in Tegucigalpa, the capital, that ended in a three-hour demonstration outside the U.S. Embassy. “This country will be ungovernable starting now.”In national elections on Nov. 26, Nasralla was the presidential candidate of the Alliance (Alianza), made up of his own Anti-Corruption Party and the Libre Party, led by former President Manuel Zelaya, who was overthrown in a U.S.-backed coup in 2009. Xiomara Zelaya, the former president’s spouse, was Alianza’s vice presidential candidate in the current election.The Alianza was clearly winning the election when the regime stopped the count and then after three days announced the incumbents had won. Nasralla accuses the United States, the European Union and the Organization of American States of being “accomplices to fraud.”The EU and OAS have hesitated to endorse the election, given the massive number of Hondurans who have come out to protest the fraud. U.S. President Donald Trump, however, praised incumbent President Juan Orlando Hernández for winning the election.On Dec. 10, two weeks after the elections took place, tens of thousands of Hondurans supporting the Alianza demonstrated in Tegucigalpa and other cities throughout the country.A week earlier, when the government tried to impose a 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew on the population, Nasralla called on members of the armed forces and police to refuse this order. The National Police announced on Dec. 5 that they would no longer repress the population. Others described scenes of police and the people dancing together in the streets after this refusal to be servants of the rich.Any indication that the police and army — the core elements of the repressive state that has killed 14 people in the days following the election — might even be thinking of refusing to play that repressive role strikes terror into the hearts of the Honduran oligarchy and their imperialist masters.In the five days after Dec. 5, there has been very little movement by the incumbent regime and its Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE). According to The Economist of Dec. 7, the government increased the pay for the police and they went back on duty.Nasralla has asked the TSE to either recount all the ballots in a way transparent to the people or rerun the entire election. In a letter issued on Dec. 9, former President Zelaya said the OAS was trying to split the opposition, but that he would support Nasralla’s decisions. For now, both call on the Honduran people to stay in the streets.Zelaya blames U.S. for crisis and 2009 coupIn an interview with Democracy Now! on Dec. 8, Zelaya explained why he and millions of other Hondurans don’t believe the regime and the TSE. He placed the blame for the current crisis in Honduras squarely on Washington and for the 2009 coup backed by the U.S.“On the day of the election, the tribunal said … that we had a 5 percent lead, with 71 percent of the votes counted. It was a 5 percent lead and growing. Then, the system went down for three days. They say that the server was overloaded. That’s like putting three needles into a room. How is a server going to be overloaded with so little data. …“And we were told that they had reset, when we asked for the backup, and it was all lost. And then it was resumed, and we’re told, with 29 percent of the vote left to be counted, that we were losing” — by 1.6 percent.“Since the coup d’état [of 2009], the United States has done what it wants with this country. They changed all the laws. This is a military state, with laws like Plan Colombia, like the laws in Iraq and Afghanistan. That is what’s happening in Honduras. … We are calling for people to defend themselves in the streets, so that what we won at the polls, we defend in the streets. …“The coup d’état against me was planned in Miami at the Southern Command. [The U.S.] finance the main churches, evangelical churches, as well — not all of them, but most of them. They run the large owners of the media corporations. They feed them a line, day after day. And the military obey them, because they were trained by them at the School of the Americas. It now has another name, but the graduates are throughout Latin America. …“That’s how the history of this country has been. They run the transnationals, private sector, the churches, the major media — not just here, around the world. The major media conglomerates answer to the U.S. line. …“There’s less hypocrisy with Trump. He’s more direct about what he’s going to do, and he does it. Under the previous administration, there was a lack of sincerity in the words. And so, in a way, we like this. But Trump is very repressive. He’s very cold and harsh. He only sees the world from the standpoint of business.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

From Farm to Fromage; Bord Bia hosts Limerick cheesemaker in France

first_imgAdvertisement TAGSCahill Irish Cheese FarmcheeseKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick Post Print Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener LimerickNewsFrom Farm to Fromage; Bord Bia hosts Limerick cheesemaker in FranceBy Meghann Scully – February 29, 2020 145 Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Previous articleLaverty’s life of Full and PlentyNext articleJvG names team for Scarlets clash with Farrell back in the XV Meghann Scully Emailcenter_img Linkedin Bord Bia hosted a Limerick farmhouse cheesemaker at France’s premier cheese and dairy event, Salon du Fromage, in Paris this week.Cahill Irish Farm Cheese from Newcastle West attended the “Salon” trade event which closes today, February 26th. This event showcases over 200 artisan producers from 20 countries, with over 7,000 buyers and visitors in attendance.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Commenting on the opportunity for Irish farmhouse cheese, Bord Bia France and Belgium Manager, Finnian O’Luasa said, “The strong and sustained growth of Irish artisan cheese exports to France, from 5 tonnes to over 35 tonnes in the last 8 years, is an invaluable endorsement of the quality of Irish farmhouse cheese internationally.“As the epi-centre of gourmet cheese, France remains a key market for the sector and Salon du Fromage is an important event in the specialty dairy sector’s calendar.“Given the challenges of Brexit and US tariffs coming to the fore in recent, the event is an ideal opportunity to showcase Irish artisan cheese to new buyers, while also developing existing relationships.” he added.Bluebell Falls and Knockanore Irish Farmhouse Cheese exhibited for the first time at the event, while Cahill Irish Farm Cheese, Cashel Farmhouse Cheesemakers, Durrus Farmhouse Cheese, and Cooleeney Farm have been present in the French market for a number of years.Bord Bia provided market insight and logistical support as well as contacted buyers for the six Irish companies who participated on the stand. Bord Bia also hosted a trade reception on the stand with Ireland’s Ambassador to France, H.S Patricia O’Brien, to further develop relations between the Irish cheesemakers and French buyers.Today, there are 68 cheesemakers in Ireland and the sector is valued at approximately €20 million per annum at farm gate level. The sector currently exports to 25 countries. Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Facebook WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads last_img read more

Canola wins sprint to take stage at Tour of Utah

first_imgAugust 16, 2019 /Sports News – Local Canola wins sprint to take stage at Tour of Utah FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Marco Canola jumped ahead of the sprinters left from a reduced bunch, holding off Travis McCabe and Brendan Rhim to win Friday night’s criterium-like stage in the Tour of Utah.The stage in the state capital covered eight laps of just under seven miles apiece, yet the field came together on a steep ascent inside of a mile to go. James Piccoli surged to the front in search of a win that has eluded him all week, but Canola swept past everyone to pick up the win.Ben Hermans held onto his overall lead by 44 seconds. Piccoli remained in second place.Hayden McCormick made an embarrassing mistake when he surged to the front at the conclusion of the penultimate lap, then threw his arms in the air in celebration thinking he had won.The stage Saturday takes riders 80 miles, starting and finishing in Park City. Written by Tags: Ben Hermans/Marco Canola/Tour of Utah Associated Presslast_img read more

Willie Fannon’s Ocean City NJ Surf School Passes Knowledge Along to a New Generation

first_imgWillie Fannon loves teaching. He also loves surfing.  In 2010, Willie combined the two passions to form the Ocean City NJ Surf School.“One of the most rewarding aspects of the business is passing along my knowledge of the sport to someone else. When one of my students stands on his board for the first time and catches that first wave, I know exactly what they are feeling, because I remember my first wave.”His approach is catching on. Last year almost 500 students took advantage of his surf camps, group and individual private lessons.  His roster of employees has swelled from 15 in 2014 to 40 last year.  He also operates Elation Surf Camps in Avalon, in conjunction with the Recreation Department there.Willie’s camps and lessons stress technique, safety and of course, fun. They’re designed for all ages and skill levels.  His expert instructors work equally well with novices to experienced surfers. More information is available by visiting the website or by calling 609-736-0131.The camps take place on the 51st St. Beach, where he learned to surf.  They are also near Surfers Supplies, Ocean City’s original surf shop, where Fannon bought his first board.  The Ocean City NJ Surf School counts Surfers Supplies as one of his first and best marketing partners, and co-owner Greg Beck as one of Fannon’s role models.“Greg is one of the first figures I looked up to,” Willie said. “He is a great guy and a great surfer and I always loved going into that shop.”It’s a mutual admiration society. “I’ve known Willie since he was a little kid,” Beck said in a recent interview with OCNJDaily. “He works hard and puts himself out there for the good of the sport.  He brings a lot of joy to people by opening them up to the world of surfing.”His late mother, Linda, a former art teacher in Baltimore, Md., provided inspiration and a love of teaching. She also passed along the creativity Willie brings to his business.“I am more visually-oriented in my marketing materials than word-oriented,” he said. “I would rather try to wow you with an image than with words. I get that from my Mom.”Although he counts Beck and his Mom as inspirations, Willie says the real secret to Ocean City NJ Surfing School is his group of employees.“I look for a certain type of person, and I always try my best to take care of them. I have worked at places that don’t take care of their employees and I never want mine to feel like they aren’t being taken care of. We would be nothing without the hard work and effort our employees put in.”Fannon, 37, is a lifetime summer resident of Ocean City who was always attracted to surfing and skating because they are sports “that really help you get involved with yourself. You are able to focus on where you need to be and get there. I like the progression aspect. If you put the time and practice in you are going to progress and keep learning and getting better.”Skating ranks up there with surfing for Willie. He is a regular at the Ocean City Skate Park and he attended all the meetings and his voice was heard while the park went through the process of being approved, financed, designed and built.He brings experience to his role in the skating community. He helped run Ocean City’s original skate park near the boardwalk from 2002 to 2005.  Willie also organized skate contests and events.Prior to opening the surf school, Fannon pursued and earned a business degree at Stockton College (now University) and worked in sales and marketing for Anheiser Bush for several years. Both school and business experience served him well, as the Surf School has grown in each year of its existence.Now he is in a position to give back. Willie is active in the Heart of Surfing organization, which introduces the sport to children with disabilities.  He also runs his own charity events, such as the Catch Surf Rodeo, which raised more than $3,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  He was inspired to help by his brother Greg, 28 a cancer survivor stricken with the disease at 16 and who has been in remission for years now.But if you ask Willie to pick one case that touched his heart the most, it was helping to teach a young severely autistic boy how to surf.“His mother came to me in tears and said learning to surf opened up a whole new world of confidence, and helped him with other aspects of his life. That pretty much brought me to tears as well.”last_img read more