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US Sanctions Nicaraguan Police

first_imgBy Voice of America March 25, 2020 On March 5 the United States slapped sanctions on Nicaragua’s National Police and three top police commissioners for what it calls serious human rights abuses against anti-government demonstrators.“The [Daniel] Ortega regime has utilized the Nicaraguan National Police as a tool in its campaign of violent repression against the Nicaraguan people,” U. S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said. “Treasury is committed to holding accountable those who seek to silence pro-democracy voices in Nicaragua.”Any assets the police or the three officials (Juan Antonio Valle Valle, Luis Alberto Perez Olivas, and Justo Pastor Urbina) have in the United States are frozen and U.S. citizens are barred from doing business with them.The Donald Trump administration accuses Nicaraguan police of using live ammunition against peaceful protesters, organizing death squads, arbitrary killings, and kidnappings. It says some of the victims have been opposition political leaders.Protests erupted in Nicaragua in 2018 over cuts in welfare benefits and soon grew into overall anger against President Daniel Ortega’s government. The opposition accuses Ortega — a one-time leftist hero — of becoming more and more autocratic, like the dictatorship he helped topple in 1979.He has so far refused to resign or to call for early elections.Human rights groups say police’s crackdown on protesters has killed more than 300 people, a number Nicaraguan officials dispute.last_img read more

Twin tennis courts just the start of this grand Queenslander’s charms

first_imgThe 102-year-old Queenslander at 150 Adelaide Street East, Clayfield, will be sold via tender.A GRAND 102-year-old Clayfield home Clonlara is being offered for sale for the first time in 60 years.The Queenslander — named after an Irish village in County Clare — was home to the late Sir Edward and Lady Dorothy Williams for 60 years. Daughter Zilla Lyons revealed her parents bought the house in the late 1950s, attracted by its size and massive yard.“They also needed space for their growing family (the first seven of their eight children were born in nine years) and accommodating all those children necessitated some practical modifications to the original layout,’’ she said. The kitchen is large. The charm of yesteryear. Light and bright in one of the former kids’ rooms. Many shady spots to curl up with a good book.This included turning what was originally a billiard room into a “glamorous girls” dormitory’’ and enclosing a back veranda to provide a large sunroom during winter.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market19 hours agoShe said a little house near the tennis courts was built as a wonderful Christmas present for the girls, which they treated like a large dolls’ house. It was later converted to a garden shed.The home sits on a large 3,317 sqm block of land.Sir Edward Williams was a respected Queensland legal identity, a former Queenslander of the Year, Australian of the Year, Father of the Year, Chairman of the Commonwealth Games in 1982 and Commissioner General of Expo 88. Ceilings are ornate plaster and pressed metal.center_img Traditional features have been lovingly preserved. The twin tennis courts hosted many parties over the years. There is a formal dining room.Son, Dr Ed Williams, said he and his siblings shared many fond memories of growing up there.“Clonlara is truly a cherished family home,” he said. “It comes complete with not one but two championship-size grass tennis courts which became a great meeting place for the neighbourhood kids.“Tennis parties were frequent and both courts would be marked and played on regularly. “Cricket, football and even croquet were also played in the backyard.” The home at 150 Adelaide St East, Clayfield, was built in 1916. Many of its original period features have been preserved including the grand entry foyer which leads to formal dining and lounge rooms. There are ornate plaster and pressed metal ceilings, timber walls and leadlight windows. The home has been well kept.A traditional sun room, meals or family room and a large kitchen and bathroom complete the home. There is provision for a swimming pool, a former swimming pool on the block was decommissioned.The six bedroom, three bathroom home has a two-car garage, and there is a series of enclosed storage or rumpus rooms under the house. Agents Christine Rudolph and Matt Lancashire of Ray White New Farm have it set to be sold via tender process closing 5pm May 4.last_img read more

De Gea ‘howler’ gifts Chelsea FA cup spot

first_img(BBC) – Manchester United goalkeeper, David de Gea, endured a Wembley nightmare as Chelsea strolled to victory and set up an FA Cup final date with Arsenal.United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, ditched his usual FA Cup keeper, Sergio Romero, to keep faith with De Gea, but the experienced Spain international produced two horrendous errors either side of half-time to gift Chelsea two goals.De Gea made a flimsy attempt to deal with Olivier Giroud’s flick in first-half stoppage time, then weakly fumbled Mason Mount’s tame 20-yard shot into the net moments after the restart.Chelsea’s excellent performance fully merited this victory and United’s abject misery after a dreadful performance was complete when captain Harry Maguire diverted Marcos Alonso’s cross into his own net at the near post with 16 minutes left.Frank Lampard’s side were in complete control from first to last as they comprehensively ended Manchester United’s 19-match unbeaten run in all competitions.Bruno Fernandes pulled a goal back from the penalty spot late on after Callum Hudson-Odoi fouled Anthony Martial but it could not even be described as a consolation as Chelsea closed out the win.Lampard eyes first-season silverwareLampard is now in position to make his first season in charge a highly satisfactory one as they contemplate a place in the FA Cup final and lie third in the Premier League, in position to reach next season’s Champions League.And no-one can question their right to this win as they dominated from start to finish, particularly in midfield, where they were able to subdue the influence of the talented Fernandes.Once again 33-year-old Giroud demonstrated his influence, leading the line selflessly and being rewarded with that crucial first goal, even though it received a large helping hand from De Gea.Chelsea were more energetic, dangerous and aggressive and while they were thankful to those mistakes from De Gea, the margin of victory was no more than they deserved.Lampard’s side cut off any supply line to United’s forwards and it will be an intriguing final on 1 August back here at Wembley, when he pits his wits against another rookie manager in Arsenal’s Mikel Arteta.Manchester United’s day of miseryUnited went into this semi-final high on optimism on that long unbeaten run and with the sense that Solskjaer was starting to get to grips with the big rebuilding job.That continues and United are still in decent shape to reach next season’s Champions League, either via the Premier League or Europa League, but this was a savage setback.And the main culprit was De Gea, who gives the impression of a goalkeeper either in permanent decline or going through a very long slump.De Gea changed the face of this FA Cup semi-final with those mistakes, allowing Chelsea to transform their dominance into a two-goal lead.Fernandes was overpowered in midfield and United had no punch in attack, where Solskjaer decided to leave the potency of Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood on the bench, along with Paul Pogba.It was perhaps a sign that Solskjaer knew all was not well when he introduced Martial for defender Eric Bailly when he sustained a first-half head injury while Greenwood and Pogba were only introduced in desperation when the game was gone.In defence they were also vulnerable, Victor Lindelof losing Giroud too easily for Chelsea’s opener and captain Maguire ending any hopes with that own goal.United complained they should have had a penalty when Martial went down under Kurt Zouma’s first-half challenge but this was a miserable experience for Solskjaer and his players.Solskjaer’s side have had many good days in recent months. This was a very bad one.last_img read more

Lakers free agency rumors: Team trying to find way to add DeAndre Jordan

first_img Kyrie Irving free agency rumors: Lakers ‘swinging for the fences’ in trying to land star The question remains exactly how the Lakers could make that happen.Do they want to make Jordan the team’s third max player? That seems to be unlikely. However, a deal similar to what DeMarcus Cousins signed with the Warriors last season could be an option.A mid-level exception could work depending on what the team’s cap situation looks like in the coming weeks and it could appeal to Jordan if he wants to win a championship.We’ll see what happens.In other news, it would be best to monitor what Kevin Durant does if you want to try to figure out where else Jordan could be going. Jimmy Butler free agency rumors: Wing ‘has interest in being’ Lakers’ third star Jordan also has an interest in playing in the area again, so it would seem there is an avenue for the All-Star center to make his way back to California.Jordan played the first 10 seasons of his career with the Clippers. Related News According to ESPN, teams interested in bringing in Durant also may bring in Jordan as the two are close friends.So if he doesn’t end up on the west coast, the Nets and Knicks both would possibly want to bring Jordan onto their roster. LeBron James welcomes Anthony Davis by giving him No. 23, report says The Lakers have another big man on their radar.Los Angeles has an interest in pairing free-agent center DeAndre Jordan with Anthony Davis and LeBron James, according to a report from ESPN.last_img read more