The Army Is the Most Trustworthy Institution for Guatemalans

first_imgBy Dialogo July 20, 2012 About 84 percent of Guatemalans consider the Army the most trustworthy institution of the state, and in contrast, about 72 percent judge that Congress is the least trustworthy one, according to a survey published by a local media outlet on July 17. About 48 percent of the 1,203 people interviewed had a positive view of the activities of the judicial branch, and about 39 percent said the same about the National Civil Police, but only about 28 percent said that they had confidence in the work of the legislature, according to the poll by the firm Prodato, conducted at the request of the daily Prensa Libre. The Army, involved in serious human-rights violations during the civil war (1960-1996), won popularity in the last decade following the decision by successive administrations to send it into the streets to confront organized crime, especially drug trafficking. In Guatemala, violence leaves a daily average of 16 people dead, and the homicide rate is 42 per 100,000 inhabitants, one of the highest in the world. The poll was conducted between July 2 and 8, with a margin of error of 2.8 percent.last_img read more

Buyers shave $200k off multimillion-dollar Brisbane apartment

first_imgThe ensuite and powder room inside one of the Emporium Residences at Southpoint.As well as the Emporium Hotel and Emporium Residences and Apartments, the Southpoint precinct comprises a ground floor pedestrian plaza, with Woolworths, boutique retail and dining options. The sale of the apartment at 1801/269 Grey Street was the biggest sale of the past week in Queensland.According to property research firm, CoreLogic, the inner Brisbane market can expect another 9,732 units to be built over the next two years — an increase of nearly 30 per cent in overall unit supply. The view from one of the Emporium Residences at Southpoint.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus16 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market16 hours agoThe new owners will also be able to access the services of the Emporium Hotel, including a personal chef, 24 hour room service, spa treatments, valet parking and cleaning services.Mr Rand said new apartments in the $1.5 million to $3.5 million range in Brisbane’s inner city were attracting strong interest from buyers demanding a five-star living experience. He said his agency had sold more than 30 new apartments priced between $1 million and $5.2 million in past 12 months.“High quality properties with incredible views are selling well,” Mr Rand said. An artist’s impression of a bedroom in the Emporium Residences at Southpoint.ONE of the newest and most luxurious apartments to hit the Brisbane market this year has sold for a whopping $5.2 million, as buyers adopt an ‘only the best will do’ approach to inner city living.But the new owners got it for a bargain, slashing $200,000 off the original sale price.The four-bedroom property, which is bigger than your average house, is in the swanky new Emporium hotel complex in Grey Street, South Bank.The apartment is one of the Emporium Residences incorporated in the $600 million Southpoint precinct developed by the Brisbane family-owned Anthony John Group.It had been listed for sale for $5.4 million. An artist’s impression of a bathroom in the Emporium Residences at Southpoint.Selling agent Phillip Rand of Bold Residential said a young family living on the Sunshine Coast had bought the apartment as a Brisbane base.The 375 sqm property has four bedrooms, three bathrooms, two studies, a media room and full chef’s kitchen with butler’s pantry and wet bar.It boasts panoramic views over the Brisbane River, CBD and beyond to Mt Coot-tha from almost every room. The Emporium Residences at Southbank.Despite the expected increase in supply, CoreLogic senior research analyst Cameron Kusher said the construction cycle peaked almost two years ago and Brisbane was already starting to see some moderate rises in apartment values and rental rates.Urbis property economics and research director Paul Riga said there was still demand in the inner Brisbane apartment market. “Resales of new product is certainly impacting the overall demand, but it also highlights that interest in Brisbane is still present, with positive investment and employment drivers giving buyers, particularly investors, added confidence.” Mr Riga said.last_img read more

Other Sports MC Mary Kom Achieves Another BIG Honour, Named Best Asian Athlete

first_img New Delhi: MC Mary Kom has plenty of honours to her name. She is the only women athlete in history to have won six world boxing championships and she has won the gold in the Asian and Commonwealth Games event. Recently, Mary Kom achieved yet another big honour as she was named the Best Female Asian Athlete in the Awards for Asia’ ceremony organised by Asian Sportswriters Union (AIPS Asia) in Malaysia. AIPS Asia, an organization representing Asian sportswriters since 1978, was holding this award ceremony for the first time this year to honour Asian athletes who have excelled at the highest level.Mary Kom had defeated Ukraine’s Hanna Okhota 5-0 to clinch the Women’s World Boxing Championship to make her the most successful athlete in women’s boxing in history. The 35-year-old boxer had secured the gold medal the last time it was held in New Delhi in 2006 and she shattered history to become the all-time leading gold medal winner in the World Boxing Championship. With this win, Mary Kom became the only female boxer in history to win six gold medals in the World Boxing Championship. When one looks at both men and women’s boxing, Mary Kom has drawn level with Cuban boxer Felix Savon.The Qatar Football team was voted as the best team in Asia as they won the AFC tournament for the first time. Qatar stunned Japan 3-1 to win their first Asian Cup sparked by a moment of magic from record-breaker Almoez Ali and after nail-biting late drama. Sudan-born striker Ali scored with an acrobatic bicycle kick after just 12 minutes before Abdelaziz Hatim curled in a superb second and Akram Afif converted a VAR-assisted penalty to give the 2022 World Cup hosts a famous victory in Abu Dhabi. Qatar survived a scare at 2-0 when Takumi Minamino pulled one back on 69 minutes, only for Uzbek referee Ravshan Irmatov to award the Maroons a penalty on review for a handball by Japan captain Maya Yoshida. Ali became the first player to score nine goals at a single Asian Cup after only being cleared to play just hours before kickoff following a UAE protest over his eligibility. Apart from Qatar, the Japan women’s football team have been named as the best team. South Korea footballer Son Heung-Min have been named the Best Asian Female and Male Athletes. Son currently plays for Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League. MC Mary Kom has won six world boxing championship gold medals.Son Heung-Min currently plays for Tottenham Hotspur.Qatar won the AFC Asian Cup for the first time by defeating Japan. For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.center_img highlightslast_img read more

Indigenous rights activist Vernon Harper dies in Toronto

first_imgTORONTO – A Cree elder who was a co-organizer of a cross-Canada trek to raise awareness of broken treaties and grievances against the federal government has died, according to an organization that advocates for dozens of First Nations communities in Ontario.Vernon Harper, a medicine man and Indigenous rights activist, organized the Native People’s Caravan from Vancouver to Ottawa in 1974.Harper, 85, also authored a book about the trek entitled “The Red Road: The Native People’s Caravan, 1974.”The Anishinabek Nation Grand Council says Harper died on Saturday, surrounded by members of his family in Toronto, where he was born on June 17, 1932.He served as vice-president of the Ontario Metis and Non-Status Indian Association and in 1976, he co-founded the First Nations School of Toronto, which is designed to empower its students with a strong cultural identity.Funeral services are to be held in Toronto on Friday.“My condolences go out to Vern’s family, friends and loved ones during this difficult time,” Anishinabek Nation Grand Council Chief Patrick Madahbee said Tuesday in a release.“He will be fondly remembered for his passion for helping others and for being a champion of Indigenous rights,” Madahbee said. “He was an advocate for those who could not speak for themselves and he influenced the lives of many.”Harper was also one of a few First Nations elders with a chaplain status recognized by the Correctional Service of Canada and provided spiritual services, sweat lodge ceremonies and traditional counselling to Indigenous prison inmates.last_img read more