“It would be impossible for me to play after such an injury”

The former Guatemalan footballer expressed his concern for the health of Raúl Jiménez after the skull fracture operation in London

GUATEMALA – The Mexican forward Raul Jimenez of Wolverhampton suffered a head collision with David Luiz during the game against Arsenal, which forced him to leave the pitch on a stretcher and undergo surgery in London for a skull fracture. Operation that was carried out successfully, so he is in recovery.

Given the strong blow and the shocking image of the party, the former Guatemalan soccer ball Carlos ‘The Fish’ Ruiz He expressed his concern for the health of the Mexican striker on Monday, even stating that Ruiz would be unable to play after his recovery.

“Raúl Jiménez’s injury worries me because, as I was a player in the same position, it would be impossible for me to play after recovering from such an injury. Especially when you play in teams where you have to fight a lot of aerial balls. May God take care of you, health comes first, ”Ruiz wrote on his personal Twitter account @ FishCr20.

According to the latest update Wolverhampton shared, Jimenez he is “calm after the operation that took place in London. He has been accompanied by his wife Daniela and will be kept under observation for several days while he begins his recovery ”.

The play of Raul Jimenez It occurred in the first minutes of the game and was the most affected after the head clash, as David Luiz continued with a bandage on his head and was substituted during the second half.


Impact of hurricanes in Central America infographic

November 26, 2020 – The destruction caused by hurricanes Eta and Iota raises fears of a new wave of mass migration from Central America as the region is already facing an economic crisis linked to the coronavirus pandemic.

Eta made landfall on November 3 in Nicaragua, leaving a path of death and destruction from Panama to Mexico. Two weeks later, Iota hit the same stretch of Nicaragua’s Caribbean coast, pouring more rain on still flooded countries. At least 150 people were killed and more than 100 remain missing.

The same day Eta landed, U.S. voters elected Joe Biden amid a pandemic that has devastated the continent for more than eight months. The Democrat has promised a more compassionate approach to immigration even as desperate families weigh their options inside mud-filled Central American homes.

Among the hardest-hit areas was Honduras’ north, the country’s most productive agricultural region. The Sula Valley reported massive crop losses raising fears of food shortages.


Protest against budget: Protesters set fire to Congress


Guatemala City (AP) – During protests against the 2021 budget, protesters in Guatemala City set parts of the Congress on fire.

A group broke into the building in the historic center of the city on Saturday and set fire to it. The television showed how flames came out of a window of the parliament. The fire brigade later brought the fire under control, the police said. On the fringes of the largely peaceful demonstration, demonstrators hurled stones at the police, and officials fired tear gas into the crowd.

“There is a right to demonstrate,” wrote President Alejandro Giammattei on Twitter. “But we cannot allow public or private property to be destroyed. Anyone who takes part in these criminal acts will face the full severity of the law. “

The demonstrators called on the head of state to veto the budget. The budget for the coming year was last approved by the MPs in a fast-track procedure without public debate. The draft met with rejection from numerous social groups from entrepreneurs to social movements and the education sector to the Catholic Church. The high new debts, cuts in the social and educational sector and lack of transparency were criticized.

Critics accused the Congress of having passed the budget quickly, while the people in the Central American country had to struggle with the consequences of the devastating tropical storms “Eta” and “Iota”.

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Consulates of Guatemala and Honduras make call to help victims

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PORTLAND, Pray. – The storms caused by hurricanes Eta and now Iota have caused death and destruction in Central America. This left 130 deaths in the Central American region and dozens of disappeared. At least 19 deaths have been attributed to Iota, but this number is likely to continue to rise, authorities reported.

The consulates of Guatemala in Seattle and of Honduras in San Francisco they make a call to help the victims.

“Among those that we can mention Izabal, El Progreso, Santa Rosa, Quiché, Huehuetenango, Zacapa, Jutiapa are the departments that have been greatly affected, also the Petén as a result of this situation,” said Claudia Gatica, Consul of Guatemala in Seattle .

The Gatica Consul confirmed more than 373 thousand affected, 93 thousand evacuated and 46 deaths only in Guatemala due to the Eta storm. Although due to the pandemic they cannot open collection centers in the Pacific Northwest region, they have other ways for people to make a safe donation.

“Invite compatriots to support us by making virtual purchases for those of us who are in the Northwest of the country and can transfer this support to our collection center, which is the Guatemalan Consulate in Los Angeles, California.”

What is most needed are non-perishable foods and medicines that still have the seal.

If you want to make a monetary donation, Consul Gatica said that you can do it through the Banco de Guatemala and other certified institutions such as the Red Cross of Guatemala.

It is unknown if the Guatemalan community has organized collection centers in Oregon, but the Honduran community has organized and has opened two non-perishable food and item donation centers.

“Honduras really needs us, it needs us to be able to contribute our bit and we are also calling on the entire Honduran community to join this cause,” said Rosa Escalante, owner of the ‘Sabor Catracho’ business, one of the two places in Portland where donations are received. ‘Sabor Catracho is located at 742 NE 181 Ave. They have received donations of clothing, shoes, and diapers. The second donation site for Honduras is located at Mobile Auto Glass Shop, 816 N. Lombard St.

Another way to help is through the Honduran Consulate.

According to Consul Sofia Valverde, Honduras estimates that there are approximately 3 million people affected and 500 shelters. If you want to send items, she suggests that you do so through the consulate to save on shipping costs.

“We are assuming the cost, if they do not consign it to us, we send COPECOS (Permanent Contingency Committee) to Honduras at no cost to people, but we do have to have it in our consulate, in our collection centers as such. ”.

If you wish to make a donation through other community-organized centers or individually, as has been done in Portland, the shipping cost is up to you.

“You can work with churches, with NGOs (non-governmental organizations), the point here is to bring aid to Honduras, that is, either with us as a government, with churches, with NGOs as it is to bring that grain of sand and that light of hope, any help is good ”.

The biggest priority in Honduras, Consul Valverde said, is non-perishable food and mats.

They are moving the food donations by air so that it arrives sooner. Donations of clothes, shoes, among other things, are being sent through containers.

Another option is to shop online with designated supermarkets in Honduras to make direct purchases and avoid the cost of shipping.

Consul Valverde suggests that if you want to make a separate monetary donation without involving the consulate, do so through international organizations such as the Honduras Red Cross, since the Honduran Consulate does not accept such donations.

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Rescue work continues after storms pass

The Volunteer Firefighters, the Red Cross, the Army and other relief groups continued yesterday with the rescue work in different parts of the country to evacuate the population due to the effects of the Iota storm.

The National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction (Conred) details that as of 1:30 pm yesterday, four people died and six disappeared in the village of El Carmen Jalauté, Purulhá, Baja Verapaz. In addition, one person died in the Txojeunil village of Santa Eulalia, Huehuetenango. In the Pacayalito village, La Unión, Zacapa, they report three missing persons.

Yesterday, the urban area of ​​Morales, Izabal, woke up flooded due to the rains of the tropical depression Iota. Aerial images of the municipality show that the water level covers half of the first level of residences and buildings.
The videos show the local church and the square flooded, in addition to vehicles immobilized by the water. Neighbors also report the loss of crops for family consumption due to the floods.

So far they have risen to 174,951 people affected, 16,809 evacuated and 3,558 shelters. Likewise, there are damages in 2,683 homes, 17 roads and 14 bridges damaged, and nine destroyed. The most affected departments are Alta and Baja Verapaz, Izabal, Quiché, Huehuetenango, Chiquimula, Zacapa, Santa Rosa, Izabal and Petén.

Rains persist

The National Institute of Seismology, Volcanology, Meteorology and Hydrology (Insivumeh) reported that although rainfall has decreased, the humid and unstable environment will continue to affect with drizzles and rains in Petén, the Northern Transversal Strip and the Caribbean, during the coming days.

Petén, Izabal, Alta Verapaz, Baja Verapaz, Huehuetenango, Quiché, Zacapa and Chiquimula will be affected. The institution pointed out that the highest accumulated rainfall has been recorded in these departments.

Prevailing winds from the north with speeds between 30 to 35 kilometers per hour are forecast. It will also be cold at night and early morning in the central and western highlands. “A slight improvement in atmospheric conditions is expected, especially in regions from the south to the center of the country in the afternoon or evening,” says the Insivumeh bulletin.


360 ° as the crow flies

Business groups, including the United States Chamber of Commerce, the National Manufacturers Association and the Business Roundtable, have begun urging the Trump Administration to cooperate with the transition. President-elect Joe Biden met with governors on Friday and criticized the White House, while warning that the lack of a federal COVID strategy and a blocked transition will ultimately kill more Americans. For his part, President Donald Trump is moving forward as if Biden will never take office, with aides finalizing a Budget for 2022. Having suffered repeated losses in court, Trump has now invited Republican lawmakers from Michigan to the White House, With the aim of persuading them, not to officially certify that Biden won the election in their state, while their lawyers publicly ask that legislators and other state officials annul the popular vote. Using the words “coup attempt,” the writers of Bloomberg Opinion They warn that the strategy will end in failure, but will permanently damage the republic. What if Trump succeeds in some way in the long run: Joshua Douglas, a law professor at the University of Kentucky, said “it would be the end of democracy as we know it.”

Global economic leaders warn that the slowdown in the recovery could come to a complete halt, as the resurgence of the virus imposes new restrictions around the world. Both the International Monetary Fund and the Group of 20 expressed alarm, with the former saying that high asset prices point to a disconnect from the real economy and a possible threat to financial stability.

Swedish health authorities They remain skeptical about face masks, despite evidence that the coronavirus is spreading rapidly there and putting more people in intensive care. In the United States, where at least 11.7 million of its 328 million people have been infected with the virus and more than a quarter of a million are dead, hospitalizations reached 80,000, a new record. Here’s the latest on the pandemic.

The initial explosion of enthusiasm for actions linked to potential COVID-19 vaccines is fading as investors see a long way to go before those drugs, if proven effective, will be commercially successful.

Oxford University He said his would-be vaccine (which is being developed with AstraZeneca) produced strong immune responses in older adults. The results, published in The Lancet, shed more light on preliminary data showing that the UK takeover can protect the most vulnerable.

The Economist this week Highlights from the latest issue

The Economist carries two covers this week. In Britain they report on the ideas of the ruling Conservative Party on rebuilding the British state. Conservatives believe that the Executive is the expression of the will of the people, so limiting its power is muzzling democracy. Frustration at the difficulty of achieving Brexi, has been fused with enthusiasm for the Silicon Valley mantra: act fast and break things, in the determination to speed up government. Consequently, they are pursuing a program of radical reform. The Brexi It is the boldest step, but only the first. The conservative plan is to unleash the Executive by limiting the Judiciary, rejecting the return and reforming the civil service. Dominic Cummings, Boris Johnson’s recently ousted chief adviser, was one of the architects of this transformation, but will continue without him. Conservatives are right in saying that Britain needs to change. Still, both the reformers’ arguments and the direction of travel are wrong.

The other issue focuses on the rivalry between the United States and China. The achievement of the Trump Administration was to recognize the authoritarian threat from China. The Biden Administration’s job will be to decide what to do about it. The rivalry of the United States with the Soviet Union, centered on ideology and nuclear weapons. Today’s battlefield is information technology: semiconductors, data, 5G mobile networks, Internet standards, artificial intelligence and quantum computing. All of those things will help determine whether the United States or China has not only the military advantage, but also the most dynamic economy. They could even give one of the rivals an advantage in scientific research. Donald Trump’s instinct has been for the United States to fight this battle unaided. The old allies were henchmen, not partners. Joe Biden should choose a different path. If the United States wants to stay ahead, it needs to strike a great deal with like-minded countries to pool its efforts.

Warner Bros. will transmit Wonder Woman 1984 In Christmas. The studio said it would release the film, the latest blockbuster still slated for this year, in HBO Max the day of its premiere in theaters in the United States. It’s an acknowledgment that many theaters are unlikely to open anytime soon. On the other hand, the chain of cinemas Cineworld would be considering an insolvency plan.

Markets: Stocks closed lower as investors juggled horrible news in the short term (virus on the rise), but good news in the long term (two effective vaccines).

Debt: Global debt is projected to reach a record $ 277 trillion by the time we say goodbye to 2020, according to the Institute of International Finance. Governments and businesses are getting into debt as they try to fight the pandemic.

Yesterday, Apple said that as of January 1 it will reduce the percentage of sales of the App Store from 30% to 15%, but only for small developers.

Who Counts Small: Those who generate $ 1 million or less in annual revenue (after Apple takes its 15% share).

Ward off: Small is also a good way to describe the difference the move will make in Apple’s ongoing battle with companies from software like Epic Games, Spotify, and Match Group, which owns Tinder … none of which fit into the “small” category. Epic CEO Tim Sweeney dismissed the ad.

Those biggest players are also the top earners on the App Store, a major growth engine for Apple’s services division.

In a nutshell: The App Store is essential to Apple’s long-term strategy, but it has also been the focus of antitrust charges in both the US and the EU.

Read for you dear reader on New York Times, The Economist, Washington Post, Bloomberg, Newsweek y Financial Times.


Lennon, in the storm | elPeriódico de Guatemala

One night in June 1980, John Lennon was caught in the middle of a devastating storm right in that fatal part of the Atlantic Ocean known as the Bermuda Triangle. He was a passenger on a ship, about to sink, which was taking him to the islands of the same name. He traveled alone, that is, without the company of Yoko or any close friend, and he was looking for a place to withdraw from the world, reflect, write, compose, and resume his career as a musician, interrupted six years earlier. Among the few belongings he carried with him were pencils, notebooks, cassettes, a small hand-held tape recorder, and his guitar, we assume. The ship was rocking from side to side and it was almost impossible to stabilize it and put it on the right course. Passengers and crew gave up due to exhaustion or vertigo. Only two people were left standing surrounded by the storm: the Captain and the ex-beatle.

Legend has it that when the storm began to subside, the Captain felt faint and that it was John who took the helm of the boat. At least this is what he related in two or three subsequent interviews. Lennon felt like the driver of a ghost ship in the middle of nowhere, it was the first time since the death of his mother and the breakup of the Beatles that he was in such a devastating situation. The music saved him, however, as on the other occasions. It was at that moment that what would actually be his last songs came to mind.

‘The Bermuda Tapes’, ‘The Bermuda Tapes’, have become a mythical document, the testament of a kind of messenger who went through the great turbulence of the second half of the 20th century. Lennon was coming from a strange and tortuous time since he had been separated from his friends. He had given up music in 1974, locked himself in a New York apartment, and supposedly devoted himself to domestic life. Meanwhile ‘punk’, ‘new wave’, ‘disco music’ appeared, but he was so deep in himself that he didn’t pay much attention to them. It was at the jukebox of a Bermuda bar that he first heard the B-52’s and was fascinated. He wanted to do something similar with ‘Kiss, Kiss, Kiss’, a composition by Yoko Ono. He was about to turn 40.

Everything that followed was rushed and confusing. Upon returning, he went into the studio to record the songs outlined in his brief retirement in the islands. Most were conciliatory and gentle compositions, with very slight appearances of their old-time rawness. He wanted to enter maturity, begin a life less determined by fury and gales. On November 16, ‘Double Fantasy’ appeared, his new declaration of love for Yoko. A few weeks later, on December 8, he was assassinated outside the elegant Manhattan building where he lived.


US government provides assistance for storm “Eta”

The embassy of the United States (USA) reported that its government provided humanitarian assistance to Guatemala due to the storm And.

According to the Embassy, ​​310 thousand Guatemalans were served in 25 communities in Quiché, Petén, Izabal, Zacapa, Chiquimula, Alta Verapaz, Jutiapa, El Progreso, and Santa Rosa. The assistance included 23 rescues, 39 transfers, more than $ 363,000 in direct assistance, and hundreds of thousands of pounds of critical food and supplies that included protective gear and hygiene kits.

The aid was delivered by more than 59 helicopter flights, both from Guatemala and the US.

The embassy explained that the assistance was provided by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the United States Department of Defense and the Office of Foreign Affairs US Department of State (INL) Anti-Narcotics and Law Enforcement.


Eta Storm: Colombia sends its aid to Guatemala and Honduras | The most important news and analysis in Latin America | DW

The Government of Guatemala reported this Thursday (11/12/2020) that Colombia will send several aircraft to the Central American country to collaborate with the delivery of humanitarian aid for people affected by the tropical depression Eta, while Bogotá also dispatched medical equipment and specialist personnel to Honduras to care for those affected.

The Social Communication Secretariat of the Guatemalan Presidency detailed in a statement that the Colombian collaboration was authorized by the President of the South American country, Iván Duque, at the direct request of his Guatemalan counterpart, Alejandro Giammattei.

“Both leaders have an excellent relationship” and the “response was immediate,” the press release stated. The Guatemalan authorities did not release further details about the number of aircraft or what type of air transport it is. The Colombian collaboration was managed through its ambassador in Guatemala, Juan Hurtado Cano, according to the Guatemalan Foreign Minister, Pedro Brolo.

Until the last update this Thursday, the civil protection authorities of Guatemala counted 46 people dead and 96 missing due to the rains caused by the tropical depression And during the first week of November. In addition, there are 649,000 people directly and indirectly affected by the meteorological phenomenon.

Several towns in the north of the territory, mostly indigenous, continue to be isolated due to burials and floods caused by And, as confirmed by various sources. On Wednesday, Guatemala received international support for the more than 600,000 affected people as “the national response capacity has been exceeded.”

In addition to Colombia, El Salvador and the United States have supported Guatemala with helicopters to distribute food in various towns where it is not possible to enter by land and where hundreds of people are waiting for help.

Colombia sends aid to Honduras

On the other hand, Colombia also sent the first of two Air Force flights with humanitarian aid to Honduras to support relief efforts for the affected people. The Colombian Foreign Ministry detailed in a statement that a Hercules C-130 departed from the air base of Catam, attached to the Bogota airport The Golden, to the city of San Pedro Sula transporting “vanguard equipment recently acquired by the national government to strengthen the capacities of the Colombian Civil Defense.”

The information adds that this team has “accommodation for 100 patients of low complexity, a room for small procedures, a special cabin for patients with suspected COVID-19 and a Unified Command Post, totally autonomous in water, electricity and communications services. “In total, 11.5 tons will be taken to Honduras between cargo and Colombian Civil Defense personnel, made up of professionals from medicine, nursing, pre-hospital assistants, a psychologist and a search and rescue binomial.

Likewise, this Thursday on a second flight, Colombia will transport three rescue boats and an all-terrain vehicle. To help in the emergency, the Colombian Air Force also “ordered the dispatch of a helicopter Black Hawk to conduct search and rescue operations in Honduras, as well as a plane House C-295 that he will travel to Panama for three days to support that country in the transportation of humanitarian cargo, “added the source.

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