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Al menos 248 instalaciones críticas ubicadas en toda la isla permanecen sin servicio eléctrico, y casi todas dependen de la agencia para operar

(San Juan, Puerto Rico ) A poco más de nueve meses del paso del huracán María, al menos 248 instalaciones críticas a lo largo y ancho de la isla aún operan con generadores eléctricos, lo que supone un consumo de 30,000 galones de combustible y un costo de $2.1 millones al día.

Ese era el cuadro de la Agencia Federal para el Manejo de Emergencias (FEMA, en inglés) hasta el pasado viernes.

Ante el lento restablecimiento del servicio eléctrico por los destrozos causados por el huracán, la dependencia creó una “misión temporal de energía” mediante la que provee generadores a instalaciones críticas identificadas por el Estado. La portavoz de FEMA en Puerto Rico, Delyris Aquino, indicó que dicha misión se extenderá hasta diciembre.

“Si bien algunos de los generadores forman microrredes, que sirven energía a un área geográfica completa para uso residencial y comercial, la mayoría está en sitios o instalaciones específicas”, dijo Aquino.

La lista de esas instalaciones la encabezan estaciones de bomba de la Autoridad de Acueductos y Alcantarillados (AAA) y torres de telecomunicaciones.

Además, FEMA también mantiene generadores en hospitales, clínicas y égidas, así como en centros de despacho del Sistema de Emergencias 9-1-1, cuarteles y estaciones de bomberos.

Aquino señaló que los $2.1 millones diarios que cuesta la misión temporal incluyen tanto la compra de los 30,000 galones de combustible como el mantenimiento de los generadores.

Acueductos

En entrevista con El Nuevo Día, el presidente ejecutivo de la AAA, Elí Díaz Atienza, indicó que el 90% de las instalaciones de la corporación pública “están conectadas” a la Autoridad de Energía Eléctrica (AEE).

“Eso significa que, de la cantidad de energía que necesitamos, el 96% está provista por la AEE y el 4% está supliéndose por generadores. Tenemos 165 generadores y casi todos están en estaciones de bomba”, dijo Díaz Atienza.

“Estas estaciones de bomba están ubicadas en los sitios más altos de la isla o en sitios donde los problemas eléctricos son un poco más serios. Hay otros lugares donde quizás ya se ha restablecido el servicio eléctrico, pero el voltaje está variando y esas variaciones pueden dañar las bombas, lo que sería más difícil y costoso para nosotros”, añadió.

De los 165 generadores, solo 54 son de la AAA. Los restantes 111 son de FEMA, y esa dependencia asume los costos de combustible y mantenimiento.

En términos de distribución geográfica, Díaz Atienza precisó que las regiones con más generadores son la este y la norte, con 74 y 53, respectivamente.

“La región este toma en consideración todos los pueblos por los que entró el huracán, que todavía tienen problemas eléctricos, y la región norte incluye los pueblos de la montaña, en los que también se ha demorado el restablecimiento del servicio”, expuso.

Agregó que en las regiones sur, metro y oeste hay 16, 13 y nueve instalaciones operando con generadores, respectivamente.

Díaz Atienza detalló que los 54 generadores que la AAA opera les cuestan $170,000 al mes. Dicho costo toma en cuenta los gastos de combustible, mantenimiento y seguridad en las instalaciones.

“Todo gasto que salga a través de este proceso se le reclamará a FEMA como reembolso, pues todavía está directamente atado a la emergencia”, afirmó.

Telecomunicaciones

Mientras, la presidenta de la Junta Reglamentadora de Telecomunicaciones, Sandra Torres, detalló que, hasta el viernes, 121 torres aún operaban con generadores eléctricos.

En la isla hay 2,659 torres de telecomunicaciones. Ninguna es propiedad de la Junta Reglamentadora, sino de entes privados que se las alquilan a las compañías de telecomunicaciones para que ubiquen sus antenas.

“Estas 121 torres que aún no están energizadas están distribuidas por toda la isla. Pero claro, tenemos varios municipios en el centro de la isla que siguen siendo un reto”, dijo Torres.

“En la medida que estemos bajo estas condiciones, de tener torres con generadores, no vamos a tener un sistema robusto ni de llamadas ni de mensajes de texto. Tendremos un sistema vulnerable; no es un sistema como quisiéramos que todo el mundo lo tuviera”, puntualizó, al resaltar que hay torres con más de un generador.

Torres explicó que, a diferencia de la AAA y otras dependencias gubernamentales, las compañías de telecomunicaciones no pueden reclamarle a FEMA sus gastos por la operación de los generadores. Indicó que las empresas deben hacer dicho trámite a través de sus aseguradoras.

Al cierre de esta edición, T-Mobile fue la única compañía que dio información sobre instalaciones suyas que aún no están conectadas a la red de la AEE.

“Aproximadamente un 6% de la totalidad de sites permanecen energizados mediante generadores, muchos de ellos las 24 horas del día, los siete días a la semana”, indicó la empresa en una comunicación escrita.

T-Mobile agregó que el costo mensual de esa operación sobrepasa los $350,000.

Torres, entretanto, recordó que, inmediatamente después de María, las compañías de telecomunicaciones gastaban $2,500, cada dos días, en compra de combustible para sus generadores. Estimó que un costo similar pudiera mantenerse en estos días.

Servicios adicionales

Por otro lado, la AEE informó que no tiene instalaciones conectadas u operando con generadores eléctricos.

En el caso de las islas municipio de Vieques y Culebra, así como la comunidad Charco Hondo de Arecibo, indicó que tienen servicio gracias a generadores, combustible y mantenimiento provistos por FEMA.

“(Los generadores) estarán en esas áreas hasta que se restablezca el servicio eléctrico, de acuerdo al plan de restauración y energización”, señaló la corporación pública por escrito. Ningún funcionario de la AEE estuvo disponible para entrevista.

Mientras, la pasada presidenta de la Junta de Directores de la Asociación de Hospitales, Marta Rivera, comentó que, “hasta lo que sabemos”, todos los hospitales tienen servicio eléctrico. Eso contrasta con lo dicho por FEMA, que informó que aún hay hospitales que “cuentan con apoyo temporal” (generadores).

Alba Rivera, presidenta de la Asociación de Laboratorios Críticos, expresó, por su parte, que “la mayoría” de los laboratorios están conectados a la AEE.

“Pero hemos encontrado la dificultad de las interrupciones de luz por períodos cortos de tiempo”, resaltó, y dijo que los laboratorios mitigan esos apagones con generadores, a fin de que los servicios que prestan se afecten lo menos posible.

Al cierre de esta edición, ningún funcionario del Departamento de Salud estuvo disponible para entrevista. Maricela Díaz, portavoz de la agencia, se comprometió a ofrecer hoy información sobre las instalaciones médicas que aún no tienen electricidad.

Preparativos

Para esta temporada de huracanes –que inició el 1 de junio y se extiende hasta el 30 de noviembre–, FEMA cuenta con un inventario de 600 generadores, que están reservados para asegurar la continuidad del servicio eléctrico en las instalaciones que son parte de la misión temporal.

Aquino indicó que esos generadores están almacenados en “ubicaciones estratégicas” para protegerlos de daños.

En el caso de la AAA, Díaz Atienza informó que están en proceso de reemplazar 224 generadores propios que se dañaron durante los pasados nueve meses, y de reparar otros 130 que sufrieron averías menores.

“Le estoy preparando un plan a FEMA con las instalaciones críticas para las que necesitamos asegurar suplido de agua, como escuelas, hospitales, cascos urbanos y centros de envejecientes. Hacen falta 400 generadores adicionales a los 224 que estamos reparando para cumplir con el suplido a esas instalaciones”, dijo.

La compra de esos 400 generadores adicionales supone una inversión millonaria, y Díaz Atienza admitió que la AAA no cuenta con ese dinero ni está contemplado en el plan fiscal de la corporación pública. Por eso, cifró sus esperanzas en que FEMA otorgue los fondos.

Mientras, Torres señaló que las compañías de telecomunicaciones ya tienen, en conjunto, 1,800 generadores para utilizar en caso de emergencia, y se han instalado 6,000 postes nuevos.

“Lo más importante es que se han enterrado 1,077 millas de fibra óptica, y eso es bien importante porque no dependemos ya de los postes de la AEE para poner cables. Es algo que se está haciendo en toda la isla”, destacó.

Agregó que esperan que la Comisión Federal de Comunicaciones otorgue $411 millones a Puerto Rico, que se destinarían a fortalecer la infraestructura de telefonía celular y adelantar el despliegue de banda ancha.

La reportera Sharon Minelli Pérez colaboró en esta historia.

El ministro Mahmud Alaví declaró que el país podría reanudar su programa atómico si no hay unidad

Por: EFE

El ministro iraní de Inteligencia, Mahmud Alaví, aseguró hoy que el acuerdo nuclear multilateral de 2015 está “a punto de romperse” si las otras partes no reaccionan y advirtió de que Irán puede reanudar rápidamente su programa atómico.

“Si las otras partes muestran una deslealtad coordinada con Estados Unidos y quieren salir del acuerdo con Irán, serán testigos de los logros más destacados de Teherán”, subrayó Alaví después de visitar la planta de enriquecimiento de uranio de Fordow.

El ministro, citado por la agencia oficial IRNA, indicó que en base a “la investigación y el desarrollo” nuclear iraní, las autoridades pueden regresar “muy pronto a las condiciones previas al Plan Integral de Acción Conjunta (JCPOA, por sus siglas en inglés)”.

Comentando sobre las sanciones que ha vuelto a imponer EU contra Irán, Alaví señaló que “si el país dejara de avanzar debido a las amenazas, no habría dado ningún paso”.

Por ello, abogó, como el líder supremo iraní, Ali Jameneí, por producir 190 mil Unidades de Trabajo Separadas (SWU, por sus siglas en inglés) para enriquecer uranio.

La visita de Alaví a Fordow tiene lugar diez días después de que el portavoz de la Agencia Iraní de Energía Atómica (AIEA), Behruz Kamalvandí, informara de que Irán reanudará el proceso de enriquecimiento de uranio en esa planta si el acuerdo de 2015 se rompe.

La planta de Fordow, construida bajo tierra para protegerse de cualquier ataque militar, comenzó a producir uranio enriquecido al 20 por ciento a finales de 2011 y, tras la firma del acuerdo nuclear, el nivel se redujo a menos de un 5 por ciento.

También se redujo en la planta de Natanz, donde recientemente las autoridades anunciaron la fabricación de nuevas centrifugadoras avanzadas con capacidad máxima.

Irán está presionando de esta forma al resto de firmantes del pacto nuclear – Rusia, China, Francia, Reino Unido y Alemania- para que tomen medidas concretas para salvar el JCPOA tras la retirada en mayo pasado de EU.

 

    Amid the carnage of Republican misrule in Washington, there is this glimmer of good news: The family-shredding policy along the southern border, the most telegenic recent example of misrule, clarified something. Occurring less than 140 days before elections that can reshape Congress, the policy has given independents and temperate Republicans — these are probably expanding and contracting cohorts, respectively — fresh if redundant evidence for the principle by which they should vote.

    The principle: The congressional Republican caucuses must be substantially reduced. So substantially that their remnants, reduced to minorities, will be stripped of the Constitution’s Article I powers that they have been too invertebrate to use against the current wielder of Article II powers. They will then have leisure time to wonder why they worked so hard to achieve membership in a legislature whose unexercised muscles have atrophied because of people like them.

    Consider the melancholy example of House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (Wis.), who wagered his dignity on the patently false proposition that it is possible to have sustained transactions with today’s president, this Vesuvius of mendacities, without being degraded. In Robert Bolt’s play “A Man for All Seasons,” Thomas More, having angered Henry VIII, is on trial for his life. When Richard Rich, whom More had once mentored, commits perjury against More in exchange for the office of attorney general for Wales, More says: “Why, Richard, it profits a man nothing to give his soul for the whole world . . . But for Wales!” Ryan traded his political soul for . . . a tax cut. He who formerly spoke truths about the accelerating crisis of the entitlement system lost everything in the service of a president pledged to preserve the unsustainable status quo.

    Ryan and many other Republicans have become the president’s poodles, not because James Madison’s system has failed but because today’s abject careerists have failed to be worthy of it. As explained in Federalist 51: “Ambition must be made to counteract ambition. The interest of the man must be connected with the constitutional rights of the place.” Congressional Republicans (congressional Democrats are equally supine toward Democratic presidents) have no higher ambition than to placate this president. By leaving dormant the powers inherent in their institution, they vitiate the Constitution’s vital principle: the separation of powers.

    Recently Sen. Bob Corker, the Tennessee Republican who is retiring , became an exception that illuminates the depressing rule. He proposed a measure by which Congress could retrieve a small portion of the policymaking power that it has, over many decades and under both parties, improvidently delegated to presidents. Congress has done this out of sloth and timidity — to duck hard work and risky choices. Corker’s measure would have required Congress to vote to approve any trade restrictions imposed in the name of “national security.” All Senate Republicans worthy of the conservative label that all Senate Republicans flaunt would privately admit that this is conducive to sound governance and true to the Constitution’s structure. But the Senate would not vote on it — would not allow it to become just the second amendment voted on this year .

    This is because the amendment would have peeved the easily peeved president. The Republican-controlled Congress, which waited for Trump to undo by unilateral decree the border folly they could have prevented by actually legislating, is an advertisement for the unimportance of Republican control.

    The Trump whisperer regarding immigration is Stephen Miller, 32, whose ascent to eminence began when he became the Savonarola of Santa Monica High School . Corey Lewandowski, a Trump campaign official who fell from the king’s grace but is crawling back (he works for Vice President Pence’s political action committee), recently responded on Fox News to the story of a 10-year-old girl with Down syndrome taken from her parents at the border. Lewandowski replied: “Wah, wah.” Meaningless noise is this administration’s appropriate libretto because, just as a magnet attracts iron filings, Trump attracts, and is attracted to, louts.

    In today’s GOP, which is the president’s plaything, he is the mainstream. So, to vote against his party’s cowering congressional caucuses is to affirm the nation’s honor while quarantining him. A Democratic-controlled Congress would be a basket of deplorables, but there would be enough Republicans to gum up the Senate’s machinery, keeping the institution as peripheral as it has been under their control and asphyxiating mischief from a Democratic House. And to those who say, “But the judges, the judges!” the answer is: Article III institutionsare not more important than those of Articles I and II combined.

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    El rendimiento de la estrella argentina está lejos del que exhibió en Brasil 2014.

    La imagen de un desencajado Lionel Messi entrando directamente al vestuario luego de que Argentina fuera derrotada por 3-0 por Croacia la noche del jueves en Nizhny Novgorod ya es una de las más emblemáticas de la Copa Mundial 2018.

    En dos partidos, el cinco veces mejor jugador del año no pudo anotar ni un solo gol ni dar una asistencia. De hecho, falló un penal en el partido inaugural contra Islandia.

    El equipo sudamericano podría no pasar la fase de grupos por primera vez desde el torneo de Corea y Japón 2002. Depende de que Islandia no gane ninguno de los dos partidos que le restan.

    También sería la primera vez que Messi no alcance la segunda ronda desde que participa en Mundiales.

    A los 31 años, Messi tiene, en teoría, cuerda para al menos una Copa del Mundo más.

    Sin embargo. para muchos expertos, Rusia 2018 era su última oportunidad llegar en condiciones de ganar un título importante con Argentina.

    Lionel Messi no ha logrado marcar un gol ni hacer una asistencia en este Mundial.

    El único galardón del capitán argentino con la albiceleste hasta ahora es la medalla de oro de los Juegos Olímpicos de Beijing en 2008.

    Tampoco ha sido una gran temporada para él en el Barcelona: a pesar de ganar un doblete (La Liga y Copa del Rey).

    En la Champions League fueron eliminados en cuartos de final por tercera temporada consecutiva mientras observan a los archirrivales del Real Madrid dominar el continente.

    Hay varios factores que podrían explicar por qué Messi mantiene este rendimiento mediocre y sufre en el Mundial.

    Los enumeramos a continuación:

    1. Está físicamente agotado

    En la temporada europea 2017/18, Messi jugó 54 partidos, su mayor número desde la 2014/15 y uno de los más altos en los últimos cinco años.

    Según el sitio de estadísticas Transfermarkt, jugó 4.468 minutos y pasó un promedio de 82,7 minutos en el campo por partido.

    Terminó la temporada con 45 goles y 18 asistencias para el Barcelona

    2.Una lesión molesta

    En abril de 2018, el diario argentino Clarín citó fuentes del equipo nacional para decir que Messi estaba luchando con una lesión en el muslo en su pierna derecha que estaba afectando su capacidad para acelerar y cambiar de ritmo.

    Los problemas se hicieron públicos después de que el argentino se retirara de importantes amistosos del equipo nacional contra Italia y España.

    En este último solo pudo ver a sus compañeros perder 6-1 ante los españoles.

    3. Argentina podría no ser tan buena

    Argentina tuvo una campaña terrible en las eliminatorias sudamericanas para Rusia 2018 y aseguró un lugar en el Mundial gracias a una combinación de resultados.

    Messi fue el máximo anotador de Argentina en la competencia, con siete goles, pero eso no evitó que los fanáticos y los medios criticaran las actuaciones del equipo.

    Por ello la relación de los futbolistas de la selección con la prensa está rota.

    El astro argentino Diego Maradona no puede creer la derrota del seleccionado de fútbol frente a Croacia.

    Aunque llegaron a la final de la última Copa del Mundo, que perdieron ante Alemania por un solo gol en el tiempo extra, la última gran victoria de Argentina en la competencia tuvo lugar en 1986. Era el equipo que lideraba Diego Maradona.

    Desde la Copa América de 1993 no han ganado un trofeo relevante.

    Los títulos olímpicos consecutivos de 2004 y 2008 no mitigaron el hambre de grandes triunfos del pueblo futbolero argentino.

    4. Ronaldo en la cabeza

    Messi no solo tiene que lidiar con sus problemas sino con la sensacional actuación del hombre que es considerado su mayor rival; Cristiano Ronaldo.

    La comparación entre ambos, para bien o para mal, dura una década más o menos.

    Cristiano Ronaldo brilló en su debut en Rusia, con un triplete contra España. El último gol fue un tiro libre que será recordado por años.

    Continuó con el solitario tanto que le dio la victoria a Portugal contra Marruecos: un cabezazo que pareció un balazo.

    Ronaldo ha sido un factor clave en la marcha de Portugal, parece imparable hasta ahora, en un torneo donde el único momento memorable de Messi fue la falla de su penal frente a Islandia.

    Y hace dos años, Ronaldo hizo lo que Messi no pudo hacer: llevó a su equipo a la gloria internacional, en la Eurocopa 2016.

    Ronaldo estuvo deslumbrante durante todo el partido, pero en la final se lesionó en el minuto 22.

    Desde ese momento pasó a ser una especie de jugador-entrenador, parado al borde de la cancha y dirigiendo al equipo con el director técnico reducido a una sombra que gruñía detrás.

    Messi corre el riesgo de convertirse en un espectador también, pero sin una lesión que le sirva de excusa.

    For years, President Trump personally signed the tax returns for his charitable foundation, scrawling his signature just below a stern warning from the IRS: Providing false information could lead to “penalties of perjury.”

    By: David Fahrenthold

    But a lawsuit filed last week by New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood alleges that four of the tax returns Trump signed contained incorrect statements, confirming previous reports by The Washington Post.

    In 2007, 2012, 2013 and 2014, the Donald J. Trump Foundation stated that none of its money had been used to benefit Trump or his businesses. But the New York attorney general found that, in each of those years, Trump had used his charity’s funds to help one of his businesses. In 2013, the attorney general alleged, Trump also failed to disclose an improper gift to a political group.

    In the suit, Underwood also accuses Trump of turning his charity into a tool of his 2016 presidential campaign, despite prohibitions on political activity by nonprofit entities. She also laid out her findings in a letter to the IRS, suggesting that federal authorities investigate further.

    It is a felony to knowingly file a false tax return, with potential penalties of up to $100,000 in fines and up to three years in prison. In rare cases — where prosecutors could prove the falsehood to be deliberate — people have been convicted of signing false tax returns.

    The IRS declined to comment.

     

     

    If the government does try to prosecute Trump — a very big “if,” given the difficulty of such cases and the debate about whether sitting presidents can be prosecuted — Trump would face questions about whether he knowingly broke charity laws.

    If federal officials do not pursue a criminal case against Trump, legal experts said, the tax agency could face its own quandary. Why should other taxpayers be punished for violating the same rules that the president has now been accused of breaking?

    “The IRS depends on citizens not lying on their tax returns,” said Marc S. Owens, the former head of the IRS’s nonprofits division. If the IRS does not take visible action on Trump’s false statements, he said, “it kind of calls into question, ‘If they don’t prosecute him, does everybody get a pass?’ ”

    The White House, the Trump Organization, Trump’s tax lawyers and Trump’s longtime accountant did not respond to requests for comment.

    Last week, Trump described the lawsuit as a political attack by New York Democrats, although the current New York attorney general, Underwood, is a nonpolitician who was appointed to her post. “I won’t settle this case!” Trump wrote on Twitter.

    In filings to the IRS, Trump’s foundation offered a separate defense: Clerical errors caused the foundation to make payments it should not have, and Trump knew so little about charity rules that he broke the law without knowing it. “Neither the Foundation nor [Trump] knew,” the group wrote in an IRS filing, it was wrong to use foundation money to buy a portrait that hung on a wall in one of Trump’s golf resorts.

    The annual tax returns Trump signed, called the IRS Form 990, are intended to give regulators and donors a look inside a charity’s books. They list the donations and expenditures and include several dozen questions that ask whether the charity broke any tax laws in the past year.

    Through the 2000s and this decade, Trump repeatedly asserted on state and federal forms that his foundation was following the law.

    Underwood’s complaint alleges otherwise.

    In 2007, for instance, Trump used $100,000 from his foundation to settle a legal dispute between his Mar-a-Lago Club and the town of Palm Beach, Fla., The Post previously reported. As part of the settlement, the for-profit beach club had pledged to make a donation to a veterans charity.

    But the Trump Foundation made the gift instead, according to the town of Palm Beach. Trump’s club gave nothing.

    When the charity filed its tax return for the year, it did not disclose the nature of this payment, records show.

    One of the questions on the 990 asks whether a charity has transferred “any income or assets to a disqualified person.” The term “disqualified person” refers to a category of person including an officer of a charity.

    Trump was an officer: He was the charity’s president. So, the New York attorney general said, the charity had just transferred money in a way that saved Trump’s business $100,000. Because Trump controls the business, Underwood said, this amounted to transferring assets to a “disqualified person.”

    But on that question, the Trump Foundation checked the box marked “no.”

    Trump signed the return.

    The same thing happened in 2012, when Trump used foundation assets — this time, $158,000 — to settle a legal dispute with a man who had sued one of his New York golf clubs over a negated hole-in-one prize.

    The golf club agreed to make a donation. The charity made the gift instead, according to the lawsuit.

    Then, in 2013, the Trump Foundation paid $5,000 to put an ad for Trump’s hotel chain in the program for a charity gala. And in 2014, Trump used $10,000 of the charity’s money to buy a portrait of himself, which his employees hung on a wall in a sports bar at a Trump golf resort in Florida. Both instances were first reported by The Post and confirmed by the attorney general’s investigation.

    Each year, the form asked the same question about whether the charity had transferred assets for the benefit of a disqualified person.

    Each year, the “no” box was checked.

    In 2013, Trump gave $25,000 of the charity’s money to a political committee supporting Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi (R). By law, charities are not allowed to make political gifts.

    On that year’s return, as always, the IRS asked whether the Trump Foundation had spent more than $100 for “political purposes.”

    The box checked was “no.”

    Also, the Trump Foundation omitted any mention of the gift to Bondi’s group when the form asked it to list all outgoing donations. Instead, Trump’s charity listed a different gift in its place: It told the IRS it had given $25,000 to a separate group, in Kansas, with a name similar to Bondi’s political group. But the Kansas group told The Post it never received a donation.

    At the end of that form was rgw same signature box and the same warning about providing false information.

    “Under penalties of perjury, I declare that I have examined this return . . . and to the best of my knowledge and belief, it is true, correct and complete.”

    Trump signed it.

    If the IRS decided to investigate the Trump foundation, one key question would be whether Trump knew the forms were incorrect, tax experts said.

    “There’s the adage, ‘Ignorance is no excuse.’ That’s not true in tax law. In tax law, ignorance is an excuse for criminal violations,” said Guinevere Moore, a Chicago attorney specializing in tax cases.

    The idea, Moore said, is that tax law is so complicated that prosecutors cannot presume people know they are breaking it.

    Federal prosecutors have charged people with filing false charity returns. But in many those cases, they had slam-dunk evidence indicating the defendants understood their returns were false, such as defendants who omitted personal payments or conspired via email to omit embarrassing information from the public filings, experts said.

    The president’s strategy, so far, has been to plead ignorance. In filings with the IRS — detailed in the New York attorney general’s suit — Trump blamed the gift to Bondi on a clerical error and said another clerical error had resulted in a nonexistent gift being listed in its place.

    “Mr. Trump learned of the mistake from the news media,” much later, the foundation wrote to the IRS.

    After The Post’s reporting and the launch of the New York attorney general’s investigation, Trump repaid his foundation for its expenditures. His golf club took down the portrait. He also assessed himself $4,000 in penalty taxes in total on three of the transactions — the portrait, the gala program and the donation to Bondi.

    But some tax-law experts said that in the unlikely event Trump winds up in a criminal court, it may be hard to convince a jury that a man of his business experience was so unsophisticated, for so long, about his own charity.

    “You could try. But I think it’s probably a loser,” said Christopher Rizek, an attorney at Caplin & Drysdale who has defended clients in tax cases. “You’ve got a guy who’s bragged for years about how smart he is, and how much tax law he knows. And now all of a sudden he doesn’t know anything?”

    If, on the other hand, the IRS does not pursue any public punishment against Trump — but, rather, does nothing or pursues civil penalties in secret — lawyers said they worry the effect would be to erode other taxpayers’ willingness to follow the law.

    “Our system of taxation relies on people believing that it’s fair and just and — above all — equally applied, no matter if you’re rich or poor,” said Moore, the Chicago attorney. “It would have an extremely detrimental effect” if Trump faced no obvious punishment for flouting the system.

    Already, Moore said, she sees signs that taxpayers have been influenced by Trump’s approach toward his charity, as well as the way he bragged during the 2016 campaign that trying to avoid taxes “makes me smart.”

    When she meets with new clients facing demands from the IRS, Moore said, they often say of Trump: “He doesn’t pay his fair share and gets away with it. Why are they coming after me for this?”

    El delantero fue a pedir explicaciones a Kuipers tras recibir muchas faltas de jugadores ticos en la primera parte.

    Neymar ha sufrido mucho en la primera parte del Brasil – Costa Rica de la segunda jornada de la fase de grupos del Mundial de Rusia 2018 en el que ha sido objetivo constante de las faltas de los jugadores ticos.

    El brasileño pidió al árbitro holandés Kuipers varias tarjetas y no las mostró para tratar de parar esta actitud y en el descanso, el delantero del PSG llegó a encararse con el colegiado pero el asunto no llegó a más gracias a la intervención de Marcelo.

    Neymar ya es el jugador que más faltas ha recibido en el torneo con 12 y le sigue de cerca el delantero de Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo con 9.

    Las fuerzas armadas ocupan 97 establecimientos para inhibir la especulación, acaparamiento y alteración fraudulenta de precios

    Por: AFP

    Unos 50 militares, armados con fusiles, vigilaron  el mercado de Coche, uno de los mayores de Caracas, en una operación ordenada por el Gobierno contra la imparable escalada de precios.

    Por orden del presidente Nicolás Maduro, quien asegura afrontar “una guerra económica”, se inició esta semana la “ocupación temporal” de 97 mercados municipales, dijo Tareck El Aissami, a cargo del recién creado ministerio de Industria y Producción.

    “La toma de los mercados municipales ha sido todo un éxito. Preso está un grupo grande de mafiosos, mayoristas, ladrones, capitalistas. Encontramos de todo ahí, hasta prostitución”, afirmó Maduro durante un acto político en Caracas.

    “Hemos determinado indicios de especulación, acaparamiento y alteración fraudulenta de precios”, recalcó El Aissami a la televisora estatal VTV.

    La intervención de los mercados fue anunciada por el mandatario poco después de su reelección en los cuestionados comicios del pasado 20 de mayo, boicoteados por la oposición al considerarlos “fraudulentos” y desconocidos por varios gobiernos de América y Europa.

    En la primera etapa serán ocupados 21 mercados, precisó Menry Fernández, director de Superintendencia Nacional de Gestión Agroalimentaria. Todo en el marco de la “Gran Misión Abastecimiento Soberano”, plan que Maduro lanzó en julio de 2016 y cuyo manejo asignó al ministro de Defensa, Vladimir Padrino López, y los militares.

    En medio de una severa crisis, los sueldos de los venezolanos se han diluido por la hiperinflación, proyectada en 13,800% por el Fondo Monetario Internacional para 2018.

    Especialistas sostienen que la inflación se dispara por la emisión de dinero sin respaldo para cubrir un déficit fiscal cercano a 20% del PIB, mientras que la escasez de alimentos básicos, causada por el deterioro del aparato industrial por férreos controles de cambio y de precio, también ha empujado los precios de los productos.

    La imagen corresponde a una protesta en la que de forma representativa la gente está “en jaulas” con el fin de exigir la liberación de menores encarcelados

    Por:EFE

    Tras la difusión de diversas imágenes, audios y videos sobre las condiciones en las que niños inmigrantes son separados de sus padres en centros de detención de Estados Unidos, bajo la política de Donald Trump de “cero tolerancia”, surgió una fotografía de un infante dentro de una jaula, pegado a los barrotes y llorando.

    La “desgarradora” imagen se volvió viral en medio del contexto en el que se encuentran los menores indocumentados, luego de que el periodista inmigrante, José Antonio Vargas escribió un ‘tuit’ con dicha imagen y el siguiente mensaje:

    Tiempo después, Vargas ‘tuiteó’ la misma imagen pero aclarando que no correspondía a una detención por oficiales de inmigración.

    “Esto es lo que pasa cuando el gobierno cree que la gente es ‘ilegal’. Niños en jaulas”. 

    Diversos usuarios en redes sociales han compartido dicha imagen, señalando que el menor es una víctima más dentro de un centro de detención.

    No obstante, la realidad es que la imagen corresponde a una protesta del pasado 10 de junio, que un grupo de personas en defensa de los infantes realizó, con el objetivo de exigir la liberación de los niños encarcelados “tratados como animales”.

    La publicación sobre la manifestación fue dada a conocer en Facebook por la organización “Brown Berets de Cemanahuac -Texas Chapter”. En las fotografías que acompañan su consigna, aparece el menor “enjaulado” que ha circulado en la web, junto a otros niños e incluso corriendo fuera de la jaula.

    Las reacciones del mundo sobre la difusión de las condiciones deplorables en las que se tienen a los inmigrantes han causado diversas críticas contra el gobierno de Donald Trump.

    Este miércoles, el mandatario estadounidense firmó una orden para dejar de separar a los infantes de sus padres, quienes a partir de ahora, serán llevados a los mismos centros de detención.

     

    A new executive order signed by President Trump lays out steps to end the separation of immigrant families at the U.S.-Mexico border. We see this as a tacit admission by the Trump administration that many of its previous claims about family separations were bunk.

    By: Salvador Rizzo WP

    Until Trump signed the order June 20, the administration was insisting that it didn’t have a policy of separating families (false), that several laws and court rulings were forcing these separations (false), that Democrats were to blame (false), that only Congress could stop family separations (false) and that an executive order wouldn’t get the job done.

    “You can’t do it through an executive order,” Trump said June 15.

    “Congress and the courts created this problem, and Congress alone can fix it,” Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said June 18. The day before, she tweeted: “We do not have a policy of separating families at the border. Period.”

    Well, apparently there was a policy and Trump can apply a fix without Congress.

    In any case, Trump’s executive order includes important caveats that may blunt its intended effect. The administration’s proposal is basically to keep children in immigration detention for longer than is currently allowed.

    Now for some fact-checking. Trump announced the new policy during a meeting with Republican lawmakers at the White House, and we’re rounding up several of their claims below.

    “We’re going to keep families together, but we still have to maintain toughness, or our country will be overrun by people, by crime, by all of the things that we don’t stand for, that we don’t want.”

    — Trump

    Without more details, it’s too early to say how Trump’s executive order will work in practice.

    The new order doesn’t end the Department of Justice’s “zero-tolerance policy” of prosecuting all adults who are caught entering the country illegally, whether they crossed the border alone or with their children. This has been the main driver behind the family separations. Since children can’t be prosecuted with their parents, the government treats them as though they had crossed the border alone and places them in shelters or with relatives already living in the United States.

    Courts have ruled that the Department of Homeland Security must release undocumented immigrant children in their custody within 20 days. They must be housed in the “least restrictive setting” while their immigration claims are resolved. Trump’s executive order effectively directs the Justice Department to seek court approval for keeping children detained for longer than 20 days when necessary. That’s how they plan to avoid family separations, since the decision to prosecute all parents still stands.

    But the courts could deny Trump’s request, which would throw a wrench into his plan. The president indicated his order was not a long-term fix and urged Congress to act.

    There’s also a huge backlog of cases at the border, not enough judges, not enough space to house families together, and limited funding to increase these resources. Without congressional action, or without Trump rescinding his “zero-tolerance policy,” these issues would pose a logistical nightmare and complicate the president’s plan.

    What happens in the interim? And what about the children who have been separated already? The Department of Homeland Security said June 19 that 2,342 children have been separated from their parents since May. The Department of Health and Human Services says it has not received new orders on how to handle them.

    “This has been going on under President Obama, under President Bush. This has been going on for many, many years. We’re going to see if we can solve it. This is not something that happened just now.”

    — Trump

    The George W. Bush and Barack Obama administrations both considered and explicitly rejected plans for the systematic separation of immigrant families caught at the border. Although some separations occurred during their terms, experts say these were few and far between and generally in cases where children were suspected to be in danger or not related to their accompanying adults.

    The key difference now? Under its “zero-tolerance policy,” the Trump administration is choosing to prosecute all adults for illegal-entry offenses. This is a misdemeanor for first-time offenders under the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952. No president has chosen to enforce the INA’s illegal-entry provision with the Trump administration’s zeal, and no administration has separated families at the rates seen over the last several weeks

    “If a family shows up at the border and we let the family go into the country and say, ‘Please come back for your hearing,’ about 80 percent of the time, the adults never show up for the hearing.”

    • Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.)

    Before Trump’s zero-tolerance policy took effect, his administration and previous ones would release undocumented immigrant families into the United States while their immigration cases wound through the system. A substantial number of these immigrants did not show up for their immigration hearings and remained in the country without legal authorization. (Critics call this “catch and release.”)

    But Graham’s 80 percent estimate for no-shows is way off, according to experts. The Center for Immigration Studies, a think tank that advocates for tighter border controls, found in a 2017 report that “over the past 20 years, 37 percent of all aliens free pending their trials — 918,098 out of 2,498,375 — never showed for court.”

    That means 63 percent did show up for their immigration hearings, much higher than what Graham indicated.

    “If you detain the parents who broke the law under the Flores decision, you have to break the family up. So there’s a 1997 … court case that we’ve got to deal with.”

    — Graham

    Graham mischaracterizes a 1997 federal consent decree. According to a 2016 decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, the “Flores” consent decree requires the federal government to release rather than detain all undocumented immigrant children, whether they crossed with parents or alone. The agreement doesn’t cover any parents who might be accompanying those minors, but neither does it mandate that parents be prosecuted or that families be separated.

    Past practice, including during the Trump administration’s first 15 months, was to release parents along with children. This doesn’t violate the Flores settlement’s terms or the 9th Circuit’s ruling. Indeed, the Trump administration released nearly 100,000 undocumented immigrants while Flores and the court ruling were in place.

    “MS-13, they come into the country, we’re liberating towns on Long Island and other places, we’re throwing them out by the thousands. But we need laws that don’t allow them to come back in.”

    — Trump

    As we’ve reported, there are no data to verify this claim because no U.S. agency or private group reports how many MS-13 members are deported.

    But Trump’s claim is highly implausible. Statistics from the government of El Salvador, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Justice Department show that Trump’s crackdown on MS-13 has had a discernible impact, though there’s nothing showing that “thousands and thousands” of the gang’s members have been “thrown out” since the president took office.

    Instead, it’s in the “hundreds and hundreds” ballpark. It’s worth noting that many MS-13 members are U.S. citizens.

    “Here’s what’s happened since 2012, since DACA, just talking about unaccompanied children. Prior to that, somewhere between 3- or 4,000 unaccompanied children from Central America came into this country. Then DACA was instituted in 2012, and that problem skyrocketed. The numbers on it: about 225,000 unaccompanied children just from Central America, about — almost half a million family members. So we’ve got another 750,000 individuals, very sympathetic, that we’re just incentivizing to come here, and we have to stop.”

    — Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.)

    These statistics are inflated or unsupported. The number of unaccompanied children did spike in fiscal year 2012. However, it wasn’t 225,000 unaccompanied Central American children since 2012. It was just over 157,000, according to CBP figures.

    Johnson’s office provided data in support of this claim. But these data show that to get to 225,000 kids, you would have to start counting from 2009 — not 2012.

    Johnson’s office did not provide data for his estimate of “almost half a million” family members. Using CBP data, 233,000 family units from Central America have entered the United States since fiscal year 2015.

    Johnson suggests that DACA gave Central American migrants an incentive to crowd into the United States, and that may have been a factor for some. But a 2014 report by the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service found that “high violent crime rates, poor economic conditions fueled by relatively low economic growth rates, high rates of poverty, and the presence of transnational gangs” were some of the motivating factors instead.

    The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees interviewed 404 children from Mexico and Central America who entered the United States from October 2011 to 2013. It found that 48 percent had “experienced serious harm or had been threatened by organized criminal groups or state actors.”

    “Canalside Live” Summer Concert Series Announced

    Tickets go on sale 5/10 at 3:30p.m.

    (Buffalo, N.Y.)—Canalside Management Group (CMG), today announced the line-up for its 2018 Summer Concert Series, “Canalside Live”.
    The “Canalside Live” series, which starts on Thursday, June 7 and ends Friday August 17, will take place at Canalside’s Central Wharf. This year’s lineup features eight (8) Thursday concerts, one (1) Saturday night concert in July and a Friday night finale on August 17.

    The “Canalside Live” line-up features:
    • Thursday, June 7 – Method Man & Redman
    • Thursday, June 14 – Fitz and The Tantrums & Mikky Ekko
    • Thursday, June 28 – Umphrey’s McGee
    • Saturday, July 7 – Vanilla Ice & Dwayne Gretzky
    • Thursday, July 12 – Arrested Development and The Trews
    • Thursday, July 19 –Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band & Beth Hart Band
    • Thursday, July 26 – Father John Misty & Lucy Dacus
    • Thursday, August 2 – Dark Star Orchestra
    • Thursday, August 9 – Headstones & The Glorious Sons
    • Friday, August 17 – The Mighty Mighty Bosstones & The Lowest of the Low

    “This year we focused our efforts on creating a Canalside Live lineup that offers not only variety, but an atmosphere for a great night out that everyone can enjoy, with acts in Rock, Hip Hop and Blues,” said Matt LaSota, Canalside’s General Manager. “We are keeping with the traditional Thursday concerts that have been a staple of downtown Buffalo summers for decades, and mixing in two additional shows on Saturday, July 7 and Friday, August 17. For only $5, Western New Yorkers can enjoy a premier concert experience right on our waterfront.”

    Admission to all Canalside Live concerts will be $5, just as last year, anyone who purchases a pre-sale ticket will also receive a voucher for redemption of a complimentary beer, wine, soda or water. VIP tickets will be available for $35 and include: private entrance into the VIP Honda Pavilion, two complimentary drink coupons (good for
    beer, wine soda, or water), light appetizers provided by The Dish at Canalside, private bathrooms, access to the front of the stage viewing area, and a souvenir “CanalsideLive” cup. The VIP Honda Pavilion is limited to concert goers 21-years-of-age or older. VIP tickets can be purchased on Eventbrite.com and at the Canalside Information Kiosk on the boardwalk. VIP tickets for many of the concerts sold out last year so fans are encouraged to purchase VIP tickets in advance.
    Canalside has also updated the safety and security procedures for all Canalside Live concerts including a new bag policy. For more information on this year’s lineup and all security procedures, please visit www.canalsidebuffalo.com/concerts.

    Canalside is also excited to kick-off its Canalside Live 2018 contest, LOVING SUMMER! WYRK, WBLK, MIX 96, JACK FM and Labatt Blue are making sure you’re LOVING SUMMER this year by giving you a chance to win a brand new 2018 Harris Pontoon Boat thanks to Anchor Marine! Plus each week this awesome Pontoon Boat will be docked front and center at Canalside in Downtown Buffalo for all the concerts. Each week 2 lucky people and their guests will win VIP tickets to watch the show! All you have to do is go to any participating retailers to enter to win!
    “Our mission is to provide a customer experience that makes Canalside the premier music venue in Western New York,” said Jon Dandes, President of Be Our Guest, Ltd/CMG. “Last year we introduced a $5 admission ticket with the goal to provide a safe and fun experience. This year we have enhanced the talent level to ensure that Canalside Live is the must see concert series of the summer!”
    CMG is also continuing the Canalside Cares Program, which provides a limited number of free tickets to each concert. In 2017, more than 2,000 tickets were distributed to over 100 different organizations throughout Western New York. The United Way of Erie County will receive a limited amount of tickets to each show to distribute to a program ofits choice.

    Tickets for all shows go on sale May, 10 at 3:30 p.m. Tickets are available on Eventbrite. com, at all 17 Western New York Consumer’s Beverages locations, and at the Information Kiosk located on the Boardwalk at Canalside. All tickets purchased at Consumer’s and at the Boardwalk include a complimentary beverage voucher for redemption at the concert. “Once again we give Western New Yorkers 17 different locations to purchase a ticket to

    a Canalside Live concert and receive a free beverage! The ease of purchasing a ticket at any Consumer Beverages location will provide concert goers the opportunity to guarantee their space at each show throughout the concert season,” continued LaSota.
    “Cool music on a hot summer night is a Canalside tradition that gets better every year,” said Robert Gioia, ECHDC board chairman. “This summer’s lineup has a wide variety

    of acts that will draw people to the waterfront time and again. I invite everyone to come enjoy the music, the refreshments and the spectacular sunsets.”
    A special thanks to the following partners and sponsors: Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation, City of Buffalo, Labatt USA, Try-It Distributing, Buffalocal, Consumer’s Beverages, Empire Merchants, Coca-Cola, M.P. Carroll Hardwood, Honda and Eventbrite.

    Clinton’s Dish kicks off the summer with a soft opening this weekend, Saturday and Sunday from 12P-8P both days. Regular hours will begin on Friday, May 25th. Open daily – 11A – Sunset with live music this Saturday from 1-4PM and Sunday, 12-3PM.

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