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US Places Nicaraguan Military Chief, Finance Minister on Sanctions Blacklist

first_imgBy Steven McLoud/Diálogo June 10, 2020 With the intent of increasing pressure on the regime of Daniel Ortega, the United States announced sanctions against Nicaragua’s military chief and finance minister.General Julio César Aviles, commander of the Nicaraguan Armed Forces, and Iván Adolfo Acosta, minister of Finance and Public Credit, were placed on the U.S. sanctions blacklist on May 22. The U.S. Treasury Department froze the assets of both men and banned all Americans and U.S. companies from doing business with them.According to the Treasury Department, the Nicaraguan military under Aviles’ command is alleged to have provided support to the police and paramilitary gangs that carried out crimes against the Nicaraguan people, including attacks on protesters during the unrest that began in April 2018 that lead to the deaths of 300 protesters. The Treasury added that Acosta used his role to arrange financial support for Ortega and threatened banks so that they would not support opposition strikes in 2019.“The Ortega regime’s continued violations of basic human rights, blatant corruption, and widespread violence against the Nicaraguan people are unacceptable,” U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement. “The United States will target those who prop up the Ortega regime and perpetuate the oppression of the Nicaraguan people,” he added.The U.S. has already slapped sanctions on Ortega, his wife, and two of his sons, with the U.S. Treasury calling Ortega’s son, Rafael, as the “key money manager” for his family. The Nicaraguan National Police as well as its chief and three commissioners have also been blacklisted by the U.S. as well as the European Union.U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement that these sanctions aimed to hold the Nicaraguan officials “accountable” for supporting Ortega.last_img read more

RICS pledges to bring profession in line with accountancy

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Season championship chase begins Friday at U.S. 36

first_imgPit gates open at 5 p.m. on Friday, with the grandstand gates opening at 6 p.m. Hot laps begin at 7:30 p.m. and racing will start at 8 p.m. Four sanctioned divisions will begin championship battles. Opening night will feature the IMCA Modifieds, IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods.  OSBORN, Mo. – US 36 Raceway is set to open the season this Friday, April 5 with the start of the season championship chase.  U.S. 36 has used the offseason to make numerous improvements to the race track. This season U.S. 36 will use transponders to score each race, while also making live timing and scoring available to race fans and crews via the MyRacePass app. Follow US 36 Raceway on social media @US36raceway on Twitter, @us36raceway on Instagram and like us in Facebook at US 36 Raceway Dirt Track. US 36 Raceway can be found online at http://www.us36racewaydirttrack.com/ for news, results, points, tickets and more. Pit passes for the event are $35. General admission is $15, senior and military is $12, children 7-12 are $5 and children six years old and younger are free. Tickets can be purchased online through MyRacePass at https://market.myracepass.com/store/tickets/?store=17636.  US 36 Raceway is located at 9850 MO-33, Osborn, Mo.last_img read more

Watch Photos:Black Stars training in Holland ahead of their friendly

first_imgThe senior national team the Black Stars last Sunday commenced training for their international friendly against the Oranje national team  of the Netherlands.Captain Asamoah lead dressing timeKPB  get set to touch the leather Stretching time  Credit: Ghana FAlast_img