Lobo Wins Honduran Presidential Vote

first_imgBy Dialogo November 30, 2009 Porfirio Lobo has won the presidential election in Honduras, with about 56 percent of ballots cast. Election officials say voter turnout was high, in spite of a call by ousted President Manuel Zelaya to boycott the poll. Wealthy rancher Porfirio Lobo declared victory after election results showed a broad lead for the candidate from the opposition National Party. The outcome was a vindication for Lobo, who narrowly lost to ousted President Manuel Zelaya in the 2005 vote. Speaking at a rally late Sunday, Lobo told supporters he will work to improve security, create new jobs and restore international ties. Lobo says he hopes to bring about profound changes that will enable Honduras to return to the place it was four years ago, before Mr. Zelaya took office. Election officials said about 62 percent of voters took part in the vote, which eclipsed turnout figures from the 2005 election. The official numbers contradicted earlier claims from Mr. Zelaya, who said his supporters estimated that less than half of registered voters took part. The ousted leader called on voters to boycott the election, saying the de facto government is illegitimate. Mr. Zelaya has been living inside the Brazilian embassy as Honduran officials seek to arrest him on charges of abuse of power and treason. The head of the Honduran election council, Enrique Ortez, says the results showed that the election was a resounding success. Ortez says voters have made their decision in free and transparent elections. And, he says foreign governments have a moral obligation to recognize the vote outcome. The big challenge for Mr. Lobo may be restoring foreign ties which have suffered since Mr. Zelaya was removed from office in June. Many foreign governments accuse the de facto government in Honduras of launching a coup to remove Mr. Zelaya from office. Earlier, Brazil and Argentina said they would not recognize the election results. Colombia, Panama and Costa Rica said they would accept them, in an effort to resolve the political crisis. U.S. officials have indicated the election is a key step forward for Honduras, but they have not confirmed whether they will accept the outcome.last_img read more

Ronaldo Nets Brace as Real Madrid Beats Dortmund 3-1

first_imgHe marked his 400th appearance for Madrid in total with another pair to leave him with 411 goals in the famous white shirt.This is the first time Dortmund have lost at home to Real in seven European games while holders Madrid have now scored in 38 successive Champion League games.Dortmund should have been awarded a penalty with 13 minutes gone when Sergio Ramos cleared Maximilian Philipp’s shot off the line and the ball deflected off his hand.Andrey Yarmolenko’s initial cross sailed tantalisingly over the head of Borussia’s top-scorer Aubameyang in the build up.Real took the lead three minutes later when right-back Daniel Carvajal whipped in a cross and Bale’s nonchalant volley sailed over Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Burki for a stunning goal.With half an hour gone, Dortmund turned the screw with Carvajal having to rescue Real by whipping the ball off Aubameyang’s toes with the Gabon striker bearing down on goal.Aubameyang had the ball in the net on 38 minutes, when he spun and fired home Lukasz Piszczek’s pass, but the goal was ruled offside as it stayed 1-0 to Real at the break.Real lived dangerously after the break when Mario Goetze tried to find Aubameyang, but centre-back Raphael Varane cleared the danger.The Spanish giants doubled their lead on 49 minutes when Ronaldo met Bale’s inch-perfect cross.Dortmund pulled a goal back on 54 minutes when Aubameyang slipped his marker to convert Gonzalo Castro’s cross, then hit the side netting as Borussia pushed for the equaliser.With 15 minutes left, Burki had to push Isco’s shot around the post as Real kept the pressure.Ronaldo, who was left in acres of space, settled the tie by blasting home Luka Modric’s cross on 79 minutes with Madrid’s third goal on the break to take the game out of Dortmund’s grasp.Elsewhere, Harry Kane scored a hat-trick as Tottenham maintained their 100 per cent start in the Champions League with victory over Apoel Nicosia.Kane – who also scored twice in Spurs’ opening win over Borussia Dortmund – put Spurs ahead in the 39th minute, slotting into the bottom-left corner from Toby Alderweireld’s pass.The England striker then calmly stroked in Moussa Sissoko’s cross from the edge of the penalty area in the 62nd minute to double Spurs’ lead.He completed his hat-trick five minutes later with a header into the bottom corner.Kane’s three goals were Spurs first three shots on target in the match, and Mauricio Pochettino’s side had earlier rode their luck at times.RESULTSDortmund 1 – 3 R’MadridMan City 2-0 ShakhtarMonaco 0-3 PortoAPOEL 0-3 TottenhamBesiktas 2-0 LeipzigNapoli 3-1 FeyenoordSevilla 3-0 MariborSpartak 1-1 LiverpoolTONIGHT’S FIXTURESBasel Vs BenficaCSKA Vs Man UtdAnderlecht Vs CelticPSG Vs BayernQarabag Vs RomaAtletico Vs ChelseaJuventus Vs OlympiacosSporting Vs BarcaShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUECristiano Ronaldo marked his 150th European game with two goals as Real Madrid sealed a 3-1 victory at Borussia Dortmund last night to go joint top of their UEFA Champions League group with Tottenham Hotspurs who similarly defeated APOEL 3-0.Ronaldo claimed two second-half goals after Gareth Bale’s stunning early volley gave Real the lead at Dortmund’s Signal Iduna ParkThe Germans fought back when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang finally netted with just over half an hour left, but there was to be no repeat of last year’s 2-2 draw in Dortmund between the teams.The result leaves Real top of Group H, just ahead of Tottenham Hotspur, who beat Apoel 3-0 away, with Dortmund third and six points adrift of Spurs, who they also lost 3-1 to in London.Having also netted twice against Apoel, Ronaldo has now scored four goals in just two Champions League games this season.last_img read more

Hospital denies throwing out old man and leaving him to die

first_img80-year-old Christopher Phillip died on the front lawn of a Trinidad hospital Following the posting of a disturbing video on social media which showed an 80-year-old man left to die outside the Port of Spain General Hospital, staff at the institution claim they followed all protocols and did everything to help the man.The elderly man, 80-year-old Christopher Phillip, suffered and died on the grounds of the hospital on Wednesday.The North West Regional Health Authority (NWRHA) issued a statement to disclose that a full investigation has been launched into the circumstances surrounding the death of Phillip.“Preliminary reports indicate that Mr Phillip was brought into the hospital yesterday evening via ambulance and was seen at the Accident and Emergency Department. He was treated following all protocols of care and was later discharged.  Subsequently, Mr Phillip was seen lying on the floor outside the department and was assisted by members of staff back into the department to be seen a second time. Mr Phillip then left on his own accord. His body was later discovered on the front lawn of the hospital’s compound,”. The NWRHA stated.The NWRHA extended condolences to his relatives.“We would like to assure them and members of the public that every effort is being made to complete the investigation within the shortest timeframe.  The NWRHA remains committed to the provision of quality and compassionate health care to all”.Former Health Minister Dr Fuad Khan has called for an full investigation into the death of Phillip and is questioning whether protocol has changed at public health institutions since the September 2015 general elections.He said, “I am now asking whether the protocol has changed since 2015 where people are no longer receiving medical treatment at the hospital but being manhandled and thrown out and left to die.”Khan said the incident involving Phillip was clearly a case of medical negligence and brutality. “That is a case of medical negligence and the family should sue the system. That man died. And he didn’t die just so. He went for medical assistance and they missed something. That man could have suffered greater injury when he was manhandled by two security guards,” he said.Khan said the death of the elderly man should be investigated and action taken against those responsible.The video showed the final hours of the life of the elderly man as he lay writhing in pain on the grass outside the hospital’s Accident and Emergency Department.Phillip, who lived in Laventille, was apparently removed from the Port of Spain General Hospital and placed outside the compound where he soiled himself and died overnight.The six minute, 50 second long video was posted Facebook has been shared multiple times.It is unclear whether the man had received medical treatment.A conversation between two women indicated that Phillip was asked to leave the compound, but was unable to walk as he appeared to be in pain.“I witnessed this at the Port of Spain General hospital this afternoon. Two MTS security officers lifting a very sick gentleman and placing him on the ground in the carpark. The gentleman was unable to stand or walk but he was discharged and they were instructed to remove him,” one woman said.The women attempted to seek help Phillip who complained that his legs were paining.His pants were soiled with blood, the women said.One of the women left to get help, but returned seconds later saying that she was told by security that the man was discharged and could not be taken back inside the A&E Department. She was advised to call an ambulance from the hospital to take him back to the facility.“When I enquired about him being given some sort of medical care, I was told by the security he cannot be taken back inside unless an ambulance brings him, because he was discharged. This is total madness . What is our country coming to? This gentleman is 80 years old and this is how he was treated.,” she said.The man was never removed and he died at the entrance of the hospital on Wednesday.He was found lying face down on the grass near the walkway to the casualty department at daybreak.last_img read more