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Cuba Blocks Chilean Student from Entry for Award Ceremony Honoring Dissident

By: Sabrina Martín - @SabrinaMartinR - Feb 22, 2017, 12:21 pm
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Pictured: Juan Carlos Vargas, former student leader from the Central University of Chile and member of the executive board of the Latin American Youth and Democracy Network. (@JuanVargasv)

EspañolCuba removed a Chilean student leader from Cuba hoping to attend an award ceremony dedicated to Cuban political activist Oswaldo Payá.

Juan Carlos Vargas, a former student at the Central University of Chile and member of the executive board of the Latin American Youth and Democracy Network that was hosting the ceremony, was removed from the island not long after the daughter of former Chilean President Patricio Aylwin, Matiana Aylwin, was also prevented from flying there this week for the same event.

Vargas was reportedly arrested in Cuba once he arrived on the island. Authorities held him with no access to a phone call or other communication.

A similar incident took place to former Mexican President Felipe Calderón, who Cuban authorities did not allow to enter the island. He had planned to attend the award ceremony organized by the Latin American Youth and Democracy Network.

Local media reported that Vargas was received by the Cuban Police as well as a group of cameramen who appeared to be part of state-approved press.

Authorities took away his passport and boarded him on a plane to Panama, where he expects to return to Chile soon. However, he reportedly has not yet recovered his identification.

 

Vargas was supposed to place the Oswaldo Payá award in Matiana Aylwin’s hands, but now the ceremony will have to be rescheduled and relocated.

Source: El Demócrata

Sabrina Martín Sabrina Martín

Sabrina Martín is a Venezuelan journalist, commentator, and editor based in Valencia with experience in corporate communication. Follow @SabrinaMartinR.

Bogotá, Caracas and Mexico City Rank Among World’s Worst for Traffic Jams

By: Ysol Delgado - Feb 22, 2017, 12:18 pm
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EspañolDriving in Mexico City, Caracas and Bogota requires an extra bit of patience, one report says. Based on figures from 2016, INRIX, a traffic data agency, calculated traffic patterns and road and town designs to determine that those three cities are the worst for driving in South America. Read More: What Obama Should Have Said in His Farewell Address Read More: Congressmen Lambast “Shameless” Obama for Ending Cuban Wet Foot, Dry Foot Policy The report, which includes an index analyzing urban movement, also measured noise and traffic conditions in 1,064 cities in 38 countries, concluding that Mexico City, Caracas and Bogota are among the 15 worst capitals for traffic. "Population and economic growth, along with continuous urban development, are the main causes of traffic jams," INRIX said. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); }); The report also ranked cities and countries by how much time they spend in traffic per year. Seven US cities are included among the 15, with Bogota and Sao Paulo appear in the top 10. Cities 1. Los Angeles, USA: 104.1 hours in traffic jams per year 2. Moscow, Russia: 91.4 hours 3. New York, USA: 89.4 hours 4. San Francisco, USA: 82.6 hours 5. Bogota, Colombia: 79.8 hours 6. Sao Paulo, Brazil: 77.2 hours 7. London, England: 73.4 hours 8. Atlanta, USA: 70.8 hours 9. Paris, France: 65.3 hours 10. Miami, USA: 64.8 hours 11. Bangkok, Thailand: 64.1 hours 12. Caracas: 62.6 hours 13. Mexico City: 61.5 hours 14. Washington DC, USA: 61 hours 15. Dallas, USA: 59.4 hours Colombia, perhaps unexpectedly, ranks second among countries for hours spent in traffic, with 47 per year. The next South American city on the list is Venezuela, in sixth place, then Brazil at 8th, tied with Puerto Rico. Countries 1.Thailand: 61 hours in congestion per year 2. Colombia: 47 hours 2. Indonesia: 47 hours 4. Russia: 42 hours 4. United States: 42 hours 6. Venezuela: 39 hours 7. South Africa: 38 hours 8. Brazil: 37 hours 9. Puerto Rico: 37 hours 10. Turkey: 34 hours 11. United Kingdom: 32 hours 12. Germany: 30 hours 12. Slovakia: 30 hours 14. Canada: 28 hours 14. Luxembourg: 28 hours Source: CNN en Español

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