El presidente Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) anunció la terna que presentará al Senado de la República para designar al ministro de la Suprema Corte de Justicia de la Nación, que sustituirá la vacante que dejó José Ramón Cossío Díaz.
En su cuarta conferencia matutina en Palacio Nacional, el mandatario federal indicó las tres propuestas:
· La abogada Loretta Ortiz Ahif, egresada de la Escuela Libre de Derecho y académica de la Universidad Iberoamericana. Fue diputada de Morena en la LXII Legislatura.
· Celia Maya García, magistrada del Tribunal de Justicia del estado de Querétaro. Es egresada de la Universidad Autónoma de esa entidad, con maestría en Derecho Procesal Penal y que inició su carrera en el Poder Judicial en ese estado como juez desde 1979. Fue candidata a la gubernatura de Querétaro por Morena en 2015.
· La tercera propuesta es Juan Luis González Carrancá, quien fungió como presidente del Tribunal Superior de Justicia del Distrito Federal, ahora Ciudad de México.
“Eso lo van a decidir los Senadores, yo presento la terna, todos cumplen legalmente, les tengo confianza por eso los estoy proponiendo, es gente honesta, son abogados de primer orden los tres (…) los senadores libremente lo van a decidir”. Andrés Manuel López Obrador.
Por otro lado, el mandatario dijo que la elección de fiscales está en proceso y que en su momento se va a presentar, de igual forma, una terna con los prospectos.
En el tema de los bonos del Nuevo Aeropuerto Internacional de México (NAIM), dijo que es algo que le corresponde atender a la Secretaría de Hacienda y Crédito Público (SHCP).
El tabasqueño aseguró que en su gobierno se va a detener el robo del combustible.
Sobre el caso Odebrecht
“En el caso de Odebrecht hay instrucciones en lo que nos corresponde de que se den todos los informes y estamos a favor de la transparencia, lo único que se tiene que cuidar es no dar motivo para que la Procuraduría da información, esto sirva a los implicados como prueba de que no se está siguiendo el proceso debido pero esto lo tiene que resolver la fiscalía”. Andrés Manuel López Obrador.
Foto: El mandatario dijo que la elección de fiscales está en proceso. Crédito: Cuartoscuro
Hundreds of thousands of expat pensioners could flood back to Britain if there is a no deal Brexit – putting an extra strain on over-stretched hospitals, government officials warn
Brexit department has said UK expats could head back to Britain in a no deal
Are over 200,000 UK pensioners living in the EU and at least 60,000 children
It means schools, hospitals, GP practices and housing could face extra burden
Hundreds of thousands of expat pensioners could flood back into Britain if there is a no deal Brexit, putting a strain on hospitals, government officials today warned.
The Brexit department admitted there will be ‘uncertainty’ for Britons living in the EU if the country crashes out of the bloc.
It said that if expats decide to pack their bags and return to the UK they could place an extra strain on hospitals, schools and housing.
According to the Office for National Statistics, nearly 800,000 Britons live in the EU, and a quarter of them – 207,300 – are 65 or over.
While some 59,600 of these expats are 15 years-old or younger, meaning they will need to be found school places if they return to the UK.
A policy paper released by the Brexit department today said these returnees will be entitled to housing, schooling and welfare payments like any other British citizen.
Hundreds of thousands of expat pensioners could flood back into Britain, putting a big strain on hospitals, government officials have today warned (file pic)
It states: ‘If, however, UK nationals were unable to continue to live their lives as they do now in a ‘no deal’ scenario and returned to the UK to live, there are a number of steps the Government would consider to address concerns that have been raised.
‘We understand that access to healthcare is vital and can confirm that UK nationals who returned to the UK permanently in a ‘no deal’ scenario would have access to NHS-funded healthcare on the same basis as UK nationals already living here.
‘They would also be able to register to vote in local and national elections.’
The paper adds: ‘We recognise that an issue raised by UK nationals is their ability to access to benefits and housing quickly on return to the UK.
‘Arrangements will be made to ensure continuity of payments for those who return and are already in receipt of UK state pension or other UK benefits while living in the EU.
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‘We are considering how support could be offered to returning UK nationals where new claims are made and will set out further details in due course.
‘UK nationals will continue to be able to access education in the UK and details on where to find information on how to apply and any current eligibility criteria are provided below.’
There are already concerns that Britain’s schools and hospitals are overstretched and the paper will fuel fears that an extra burden may be looming.
Lib Dem MP Layla Moran MP, who is a campaigner for the anti Brexit group Best for Britain, said: ‘Europe is facing a Brexit exodus because as Brexit starts to bite, more and more Brits will selling up and come back home.
‘This threatens to collapse an already creaking NHS and break schools that are already stuffed to bursting.
‘DExEU are sitting there and doing nothing to prepare our public services for a potential massive strain on our public services.’
The warning comes as Theresa May’s Brexit plan is engulfed in turmoil just five days before the crunch vote on her deal.
A staggering 104 Tories have said they will not back her divorce deal, and if they all stick to their guns they will inflict a humiliating defeat and could send her premiership crashing down.
Several Cabinet ministers have pleaded with her to pull the vote amid fears she could lose by over 100 votes.
Theresa May (pictured outside No10 tonight turning the Christmas tree lights on) is scrambling to try to get her Brexit deal through the Commons in the face of overwhelming opposition
Sir Graham Brady, chair of the powerful Tory backbench 1922 committee, also waded into the row this evening by saying he would ‘welcome’ a delay to the vote.
Mrs May gathered her senior Cabinet minsters for emergency talks at Number Ten tonight as she scrambles to try to reverse her fortunes and avoid defeat.
But the PM has vowed to press ahead with the Brexit showdown despite staring down the barrel of catastrophic defeat.
Mrs May struck a defiant tone on BBC Radio 4 this morning as she warned there is no other deal on the table.
And she said that killing her proposal off would either end up with the UK crashing out of the EU – or Brexit not happening at all.
The premier also confirmed that she is looking at ways to sweeten her blueprint for mutinous MPs – suggesting there could be a parliamentary ‘lock’ on the Irish border backstop arrangements coming into force.
Asked repeatedly about calls from senior ministers to put off the Commons showdown on Tuesday, Mrs May said: ‘We are in the middle of five days of debate in Parliament which will lead up to a vote on this issue.’
Controversial rule that would have allowed only one business licence for each person and location has been dropped.
The government of Cuba has announced it will scrap some tough new restrictions on the private sector, which had caused concern among entrepreneurs.
Speaking on national television on Wednesday, Labour Minister Margarita Gomez said Havana recognised that the 20 new rules, which were due to take effect on Friday, had created unease among business owners and some of them would be revised.
The most controversial rule, which would have allowed only one business licence for each person and location, is among those that have been dropped.
In theory, it would have prevented a restaurant from having a separate bar, or a guest house from serving food.
A cap that limited restaurants to 50 seats was also lifted.
Instead, the number of guests “will be commensurate to the capacity of the establishment,” Gomez said, adding that the number of people employed by the private sector had grown from 157,000 in 2010 to 588,000 at the end of October, about 13 percent of the island’s working population.
Another requirement for every business owner to have a bank account has also been dropped, with some exceptions.
The government said the new measures are intended to combat tax evasion and off-the-books employment but it had been feared that, taken together, the rules would have stifled the expansion of the private sector 10 years after it was first legalised in the communist-run country.
Increasing freedoms, to an extent
The rollback comes as Cuba’s National Assembly considers revisions to a new constitution, due to be voted on in a public referendum on February 24.
The draft seems to offer fresh opportunities to entrepreneurs, by recognising the role of market forces and private enterprise in Cuba for the first time.
However, many of the articles simply codify measures already established by national law following a series of economic reforms by former President Raul Castro, with the state maintaining control of central economic planning.
“Unfortunately, the proposed constitutional reforms do not constitute any drastic changes in the structure of the Cuban economy,” said Carlos Seiglie, a professor of economics at Rutgers University in the United States.
“Control by the state of resources continues to be the dominant force, with minor concessions to private individuals and co-ops,” he told Al Jazeera, adding that state control of the economy remains the main barrier to growth.
The Cuban economy grew only 1.1 percent in the first half of 2018, according to AFP news agency.
The Caribbean island is seeking to modernise without democratising, as has been done in Vietnam and China. However, unlike those countries, Cuba remains concerned about the accumulation of private wealth creating an unequal society and so is offering only limited permissions to the private sector.
Some business owners have criticised the constitution’s prohibition on “concentrated” wealth as an official ban on being too successful.
Havana is also looking outward to shore up the island’s creaking economy.
In November, President Miguel Diaz-Canel, who took over from Raul Castro in April, embarked on a tour of communist allies including Russia, China and North Korea as well as the United Kingdom, inking several agreements to boost economic ties and investment to the island.
Additional reporting by Charlotte Mitchell: @charbrowmitch
The father of missing Carla Stefaniak has confirmed the body found wrapped in plastic close to where she vanished is his daughter.
Carlos Caicedo broke down in tears after visiting the morgue to identify the 36-year-old, who went missing from an Airbnb apartment while on holiday in Costa Rica to celebrate her birthday.
A security guard who had been staying in the apartment next door has been arrested.
The Nicaraguan suspect, named as 32-year-old Bismarck Espinosa Martinez, made conflicting statements to police, according to officials.
It comes as police confirmed Carla had suffered stab wounds around the neck and a blow to the head.
Investigators also announced they believe the motive in the death was sexual as her body was discovered half naked.
They are yet to find Carla’s belongings, including her luggage.
Tracker dogs discovered the "badly decomposed" body partially buried in plastic bags at the back of the Airbnb where Carla was staying the night in the San Jose suburb of Escazu.
Blood was also discovered inside the property and sent to labs for testing, according to ABC Action News.
Carla, from Florida, had been in the country celebrating her birthday with sister-in-law April Burton.
Ms Burton returned home the day before Carla, who was last seen on November 27.
She was due to catch a flight home the following day but never boarded the plane.
Hours before she went missing, it is thought she took an Uber and went sightseeing before being dropped off at the Airbnb, where she was set to stay for one night.
In a final text message at around 8pm, she told a friend the power was going out, adding "it’s pretty sketchy here" before all communication stopped.
Family and friends texted Carla for her birthday on November 28, but received no response. She had also not been online raising even more concerns from her family.
"It was her birthday, and she loves to be on social media," Carla’s brother, Carlos Caicedo, told CBS News .
"I’m guessing every single app that there is that you can communicate [on] — I’m sure she was on it."
Her family previously expressed fears that Carla had been kidnapped, saying she was in "imminent danger".
The Airbnb rental owner and local security guards said they saw her get into an unknown car with her luggage at around 5am, according to the family.
But Ms Burton told Fox News : "None of us really believe this 5am story because it really doesn’t make sense.
"Her flight was at 1.30pm, and she was only 20 to 30 minutes away from the airport. She is never early for anything."
She added: "There’s no reason for her not to contact anyone."
The Airbnb listing for "Villa Buena Vista" located at Calle Hoja Blanca, in San Antonio de Escazú has since been removed from Airbnb’s website.
The lawyer representing the complex that houses the Airbnb told ABC Action News they were "deeply saddened and devastated by the tragic events that occurred last week" and said that the owners were cooperating with authorities.
He said the rental had been temporarily closed while officials conduct the investigation.
The lawyer said in a statement: "Since 2013, Villa Le Mas has operated a small vacation rental facility located at San Antonio, Escazu, Costa Rica. We have received over a thousand guests with wonderful reviews about the property and our service.
"We are deeply saddened and devastated by the tragic events that occurred last week. The owners are fully cooperating with the authorities in the investigation and we hope that once the facts are determined, the perpetrator is brought to justice.
"Our deepest sympathies are with the family of the victim of this horrible crime.
"While the investigation is ongoing, and since the focus of the owners is the comfort of our guests, the facility has been temporarily closed."
In Carla’s last Instagram post on November 26, she posed lying down next to a pool in Costa Rica with tropical plants in the background.
She captioned it: “I’m going to miss the place."
Meanwhile, Mr Cadicedo has vowed to never let his "happy" and "smiling" daughter be forgotten.
In a message on the Finding Carla Facebook page, the heartbroken family said "words cannot express the devastation" they are feeling.
They added: We want the world to know that we will never forget Carla.
"We will never forget the joy she brought into our lives, how much she made us laugh. We will always be with her and we know she will always be with us. May god bless her soul."
Kristian Cox, 19, was standing on the platform at Walsall when he was approached by the man on December 4.
The teen, who suffers from autism and ataxia, which makes him unaware of his spacial awareness, was then threatened by the trainspotter.
He also demands Kristian stop filming the encounter, saying: "Take that off me, now. Take that off me, now. Take that off me, now."
Kristian tells him: "You're assaulting a trainspotter, here" but the man says he doesn't "f***ing care".
The row then continues with Kristian asking why he is being asked to move as he was in the spot first.
The raging man then replies: “Cause you’re blocking every f***ing way.
"We were here all day before you. Now f**k off.
“Next time I see you I’ll break your b****** legs.”
Kristian's mum Tina has now posted the clip on social media to slam the man who confronted her son.
She said: “I want to highlight the nastiness, abuse and backstabbing that's goes on between train enthusiasts as well as in general.
“For those of us not really so enthusiastic, it can be boring, but for those that are enthusiastic then it can be very worrying and for Kristian that's an understatement.
“He has cerebellar Ataxia and Autism. Ataxia is a condition where you aren't aware of your spatial awareness. HOWEVER, it does NOT give anyone the permission to abuse or laugh at the person that has annoyed you.
“It's disgusting the society we live in these days. People are so diverse and different, obviously for different reasons that everyone should think before opening their mouths, about how it could make them feel.”
The mum said the incident has been reported to Network Rail and British Transport Police.
More than one in seven trains were late in the last year as rail punctuality plummets to worst level since 2005
Just 86% of trains arrived on time in Britain this year, Office of Rail and Road said
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More than one in seven trains were late in the last year, marking the worst performance since 2005.
Just 85.9 per cent of trains met the rail industry’s punctuality target – down 2.5 per cent on the previous year – in the 12 months to the end of September, the Office of Rail and Road said.
The news comes despite a 3.1 per cent price hike on the average rail ticket.
More than one in seven trains were late in the last year, marking the worst performance since 2005
Trains are recorded as late if they arrive at their terminating station more than five minutes behind schedule, or 10 minutes for long-distance journeys.
The proportion of trains which failed to arrive at their final destination within 30 minutes of the timetable or were cancelled rose by 1.1 per cent year-on-year to 4.6 per cent in the 12 months to the end of September.
Performance on the rail network was hit by a number of issues in this period, including the chaotic introduction of new timetables in May and a spell of freezing weather as the Beast from the East hit the country in February and March.
The punctuality plummet comes after it was announced rail prices would go up by 3.1 per cent. Pictured: Just last week passengers had to queue on a bridge before being allowed onto platforms at Clapham Junction after over-running engineering works
Engineers also faced track defects caused by the summer heatwave.
Robert Nisbet, regional director at industry body the Rail Delivery Group, said: ‘Every minute counts for our customers and we apologise to them for the unacceptable disruption over the summer.
‘We have one of the most congested railways in Europe and this summer it has been stretched by an unprecedented heatwave and, in some parts of the country, the introduction of the May timetable.
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‘To ease pressure so customers get the railway they want, we’re delivering record investment in infrastructure but this can’t come at the cost of today’s punctuality.
‘That is why we’re working hard to learn the lessons from May, starting with the introduction of the December timetable on Sunday.’
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The cost of many rail season tickets will increase by more than £100 next month as average fares go up 3.1 per cent.
Labour’s shadow transport secretary Andy McDonald said: ‘The travelling public have already suffered a miserable year of delays and cancellations so it’s outrageous that rail users will be hit with another above inflation fare rise in January.
‘At the very least, fares should rise no higher than the Consumer Price Index (CPI) and be frozen altogether on routes that were impacted by the timetable chaos.
Transport Secretary Chris Grayling blamed the price hike on rail staff’s demands for more money
‘The inability of the Government to deliver a reliable rail service is playing havoc with people’s work and family lives.
‘Labour will take the railways into public ownership, prevent above inflation fare rises and deliver the reliable services that passengers and our economy needs.’
Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has previously insisted that fare rises can only be tied to CPI rather than the higher RPI figure if the switch is also made for rail workers’ pay rises.
On Tuesday the Transport Select Committee published a scathing report which said Mr Grayling should have been more proactive in preventing the timetable disruption.
The committee called for swift reforms to restore passengers’ trust in the railways and said the ‘chaotic roll-out’ of alterations to services across the country should be the catalyst for ‘genuine change’ for people who rely on the network.
The Department for Transport has launched a review by Keith Williams to consider all parts of the industry.
NEW YORK (REUTERS) – Oil prices dipped on Wednesday (Dec 5) ahead of a meeting of the world’s biggest exporters, who will discuss cutting output to help shore up prices and curb excess supply.
The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, Russia and other producers will meet in Vienna this week to discuss a potential cut in production.
A monitoring committee of Opec and its allies, including Russia, agreed on the need to cut oil output in 2019, two sources familiar with the discussions said, adding that volumes and the baseline for cuts were being debated.
Brent crude futures fell 52 cents to settle at US$61.56 (S$84.15) a barrel after earlier reaching a session high of US$63.29 a barrel and a low of US$60.80.
US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures fell 36 cents to settle at US$52.89 a barrel. The contract traded between US$54.44 a barrel and US$52.16 a barrel during the session.
Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak told reporters he had a “good” meeting with his Saudi counterpart, Khalid al-Falih, on Wednesday and they planned more talks.
“All of us, including Russia, agreed there is a need for a reduction,” Oman’s Oil Minister Mohammed bin Hamad Al-Rumhy told reporters after a ministerial committee that groups Saudi Arabia, Russia and several other producers met on Wednesday.
Russia’s No. 2 oil producer Lukoil is ready to cut oil production if Opec and other leading producers agree to do so, though it would be technically difficult in winter, RIA news agency quoted the company’s head Vagit Alekperov as saying.
Opec wants to avert a buildup in global oil inventories like the one that sent prices from late 2014 into a prolonged slump that brought Brent to below US$30 a barrel at the start of 2016.
US President Donald Trump pressured Opec not to reduce output.
“Hopefully Opec will be keeping oil flows as is, not restricted. The World does not want to see, or need, higher oil prices!” Trump wrote on Twitter on Wednesday.
“None of today’s comments should have come as a surprise since the key unknown remains the size of any such reduction and how the cuts are distributed,” Jim Ritterbusch, president of Ritterbusch and Associates, said in a note.
“The Trump administration appears to be maintaining pressure on the Saudis to limit any production cuts in precluding significant price advances from current levels. And the fact that Russia still appears somewhat non-committal would appear to tilt odds in favor of about a 1.0-1.1 million barrels per day reduction.”
Saudi Arabian crude supply in November rose to 11.3 million barrels per day, a source familiar with the matter said. . That marks a rise from October’s 10.65 million bpd.
US crude inventories rose by 5.4 million barrels in the week to Nov 30 to 448 million, data from industry group the American Petroleum Institute showed on Tuesday.
Official US government inventory data is due on Thursday, delayed by one day. A Reuters survey forecast a decline of 900,000 barrels.
A Washington Heights man was arrested in the sexual assault of a woman outside a neighborhood church, authorities said.
Police tracked down Xavier Lazu, 20 — who lives only about two blocks from the crime scene — through tips from the public, cops said.
Lazu allegedly ran up behind the 23-year-old victim in front of St. Rose of Lima Church on West 165th Street near St. Nicholas Avenue around 11:20 p.m. Monday, wrapped his arms around her and put his hand over her mouth, police said.
Then he dragged the woman under a nearby awning — telling her not to scream or he’d stab her, cops said.
The assailant shoved her against a wall, pulled her pants down and tried to rape her, authorities said. When he was unable to, the sicko forced her to perform oral sex on him — and then took off when someone walked by.
The victim was taken to a local hospital for an evaluation.
Lazu was charged with attempted rape, criminal sex act and sex abuse, cops said.
George H.W. Bush will be carried to his final resting place at his presidential library on the campus of Texas A&M by a specially outfitted locomotive that resembles Air Force One.
The 4,300-horsepower train will take Bush’s casket and family and friends on the 70-mile trip from Houston to College Station, passing through five small towns on the roughly two-and-a-half-hour trip on Thursday, the Associated Press reported.
“I might have left Air Force One behind,” Bush joked about locomotive 4141 — painted in the blue and white of the presidential aircraft — during its 2005 unveiling at the university in honor of the 41st president.
After it arrives at Texas A&M, a motorcade will take the casket to his presidential library.
Bush will be buried after a private ceremony next to his wife, former first lady Barbara Bush, who died in April, and their 3-year-old daughter Robin, who died in 1953 of leukemia.
The train’s sixth car, dubbed “Council Bluffs,” has been modified with transparent sides to allow onlookers lining the tracks to see Bush’s flag-draped casket.
It will be the first presidential funeral train since Dwight Eisenhower’s casket was transported from the Washington National Cathedral to his hometown of Abilene, Kansas, in 1969.
Abraham Lincoln’s funeral train in 1865 was the first.
Like many aspects of Bush’s funeral, the train had been part of the intricate planning for years, said Jim McGrath, the former president’s longtime spokesman.
Federal officials reached out to Union Pacific in 2009 at Bush’s request about making the train available for his funeral.
“We said, ‘Of course and also we have this locomotive that we would want to have obviously be part of it,’” company spokesman Tom Lange said.
Bush died last Friday at the age of 94 at his Houston home.
President Trump dispatched Air Force One, designated as “Special Mission 41,” to carry Bush’s casket to Washington on Monday.
Bush lay in state at the Capitol Rotunda until Wednesday, when a funeral was held at the Washington National Cathedral.
He was eulogized by his son President George W. Bush as the “best father a son or daughter could ask.”
George W. Bush breaks down while eulogizing his father