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Encuentran muerto a ex presidente estatal del PRI en San Luis Potosí

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Durante la tarde noche de este miércoles, la Fiscalía del Estado de San Luis informó que el cuerpo del ex presidente del PRI en San Luis Potosí, Aurelio Gancedo Rodríguez de 39 años de edad, fue encontrado por Servicios Periciales dentro de un automóvil. 

El hallazgo de tres bolsas negras las cuales en su interior contenían restos humanos, corresponden a una persona del sexo masculino, el cual fue identificado por las autoridades periciales como Aurelio Gancedo Rodríguez, quien se encontraba en estado de desaparecido desde el 21 de enero de 2020. 

Se informó que se realizará la necropsia para conocer las verdaderas causas del fallecimiento. El vehículo fue encontrado por policías preventivos de San Luis en un predio de la colonia Las Mercedes, la cual pertenece a la ciudad Capital. 

La Fiscalía del Estado de San Luis mantendrá las investigaciones necesarias para esclarecer este homicidio y poder dar con los responsables del mismo.

 



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Virus-Related Tourism Ban Could Hurt North Korea’s Economy

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North Korea has temporarily banned foreign tourists in response to the outbreak of a dangerous new virus in neighboring China. Depending on how long the ban lasts, it could hurt North Korea’s economy, which though heavily sanctioned, has received a boost by a recent influx of Chinese tourists.

Starting Wednesday, North Korea closed its borders to foreign tourists, according to Young Pioneer Tours, a China-based company that leads trips to North Korea. On its website, the company says it is not clear how long the suspension will last, but that authorities say they intend to reopen the border as soon as they institute precautionary measures.

The pneumonialike respiratory illness, which can be transmitted among humans, originated in the central Chinese city of Wuhan. It has infected more than 500 people, 17 of whom have died. Cases have been reported in countries including South Korea, Japan, the United States, and Thailand.

FILE – Foreigners and North Koreans, facing increased safety measures to prevent the possible spread of Ebola, board an Air Koryo flight bound for Beijing in Pyongyang, North Korea, Oct. 28, 2014.

Willing to close border

It is not the first time North Korea has banned visitors in response to international outbreaks of infectious diseases. In 2014, the country shut its borders for four months during the Ebola outbreak, even though the disease never reached Asia. North Korea also restricted some visitors during the SARS epidemic in 2003.

“North Korea is probably more willing to shut down exit and entry than any other country,” said Andray Abrahamian, who specializes in North Korea at the George Mason University Korea.

But the move may be especially painful this time, Abrahamian said, since tourism is one of the only legal ways for the North Korean government to make money.

“(During previous outbreaks) they had a number of legal revenue streams that are now prohibited by sanctions. Tourism was small. Now, tourism is a much bigger industry and their last major nonsanctioned sector. So shutting down the border will have a relatively higher impact,” he said.

North Korea has been under United Nations sanctions since 2006, and unilateral U.S. sanctions for even longer, as a result of its nuclear and missile programs.

FILE – Tourists from China pose for photos before the Three Charters monument in Pyongyang, April 15, 2019. North Korea will ban foreign tourists to protect itself against a new SARS-like virus that has claimed at least 17 lives in China.

Need for tourism money grows

As the sanctions have expanded, North Korea has increasingly relied on the money brought by foreign tourists, almost all of whom come from China.

NK News, a North Korea-focused online publication, estimates that around 350,000 mainland Chinese tourists visited North Korea in 2019, providing about $175 million in extra revenue for Pyongyang.

North Korea is now in the middle of winter, typically off-peak season for foreign tours. But as the weather gets warmer, it may feel pressure to resume tourism as soon as possible.

“There will be a number of stakeholders hoping the Wuhan virus doesn’t spread in the coming weeks as the weather warms up and more tourists are expected,” Abrahamian said.

Rowan Beard, North Korea tours manager for Young Pioneer Tours, tells VOA that his company has had to delay some tours, but says the move is understandable given North Korea’s proximity to the outbreak and its apparently limited capacity to deal with the disease.

“North Korea is very vulnerable due to its shared border with China, its largest trading partner,” said Kee Park, a faculty member at Harvard Medical School who also specializes in North Korea public health.

“They also understand that drastic action is needed to prevent the new virus from entering North Korea since their capacity to diagnose, treat and contain the virus is limited should an outbreak occur inside North Korea,” Park said.

Park, who frequently participates in medical exchange trips to North Korea, says humanitarian organizations “should send medical and isolation supplies immediately and the (U.N.) sanctions committee should be proactive and issue a special exemption.”

North Korea has not yet reported any cases of the coronavirus. The World Health Organization (WHO) is working with North Korean officials to prevent an outbreak, North Korea state media reported this week, according to NK News.



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Jalen Hurts Eyes NFL, With ‘Boulder’ Not Chip On Shoulder

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MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Jalen Hurts was presented a helmet at the Senior Bowl providing a snapshot of his college career, an OU on the right side and his old Alabama No. 2 on the left.

Now, the quarterback who led two elite programs to the College Football Playoffs is trying to prove himself again, as an NFL prospect, back in the state where he began his college career.

Hurts, who wore an Oklahoma-only helmet in practice Tuesday, officially began his audition for NFL teams this week with practices and meetings ahead of Saturday’s Senior Bowl. His biggest selling point: “I win.”

Indeed, last season’s Heisman Trophy runner-up did a lot of winning for both Oklahoma and the Crimson Tide, putting up big numbers both passing and rushing. But questions remain about his passing accuracy and consistency, leading to an uncertain draft status.

LSU Heisman winner Joe Burrow is the likely No. 1 overall pick by the Cincinnati Bengals, whose staff is coaching Hurts and the South team. Tua Tagovailoa, who replaced Hurts as the starter, is also regarded as a likely first-round draft pick despite recovering from hip surgery.

Hurts’ Senior Bowl teammate Justin Herbert of Oregon is projected as a high first-rounder.

Then there’s the 6-foot-1, 218-pound Hurts, who has a stellar resume but still some questions.

“I don’t want to get into comparisons,” he said Tuesday before the teams’ first practices. “That’s kind of like the kiss of death. I try to be the best version of myself. Go out there and try to win, try to lead my guys, build relationships with my guys. Win ballgames.”

Hurts went 26-2 as a starter for the Tide and was Southeastern Conference player of the year as a freshman. Then he was benched at halftime of the national championship game against Georgia, with Tagovailoa leading the comeback victory and ultimately winning the starting job for the 2018 season.

Hurts stuck it out instead of leaving to preserve a second year of eligibility and ultimately departed for Oklahoma while ranking in the top three among Alabama quarterbacks for career rushing yards, touchdowns, total offense and passing TDs.

He led a comeback of his own for the Crimson Tide after Tagovailoa was injured in the SEC championship game, also against Georgia. Then he transferred to play for Lincoln Riley and the Sooners and delivered easily his best season.

Hurts got off to a blazing start and passed for 3,851 yards and 32 touchdowns while rushing for 1,298 yards and 20 scores.

“He’s been successful everywhere he’s been,” Bengals coach Zac Taylor said. “He really is a little bit like an NFL quarterback in the sense that he had to go quickly and pick up an offense and really prove himself as a leader in a new program in a short period of time, which he did. He had a great year.”

“Those are things that we get a chance now to see in person. Get to know the kid a little bit more. … He certainly had a great college career. He’s put himself in a good position.”

But also an uncertain one. Senior Bowl executive director Jim Nagy was initially skeptical about Hurts’ ability to play quarterback in the NFL.

“Jalen’s come a long, long way. He really has,” the former scout said. “People asked me about Jalen when I took the job and I said maybe if he comes to the Senior Bowl in a couple of years it might be as another position player. He’s blown that out. He’s come so far.”

Hurts, meanwhile, still conveys the same unflappable confidence as always. Determined to prove critics wrong, he’s sporting more than a chip on his shoulder. It is, he said, “a boulder.”

“I don’t think there’s any experience that I’d go back and exchange or change,” Hurts said. “I think everything’s happened for a reason. It’s all happened how it’s supposed to. I think I’m stronger, wiser, better man, better player, leader, better everything.”

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Participa Guerra Liera en encuentro de rectores con Secretario de Educación Publica

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CDMX.- El interés por trabajar conjuntamente quedó reivindicado y de manifiesto por el Secretario de Educación Pública (SEP), maestro Esteban Moctezuma Barragán y por los diputados federales, así como el de trabajar en temas como la armonización y planeación de las leyes de Educación Superior y de Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación y avanzar en el aspecto presupuestal, esto durante el encuentro que sostuvieron los rectores afiliados a la ANUIES con el funcionario federal y los integrantes de la Junta de Coordinación Política de la Cámara de Diputados.
 
El Rector de la Universidad Autónoma de Sinaloa (UAS), doctor Juan Eulogio Guerra Liera, asistió y participó en esta reunión en la que se dieron cita la mayoría de los actores que tienen que ver con la educación superior y media superior en el país, ya que además del Secretario Moctezuma, estuvieron presentes el Subsecretario de Educación Superior de la SEP, doctor Luciano Concheiro Bórquez y la titular de la DGESU, doctora Carmen Rodríguez Armenta; el diputado Mario Delgado Carrillo, presidente de la Junta de Coordinación Política la Cámara de Diputados, así como los legisladores Adela Piña Bernal, presidenta de la Comisión de Educación de la Cámara de Diputados; Alfonso Ramírez Cuéllar, presidente de la Comisión de Presupuesto y Cuenta Pública, y los legisladores Juan Carlos Romero Hicks y Tonatiuh Bravo Padilla.

 

Asistieron también los senadores Rubén Rocha Moya, presidente de la Comisión de Educación del Senado, la senadora Beatriz Paredes; la directora general del CONACyT, María Elena Álvarez Buylla, así como el Rector de la UNAM, Enrique Graue Wiechers; del IPN, Mario Alberto Rodríguez Casas y del Tecnológico Nacional de México, Enrique Fernández Fassnacht y como anfitrión el Secretario General de la ANUIES, Jaime Valls Esponda.

“Se pusieron temas sobre la mesa sin la presión de los tiempos, de los recursos, de los cierres de año y creo que se reivindica el interés por trabajar conjuntamente e ir trabajando no solo en este esquema de armonizar y planear las leyes de educación superior, de ciencia y tecnología, sino también avanzar en el aspecto presupuestal”, expresó el Rector de la UAS al salir del encuentro.

Guerra Liera, Secretario de Educación y Cámara de Diputados | El Debate

Guerra Liera indicó que los rectores agradecieron a los coordinadores de los diferentes grupos parlamentarios haber hecho pública su voz respaldando la autonomía de la Universidad Autónoma de Nayarit, ya que todas las universidades públicas asumieron esa defensa y los estimulaba que no solo en el discurso los diputados plantearan el apoyo, sino que lo hicieron patente.

“Creo que se abre una muy buena agenda, hay la sinergia, hay el compromiso que recorramos esta ruta, va a ser muy intenso estos próximos meses y se habla por lo pronto de incluir ya en el Convenio de Apoyo Financiero al nivel medio superior, eso es excelente porque es algo que de manera reiterada se nos ha señalado en las auditorías como una desviación (…) creo que hubo buen ambiente, buen compromiso, y esto empujado, lo dijimos en un inicio por el liderazgo de Jaime Valls Esponda, la disposición de los diputados y senadores, de las instancias de la SEP encabezados con Moctezuma y nos permitió tener este avance”, dijo.

El Rector señaló que está pendiente en la agenda lo que es el incremento salarial que ya no se aprobó en este presupuesto, pero se planteó en esta reunión por parte de los rectores que en este 2020 pueda integrarse para que en el 2021 quede en el presupuesto, también será parte de la agenda que se verá el presupuesto ordinario y la transparencia.

Guerra Liera, Secretario de Educación y Cámara de Diputados | El Debate

“Considero que la ruta está muy clara, ANUIES, la SEP, las instituciones, la elaboración de estas leyes de educación superior y de ciencia, tecnología e innovación, el aspecto presupuestal, problemas que hay con plazas no reconocidas, pensiones y jubilaciones, va a ser la agenda que tendremos que desarrollar este año”, expresó.

Agregó que esta reunión se dio en un muy buen momento donde va pasando el cierre de año, donde algunas instituciones no han firmado el Convenio Financiero, a otras no les ha llegado el recurso, hay embestidas hacia las autonomías, pero con esta reivindicación que hacen los diputados de defender y estar de lado de las instituciones es un gran aliciente.

Guerra Liera, Secretario de Educación y Cámara de Diputados | El Debate

“Desde las universidades reiteramos el compromiso, ningún rector se niega a trabajar en el nuevo modelo educativo en no ingresar a jóvenes en la aulas, pero es muy débil la buena intención, la propuesta ideal al de la demagogia, si nosotros en las instituciones no garantizamos  las condiciones, vamos a tener muchos jóvenes en las universidades sin las condiciones dignas en las que deben estar (…) en las universidades no todo es el aspecto presupuestal, debemos ser autocríticos y asumir los errores, las fallas y a las inercias que heredamos”, expuso el Rector al participar en la reunión.

Por último, agregó que los rectores se han convertido en “gestores de cuidados intensivos”, donde prácticamente los recursos son cuestiones de vida o muerte en cuanto al tiempo para cumplir con el pago de salarios, de ahí la necesidad de que las universidades
homologuen y reconozcan lo que se tenga que homologar y reconocer al interior.



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Three Americans Killed in Australia Firefighting Plane Crash

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Three people died Thursday when a C-130 Hercules aerial water tanker crashed while battling wildfires in the Snowy Monaro region of Australia’s southern New South Wales state, officials said.

New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian confirmed the deaths and crash in comments to reporters as Australia attempts to deal with an unprecedented fire season that has left a large swath of destruction.

“The only thing I have from the field reports are that the plane came down, it’s crashed and there was a large fireball associated with that crash,” said Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons.

He said all three aboard were U.S. residents.

“Unfortunately, all we’ve been able to do is locate the wreckage and the crash site and we have not been able to locate any survivors,” he said.

Berejiklian said there were more than 1,700 volunteers and personnel in the field, and five fires were being described at an “emergency warning level.”

Firefighters battle the Morton Fire as it consumes a home near Bundanoon, New South Wales, Australia, Jan. 23, 2020.

Also Thursday, Canberra Airport closed because of nearby wildfires, and residents south of Australia’s capital were told to seek shelter.

The blaze started Wednesday, but strong winds and high temperatures caused conditions in Canberra to deteriorate. A second fire near the airport that started Thursday morning is at the “watch and act” level.
“Arrivals and departures are affected due to aviation firefighting operations,” the airport authority said in a tweet.

Another tweet from traffic police said “the fire is moving fast and there are multiple road closures in the area. Please avoid the area. Local roadblocks in place.”

Residents in some Canberra suburbs were advised to seek shelter and others to leave immediately.

“The defense force is both assisting to a degree and looking to whether that needs to be reinforced,” Defense Minister Angus Campbell told reporters.

“I have people who are both involved as persons who need to be moved from areas and office buildings that are potentially in danger, and also those persons who are part of the (Operation) Bushfire Assist effort,” he said.



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Rules Proposed To Limit Emotional Support Animals On Airlines

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The days of passengers bringing their pets on airplanes as emotional-support animals could be ending.

The U.S. Department of Transportation on Wednesday proposed that only specially trained dogs qualify as service animals, which must be allowed in the cabin at no charge.

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Airlines could ban emotional-support animals including untrained dogs, cats and more exotic companions such as pigs, pheasants, rabbits and snakes.

Airlines say the number of support animals has grown dramatically in recent years. They lobbied the Transportation Department to crack down on what they consider a scam — passengers who call their pets emotional-support animals to avoid pet fees that generally run more than $100 each way.

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“This is a wonderful step in the right direction for people like myself who are dependent on and reliant on legitimate service animals,” said Albert Rizzi, founder of My Blind Spot, an advocacy group for people with disabilities. He said some people “want to have the benefits of having a disability without actually losing the use of their limbs or senses just so they can take their pet with them.”

The main trade group for large U.S. airlines praised the proposal. Nicholas Calio, president of Airlines for America, said, “The proposed rule will go a long way in ensuring a safer and healthier experience for everyone.”

Flight attendants had pushed to rein in support animals, and they too were pleased.

“The days of Noah’s Ark in the air are hopefully coming to an end,” said Sara Nelson, president of the Association of Flight Attendants. She said some of her union’s members were hurt by untrained pets.

Veterans groups also sided with the airlines, arguing that a boom in untrained dogs and other animals threatens their ability to fly with properly trained service dogs. Last year, more than 80 veterans and disability groups endorsed banning untrained emotional-support animals in airline cabins.

On the other side are people who say that an emotional-support animal helps them with anxiety or other issues that would prevent them from traveling or make it more stressful. They aren’t a very organized group, but there are lots of them.

Southwest Airlines handles more than 190,000 emotional support animals per year. American Airlines carried 155,790 emotional support animals in 2017, up 48% from 2016, while the number of checked pets dropped 17%. United Airlines carried 76,000 comfort animals in 2017.

Transportation Department officials said in a briefing with reporters that they proposed the changes to improve safety on flights. Some passengers have been bitten by support animals, and airlines complain that they relieve themselves on planes and in airports.

The public will have 60 days to comment on the proposed changes. Officials highlighted a few areas where they are most eager to get comments, including whether miniatures horses should continue to qualify as service animals.

The Transportation Department proposes a narrow definition in which a service animal could only be a dog that is trained to help a person with a physical or other disability. Passengers with a service dog would have to fill out a federal form on which they swear that the dog is trained to help them. A dog trained to help with psychiatric needs would qualify as a service animal.

Current rules do not require any training for emotional-support animals. However, airlines can demand that the animal’s owner show them a medical professional’s note saying they need the animal for support.

The proposed rules would prohibit airlines from banning particular types of dog breeds if the animal qualifies as a service dog, although they could refuse to board an individual dog they deem a threat. Delta Air Lines, which bans pit bulls, said it is studying the proposal.

The president of the Humane Society of the United States said airlines like Delta had maligned pit bulls. Kitty Block said the Transportation Department’s proposal to prohibit breed-specific bans “sends a clear message to airlines that their discriminatory practices are not only unsound, but against the law.”

The new rules would also bar the current practice by many airlines of requiring animal owners to fill out paperwork 48 hours in advance. A department official said that practice can harm disabled people by preventing them from bringing their service dog on last-minute trips.

The proposal also says people with service animals must check in earlier than the general public.

Airlines could require that service animals be on a leash or harness and fit in its handler’s foot space. They could limit passengers to two service animals each, although it is unclear how often that happens under the current rules.

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AP Writer Cathy Bussewitz contributed to this report.


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