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  • Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez’s Socialists are in the lead ahead of Sunday’s national election but opinion polls show no party will have enough seats to rule on its own, which could make for complicated coalition talks.
  • With his Socialist party well ahead in opinion polls, outgoing Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, 47, has the highest chance of leading Spain’s next government – if he can find enough allies in a fragmented political landscape.
  • Pablo Casado, who has been leading the conservative People’s Party for less than a year, has taken a hard line in the campaign to try and win back voters opinion polls show are tempted to leave the mainstream party for the far-right Vox.
  • The PP, which has dominated the political scene alongside the rival Socialists for decades, could lose as many as half of its seats in parliament, opinion polls show.
  • They were close to surpassing the Socialists in the last elections, but internal disputes led the former number two of the party to break up with Iglesias and launch an alternative platform for the regional election in Madrid.

Read full article: uk.reuters.com

  • With sumptuous costumes and a cast including a couple of familiar and beloved costume-drama players, Starz ‘s ” The Spanish Princess ,” about the travails of Catherine of Aragon, seems designed to appeal to lovers of broadly drawn historical romance.
  • She had been promised from childhood as the bride to regal heir apparent Arthur (Angus Imrie); it spoils only history to note that the path, once she arrives on England’s shores, does not run so smooth.
  • The inability to crack her character – and the show’s insistence on larding on complications including subplots among her courtiers and dream sequences, as if to redress its inability to connect the dots on its title character.
  • Late in the limited series’s run, Catherine asks the future king she knows as Harry (Ruairi O’Connor) what the drama at court is about.

Read full article: variety.com

  • The main candidates in Spain’s general election on Monday clashed over how to handle Catalonia’s independence drive, accusing each other of lying in a tense television debate that left questions open on what coalition deals could be struck.
  • Pablo Casado, of the conservative People’s Party, and Albert Rivera, from the centre-right Ciudadanos, repeatedly accused outgoing Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, the election front-runner, of working against the country’s interest.
  • ” The unity of Spain is at risk because of the Socialist government of Pedro Sanchez … those who want to break Spain apart have Sanchez as their favourite candidate,” said the right-wing Casado.
  • ” Do we want the future of Spain to remain in the hands of those who want to liquidate Spain?,” the centre-right Rivera said in the late-night televised debate.
  • Sanchez’s Socialists are seen as ahead in opinion polls, but without enough seats to rule on their own.

Read full article: firstpost.com

  • Four contenders to become the next Spanish prime minister exchanged heated attacks Monday night while slipping in campaign pledges during the first of two televised live debates heading into the weekend general election.
  • The question was repeatedly raised by the leader of the far-left Unidas Podemos party, Pablo Iglesias, who 10 months ago backed Sánchez’s party in a no-confidence motion that removed the administration of the conservative Popular Party and put the Socialists in power.
  • He said a Popular Party-Citizens government would put ” the extreme right at the wheels,” referring to the political coalition that late last year ousted the Socialists from power in Spain’s most populous region, Andalusia.

Read full article: wtop.com

  • The total volume of activity in 2018 exceeded 53.2 million TEU which represents 7.1% of global throughput, marking a slight increase in the rate versus the previous year (when it amounted to 6.6% of global throughput), according to ECLAC.
  • According to the data of the sampling compiled by ECLAC, in 2018 the East Coast of South America (ECSA) recorded a 12% increase in the activity of ports and port areas, measured in terms of volume.
  • Meanwhile, the West Coast of South America (WCSA) continued with a slight upward trend, growing 7% in 2018, compared with the 6% seen between 2016 and 2017.
  • The Gulf of Mexico area grew 8% versus 2017, and Pacific Mexico 11%.

Read full article: marinelink.com

  • WP Advisors LLC acquired a new position in shares of iShares Latin America 40 ETF (NYSEARCA:ILF) in the first quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
  • Bank of New York Mellon Corp bought a new stake in iShares Latin America 40 ETF in the 3rd quarter valued at $255,000.
  • Envestnet Asset Management Inc. increased its holdings in iShares Latin America 40 ETF by 50.7% in the 3rd quarter.

Read full article: baseballdailydigest.com

  • Human smuggling from Central American countries to the U.S. reaped revenue of between $200 million and $2.3 billion for smugglers in 2017, but transnational criminal organizations may not be the primary culprits, according to a Rand Corp. report released Monday.
  • ” We learned that human smuggling involves many different types of actors and that we could not credibly distinguish most criminal organizations’ activities and revenues from those of other actors, including ad hoc groups and independent operators, that engage in human smuggling,” said Victoria Greenfield, lead author on the report and a senior economist at the nonprofit think tank.
  • ” Although our findings are subject to a high degree of uncertainty, they represent a contribution to the evidence base informing ongoing U.S. government efforts to address threats to homeland security posed by TCOs and other actors that participate in human smuggling,” Rand said.
  • The study looked at revenues earned by human smugglers, as well as taxes levied on migrants by drug-trafficking organizations on routes they control.

Read full article: cnbc.com

  • The leader of an armed group that has been detaining asylum-seeking families from Central America near the Mexican border said two years ago that he was training supporters to assassinate Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and billionaire Democratic supporter George Soros, according to a criminal complaint filed Monday.
  • The FBI declined to comment on why it waited to bring charges against Larry Hopkins following a search in 2017 but his arrest follows widespread criticism after videos surfaced of their members carrying firearms and detaining groups of immigrants crossing the border.
  • Hopkins, 69, made an initial appearance in federal court on Monday, two days after the FBI arrested him on charges of possession of firearms by a felon.

Read full article: federalnewsnetwork.com

  • BOULDER – Black Swift Technologies LLC, a specialized engineering firm based in Boulder, will deploy its advanced aerial research platform, the Black Swift S2 UAS, in a research project in Greenland.
  • The University of Colorado Boulder, through its Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research, will use the platform to conduct high-altitude, high-latitude atmospheric research studies in Greenland.
  • For its part in the research studies, the S2 will perform transects or vertical profiles of the arctic atmosphere to analyze the water vapor above the ice sheet to better understand how climate conditions are impacting Greenland’s mass as a result of evaporation directly into the atmosphere, according to information supplied by Black Swift.

Read full article: bizwest.com