dimecres, 30 de novembre de 2011

també hi ha una Vanguardia a Mèxic (però no es monàrquica)


    Iñaki Urdangarin, el cuestionado yerno del rey español, celebró negocios con el gobierno de Fox

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    • 30 Noviembre 2011
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      Madrid. Iñaki Urdangarin, yerno del rey Juan Carlos implicado en una red de corrupción y desfalco del erario, también cerró negocios, no sé sabe si legales, con el gobierno de Vicente Fox mediante la Secretaría de Turismo cuando era titular Rodolfo Elizondo.

      El esposo de la infanta Cristina –la hija menor de los monarcas– firmó además una serie de proyectos de asesoría con una empresa constructora que pretendía penetrar en elmercado de la vivienda social en África, por los que habría obtenido más de 500 mil dólares.

      Urdangarin creó dos asociaciones bajo el concepto de "sin ánimo de lucro" y con una supuesta vocación "filantrópica", Instituto Nos y Azoan, ésta última con participación de 50 por ciento de la hija de los reyes de España.

      Utilizando estas dos empresas tejió una red de tráfico de influencias y contratos amañados, además de "inflados", con diversas instituciones públicas y privadas. Entre ellas los gobiernos autonómicos de Islas Baleares, durante la administración del conservador Jau Matas, y Valencia del también acusado de corrupción Francisco Camps, del derechista Partido Popular.

      También logró contratos por asesoría o elaboración de informes que en muchos casos ni siquiera superaban la decena de folios con los ayuntamientos de Alcalá de Henares, Alicante y Valencia.

      El inexplicable aumento de su patrimonio fue uno de los motivos por los que se inició la investigación, pues Iñaki compró en sólo cuatro años seis departamentos y un palacete en Barcelona, que costó 6 millones de euros.

      El yerno de los reyes también aprovechó su condición de miembro de la familia real para ampliar su red a México mediante la Secretaría de Turismo de México, con la que entró en contacto en la delegación de la dependencia en Madrid, entonces presidida por la funcionaria pública Ximena Caraza, actualmente al frente de la delegación de ProMéxico en Madrid y que entonces era la máxima responsable de la Sectur en Europa.

      Según los informes de la fiscalía anticorrupción, Urdangarin viajó a México en varias ocasiones entre 2005 y 2006, en representación del Instituto Nos, para ofrecer al gobierno de México "productos" que le sirvieron para enriquecerse usando las administraciones públicas españolas, que eran básicamente asesoramiento para los proyectos en políticas deportivas y alimentarias, además de la promoción turística con planes deportivos.

      Precisamente la fiscalía documentó un boleto de avión a México pagado por el gobierno balear al Instituto Nos con fecha del 26 de abril, un día después de que el entonces secretario de Turismo, Elizondo, inauguró el primer Congreso Nacional de Turismo Deportivo, que se llevó a cabo los días 27 y 28 de abril en el hotel Gran Meliá México (también propiedad de una multinacional española).

      La influencia del yerno "incómodo" español estuvo muy presente en el foro: participaron el director deportivo del Centro de Alto Rendimiento Infanta Cristina (esposa del implicado), en Murcia, Imanol Belausteguigoitia, además de Ángel Díaz, miembro del Consejo del Instituto Nos.

      También está documentado un viaje oficial de la infanta Cristina y su esposo a México, en la que habría visitado varios proyectos humanitarios que desarrolla el gobierno español en nuestro país en colaboración con el Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo.

      A pesar de la gravedad de las acusaciones contra el duque de Palma, su situación jurídica no ha variado, con lo que todavía no ha sido imputado, sino que sólo se mantiene la acusación contra su socio, Diego Torres, lo que podría cambiar en los próximos días, cuando se den los siguientes pasos en el proceso y que todo apunta a que sentará en el banquillo de los acusados por primera vez en la historia a un miembro de la familia real.

      El patrimonio de Urdangarin y su esposa, la infanta Cristina, es de unos 11 millones de euros, la mayoría creados en los cuatro años que van de 2003 a 2007.

    diumenge, 20 de novembre de 2011

    Arbitre suicida (sembla que millora) - aquí no passaría

    Bundesliga

    Arbitro tenta il suicidio, partita rinviata

    Sospesa Colonia-Mainz. La polizia: «Ferite autoinferte»
    Le condizioni di Babak Rafati in miglioramento

    MILANO - Partita sospesa causa tentato suicidio dell'arbitro. Succede davvero, in Germania, dove la partita di Bundesliga tra Colonia e Mainz, prevista per le 15.30 di domenica, è stata rinviata a 40 minuti dal fischio iniziale perché il direttore di gara, Babak Rafati, è stato trovato nella sua stanza d'albergo gravemente ferito. Come ha spiegato il portavoce della polizia di Colonia, Andre Fassbender, l'arbitro, 41 anni, origini iraniane, funzionario di banca di Hannover, mostrava «ferite che sembrava essersi procurato da solo. Sicuramente appare come un tentativo di suicidio». La squadra di casa ha comunicato circa due ore prima che l'arbitro non era arrivato e che con così poco preavviso non era stato possibile trovare in sostituto.

    IL SUO PRESIDENTE — Herbert Ruppel il presidente della Niedesachsen Döhren, associazione dilettantistica per cui Rafati è tesserato, ha dichiarato di non sapere «se soffrisse di depressione». L'arbitro aveva collezionato 84 presenze in Bundesliga e 2 a livello internazionale. Aveva debuttato nel massimo campionato tedesco nel 2005 in una sfida proprio tra Colonia e Mainz. Il presidente della federcalcio tedesca, Theo Zwanziger, si è subito recato all’ospedale di Colonia dove il direttore di gara è ricoverato. Le sue condizioni sono in miglioramento.
    19 novembre 2011 (modifica il 20 novembre 2011)

    dissabte, 19 de novembre de 2011

    Penombra vora de l'aigua


    Thirty years after Natalie Wood died off Santa Catalina Island, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Departmentannounced Thursday that it was reopening the investigation into one of Hollywood's most enduring mysteries.

    Wood, 43, was boating off the island on Thanksgiving weekend 1981 with her husband, Robert Wagner, fellow actorChristopher Walken and others when she somehow went overboard and died. Officials at the time ruled her death an accident, but there has been much speculation since over whether there was more to the story.

    Sheriff Lee Baca said detectives want to talk to the captain of the boat after learning of comments he recently made about what happened on board. Baca did not provide further details, adding only that the captain "made comments worthy of exploring."

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    A law enforcement source added that the department recently received a letter from an unidentified "third party" who said the captain had "new recollections" about the case. The source spoke on the condition of anonymity because the case was ongoing.

    The captain, Dennis Davern, co-wrote the book "Goodbye Natalie, Goodbye Splendour" last year. In the book he described bitter arguments aboard the boat that weekend. In an interview last year on CNN, Davern said he believed the original investigation was woefully incomplete.

    Davern could not be reached for comment Thursday.

    Wagner released a statement through his spokesman expressing support for a new investigation into his wife's death.

    Wagner says he "trusts they will evaluate whether any new information relating to the death of Natalie Wood Wagner is valid, and that it comes from a credible source or sources other than those simply trying to profit from the 30 year anniversary of her tragic death," Wagner's spokesman, Alan Nierob, said in a statement.

    Wood and Wagner spent the holiday weekend on their 60-foot yacht, Splendour, along with Walken, who was Wood's co-star in the film "Brainstorm."

    On the evening of Saturday, Nov. 28, the boat anchored and the trio had dinner at Doug's Harbor Reef restaurant on Catalina. Later, they returned to the yacht and had drinks. Wagner and Walken had an argument. Wagner said in a 2008 interview with The Times that the argument concerned how much of one's personal life should be sacrificed in pursuit of one's career and art.

    Wagner and Walken eventually calmed down and said good night, Wagner said. But when he went to bed, Wood wasn't there.

    Wagner thought his wife had taken a small inflatable boat by herself as she had done before, his spokesman said after the incident. But after 10 to 15 minutes passed without her returning, Wagner went to look for her on a small cruiser. When he couldn't find her, he contacted the harbor patrol.

    Wood's body was discovered about 8 a.m. Sunday by authorities about a mile away from the yacht. The dinghy was found beached nearby.

    A woman on another boat claimed to have heard cries for help about midnight Saturday, The Times reported. Other boat owners told the newspaper they heard no cries that night, but the weather was described as cold and rainy.

    L.A. County Coroner Thomas T. Noguchi later ruled the death an accident, saying that Wood had slipped while trying to enter the dinghy and drowned. Bruises on Wood's left cheek were consistent with her having fallen and striking the yacht as she went into the water, he said at a news conference days after her death.

    "It was not a homicide. It was not a suicide. It was an accident," Noguchi said.

    The examination of Wood's body determined that she had a blood-alcohol level of 0.14%, and Noguchi commented that there was "much recreational drinking going on" that night.

    Noguchi also described the disagreement between Wagner and Walken as a "nonviolent argument."

    In the 2008 interview about his memoir, "Pieces of My Heart," Wagner said it was "very difficult, very painful" to write about his wife's death.

    "I have gone over it so many millions of times with people. Nobody heard anything," Wagner said.

    Wagner said the evidence suggests "she had slipped and rolled into the water, which makes a lot of sense because the boat — when they found it, it hadn't been started and the oars were all in the same position. There was no evidence that she tried to get in it."

    The Sheriff's Department said it was "recently contacted" with new information about Wood's death. Producers from CBS' "48 Hours," who are working on a special segment with Vanity Fair magazine airing Saturday, said they contacted the Sheriff's Department after learning that detectives had new information in the case.

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