Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Protestas en Nicaragua contra reformas del Seguro Social.

Por Sofia Sanchez
Nicaragua ha tenido días muy dificiles desde el 18 de abril Cuando las protestas comenzaron en la capital del país y en otras ciudades de Nicaragua. El día 19 se realizaron marchas en pro y en contra de las reformas a la Seguridad Social del país. Algo que ha sido motivo de crítics fue la reforma donde los jubilados tendrían que pagar el 5% de sus ingresos al INSS.
Manifestantes a favor de las reformas del gobierno
Estas protestas fueron violentas en algunas ciudades como Managua, Estelí, Masaya y dejaron varios muertos, heridos y varios capturados por la Policia Nacional de Nicaragua. En las ciudadades donde estas protestas fueron violetas, también saquearon centros comerciales, tiendas, etc.
El 21 de abril el Presidente de la República, Daniel Ortega dió un mensaje a la nación y también desde este día se derrogó las nuevas reformas y quedó abierto el diálogo entre el Consejo Superior de la Empresa Privada, el gobierno através del Instituto de Seguridad Social, los trabajadores y otras fuerzas que tienen que ver en discutir las nuevas reformas del INSS.

El día 23 de april se llevó a Cabo una manifestación en Managua y otras ciudades, la cual fue convocada por la Empresa Privada. Fue una manifestación que se desarrollo pacificamente. Según los medios de comunicación nicaragüenses en la manifestación de la Capital de Nicaragua se hicieron presentes a la marcha 300 000 mil nicaragüenses.
Foto La Prensa
Lamentablemente en las protestas que comenzaron el 18 de abril, en las cuales fueron violentas dejo como saldo la cantidad de 26 jóvenes muertos, entre ellos dos miembros de la Policia Nacional.
Desde el 23 de abril las clases están suspendidas para los niños y jóvenes de edad escolar. Todos los niños de primaria y secundaria no están asisitiendo a sus Centros de estudios. La suspensión de las clases son medidas de seguridad del gobierno y el Ministerio de Educación por medidad de seguridad de la comunidad estudiantil y sus docentes.

Es importante mencionar que en algunas ciudades de Nicaragua ha estado en calma y no se ha sentido de que Nicaragua ha tenido días violentos. En el Departamento de Madriz ha estado en calma. En la Ciudad de Ocotal han habido manifestaciones pero se han desarrollado pacificamente.
La Ciudad de Somoto el día 23 de abril
Aun se está esperando que va a suceder en los próximos días, parece que todo está volviendo a la normalidad, pero en Managua hay estudiantes que aun tienen tomadas la Universidad Politécnica de Nicaragua (Upoli) y siguen sus protestas.
La conferencia Episcopal de Nicaragua ha aceptado ser mediador y testigo del diálogo que se llevará a Cabo entre el INSS y todas las partes involucradas en este diálogo que el Presidente de la República anuncio el día 21de abril en un mensaje a la nación de Nicaragua.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Press release from The Swedish Film Institute

Swedish feature film Border selected for Cannes
Published: 12 April 2018 16:24
Border - Photographer/Source: © 2018 Meta Spark & Kärnfilm AB
Ali Abbasi's first Swedish feature film Border has been selected for the prestigious category Un Certain Regard at this year’s edition of the Cannes film festival. The film is based on a short story by John Ajvide Lindqvist, author of the acclaimed novel and later film Let the Right One In.
Ali Abbasi was born in Teheran and educated at the National Film School of Denmark. His first feature, Danish horror film Shelley (2018), was screened at the Berlin Film Festival.
John Ajvide Lindqvist's most famous novel Let The Right One In was successfully adapted into a Swedish film by Tomas Alfredson (Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy) and later the remake in the US as Let Me In, directed by Matt Reeves and starring Chloë Grace Moretz.
Border is about customs officer Tina who is known for her extraordinary sense of smell. It’s as if she can sniff out the guilt on anyone hiding something. But when Vore, a suspicious-looking man, walks past her, her abilities are challenged for the first time ever. Tina can sense Vore is hiding something she can’t identify. Even worse, she feels a strange attraction to him. As Tina develops a special bond with Vore and discovers his true identity, she also realizes the truth about herself. Tina, like Vore, does not belong to this world. Her entire existence has been one big lie and now she has to choose: keep living the lie or embrace Vore’s terrifying revelations.
– It’s a film about finding your place in the world, not knowing who you are or where you belong. You might also see it as a story about how the Western world treats people who deviate from the norm, so there is a political element to it. In Border ancient natural mysticism is mixed with everyday life and it’s the clash between those two elements that is the film’s universe, just like in Let the Right One In. I would describe my style as a Nordic form of magical realism, says director Ali Abbasi.
The main character of Tina is played by Eva Melander, who received a Swedish Guldbagge for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Flocking (2016) and is known from other films such as Sebbe (2010) and The Hypnotist (2012).
The screenplay is written by Ali Abbasi together with Isabella Eklöf and John Ajvide Lindqvist. The film is produced by Nina Bisgaard, Piodor Gustafsson and Petra Jönsson for Meta Film Stockholm, Spark & Kärnfilm AB in co-production with Meta Film Denmark together with Film i Väst, SVT and Copenhagen Filmfund with financial support from Nordisk Film & TV Fond and the Swedish Film Institute, film commissioner Yaba Holst. Border is distributed by TriArt Film and is expected to have its Swedish premiere in the fall of 2018. International sales are handled by Films Boutique.
Border will be the ninth Swedish feature in Un Certain Regard since its creation in 1978 by Gilles Jacob. Previous Swedish films in the category are Christopher's House by Lennart Forsberg (1980), The Serpent's Way (1987) by Bo Widerberg, The Ox by Sven Nykvist (1990), Private Confessions by Liv Ullman (1997), In The Presence of a Clown by Ingmar Bergman (1998), You, the Living by Roy Andersson (2007) as well as Involuntary (2008) and Force Majeure (2014) both by Ruben Östlund.
Among other foreign directors who have competed in the same category are: Xavier Dolan, Sofia Coppola, Claire Denis, Gus Van Sant, Abbas Kiarostami, Richard Linklater, Steve McQueen, Jean-Luc Godard, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Jafar Panahi, François Ozon, Joachim Trier, Hirokazu Kore-eda, Samira Makhmalbaf and many more.
Congratulations for the nomination!

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

The American author Jacqueline Woodson is the laureate of Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award 2018

On march 27 the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award announced. The author Jacqueline Woodson is the Winner of Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award 2018. She is an American author, born in 1963 and residing in Brooklyn, New York. She is the author of more than thirty books, including novels, poetry and picture books. She writes primarily for young teens, but also for children and adults. One of her most lauded books is the award winning autobiographical Brown Girl Dreaming (2014).
Jacqueline Woodson frequently writes about teens making the transition from childhood to adult life. Masterful characterization and a deep understanding of the adolescent psyche are hallmarks of her work. Her books are written in the first person, usually from a female point of view. Racism, segregation, economic injustice, social exclusion, prejudice and sexual identity are all recurring themes. In January she was named National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature in the United States.
“It’s important to hold up mirrors for kids to see their experience is legitimate. Too often those mirrors aren’t there for them.” Jacqueline Woodson.

Photo Marcos Reveco

Congratulations to Jacqueline Woodson!