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Annan urges former Presidents to help strengthen Latin American democracies

The Secretary-General’s remarks came at a meeting with the former Presidents of Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Honduras, Mexico and Uruguay on the future of democracy in the region, as the UN Development Programme (UNDP) released a new study on the needs and vulnerabilities of Latin American democracies.According to UNDP, the region faces serious institutional problems affecting governance and the rule of law, as well as the independence of the three branches of government, the functioning of the electoral systems, and the organization of political parties and political practice.The Secretary-General noted in his remarks that all of the 17 countries in continental Latin America have elected governments, but at the same time, many of those countries are home to the most unequal income distribution in the world. According to UNDP, more than 40 per cent of Latin Americans lives below the poverty line.”The hope that political and economic freedom would provide a formula for meeting the region’s massive social demands has in some instances given way to questions about the strength of democracy,” Mr. Annan said. “Democratic development in Latin America seems to have reached a critical moment – a moment when it is important to consider its strengths and weaknesses, and to identify the needs and risks for the future.”UNDP’s project is an attempt to meet this need, the Secretary-General noted, by seeking to promote dialogue and debate among political, academic and civil society actors. It also hopes to help democracy in the region grow and improve.”Democracy can only function when it adequately reflects the aspirations of all groups in society,” Mr. Annan stressed. “No State could be truly labelled democratic if it does not offer its people a way out from poverty. And no country can truly develop if it excludes its own people from power.” read more

Nose gear collapse causes plane emergency at Philadelphia Airport no major injuries

Nose gear collapse causes plane emergency at Philadelphia Airport; no major injuries reported PHILADELPHIA – A Florida-bound plane’s nose gear collapsed during an attempted takeoff at Philadelphia International Airport on Thursday, leaving the plane crippled on the runway and prompting the crew to deploy emergency slides for the passengers to get off.US Airways Flight 1702 was heading to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., when the pilot was forced to abort takeoff shortly after 6 p.m. when a tire on the plane’s front landing gear blew out, airline officials said.The Airbus A320 jet was carrying 149 passengers and five crew members, airport spokeswoman Victoria Lupica said. All the passengers were rescheduled on later flights, she said.Two passengers requested medical attention after the aborted takeoff, but no serious injuries were reported, she said.A passenger on the plane, Dennis Fee, told WPVI-TV that it was “very windy and when the plane took off, the nose of the plane went back down, hitting the runway.”“We were airborne, then struck back down by the nose,” he said.Another passenger, Christopher Teaney, told the Philadelphia Inquirer the plane “kind of shot up and then bounced down.”“Bounced real hard,” he said. “Shot up again, and then nose-dived.”Emergency responders sprayed protective foam around parts of the plane because hydraulic fluid was leaking from it, but no jet fuel leaked, said police, who praised the actions of the airline crew for getting the passengers off the plane safely.Teaney said that passengers had to wait more than half an hour in the cold for buses to pick them up and take them back to the terminal. Police said they erected barriers to try to shield the passengers from the wind and put some women and children in their vehicles to keep them warm.The airport’s four runways were shut down for about 35 minutes, police said. Three were reopened within a few hours of the accident, with only the runway where the accident occurred remaining closed, Lupica said.US Airways parent US Airways Group merged last year with American Airlines to form American Airlines Group Inc., based in Fort Worth, Texas. The company plans to phase out the US Airways name. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Passengers evacuate US Airways Flight 1702 after the pilot was forced to abort takeoff shortly after 6 p.m., after a tire on the plane’s front landing gear blew out, Thursday, March 13, 2014, in Philadelphia. The Airbus A320 jet, bound for Fort Lauderdale, Fla., was carrying 149 passengers and five crew members, airport spokeswoman Victoria Lupica said. All were rescheduled on departing flights Thursday night, she said. (AP Photo/Dennis Fee) by The Associated Press Posted Mar 13, 2014 9:08 pm MDT read more