The Rink Live signs Jake Sanderson as brand ambassador

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Jake Sanderson is an official athlete for The Rink Live.

Forum Communications announced Monday that it is partnering with athletes to expand The Rink Live brand as the go-to destination for North Dakota and Minnesota hockey coverage. On Tuesday, The Rink Live added University of North Dakota defenseman Jake Sanderson as a brand ambassador.

Sanderson is a sophomore studying kinesiology at UND. This season, he leads the team in points. Sanderson is the second athlete announced as a representative for The Rink Live.

“Our partnership with Jake Sanderson is significant. Jake exemplifies the core values of The Rink Live," said Pierre-Paul Lamoureux, a consultant with The Rink Live. “He’s a premier athlete, leader and person. As we continue to grow and lead in providing hockey news, we want to align with the premier players of today’s game.”

The Rink Live will announce more athletes joining the team this week.

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Kast is very much anti-Argentine, says ambassador

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Kast is very much anti-Argentine, says ambassador

22nd Monday, November 2021 - 23:05 UTC Full article

Kast avoids discussing human rights violations, Bielsa warned

Argentina’s Ambassador in Santiago, Rafael Bielsa, said right-wing candidate José Antonio Kast, who finished first in Sunday’s elections was an anti-Argentine Pinochetist “that dares speak its name” and likened him to former US President Donald Trump and current Brazilian head of state Jair Bolsonaro.

But Argentina’s Foreign Ministry later explained Bielsa’s words reflñect his own opinions and neither those of the government of President Alberto Fernández nor of the Argentine people.

Bielsa said in a radio interview Kast stemmed from “a disruptive, Pinochetist right-wing.” According to Bielsa, a former Foreign Minister himself, “Kast’s speech is very generic and imprecise, but he is not a rightwing [politician] comparable to [President Sebastián] Piñera’s, in that he is not afraid to say his name.”

Kast’s disruptive speech does not address “human rights, or the disappearance of persons, or torture, or state responsibilities,” Bielsa also pointed out. He also highlighted Kast had an “alarming” level of aggressiveness towards Argentina, “from saying we have historically stolen territories, that we have to stop stealing territories from Chile to all kinds of xenophobic expressions targeting Argentina, which I have filed, registered, read and studied,” he added. Nevertheless, “everything can change,” Bielsa added, although he underscored Kast’s “great hostility towards Peronism.”

The Argentine ambassador warned that should Kast be elected in the Dec. 19 presidential runoff and “if one sticks to what he has said, it would be a difficult situation to handle, because at the same time Argentina’s relationship with Chile is more complex, in a good way, more diversified than all those it has with its neighbouring countries.”

With just over 95% of the votes counted, it was already clear Kast and the Communist-backed candidate Gabriel Boric will clash on Dec. 19. Kast obtained 27.97% of the votes and Boric 25.70%. Regarding this outcome, Bielsa also recalled that since the return to democratic rule, no Chilean candidate who had finished second had been able to reverse that in a second round, although there is still uncertainty as to Franco Parisi’s 12% and where those votes will go after endorsing a candidate who resides in the United States and never campaigned on Chilean soil.

Ambassador Ken Salazar visits San Diego and Tijuana, focuses on transborder pollution

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Two high-ranking government officials of the Biden administration visited the border region Monday to discuss solutions to the wastewater transborder pollution in the San Diego-Tijuana region.

Ken Salazar, appointed U.S. Ambassador to Mexico in September, made his first visit to San Diego. He was joined by the administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Michael Regan.

Monday morning, Salazar went to the IBWC water treatment plant at the border. After, he met with Regan, Baja California Gov. Marina Del Pilar and other Mexican officials. At a press conference at the U.S. Consulate in Tijuana, Regan said the relationship between the two countries involves working together to resolve clean energy and infrastructure issues that both countries share, including the congestion at the border and border-crossing wait times.

“Pollution knows no boundaries, and the friendship between San Diego and Tijuana knows no boundaries,” he said.

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As part of the plan recently announced by EPA to address the wastewater flows from the Tijuana River, Regan said the first $300 million that will be invested to tackle those issues should be applied in late 2022. He also said that to ensure more funds for the $630 million plan, the agency will have to return to Congress and find ways to access public and private funding.

Roberto Velasco Álvarez, officer for the North American Unit at the Mexican Secretariat of Foreign Relations, said the Mexican government recently invested $47 million (1 billion pesos) to work on the border water treatment plant and other infrastructure. He said the coordination between the two countries will allow using resources efficiently.

During the news conference, Ambassador Salazar answered questions, including on the situation at El Chaparral migrant encampment, where hundreds of Central American families and migrants have been living in tents at the plaza on the Mexican side of the PedWest crossing.

Salazar said he visited the area, joined by Mexican and American immigration officials. He said North American leaders showed their willingness to keep working closely on the issue.

The U.S. Ambassador said that the historical flow of migrants is due to a variety of factors, including poverty in Central America, violence and unstable governments in Latin America and other countries, and climate change disasters.

Velasco Álvarez, said Baja California state government will keep working trying to persuade the migrants to leave El Chaparral encampment and work on their immigration applications while they stay at a local shelter or refuge.