Guatemalas Otto Pérez Molina has 70 percent approval poll finds

first_imgNo related posts. GUATEMALA CITY – President Otto Pérez Molina’s administration, which marks one year on Monday, has 70 percent approval from the public according to a survey by the daily La Prensa Libre.The poll, conducted ​​from Jan. 3-8 by local firm Prodatos, found that 70 percent of citizens support the work of Pérez Molina, while 30 percent disapprove. The percentage of support remained almost unchanged in the last six months. In July, the president had a 69 percent approval rating.The newspaper noted that Pérez Molina’s approval rating is the highest ever achieved in the last four governments in Guatemala.Pérez Molina took office on Jan. 14, 2012, and on Sunday, he celebrated his first year with a mass gathering in a popular area in the north of the capital, occupied for three months by the military and police to counter violence.The president did not attend Congress Monday to present his annual report on his administration’s accomplishments, opting instead to send the document, which is permitted by law.Even with positive figures, 59 percent of those polled considered public insecurity as the main problem in the country. Violence causes an average of 16 deaths per day in Guatemala, one of the highest rates in Latin America.Regarding the Guatemalan economy, 24 percent said that it is worse than a year ago, mostly due to the high cost of basic goods and unemployment. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Tauck the respected American family business that

first_imgTauck, the respected American family business that launched in 1925, still retains its valued personal touch, but has grown into global travel company that offers an interesting range of escorted travel options to a targeted audience of educated, discriminating people in the 50-plus demographic.Australia is now the fastest growing market for Tauck worldwide.Steve Spivak, Vice President of Global Sales, Tauck, and Andrew Millmore, Managing Director, Tauck Australia, were the hosts at a splendid luncheon at Sydney’s Aria to launch the Tauck programme for 2018.It was a sparkling Sydney autumn day as media guests took their seats at the long dining table with its postcard views of Circular Quay busy with vintage ferries and larger modern craft.Aria’s light but delicious dishes included entrées of colourful beetroot salad, Hiramasa kingfish, and Peking duck soup. Main courses gave guests a difficult choice of roasted brioche chicken or John Dory with cauliflower and pipis or roasted lamb loin with Jerusalem artichoke, elephant garlic and white anchovies.Tauck will double its popular small ship cruising and river cruising capacity in the next four years.In 2018 there will be new river cruises in European countries with some exciting additions to the Small Ship Cruises. There will be new itineraries in the Galapagos and Peru and a Cuban itinerary on three-masted schooner, Le Ponant.There will be two highly qualified Tour Directors on many escorted trips. One will focus on the cultural aspects and the other will be an expert in health, wellness and exercise.The company takes pride in providing cultural and soft adventure experiences across the world that most travellers could not source on their own. All-inclusive costs, including tipping, excursions and beverages also have great appeal for AustraliansIn his informal speech during lunch Steve Spivak tells us that, “After all these years, we never stop listening, we never stop taking care of people and we are still trying to be the best we can.”Lead image: Andrew Millmore, Managing Director, Tauck Australia (left) and Steve Spivak, Vice President of Global Sales, Tauck, hosts of the lunch at Arialast_img read more