Casino operator Eldorado Resorts has secured approval from the Louisiana Gaming Control Board to proceed with its pending acquisition of Caesars Entertainment Corporation. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Topics: Casino & games Finance Legal & compliance Strategy Casino & games Eldorado wins Louisiana approval for Caesars acquisition Casino operator Eldorado Resorts has secured approval from the Louisiana Gaming Control Board to proceed with its pending acquisition of Caesars Entertainment Corporation.Announced in June last year, Eldorado agreed to acquire Caesars in a deal worth $17.3bn, subject to certain regulatory approvals.Clearance by the Louisiana Gaming Control Board was one of several conditions of the deal, and the approval means Eldorado takes a step closer to completing the acquisition.Eldorado expects to finalise the acquisition during the first half of 2020, subject to all required regulatory approvals and other closing conditions.Read the full story on iGB North America. 21st January 2020 | By contenteditor Regions: US Louisiana Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Email Address
CRDB Bank Plc (CRDB.tz) listed on the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2010 annual report.For more information about CRDB Bank Plc (CRDB.tz) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the CRDB Bank Plc (CRDB.tz) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: CRDB Bank Plc (CRDB.tz) 2010 annual report.Company ProfileCRDB Bank Plc is a wholly-owned private commercial bank in Tanzania offering a comprehensive range of retail, commercial, corporate, treasury, premier and wholesale microfinance services. The company has an extensive infrastructure of branches, ATMs and deposit and mobile terminals and uses a vast network of Fahari Huduma agents which are microfinance agents. The retail division offers financial solutions which range from current and fixed deposit accounts to home purchase and construction loans, refinancing and cash back services. The corporate division provides financial service across the board; including documentary collection, letters of credit, guarantees, structured trade finance, treasury services and foreign exchange risk management. Established in 1996, CRDP Bank Plc has three subsidiary companies; CRB Bank Plc Burundi, CRDB Microfinance and CRDB Insurance Brokers.CRDB Bank Plc is listed on the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange
“This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” ‘Britain’s Warren Buffett’ just bought this FTSE 100 stock. Should you buy too? The valuation has been quite high, especially given the underwhelming top-line growth. Portfolio manager Nick Train is often referred to as ‘Britain’s Warren Buffett.’ This is due to the fact that he has a fantastic performance track record. His UK Equity fund has literally smashed the FTSE 100 over the long run.Recently, Train has been buying a new FTSE 100 stock for his portfolio. Interested to know what the stock is? Read on and I’ll tell you.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Nick Train just bought this FTSE 100 stockThe FTSE 100 stock that Train has bought for his UK Equity fund recently is Experian (LSE:EXPN). Experian is a technology company that collects data on people and provides credit reports to individuals and businesses. Its services help organisations make faster, smarter decisions and lend responsibly.Train says the reason he bought Experian is that he wants to own more UK companies with “credible and globally-competitive assets in technology, data and analytics.”He believes that Experian has a strong business model. The portfolio manager also likes the fact that the company is shifting from simply selling data to selling it enhanced by decision tools. He believes this will enhance the utility of the underlying data and increase the ‘stickiness’ of Experian’s customer relationships.“We believe EXPN’s datasets will continue to be essential products, but the shift to decision tools is what will drive substantial growth over the next decade,” Train commented.It’s worth noting that Train has most likely paid a high valuation for Experian. Currently, its forward-looking P/E ratio is almost 40. Clearly, high valuations are not a deal-breaker for the portfolio manager.“Concerns that any company’s shares are too expensive have not been particularly helpful over the last few years and into 2020. 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Over the last three years, return on capital employed has averaged nearly 20%. See all posts by Edward Sheldon, CFA Enter Your Email Address Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares The fact that there are only a few players in its industry. This provides a competitive advantage. Revenue growth has been underwhelming. Between FY2015 and FY2020, revenue only grew 7.7% in total. Revenue growth is forecast to pick up in FY2022, however. The dividend growth track record. Over the last decade, the payout has more than doubled. Edward Sheldon, CFA | Friday, 9th October, 2020 | More on: EXPN Debt has looked quite high. At 31 March, the group had total liabilities of $6,624m vs equity of $2,275m on its balance sheet. 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Christian Aid receives £1.2 million legacy 20 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: legacies About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 8 October 2008 | News Christian Aid has received a legacy gift of £1.2 million from Mrs Katherine Mary Ball from Wellingborough, who died in December 2006 aged 92. She had been a supporter of the charity since 1987.Legacies represent about 10% of Christian Aid’s income. Colin Kemp, Christian Aid’s legacy manager, said: “Mrs Ball’s legacy is about more than just money – it will enable Christian Aid, and our partner organisations, to invest in people’s futures and bring about real lasting change for generations to come.”www.christianaid.org.uk
About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Save the Children launches its first appeal for work in the UK Tagged with: Individual giving Law / policy Save the Children has launched an appeal to raise £500,000 to help its work in the UK, targeting the poorest children. This is the first time it has appealed to the UK public for funds to help children in the UK.The appeal was launched following the charity’s publication of its report “It Shouldn’t Happen Here” in which it highlights children’s and parents’ experiences of living in Britain in a recession and the extent to which poverty is blighting young lives.According to the report, one in eight of the poorest children in the UK go without at least one hot meal a day, and one in ten of the UK’s poorest parents have cut back on food for them to make sure their children have enough to eat.The charity is also calling for the Government to encourage more employers to pay the living wage, so parents can earn enough to lift their children out of poverty.Justin Forsyth, Save the Children’s Chief Executive, said: “No child should see their parent going hungry or start the new term without a warm coat and with holes in their shoes. Poverty is tearing families apart, with parents buckling under the pressure of mounting bills and children seeing their parents argue more about money. That’s why for the first time in our history we are launching a UK appeal. We need to help poor families survive the recession”.Morrisons stores are hold a bucket collection in support of Save the Children’s UK Appeal between 24 and 30 September. They are joined by corporate supporters Lloyds Banking Group, Mothercare, Reckitt Benckiser and Johnson & Johnson who are supporting the appeal through their workforce of over a quarter of a million employees.In addition to its international focus, Save the Children has been running projects for children and families in the UK since the 1920s.www.savethechildren.org.uk/uk-child-poverty 37 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 5 September 2012 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis
Melanie May | 9 February 2016 | News Tagged with: Events Fundraising ideas valentines day 7) Everydayhero #ilovebeCAUSE16Everydayhero is inviting people to enter a social media competition to win a cash prize for their favourite charity. Entrants have to post a picture of themselves using their hands to create a heart on Twitter or Instagram or on everydayhero UK’s Facebook wall, with a caption stating ‘I love [charity name] beCAUSE [reason why they love them]’. They need to tag @everydayhero and their charity, and use the tag #ilovebeCAUSE16.There are three categories: Most creative and heartfelt entry, Most creative way to show your heart, and Most creative location to show your heart. The winners of each category will receive a £1,000 donation for their chosen charity and a £100 voucher to Amazon for themselves. The competition runs until midnight on 15th February. Need even more ideas for Valentine’s Day fundraising campaigns? Delve back through our coverage over the years. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis11 2) Dogs Trust MicroChippyDogs Trust is opening the MicroChippy for Valentine’s weekend, a pop-up café giving dogs and their owners the chance to eat together on 13th and 14th February. The charity has partnered with Sandia Chang, chef and co-owner of gourmet hotdog and champagne bar Bubbledogs, to develop a bespoke menu of both dog and human friendly recipes. The MicroChippy will look like a 1950 diner and will be located at Printworks Kitchen in Clerkenwell, London. The price is £12 per person, which includes a hotdog, side and a glass of champagne or soft drink, and dogs go free. All profits will go to the charity.There will be four 45-minute sittings on both days and the aim is to raise awareness of the upcoming change in microchipping legislation, which from April will require dog owners to have their pets microchipped and their registered address kept up to date.Not such a dog’s dinner: MicroChippy’s romantic meals for two Advertisement 3) Chocolates for CharityThe Children’s Centre on the Isle of Man is targeting local businesses with its Chocolates for Charity campaign. The charity will be visiting offices including PokerStars and Old Mutual to give employees the chance to decorate their own chocolate heart for a £5 donation. Money raised will support the organisation’s charitable services which include: The Community Farm, Out 2 Play, Mobex, and Saturday Contact Centre. The event takes place between the 8th and 11th of Feb. The event has been running since 2013 and last year raised £2,000. 7 great Valentine’s fundraising ideas 5) Living Streets’ Most Romantic Urban Walk competitionLiving Streets has shortlisted its five most romantic UK city strolls in a competition asking people to vote for their favourite in time for Valentine’s Day. The shortlisted walks are in Glasgow, Chester, London, Oxford and Scarborough. The competition aims to build awareness of the health benefits of regular walking and asked 15,000 people to nominate their favourite UK town or city romantic walk and say why they had chosen it. The winning entry will be featured on the Living Streets website in time for Valentine’s Day. 6) DontSendMeACard.comE-card site DontSendMeACard.com is inviting people to send their Valentine’s cards online and donate the cost equivalent of buying and posting a paper card to one of 48 UK charities, including Jessie’s Fund, KIDS, Trees for Cities, and The Muscle Help Foundation. Users of the site compose an e-card and message for £1 to £10, and the recipient will see that the sender donated instead of buying a card. Users of the site can also opt to donate more.DO send me a card, but make it a charity-friendly e-card It’s that time of year again, but calendar events like Valentine’s Day can provide some great inspiration for fundraising ideas, and a welcome opportunity to attract more donations. Here are seven of the 14th February-inspired fundraisers that are happening this year.1) Cats Protection Lonely Hearts DayCats Protection in East Grinstead is holding a Lonely Hearts Day on 13th February to try and home some of the 150 cats in its care. Visitors will be able to meet the many cats currently at the centre, including those that are finding it particularly difficult to find a new owner. Staff will hand out pink lemonade and chocolate hearts, and there is also the chance to win a Valentine-themed Love Hamper.Will Flynn find true love this Valentine’s Day? About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. 198 total views, 1 views today 199 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis11 4) Chocs for ChanceA ten-day online auction, Chocs for Chance gives people the opportunity to bid for a box of luxury chocolates created by top chefs and journalists and delivered in time for the big day. Participating chefs include Raymond Blanc, Marcus Wareing and Michel Roux Jr. The proceeds go to Galvin’s Chance, a programme that helps disadvantaged young people aged 18-24 into work through training and work placements at top restaurants in London. Galvin’s Chance is an initiative of DM Thomas Foundation.
June 8 — Even though peace talks are slated to begin on June 14 in Geneva between the major parties involved in the conflict over control of Yemen, the fighting rages on inside this underdeveloped Middle Eastern state.Prior to the announcement of the U.N.-sponsored talks, discussions were taking place between the Obama administration’s State Department and the Ansarullah movement (Houthis) in Oman. An alliance led by Saudi Arabia and the Gulf Cooperation Council, and backed by the U.S., has been conducting aerial bombardments and supporting militias to attack the Ansarullah and the forces in the military still loyal to former President Abdullah Ali Saleh.Even before negotiations began, Saudi-backed political forces of fugitive Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi set parameters for the talks based upon restoring Hadi’s government to power in Sanaa, Yemen’s capital city.Hadi had fled to the south of Yemen and later to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, where he claims to be the country’s legitimate head of state. The U.S. appears to recognize Hadi as the de facto regime in Yemen despite Ansarullah taking large amounts of territory. The White House withdrew 100 special forces from Yemen earlier this year and recalled its diplomatic personnel. Hundreds of Yemeni Americans have been stranded in the embattled state where Washington has ignored the plight of those who hold U.S. passports.A June 8 Associated Press report noted: “Yemen’s internationally recognized prime minister said Monday [June 8] that upcoming United Nations-sponsored peace talks in Geneva are aimed at ‘restoring power’ to his government and pressuring Shiite rebels to withdraw from the capital and other cities. Speaking to reporters from the Saudi capital, Riyadh, Khaled Bahah said he hopes the June 14 meeting will lead to more intensive negotiations on a road map for Yemen’s future, including an eventual referendum on a draft constitution and fresh elections.”A spokesperson for the Ansarullah forces immediately dismissed the assertion by the Hadi faction. Their position is that the discussions should focus on the implementation of a U.N. resolution passed earlier this year calling for the withdrawal of armed forces from various regions of the capital and throughout the country.In a statement reported in AP, Houthi spokesperson Mohammed Abdel-Salam stressed that the Hadi regime is illegitimate and therefore in no position to force preconditions for U.N.-supervised talks. Abdel-Salam characterized Hadi as a “tool of Riyadh” and asserted that his Saudi-backed regime “can’t talk the language of logic, instead they can talk the language of aggression.”Ansarullah movement forces question whether the Hadi regime even wants the Geneva talks to take place, saying that U.S.-allied interests would not be able to unify its own fractious elements irrespective of a national mandate for peace.Ground attacks intensify along Saudi borderIn response to the Saudi-led coalition’s massive bombing campaign in Yemen, the Ansarullah and Saleh-loyal forces are taking the war into eastern Saudi Arabia. Cross-border attacks into Saudi Arabia have resulted in dozens of casualties.A missile launched from Yemen on June 8 was reported to have fatally struck two Saudi soldiers. These deaths were acknowledged by the Riyadh-led coalition. (Al-Arabiya, June 8) Just a few days before, at least four Saudi troops were killed in a similar attack.According to a June 8 media release carried by the official Saudi Press Agency, a National Guard soldier and a member of the Border Guard were killed in these attacks, which occurred in the Asir region. An additional two Border Guards were killed in a missile strike in the same area in late May.It is estimated that 37 people in Saudi Arabia, many of whom were members of the armed forces, have been killed in border clashes and cross-territorial shelling since March 26, when the Saudi-led coalition began bombing Yemen.An additional four soldiers were slain along with dozens of Yemenis on June 5, when units loyal to former President Saleh launched an offensive operation in the Saudi border districts of Jazan and Najran. Scud missiles were fired into Saudi territory but were repelled, say official sources in Riyadh.On a regional level the war is being portrayed as a conflict between Saudi Arabia and the GCC-backed coalition supported by the U.S. on one side and the Islamic Republic of Iran and its allies on the other. Any proposed settlement will have to consider these factors.In addition, inside Yemen itself, a secessionist movement in the south has re-emerged, evoking the former People’s Democratic Republic of Yemen in existence from the late 1960s to the early 1990s. The demands for greater autonomy and possible independence must also be taken into account in projecting the future of the country.Al-Qaeda of the Arabian Peninsula and the Islamic State are also active in Yemen. The U.S. has for years launched drone attacks resulting in many deaths, including people who held U.S. passports, claiming to target the AQAP.Fighting continues in the southIntense battles are still raging in the southern port city of Aden, where the Ansarullah are regaining territory they lost in recent clashes with militias backed by Saudi Arabia and the GCC and given air cover by Pentagon-coordinated aircraft.Reuters reported on June 3, “Saudi-led air strikes killed a group of around 20 Houthi fighters outside the southern Yemeni port city of Aden on Wednesday [June 3] and also shook the capital Sanaa in the north, militiamen opposed to the Houthis said. The militia sources said the Houthis were killed when the air raid hit their military convoy as it was transporting an artillery piece toward the northwest suburbs of Aden. The death toll could not be independently verified.”People living in Aden consistently report deteriorating conditions, as the U.S.-backed forces have implemented a blockade preventing food and fuel from reaching many areas of the city. In the district of Crater, where fierce battles have taken place for weeks, residents said that four people died of dengue fever on June 2. Regular service of electricity, water and trash removal have been severely hampered since the intensified fighting began on March 26.Washington’s foreign policy is creating more deaths and destruction in Yemen and throughout the region. In Iraq, Syria and Libya, the impact of Pentagon regime-change wars is continuing to prompt dislocation and human misery on a mass scale.Yet efforts to reshape the Middle East and North Africa are being resisted in Yemen and in other states. The bombing of Yemen for more than two months has still not resulted in the defeat of the Ansarullah and its allies.Until the people of the region unite against imperialist intervention, the humanitarian crisis cannot be abated. The resources and waterways of the region belong to the people, not the multinational corporations and the international financial institutions.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
Two students joined harassment and discrimination lawsuit against TCU Robbie Vaglio TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks ReddIt Collier sacks TTU quarterback. TCU vs TTU. Photo by Cristian ArguetaSoto. Linkedin Previous articleOkonkwo’s career day pushes women’s basketball to WNIT quarterfinalsNext articleThe Skiff: March 28, 2019 Robbie Vaglio RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Snow temporarily stepping down as honors dean I am the executive editor of TCU 360 from Raleigh, North Carolina. If you walk by my desk in the newsroom you’ll immediately know I’m Post Malone’s biggest fan. I’m always looking for a good story to tell! If you have any story ideas, feel free to reach out! Go Panthers! Twitter ReddIt What to watch during quarantine printL.J. Collier sacks TTU quarterback. TCU vs TTU. Photo by Cristian ArguetaSotoNo one from Munday, Texas has ever made it to the NFL. Former TCU defensive end L.J. Collier has the chance to change that trend in April. Coming from a town with a population of just under 1,300 people and only one blinking stoplight, Collier’s used this opportunity to put his hometown on his back and make a name for himself. “My hometown is riding with me, and I appreciate that a lot,” he said. “I wear my heart on my sleeve and carry myself the way that I do because a lot of people here came from big-time schools, so I worked really hard to prove that you can play with the best, no matter where you come from.”His successes at TCU have even created collegiate rivalries in Munday. Originally an area with a huge Texas Tech fan base, Collier has made the color purple a little more common. “There’s actually a lot of rivalries,” his geometry teacher-turned-mother figure Christel Shahan said. “I go into the classrooms and we’ve got some second graders that have had beef whether TCU or Tech is better. They idolize him.”Under-recruited coming out of high school, TCU was Collier’s only collegiate offer, but he said he’s very lucky that he was able to play for head coach Gary Patterson. “Getting to work with Coach P was an honor because I already knew what he could do,” Collier said. “He told me when he came to my high school that he could make me into the best player possible, and I feel like he did that.”However, Collier did not start a single game for the Horned Frogs until his senior season, which is why he believes he “slipped under the rug.”He redshirted his freshman season on campus before playing in four games in 2015 and recording one tackle. He played in 13 games as a sophomore, totaling 21 tackles and 4.5 sacks. L.J. Collier warms up before TCU’s Pro Day Friday. Photo by Heesoo Yang In his junior season that was highlighted by a three-tackle and sack performance in the Alamo Bowl, Collier played in four games and recorded 18 tackles, 4.5 of which were for loss, four sacks and an interception. Collier evolved from a reserve to an All-Big 12 selection his senior year with a career-high six sacks and 11.5 tackles for loss. Pro Football Focus graded him as the best edge rusher in the Big 12 last season. “In the last six months since he’s kind of blown up, his confidence has become better,” Collier’s girlfriend Samantha Lane said. “He’s become more confident in his skills. Even in carrying himself he’s become more confident. I’ve seen him become more well-rounded.”After using his senior year to boost his stock, Collier played in the Senior Bowl to get his name out there to NFL scouts and coaches. “I knew that if I played hard, and just the way that my play and my style is, that someone would notice me,” Collier said. “I’ve shown that at the Senior Bowl with the best of the best, the best offensive linemen in the country, I ran through them, I ran around them. I proved that I was athletic, I proved that I could drop and catch weighing 280 pounds.” And notice him they did. Collier said he has roughly 30 visits scheduled with professional teams. He had a workout with the Cardinals, has one with the Ravens Saturday morning and another with the Saints on Monday. At the NFL Combine, he ran a 4.91-second 40-yard dash, recorded a vertical jump of 30 inches, a broad jump of 118 inches, a 25-rep bench press, a 7.71-second three-cone drill and a 4.78-second 20-yard shuttle run. “Overall, I’m just taking it in and talking with teams,” he said. “It’s very humbling. I could just be where I’m not getting any attention at all because I was under-recruited and didn’t get to play a lot, but you use that as motivation to keep grinding out and be very humble.”L.J. Collier and Ben Banogu went through drills for the Tennessee Titans’ head coach and the Indianapolis Colts’ defensive coordinator Friday. Photo by Heesoo Yang Collier credits his support system to get him to the brink of being drafted to play professional football: Lane, Shahan, his dad, his sister and cousins. Collier’s relationship with Shahan began when his coaches asked her to help him improve his ACT score, but once his mom passed away her role increased into more of a mother figure. “She taught me geometry in high school, but she kinda just helped me through stuff, my ACT and all that,” Collier said. “She’s just been there to get me through things and talk about stuff like that. She’s family now.”Shahan tries to go to all of the local football games to support Collier and continues to stay in touch with him daily. Shahan described him as a “fun, loving, kind-hearted, caring guy. He never meets a stranger.”Lane said she’s been the person for him that he can always come to when he needs something and Collier said she’s helped him get through a lot in life. “If he wants to be excited, we’ll be excited together,” she said. “If he wants to vent his frustrations, I’m going to listen. I’ve just been that person for him and we’ve been that person for each other. Whatever situation we’re in, we’re going to be whatever the other person needs.”Collier has a lot of strengths that could land him on an NFL roster in the early rounds of the upcoming NFL Draft. He’s an aggressive defensive end with the acceleration to push offensive guards into the pocket. He has good hands and strikes with a quick extension to keep his frame upright. “I’ve seen the potential from day one,” Shahan said. “He saw the potential from day one. Not many people saw it, so I had to keep him on track to continue to see it, so it’s exciting. It’s very exciting. He’s a big deal in our small town.”With the entire town of Monday behind him, Collier hopes to hear his name called in next month’s draft, which begins April 25.“I’m so excited,” Lane said. “We’re always like ‘Where do you think we’re going to end up? What city do you think we’ll move to? 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Mariana Rivashttps://www.tcu360.com/author/mariana-rivas/ Twitter ReddIt Mariana Rivashttps://www.tcu360.com/author/mariana-rivas/ printCucuta, Colombia — Home for four-month-old Victor Davic Mendoza is a bedsheet on a distant relative’s floor. Victor’s mother, Dina Lopez, 17, fears Victor and her two daughters, Dagni, 4, and Jamie, 2, will grow up in poverty. “We are old and we can put up with it, but with the kids…” Lopez said without finishing her thought.Dina and Victor Mendoza, 25, didn’t expect their new reality to be almost as harrowing as their old one in Los Teques, Venezuela, where food, medicine, healthcare, and electricity are all scarce.They join the 4 million others who have fled economic and political chaos in a country that has been spiraling for more than a decade. Where hyperinflation continues accumulating, nation-wide blackouts last weeks and cases of eradicated diseases are rediscovered, many Venezuelans feel they have no other choice but to flee. In an effort to stifle dictator Nicolas Maduro, the U.S. has issued sanctions, and countries such as Colombia have closed diplomatic ties with the nation.The couple is now set to start the process of registering their son as a Colombian, sealing with it their hopes for a better life; a new life that is just several office visits, a folder full of paperwork and several months away –their solution to a problem they never saw coming. The stateless people Until last month, Victor Davic was stateless. He had no nationality to his name. He is one of approximately 24,000 babies born of Venezuelan parents who were promised Colombian citizenship last month because of the “obstacles impossible to overcome” that parents faced.Parents couldn’t simply pass down their Venezuelan citizenship. There were no operating Venezuelan consulates since the start of this year, and Colombia is one of the few countries in the region that doesn’t grant citizenship by birth. Colombia has reacted differently from most other countries in the region. Instead of providing barriers to Venezuelan migrants, it has chosen to open its doors, make special work permissions and grant the children citizenship. Others, including Perú and Chile, have started requiring Venezuelans to have visas, which are almost impossible for poor migrants to afford. “Now it’s our turn,” said Mariana Medina of the Defensoría del Pueblo of Colombia. “We were migrants in an extreme magnitude, and today we are receiving. It is a moment of solidarity but also to return the favor.”The complex history between the neighboring countries has defined Colombia’s attitude today, but it still causes a point of contention for younger generations that don’t remember when an economically prosperous Venezuela welcomed thousands of Colombians fleeing violence from the guerrilla warfare. Still, the influx of migrants has overwhelmed Colombia, which has absorbed an estimated 1.2 million Venezuelans since the chaos began.‘Where God leads them’Lopez and Mendoza knew they had to leave when Lopez became pregnant. “We weren’t feeding ourselves well,” she said. “I didn’t take any vitamins or any of that.”Dina was showing signs of early preeclampsia, a complication tied to blood pressure that can be fatal. She was at risk of a miscarriage. Venezuelan migrant mothers tend to show obvious signs of malnutrition, said the Rev. Francesco Bortignon of Misión Scalabrini Cucuta. “They’ve never had a medical screening,” he said. The Rev. Francesco Bortignon explains the daily functions of Mision Scalabrini Cucuta in his office. They provide housing, meals, and education to migrant families, over 95% of which are Venezuelan. Image by Mariana Rivas. Colombia, 2019.So on Nov. 2 of last year, Mendoza and Lopez, at 19-weeks pregnant, made the trek from Los Teques to Cucuta, finding a ride wherever they could. Bortignon said women aren’t prepared for the journey. They come wearing flip-flops and threadbare t-shirts. At night, when the temperature falls, some wrap themselves in aluminum foil, hoping to stay warm. They travel “where God leads them and while their body endures,” Bortignon said.Migrants often make their way to a new life by crossing Simon Bolivar International Bridge, a place that now has as much vitality as a marketplace. The two-lane bridge was originally designed for vehicles. But now it’s filled with the traffic of footsteps of around 140,000 Venezuelans in 2019, according to Migración Colombia. There, Venezuelans resell anything they can get their hands on: over-the-counter medicine, fruit, socks, and toys. La Parada is their first stop after making it to Colombia. The tiny town has a soup kitchen, a soccer field and medical facilities sponsored by the United Nations and other humanitarian groups.“Most pregnant women who walk through our doors are high-risk cases, and we can’t treat them,” said Marcela Rosas, the administrator of Medical Center La Margarita, whose clients are almost exclusively Venezuelan. Venezuelan mothers wait to vaccinate their babies at a humanitarian clinic in La Parada, Cucuta, Colombia. Many new mothers regularly make the journey to Colombia to get their medical treatment. Image by Mariana Rivas. Colombia, 2019.A lack of prenatal care in Venezuela is one of the migrant mothers’ largest motivators for making the journey. “I did not want to move for the nationality,” said Julifer Nieto, 20. “I wanted her to be born well because I knew that in Barquisimeto I might’ve had to give birth on the floor.”Nieto holds her daughter Juli, 7-months, who was born stateless in Colombia. Image by Mariana Rivas. Colombia, 2019.Nieto said her niece was born in a hospital in Barquisimeto, Venezuela, where her sister saw a woman giving birth on the waiting room floor because of a lack of hospital beds. But in Cucuta, they aren’t immune to a similar problem.Hospital Universitario Erasmo Meoz, the largest public hospital in Cucuta, has seen a spike in its numbers from 5 percent of Venezuelan mothers giving birth there in 2016 to almost 80 percent in July 2019. Pregnant mothers wait in the maternity wing at the Erasmo Meoz hospital. Image by Mariana Rivas. Colombia, 2019.The sub-secretary of Health Care Control for the City of Cucuta, Franklin Hernandez, said the healthcare system in Cucuta has barely remained afloat with the mass migration. “The services were already collapsed, and as a result of the Venezuelan immigration these public hospitals started to receive that quantity of people that we weren’t ready to receive,” he said. “Not only do we have to address our problems, but we also have to address Venezuela’s problems.” ‘Everyone is exhausted…’A skyline of Cucuta from above. Image by Mariana Rivas. Colombia, 2019.A homeless man has made a mural his place of rest in Cucuta. Image by Mariana Rivas. Colombia, 2019.Life in Cucuta is hard, but Mendoza and Lopez say they can at least manage. Mendoza works odd jobs when he can find them, and Lopez sells candy on the street. It isn’t uncommon for cars to be flooded with Venezuelans asking for money at stoplights in whatever way they can: playing music, selling water, cleaning windshields. There is even worry among Cucuta citizens about children being used to beg for money.Venezuelans perform at a spotlight. One of them plays a popular Venezuelan instrument known for its four strings, a cuatro. Image by Mariana Rivas. Colombia, 2019.The sheer magnitude of the issue has left many Colombians feeling deflated, even the ones who want to help. “Everyone is exhausted by the mass of Venezuelans,” said Bortignon. “And it is an exhaustion with a certain vitality. Annoyance. Dirt. Mess. Some violence. Lack of employment.”Animosity has built up among Colombians as a result of the mass migration, and many aren’t pleased with the government’s most recent resolution.“It’s also not like it’s very well received that they get citizenship in our society,” said Medina.This disagreement could lead to a possible lawsuit against the resolution. It could be revoked with relative ease, putting the citizenship status of these children in danger. Medina cites other imperfections with the resolution; it depends upon Venezuela’s diplomatic status in Colombia. But Medina said the Venezuelan consulates were putting up barriers to the children before requiring a visa or Colombian legal migratory status from their own citizens. “For Colombia, this has been a very strong cultural shock but also an institutional shock,” said Zair Mundaraim of Juan Guaido’s Venezuelan embassy in Colombia. “And the institutional shock is reflected in all the legal system and all the resolutions. It prevents integration.”Lopez and Mendoza said they have felt discriminated against since their arrival. “Those that did bad things when they got here like rob,” Lopez said. “They think that all Venezuelans are like that, but many of us aren’t like that. There are some of us that really work to get what we need.”A new chaosEligia Venezia, 38, came from Venezuela to “test fate” in the hope of a fresh start. She found one, but it wasn’t what she expected. Instead of finding more opportunities, she was met with obstacles everywhere she went. She and her husband couldn’t find jobs. Authorities threatened to take custody of her three kids. Her youngest son, Vilan, was a stateless baby, and for her, it was the last straw. “It must have been that everyone was very stressed, and they didn’t want to care for the Venezuelans because of the situation that we’re going through right now,” Venezia said. Venezia poses with her three children at Centro de Migraciones, a shelter run by Mission Scalabrini. Image by Mariana Rivas. Colombia, 2019.She is currently asking for money to find her way back to Venezuela. Lopez and Mendoza don’t know whether they’ll return one day; there are times when they consider it. “If it’s not one thing, it’s the other,” Lopez said. She said problems tend to pile up on them in Cucuta. Their memories of the chaos that once was their home get hazier. But they choose to stay for their children; they’re determined to make do with their new reality.“It would be smarter to establish the kids here because we’ve already made the move,” Mendoza said. “The future is theirs. We already passed our time.”Victor Davic Mendoza, 4 months. Image by Mariana Rivas. Colombia, 2019.Victor with his parents, Victor Mendoza and Dina Lopez. Image by Mariana Rivas. Colombia, 2019.They remember when they brought Victor Davic into a world outside of Venezuela’s chaos and into a different one.Lopez was starting contractions months before her expected cesarean section. The Erasmo Meoz hospital refused to take her in until the scheduled date. The couple slept outside in the main square on two occasions waiting for their slot. On April 24, Lopez was dilated, and they couldn’t hold off any longer. They took her in for an emergency c-section. Victor Davic was born.“We’re grateful for the help,” Mendoza said. Originally published for the Pulitzer Center. Mariana Rivas is a junior journalism major at TCU. A native of Caracas, Venezuela, she grew up in Houston, Texas. You can usually find her drinking coffee, hanging out with friends or writing about anything she is passionate about! 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