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Hillary Clinton, the clear favorite among Argentines.

A poll conducted by Buenos Aires polling firm of Poliarquía revealed that 72% of Argentines polled would choose Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton for President of the United States; her Republican opponent, Donald Trump, would receive just 6%.

The poll, published Novermber 3, surveyed 1,170 Argentines age 18 or over and has an estimated margin of error of 2.9%.

The poll also revealed that 53% had a favorable opinion of Secretary Clinton, with 29% having an average opinion and just 8% a negative view. Trump, on the other hand, was viewed favorably by just 6%, with 18% having an average opinion and a whopping 67% a negative view.

Neither candidate, however, was regarded as highly as President Barack Obama, who was viewed positively by 64%, in an average way by 24% and negatively by 8%. President Obama's approval in Argentina has risen steadily since his state visit in March, when it was 49% (with 15% viewing him negatively at the time).

Some 62% of those polled believed that a Clinton presidency would be better for Argentina than a Trump presidency compared to 5% who believed that Trump could benefit Argentina more; some 24% believed that the result would make no difference in that regard.

Even so only 40% professed interest in the U.S. election, compared to 59% who stated having "little or no" interest (only 21% had "no" interest).

While President Obama's approval has risen to all-time highs for a U.S. President among Argentines, the percentage of respondents who believe relations should be "closer" has declined somewhat since March - from 43% to 33%, with those believing they should be more "distant" edging up from 20% to 24%.

Praise from U.S. officials and corporate figures for the right-wing Mauricio Macri administration, whose austerity and trickle-down policies have led to a deep recession in Argentina, has reportedly erosed this sentiment somewhat. These proportions are still a notable improvement from 2008, when only 20% wanted closer ties compared to 37% who wanted more distant ones.

The percentage of Argentines who believe relations between the two nations are currently "positive" (49%) far outweighs those who believe they are "negative" (9%).

At: https://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=es&u=http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/espanol/2016/11/07/clinton-es-la-favorita-de-los-argentinos-para-presidir-eeuu-segun-una-encuesta/&prev=search

Running with his wife as VP, Daniel Ortega wins 3rd consecutive term in Nicaragua

Source: Fox News Latino

President Daniel Ortega won re-election to a third consecutive term as Nicaragua's leader, electoral officials said late Sunday. With about a fifth of ballots counted in the six-candidate presidential race, Ortega had more than 71% of the votes, the president of the Supreme Electoral Council, Roberto Rivas, said.

Ortega ran with his wife, Rosario Murillo, as his vice presidential candidate in a race that pitted him against five lesser-known candidates after court rulings weakened the opposition. They defeated former Contra guerrilla Maximino Rodríguez of the right-wing Liberal Constitutionalist Party (PLC), who obtained 14.2%, and four other candidates.

Critics of the government said the election was unfairly tilted against the opposition, but Murillo praised the process. Rivas said 65% of Nicaragua's 3.8 million registered voters participated in the election. The opposition, which had urged people to boycott the vote, disputed that, contending turnout was low. The main opposition movement, the Broad Front for Democracy, estimated "more than 70 percent" of voters did not cast ballots.

Ortega and his leftist Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN) have benefited from the Central American country's steady economic growth and low levels of violence compared to neighboring Honduras and El Salvador. Many Nicaraguans also cite the first lady's social programs as a major reason for the governing party's popularity.

But critics accused Ortega and his allies of manipulating the political system. In July, Nicaragua's Supreme Electoral Council effectively decimated the opposition by ousting almost all its members from congress.

After helping topple the dictatorship of Anastasio Somoza as a Sandinista guerrilla leader, Ortega ruled Nicaragua from 1979 to 1990, then lost power in an unexpected electoral defeat. He returned to the presidency through the ballot box in 2007.

Read more: http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/news/2016/11/07/running-with-his-wife-as-vp-daniel-ortega-wins-3rd-consecutive-term-in/

Argentine computer industry threatened by import tariff rescission proposed by Macri

Officials from Argentina's Ministry of Production revealed during a colloquium hosted in seaside Mar del Plata by the IDEA business roundtable that import tariffs for notebooks and desktop PCs will be slashed from the current 35% rate to zero.

The announcement was the latest in a series of trade tariff reductions enacted, often by decree, since President Mauricio Macri took office last December. Manufacturing has contracted 7.3% as of September, with 68,000 jobs lost in that sector - nearly a third of the 213,000 layoffs registered so far this year.

"We agree that lowering the costs of selling information technology would be positive. What we diasagree with is the method," said Sergio Airoldi, CEO of Air Computers wholesalers. "We believe that a sudden and immediate withdrawal of import tariffs as announced, from 35% to 0% and in a recessionary context like the present one, automatically destroys around 3,000 direct jobs and 12,000 indirect ones," Airoldi noted. "This will lead to the closure of a innumerable small and medium businesses that move our industry."

Airoldi instead proposed an import tariff reduction to 16% for finished computers and to 0% for parts, which he believes would lower prices while allowing the sector to adapt without generating a loss of jobs.

Argentina's computer industry employs approximately 5,500 people and according to the Chamber of Argentine Business Machines (CAMOCA) manufactures around half of the 4.7 million units sold nationally in 2015. The sector was given a significant boost by the Conectar Igualdad (Connecting Equality) program announced by former President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner in 2010, which distributed 5 million netbooks - all domestically manufactured - to public school children between 2011 and 2015.

The program, despite campaign promises to the contrary, was likewise discontinued by President Macri.

"It's inappropriate and unjust that only PCs, notebooks, tablets be targeted, while continuing to subsidize an inefficient industries such as cell phones and TVs - which cost twice as much as in the rest of the world," Airoldi stressed.

"This administration has demonstrated a capacity for dialogue; it would be good to show capacity for reflection as well."

At: https://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=es&u=http://www.canal-ar.com.ar/23599-Sergio-Airoldi-propone-una-alternativa-a-la-quita-de-aranceles-para-importar-PCs.html&prev=search

Historically black church in Mississippi set ablaze, vandalized with ‘Vote Trump’

Source: TPM

A historically black church in Greenville, Mississippi was set on fire and vandalized with graffiti reading “vote Trump” on Tuesday night.

“It is being investigated as a hate crime,” Greenville Mayor Errick Simmons told TPM on Wednesday, calling the incident at Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church a “hateful and cowardly act.”

“This is a direct assault on people’s right to freely worship,” Simmons added. “We are going to investigate the matter with all deliberate speed and will not rest until the perpetrator is arrested and prosecuted.”

Simmons said the Greenville Fire and Police Departments, the local district attorney and the Washington County Sheriff’s office, in addition to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the Jackson branch of the FBI, were collectively investigating the fire.

No suspect has yet been identified.

Read more: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/muckraker/black-church-mississippi-burned-vandalized-vote-trump
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