Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez Dies At 58

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez Dies At 58Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez has died aged 58, after 14 years in power. Mr Chavez had been seriously ill with cancer for more than a year, undergoing several operations in Cuba, and had not been seen in public for several months. Foreign Minister Elias Jose Jaua Milano declared seven days of mourning and said Mr Chavez’s body would lie in state until his funeral on Friday.

‘Interim president’

Vice-President Nicolas Maduro would assume the presidency until an election was called within 30 days, he added. It was not immediately clear when the election would take place.

Mr Chavez’s illness prevented him from taking the oath of office after he was re-elected for a third term in October and the President of the National Assembly, Diosdado Cabello, had been expected by some to take over as interim president in the event of his death. However, he was not among the political and military leaders who flanked the vice-president when he announced Mr Chavez’s death.

‘Vocal and controversial’

Analysts say Mr Chavez’s death could alter the political balance in Latin America – dealing a blow to leftist states while favouring more centrist countries. There could also be an economic impact given that Venezuela sells oil at below market prices to some neighbouring countries, especially in the Caribbean.

One of the most visible, vocal and controversial leaders in Latin America, Hugo Chavez won the presidency in 1998 and had most recently won another six-year presidential term in October 2012. His government has implemented a number of “missions” or social programmes, including education and health services for all. But poverty and unemployment are still widespread, despite the country’s oil wealth.

Who do you think will take the place of Hugo Chavez as Venezuela’s new President? And what major changes could take place as a result of this sad happening?

Source: BBC News

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Josh Brent Watches Steelers-Cowboys Game From Sideline

Josh Brent Watches Steelers-Cowboys Game From SidelineJosh Brent spent Sunday’s game on the Cowboys sideline, a jarring sight a little more than a week after Brent was charged with intoxication manslaughter following a car accident that killed teammate Jerry Brown. But Brent’s presence was requested by his teammates.

‘Criticized’

Brent, a defensive tackle who is on the reserve/non-football injury list for the rest of the season, wore a Cowboys sweatshirt and hat on the sideline through the team’s win against Pittsburgh. Brent had Brown’s No. 57 jersey draped over his shoulder during the national anthem according to some reports, including one from the Dallas Morning News.  Brent’s presence on the sideline was criticized during CBS’s halftime show of the Steelers-Cowboys game.

But the Cowboys players apparently wanted Brent, who was released last Sunday on a $500,000 bond, on the sideline. That follows the words and actions of Brown’s mother, who invited Brent to Brown’s funeral and has expressed that she forgives Brent.


‘Understanding the situation’

“What we wanted to do as an organization was support Jerry Brown’s mom’s wishes,” head coach Jason Garrett said, according to DallasCowboys.com. “The players encouraged Josh to be there, a number of phone calls, ‘You’re coming to the game.’ That’s just our guys understanding the situation, understanding Stacey Jackson’s wishes for Josh. She considers Josh a son and she loves him very much. We love him very much and we’re going to try and support him every way that we can.”

Do you think Josh Brent shouldn’t have shown up at the Steelers-Cowboys game? OR was it a move towards healing? Tell us what you think of the whole situation! Share your thoughts in the comment box below!

Source: Frank Schwab, Yahoo Sports

Image: SI