The Daily Populous

Tuesday August 22nd, 2023 night edition

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"This is a historic victory for Ecuador and the planet," environmental group Yasunidos posted on social media.

It is the first time a country has decided to protect life and leave oil in the ground.".

The referendum took place alongside a first-round presidential election held under heavy security, with an explosion of violence linked to the drug trade dominating voter concerns.

Members of the Waorani indigenous community pushed hard for a 'Yes' vote in the referendum © Martin BERNETTI / AFP/File.

Voters also chose to ban mining in parts of the Choco Andes forest in a second referendum.

Crude oil, its leading export, generated revenues of $10 billion in 2022, around 10 percent of gross domestic product.

Locals in Yasuni were divided, with some supporting the oil companies and the benefits that economic growth have brought to their villages. »

Lucy Letby will die in prison after receiving 14 whole-life sentences

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Lucy Letby will die in prison after being handed 14 whole-life orders for murdering seven babies and attempting to murder six others while working on a hospital's neonatal unit.

She faced seven murder charges and seven counts of attempted murder because she tried to kill one of the babies twice.

The judge said before passing sentence: "Over a period of 13 months, you killed seven fragile babies and attempted to kill six others. »

Court Finds that Texas Law Requiring the Rejection of Mail Ballots and Applications Violates the Civil Rights Act

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The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas ruled yesterday that portions of Texas Senate Bill 1, adopted in September 2021, violate the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

“In requiring rejection of mail ballots and mail ballot applications from eligible voters based on minor paperwork errors or omissions, Texas Senate Bill 1 violates the Civil Rights Act,” said Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division.

“This important ruling protects the rights of eligible Texas voters to cast a vote and have it counted consistent with federal law.”. »

Ecuadorians reject oil drilling in the Amazon, ending operations in a protected area

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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Ecuadorians voted against drilling for oil in a protected area of the Amazon, an important decision that will require the state oil company to end its operations in a region that’s home to isolated tribes and is a hotspot of biodiversity.

With over 90% of the ballots counted by early Monday, around six in 10 Ecuadorians rejected the oil exploration in Block 43, situated within Yasuni National Park.

Within the Amazon region, oil production extends to other sections of Yasuni park and into Indigenous territories. »