Editor of Guerrero state’s leading daily found murdered in motel room

first_img Follow the news on Mexico May 5, 2021 Find out more Reporter murdered in northwestern Mexico’s Sonora state Help by sharing this information Reports Reporters Without Borders is appalled by the murder of Misael Tamayo Hernández on 10 November in the southern state of Guerrero, which was probably linked to his work as editor of the leading regional daily. He is the fifth journalist to have been killed this year in Mexico. Reporters Without Borders today said it was appalled by the murder of Misael Tamayo Hernández, the editor of the leading regional daily El Despertar de la Costa, who was found dead in a motel room in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo in the southern state of Guerrero on 10 November. He was the fifth journalist to be killed this year in Mexico.“Tamayo’s death brings the number of journalists killed or missing in Mexico since the start of 2006 to seven, which confirms it as the western hemisphere’s deadliest country for the press,” the press freedom organisation said. “The initial enquiries indicate that Tamayo was killed because of his newspaper’s investigative reporting on drug trafficking.”Reporters Without Borders added: “We call for the national prosecutor’s office specialising in attacks on the press to take over the case, and for both federal and local investigators to be given substantial resources. And they should give priority to the theory that Tamayo was killed on account of his work as a newspaper editor.”According to the news agency Notimex, Tamayo’s body was found at around 7:30 a.m. in a motel on the outskirts of Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, on the road linking Guerrero to the neighbouring state of Michoacán. The state police told Reporters Without Borders it received an anonymous call at about 7:00 a.m. mentioning room No. 1 at the motel Venus.The police said Tamayo’s naked body was found face down with his hands tied behind his back with a belt. There were punctures in his right forearm suggesting he was given a fatal injection. Three small packets containing a white powder resembling cocaine were found in his trouser pockets.Motel employees said they saw him arrive at about 1:25 a.m. in a vehicle that left an hour later. Colleagues said he was due to meet with the head of security of a bus company who cannot for the moment be located. The police have taken three persons into custody – receptionist Mario Peñalosa, motel owner René Martínez Contreras and someone identified as Ivan López Flores.Tamayo’s newspaper – the leading daily in Guerrero state – had reported three days before his murder on the explosion of two grenades in an Ixtapa Zihuatanejo neighbourhood. Tamayo wrote an editorial under his own byline on 9 November about corruption within the Zihuatanejo water authority, CAPAZ. The newspaper also covers feuding among local drug traffickers, which has been especially deadly this year. MexicoAmericas Organisation to go further April 28, 2021 Find out more News 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies November 13, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Editor of Guerrero state’s leading daily found murdered in motel room May 13, 2021 Find out more MexicoAmericas News RSF_en News NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Receive email alertslast_img read more

FDA seeks input on produce safety action plan

first_img Because space will be limited, the FDA recommends that people interested in attending the meeting register no later than Jun 22. The agency also said people may submit written or electronic comments on the draft action plan. The official notice (see link below) gives details on registration and submission of comments. Should the action plan cover any foods other than fruits and vegetables that have not been treated with heat? Jun 15, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said today it is producing a comprehensive new action plan for reducing pathogenic contamination in fresh produce and wants public input on it. Does the FDA’s existing guidance on reducing microbial hazards in fresh produce need to be expanded or otherwise revised? “The draft of the 2004 produce action plan addresses all principal points between the farm and table where contamination of produce could occur,” the FDA announcement says. The plan covers fresh fruits and vegetables in whole condition or minimally processed (such as peeled or sliced but not cooked). It does not deal with processed products such as juice or farm products other than fruits and vegetables; tree nuts are excluded. In a Federal Register notice, the FDA said it will publish a draft of the plan before a public meeting scheduled Jun 29 to gather comments. The meeting is set for 1 p.m. at the Harvey W. Wiley Federal Building of the FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition in College Park, Md. What major practices contribute to the contamination of fresh produce by harmful pathogens? How should progress toward the goal of reducing illness related to consumption of produce be measured? The new plan is a continuation of the FDA’s “Produce and Imported Food Safety Initiative,” launched in 1997, the agency said. That effort led to the publication in 1998 of the “Guide to Minimize Microbial Food Safety Hazards for Fresh Fruits and Vegetables.” Although that document “has been well received and widely adopted,” foodborne illness outbreaks continue to occur, the agency said. The aim of the Jun 29 meeting is to gather the opinions of other government agencies and industry groups as well as the general public, officials said. The FDA published a set of nine questions to help focus comments at the meeting. Examples include: The new plan is titled “Produce Safety from Production to Consumption: An action Plan to Minimize Foodborne Illness Associated with Fresh Produce.” It reflects lessons learned from inspections of farms and produce packing facilities and investigations of foodborne disease outbreaks, the FDA said.last_img read more

Hokies healing helped by game

first_imgThe opening weekend of college football is always a big deal for campuses across the country. For teams like USC or Michigan, they come in with high hopes for the season and are antsy to start their trek for a perfect season (on second thought, maybe not the Wolverines). For other teams, like the Minnesotas of the world, the upcoming season is a chance to start fresh. New coaches, high levels of optimism and most importantly, a 0-0 record.And then there is Virginia Tech.For the entire Hokie Nation, Saturday’s game was much anticipated. It wasn’t because they came into the game with a No. 9 ranking in the national polls, or were anxiously waiting to build on last season’s 10-3 record. In fact, the significance of this game had nothing at all to do with football.Since April 16th of this year, Virginia Tech students, fans and supporters have been in mourning. On that tragic day, 32 students were killed in the worst shooting spree in U.S. history as a gunman went on a shooting rampage in several campus buildings. National headlines for the next several days reported the gruesome events that transpired in Blacksburg, and everyone around the country felt the pain of those in the Virginia Tech community.That day in April, we were all Hokies. And Saturday, college football fans far and wide were Hokies once again, myself included.Watching the pregame events unfold on TV, I actually got the chills. It’s very rare that a sporting event can do this to me, but it happened Saturday. On the field before the teams came out, both the Virginia Tech marching band and the Corps of Cadets band took the field and played together, standing side by side. Painted on the turf were two ribbons with the VT logo commemorating that day and honoring the victims. Hokie cheerleaders released 32 orange balloons into the air, one for each victim.The team had its own way of paying tribute to those lost, and it came in the form of a lunch pail. The pail, which normally is used as a sort of motivational technique by the Virginia Tech defense, carried more importance than ever Saturday. Typically found inside the pail are defensive strategies, words of encouragement and the defensive goals for each game. During Saturday’s game, the names of all 32 victims were placed on a card and carried inside it, along with the motto that the community has come to embrace: “We will remember. We will prevail. We are Virginia Tech.”One of the most moving moments of the pregame ceremony took place on the videoboard screen in Lane Stadium and was broadcasted into the homes of fans across the country. A video tribute was played, showing emotional images from the day of the tragedy as well as messages of hope, faith and optimism. Finally, the players ran out onto the field to the sounds of roaring cheers from 66,000 maroon-and-orange-clad fans. Both Virginia Tech and their opponent, East Carolina, took the field at the same time as a sign of sportsmanship. Finally, a fly-over by two F-15 jets at the end of the national anthem concluded the pregame ceremony.After the time of remembrance was over, it was apparent that students, fans and players were finally ready for some football.The game itself was nothing special, and it appeared early on as if the Hokies were going to be tested by the lesser East Carolina team. With their offense struggling, Virginia Tech trailed for most of the first half. They would take the lead on an interception return for a touchdown right before halftime, finally giving the fans something to cheer about.Although Virginia Tech ended up winning the game 17-7, it was vividly clear that day there are times when sporting events become something more.For those in attendance, the game was a chance to come together as a community. The Hokies hadn’t had a major sporting event since the shooting, so Saturday’s game was one of the first opportunities for a large number of fans to console each other and help one another move on. Just as baseball did in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, college football provided an outlet of healing and an opportunity to forget the troubles of the world, even if only for a few hours. Six years ago, Major League Baseball felt it was right to move on after a few days of canceled games. Similarly, Virginia Tech needed this game to get past what had happened and to try and move on.As kids, we are told, “It’s just a game.” I know I’ve heard that more times than I can count. I’ll get upset when my team loses, and being from Minnesota, this happens far too often. Sometimes we fail to realize that there are things more important than sports — like the healing this game provided for Virginia Tech.It wasn’t just a game on Saturday. It was much more.last_img read more

Copa America starts afresh in quarters, says Argentina’s Messi

first_img“They’re quite tough opponents who counter-attack really well and we’ll try to be wise to that,” said Aguero.Coach Lionel Scaloni gave a sober assessment of Argentina’s form after a third straight match in which they struggled for long periods and failed to entirely convince.“We’re satisfied because we’re in the next round … but we have to improve in every aspect,” he said.“Today at times the team played well and rid itself of fear.”And Scaloni hit out at claims back home that the squad was divided.“As long as we’re playing in the Copa, everyone’s pulling for the same side. There must be total unanimity,” he said.“Many players aren’t even 25 yet and it’s a positive thing for them to have played in this match.”However, he was scathing about the state of the Arena do Gremio pitch in Porto Alegre, which will host a both a quarter-final and a semi-final.“You can’t play on this pitch. Even so we tried to play, to press high, we played very well in the second half.”He had kind words for Qatar, who head home after a draw and two defeats from their three group games.“They’re a very worthy team with a great future, with young players,” he said.The Asian champions, who will host the 2022 World Cup, have been invited back to next year’s Copa America, which will be played in Argentina and Colombia.Share on: WhatsApp FILE PHOTO: Lionel MessiPorto Alegre, Brazil | AFP | Argentina will start from afresh in the Copa America after averting disaster with Sunday’s 2-0 victory over Qatar that sent them into the knockout stages, star Lionel Messi said.Goals from the Barcelona icon’s forward partners Lautaro Martinez and Sergio Aguero were enough to propel Argentina from bottom of Group B to second and into a quarter-final meeting with Venezuela on Friday at Rio’s Maracana stadium.“The important thing was to win to keep going in the Copa, to get through the group stage,” said Messi, who will turn 32 on Monday.“This will be an important boost for what’s to come … another Copa begins now.“This victory must give us strength and make us grow as a team.”Argentina’s performance was far from pitch-perfect, but they were good enough to beat a limited Qatar side, who gifted them the opening goal after four minutes when Bassam Hicham played a suicidal ball across his own box straight to Martinez.Messi admitted, though, that there were nerves in the Argentina camp.“It’s tough playing this kind of game due to the necessity, the obligation (to win), the fear of missing out.“But beyond that we played well and went through, which is what matters.”Aguero, who was recalled after he was dropped for the 1-1 draw with Paraguay, had a mixed game alongside Messi and Martinez.He worked hard to create chances for himself but lacked sharpness and precision in his finishing, until his brilliant goal where he burst past two defenders before shooting high into the far corner.“Luckily I was picked to start and luckily at times the three of us worked well together and we won,” he said.– Need to improve –Argentina will now play a side who beat them 3-1 in a friendly in Madrid in March.last_img read more

Petrol price to rise, diesel unchanged

first_img5 September 2011 The wholesale price of illuminating paraffin will drop by two cents a litre. The average Rand/US Dollar exchange rate, however, weakened when compared to the previous period. The price of diesel with a 0.05 percent sulphur content and the price of diesel with a 0.005 percent sulphur content will both remain unchanged. The single maximum national retail price for illuminating paraffin will decrease by three cents a litre. The retail price of all grades of petrol will increase by nine cents a litre on Wednesday, the Department of Energy said on Friday.center_img During the period 29 July 2011 to 1 September 2011, the average international product prices of petrol, diesel and illuminating paraffin decreased, the Department added. “The average Rand/US Dollar exchange rate for the period 29 July 2011 to 2 September 2011 was 7.0590 compared to 6.8353 during the previous period. “The deterioration of the rand against the US dollar increased the contribution to the basic fuel price by about 20 cents a litre,” the Department said. Sapalast_img read more

Anzisha Prize offers a million to African entrepreneurs

first_imgOver a million rand is up for grabs to winners of the Anzisha Prize. Weeklong training in Johannesburg is planned for the 12 young African entrepreneurs, who range in age from 18 to 22, shortlisted for the prize before the awards ceremony. Training includes entrepreneurial leadership, mentorship and a significant transfer of skills. Mabel Suglo, a 21-year-old Ghanaian, is one of the 12 finalists for the Anzisha Prize, to be handed out on 17 November 2015. Her business makes shoes from discarded tyres. All her employees are disabled people. (Image: Screengrab via YouTube) Melissa JavanSome 12 young entrepreneurs from nine African countries will participate in a training workshop between 10 and 18 November at the African Leadership Academy (ALA) in Johannesburg – and also stand a chance to win the Anzisha Prize of $75 000 (about R1.033-million).The winners of the Anzisha Prize will be announced on 17 November. This event will coincide with Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW), which is held to celebrate entrepreneurship. During one week each November, GEW inspires people everywhere through local, national and global activities designed to help them explore their potential as self-starters and innovators, reads the GEW website.“These activities, from large-scale competitions and events to intimate networking gatherings, connect participants to potential collaborators, mentors and even investors – introducing them to new possibilities and exciting opportunities.”About the Anzisha PrizeThe prize pilot was run as the African Leadership Innovation Prize in 2010. Its aim was to recognise innovative youth in Africa. Following its success, the Anzisha Prize was established in 2011 to recognise entrepreneurship and community impact by African youth. Grace Kalisha is the senior programme manager of the African Leadership Academy and the manager of the Anzisha Prize. (Image: African Leadership Academy)This would be the fifth year that the Anzisha Prize awards was held by the ALA, said Grace Kalisha, the senior programmes manager of the ALA and the manager of the Anzisha Prize. “The Anzisha Prize awards are beneficial to Africa, because [they raise] the profile of African youth entrepreneurs as role models for other youth.“We are propagating an African dialogue around truly African-relevant models of entrepreneurship in sectors that are relevant for Africa. We see youth entrepreneurship as an essential part of improving livelihoods for youth,” she added.This year’s awards would be different. “We will be inviting fellows from our past cohorts to join in the awards ceremony and [to] speak on a panel to elucidate their journey, lessons and successes so far.”Watch the introduction of the Anzisha Prize:Watch Thato Kgatlhanye, a fellow of 2014, talk about how entrepreneurship changed her life:The finalistsThe 12 finalists – who range in age from 18 to 22 – were selected in September for the Anzisha Prize. According to a press release from the organisers, the selection process was rigorous: there were almost 500 applicants, of whom 77 were shortlisted for phone interviews; 23 were then prioritised for site visits. The final 12 now stand a chance to win a share of $75 000. The grand prize winner will take home $25 000.Watch the 12 finalists explain their projects:The finalists are invited on an all-expenses paid entrepreneurial leadership training and coaching programme, held at the ALA in Johannesburg. During the training week the Anzisha finalists learn more about entrepreneurial leadership, receive mentorship and a significant transfer of skills that will ultimately benefit the growth of their venture. “We provide them with access to business leaders as mentors, expose them to a strong curriculum and enable them to engage with each other to build lasting relationships,” said Kalisha.A panel of five experienced professionals from the business and social sectors, who represent a holistic view of contributors to the dialogue around youth entrepreneurship in Africa, will judge the finalists.Kalisha said the five judges would make their decision on the winners during the week. “There is a presentation and deliberation session to be held on 16 November, during which they make the decision. The actual announcement is made at the awards gala on 17 November.”The finalists and their businesses, in no specific order, are:Daniel Mukisa, 21, Uganda – motorbike delivery service in Kampala;Chantal Butare, 21, Rwanda – dairy co-operative that empowers female survivors of genocide;Blessing Fortune Kwomo, 20, Nigeria – health care solution for low-income families;Karidas Tshintsholo, 20, South Africa – clothing brand making a difference;Fabrice Alomo, 22, Cameroon – empowering local merchants;Hidaya Ibrahim, 22, Ethiopia – improving the local education system;Chris Kwekowe, 22, Nigeria – e-learning and skills development;George Mtemahanji, 22, Tanzania – lighting up rural areas with solar energy;Mabel Suglo, 21, Ghana – making shoes from discarded tyres;Vanessa Zommi, 19, Cameroon – processing tea to treat diabetes;Farai Munjoma, 18, Zimbabwe – accessing courseware content, past exams and career guidance; and,Sirjeff Dennis, 21, Tanzania – community development through poultry farming.last_img read more

a month ago​Henderson denies Liverpool favourites for UCL

first_img​Henderson denies Liverpool favourites for UCLby Ansser Sadiqa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool captain Jordan Henderson does not see his side as being the favourites to win the Champions League.The Reds are defending their European crown, which only Real Madrid has managed in recent memory.While they are still blessed with an incredibly talented squad, Henderson does not see them as being the de facto favourites.Henderson said the following to the club’s official website: “I think it’s too early to be saying stuff like that. “For us, we’ve started the season really well and we just want to continue that on. “We still feel we can improve and still get better, so that’s what we try to do tomorrow night, try to give everything and start the campaign off really well. On Tuesday’s first Champions League clash of the season against Napoli, the Englishman added: “Maybe [we are favourites], but I feel as though being at Liverpool, everybody wants to beat you anyway. It’s the same for us – we want to beat everybody we play, they want to beat us.”For us, it’s the same as it always has been – to give everything in every single game we play. “We know that it’ll be a tough game tomorrow, they’re a great side but we’ve got to concentrate on what we can do. If we can perform to the level I know we can then we have a good opportunity to win the game.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month agoAstana coach Grigorchuk impressed by Man Utd youngsters

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Astana coach Grigorchuk impressed by Man Utd youngstersby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveAstana coach Roman Grigorchuk praised Manchester United after last night’s Europa League defeat.Mason Greenwood struck the only goal of the game for the 1-0 win.”About Manchester, I can say the same thing that I said at the pre-match press conference. We saw what we expected – a very good and interesting team. Good football players with excellent characteristics, playing in a good, interesting style,” said Grigorchuk.Goalkeeper Nenad Erich also stated: “We knew with whom we were playing today, with one of the best teams in the world. “It is clear that Manchester United is a very strong team, but I think we played well. Fans are happy with our game. Of course, we lost, but we will move on. Let’s see how it will be next time.” last_img read more

a month agoAntoine Griezmann happy with Barcelona win: We’re getting better

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Antoine Griezmann happy with Barcelona win: We’re getting betterby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveAntoine Griezmann was happy to score in Barcelona’s 2-1 win over Villarreal.Griezmann struck just six minutes into the game. Later, Barcelona scored again thanks to a goal from Arthur. Villarreal later pulled back a goal thanks to Santi Cazorla.”We had some chances to extend our lead but we didn’t take them,” Griezmann said to Movistar+. “But we’re going to keep on getting better. We can do much better than this. We have to keep on working hard. There are new players, we’ve just got here and we have to keep on working hard.”In reference to what Barça are lacking at the moment, he added: “A lot of us have just got to the club. It’s about adjusting to the style as quickly as possible. We’re a long way from our best but with time we will keep getting better.” He recognised that it’s different from what he was used to at Atletico Madrid: “The football is different. I knew it would be hard and that I would only get better with games. It’s not going too badly, though. Three goals. Now to keep getting better. That’s the path.” last_img read more

Aphria shares fall even as it digs in heels to remain on

first_imgTORONTO – Licensed marijuana producer Aphria Inc. dug in its heels Tuesday, determined to remain on the Toronto Stock Exchange despite a warning from the group that operates the index that pot firms with U.S. exposure could face delisting.Shares of Aphria (TSX:APH), which expanded into Florida in April, closed 13 per cent lower on Tuesday at $6.86, a day after the TMX Group issued a notice that U.S. federal laws which state that marijuana is an illicit Schedule 1 controlled substance take precedence over state laws.Canada’s biggest exchange operator warned companies that operate in states where it is legal that they are not complying with its listing requirements and could face removal from the exchange when it wraps a review at the end of the year.Aphria’s chief executive Vic Neufeld, who has maintained that the TMX was aware of its plans to invest in the U.S., said Tuesday the exchange operator’s notice blindsided his company.“This is very irresponsible of the TSX,” he said in an interview.“How in the world are they going to adjudicate and apply a very broad statement like that?”The news came as the Leamington, Ont.-based company started a previously arranged bought-deal financing agreement to raise $80 million, issuing more than 11 million shares at a price of $7.25 per share with an additional option for 1.6 million shares — about five per cent higher than what it was publicly trading for Tuesday.Yet, Neufeld said he has no intention of moving to the smaller marijuana stock-friendly Canadian Securities Exchange even after the Canadian Securities Administrators on Monday issued guidance essentially gave the green light to allow it to continue to house cross-border marijuana companies as long as the listers disclosure certain risks when investing south of the border due to conflicting state and federal laws.“It’s not our preferred option, obviously not. We want to stay on the big board,” Neufeld said. He added that he aims to start a dialogue with the TMX Group to find a “win-win” solution, and has no plans to walk away from their U.S. ambitions.Neufeld said Tuesday that if it cannot reach a compromise with the TMX, there are some other options at its disposal, including a spin-off of its U.S. activities to be listed on the CSE.However, he viewed the TSX notice yesterday as a “door opener” to a conversation, with the hopes of a solution by the end of the year.The duelling messages from the TMX Group and the CSA late Monday triggered a sector-wide selloff on Tuesday, with shares of Canopy Growth down as much as nine per cent, and Emblem Cannabis Corp. shares down as much as 16 per cent before bouncing back slightly later in the day.However, the grey area creates an opportunity for the alternative CSE to ramp up its status as the main access point to Canadian capital markets for cannabis-based companies with U.S. interests.CSE chief executive Richard Carleton said of the 50 or so cannabis-based businesses listed on their exchange, there are about a dozen with U.S. exposure that account for roughly 10 per cent of the trading activity.“It’s quite likely that we’ll see more companies access Canadian public capital markets through us as a result,” he said in an interview Tuesday.Meanwhile, Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED), Aphria’s main rival that does not have U.S. interests, praised the move, calling it a step in the right direction.“We take our responsibility to our shareholders seriously and as such have chosen to conduct business in jurisdictions where it is federally legal to do so,” Canopy chairman and chief executive Bruce Linton said.Linton added that he believes the CSA’s stance that companies can violate U.S. federal laws regarding marijuana provided that they simply disclose it is “completely ludicrous and no person in Canada would think that’s practical or logical.”– with files from David Hodges in Torontolast_img read more