Slain journalist leaves wife about to give birth and 5-year-old son

first_img Help by sharing this information December 24, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Slain journalist leaves wife about to give birth and 5-year-old son Follow the news on Mexico 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies RSF_en to go further May 13, 2021 Find out more MexicoAmericas News Receive email alerts NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs saycenter_img MexicoAmericas Reporter murdered in northwestern Mexico’s Sonora state Reports Reporters Without Borders was saddened to learn today that José Alberto Velásquez López, a journalist and lawyer based in Tulum, in the eastern state of Quintana Roo, died on the night of 22 December after being shot as he drove home. The editor of the Diario Express de Tulum newspaper and a contributor to Canal 30, a local TV station, Velásquez left a wife who is about to give birth and a five-year-old son.“Yet another Mexican journalist has been gunned down, showing that there is never any truce in Mexico, not even for holidays,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We offer our condolences to the Velásquez family and we urge the authorities to protect his wife and son, who are now in a very vulnerable situation.”Velásquez was driving home when two men on a motorcycle shot him in the chest as they passed him. He managed to carry out driving for a while but then lost control of his car and hit another vehicle. He died while being rushed to a nearby hospital by Red Cross doctors.The authorities said prosecutors were investigating the possibility that the motive was linked to his work as a lawyer or that the murder was a crime of passion. Colleagues dismissed the crime of passion theory and suggested the murder may been carried out by supporters of Marciano Dzul, a leading local member of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), who had often been criticised by Velásquez. April 28, 2021 Find out more News May 5, 2021 Find out more Organisation Newslast_img read more

Caribbean in Infantino’s plans

first_imgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC – FIFA presidential hopeful Gianni Infantino says he will make the Caribbean a priority if he is elected to the organisation’s highest post. Currently UEFA’s general secretary, Infantino is among six candidates set to contest the February 24 election in Switzerland, in a bid to replace the disgraced incumbent Sepp Blatter.   “I can bring a lot to this region, to this part of the world. I have seen many presidents who are committed to the game and organising football, sometimes in difficult circumstances and we have to help,” Infantino said during a visit here Thursday to meet with Trinidad and Tobago FA chief David John-Williams. The 46-year-old Infantino is a Swiss and Italian national who has served as UEFA general secretary for the last seven years.last_img read more

Exclusive – ‘The flip-chart went flying at half-time!’ New boss Sherwood has fired up Aston Villa, Given tells talkSPORT

first_imgTim Sherwood has breathed life into Aston Villa Football Club since his arrival as manager, veteran goalkeeper Shay Given has told talkSPORT.Sherwood claimed his first three points as Villans boss in Tuesday’s Premier League derby victory over West Brom, and made it back-to-back wins over their local rivals in their FA Cup quarter-final clash at Villa Park on Saturday.Fans were made to sit through a turgid opening half, but Villa looked a different team after the break, with goals from Fabian Delph and on-loan winger Scott Sinclair booking a sem-final trip to Wembley Stadium.And glovesman Given credited his former Blackburn captain with the team’s transformation, revealing that the Villa squad are responding to his passion in the dressing room.“He wasn’t too happy at half-time,” he told Stan on Call Collymore.“The flip-chart went flying in the dressing room and I think you saw our reaction in the second-half, we were much better and caused West Brom a lot of problems.“But that’s what he’s there to do. He’s given us a rollicking when we’ve needed it and that’s probably the first time he’s really let go. I think a few of the lads were a bit shocked, but it got the reaction we needed.“I know Tim from our Blackburn days. We were players together and he was a leader then as the captain, he captained Blackburn to the Premier League title, and he’s very much the same.“He’s so positive on the training ground, so positive in the stadium and the players are responding to that.“Bobby Robson is one of the best man-managers I’ve ever worked with, he knew how to get the best out of players, and that’s one of Tim’s biggest traits too.“He speaks to people on a man-to-man level as well, he takes players aside, he puts his arm around them and he knows if players need a rollicking or a pick-me-up.“Tim has spotted that from day one, and today at half-time you could see the fire in his belly, and you could see a few of the lads thinking, ‘he’s up for this’.”Tuesday’s victory, the club’s first in 14 league games, lifted Aston Villa out of the drop zone, but their battle for safety has only just started.The Villans face a trip to fellow strugglers Sunderland in their next Premier League outing, but Given believes the prospect of fighting for a squad place at Wembley will only help the side in their relegation dogfight.The Irishman added:  “It’s a massive scrap at the bottom and we’ve got a huge game coming up against Sunderland, but I think something that will help is that we’ve all got a trip to Wembley in the back of our minds.“Tim has said how he will pick players on how they train and their work during the week, and everyone is going to want to be a part of that team, so I think that can only help us in the Premier League as well.“Victories like that breed confidence. The lads are all singing and dancing in there and we’ve got to keep that feeling in the camp for the rest of the season.”last_img read more

Bright future for FNB Stadium

first_imgFNB Stadium will host more Soweto derbies. FNB’s grass being trimmed for a big game. Jacques Grobbelaar is a director of FNB’smanagement company. The calabash-designed venue was ahub of activity during the World Cup.(Images: Bongani Nkosi)MEDIA CONTACTS• Orelia GrobbelaarCorporate AffairsStadium Management South Africa+27 11 247 5300Bongani NkosiThe FNB Stadium in Johannesburg, a hub of activity during the 2010 Fifa World Cup, is the most profitable facility that was built or renovated in South African for tournament matches – and its success as a venue looks set to continue.The stadium, also referred to as Soccer City, is now back to hosting big sport games like the Soweto Derby between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates, other premier league football matches, as well as international football and rugby matches.World-famous entertainers are also billed to perform at the 94 000-capacity venue in the coming months, said Jacques Grobbelaar, director of Stadium Management South Africa which manages the FNB facility, Soweto’s Orlando and Dobsonville stadiums and Rand Stadium in southern Johannesburg.“Big stars are coming to the stadium,” said Grobbelaar at a media briefing at the stadium on 22 September.It’s been confirmed that US pop sensation Neil Diamond will perform there later this year.Although there are concerns that the 10 World Cup stadiums won’t be used to their full potential, this is not the case with the multi-purpose FNB facility, said the management group which has been given full responsibility to run the venue owned by the City of Johannesburg.Tickets snapped up for FNB matchesThe government renovated the FNB Stadium at a cost of R3.3-billion (US$460.6-million) ahead of the global football spectacle.Since hosting the momentous World Cup matches, including the opening and final, FNB went on to stage four high-attendance football and rugby matches, two of which were sold-out events.The sold-out Telkom Charity Cup, which provided all-day football activities in August, was held there, followed later in the month by a historic Tri-Nations match between South Africa’s national rugby side the Springboks and the All Blacks of New Zealand. Some 92 000 tickets were snapped up for this face-off.Bafana Bafana beat Ghana at the stadium in a well-attended match on 10 August.It was also a playground for the first round of the MTN Top 8 semifinal between Soweto giants Chiefs and Pirates, which attracted more than 50 000 spectators. The second round will also be at the stadium on 25 September.“Pirates and Chiefs will play their big matches here,” Grobbelaar said.Stadium Management South Africa has secured further agreements with Chiefs and Pirates, the biggest premier league clubs in Johannesburg, to use Rand Stadium and Orlando Stadium for their home matches.Chiefs played its home matches outside Johannesburg during the previous season, although it’s traditionally a Soweto-based team. Another Soweto premier league outfit, Moroka Swallows, plays its home matches at Dobsonville Stadium.It’s taken more than luck to strike these agreements with such big teams, Grobbelaar said. It took the company 14 months to get Chiefs to agree to play at Rand Stadium, and negotiations with Pirates dragged on for nine months.It took 18 months to bring the Tri-Nations match to FNB, according to Grobbelaar. “We were quite chuffed with finalising those agreements,” he said.“It’s not the fact that we’re lucky, all stadiums are competing [for these games].”Negotiations are under way with the Golden Lions rugby team to be moved to FNB.Stadium financially sustainableThe stadium requires about R2.5-million ($35 000) for maintenance each month – but this is no problem for management because “we’ve put proper content by attracting Chiefs and Pirates”, said Grobbelaar.Management is “doing well” in “meeting the financial demands”.“We don’t have any concerns about sustainability. We know that the stadium will be utilised,” said Grobbelaar.The FNB Stadium receives no funding from the City of Johannesburg for maintenance. “We accepted full financial responsibility of the stadium.”Grobbelaar said 40% of the management group’s profit is ploughed into community development projects around Johannesburg.last_img read more

Hunters harvest more than 14,000 deer during Ohio’s muzzleloader season

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Hunters checked 14,182 white-tailed deer during Ohio’s muzzleloader season, Jan. 5-8, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). During last year’s muzzleloader season, 13,268 white-tailed deer were checked.Hunters still have opportunities to pursue deer this winter, as archery season remains open through Sunday, Feb. 3.The ODNR Division of Wildlife remains committed to properly managing Ohio’s deer populations. The goal of Ohio’s Deer Management Program is to provide a deer population that maximizes recreational opportunities, while minimizing conflicts with landowners and motorists.Hunting PopularityOhio ranks fifth nationally in resident hunters and 11th in the number of jobs associated with hunting-related industries. Hunting has a more than $853 million economic impact in Ohio through the sale of equipment, fuel, food, lodging and more, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s Hunting in America: An Economic Force for Conservation publication.Find more information about deer hunting in the Ohio 2018-2019 Hunting and Trapping Regulations or at wildohio.gov.An updated deer harvest report is posted online each Wednesday at wildohio.gov/deerharvest.last_img read more

10 months agoChelsea boss Sarri to go back to Empoli for Hamed Junior Traore

first_imgChelsea boss Sarri to go back to Empoli for Hamed Junior Traoreby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri is ready to go back to Empoli for a new signing.Local media sources say Empoli youngster Hamed Junior Traore is interesting Sarri, who is tapping his old network for information on the midfielder.The 18 year-old is shining for Empoli coach Beppe Iachini and come to the attention of Sarri.The former Empoli coach is set to call president Fabrizio Corsi about a price for Traore.The Ivorian was outstanding for Empoli in defeat to Sampdoria last weekend. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Construction Loan Limit for NHT Serviced Lots Increased

first_imgStory Highlights The new limit will now be calculated as the difference in price of the NHT’s two-bedroom unit in the scheme where the lot is located and the price of the lot. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says that the loan limit for construction on National Housing Trust (NHT) serviced lots has been increased. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says that the loan limit for construction on National Housing Trust (NHT) serviced lots has been increased.The new limit will now be calculated as the difference in price of the NHT’s two-bedroom unit in the scheme where the lot is located and the price of the lot.“The limit on this loan will remain at two times the individual’s loan limit less the mortgage on the lot in cases of co-application by two NHT contributors,” the Prime Minister said while making his contribution to the 2019/20 Budget Debate in the House of Representatives on March 19.He noted that, previously, the construction loan limit was between $2 million and $2.5 million – the difference between the price of the serviced lot and the NHT loan limit – which was deemed insufficient.“The data collected from the surveys conducted by the Trust on the Serviced Lot Programme, revealed that approximately 65 per cent of the recipients of this product type opined that the amount allowed by the NHT for the construction of a unit on the lot is inadequate,” he said.To encourage uptake of this loan type, Mr. Holness said that the NHT will apply the necessary moratorium to facilitate ease of paying rent while enabling persons to simultaneously service their mortgage.“However, recipients will be expected to begin building within three years of the loan being disbursed. Failure to commence construction will result in the lot reverting to the NHT,” Mr. Holness advised.With the new arrangement, the Prime Minister noted that a person who purchases a serviced lot “now has a greater capacity to actually start construction”. “The limit on this loan will remain at two times the individual’s loan limit less the mortgage on the lot in cases of co-application by two NHT contributors,” the Prime Minister said while making his contribution to the 2019/20 Budget Debate in the House of Representatives on March 19. last_img read more

Activists call for more money to fight AIDS

first_imgAPTN National NewsAIDS activists across the country are calling on the federal government to invest more in new drugs and treatments for HIV/AIDs.APTN’s Chris Stewart [email protected]last_img

MP Bob Zimmer to hold second Caribou Closures Town Hall

first_imgThe purpose of the meeting was for residents to hear details regarding the potential Caribou Closures and for residents to have their say during a Question and Answer session.This upcoming meeting will look at the same issues and concerns residents have with the Caribou Recovery Process.The next Northern B.C. Caribou Closures Town Hall is taking place Saturday, February 23, in Prince George at the Marriott Hotel.The meeting will be in the Spruce Room and will run from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.For more information, you can call Anita Bergstrom at 250-561-7982. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Local M.P. Bob Zimmer will be hosting a second Public Northern B.C. Caribou Closures Town Hall.The Town Halls are being hosted by Zimmer in response to the lack of public consultation from the Provincial Government on the Caribou Recovery Process.The first meeting was held in Fort St. John on February 2, 2019.last_img read more