Noted crime reporter Victor Baez kidnapped and murdered in Veracruz state

first_imgNews Receive email alerts Follow the news on Mexico Organisation RSF_en May 13, 2021 Find out more Reporter murdered in northwestern Mexico’s Sonora state Help by sharing this information May 5, 2021 Find out more The body of the noted Mexican journalist Víctor Báez Chino was found on 14 June in the centre of Xalapa, the capital of Veracruz state, the day after he was kidnapped outside his office. Baez, who was well known locally and nationally, covered the crime beat for El Portal de Veracruz, a local edition of the weekly Milenio, and ran the crime reporters’ network Reporteros Policíacos. Veracruz state, listed by Reporters Without Borders among the most dangerous places in the world for those working in the media, had already seen three journalists killed in the preceding two months.Nine have been killed — and another has gone missing — since the inauguration of the governor Javier Duarte in 2010. A dozen others have fled into exile. In the country as a whole, 85 journalists have been murdered and 15 have disappeared in a decade. 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies MexicoAmericas to go further June 16, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Noted crime reporter Victor Baez kidnapped and murdered in Veracruz state NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say “Apart from the demands we express to local and federal authorities to resolve this case, we ask members of the G20 meeting in Mexico on 18 and 19 June to take up the matter of the host country’s non-compliance with basic rights and freedoms over the past six years,” Reporters without Borders said“The federal government’s disastrous campaign against the drugs trade is one of the mains reasons for this. The subject should not be overlooked at the G20 talks in Los Cabos, or in the run-up to the federal elections on 1 July.”The account of Baez’s kidnapping given by the Veracruz state government was corroborated to Reporters Without Borders by the management of Milenio El Portal de Veracruz. The Public Security Secretariat was told of his abduction during the night of 13 June. As he left his office, he was seized by three armed men and forced into a grey van. Inquiries, carried out as part of the “Safe Veracruz” campaign, came to an abrupt end early on 14 June when the journalist’s body was found near the editorial offices of two newspapers, Oye Veracruz and Gráfico de Xalapa. The state public prosecutor disclosed that a message signed by the feared criminal syndicate Los Zetas had been found near the body, which said: “This is what happens to those who betray us and try to be clever.” Colleagues of the dead journalist said no prior threats had been received. The case, like earlier ones, is being investigated by the federal justice department and the Special Prosecutor’s Office for Crimes against Freedom of Expression (FEADLE). It is also a test for new legislation making attacks on journalists a federal crime.In addition, the Veracruz state government has announced that special measures to protect journalists will take effect on 20 June, one year to the day after the murder of the editor and columnist Miguel Ángel López Velasco and his wife and son. News Reports News MexicoAmericas April 28, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

What the Warriors liked about Andrew Bogut’s return

first_imgKlay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!SAN ANTONIO – Only nine seconds into his return to the NBA, and Andrew Bogut already showed one of his defining features.He showed off his flair for setting good picks. To the officials, though, they considered it too much. So they called Bogut for an offensive foul. “Welcome to the league,” Bogut joked afterwards. “We know you set some hard screens. …last_img

Ohio hurricane relief efforts

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest This is not a comprehensive list, but here are some options for those wanting to help those dealing with hurricane damage.CPS semi load from Mt. Gilead (Sept. 11)In response to the devastating floods in Texas, Crop Production Services in Edison and Mt. Sterling, along with Jim Bartlett of Morrow County, are partnering up to send much needed supplies to Houston.Crop Production Services – Mt. Sterling Distribution will be taking a semi load of supplies directly to Houston by Sept. 11 and is currently looking for donations to help fill up the truck.“I couldn’t imagine going through what the folks of Texas are going through right now so I am asking you to please donate and show the Texas folks that Central Ohio cares, said Brandon Nace, Crop Production Services facility manager. “Thank you for your attention to this and any donations that you can provide.”A CPS semi-trailer will be parked in the Drug Mart parking lot next to Kroger’s in Mt. Gilead through Monday Sept.  11. The load will be taken directly to the Northside Christian church in Spring, Texas.Supplies needed include: baby formula, diapers, nonperishable food, bottled water, soap/ shampoo, tooth paste/ tooth brushes, hand sanitizer, cleaning supplies, new underwear and socks, new bedding, toilet paper, paper towels, and school supplies.Texas Farm Bureau ag assistanceThe Texas Farm Bureau has established a relief fund to address the agricultural losses inflicted by Hurricane Harvey. The category four storm struck Texas with a vengeance, flooding Texas farm communities, small towns and major cities. Those farm and ranch families are now left facing overwhelming odds following high winds and unprecedented rainfall. Click here to make a tax-deductible donation: http://texasfarmbureau.org/texas-farm-bureau-hurricane-harvey-relief-effort/last_img read more

Beats headsets prove to be popular at the FIFA world cup despite ban

first_imgBrazil’s Neymar wearing Beats headphones.Beats by Dr Dre in the last weeks has been in the limelight as Apple acquired it. Now it has kicked up yet another storm as the headphones made by it have been banned at the 2014 FIFA world cup, which is currently being held in Brazil.The headphones have proven to be popular with star players like Neymar, Wayne Rooney and Luis Suarez, but the players are banned from wearing them as FIFA has a deal with Sony, which also makes headphones.The colourful headphones have become a fashion icon of sorts. This was also a reason Apple decided to shell out $3 billion for the company, the highest it has ever spent on an acquisition.While pundits have often criticised the sound quality of the Beats headphones, they have proven popular with celebrities.Even at the world cup, players are forced to use Sony headphones inside the world cup stadiums due to FIFA’s contractual obligations, but players like Neymar and Suarez have been seen using their personal Beats’ headphones in practice sessions.In a way, this lends them a discrete level of authenticity as the players are not forced to use them unlike the Sony headphones.In the lead up to the world cup, Beats even released a video with Neymar, Luis Suarez, Mario Goetze, Robin Van Persie, and Javier Hernandez, which received 10.6 million views on YouTube, highlighting the popularity of the brand.last_img read more

Tompkins Park claims final title

first_imgThe 2009 Be Active Junior State Championships have drawn to a close at Lightning Park in Noranda, with Tompkins Park claiming the final title of the weekend – winning the 18s’ Boys Grand Final against Peel Districts.In what was the tournaments premier division, Tompkins Park came into the final on top of the 18s Boys ladder, with Peel Districts close behind and just edging Goldfields and Brothers out of the final. It was a tight tussle early on as Tompkins took a 3-1 advantage to the half time break. But in the second half they took control and ran out 7-2 winners.12 months is a long time in Touch Football with Tompkins Park and Peel Districts finishing last and second last in the same competition in 2008. In the 18’s Girls division, Fremantle took control early in the final against Southern, eventually taking the title 12-2.New affiliate Brighton have won their first ever State Championship, with victory in the 12’s Mixed division. Having started their competition in October and a successful junior program, the club enjoyed on-field success at Lightning Park, winning the 12s title 7-2 against Fremantle.Full results:18’s BoysTompkins Park (7) def. Peel Districts (2)MVP – Eric Pahura (Tompkins Park)Referees – Justin Parsons, Damien Capp, Ben Morton18’s GirlsFremantle (12) def. Southern Districts (2)MVP – Samantha Mitchell (Fremantle)Referees – Kelly Eggers, Will Trego, Peter Burke15’s MixedFremantle (7) def. Perth Brothers (3)Male MVP – Jarrod Toon-Poynton (Fremantle)Female MVP – Cheyenne Kereopa (Perth Brothers)Referees – Joe Jeffries, Brendan Antrobus, Kate Steinitz15’s BoysNorthern Districts (7) def. Tompkins Park (2)MVP – Jeremy Wallace (Northern)Referees – Russell McIntyre, Darren Walters, Tracey12’s MixedBrighton (7) def. Fremantle (2)Male MVP – Jayden Pohutuhutu (Brighton)Female MVP – Rheanna Quan (Fremantle)Referees – John Moore, Karon Aldon, Ross FrancisReferee of the Tournament – Will TregoFor full results visit the WA Junior State Championships website – www.juniorstatechamps.com.aulast_img read more

a month agoReal Madrid weigh up bid for Rennes teen Eduardo Camavinga

first_imgReal Madrid weigh up bid for Rennes teen Eduardo Camavingaby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid is weighing up a raid on the French transfer market.Marca says Real are already looking at young talents who are standing out this season.First on the list is midfielder Eduardo Camavinga, who is already featuring for Rennes at 16 years of age.After making his debut last season, he has earned a starting position this year.In August, he was voted player of the month by his peers, winning the Union of French Football Players award.Real Madrid have been scouting several youngsters, but Camavinga has caught the eye the most. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Federal leaders scatter across country as campaign ramps up in earnest

first_imgOTTAWA — Federal party leaders have scattered across the country today as the election campaign starts to ramp up in earnest.Today was the legal deadline for Justin Trudeau to ask the Governor General to dissolve Parliament and call the election, but the Liberal leader got the jump on that by starting the campaign last Wednesday.The first six days were marked by numerous candidates across the partisan spectrum turfed from their rosters or forced to apologize for past homophobic and racist remarks.The Liberals were also haunted by the re-emergence of the SNC-Lavalin scandal and questions about the RCMP investigation running up against issues of cabinet confidence, while Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer found himself again needing to address his socially conservative views.And the NDP found themselves constantly facing questions about whether they were ready to run at all, considering they had yet to nominate dozens of candidates.Today, all three main parties hope to regain some solid footing with the Liberals in and around Toronto, the Conservatives in B.C. and the NDP in Quebec.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Inside One Of The Best Defensive Matchups In Super Bowl History

During the 2015 regular season, the Broncos and Panthers allowed the NFL’s fewest and second-fewest yards per play, respectively, and finished 1-2 defensively in Football Outsiders’ defense-adjusted value over average (DVOA) ratings. It’s only the eighth time the top two DVOA defenses1Using estimated ratings for seasons prior to 1989. have met in a Super Bowl, and the average defensive index of the teams involved ranks third all-time, trailing only Super Bowls XIV and IV. Everyone is obsessing over the study in contrasts at quarterback — Cam Newton vs. Peyton Manning — but it’s the two defenses that should be taking center stage in the lead-up to Sunday, because by just about any measure, this is one of the best defensive matchups in Super Bowl history. BroncosRunning the ball against the Broncos’ defense is like running into a brick wall erected around another, thicker brick wall. It had the league’s fourth-best defensive DVOA against rushing plays during the regular season and was particularly fearsome up the middle, allowing the league’s fourth-fewest expected points per rush between the tackles. According to ProFootballFocus.com’s player grades, defensive end Derek Wolfe was the eighth-best interior run defender in the NFL; Danny Trevathan and Brandon Marshall also ranked among the top 11 run defenders at linebacker, with Von Miller ranking ninth against the run among edge rushers. If the Broncos have a weakness against the run, it’s in short-yardage situations — they allowed the league’s second-highest power success rate2Defined as the percentage of runs that achieved a first down or touchdown on third or fourth down with 2 yards or less to go, or on first- or second-and-goal from the 2-yard line or closer. — but they offset that with one of the league’s highest rates of stuffing runners behind the line of scrimmage, and they almost never allowed long runs. Only 7.4 percent of carries against the Broncos went for more than 10 yards, the third-lowest rate in the league.And Denver’s ability to stop the run is by far the weaker aspect of this defense. According to DVOA,3Again, indexed relative to the league’s distribution of pass defenses. the 2015 Broncos’ pass D ranks as the 11th-best of the Super Bowl era after blowing away the competition this season. The Panthers’ DVOA against the pass ranked second in the league but was about two-thirds of a standard deviation worse than Denver’s. 2012Chicago140130136 What makes the Broncos so great at defending the pass? For one thing, they led the league in adjusted sack rate, with coordinator Wade Phillips dialing up five or more pass-rushers on 42 percent of opposing pass plays, fourth-most in football. Those plays are statistically graded as blitzes, but in a Denver 3-4 alignment featuring some of the game’s top pass-rushing linebackers, the lines between a blitz and a D-line that simply creates pressure on its own start to blur. According to PFF, Miller was the top pass-rushing edge defender in the game, and his partner on the opposite side, DeMarcus Ware, ranked sixth. Meanwhile, Wolfe and Malik Jackson also finished among the top 11 pass-rushing interior linemen. And when the Broncos do need to blitz from unusual places, safety T.J. Ward can create havoc; he tied for sixth among DBs with a pair of sacks this season.But the front four is only part of the equation — a blitz-heavy scheme falls apart quickly without the ability to cover receivers. This Denver D doesn’t necessarily rely on its secondary as ball hawks; Aqib Talib’s modest total of three interceptions led the roster, and the team’s interception rate was merely average. Instead, all of the Broncos’ primary defensive backs (Talib, Ward, Chris Harris Jr., Darian Stewart and Bradley Roby) and linebackers (Trevathan and Marshall) ranked among the upper quartile at their positions in PFF’s coverage grades, sticking to receivers so effectively that only St. Louis allowed fewer air yards per completion. (“Grading” players is often a fool’s errand, since you can never be sure about coverages and assignments, but when pretty much the entire secondary grades out in the upper crust, those problems are minimized.) And no team allowed fewer overall passing yards per attempt or yards per completion than the Broncos did.PanthersFor all the lofty achievement and outright dominance by the Denver squad, the Panthers’ defense might actually have the edge in star power: Not only will it have arguably the best player on the field Sunday in LB Luke Kuechly, but Carolina’s D also outearned Denver’s in first-team All-Pro selections (3 to 1) and tied it for Pro Bowl nods (4 apiece).It’s indicative of the way these defenses stack up: Carolina’s top defensive players — Kuechly, CB Josh Norman, LB Thomas Davis (playing Sunday with “a plate and probably around 11 or 12 screws” in his arm, which he broke during the NFC championship), DT Kawann Short — can hold their own with anybody on Denver’s roster. But the lesser Panthers defenders aren’t quite as good, which makes Carolina’s statistical profile sort of “Broncos Lite.” Their strengths are similar, but the Panthers are slightly inferior to Denver whether they’re defending the pass or the run.Stylistically, however, the Panthers do operate differently in some important ways. At the most elemental level, they run a 4-3 scheme that relies less on creative blitz packages and pressure from the edges, instead using Short to generate a pass rush from the middle of the defense, and fellow DT Star Lotulelei to occupy blockers and eat up space. The end result was fewer sacks and less pressure overall, but that only makes Carolina’s performance in coverage even more impressive. Despite giving opposing passers the league’s sixth-most seconds in the pocket per drop-back, the Panthers allowed the 11th-fewest air yards per attempt and seventh-lowest completion percentage.It all starts with Norman, who has few peers when it comes to blanketing receivers. Alongside him, the Carolina secondary is littered with such solid cover DBs as Kurt Coleman, Roman Harper, Cortland Finnegan and Tre Boston, all of whom PFF rated among the top half of their respective positions in terms of pass coverage. This depth proved important because Carolina used five or more defensive backs on 463 pass plays this season (26 percent more than the NFL average), more than any other team despite a banged-up secondary that suffered a number of key losses.Speaking of which: The only glaring hole in the DB corps might be Robert McClain, whom PFF rated as one of the worst cover corners in football since signing with Carolina at midseason after a rash of injuries befell the team. But coverage ratings for individual players often don’t tell the whole story, and the rest of Carolina’s roster rates well in pass coverage — Kuechly was graded by PFF as the game’s best cover LB. The all-around cover skills of Carolina’s entire D helped them yield the league’s second-lowest rates of yards per attempt and yards after the catch.Against the rush, Carolina profiled a lot like Denver: It was poor at stopping runners in power situations (worst in the league, in fact), but it also stuffed a lot of runs behind the line of scrimmage. The biggest difference is that, unlike the Broncos, the Panthers did yield some long runs; they ranked 15th at preventing what Football Outsiders calls “open field” yards — i.e., rushing gains starting more than 10 yards beyond the line of scrimmage — per carry (Denver ranked second). That’s one reason why this is a good run defense but not a great one.All told, this is the 15th-most evenly matched defensive matchup in Super Bowl history according to DVOA. And the quality of offensive competition each defense will face ought to help level the playing field even more. Denver’s historically great D is facing a very good Carolina offense led by the suddenly amazing Newton at QB; Carolina’s great-but-not-historically-so defense is facing one of the worst offenses to take the field in a Super Bowl — particularly when it comes to passing.The Super Bowl is all about pomp and spectacle, razzle and dazzle, offensive fireworks and star quarterbacks booking FastPass times at the tea cups. Sometimes that leaves little room for an appreciation of subtler things, like defense. But in this case, all eyes should be on that rougher side of the football — it will be a long time before you see another defensive clash of this caliber on Super Bowl Sunday.Check out our live coverage of Super Bowl 50. 2004Buffalo135129135 Source: Football Outsiders, FootballPerspective 2008Pittsburgh133125133 DEFENSIVE DVOA INDEX 1974Pittsburgh139130138 1982Miami12785143 1980Washington11886132 1998Miami133114137 2002Tampa Bay146114148 YEARTEAMOVERALLVS. RUNVS. PASS 2013Seattle137114140 1970Minnesota135118136 Best pass defenses of the Super Bowl era (1966-2015) 1988Minnesota144121146 1999Tampa Bay12791134 1994Pittsburgh131114132 2015Denver135120135 1977Atlanta127115132 1969Minnesota134123132 1991Philadelphia150147142 1985Chicago135119137 2009N.Y. Jets136114134 2003Baltimore135125132 read more

Quique Sanchez Flores named Shanghai Shenhua coach

first_imgChinese Super League side Shanghai Shenhua have appointed Quique Sanchez Flores as their new managerThe Spaniard has been out of work since leaving RCD Espanyol in April and had been in contention for the Egypt managerial role before Javier Aguirre’s appointment.But now Shanghai Shenhua have announced that Flores will take charge, where they hope to improve on last season’s seventh-place finish in the league.Joining the 53-year-old will be assistant coaches Antonio Diaz and Dean Austin as part of his backroom staff.Former head coach Wu Jingui will remain at Shanghai Shenhua as a sporting director.“[We] hope they will get familiar with the team as soon as possible through winter training, instil their football techniques and tactics in the players and help the young players in the team grow faster,” read a statement on the club website.Javi Gracia, WatfordJavi Gracia was shocked that Watford fired him Andrew Smyth – September 8, 2019 Javi Gracia confessed that Watford’s “abrupt” decision to fire him on Saturday was completely unexpected given all that he’d achieved.Flores also coached Watford in the Premier League for the 2015/16 campaign and led them to a 13th place finish and the semi-finals of the FA Cup.The Madrid-native has even had spells in charge of Benfica, Atletico Madrid and Valencia.Quique Sanchez Flores will be the next head coach for Shenhua #shanghaishenhua pic.twitter.com/pRFcjYgRBE— Shanghai Shenhua FC (@shanghaishenhua) December 25, 2018last_img read more

Caltrans determines suicide deterrent barrier suitable for Coronado Bridge

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsAfter a year-long feasibility study, Caltrans has determined a physical suicide deterrent option is suitable for the Coronado Bridge.The study is a response to community concerns about suicides from the bridge.Even though the ultimate mission is to deter people from jumping off the bridge, Caltrans does not want to take away from the views or harm the environment.As well as narrowing the options for the perfect barrier, Caltrans’s next steps are to define the funding needs and the funding sources. Caltrans determines suicide deterrent barrier suitable for Coronado Bridge KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom June 7, 2018 Posted: June 7, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more