Journalists in states of Chiapas, Morelos and Mexico detained, attacked and threatened

first_img April 9, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalists in states of Chiapas, Morelos and Mexico detained, attacked and threatened MexicoAmericas In a letter to Interior Minister Santiago Creel Miranda, RSF protested the fact that shots were fired at the offices of the weekly “Páginas” en Tuxtla Gutiérrez (Chiapas) and that about ten journalists in the states of México and Morelos (in the country’s south) were detained and threatened. RSF Secretary General Robert Ménard condemned “the increase in attacks, detentions and threats against journalists.” The organisation asked for an investigation into each of the cases and noted that agents of the state may be implicated.RSF also asked Creel Miranda to put an end to journalists’ detentions. In a document approved in January 2000, the United Nations special rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression said that “imprisonment as punishment for the peaceful expression of an opinion constitutes a serious violation of human rights.”According to the information collected by RSF, on 3 April 2002, assailants fired shots at the offices of the weekly “Páginas”, published in the city of Tuxtla Gutiérrez in Chiapas and threatened the newspaper’s employees. A complaint was filed by the newspaper’s management. The management said that the attack may be linked to “Páginas”‘ criticisms of the authorities and stressed that acts of intimidation, threats and violence by the Chiapas authorities against journalists have multiplied in recent months. On 7 March, Fredy Martín Pérez López, a correspondent for the daily “El Universal” and the Italian news agency ANSA, was attacked by police officers in San Cristóbal de las Casas, as he was observing a confrontation between the police and indigenous people.On 1 April, Raquel Urbán Hernández, of the weekly “Reporteros Informando”, published in the city of Ecatepec, state of Mexico, was arrested. She was released the same day after paying bail of 22,000 pesos (approx. US$2,420, 2,800 euros). She was arrested after a “defamation” action launched against her in January by Alejandro Gamiño Palacios, legislator for the governing party, Partido de Acción Nacional (PAN). On 26 November 2001, Urbán Hernández had criticised the legislator for his alleged implication in the rape of a minor.On 11 March, María Esther Martínez, of the daily “La Unión de Morelos”, published in the state of Morelos, was arrested in the city of Xochitepec. According to the Morelos Independent Human Rights Commission, a non-governmental human rights organisation, the journalist, who is facing charges for “defamation”, was arrested after having criticised the Morelos Attorney General’s Office and the Ministerial Police. She was released the same day. On 14 March, Jesús Castillo, of the same daily, received threatening telephone calls after having reported on the alleged links of some police officers with drug traffickers and kidnappers. On 27 February, Sergio Gómez Guerra, also of “La Unión de Morelos”, was arrested and charged with “trafficking in stolen vehicles”. The incident occurred one week after the publication of an article with Gómez Guerra’s byline revealing alleged links between an individual close to the chief of the Ministerial Police and a group of kidnappers arrested in the state of México. Gómez Guerra was released after three days.In 2001, Roberto Díaz Guerrero and Fernando Ojeda, of the Televisa television network, and Angélina Albarrán, of “Diario de Morelos” and the Tiempo A.M. radio station, received threats. On 19 November, RSF protested against the pressure exerted on Francisco Guerrero, director of the state of Morelos edition of “La Jornada”. Guerrero had accused an official of the Justice Ministry of being implicated in an assassination. He had also criticised the alleged existence of a group within the government of Morelos in charge of watching members of opposition parties and non-governmental organisations (see IFEX alert of 21 November 2001). Receive email alerts News News Organisation Help by sharing this information April 28, 2021 Find out more Reports to go furthercenter_img Reporter murdered in northwestern Mexico’s Sonora state MexicoAmericas 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies RSF_en May 13, 2021 Find out more May 5, 2021 Find out more NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say News Follow the news on Mexicolast_img read more

Growth rates of Antarctic fur seals as indices of environmental conditions

first_imgThe growth rates of Antarctic fur seal (Arctocephalus gazella) pups estimated from weighing cross-sections of the population were compared with measured/ inferred changes in the availability of their main prey species, Antarctic krill (Euphausia superba) from 1989 to 2000. There was no relationship between growth rate and mass at weaning and there were counter-intuitive indications of higher growth rates in years of low krill availability. Biases reflecting changes in the component of the population available for sampling appear to invalidate the widely held assumption that interannual differences in growth rate can reliably be derived from differences in the slope of a linear relationship based on cross-sectional population samples. A new index was developed, based on the deviation of pup mass at age in each year compared to the multiyear mean, that was not dependent on assumptions of linearity. The indices of growth deviates produced a more logical relationship with other indices of pup development and related more appropriately to variations in prey availability. The potential impact of methodological biases on the interpretation of growth rate suggests that comparisons of growth rates should not rely on assumptions regarding the underlying growth pattern.last_img read more

Decal photo good for $50 Karl Performance certificate

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa – Drivers in all IMCA divisions displaying 10 or more Karl Performance heat win decals are eligible to receive a $50 gift certificate from the Des Moines high performance parts supplier.Drivers should send a photo of their car proving placement of those decals to Marketing Director Kevin Yoder at the IMCA home office by Monday, Nov. 14.Yoder’s email address is [email protected] certificates will be presented during the national awards banquet next month.last_img

Prisoners of the past

first_imgThey not only lost a game, they lost credibility. They lost the link to greatness; well maybe not entirely but they better have two forms of I.D. when they proceed to the lost and found to reclaim their “mojo” and “swag.” When your back is against the wall you are supposed to play to “live for another day.”You are supposed to step up to the plate with the bases loaded and hit a single if nothing else. You may not clear the bases but at least one run should score. There is no excuse for the Steelers losing to the Cowboys, none.There was one particular play when the Ben Roethlisberger was hit hard. When he came up off of the turf he winced and it appeared maybe one of his previous injuries had been aggravated. This is no freakin’ time for drama from any of the Steelers performers. The curtain is about to close on their 2012 season and if it does they will have no one to blame but themselves. Hey listen, ex-Indy Colts and present Denver Broncos QB, future NFL Hall-of-Famer Peyton Manning had neck surgery, spent a year out of football, signed a contract with a new team and led his team to a division championship. Recently the Baltimore Ravens beat the Steelers at Heinz Field and when Steelers third string QB Charlie Batch returned the favor in B-more, well let’s just say this; the attention and adulation heaped onto Batch seemed to be just a bit too much for “Big” Ben to take. So he immediately rushed back against the Chargers and got “smizz-oked,” you diggg….There is a pattern of narcissism going on here. Before any of us can save anyone else, we have to be able to rescue ourselves. Before you or I can stand up in the pulpit preaching morality, we have to refrain from taking bills from our wallets leaving them on a dresser at a Nevada brothel.“There comes a time, thief, when the jewels cease to sparkle, when the gold loses its luster, when the throne room becomes a prison.” Whoever you “think” you are does not alter the reality of who you really are.The Immaculate Reception by Franco Harris decades ago meant nothing to the Cowboys Sunday evening. The record setting run by “fast” Willie Parker to basically seal the win for the Steelers against Seahawks in Super Bowl XLV is not even on the radar screen of Dallas QB Tony Romo. The game winning catch by ex-Steelers wide receiver Santonio Holmes to defeat the Cardinals in Super Bowl XLVIII did not cause Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan to lose any sleep Saturday night.To the current crop of NFL performers and coaches, those deeds are buried deep in the vaults of legend and lore. The jewels of the Steelers past no longer sparkle and Roethlisberger’s throne room has now become a prison. The interception that he threw in Dallas will henceforth be known as; “The Immaculate Interception.” Past deeds of greatness only serve to capture and maintain the psyche of the fan base because yesterday’s performances, as in decades ago; don’t have any bearing on the paychecks of today’s NFL players. Now hear this; Colin Kaepernick the 2nd year QB with the 49ers strolled up to Foxborough and dismantled the Patriots post haste by the score of 41-34. Kaepernick threw for three more touchdowns and one less pick than Patriots future Hall-of-Famer Tom Brady. This unlikely feat happened just hours after Roethlisberger threw for two yards less (339) than Romo (341) and threw his season murdering pick in overtime at Dallas. This was not the Roger Staubach, “Too Tall” Jones, Troy Aikman or Emmett Smith Cowboys, this was the 2012 run of the mill version.It seems as if the majority of NFL franchises are not afraid to place a bet on the future. This next list of NFL rookie starting QBs is startling: Russell Wilson, Seahawks, Robert Griffin III, Redskins, Andrew Luck, Colts, Ryan Tannehill, Dolphins. Two second year QBs also stand out; Cam Newton, Panthers, and Andy Dalton, Bengals. I firmly believe that none of the “inexperienced” QB’s would have thrown that same pass that gave the Cowboys their second wind in regards to advancing to the NFL postseason and may have sucked the air out of the Steelers chances. When will Ben Roethlisberger discontinue to scramble in and out of the pocket to keep a drive alive just to ultimately “kill” it?Fans and friends of the Steelers nation, do not allow the grandiosity and victories of the past to hold the present and future hostage in the prison of mediocrity.(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: [email protected]­­­com or 412-583-6741. Bruce can also be heard on the “Odd Couple Sports Show” where he is the AFC North and NFL analyst. The show is hosted by Adam Ragle streaming live on the WCWA Fox Sports Toledo 1230AM. Bruce is featured on Tuesdays from 10-11 a.m. during the NFL season. Listen to Aubrey’s archived “Odd Couple” segments on: www.worldspeak­connnection.com click on ‘Fair Catch.”) “There comes a time, thief, when the jewels cease to sparkle, when the gold loses its luster, when the throne room becomes a prison.” (Spoken by ‘King Osric’ from the movie ‘Conan the Barbarian’.) The Pittsburgh Steelers departed the Steel City last weekend not only on a journey to play the Dallas Cowboys in the Lone Star State of Texas; they were by all accounts supposed to be on the road to the 2012 NFL post season. But ya know what? Somewhere along the road to prosperity their GPS failed and they detoured from the “road to prosperity” to the “back alley of incompetence and defeat.”last_img read more

Mousa Dembele handed six game ban for eye gouge on Chelsea’s Diego Costa

first_img1 Tottenham midfielder Mousa Dembele has been banned for six matches after accepting a Football Association charge of violent conduct.Dembele appeared to claw his fingers down Diego Costa’s cheek during Spurs’ 2-2 draw at Chelsea on Monday night.The Belgian had until 6pm on Thursday to respond but he did not contest the charge, head coach Mauricio Pochettino said on Friday afternoon.And the full extent of Dembele’s sanction followed from the FA.A statement from the FA read: “Mousa Dembele will serve a six-match suspension with immediate effect after he committed an act of violent conduct which was not seen by the match officials but caught on video.last_img read more

Purnima eager to clinch medal in Jakarta, aims for personal record

first_imgPreparing to make her debut at the Asian Games, heptathlete Purnima Hembram must be getting the feeling that her moment to shine at the big stage has come.Giving her personal best of 5898 points at the national inter-state athletics championship in June, Purnima outperformed her national teammate and Asian champion Swapna Barman, who mustered 5725 points.However, the performance didn’t really please the 25-year-old athlete as Purnima showed disappointment at the 50 points she dropped during the meet.”I might have achieved my best points at the inter-state but I wasn’t totally happy with my performance. I made some mistakes that I could have avoided. I dropped 30 points in Long Jump and another 20 points in the 800m (race),” Purnima told Mail Today from her national camp in Patiala.She further confidently claimed that her medal at the Asian Games is within her cusp, but the colour of the laurel depends on her ability to limit the nagging errors in the seven events she will participate in – namely 100m hurdles, high jump, shot put, 200m race, long jump, javelin throw and 800m race.”Medal is coming with me for sure. I feel strong about my preparations with Long Jump, shot put, 800m and hurdles but I aim for perfection as even a small mistake in the technical events could cost me big. I think I can cross 6000-point mark if I follow what I have been in the practice,” the Odisha girl said.Heptathlon demands a lot out of athletes as they get 30 to 45 minutes break between each event. However, Purnima said the multi-sport event never took a toll on her as “playing” is all that she ever did.advertisementIn fact, athletics isn’t her first love. Purnima, like many of her friends, grew up playing football until her talent was spotted by Sports Authority of India.”I had no idea what is athletics when I was small. Football was all I knew. One day, SAI officials from Cuttack came for trials in my village (in Mayurbhunj, Odisha), and they made me do everything from running to jumping. It didn’t make any sense to me back then. In fact, I learnt about heptathlon during my first nationals in 2009,” she grinned.There has been no turning back for the athlete ever since and has notched up plenty accolades at the national level and the international medal. It included bronze at the Asian athletics championship followed by a gold in Pentathlon at the Asian indoor games in – both in 2017.Her coach Sanjay Garnik, who has been training her in Patiala for seven years now, praised the progress his protege made in last few years and is as confident as Purnima of a medal.”She is only getting better. She won two international medals last year and gave her best performance during the Asian Games qualification (inter-state championship). There is stiff competition from Uzbekistan athlete (Ekaterina Voronina) and a few others from China and Japan, but I am sure she will bring a medal,” Garnik said.Purnima won’t be the only Indian in medal pursuit in the heptathlon as Barman too will be aiming for a medal after finishing fifth at the last edition. Purnima said there is healthy competition between the two and said don’t be surprised if heptathlon brings two medals for the nation.last_img read more

FA heaps praise on Gareth Southgate but frets over England’s future defence

first_img Read more news England’s Phil Jones says he is wise enough to cope with adversity Share on Pinterest Henderson, Maguire and Young in pole position for England’s World Cup opener Read more Topics World Cup Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Ashworth’s job is to look even further ahead, with the ultimate aim being that England’s success at younger levels be replicated by the senior team. That, he said, should not be with a foreign manager in place.“Do I want an English coach to manage the English team? Yes. That is my personal view, and not necessarily the view of the FA, but St George’s Park is to help develop [English] players and coaches. We have some good young English coaches [within the FA] such as Steve Cooper, Paul Simpson, Keith Downing, Aidy Boothroyd, who have won things at different levels and the ones working in the game – Lee Johnson, Gary Rowett, Eddie Howe, Sean Dyche – are all talented English coaches.”Ashworth added: “I can’t tell you who would succeed Gareth Southgate but when it does happen let’s hope it is because he has done such a good job that he has been whisked off to Real Madrid.” The FA England Ashworth went on to say he would like another Englishman to succeed Southgate in future years, identifying the Under-21s manager Aidy Boothroyd as one contender, and was confident enough to declare that the current team had a realistic chance of winning the World Cup.However, there was also an admission from Ashworth that the research of English football’s governing body had highlighted a problem with the number of top-level defenders in the system.“At St George’s Park we map out where the talent is and we might say we’ve got quite a few number 10s or quite a few number sevens,” he said. “I have to say our biggest discussion point with the majority of the teams is defenders. Across all the age groups it’s defenders.“When we [the FA] had the Charter for Quality in 1997 we were talking about the fact we didn’t have enough creativity. We had no players who were able to keep the ball, who could beat players. And yet I think we’ve shifted it slightly. We’ve now got lots of exciting players right the way through to Jadon Sancho at Borussia Dortmund.“Where we perhaps haven’t got the depth – maybe not the depth, but the types – is the defenders. Our full‑backs 20 years ago were Stuart Pearce and Gary Neville, and we’ve got a different type of full-back now – more converted wingers.“I worked with a manager some years ago who talked about the duvet being too short. You can cover your toes but you can’t cover your shoulders. I think that’s where we were 20 years ago, in that we had lots of defenders but not enough players who were good enough with the ball.“Maybe we’ve pulled up the duvet and now have lots of players who are good with the ball, but our toes are sticking out.” Share on Messengercenter_img Gareth Southgate Reuse this content World Cup 2018 Share on LinkedIn Ashworth went on to praise Southgate for taking on the job at a desperate time in the history of the national team and putting together a younger side, in a new system, that has helped get the English public back on side.“All managers lead in a slightly different way but you’ll have seen him work as the Under-21s coach and now the senior coach,” Ashworth said. “He’s empathetic, he’s articulate, he has high emotional intelligence and a really good understanding of connecting with the players and getting the best out of the players – and the staff.“Gareth has brought together a way of working for the players and the staff that makes it one big group. And that’s him. That’s how he worked with the Under-21s as well, so he has to take credit. Gareth is the leader. The environment is down to Gareth and he is an exceptional leader.”Until recently, the FA’s executives would have been reluctant to say England can win the World Cup. Now, however, there appears to be a new wave of optimism. “That’s what we’re here for,” Ashworth said. “We’ve turned up to attack the tournament and try to win it. We want to inspire the nation and we want the nation to be proud of our football team.” Share via Email World Cup Share on Facebook Share on WhatsApp Share on Twitter Gareth Southgate will lead England into their first match of the World Cup with his employers at the Football Association praising him as an “exceptional leader” but warning there is a shortage of high-quality defenders coming through the system.As Southgate and his players prepared to fly to Volgograd for the game against Tunisia on Monday, the England manager was acclaimed by Dan Ashworth, the FA’s technical director, for helping to return some positivity to the national team in the wake of Euro 2016, Roy Hodgson’s departure and Sam Allardyce’s brief stint as manager.last_img read more

Marijuana convictions overturned California officials forced to reach out

first_img Posted: August 23, 2018 August 23, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Dan Plante Dan Plante, 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 SettingsIf you know anyone who’s been convicted for marijuana related crimes, this could be good news. Under Prop 64, anyone convicted for possession or selling pot, could have their sentence reduced or completely thrown out.“The California Department of Justice now has to reach out to about 200-thousand people and let them know, they are eligible for reduced sentences”, says Criminal Defense Attorney Jan Ronis.Most people did not read the entire Proposition before they voted. But Prop 64 not only legalized pot, it also reduced pot related crimes, going all the way back to 1975.Problem is, they did not include a “mechanism” to follow through. “This forces the D.O.J. to reach out and contact 220-thousand people, who may eligible’, says Ronis.In some cases, local prosecutors have already reached out. San Diego and San Francisco have reduced thousands of convictions, since the law went into effect.But most cities and counties have not. They simply don’t have the money or resources to track down pot smokers.“So this means the California D.O.J. will now be charged with finding these people and let them know they are eligible for a reduction of sentence. In some cases, charges will be dropped”, says Ronin.The bill forcing the state to follow through has been approved by lawmakers, now it’s up to the Governor to sign it. He has until September 30 to get it done. Marijuana convictions overturned, California officials forced to reach outlast_img read more