One month after journalist’s disappearance, investigation seems to go nowhere

first_img Help by sharing this information 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies MexicoAmericas News Reports News Follow the news on Mexico December 11, 2009 – Updated on May 31, 2017 One month after journalist’s disappearance, investigation seems to go nowhere No ransom demand. No news at all. The official investigation has not progressed in the month since María Esther Aguilar Cansimbe, a young journalist employed by the Diario de Zamora and Cambio de Michoacán newspapers in the southwestern state of Michoacán, disappeared on 11 November. Nonetheless, there are reasons for thinking her disappearance was linked to her reporting and that drug traffickers were involved.“It is vital that the Special Federal Attorney’s Office for Combating Violence against the Media (FEADP), which is about to sent a team to Michoacán to look into this case, should take account of certain factors reported by Aguilar’s relatives and colleagues,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Some of the stories Aguilar had just written had left her very exposed to the possibility of reprisals.” The press freedom organisation added: “The case’s to-ing and fro-ing between different officials in the past month has caused a major delay in the investigation and there is every reason to fear that it could grind to a complete halt.”A Reporters Without Borders representative met recently with Aguilar’s family and some of her close colleagues.A member of the staff of a Michoacán newspaper told Reporters Without Borders: “We try harder all the time to report the news objectively but investigative journalism has disappeared. It no longer exists. We no longer see any way out of this. Some of our colleagues have fled the region to protect themselves, while the rest continue to live under the permanent eye of the drug traffickers.”The epicentre of a federal offensive against drug trafficking launched in 2006, the state of Michoacán is under the sway of such high-profile crime organisations as The Family, a local cartel, and the Zetas, a paramilitary group.Shortly before her disappearance, Aguilar had covered a local police official’s alleged use of violence and abuse of authority. She also covered the detention of two leading members of The Family, one known as “Nineteen and a Half,” who was arrested in August, and the other known as “El Bofo” (Fatty), arrested on 30 October.The Michoacán State Justice Attorney General’s Office claims to have written 19 procedural reports since the start of the investigation into Aguilar’s disappearance, but her relatives said “no one ever contacted us” and they insist that the case file has just passed between judicial officials in the cities of Uruapán, Zamora and Morelia without any explanation being given.Aged 32 and the mother of girls aged 7 and 9, Aguilar is the ninth journalist to disappear in Mexico since 2003. Receive email alerts May 5, 2021 Find out morecenter_img to go further Organisation RSF_en NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Reporter murdered in northwestern Mexico’s Sonora state May 13, 2021 Find out more News MexicoAmericas April 28, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Securing Foreclosure Protections for Veterans

first_img This past week the United States Senate passed legislation designed to help protect military servicemembers, veterans, and their families from foreclosure. Sponsored by Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-Rhode Island), the legislation was included as part of the larger banking regulation bill passed by the Senate and makes permanent a one-year foreclosure grace period for service members leaving active duty.“Those who serve our country ought to be given a fair chance to get their financial affairs in order when they return home,” Whitehouse said. “That’s why I’ve fought for years to extend and make permanent important foreclosure protection for servicemembers and veterans. I’m proud my bill to help recognize the noble work of our men and women in uniform is one step closer to the finish line.”Following a report by the Commission on the National Guard and Reserves, Congress first extended the period of foreclosure protection from 90 days to nine months in 2008, working under the auspices of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act. According to that report, “the threat of foreclosure is a stressor that need not be placed on members of the armed forces during the first months of their return to civilian life.”The foreclosure grace period for servicemembers was extended to one year beginning in 2012, but it was initially instituted as a temporary measure. The grace period was set to expire in 2019, but Sen. Whitehouse had been working to pass legislation that would upgrade it to permanent status for several years.Erik Wallin, Executive Director of Operation Stand Down Rhode Island, said, “Senator Whitehouse’s bill is particularly important in Rhode Island because we have one of the most deployed National Guard forces in the country. This bill provides servicemen and women with the relief they need as they transition from periods of active duty back into civilian life.” The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Subscribe Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Securing Foreclosure Protections for Veterans Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago  Print This Post Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Tagged with: Foreclosure Foreclosure Protection Military Servicemembers Veterans Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Previous: Fannie Mae Announces Winner of Non-performing Loan Sale Next: Collaborating for a Sustainable Housing Industry Foreclosure Foreclosure Protection Military Servicemembers Veterans 2018-03-17 David Wharton Securing Foreclosure Protections for Veterans March 17, 2018 4,794 Views Related Articles About Author: David Wharton The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Share 1Save in Daily Dose, Featured, Foreclosure, Government, Journal, Newslast_img read more

Update: man who died in crash near Ballybofey named

first_imgHomepage BannerNews Facebook By News Highland – December 4, 2018 Previous articleFunding approved for Dooish NS improvement worksNext articleInter-County Referee joins Donegal Sports Partnership team News Highland WhatsApp Twitter Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Google+ Facebook Pinterest The man who died following a single vehicle crash near Ballybofey last night has been named as 27 year old John Gallagher from Croaghlin, Killybegs.The van Mr Gallagher was travelling in crashed into a vacant house at Cashelnavene, North of Barnesmore Gap just before 11:30pm.He was pronounced dead at the scene and removed to Letterkenny University Hospital.The road was closed for a time today but has since reopened.center_img Renewed calls for full-time Garda in Kilmacrennan WhatsApp Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Update: man who died in crash near Ballybofey named RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further Pinterest Google+last_img read more

GVC Holdings brings Yggdrasil games to the Italian market

first_imgShare GVC hires ‘comms pro’ Tessa Curtis to re-energise media profile  August 25, 2020 CT Gaming bolsters Italian profile with The Betting Coach  August 27, 2020 Submit Related Articles Share GVC Holdings CPO Liron Snir praised the “straightforward integration process” after becoming the first operator to bring Yggdrasil games to the Italian market on Gioco Digitale.In addition to Yggdrasil’s content, GVC’s Italian operations will also gain access to BOOST™, the in-game promotional tool which enhances gamification via missions, tournaments and social sharing.For Yggdrasil, the successful integration with Gioco Digitale is a first in the growing Italian market, which the supplier will follow by going live on another GVC brand, bwin.it.There are currently 11 games from Yggdrasil’s portfolio of HTML5 titles certified under Italian regulations, including Dark Joker Rizes, Vikings Go Wild and Nirvana.Liron Snir, Chief Product Officer at GVC Holdings, said: “We are thrilled to be the first operator to bring Yggdrasil games to the Italian market.“It has been a pleasure to work with the Yggdrasil team throughout what has been a straightforward integration process, and we look forward to seeing how these fantastic titles perform.”Fredrik Elmqvist, CEO at Yggdrasil Gaming, added: “This is a very special moment as the Italian market has seen a significant increase in mobile gaming in recent years. Yggdrasil can boast one of the best mobile game interfaces in the industry, so we are excited to see how customers react to our titles.“The integration has been smooth and together with GVC we are now working to get Yggdrasil games on bwin.it up in the near future.” TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 StumbleUponlast_img read more

Tiktaalik Not a Missing Link

first_imgHas all the colorful artwork of the fish-a-pod been for naught?  Three European biologists claim that Neil Shubin’s famous Tiktaalik fossil, supposedly of a fish evolving into a four-footed land dweller (see 05/03/2006, 11/13/2008) which has garnered iconic status in the media (01/16/2008), is not a missing link after all.    The situation is much more complex, argued Boisvert et al in a letter to Nature.1  Those who enjoy the full jargon can follow their reasoning:The pectoral fin skeletons of Panderichthys and Tiktaalik share certain unusual features such as a blade-like radius and a longitudinal ridge-and-groove on the flexor surface of the ulna.  These can tentatively be interpreted as attributes of the ‘elpistostegid’ segment of the tetrapod stem lineage and thus ancestral for the tetrapod forelimb.  Given that recent phylogenies consistently place Panderichthys below Tiktaalik in the tetrapod stem group, it is surprising to discover that its pectoral fin skeleton is more limb-like than that of its supposedly more derived relative.  In Tiktaalik4, like in ‘osteolepiforms’ and rhizodonts (more primitive fish members of the stem group), the ulna and ulnare are of similar size.  The axis of the fin comprises two more elements distal to the ulnare, and the distal radials are arranged pinnately around this axis.  In contrast, in Panderichthys and tetrapods, the ulna is much longer than the ulnare, the ulnare is the last axial element, and the distal radials/digits are arranged in a transverse fan shape11 (Fig. 3).  It is difficult to say whether this character distribution implies that Tiktaalik is autapomorphic,2 that Panderichthys and tetrapods are convergent, or that Panderichthys is closer to tetrapods than Tiktaalik.  At any rate, it demonstrates that the fish-tetrapod transition was accompanied by significant character incongruence in functionally important structures.Being translated, that last sentence says that if these fossils represent an evolutionary line from fish to tetrapod, the features are all mixed up and out of sequence – including the “functionally important structures.”1.  Boisvert, Mark-Kurik and Ahlberg, “The pectoral fin of Panderichthys and the origin of digits,” Nature 456, 636-638 (4 December 2008) | doi:10.1038/nature07339.2.  Autapomorphic means a derived trait unique to any given taxon, i.e. shared by the ingroup taxa, but excluded from its outgroup taxa.  Convergent refers to traits that appear similar but are not phylogenetically related.If this tale were told by Paul Harvey, “the rest of the story” would undo the first of the story.  It wouldn’t bother the evolutionists, though, because that’s what Darwinism is all about: telling a good story (12/22/2003 commentary).(Visited 74 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Mitchell has 28 as Jazz top Trail Blazers in OT

first_imgJapan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion “I didn’t think it would happen this fast,” Mitchell said. “It was definitely surreal. Plays ran for me, just a matter of hitting the shots.”Rubio, who finished with a season-high 30 points, buried a 3-pointer from the top of the arc with 30.9 seconds left in overtime to give the Jazz a seven-point lead and put the game away.The two Utah guards were fantastic down the stretch after the Jazz struggled on the offensive end.“Each thing has to be better and a little bit sharper,” Blazers guard Damian Lillard said. “We can take pressure off each other by screening a little bit better, throwing better passes on time and on target.“I think part of it is our execution. We’ve got to get to our spots, we’ve got to scrape for each other, we’ve got to sprint and make hard cuts and just be strong with the ball.”ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Jazz forward Joe Johnson is out at least two weeks with right wrist instability. Jonas Jerebko, who had only played four minutes in the first seven games, checked in early in the first quarter and will see more time in the rotation.“Jonas is going to play, we need him to play,” Snyder said. “As the game goes on, we’ve had to feel (out) the game. There isn’t clarity. It’s not hockey. We don’t just sub rote. … The game is going to dictate minutes for our team for the majority of the guys.” MOST READ LATEST STORIES The game was tight throughout, with 17 lead changes and 14 ties — and neither team ever leading by double-digits.“The game wasn’t real fluid for either team offensively early on,” Snyder said. “We hung in there and didn’t get discouraged. As the game progressed, were much more aggressive.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“You have faith in someone when they’re not playing well. That’s what we have to have in this team.”The Jazz ran their offense through Mitchell in overtime and he didn’t disappoint. The No. 12 overall pick accounted for the first six Utah points with a 3-pointer, a pair of free throws and Rudy Gobert’s two free throws that Mitchell set up with a pass to the cutting big man.center_img QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort View comments Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum, left, guards Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45). APSALT LAKE CITY — Faith became the keyword in Quin Snyder’s postgame press conference. The Utah Jazz coach talked about his faith in rookie Donovan Mitchell, his faith in Ricky Rubio and his faith in his team.Mitchell scored a career-high 28 points and the Jazz beat the Portland Trail Blazers 112-103 in overtime Wednesday (Thursday Manila time).ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Lillard put the Blazers on his shoulders in the fourth quarter, but was kept in relative check in overtime. The two-time All Star finished with 33 points, and Jusuf Nurkic had a season-high 19 points.The Blazers cleared out for Lillard on the final possession of regulation, but Gobert blocked his floater as time expired.“When you have a six-point lead, or whatever we had, with two or three minutes to go,” Blazers coach Terry Stotts said, “you’ve got to make the plays to hold the lead and come out with a win. We didn’t do that.”TIP-INSBlazers: Portland entered the game ranked No. 6 in the league allowing 98.3 points per game. Stotts said that’s been the focus this season and their effectiveness has been more mental that schematic. … Portland shot a season-low 26.5 percent from 3-point range.Jazz: Rodney Hood was 0 for 11 two days after scoring a season-high 25 points. He was benched down the stretch. … Thabo Sefelosha scored a season-high 15 points. … The Jazz reserves outscored their Blazers counterparts 54-20. … Gobert finished with 16 points, 10 rebounds and three blocked shots.BUDDING FRIENDSHIPLillard and Mitchell have become friends in the last year and text regularly. Lillard said he liked Mitchell’s game at Louisville and noticed that he wore Lillard’s Adidas signature shoe. He texted Mitchell congratulations after the draft and had hoped the rookie would slide to Portland in the draft. The two went head-to-head on numerous occasions throughout the night.“Love going head to head with a guy who loves to compete,” Mitchell said. “It was kind of crazy how all that came out. … You learn from stuff like that in big moments. It felt like he was coasting all game and I looked at the score and he had 33.”NO JOE Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Nuggets rout Raptors with big 3rd quarter blastlast_img read more

Porzingis returns to score 34, Knicks beat Kings

first_imgCPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Harden lifts Rockets in victory over Grizzlies John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 MOST READ Skal Labissiere scored 19 points and Buddy Hield chipped in 17 for the Kings, whose two-game winning streak was snapped.Porzingis missed Wednesday night’s loss at Orlando with ankle and elbow injuries.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Kings got within one point on three occasions in the second quarter, the last coming with 6:54 remaining when Hield’s jumper made it 43-42. New York then took off on a 21-7 run, capped by four straight points from Porzingis, and led 64-49 at halftime.The 22-year-old Porzingis, who entered play as the NBA’s second-leading scorer, went 11 of 21 from the field, including 3-for-4 from 3-point range. He strung together six straight points to put the Knicks ahead 74-53 with 8:38 left in the third quarter as fans serenaded him with “MVP” chants. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa He went to the bench for the night with the Knicks leading 88-60 late in the third.New York started out slowly, missing five straight shots and turning the ball over twice as the Kings jumped out to a 10-0 lead.The Knicks closed out the opening period on a 32-13 run, highlighted by 16 points from Porzingis, including a personal 8-0 run.TIP-INSSacramento is 1-6 on the road, its only win coming on Oct. 20 at Dallas.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion New York Knicks’ Kristaps Porzingis, center, celebrates with team mates during the first half of a NBA basketball game against Sacramento Kings at Madison Square Garden in New York. APNEW YORK — Kristaps Porzingis returned after a one-game absence to score 34 points, Courtney Lee added 20, and the New York Knicks beat the Sacramento Kings 118-91 on Saturday (Sunday Manila time).Enes Kanter had 17 points and 13 rebounds for the Knicks, who have won four straight at Madison Square Garden. New York led by as many as 33 points in the fourth quarter.ADVERTISEMENT The Kings have lost three straight to the Knicks. They last beat New York on March 20 of last year. LATEST STORIES Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View commentslast_img read more

Chiefs to press Harper for meeting including premiers

first_img(Manitoba chiefs delegation heads into meeting with prime minister at his Langevin office, across from Parliament Hill APTN/Photo)DEVELOPINGATPN National NewsOTTAWA–Chiefs with the delegation selected to meet with the prime minister Monday afternoon plan to ask Stephen Harper to agree to a first ministers meeting on First Nations issues.Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs Grand Chief Derek Nepinak said the prime minister would be handed a letter from Manitoba chiefs urging him to agree to a meeting that would include premiers.“We’ve done up a letter to the prime minister respecting the need for the calling of a first ministers meeting on First Nations issues,” said Nepinak, who will be spokesperson for Manitoba chiefs at the meeting with Harper. “If we are going to stop the tragedies in our communities, we have to be aggressive, we have to be ambitious and that is why a first ministers meeting is the right approach.”Harper is expected to meet with a delegation of chiefs from each region in his Langevin office, across from Parliament Hill. Three chiefs from each of the 10 regions are expected to attend. One chief from each region will be tasked as spokesperson and they will have 10 minutes to make their case before the prime minister.Harper’s Monday meeting with the chiefs will go a long way toward alleviating some of the disappointment and frustration expressed by many First Nations leaders when they were told the prime minister would only be present for part of Tuesday’s Crown-First Nations gathering.About 700 people are registered to attend Tuesday’s event, along with 400 chiefs.Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, president of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs, said he will be looking for a commitment from the prime minister to a number of high-level first ministers conferences to finally hammer out a lasting peace with Canada.“We need a commitment from the prime minister that the government of Canada is willing to make a sincere, genuine commitment to rebuild the relationship with Aboriginal people in this country,” said Phillip, who is part of the B.C. delegation. “Many First Nations leaders are calling for a series of first minister conferences to hammer out a concrete agenda and to invest the necessary time and resources to bring a resolution to the many issues that at the moment are completely neglected.”Little Black Bear First Nation Chief Perry Bellegarde, who will be speaking for the Saskatchewan delegation, said he planned to wear a copy of the original treaty medallion around his neck when he sits down to with the prime minister.“If it were not for treaties, this country would not have been able to be developed and founded,” said Bellegarde. “We’re a nation within a nation. Nations make treaties, treaties do not make nations.”The limited room space for Tuesday’s meeting at Ottawa’s old city hall building on Sussex Dr., along with Harper’s plan to cut his time at the gathering short, had tainted the meeting in the eyes of some chiefs.When Harper announced the meeting in December, he said he was hoping it would be “historic.”Chiefs emerging from a closed meeting this morning said a lot of leaders are angered and disappointed about the shape the meeting is taking, with numbers changing as to how many can actually participate in the events Tuesday and who will get to go.There was talk among some chiefs of possibly walking out during Harper’s speech Tuesday and even some wondering whether they should disrupt the event to get the prime minister’s attention.“If the prime minister was really committed to having a changed relationship for the better, he would have found that his original thoughts of coming here to address the chiefs…would have solved a lot of these problems,” said Six Nations Chief Bill Montour. “When anger starts to permeate the room reason seems to go with it…If (the chiefs) just walk out, that is a pretty harsh statement and that is being considered.”Manitoba’s Southern Chiefs Organization Grand Chief Morris Shannacappo said there is a lot of suspicion about the true aim of the meeting and a lot of concern over that way things are unfolding seems to reveal the event is turning into a photo-op for the Conservatives.“I hope we can stay cohesive,” said Shannacappo. “I am hoping our leaders do gather and say, let’s disrupt this.”Ovide Mercredi, a former national chief of the AFN, said he is advising chiefs to take the high road, play it respectfully and wait to formulate a response after the meeting ends.“People are reserving judgment. It’s a wait and see attitude for most the people. There is an element that is negative about this meeting,” said Mercredi. “We let the Canadians know we expect great things from this government and if they don’t deliver, we are not the issue, they become the problem.”Mercredi, who is now a band councillor for Misipawistik Cree Nation, said First Nations leaders should be “forceful” about their position on the need to get many of their people out of dire property and to get the government to respect treaty and Aboriginal rights.“Our people have not forgotten who they are and they have not forgotten to stand up for their rights and the government is on notice,” said Mercredi. “The government has to deliver or they are looking at some reaction from our communities.”Robert Wavey, a community member from Fox Lake Cree Nation, said expectations are high at home for something substantive to come out of Tuesday’s meeting.“I think one of the other messages raised this morning is beware that people back home have huge expectations and if those expectations are not met, you don’t know what those people are going to do,” said Wavey. “The government wouldn’t want an Indian Spring.”last_img read more

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