Local magazine editor’s bullet-riddled body found in Sinaloa state

first_img News MexicoAmericas to go further The bullet-riddled and half-buried body of local magazine editor Antonio Gamboa Urias was found yesterday in Ahome, in the northwestern state of Sinaloa, 13 days after he was reported missing.Sinaloa prosecutor Marco Antonio Higuera said Gamboa was murdered after being abducted as he left a bar because of an argument that had taken place in the bar. Six people took part in the murder of Gamboa, whose body was found thanks to information provided by two detained suspects, Higuera said.The account provided by the prosecutor seems to rule out any connection between Gamboa’s work and the murder.Gamboa had for the past several years been the editor of the Ahome-based Nueva Prensa, a magazine that covers local corruption and crime. He had also participated actively in protests by Sinaloa journalists against a proposed “Ley Mordaza” (gag law) that would have restricted crime coverage in the state. Sinaloa’s parliament rejected it on 21 August.The FEADLE (federal prosecutor’s office for crimes against freedom of expression) has tried to contact the Sinaloa state prosecutor about the case but he did not respond to their enquiries and did not receive the FEADLE officials who were sent to conduct an investigation. As a result, the FEADLE has not been given access to any of the information in the state prosecutor’s case file and has not been able to interrogate the detained suspects.“We welcome the progress in this case and the arrest of suspects, but we urge the state authorities to take account of the victim’s work as a journalist, and to not obstruct the investigation being conducted by the federal prosecutor’s office for crimes against freedom of expression,” Reporters Without Borders deputy programme director Virginie Dangles said.Gamboa is the seventh media worker to be murdered in Mexico since the start of the year, one in which Reporters Without Borders has been shocked by the kinds of violence inflicted on journalists, including one physically attacked in his own office, another shot dead in mid-radio broadcast, shots fired at the homes of at least two journalists and one woman netizen brutally murdered. May 5, 2021 Find out more Organisation Help by sharing this information NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say May 13, 2021 Find out more 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies RSF_en Receive email alerts Reports Follow the news on Mexico October 24, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Local magazine editor’s bullet-riddled body found in Sinaloa state News Reporter murdered in northwestern Mexico’s Sonora state MexicoAmericas Mexico is ranked 152nd out of 180 countries in the 2014 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. News April 28, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Employers hit wall on using ‘golden handshake’ provision

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Employers hit wall on using ‘golden handshake’ provisionOn 1 Mar 2003 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article TheInland Revenue has introduced new rules which will make it far harder foremployers to avoid tax and national insurance on severance payments.Ithas been possible to make severance payments tax free – usually up to £30,000 –by using the ‘golden handshake’ provisions in the tax legislation.Thelaw states that a severance payment made under a payment in lieu of notice(Pilon) clause will be taxable and subject to national insurance contributions(NIC). Where there is no clause or the employer chooses to breach the contractand pay damages, it has been common practice to claim the golden handshakeprovisions apply and that no NIC is payable.However,the IR’s new Statement of Practice on the tax treatment of severance paymentssays it will now presume tax and NIC are due whenever a Pilon is made “asan automatic response to a termination”, even where the employer intendsto terminate the contract in breach and pay damages.Ineffect, where there is evidence of a ‘practice’ of making Pilons without givingit much thought, they will be treated as taxable.Thenew regime is likely to lead to disputes between the IR and employers whoassume their severance payments fall within the golden handshake regime. last_img read more

Surgeon General: Whether schools reopen or stay closed is up to you

first_img Surgeon General: Whether schools reopen or stay closed is up to you WhatsApp Google+ Twitter By Network Indiana – July 21, 2020 0 371 Pinterest Twitter Facebook (Photo/Public Domain) Whether schools reopen or stay closed in favor of e-learning is entirely up to you, according to the U.S. Surgeon General.Dr. Jerome Adams was the state health commissioner of Indiana before taking his current position in the White House. Talking on Good Morning America, Adams stressed that the process of school districts deciding to stay closed or to reopen is about more than the districts making the final call.“The biggest determinant of whether or not we can go back to school has little to do with the actual schools. It’s your background transmission rate,” Adams said. “It’s why we have told people constantly that if we want to get back to school, to worship, to regular life, folks need to wear face coverings and practice social distancing.”He said it’s by doing these things that we make the process of flattening the curve function. Meanwhile, there are many that are criticizing the Trump Administration for not doing enough to get more Americans tested for coronavirus.Adams said the rub is not a matter of testing, but funding.“There was ten billion, with a B, dollars allocated for testing, and only about 36 million, with an M, has been drawn down from that fund,” he explained. “So, some of the debate is not about whether we need more testing, but it’s really about whether we’ve spent the money that already allocated.”According to the Centers for Disease Control over 48.6 million Americans have been tested, roughly 14-percent of the U.S. population. Nine-percent of those tests has come back positive. Previous articleMedical care in rural hospitals challenged during pandemicNext articleIndiana Democratic lawmakers want a special session to talk pandemic, police reform issues Network Indiana WhatsApp Google+ Pinterest CoronavirusIndianaLocalMichiganNews Facebooklast_img read more

Rod Stewart lawyer: Plea deal in works in hotel altercation

first_imgWEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Lawyers for Rod Stewart and his son say they’ve worked out details for a plea deal to settle misdemeanor battery charges stemming from an altercation at a posh Florida hotel. The South Florida SunSentinel reports Stewart and his son Sean Stewart would not be going to trial for the altercation at The Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach on New Year’s Day 2020. Prosecutors had no immediate announcement, saying Saturday that plea deal negotiations are continuing. A security guard said Sean Stewart pushed him and Rod Stewart punched him after he barred their admission to a party they weren’t authorized to attend. The 76-year-old rocker’s hits include “Maggie May” and “Tonight’s the Night.”last_img read more

Best practices for credit card programs (and why they work)

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The U.S. credit card industry is expansive and growing, topping $4 trillion in volume in 2014, according to creditcards.com. The website also notes that credit card applications reached record highs in June 2016, as reported by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.And research suggests that credit unions are gaining ground in this lucrative market. In fact, credit unions have increased their credit card market share nearly 50 percent since the 2008-2009 recession, according to creditunions.com.So what are the most innovative credit unions doing today to keep members reaching for their cards? CO-OP Financial Services has identified several best practices, proven strategies that can help you increase your own success.Proactively manage your portfolio. Your program manager should be comparing year-over-year benchmarks within the portfolio on a monthly basis, looking at transaction and sales volumes, as well as the number of accounts and account activations. Other important data points to review include outstanding balances (looking for increases), payments volumes/trends (to understand member behavior changes in carrying balances), income trends for finance charges and fees, and past-due account aging. continue reading »last_img read more

Barbarians too strong for Ireland

first_img The Leinster loosehead was sin-binned by referee Greg Garner after a video review in the first half of Ireland’s non-cap international clash at Thomond Park. Ireland slumped to defeat in Limerick with Alex Cuthbert claiming two tries and Leinster full-back Zane Kirchner landing the Barbarians’ killer blow over many of his club-mates. Craig Gilroy and the returning Chris Henry claimed scores for a scrappy Ireland outfit. Paddy Jackson’s late converted try handed Ireland a sniff of victory, but the BaaBaas held out. Fly-half Ian Madigan escaped censure for stamping on Georgia lock Mikautadze when a maul collapsed in the 32nd minute, but McGrath was handed a yellow card for his actions at the same breakdown. The 25-year-old front-rower could face further retrospective punishment, however, and any eventual sanction could threaten his World Cup participation. France lock Pascal Pape was handed a 10-week ban for kneeing Ireland number eight Jamie Heaslip in the back during this year’s RBS 6 Nations. Any suspension for McGrath would not start until Ireland’s World Cup warm-up games in August. There is no suggestion McGrath’s actions equate to those of Pape, but a ban of four or more weeks would leave his World Cup participation in doubt. Ireland boss Joe Schmidt showed his immediate feelings on the matter by choosing not to send McGrath back into the fray at the end of his 10-minute sin-bin. While the BaaBaas entertained, Ireland were meant to be experimenting, blooding the young and untested and ushering experienced men requiring matches back towards full steam. Jack McGrath could be facing a ban to jeopardise his World Cup participation after kneeing lock Konstantin Mikautadze in the back during Ireland’s 22-21 defeat to the Barbarians. Uncapped centre Colm O’Shea, with just four Leinster appearances to his name, struggled but never folded, while flanker Henry impressed in his first international outing since November. The Ulster openside scragged and scrapped at every breakdown, exhibiting all the tenacity that drove him into Ireland’s starting side before his mini-stroke in the autumn. The 30-year-old even claimed a second-half try, and must surely have done enough in Limerick to convince head coach Schmidt he is ready for the World Cup. The Barbarians launched into free-spirited custom from the off, Wales wing Cuthbert coasting home after Ireland debutant O’Shea drifted too far infield. Ireland levelled the scores through Craig Gilroy’s smart finish, the Ulster wing cutting a tight line off a five-metre scrum. Madigan’s conversion handed Schmidt’s men a two-point lead, but probe as they might, Ireland could not increase that advantage before the break. McGrath’s yellow card stymied solid build-up at the death of the half, allowing the BaaBaas some respite, though the world-famous invitational outfit did suffer a sin-binning of their own. Prop Roberto Tejerizo was given his short-term marching orders at the end of the half, for persistent scrum infringement. The Barbarians reclaimed the lead after the turnaround, former All Blacks wizard Joe Rokocoko always to the fore with a flick here and a trick there. Leinster’s Zane Kirchner outsmarted O’Shea before chipping the cover to slide home in style. Jimmy Gopperth converted before slotting a penalty – with the crowd booing the pragmatism – to set the BaaBaas 15-7 to the good. Ireland rallied through Henry’s driving-maul score, but even with Madigan’s conversion still trailed by a point. The Barbarians fired another riposte, Cuthbert burrowing home with a good flanker impression for his second score of the night. Ireland pulled a last-gasp try out of the hat thanks to replacement fly-half Paddy Jackson, and Madigan slotted the drop-goal conversion to allow the game to restart. Ireland again trailed by one point, with the game sliding into its final minute as the Barbarians restarted the action. The BaaBaas were able to run out the clock, however, and claim a victory as much morale-boosting for their part as galling for Ireland. Press Associationlast_img read more

Local Muslims Decry Paris Attacks

first_imgBy John BurtonMIDDLETOWN – Recent terrorist attacks in France have stunned and outraged everyone, with members of the local Islamic community joining the condemnation of such acts.The Islamic extremists’ attacks on the Paris offices of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo that left 11 dead and 11 others wounded Jan. 7 and other violent attacks in France in its aftermath have been condemned by Reda Shata, the imam, or religious leader, of the Islamic Society of Monmouth County.“This is 100 percent against the Muslim faith,” Shata, an Egyptian, said through an interpreter in an interview with The Two River Times on Tuesday.Shata joined some members of the mosque at 496 Red Hill Road to talk a little about their faith, current events and where they and their religion stand on the acts of violence, following their regular Tuesday night prayer service.Shata regularly visits other mosques to conduct services and discussions. Following the events in France earlier this month, Shata, in a mosque in New York expressed his objections to the violent acts and the faith’s overall aversion to violence, said Ayman El-Sawa, a Highlands resident and member of the Middletown mosque who served as Shata’s interpreter.And Shata would offer his condemnation when he held regular prayer services at this site on Friday, Jan. 23, and invited The Two River Times to attend, according to El-Sawa.“Islam is the most against killing of any religion,” the imam maintained. But the media and many others concentrate on the actions of less than 1 percent of Muslims who embrace an extreme radicalism, he said. “What makes it sad is that the media and everyone else listens to the 1 percent,” Shata continued.The Quran states the only justification for killing is a punishment under rule of law for killing or other extreme violent acts, explained Mohammed Wasim Khan, Old Bridge, a mosque member and Quran scholar. Khan quoted a Quran passage which states “whoever kills a soul…it is as if he’s slain mankind entirely.” Conversely, the passage continues, “And whoever saves one – it is as if he has saved mankind entirely,” Khan noted.“On the other hand,” Shata noted, “we believe insulting the Prophet, no one agrees with,” referring to the magazine’s pejorative illustration of the Prophet Mohammad, believed to have instigated the violence.“Any disrespect to him is painful to us,” Shata added.But Shata still believed the response shouldn’t have been violence. At a recent service Shata told worshippers: “Whoever wanted to defend Mohammad should do it with Mohammad values,” meaning peacefully.The correct response should have been with discussions, peaceful demonstrations and writing letters to publications. “There are hundreds of ways,” said Tarek Sharaf, Piscataway.“Human life is more sacred than the Kaaba,” Sharaf said, quoting the Quran, referring to Islam’s most sacred mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.“People should get to know each other,” as a way of hopefully preventing additional bloodshed, Sharaf continued.“We don’t want people to judge us by the 1 percent,” of their faith who embrace violent extremism, Shata added.The Islamic Society of Monmouth County has been at its Red Hill Road location for about 25 years. It has roughly 1,500 members, mostly from Monmouth County, but also coming from northern New Jersey and from New York to attend prayer services and community activities, according to Shata, who has been with the mosque for 10 years.New Jersey has “no less than 1 million” Muslims, said Shata, noting only New York, Michigan and Illinois having larger populations.last_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week — Dirty Dozen Ladies Rec Champs

first_imgMallard’s Source for Sports is eager to add to the celebration with Team of the Week honours.The team includes, back row, L-R, Ruth Sutherland, Karen Duffy, Kelly Peloso, Lisa Ranta, Wendy Horan, Tracey Kooznetsoff, Melissa Keyserlingk and Heather Dyck. Front, Kelly Newhouse, Jennifer Dunn Moynes The Dirty Dozen and the Lily Whites battled through the duration of the Bridge Ladies Rec Indoor Soccer Season.The Lily Whites managed to win the regular season title, but it was Dirty Dozen having the last laugh in the playoff final, knocking off the champs 5-2 in the final to capture the championship.last_img read more

Inconsistent June, but July looking better

first_imgKerry Reed, Reel Adventures Charters Kootenay LakeKerry Reed is back on the lake giving fishermen the straight goods on what’s happening on the water. Here’s is the July report.Kootenay LakeWell, June has come and gone. And the rain kept coming and going also.  Another wet month for the record books.  And again, the inconsistent weather made for inconsistent fishing. We had some great days out there with up to 15 fish on the day.  But we also had some dismal days due to the bouncing barometer. When the weather remained steady, we had our best fishing. Our biggest Rainbow in the past few weeks was a  bright, chrome 22-pounder, with a few others between 12 and 18 pounds. We also landed quite a few Bull Trout between three and 15 pounds. And now, since the heat wave, things are changing again. Water temperature is rising fast and the fish are going through sporadic feeding frenzies.  So, one day the fish are feeding heavily and we can’t keep them off the hook.  And the next day they are fed up and taking a break. We have had some great morning fishing trips since the heat wave.  Trying to beat the heat and start early in the morning seems to be the ticket.  Our latest morning trip saw saw nice fish come to the boat in only four hours.  That’s great fishing for Summer time. So, like I always say, you just never know. But, you can’t catch them from the couch.  You just have to be out there.What are they biting on??? Now that the summer weather is here, we are catching more fish on the downriggers.  Nothing too deep, but the usual depths of 60-100 feet seem to be working well. My favorite lures on the downrigger have been:  Lyman plugs.  Lucky numbers have been # 10, 14, 16, 108.  Or common colors such as:  blue & yellow, or green & yellow, or blue & white. Our favorite fly colors are all over the map.  Not one consistent pattern lately.  But some of my best patterns have been:  Black/wht,  grey/wht, and green/wht.  Or some common numbered flies such as:  214, 215, 225, 226, and the old standby 228. Also, apex lures have been producing some good fish.  The usual colors at this time of year being:   black/white,  blue/yellow,  blue/green.Tight lines………………..  Kerry Reed Reel Adventures Charters Nelson B.C 250-505-4963 www.reeladventuresfishing.comlast_img read more

Winds batter Cycle Tour competitors

first_img9 March 2009Strong winds, with some gusts reportedly reaching 140km/h, made the 2009 Cape Argus Pick ‘n Pay Cycle Tour one of the most challenging events in the history of the race. It also resulted in the winning time of surprise champion Arran Brown being almost 20 minutes slower than the race record established by Robbie Hunter in 2008.David Bellairs, co-director of the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust, commenting on the fact that only 25 600 out of 35 000 cyclists that had entered the race actually started it, said: “This is 6000 to 7000 fewer than usual and it is due to the wind.“It’s been the most difficult event in 20 years,” he added.Despite the tough conditions, the number of injuries was no worse than is usually the case. A total of 71 people were picked up by ambulance during the race, of which 32 were admitted to hospital, with 19 of those staying overnight.Start delayedThe start of the race was delayed by almost an hour because of the high winds, which led to many structures that had been erected for the event being taken down. Even the helicopters that were supposed to be used for live television coverage were grounded.The battle for line honours, as usual, came down to a sprint finish. Two-time defending champion Robbie Hunter of Team Barloworld was upset by Medscheme’s Arran Brown, who claimed victory in two hours, 46 minutes and 32 seconds. Neotel’s Nolan Hoffman finished third.Barloworld team manager Claudio Corti commented: “The wind was strong. It was a bit dangerous out there, but the team are in good form and kept pushing. They took control in the front of the peloton early in the race and I think it’s a good result.”Women’s championVictory in the women’s race went to Jennie Stenerhag of the Swedish National Team in a time of three hours, six minutes, and one second. Like it was in the men’s event, the winning time was some way off the previous year’s mark; Cherise Taylor won in 2008 in two hours, 50 minutes, and 51 seconds.Five-time winner Anriette Schoeman of Nashua finished second, with MTN’s Marissa van der Merwe in third. Defending champion Taylor had to settle for fifth.The field included Hollywood star Matt Damon, who is in Cape Town to film a movie, “The Human Factor”, based on the story of South Africa’s victory in the 1995 Rugby World Cup. He was joined by his brother Kyle on a tandem, and by former Springbok captain Francois Pienaar, who Damon is playing in the movie.After squeezing just inside the cut off time, Damon said: “It was fabulous! Of course I would do it again!”Both Damon and Pienaar cycled for charity for the Make a Difference (MAD) Foundation.The new political party, the Congress of the People (COPE) used the Cycle Tour to gain some exposure as some 120 cyclists wore T-shirts in the party’s colours, asking “Are you COPING?”Giro del CapoThe Cape Argus Pick ‘n Pay Cycle Tour was the final event of the Giro del Capo, which was raced as four single races. The three stages leading up to the Argus were dominated by Team Barloworld.A 106-kilometre stage, starting and ending in Wellington, with plenty of climbing en route, made up the first race of the Giro.It came down to a sprint finish with Barloworld’s Robbie Hunter taking the honours ahead of MTN’s Christoff van Heerden and Neotel’s Johann Rabie.The next day’s race, covering 143 kilometres, and starting and ending in Durbanville, was won by Team Barloworld’s Christopher Froome, who excelled in tough, hot conditions in which only 40 cyclists finished.Froome finished three minutes and 31 seconds ahead of second placed Jay Thomson of MTN, with Barloworld’s Darryl Impey finishing third in the same time.Stage three, a 171-kilometre round route, starting and finishing in Paarl, was contested in extremely hot conditions.Once again, Team Barloworld had the answer to the challenge with Stephen Cummings claiming victory. Neotel’s Johann Rabie secured second place – his second podium finish – and Dennis van Niekerk of Konica Minolta was third.Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more