12 Jun

Mexico: Another journalist murdered in Veracruz

first_imgNews April 28, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders (RSF) urges the Mexican authorities to lose no time in identifying those responsible for website editor Leobardo Vázquez’s murder yesterday in the eastern state of Veracruz and to provide his family with protection. to go further Reporter murdered in northwestern Mexico’s Sonora state Reports Follow the news on Mexico NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say MexicoAmericas Condemning abuses Violence Organisation March 22, 2018 Mexico: Another journalist murdered in Veracruz Aged 42, Leobardo Vázquez was gunned down last night outside his home in Gutiérrez Zamora, a municipality in the northern part of the state, which is regarded as the western hemisphere’s most dangerous region for journalists.Until last year, he worked for La Opinion de Poza Rica, a local newspaper, but he was currently the editor of Enlace Informativo Regional, a Facebook page providing news about the region.Ana Laura Pérez, the head of the Veracruz State Commission for the Attention and Protection of Journalists (CEAPP), said Vázquez had not contacted the commission to report receiving threats. But colleagues of Vázquez said he had been threatened by local officials and had been about to file a complaint and seek protection.“With three journalists murdered in Mexico so far this year, the situation is becoming untenable for the Mexican media, especially those in Veracruz,” said Emmanuel Colombié, the head of RSF’s Latin America bureau. “The local police and judicial authorities must quickly identify those responsible for Leobardo Vázquez’s murder and provide his family with protection.”In a report published in February 2017, entitled “Veracruz: journalists and the state of fear,” RSF examines the critical situation of journalism in Veracruz and the flaws in Mexico’s mechanisms for protecting journalists in danger, and offers detailed recommendations for improving the situation.Vázquez was the third journalist to be murdered this year in Mexico, following Pamika Montenegro and Carlos Domínguez Rodríguez.The producer of El Sillón, a satirical news channel on YouTube in which she made fun of local politicians, Montenegro was shot by two unidentified gunmen in a restaurant in Acapulco, in the southwestern state of Guerrero, on 5 February. Domínguez was stabbed to death in the centre of Nuevo Laredo, in the northeastern state of Tamaulipas, on 13 January.Mexico is ranked 147th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. News MexicoAmericas Condemning abuses Violence May 13, 2021 Find out more May 5, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies News Receive email alerts RSF_en last_img read more

7 May

Aker Solutions secures brownfield services contract in Brunei

first_img he work will be managed from PTAS Aker Solutions Sdn Bhd’s office in Kuala Belait. (Credit: Aker Solutions ASA) Aker Solutions, in a joint venture with PTAS Sdn Bhd, has signed a five-year agreement to provide offshore maintenance and modification services to Brunei Shell Petroleum (BSP).Scope of work covers maintenance and upgrades to maintain production levels for more than 200 offshore assets.The name of the new entity is PTAS Aker Solutions Sdn Bhd. The joint venture will ensure continuity of delivery to BSP and has a strong local execution capability, combined with the full value of Aker Solutions’ international expertise. The work will be managed from PTAS Aker Solutions Sdn Bhd’s office in Kuala Belait, Brunei Darussalam.“We are pleased to continue our work for Brunei Shell Petroleum and look forward to help extend the lifetime of the offshore installations in the South China Sea,” said Luis Araujo, chief executive officer of Aker Solutions.Since Aker Solutions secured the Offshore Reliability Maintenance and Construction contract for Brunei Shell Petroleum in 2012, the company has continuously improved the service delivery and introduced new working methods and technology to Brunei Shell Petroleum. Achievements include a strong HSSE performance, increasing local content by training a local workforce and setting up a fabrication yard that was handed over to a local company. At the same time, the productivity of offshore crew rose.Aker Solutions currently employs more than 340 people in Brunei and manages 2,300 though local subcontractors.As a result of the contract award, Aker Solutions will book order intake of about NOK 4 billion in the first quarter of 2020, in line with the company’s announcement from January 15, 2020. Source: Company Press Release Scope of work covers maintenance and upgrades to maintain production levels for more than 200 offshore assetslast_img read more

17 Sep

Boys golf Lakers build four-match win streak

first_imgThat win Aug. 26 over Skaneateles began a hot stretch for the Cazenovia boys golf team, which carried that momentum over to the first week of school.Making it two wins in a row Aug. 30 at Beaver Meadows, where the Lakers rolled to a 230-326 decision over the Phoenix Firebirds as Alex Moesch once again led the way, shooting a nine-hole total of 41.Will Fitzgerald, recording a 44, was next on the Cazenovia slate, with Jack Byrnes adding a 47. Cody Dickinson and Ben Orbach each shot 49 and Chris Kelly finished with a 57. After some rough opening matches, the Chittenango boys golf team broke through with its first match victory of 2019 on Aug. 29, when it went to Beaver Meadows and defeated Phoenix 265-311.Tyrus Kelley’s 42 for nine holes was two shots better than the Firebirds’ Dom Neiss. And the supporting cast helped as Seth Boutler had a 53, just ahead of Brendan Fraser (54) and Tanner Smith (55), with Maddox Garvey adding a 61.A day later, the Bears lost to Mexico 215-254. Playing at Emerald Crest, Kelly managed a 44, while Fraser improved to a 48, but no other Chittenango golfer broke 50.Chittenango’s September slate commenced last Tuesday with a 220-251 defeat to Westhill. At Camillus Hills, Kelly had a 44, with Smith getting a 50 ahead of  Fraser (51), Smith and Boutler (53 each). Anthony Maglisco (40) and Aidan Ryan (41) led Westhill.In a Thursday rematch with Phoenix at Rogues Roost, Chittenango won again, 239-282, over the Firebirds, Kelly’s 38 boosted by a 41 from Evan Smith. Fraser and Tanner Smith each shot 48 as Boulter posted a 51 and Garvey shot 56.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Tags: CazenoviaChittenangoGolfcenter_img Back in action last Wednesday afternoon, Cazenovia went to Orchard Valley and pulled away to beat LaFayette 218-260. Moesch, with a 40, led a more consistent effort, Fitzgerald earning a 44 as Dickinson and Orbach again tied, this time with 45, with Byrnes shooting 49.The win streak continued Friday at Cazenovia Country Club, with the host Lakers pulling away from Tully 217-257 as it produced five of the best six individual totals.Moesch again had individual honors with a 40, beating out Fitzgerald, who had a 42. Dickinson’s 44 tied the Black Knights’ Ryan Shute for third place, and Byrnes chimed in with a 45 as Orbach added a 46.last_img read more

17 Sep

Former Trojans preparing for the upcoming NBA draft

first_imgWith the Staples Center just down Figueroa Street from the Galen Center, playing in the NBA does not seem out of reach for most USC basketball players.Talented · Forward Nikola Vucevic has impressed scouts at pre-draft workouts and could be taken in the NBA draft lottery on Thursday. – Summer Trojan file photo The dream will be even closer Thursday for several former Trojans who hope to hear their name called during the NBA draft at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.Nikola Vucevic is expected to be the first Trojan to go in this year’s draft.After averaging a team-high 17.1 points and 10.3 rebounds per game last season and being named First-Team All-Pac-10, Vucevic decided to forgo his senior season to enter the draft.And his stock has been rising in recent mock drafts.Although most universities exaggerate the size of their student-athletes, USC modestly listed Vucevic at 6-foot-10, 240 pounds. At the annual NBA draft combine in Chicago, Vucevic surprised scouts by measuring just under 7 feet when wearing shoes, making him the tallest player at the combine. Vucevic also weighed in at a muscular 260 pounds and recorded the highest standing reach and the second-longest wingspan.Vucevic also impressed the scouts with how much his offensive game improved from when he averaged 2.6 points and 2.7 rebounds per game as a freshman.“Nikola’s great advantage is that he is going to be able to guard [NBA power forwards and centers], which very few people can do,” USC coach Kevin O’Neill said during Vucevic’s press conference in April, where he declared his eligibility for the draft. “He is going to have to become an NBA 3-point shooter. The lines on an NBA court are considerably longer, and it is a huge adjustment.”Sports Illustrated’s Sam Amick and DraftExpress.com predict Vucevic will be picked 16th overall by the Philadelphia 76ers.Alex Stepheson transfered from North Carolina to USC for the 2008-2009 season. – Summer Trojan file photoPlaying alongside Vucevic in the frontcourt for two seasons, Alex Stepheson, a 6-foot-10, 250-pound forward who transferred to USC from North Carolina, worked out with the Charlotte Bobcats.As a junior, Stepheson led the Pac-10 with an average of 3.4 offensive rebounds per game. As a senior, he averaged 9.8 points and 9.2 rebounds per game.Senior Marcus Simmons also has professional aspirations. The 6-foot-6, 220-pound guard developed a reputation as a lock-down defender, often guarding the opposing team’s best player. As a senior, he was named the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year, averaging 5.1 points and 2.8 rebounds per game.Simmons had workouts with the Los Angeles Lakers, Milwaukee Bucks, New Jersey Nets and Toronto Raptors.No Trojans were selected in the 2010 NBA draft. DeMar DeRozan and Taj Gibson were first round picks in the 2009 NBA draft.last_img read more

13 Aug

DOT to hold meeting about proposed reconstruction of US Highway 65 south of Mason City downtown

first_imgMASON CITY — An informational meeting will be held next week by the Iowa Department of Transportation to discuss a proposed feasibility study for US Highway 65 south of downtown Mason City. The study is being done prior to the scheduled reconstruction of the highway from 6th Street South to just south of 27th Street Southwest in 2024. The DOT will conduct the meeting using an open forum format, with DOT staff being present to informally discuss the study. That meeting will take place at the Mason City Public Library on Thursday evening September 12th from 5:00 to 6:30. If you want to submit a comment online about this project, you can click herelast_img read more

3 Aug

Nelson’s Bruce A. Sinclair takes pitch for Bermuda

first_imgL.V. Rogers grad Bruce A. Sinclair is heading back to the 2014 World Field Lacrosse Championships beginning Thursday (July 10) in Denver, Col., at a member of the Bermuda National Team.Sinclair, 41, graduated from LVR in 1991 before earning a degree from University of Victoria in 1996 and gaining a Masters of Science at Montana State University in Bozeman, Mont.Sinclair has spent the past 12 years as a Science and Math Teacher and head of data management at Saltus Grammar School in Hamilton, Bermuda, which is the capital of the country located in the Atlantic Ocean off the east coast of the United States.”I became interested in the sport due to its fast paced nature and team spirit,” Sinclair told The Nelson Daily on the eve of the national tournament.”I took up lacrosse six years ago and was able to represent Bermuda in the 2010 World Championships in Manchester England.”In that tournament we placed 18 out of 29 teams . . . won 3 games posting victories over Denmark, Latvia and Norway,” he added.Sinclair plays defensive midfielder or D-Middy as coaches prefer to call the position. Sinclair said Bermuda used to have a much higher population of ex-patriot workers, which included several lacrosse players. The interest in the sport allowed followers to enjoy at least a couple of tournaments a year.However, since the recession, the field lacrosse population has dwindled and the bulk of the competition is now reserved for weekly indoor games with the bulk of the Bermuda National side coming from players who are Bermudian or have a Bermuda connection but are working off island.Bermuda is playing in the Yellow Division against France, Ireland and Uganda in the 38 nation tournament.The tournament opens with the opening ceremony Thursday followed by the host United States team battling Canada. The field is broken into nine divisions, with the top six teams competing in the Blue Division.The other eight divisions all have four teams and are not grouped by world ranking.”We have a solid core of returning players heading to Denver,” Sinclair explains.”Having not seen these countries we play in our pool recently we are unsure of our chances,” he added.”We hope that we will come away from the pool play with at least one victory. Ireland proved to be strong in England, so we will be looking to be competitive against France and Uganda.”Sinclair, who played all sports at LVR and has a five-year-old boy named Ciaran, has represented Bermuda at the National level in volleyball team from 2004-2007 and again as assistant coach in 2013.The World Field Lacrosse Championships conclude (Saturday) July 19 with the Championship game.The U.S. beat Canada, 12-10, in the 2010 world championship in Manchester, England.last_img read more

3 Aug

Hawks take stranglehold on Murdoch Division Final

first_imgNelson opened the scoring when a turnover at the Beaver Valley blueline gave the Leafs a two-on-one with Dale Howell and Sawyer Hunt.Howell slipped nice saucer pass Hunt ripped into the Beaver Valley nets past goalie Tallon Kramer.Beaver Valley struck twice in the second, two minutes apart to take a 2-1 lead after 40 minutes.Darren Kramer tied the game before Blake Sidoni put the Hawks ahead.Nelson scored the only goal of the third period to tie the game a few minutes into the frame when Howell converted his team high fourth goal of the playoffs.The shots were even at 29-29.BLUELINES: The game, attracting 780 fans, was the sixth time of the 2017 KIJHL playoffs the Leafs have been forced into overtime. Nelson is 3-3 during the playoffs. . . . Dale Howell led the Leafs with two points Friday. . . . Tallon Kramer, once again stellar between the pipes for the Hawks, was in goal to win his seventh straight playoff game. . . . A luck fan from Nelson split the $800 50-50 jackpot Friday. . . .There will be no five-peat for the Selkirk Saints. The Castlegar-based squad lost 6-1 Friday to Trinity Western Spartans in BCIHL playoff action. The Saints had won the past four BCIHL titles. Playing with a lead or coming from behind, the Beaver Valley Nitehawks know how to win.For the second game in a row the Hawks needed overtime to defeat the Nelson Leafs.Blake Sidoni beat Devin Allen in the Nelson nets at 9:33 in the second extra period to give Beaver Valley a 3-2 victory over the Leafs in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action Friday night at the NDCC Arena.The Nitehawks take a 3-0 stranglehold on the best-of-seven Murdoch Final with Game four Saturday right back in Nelson.last_img read more

2 Aug


first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 20, 2016)–Consistent Paulina’s Love registered her first stakes win in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Buena Vista Stakes at Santa Anita as she held off the late charge of Stormy Lucy to prevail by a neck under Gary Stevens while covering a flat mile on turf in 1:36.06.A comfortable second to longshot Moanin going to the far turn, Paulina’s Love, with Theatre Star to her outside, took command five sixteenths from home and was all-out to hold off the late charge of Stormy Lucy, a Grade I winner.Trained by Richard Baltas, Paulina’s Love, a Louisiana-bred daughter of Mizzen Mast, was the third choice in a field of 11 older fillies and mares at 7-2 and paid $9.60, $4.80 and $3.80.“I’ve fallen in love with her,” said Stevens, who is now three for five with “Pauline” in the afternoon. “These (owners) have been so patient with her and have allowed Richard to do what he wants with her. She just keeps developing and getting better and better. She exploded at the eighth pole just like the last time…“I rode her with a lot of confidence, like she was the favorite. She minds, she lets me do what I want, whatever the pace scenario is. When she’s done, I’d like to take her home and put her in my backyard.”Owned by KM Racing Enterprise, Inc. and Head of Plains Partners, LLC, Paulina’s Love, who came off a big allowance win over the course on Dec. 30, improved her overall mark to 13-4-3-3. With the winner’s share of $120,000, she increased her earnings to $304,990.“She’s special at this distance and even better when she gets a little time between races like we did here,” said David Meah, assistant to Baltas, who was at Fairgrounds, in New Orleans on Saturday. “She had a perfect trip. I didn’t expect Flavien (Prat, aboard pacesetting Moanin) to go out like that, but it’s okay. We came home in front and that’s all that matters at the end of the day.”Ridden by Kent Desormeaux, Stormy Lucy, as is her custom, was far back early and came with a rush late, but just fell short. The second choice at 7-2, she paid $4.60 and $3.20.“There wasn’t a straw in her path,” said Desormeaux. “She gave me a dream ride. She absolutely flew to the wire. The winner was a nose better today, that’s all. They were too good today.”Ridden by Alex Solis, Kerri Belle rallied three-wide turning for home and proved third best, finishing 1 ¾ lengths behind Stormy Lucy. Off at 6-1, she paid $5.00 to show.“I had a perfect trip,” said Solis. “She ran hard, she just didn’t get there.”Fractions on the race were 22.84, 46.36, 1:10.90 and 1:23.45.First post time on Sunday at Santa Anita is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.last_img read more

17 Dec

Fixing Tabs in Firefox: Design Challenge Winners Announced

first_imgTabs, tabs and more tabs, crawling all over your browser; impossible to sort, eating up system memory – what part of using a browser is more maddening than tab overload? Mozilla is trying to solve that problem with a big design challenge. One hundred and twenty eight teams entered the Mozilla Labs Design Challenge Summer ’09, five winners were announced today, and I’m not sure anyone’s really nailed it yet. But the attempts are quite interesting.“Most Innovative” was won by a University of Michigan team that designed a pretty awesome radial display for tabs spawned by tabs. It doesn’t work very well yet and it’s not clear that it really solves the problem at hand, but some of the other winners are worth a look too. There’s even a 3D/Augmented Reality entry! What do you think, do any of these look like they could fix your tab troubles?TabViz is the name of the entry deemed most innovative. It displays “parent-child” relationships between tabs through a radial display of clickable screen shots. It’s live on Google Code now, and it’s cool, but it doesn’t work very well yet.How important is the parent-child relationship between tabs, though, once you’ve got a bunch of them opened up? It is one way to group related tabs, but how many of us think of our tabs as groups? I don’t – I think “where’s that darned tab I was trying to find?”Collapsible Tabs is an entrant from Martin Polley of Israel. It too puts tabs in groups, but it does it in interesting ways. Most important – this proposal lets you search tabs by title name and hides all of them that don’t match the letters you’re typing! Hello! That’s what I want. Unfortunately, this is just a visual mock-up so far and hasn’t been developed. A Firefox plug-in called Showcase is really close to the user experience I’m looking for in refining tab focus by typing search terms. I just found it and so far, I am pretty excited about it. It could be much easier to use, but you should probably go try it out right away.Here’s Polley’s design.CubeZilla was the Peoples’ Choice winner and it’s pretty far out. It’s a 3D and Augmented Reality tab manager that would let users organize all their tabs into groups that are displayed on sides of a floating cube. It’s cool – and it might be useful. It’s a little reminiscent of Spaces on the Mac, but for web pages. It’s mostly just cool, though.Another option I’d like to see in some design is for tabs to decay over time. If I haven’t accessed a tab in a couple of hours, partition it off someplace accessible but out of the way. Limit its memory usage and get it out of my way.The best solution to tab management I’ve found so far? My MacBook Pro’s multi-touch functionality altered using the MultiClutch program. I just swipe three fingers down my track pad and the tab I’m on is closed. Repeat, repeat, repeat; suddenly life feels far more care free.Getting rid of tabs, that seems like the solution to me, more than managing them. How about you – what are your favorite methods of dealing with tab overload? What do you still dream of being able to do with all the tabs in your life? It’s a major problem and people are listening. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts Tags:#Browsers#web center_img marshall kirkpatrick Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

12 Dec

Helping Military Dads Stay Connected

first_imgBehnke suggests, “You might invite dads to a “how to” session on finances or investing.  Or an activity on helping their kids succeed in school or staying connected while apart using technology. These topics can become a spring board for teaching ways that dads can be even more “amazing.” Most dads like to be told what they are doing right and even seen as experts, they don’t like to be told how to parent.  One approach that I like is offering a personal invitation to a dad to attend a program so they can act as a mentor for other dads or learn some things to help the other men in their units. A lot of times it really comes down to fathers feeling that they are heard, and that their opinions are respected.”Other tips from Behnke for helping military dads rejoin their families:Military Dad with Little GirlA child’s caregiver, often wives (for married dads) and girlfriends or relatives (for other dads) are the gateway to maintaining the connection with their children when dad is deployed. Help dads find their personal style for communicating more and make it a pattern they follow every week.Fathers can be each others’ greatest support. Take time to encourage dads to seek out a natural mentor or a friend that they can relate to and look up to as a father.Church support is also a powerful source of strength for many military dads. Where many other things in their lives change so much a faith community can be a source of stability and support. Helping dads find a church or a community group they really connect with is a great source of strength.According to the National Fatherhood Initiative (NFI), nearly two million children of military dads are affected by the unique stresses of military life.  Approximately 593,000 active-duty service members and nearly 300,000 U.S. reservists are dads.  Today there are approximately 150,000 military fathers currently deployed.As there are lots of military dads there are also lots of resources. To help prepare fathers and their families for the stresses of deployment, transitions, and times away, the NFI offers quality resources developed by seasoned military personnel and offers training and workshops to prepare families for both deployment and reunion, as well as tools for strengthening families.The Deployed Fathers and Families Guide produced by NFI has numerous resources to help dads anywhere in the deployment cycle.Another great resource is the Pay it Forward Parenting free online parenting program for military moms and dads.  This free class (normally $299) is taught by one of the world’s foremost authors on parenting Amy McCready and offers an amazing opportunity to learn skills and techniques to be the parent you want to be. Military Dad Playing Ball with SonIn his white paper, Deployed Dads: Strengthening Military and Veteran Fathers, Families and Communities, Richard Lewis says that the negative impact of a father’s military service, especially pre- and post-deployment, can be mitigated by increasing the family’s access to resources.But where do you start?  What makes sense in terms of helping military fathers transition from active duty to “full-time” dad?Andrew Behnke, Professor and Human Development Specialist at North Carolina State University, says that we should start with fathers where they are.  Behnke shares, “They might not want to learn about being a dad, or a better spouse, but they will likely want to do things with other dads or with their families—like playing basketball, working out, going on a picnic, or hiking. Educational programs are most effective when they involve ‘stealth education’ – education that is hidden in fun activities and focuses on their kids or things they would do naturally with other guys- that allows fathers to come to programs on topics that interest them, while still providing dads some ways to learn to be the dad they want to be.last_img read more