Officials say drug traffickers probably abducted missing journalist

first_img Officials say Rafael Ortiz Martínez of the local daily Zócalo, who went missing in the northern state of Coahuila on 8 July, was probably kidnapped by drug traffickers who were the subject of his articles. Reporters Without Borders fears for his life and calls on the federal judicial authorities to take over his case. May 13, 2021 Find out more Organisation News Help by sharing this information Reports to go further News MexicoAmericas RSF_en April 28, 2021 Find out more Reporter murdered in northwestern Mexico’s Sonora state News July 24, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Officials say drug traffickers probably abducted missing journalist Receive email alerts 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say May 5, 2021 Find out more The judicial authorities in the northern state of Coahuila have said Rafael Ortiz Martínez of the local daily Zócalo, who went missing in the city of Monclova on 8 July, was probably kidnapped by drug traffickers.“If this is true, we would be extremely concerned about Ortiz’s fate,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Drug trafficking has become a virtually untouchable subject for Mexican journalists, who have to choose between censoring themselves or putting their lives in danger. Given the gravity of this case, we reiterate our call for an investigation at the federal level.”Ortiz, who also hosts a local radio show, had written at least five reports about drug trafficking in Monclova and the surrounding region. Coahuila governor Humberto Moreira Valdés says drug traffickers often use abduction as a way to intimidate the media.The Ortiz case resembles that of Alfredo Jiménez Mota of the local daily El Imparcial who went missing on 2 April 2005 in the northwestern state of Sonora after investigating drug trafficking._______________________________________________________________11.07.06 – Journalist missing in Coahuila stateReporters Without Borders voiced deep concern today about the disappearance of Rafael Ortiz Martínez, a radio and newspaper journalist based in Monclova, in the northern state of Coahuila, who has not been seen since 8 July.“We urge the Coahuila state authorities to do everything possible to find Ortiz quickly and to alert the new prosecutor’s office that specialises in attacks on the press,” Reporters Without Borders said.“The investigators should consider the possibility that Ortiz’s disappearance is related to his work as a journalist,” the organisation added, noting that two other journalists are missing in Mexico – Jesús Mejía Lechuga since 10 July 2003 and Alfredo Jiménez Mota since 2 April 2005.Aged 32, Ortiz is a reporter for the Monclova edition of the daily newspaper Zócalo. He also presents a one-hour news programme called Radio Zócalo every morning on radio XHCCG 104.1 FM. The editor of Zócalo, Sergio Cisneros, issued a statement saying Ortiz had not been seen since he left the newspaper on finishing his work at around 1:30 or 1:45 a.m. on 8 July. Cisneros said he was very surprised by Ortiz’s disappearance and did not know why it had happened.Ortiz wrote two sensitive articles last week, one about prostitution in downtown Monclova and the other about the spread of a hepatitis C at a centre for treatment and social reintegration.Cisneros said the newspaper alerted the local authorities after noticing Ortiz’s prolonged and inexplicable absence. Ortiz’s father, Rafael Ortiz del Toro, reported his disappearance yesterday to the local state prosecutor’s office. MexicoAmericas Follow the news on Mexicolast_img read more

New plant material

first_imgAs the weather grows cooler most landscape plants begin to go dormant. Fall is an excellent time to install new plant material. Many home gardeners like to install plants in the spring when their leaves are unfurling and many go into bloom. Spring planting is acceptable, but fall planting is preferable. The summer months are not good for planting due to the intense heat and prolonged dry spells.Newly installed plant material, even if properly watered, is highly stressed and can die. In the fall months, the air temperatures have cooled and the plants are not under as much stress. The stems and leaves will begin going dormant, but the roots will continue to grow in the soil. Cold weather gives the plant more time to become established and develop a strong, healthy root system. By the following spring and summer, the plants will be more resistant to heat and drought conditions. Spring-planted trees and shrubs have a much shorter period of time to become established. This makes them more vulnerable to the stresses of summer.For trees and shrubs, dig the width of the hole at least one and one-half to two times the size of the root ball. Plant it at the same depth as it was in the container. Do not install the plant’s crown below soil level. Planting too deeply can lead to rot and other problems leading to damage and possible death of the plant material. Research has shown adding organic matter, like compost or top soil, to the hole is not necessary. The plant’s roots might be so happy in the rich soil that it prevents their roots from growing out into the native soil. However, when planting a bed of multiple trees and shrubs, add organic matter and till it in throughout the entire planting bed. Do not fill the individual holes with organic matter.When purchasing plants, select plants that appear healthy and free of insects and diseases. Pull the plant out of the pot and examine the roots. Healthy roots should be white or light brown and spread throughout the root ball. Avoid plants with black mushy roots, or those with poorly developed root systems. If plants roots are matted around the edge of the root ball, use a knife and make a few cuts to break up the mat and allow the roots to spread. Do not apply fertilizer to the individual planting holes. Wait until the plants become established before fertilizing. Thoroughly water the plants once or twice a week. Apply two to three inches of mulch, such as pine straw, pine bark or cypress mulch, around the plants. Do not mass mulch around the stems of the trees and shrubs. This can lead to disease and insect infestation of the stem. Fall is the best time of the year to establish trees, shrubs, and many types of perennials. Install these plants now to enjoy them in the spring and into the future. For more information on fall plantings, contact your local University of Georgia Extension office at 1-800-ASK-UGA1.last_img read more

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Cape Town’s soccer angels

first_img1 February 2006Professional women’s football may not have taken off in South Africa, but if the vision and energy of Cape Town Angels FC is anything to go by, it’s only a matter of time before it does.The Cape Town Angels Football Club, born in 2002 out of development work done at the Jogo Bonito School of Excellence, aims to become a feeder for young South African women hoping to break into the world of professional soccer.Since then the club, which starts with teams at the under-nine age group level, has gone from strength to strength.Its potential was recently recognised by South Africa’s top selling soccer magazine, Kickoff, which has joined forces with the Angels to help with fund-raising and brand-building.‘Example to all amateur clubs’“It’s my opinion that this is a club that can be an example to all amateur clubs in South Africa, male and female,” says Kickoff editorial director Richard Maguire.The Angels, who recently made the Hartleyvale Stadium their new home, will be supported by the magazine’s marketing team of Kgomotso Kgatle and former Bafana Bafana striker George Dearnaley.Angels’ coach Lee du Plessis reckons the partnership with Kickoff will lead to new opportunities for the club. “This will improve the credibility of women athletes in the wider sporting community,” she said.The club’s primary fundraising focus is the Umbro International Cup, set to be played in Manchester, England in 2007.It will cost up to R15 000 for each player to attend, and money is in short supply, with many of the players coming from poor homes in the areas of Mitchell’s Plain, Athlone and Khayelitsha.Angel in AmericaRecently, one of the Angels, 15-year-old schoolgirl Lindsey Dolman, travelled to the United States to find out for herself what it takes to become a professional player.The game is big business in the US, which boasts a healthy professional league as well as 20 million registered players under the age of 19.Dolman, who dreams of representing South Africa at the Olympics and the World Cup, wanted to find out what aspects of her game she needs to work on, so she attended the Vermont and New Hampshire Olympic Development Program, which identifies the most talented players around the United States.The programme trains players as young as 12 in a far-sighted effort to produce future Olympians and World Cup stars.A wonderful experienceDolman says it was a wonderful experience. “The facilities are great,” she enthused. “The training wasn’t anything special or new; it was amazing how many girls play the game here.”South Africa, says Dolman, has the talent to star in the world game, but women’s soccer needs greater support: “We are ahead of the curve and we need to keep improving. We need more support for girl’s football.“The programme which we are in [at Cape Town Angels FC] is doing a lot for us, and I only realized it now seeing what else is happening in the USA.“I am grateful to Cape Town Angels believing in me and making this learning experience possible,” Dolman added. “This was my first plane trip and it was long. I hope I can spread the word about women’s football.”So, does Dolman have any other football dreams she wishes to fulfil? “I want to be the perfect footballer,” she says.“I know I am small and a little slow, but so too was Pele and Mia Hamm.” Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Swiss investment in SA multiplies

first_img5 September 2013Swiss investments in South Africa more than trebled between 2009 and 2012 compared to those made between 2003 and 2008, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies told Swiss businessmen and ministers on Thursday.Addressing the South Africa-Switzerland Business Forum in Cape Town, Davies said that Swiss companies had made 20 investments worth R13.9-billion in South Africa between in South Africa between 2009 and 2012, creating 7 000 jobs in the process.This compared to 12 investments worth R3.8-billion and generating 3 000 jobs between 2003 and 2008.Overall trade between the two countries had declined, however, falling from R21-billion in 2011 to R14-billion last year – a drop which Davies attributed to the slump in demand for platinum.Praising Switzerland as one of the most technologically advanced and sophisticated countries in the world, Davies said that with Europe stuck in low growth, Africa – the second fastest growing region in the world after Asia – offered huge opportunities for Swiss companies.“Switzerland is a country that we regard as strategic, very important, with very important skills and abilities.”Davies noted a recent survey by the Financial Times indicating that South Africa was the most favoured African destination for foreign investors.Swiss Federal Councillor for Economic Affairs, Education and Research Johann Schneider-Ammann told the forum that Switzerland likewise regarded South Africa as a strategic partner.He out that South Africa was Switzerland’s most important trading partner on the continent, adding that Switzerland was the fifth largest foreign investor in South Africa, where more than 100 Swiss companies employed over 35 000 people.Schneider-Ammann praised the Swiss-South African Joint Research Programme, set up in 2007, saying that the it now boasted 65 joint research projects.South Africa and Switzerland also signed a memorandum of understanding on cooperation and trade promotion on Thursday.The agreement was signed between Switzerland Global Enterprise and the Department of Trade and Industry to promote market access for South African small businesses through the Swiss Import Promotion Programme (Sippo), which facilitates market access for small businesses from countries around the world.Daniel Kueng, CEO of Switzerland Global Enterprise – which helps foreign companies invest in Switzerland and overseas – said its South African office, started five years ago, was in high demand from Swiss investors.He noted that Switzerland accounted for five percent of foreign direct investment (FDI) worldwide and 1.4% of all exports, despite accounting for just one percent of the world’s population.Schneider-Ammann, who arrived in South Africa for a four-day trip on Wednesday, was due to hold meetings with Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande and Science and Technology Minister Derek Hanekom, and to visit various businesses along an accompanying delegation of science and business representatives.Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

SA women win series vs Bangladesh

first_img“If we knew that the result would be 3-0 at the start of the series, we would have taken it,” Momentum Proteas Women’s coach Hilton Moreeng said after his side had secured victory. 17 September 2013 Bangladesh were well set to reach the target at 79 without loss in the 14th over, but two run outs and a stumping in the space of three overs brought the home team back into contention. The teams move on to a three-match ODI series, which starts at Sahara Willowmoore Park in Benoni on Friday. SAinfo reporter Bangladesh put in their most consistent performance with the ball to date, and had South Africa under pressure in the opening overs. The Proteas posted 109 for four in their 20 overs, which owed much to a half- century by player of the match and captain, Mignon du Preez. Du Preez (52) and Kapp (24 not out) shared an important 55-run stand for the third wicket, after the loss of openers Trisha Chetty (0) and Lizelle Lee (11) early on. ProudMoreeng said he was proud of the way his players withstood the pressure, and said it had given him an understanding of the character and temperament at his disposal in his squad. South Africa’s national women’s cricket team held their nerve to edge out Bangladesh by three runs in the third and final T20 international at Senwes Park in Potchefstroom on Sunday to complete a 3-0 series victory. Bangladesh needed 12 runs off the final over, with seven wickets in hand, but fell short due to a composed and effective final over from the Proteas’ Marizanne Kapp. ‘They put us under pressure’“I must give credit to Bangladesh,” Moreeng said. “They put us under pressure very early. The first two overs were maidens and we were a wicket down. “The partnership between Kapp and the captain put us back where we wanted to be and we had to settle for 109, which required us to go out there and bowl well.” ‘Building a team’“We are building as a team and it was important for us to start this home series well, especially by playing good cricket and learning from every game that we play.”last_img read more

Etelos Adopts OpenID For Business Applications Sold Through Its Marketplaces

first_imgEtelos is adopting OpenID and Single Sign On(SSO) for its partners that sell business applications. The service will provide a single point of user authentication for business applications distributed through Etelos marketplaces. OpenID will primarily serve small business customers who use business applications from Etelos partners. OpenID will provide small businesses with an identity solution that gives them easier access to the applications they use. Etelos develops and operates private-labeled marketplaces for Web-based business applications such as Eventbrite and Box.net.Subscribers access what Etelos calls a User Management Interface (UMI). This console manages all of the application users for a small business subscriber. Using this system, they can access their application through a single sign on. They can link to their Web apps through a “single-user portal.” OpenD is a decentralized standard for managing user names and passwords for single-logon access to web-based applications and social sites. It is supported by a number of companies including Google, IBM and Yahoo!OpenID has taken some time to establish itself but it did get a boost this summer when Google Apps adopted it. The adoption meant millions of schools, businesses and other organizations could use their Apps accounts as an OpenID. OpenID should see continued growth, especially as enterprise applications proliferate. OpenID and SSO’s give providers like Etelos a way for its customers to offer a simple identity solution that simplifies the process for managing applications. IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Related Posts alex williams Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…center_img 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Tags:#enterprise#Products Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo…last_img read more

Contribution to 2013 Sectoral Debate: Mikael Phillips, MP

first_imgMr. Speaker,I want to express my gratitude to the electors on North West Manchester for their confidence and commitment.I want to also thank former Member of Parliament Dean Peart and all who those who have toiled hard and long in the vineyard to the service of our Jamaican people.I would like to thank the Prime Minister for the guidance she has given to me since I have entered the field of representative politics. I also wish to express my appreciation of support of my Parliamentary colleagues.And you, Mr. Speaker, for the guidance you have given to me as we both hail from the happiest parish in Jamaica.I would like to acknowledge the love and support of my family.Words cannot express the feeling one gets serving in the Parliament with one’s relative, more so, serving at the same time with one’s father, I want to thank my father for his guidance and love in making me the man I am today.My job would be harder if I did not have an able team around me, my four counselors, Deputy Mayor Ervin Facey, Faith Sampson, McCauther Collins and Firbourne Maxwell, the Constituency Executive and my assistant Jackie.Serving as a Member of Parliament is not a right but a privilege. We have come a far away as a people, but we have a lot further to go.It has been a privilege to serve the constituency of Manchester North West, which spans from Troy in the North to Pepper in the South.Farming is our main source of employment, and I would like to thank Minister Roger Clarke and the team at RADA for the guidance and technical assistance that they have given to our farmers.My first year as Member of Parliament, I can say it has been one that has deepened my understanding more about our people in rural Jamaica.I have found that they are no different than our neighbors uptown, or in urban areas, they have the same dedication and love for their country.Most of all, Mr. Speaker, they are seeking the same opportunities to uplift themselves as Jamaicans.Mr. Speaker, the more I serve, is the more I learn, which should make me a better representative of our people and country. I am happy to see that the Prime Minister will be seriously focusing in the area of rural development, as a priority at this time…READ MOREDownload Contribution to 2013 Sectoral Debate: Mikael Phillips, MPlast_img read more