Motorcycle hitmen gun down Honduran reporter

first_imgViolence against the press is endemic in Honduras. According to C-Libre, Almendares is the 85th journalist, media worker or media owner to be murdered in Honduras since 2001 and the third since the start of 2020, following Germán Gerardo Vallecillo and Jorge Posas, who worked for 45TV. Three days before he was shot, he posted a video showing shots being fired at the facade of a building from a police vehicle, which then drove away,He had been repeatedly threatened and intimidated in connection with his reporting, in particular, in April 2018, March 2019 and in June 2020, according to C-Libre, a Honduran NGO that defends freedom of expression. In the latest instance, several members of the Comayagua chamber of commerce pressured him to reveal his sources for a report that reflected badly on the chamber. AmericasHonduras Activities in the fieldProtecting journalists DisappearancesFreedom of expressionViolence The impunity also encourages other kinds of abuse. Wilmer Montoya, a reporter for 45TV and correspondent for Canal 6 TV, and Fernando Lanza, a journalist with Litoral Atlantico TV, were badly beaten by police in the north coast city of La Ceiba on 27 September when they went to a police station to get information. Their camera and phones were also destroyed by the police, who said the journalists had failed to comply with public health measures imposed to combat the Covid-19 pandemic. AmericasHonduras Activities in the fieldProtecting journalists DisappearancesFreedom of expressionViolence RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” After working for national media such as Radio Globo, Patrulleros Choluteca and Unetv, Almendares created his own news page on Facebook entitled Periodista504, where his coverage of local Comayagua news, including corruption and police violence, had more than 25,000 followers. An outspoken critic of local corruption and police violence, Almendares was shot by two hooded gunmen on a motorcycle on the evening of 27 September as he was walking to a supermarket in Comayagua, a city 80 km northwest of Tegucigalpa that is the capital of Comayagua department. After appealing for help on Facebook Live, he was rushed to a hospital in Comayagua and from there he was taken to a hospital in Tegucigalpa where he died of his injuries yesterday. Follow the news on Honduras When reached by RSF, the National Mechanism for the Protection of Journalists said it had not received any specific complaint or request for protection from Almendares. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Honduran authorities to quickly identify those responsible for the murder of independent journalist Luís Almendares, and to rethink their mechanisms for protecting journalists in a country where the independent media are increasingly vulnerable. Honduras is ranked 148th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. April 27, 2021 Find out more to go further Organisation At least two Honduran journalists, Gabriel Hernández and Edgar Joel Aguilar, were murdered last year in connection with their work. In none of these cases has any significant progress been reported in the investigation. The National Commission for Human Rights (CONADEH) says more than 91% of the murders of journalists have gone unpunished. Reports Santiago López, a presenter on Hable Como Habla (HCH) television in the western town of Santa Rosa de Copán, has received death threats from the local policeand has been the target of intimidation campaigns since the start of the year. 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies May 13, 2021 Find out more News Help by sharing this information RSF_en September 29, 2020 Motorcycle hitmen gun down Honduran reporter Receive email alerts News RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America “The Honduran authorities must lose no time in identifying the perpetrators and instigators of this execution-style murder, and should prioritize the hypothesis that it was linked to the victim’s reporting,” said Emmanuel Colombié, the head of RSF’s Latin America bureau. News “The endless spiral of violence against the Honduran press has to be brought to an end. How many journalists need to be murdered before the authorities react, by reinforcing their mechanism for protecting journalists and by establishing a lasting plan for combatting impunity for these crimes?” December 28, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

U.S., Colombia Discuss Further Security Cooperation

first_img This was the third session of the SCCG, which is a component of the bilateral High-Level Strategic Security Dialogue (HLSSD) that was held in Bogota in February 2012 to develop strategic mechanisms for further security cooperation and coordination. By Dialogo September 06, 2013 The meeting was a continuation of an agreement by Presidents Obama and Santos last year at VI Summit of the Americas to broaden the decades-long U.S.-Colombian security partnership and to formalize security cooperation activities. During the August 27 session, the SCCG endorsed the U.S.-Colombia Action Plan on Regional Security Cooperation for 2014, which will be presented for approval at the next HLSSD. Both countries agreed to implement additional joint priority initiatives and expand the Action Plan. The SCCG is composed of U.S. and Colombian officials who seek to develop complementary security assistance programs to support partner nations afflicted by the effects of transnational organized crime. center_img Colombia and the United States reaffirmed their strategic partnership during a meeting of the Security Cooperation Coordinating Group (SCCG) on August 27. The group also engages in a strategic dialogue about future U.S.-Colombian cooperation.last_img read more

Having trouble determining your marketing ROI?

first_img 15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr According to new research from Trackmaven, many marketers feel like it’s getting easier to prove their marketing is successful. However, only a quarter of marketers would call their ROI tracking “very successful” in their ability to demonstrate the value of their marketing internally. The main challenge? Attributing social media and content marketing efforts to revenue results, or in the case of credit unions and community banks, loan growth.Past research in this area has shown that social media and content marketing are the most difficult efforts to measure for ROI. In fact, only 1 in 5 marketers are able to demonstrate the impact of social media quantitatively.How do you measure up to your peers? When it comes to reporting and analytics, those surveyed estimated spending about one-fourth of their time collecting, organizing and analyzing marketing data, with most of their time spent on producing and planning their content and campaign creative. Most marketers in this survey report results to their leaders on a monthly basis (46%), 28% report weekly, and (gasp!) 3% provide daily reports. continue reading »last_img read more

Put yourself in members’ shoes during the holiday shopping season

first_imgAs Christmas decorations begin to fill the aisles and ads flood our news feeds, we embark on another holiday season. From holiday exchanges to presents for the kids, purchases are being made at an escalated rate. Even the most stubborn scrooge finds themselves frivolously spending during the holidays. Whether your members are early bird Black Friday shoppers or those who run through Target aisles on Christmas Eve, it’s easy to forget budgets and overspend. As a credit union, it’s important to keep your members in mind during the festive season and offer them the tools to keep their assets in line.Picture these all-too-familiar scenarios and how your credit union can offer members a solution.SET IT BEFORE YOU SPEND IT. Thanksgiving feast has just been put away and the turkey platter is replaced with plans for a successful Black Friday shopping trip. Everyone in the family has been studying the holiday ads and have their favorite gifts already in mind. The anticipation is finally over and they hit the stores to take advantage of the year’s biggest sales. Their cart fills up quickly and around every corner is another can’t miss deal. Your member overspends and finds themselves riding home in panic and shame. They spend the rest of the season working longer hours trying to make up for the breach in budget. Now imagine if such a member had proper daily card limits in place or notification alerts to inform them budgets had been exceeded. Be sure that members know about your credit union card services and guide them to set reasonable budgets that will keep their holiday spirits high. continue reading » 32SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

South West Queensland Victorious

first_imgSouth West Queensland have taken out the first Grand Final played at the X-Blades National Touch League today, defeating the South Queensland Sharks 2-1.The first half in the Women’s 35’s was a tight encounter, with both teams unable to score at all. The second half started better, with the Sharks scoring in the second minute, through Anna Fuiava.Just one minute later the game was all tied up with SWQ’s Karen Hegedus scoring. The Queensland derby continued to be close, with neither team being able to break the defence. SWQ did manage, however, in the 12th minute, through Anita Hagarty.That was the final score of the match, handing South West Queensland the first title of the 2009 NTL.Congratulations to the team.last_img read more

Majority Of Georgia Fans Say They’d Rather Have Nick Chubb Than Todd Gurley At Running Back

first_imgNick Chubb and Sony Michel celebrating after a football game.ATHENS, GA – SEPTEMBER 26: Running back Nick Chubb #27 of the Georgia Bulldogs celebrates with running back Sony Michel #1 at the conclusion of the game against the Southern University Jaguars on September 26, 2015 at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Georgia. The Georgia Bulldogs won 48-6. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)Matt Chernoff, a sports talk radio host in Atlanta, posed the following hypothetical question on Twitter this afternoon. Which player would you (Georgia fans) rather have: Todd Gurley or Nick Chubb? Georgia fans If you could have Chubb or Gurley this season, who do you want?— Matt Chernoff (@RealMattlanta) August 26, 2015Gurley, who starred in Athens, Ga., for three seasons, is now a St. Louis Ram. Chubb, meanwhile, burst onto the scene in Gurley’s absence in 2014, rushing for 1,547 yards and 14 touchdowns. The majority answer for Georgia fans: Chubb. As of 3:40 p.m. E.T., 19 people had responded to the tweet. The responses: 10 for Chubb and four for Gurley (the other five said stuff like “Churley” or “both”).Some of the responses: @RealMattlanta Chubb. Gurley has a bum knee and Chubb was just as good, if not better last year.— Georgia Native (@Georgia_Native) August 26, [email protected] Chubb all the way. #ChubbSmash— Amen…Go Dawgs (@Amen_GoDawgs) August 26, [email protected] Chubb because QB/WRs are question marks. Will need a back who can not only handle workload, but be more effective bc of it— Matt Berry (@MattBerry05) August 26, [email protected] Gurley, I still think he has more take it to the house speed— Kevin Bearden (@KKevin4268) August 26, 2015Who would you take, Georgia fans?last_img read more

Torstar hires publisher chief editor of Swedish daily to lead editorial strategy

first_imgTORONTO – Torstar Corp. says it has hired an experienced manager, editor and publisher from Sweden to be its senior vice-president of editorial, effective Jan. 2.Fredric Karen has been at Stockholm-based Svenska Dagbladet (Swedish Daily) since 2002, where he has been chief editor and publisher since 2013.The Toronto-based company says Karen will lead the “digital transformation” of its news operation, by developing its editorial strategy in keeping with ongoing efforts to combine data analytics and marketing to target ads and editorial content of most interest to its readers and advertisers.As part of the transition, the company’s flagship Toronto Star erected a partial paywall that limits free access to its online and digital content to five articles per 30 days. It also began offering full access to paid subscribers, starting Sept. 27.Torstar says Karen will work with senior editorial and department leaders at all its daily and community publications in Ontario and the StarMetro commuter publications in Toronto, Halifax, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver.He’s expected to live in Toronto after moving from his current home.“He brings to Torstar a deep commitment to quality journalism, a determination to address difficult times in the media industry and a proven record of digital innovation that will help our company as we move transition [sic] to a more digital future,” said John Boynton, Torstar’s president and chief executive officer.Like most traditional newspapers, magazines and broadcast media, Torstar has been undergoing a years-long decline in advertising revenue due to competition from digital media and changing consumer habits.In addition to the Toronto Star, Torstar owns numerous online and community publications, six other Ontario daily newspapers in Hamilton, Waterloo Region, St. Catharines, Niagara Falls, Welland and Peterborough as well as StarMetro free commuter publications Toronto, Halifax, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver.__Torstar holds an investment in The Canadian Press as part of a joint agreement with a subsidiary of the Globe and Mail and the parent company of Montreal’s La Presse.Companies in this story: (TSX:TS.B).last_img read more

AAP likely to release manifesto on April 25

first_imgNEW DELHI: The Aam Aadmi Party is likely to release its manifesto for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls on April 25, according to sources in the party. Polling for theseven Lok Sabha seats in Delhi will be held in the sixth phase on May 12. The manifesto, which will list out its agenda for the general elections, will focus on its endeavour to get full statehood for Delhi, a source said. The document has been prepared by a seven-member team headed by Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia. The ruling AAP in the national capital is fighting the Lok Sabha elections on the agenda of granting full statehood to Delhi. The Congress, with whom the AAP is yet to forge an alliance in the national capital, has already released its manifesto which promises full statehood to Puducherry but has no mention of Delhi on the issue. The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is yet to release its mainfesto. The BJP is likely to release its manifesto on April 8.last_img read more

Vernon Philander Wins SA Cricketer of the Year

After a record-breaking season in which he captured 51 wickets in his first seven test matches, Vernon Philander was the big winner at the Cricket South Africa awards gala in Johannesburg on Wednesday evening.The Cape Cobras’ seamer lifted the prestigious South African Cricketer of the Year Award, and also received awards as Test Cricketer of the Year and the Fans’ Cricketer of the Year.Only Australia’s Charlie Turner reached 50 test wickets faster than Philander, but he played way back in 1888, in a time when scores were far lower and bowlers far more favored by pitches than they are today.Despite playing just those seven tests, he ranks seventh in International Cricket Council’s test bowling rankings. His test average is a miserly 14.15.ODI Player of the YearAB de Villiers was named ODI Player of the Year for the second time in succession after tallying 475 runs in eight games, including two centuries, at an astonishing average of 158.33 and a strike rate of 116.13.He also picked up an award decided upon by his peers when he was announced as the Players’ Player of the Year.Richard Levi won the CSA International T20 Cricketer of the Year and the KFC “So Good” awards, thanks to his stunning innings against New Zealand in Hamilton in February in which he struck a world-record equaling 117 not out. His runs came off only 51 balls, with a world record 13 sixes and five fours.Fast bowler Marchant de Lange, who captured 7 for 81 against Sri Lanka in Durban on his test debut, was named the Newcomer of the Year.Domestic awards winnersThe SuperSport Series Cricketer of the Year award went the way of Alviro Petersen, who played his way into the Proteas’ test line-up, while Faf du Plessis was named the Domestic Players’ Player of the Year.Matthew Maynard of the Titans was named Coach of the Year after leading the franchise to victory in the SuperSport Series and Twenty20 competitions.Earlier in the day, Shandre Fritz was named the Women’s Cricketer of the Year.Ewie Cronje, the father of the late Hansie Cronje, received a special lifetime achievement award for his years of service to Free State cricket. Under Cronje’s guidance, the province became a leading cricketing power in the country after having been mired in B-division cricket for decades.World rankingsA quick check on the health of South African cricket by looking at the latest ICC Player Rankings indicates that the country’s cricketers are doing very well.Among test batsmen, De Villiers ranks second, just ahead of Jacques Kallis, with Hashim Amla in ninth place.Dale Steyn enjoys a healthy lead among test bowlers, with Philander in seventh spot.Amla and De Villiers are ranked one and two among ODI batsmen, while Lonwabo Tsotsobe is in first place among ODI bowlers, with Morne Morkel in third position.Source: Southafrica.info read more

Jets Have No Interest In Terrell Owens

Terrell Owens can continue to get his popcorn ready from his house because according to sources the New York Jets have no interest in signing the free agent wide receiver.During the fourth quarter of Monday night’s Jets and Houston Texans game, Owens tweeted, “Hey JETS!!! I’m available! I’m ready, willing & able! Call my agent @jordanwoy & let’s make it happen.”This tweet came after losing Clyde Gates to a shoulder injury and newly signed wide receiver Jason Hill dropped a big pass in the Jets’ 23-17 loss to the Texans.  Hill was signed after the Jets loss wideout Santonio Holmes for the season due to a torn ACL in his left knee.During a Tuesday morning conference call with reporters, Jets coach Rex Ryan did not reject of the idea of signing Owens, saying, “You never say never or anything. We’ll look at all options, like we always do.”Ryan’s statement to reporters compares in contrast to what Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum told the Star Ledger last week.  Tannenbaum stated he was looking for a player who was “speedy, younger than 30 and someone who took part in training camp,” to fill the role of Holmes’.The key phrase in Tannenbaum’s statement “younger than 30”, meant he was not looking in the direction of Owens, who is 38.Owens, a 14 year veteran, has been in a free-fall since being cut by Dallas Cowboys after 2008.  Owens last played in the NFL for the Bengals during the 2010-11 season and caught 72 receptions for a total of 983 yards.  This summer he tried out for the Seattle Seahawks, but was eventually cut.Owens has been in the media spot as of late for back child support.  He has four children that range between the ages of 5-12.  In July, he avoided jail time by paying $20,000 to the mother of his 7-year-old daughter.The six-time Pro Bowler receiver will continue to wait for that much needed phone call from a team, but it surely will not be from the Jets. read more