Two men get 28-year prison sentences for hiring hit-man who killed deputy editor

first_img RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America Reporters Without Borders today hailed the 28-year prison sentences passed by a Colombian court on 16 May on two men for hiring the contract killer who gunned down Orlando Sierra Hernández, the deputy editor of the local daily newspaper La Patria, in January 2002 in the central city of Manizales. The hit man was convicted previously.”This conviction shows that impunity is not inevitable, and the sentence should serve as an example and warning to all press freedom predators and to all those who murder journalists in Colombia and elsewhere,” the organization said.”We nonetheless regret that only the gunman and the intermediaries have been convicted in this case and that the instigators of the murder have never been clearly identified,” Reporters Without Borders added.The court in Manizales, the capital of Caldas department, found Luis Miguel “Tilín” Tabares and Luis Arley “Pereque” Ortiz guilty of paying Luis Fernando Soto Zapata to kill Sierra. The court also ordered them to pay the victim’s family 149,000 dollars in damages. Soto is already serving a 19-year prison sentence.Sierra was shot twice in the head on 30 January 2002 and died from his injuries two days later in a Caldas hospital. Aged 43 and an amateur philosopher and poet, he spent much of his time as a journalist investigating corruption.Passing sentence, the judge called on the public prosecutor to relaunch the investigation “in view of the evidence against other persons implicated in this murder.” ColombiaAmericas to go further 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies Receive email alerts News Reports April 27, 2021 Find out more News Newscenter_img Help by sharing this information RSF_en Organisation ColombiaAmericas RSF, IFEX-ALC and Media Defence, support FLIP and journalist Diana Díaz against state harassment in Colombia May 13, 2021 Find out more May 18, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two men get 28-year prison sentences for hiring hit-man who killed deputy editor October 21, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Colombialast_img read more

Tickets on sale now for BCEF raffle

first_imgBatesville, In. — Tickets are on sale now for the Batesville Community Education Foundation’s 2018 Car Raffle. One-hundred dollar tickets are available by emailing [email protected] fewer than 500 tickets are sold the drawing will be a 50/50 cash drawing. The car is provided by the Tom Tepe Auto Center. The state raffle license number is #148200. The drawing will be held on Saturday, October 28 at 4 p.m. in the Batesville High School.last_img

Women’s basketball splits homestand

first_imgIn their first and only homestand this month, women’s basketball produced two close contests, defeating Washington State 80-64 before losing to No. 9 Washington in a game that was tighter than the final score indicated. “I feel like we had a little rough start,” freshman guard Minyon Moore said. “But the fact that we’ve bounced back shows a lot about our team and about our heart. If we take it one game at a time and go out and have the same mentality we’ve had the last couple of games, then we can finish the season on a strong note.” When USC played Washington State in Pullman, Wash. back in January, the team had yet to figure out its shooting struggles. The team finished 36.2 percent from the field and went 3-of-13 from three in a 74-57 loss. But on Friday, the Trojans flipped the script thanks to the play of Moore and a barrage of 3-pointers. Moore finished with a career-high 32 points and the team shot 50 percent from long range. “I think 3-pointers were the difference in the game,” head coach Cynthia Cooper-Dyke said. “I just thought we attacked more on offense, which then created the space and time for us to make the extra pass and come away with wide open 3-point shots.” USC carried its 3-point momentum into an intense Senior Day shootout with 24-4 Washington on Sunday. The Trojans looked undaunted having defeated a top 10 giant in Oregon State just last week. At one point they drained four shots in a row from deep, in a first quarter that resembled a Western movie shootout. Sophomore guard Aliyah Mazyck and senior guard Courtney Jaco combined for 14 points in the explosive first frame. Down 26-22, Washington guard Kelsey Plum decided it was time to showcase why she is one of the best players in women’s college basketball history. In the second quarter, she alone outscored the Trojans 20-9 making buckets from outside, inside and everywhere in between. Before the Song Girls could perform at halftime, she already had 27 points, a 9-point lead for her team, and the second-most points in NCAA history, passing Britney Griner. “I thought we made it tough for Kelsey all game long,” Cooper-Dyke said. “We doubled her when we could, and when it made sense, and we had a player constantly shadowing her. We had a couple of defensive letdowns and of course Kelsey being Kelsey, she took full advantage of them. She’s just a fantastic player.” Having somewhat weathered the Plum storm, USC went back to work in the second half, relying on Moore just as they had on Friday. In the third quarter, she recorded 14 points with deep shooting, aggressiveand-ones and plenty of free throws. Moore capped it all off with a buzzer-beating three that cut Washington’s lead to seven points. Suddenly, the Trojans were right back in the game. Unfortunately for USC, the team was unable to produce enough stops in the fourth quarter. The Trojans fought back to within 10 points on several occasions but big shots by Plum and center Chantel Osahor helped the Huskies keep their opposition at arm’s length. In the end, valiant performances by junior forward Kristen Simon (17 points and 13 rebounds), Moore (20 points) and Mazyck (15 points despite being on minutes restriction), were not enough to slay the giant. Washington won87-74 in an intense game, made even more emotional by it being the seniors’ last contest in the Galen Center. “I try not to think about it too much,” said Jaco, who has the second most 3-pointers in USC history. “It is a little bittersweet, it being my last time in the locker room getting ready for a game, putting on my jersey and seeing my family and friends out there supporting me. I thought I gave it all I had today, and I thought my team did as well. I think that was the most important part, that we grew today.” In honor of redshirt senior guard Jordan Adams, who suffered a season-ending ACL tear in November, Simon wore the jersey No. 1 instead of her usual 35. “It was a late decision,” Simon said. “I was just thinking about it, just being able to give something to Jordan. She’s a great person, she’s a great player, and I love her to death. I was just trying to give her something to smile about, just to see her number out there on the court and being able to play in her jersey made me feel good, made me feel like a leader, made me feel like Jordan.” The Trojans now stand at 14-13. They have two games remaining against Arizona and Arizona State before the Pac-12 Tournament begins.last_img read more

Dungloe’s plan to make their Main Street dazzle this Christmas

first_imgThe community of Dungloe are launching a unique Christmas lights campaign to make the town’s Main Street dazzle this festive season and many more into the future.The new lights will be switched on by the 2019 Mary from Dungloe Roisin Maher.The Children’s Parade committee has taken delivery of almost 2000 bulbs and brackets (Angel Wings) which will light up and criss-cross the Main Street from top to bottom. In order to pay for the new lights we have embarked on a ONCE OFF ambitious fundraising campaign.A committee spokesperson said “At the moment we are selling the bulbs around the town and on-line for €5. We have asked the people of Dungloe and surrounding communities to remember someone who is absent this Christmas with a dedicated Christmas bulb to make DUNGLOE GLOW.“Our volunteers worked tirelessly last year to erect the old lights and they will do so again this year to put up the NEW LIGHTS.“Moving forward we need your help to make the lights a reality.” “So we are pleading with you to sponsor an Angel Wings (bracket) which will hold up the lights at points throughout the main street.”The committee said this is a once of plea for help, in this the first year, as every year after volunteers will erect the lights and no further money will be needed.The spokesperson added that they will offer YOUR BUSINESS FREE publicity THIS YEAR and EVERY YEAR after that on social media with your business being named as a sponsor throughout the social media spectre, when the Childrens Parade takes place each year.The spokesperson added “With your help the Dungloe can look forward to a Christmas glow and create an atmosphere our children and future generation of our community will enjoy.“Whatever amount you can contribute to this worth cause will be most welcome and without your support it would not be possible.” Dungloe’s plan to make their Main Street dazzle this Christmas was last modified: November 23rd, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Better Health Through Nature

first_imgHumans were meant to thrive in the environment.  We sequester ourselves from the natural world at our own peril.Allergies.  Asthma.  Auto-immune diseases.  These and other maladies may have roots in the modern habit of disinfecting everything and spending most of our days indoors.  Growing evidence suggests that contact with plants and animals in the great outdoors builds up our immune systems, and vigorous exercise can prevent and cure many health problems.  Finally, some natural substances, sometimes from the most unexpected places, are showing more benefit than synthetic drugs.Back to the farm:  Science Daily reported on a study from Aarhus University that correlated farm exposure to better health.  “The immune system benefits from life in the countryside,” the headline reads.  While it was known that children raised on the farm had fewer allergies and better resistance to disease, this new study shows that adults can benefit, too: “Adults who move to farming areas where they experience a wider range of environmental exposures than in cities may reduce the symptoms of their hypersensitivities and allergies considerably.”  This further confirms the “hygiene hypothesis” that too much antibacterial soap and cleanliness can actually turn the immune system against us; we all need to get dirty to a reasonable extent.  This gives the immune system practice on real targets instead of our own cells.I got rhythm:  Are you a night owl?  An early bird?  Having a hard time getting up in the morning, or falling asleep at night?  For most of human history before the 1930s, when electricity became widely available, people lived by the rising and setting of the sun.  Electric lights do weird things with our internal timing mechanisms.  A week of camping, Science Daily said, can re-synchronize your biological clock to sunrise and sunset.  Researchers found it brings the night owls and the early birds closer to the same schedule.  Our bodies were made to be tuned to the environment; for instance, our skin produces vitamin D when exposed to sunshine; the fresh air filled with plant scents is a stress reliever; the green of a forest is soothing to the eyes.Natural diet:  Tomatoes have lycopene; red grapes have resveratrol; fruits have flavonoids; watermelon has citrulline; these are just samples of “nature’s marvelous medicines” found in plants.  Plants make tens of thousands of compounds, some of which are known to have beneficial effects on the heart, the immune system, and cancer prevention.   Studies on the benefits of a diet rich in natural foods, reducing processed food, are too numerous to list, but here are a few recent examples.  The niacin (vitamin B3) found in many fruits and vegetables is a “fountain of youth” according to a new study reported by Science Daily, which also found that antioxidants are not panaceas; our bodies apparently need some free radicals in moderation.  “Be nice to your bacteria,” Medical Xpress wrote, emphasizing our symbiotic dependence on gut flora for good health.  Another Medical Xpress article examined the benefits of the Mediterranean diet with its use of olives and olive oil.  Dietary flavonoids were discussed by Science Daily.  Who doesn’t enjoy watermelon?  National Geographic gave five reasons it’s good for you; Live Science topped that by listing 4 benefits of chocolate.  Reporting on a medicinal tea from a certain tree, Science Daily spoke of “Nature’s Library” of plant compounds waiting to be deciphered.  Even if you don’t want to become a vegetarian, you can benefit from these compounds by adding more plant food to your diet.  It’s best to eat it natural when you can; for instance, Medical Xpress found that juicing removes many of the nutrients, and doesn’t make you feel as full as eating the whole fruit or vegetable.An active life:  Big news this week is from a study published in BMJ, reported on LiveScience, that found exercise is just as effective as medication for treating heart disease, stroke and pre-diabetes.  Trial participants on pills fared no better than those who exercised, although the combination was even better.  Popping pills alone, though, doesn’t provide all the benefits of getting outdoors into the fresh air.  Sadly, most adults don’t get enough exercise, the BBC News reported.Natural pain killer:  You’ll never guess where to find a pain-killing medicine that is just as effective as morphine, but non-addictive.  Read Medical Xpress’s article about centipede venom.  That’s right; the nerve toxin from the Chinese red-headed centipede blocks a well-known pain channel without causing habituation.  “Forget about using opioids to relieve pain, this drug could mean you don’t have any pain to relieve,” a researcher said.  “It would be totally [sic] new class of drug.”  There’s also hope for a new class of natural mosquito repellants, now that the DEET receptor has been identified in insects.  Science Daily said that comparable compounds will probably be “found naturally in fruits, plants or animals” that can be developed into safer alternatives than the 60-year-old DEET chemical.Most of us are too busy, we know, to eat right and exercise, but think of it as an investment.  If a healthy diet and a little time each day for exercise paid big dividends, wouldn’t you want that kind of payoff?  The question should be how you can afford not to.  More energy, better quality of life, less stress, fewer chronic illnesses, insurance against life-threatening conditions – these are all available to anyone willing to build a few new habits.  Even talking a short walk every day or two can work wonders.  Give up the fried, processed, barbecued stuff; your taste buds will adjust within about a month to healthy food.  God has given us a huge spread of tasty plant foods to not only enjoy but improve our lives.  It’s not hard to learn how to prepare and enjoy them.  We’re not here to prescribe a vegan diet (there are healthy animal foods, too) – many people have special needs – but it make sense for creationists to “think Eden” a little, when God said everything He had made was very good and the first humans were vegetarian.  That was the original plan.  Sure, the curse has changed a lot, but the world is still filled with good options.  “Everything created by God is good,” Paul said, “and nothing is to be rejected, if it is received with thanksgiving, for it is sanctified by the Word of God and prayer” (1 Timothy 4:4-5).  The operative phrase is “created by God.”  He didn’t create fatburger trees and leaves made of pizza.   As for exercise, think about Bible characters, who routinely walked long distances in hilly country.  It cannot be good for anyone to sit in an office chair all day, staring at a computer under fluorescent lights.  We were made with legs and arms and whole systems that are itching for activity.  Get outdoors and see a tree once in awhile.  Take walks out in nature.  Go camping and experience the natural day-night cycles of sun, moon and stars.  One might almost say that taking care of the body is a kind of worship, acknowledging and caring for the good design in our earthly tabernacle.  Learn to like what’s good for you; that’s a good motto in general for living life to the fullest on God’s green Earth. 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Public works’ million-job target

first_img11 March 2005The state’s expanded public works programme (EPWP) will see between R15-billion and R20-billion pumped into South Africa’s economy over the next five years, with the aim of employing a million people by 2010.The EPWP is a labour-intensive programme aimed at promoting economic growth and sustainable development by offering people part-time jobs while they gain various skills.Through the EPWP, employment opportunities will be created in government-funded infrastructure projects, environmental and cultural programmes, and social programmes involving home-based care and early childhood development.“The centre-piece of the EPWP is a large-scale programme of using labour-intensive methods to upgrade rural and municipal roads, municipal pipelines, storm-water drains and paving, as well as fencing of roads, community water supply and sanitation, maintenance of government buildings, housing, schools and clinics, rail and port infrastructure, electrification infrastructure, and so on”, Mbeki said after the Cabinet approved the programme in 2003.According to EPWP coordinator Shaun Phillips, the programme will spend at least R15-billion on labour-intensive jobs over the next five years. This, he said, would translate into the building of 37 000km of roads, 31 000km of pipelines, 1 500km of stormwater drains and 150km of urban sidewalks.President Thabo Mbeki announced plans for the EPWP in May 2004. By September 2004, says Phillips, the programme had been launched in all nine provinces, and by March 2005 R1.4 billion had been spent on the programme, creating over 82 000 job opportunities.Those taking part in the programme receive training funded and arranged by the Department of Labour, as well as a stipend of R35 a day on average, depending on the nature of project.“The EPWP is not a solution for poverty in South Africa”, Phillips told journalists in Johannesburg this week. “The main aim is to create job opportunities and improve the level of education and training.”Tying in with existing programmesThe EPWP will tie in with various existing poverty relief programmes, including the Land Care, Faranani-Pushing Back the Frontiers of Poverty, People and Parks, Coastal Care, Sustainable Land-based Livelihoods, Cleaning up South Africa, and Growing A Tourism Economy programmes.Mbeki cited the highly successful Working For Water and allied programmes – Working on Fire and Working for Wetlands – as examples of projects that would sustain the EPWP.The Working on Fire Programme operates on a budget of about R30-million and has over 300 projects around the country, providing work and training opportunities to some 21 000 people.The EPWP is modelled on the “Zibambele” programme initiated by the KwaZulu-Natal department of transport in 2000. Zibambele maintains the province’s rural road network while providing poor rural households with a regular income.Households working on the Zibambele programme receive R334 for eight days’ work a month to maintain a length of road to an agreed standard. In 2002/2003 there were approximately 10 000 Zibambele contractors maintaining approximately one-third of KwaZulu-Natal’s rural road network.The Limpopo Government has named its own rural road rehabilitation project “Gundo Lashu”, TshiVenda for “Our Victory”. Over 200 people in the Sikhunyane community in the former homeland of Gazankulu are already employed in the programme that will link their village up with the outside world.Mbeki, speaking at the launch of Gundo Lashu last year, said the success of the programme would depend on strong partnerships between the government, labour, business and communities.The programme, Mbeki said, focused on the unemployed, particularly those who were marginalised from the mainstream of the economy. “We want workers to gain skills while they are employed and increase their capacity to continue working elsewhere once they leave the programme”, he said.Although funded through the department of public works, the EPWP will involve all spheres of government and state-owned enterprises – and will also look to the private sector for additional support.The Business Trust, an initiative of South African companies in partnership with the government, has set aside R100-million for the programme. And Absa, one of the country’s major banks, has offered to provide financial assistance to contractors taking part in the programme.Source: BuaNews Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

South Africa welcomes Obama’s backing for Agoa

first_img6 August 2014South Africa has welcomed the commitment by US President Barack Obama to support the continuation and enhancement of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa).Obama made the remarks at the US-Africa Business Forum in Washington on Tuesday. His backing of a new Agoa term came as a pleasant surprise to many, who have been waiting to hear Obama’s position on the issue. US law makers are expected to vote on the renewal of Agoa when the current commitment term expires next year.“We still do the vast majority of our trade with just three countries – South Africa, Nigeria and Angola,” Obama said. “It’s still heavily weighted towards the energy sector. We need more Africans, including women and small- and medium-sized businesses, getting their goods to market.“All leaders in Congress – Democrats and Republicans – have said they want to move forward,” he added. “So I’m optimistic we can work with Congress to renew and modernise Agoa before it expires, renew it for the long term. We need to get that done.”South Africa’s ambassador to the United States, Ebrahim Rasool, welcomed Obama’s commitment to back a renewal of the scheme.“On the investment side, the United State is the biggest source of foreign investment to South Africa, so Agoa must continue, and we want to see the inclusion of South Africa in the programme,” Rasool told SAnews in Washington.“For South Africa, if we can leave here with a firm commitment that Agoa will continue and that South Africa will continue to be in it, that will great for us because that will mean we save US$9-billon.”Agoa provides duty-free market access to the United States for qualifying sub-Saharan African countries by extending preferences on more than 4 600 products.It also provides duty-free access to all clothing (as well as certain textile) exports from countries that qualify. Through the Act, South Africa has reportedly exported significant quantities of manufactured goods, most notably about 60 000 automobiles a year.Since its inception in 2002, Agoa has achieved a great deal for both the United States and African countries that benefit from it. Its work is not yet completed.Source: read more

Joburg’s digital ambassadors bring tech to the people

first_imgThe city of Johannesburg is well on its way to becoming a world-class smart city by 2030. (Image: The South African)Johannesburg, South Africa’s economic hub, is on its way to becoming a world-class smart city, and it’s making sure its citizens are tech-smart too.Over the next 18 months, more than 720 000 Joburg households will be trained in digital literacy to enable them to use and benefit from broadband connections in the city.The city, in partnership with the University of Johannesburg (UJ), recently launched the much-anticipated R80-million Jozi Digital Ambassadors programme, which is designed to bridge the digital divide across the metropolitan municipality. It is part of Joburg’s strategy to become a fully fledged smart city, which is in keeping with its Joburg 2040 Growth and Development Strategy (GDS).This initiative dovetails with the outcomes of South Africa’s National Development Plan or Vision 2030. Its focus is on skills development, jobs and growth, community development and world-class infrastructure.BECOMING A SMART CITYA smart city is an environmentally friendly city created from a combination of concepts and technologies.“We’re a city where the young lead the call for transformation, demanding the opportunity to work, improve their lives and become the best of what they can be,” said Johannesburg Mayor Parks Tau. “As the city of Johannesburg we know and understand that with just a little help, our youth are not the challenge some think them to be, but our greatest asset.“This is why we are investing so much in the youth of this city. This is in line with our developmental local government approach to the implementation of the 2040 Growth and Development Strategy.”PARTNERSHIPS AND NEW PROGRAMMESRecruitment and assessment of 3 000 digital ambassadors has begun, says the city, and is being done through Vulindlel’ eJozi, a programme initiated in partnership with Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator. The latter is an NGO established to break down barriers to youth employment.The programme uses a new city portal called Maru a Jozi, a Setswana phrase meaning “Joburg clouds”. Maru a Jozi is an easy-to-use portal that gives the user free access to a range of basic online services. Each digital ambassador will be equipped with a tablet to train Joburg residents. They will also be mentored in business acumen so that they can learn to use technology to create innovation for their own enterprises.“The city is not only empowering people with digital knowledge and understanding,” Tau said, “but is also addressing the fact that half of Johannesburg’s 4.8 million residents do not have regular access to the internet.”He said this was being corrected by the rollout of more than 1 000 wifi hotspots throughout the city.“The Jozi Digital Ambassadors programme will enable the broader Johannesburg community to engage with digital technology, for example, in online job seeking opportunities, banking applications and access to digital services,” explained Prof Johan Meyer, the head of the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at UJ.last_img read more

Ohio Crop Progress – Planting Nearly Complete

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Dry weather brought opportunities for producers to get back into the fields and get some planting done, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician with the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. There were 4.6 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending June 4th. Southern Ohio was the driest while Northeast Ohio got the most rain. Conditions reduced soil moisture surpluses, but some remaining saturated fields, and needs for replanting delayed the completion of corn planting. Corn condition is mostly fair to good, but warm temperatures and opportunities for side dressing is expected to give the crop a boost. Despite dryer conditions producers are still behind on first cutting of hay.View the latest Crop Progress Report for Ohio herelast_img read more