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first_imgNews Alarm after two journalists murdered in Brazil Organisation RSF_en Reporters Without Borders deplores the brutal murder of Evany José Metzker, an investigative journalist and blogger who was found beheaded in a rural area near Padre Paraiso, in the northeast of the state of Minas Gerais, on 18 May.The local authorities said Metzker, 67, had been missing since 13 May, the date of the last entry in his blog, called Coruja do Vale.According to the Minais Gerais Union of Professional Journalists, Metzker had been investigating drug trafficking and child prostitution for several months. He had also covered several regional corruption cases in his blog, accusing local officials of involvement.Fabricia Nunes, the police commissioner in charge of the investigation, is ruling out neither a crime of passion nor a politically motivated murder, the Minas Gerais Civil Police said.“We condemn this barbaric murder and urge the authorities to concentrate on the possibility of a political motive,” Reporters Without Borders deputy programme director Virginie Dangles said.“We also call for the investigation to be conducted in an independent, impartial and thorough manner so that this extremely violent crime does not go unpunished. Metzker is the second journalist to be killed this year in Brazil. The Brazilian authorities must take concrete measures to protect media personnel.”Brazil is Latin America’s third most dangerous country for journalists, after Mexico and Colombia. This year’s first media victim in Brazil was Gerardo Servian Coronel, a Paraguayan journalist who was gunned down in the border city of Ponta Pora in March.Brazil is ranked 99th out of 180 countries in the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. Receive email alerts News May 20, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Investigative journalist found beheaded in Minas Gerais to go further April 15, 2021 Find out more BrazilAmericas April 27, 2021 Find out more RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America (Logo: EPOCA) Reports BrazilAmericas Follow the news on Brazil Help by sharing this information News May 13, 2021 Find out more 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policieslast_img read more

first_imgArgonauts Volleyball Team Victorious over Francis Marion 3-0 Sept. 14, 2007 Box Score  HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – In the second match for UWF on Friday, no fatigue showed, as they outplayed a feisty opponent, to record another 3-0 win. This time, Francis Marion (4-12) was the victim. This was the 10th win this season in straight sets for the Argos, who are now 11-2. Louann Rusch (So. / Homestead, Fla.), starting in place of the injured Chelsea Wilhoite (Fr. / Jacksonville, Fla.), came through with a strong defensive performance with 12 digs. The Argos were also missing back up defensive specialist Maddie Staub (Fr. / Spanish Fort, Ala.), but the team keeps on clicking due to the quality of their bench players.”We really earned this win,” claimed Head Coach Melissa Wolter, “they (Francis Marion) played a real good match, and they were digging everything we hit.” Wolter continued to explain, “We had to be patient, and make sure we used all our weapons, and we did a good job stopping them at the net.” To counter the feisty defense of their opponent, the Argos needed 10 blocks in the contest.Starting Outside hitter Isabela Gualberto (Sr. / Brazil) with 12 kills, and Right Side hitter Luciana Rapach (Jr. / Brazil) with 11 kills led the offensive attack for West Florida, as they kept a lead throughout all games, with Francis Marion only making a late run in game three to make it a close finish. The Argos won 30-25, 30-21, and 30-27. Defensive Specialists Jerica Carter (Jr. / Gainesville, Fla.) led all Argos in the match with 15 digs, and Setter Madeline Gonzalez (Jr. / Puerto Rico) had 30 assists and 12 digs.West Florida recorded 10 blocks, while Francis Marion only had five. Gualberto and Rapach were each in on four blocks, as the Argos controlled the net. Kara Gonzalez (Fr. / St. Augustine, Fla.) came off the bench to tally four kills in seven attempts, and also contributed three blocks. Jessica Lombardi was the bright spot offensively for Francis Marion, as she recorded 10 kills in the losing effort. Francis Marion did out-dig the Argos 71-67.The Argos are now 2-0 in the UAH Country Inn & Suites Invitational Tournament, and play against North Carolina Pembroke (9-6) and Arkansas Tech (10-5) in matches tomorrow (Saturday) to conclude the tournament play. Arkansas Tech defeated Armstrong Atlantic and lost to West Georgia in today’s action, while UNC-Pembroke defeated Valdosta State and was playing a late match vs. Alabama Huntsville. The Argos will take on UNC Pembroke at 9 AM, and finish with Arkansas Tech at 1 PM Saturday. Print Friendly Version Sharelast_img read more

first_imgHome-based trio Rashid Sumaila, Stephen Adams and Fatau Dauda will appear before the World Cup Commission of Inquiry on Monday, 28 October.The three players were members of Ghana’s World Cup squad and will be made to give an account of what happened in Brazil.Last week, the Commission of Inquiry was left disappointed after senior members of the team failed to show up a day after beating Guinea 3-1 in Tamale in a 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.Ghana’s players at the tournament have been accused of misbehaving and displaying a lack of commitment.They defied government’s plea and threatened to boycott Ghana’s final Group match if they did not receive their appearance fee.Also, Black Stars management team members Felix Ansong, Kwame Ofosu Bamfo, George Afriyie and Yaw Boateng Gyan will also face the three-man fact-finding body. Ghana FA spokesperson Ibrahim Sannie-Daara has also been invited.last_img read more

first_imgThe Shangana Cultural Village has secured second spot in the 2005 Conde Nast Traveler magazine’s Green List, which recognises the best in ecotourism around the world.Shangana is a cluster of traditional villages midway between the Blyde River Canyon and the southern Kruger National Park, where residents invite guests to share in the way of life of the Shangaan people. (Image: Shangana)Brand South Africa ReporterThe Shangana Cultural Village in the South African province of Mpumalanga has secured second spot in the 2005 Conde Nast Traveler magazine’s Green List, which recognises the best in ecotourism around the world.Announcing the win in the magazine’s September 2005 issue, Conde Nast gave Shangana a score of 79%. This put it in second place after Bunaken National Marine Park in Indonesia, which scored 83%, and ahead of the 68% scored by the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve in Mexico.The winners were selected for their preservation of the environment, contribution to local culture and the quality of the guest experience.“Tours and feasts with the chief at this model village introduce visitors to the Shangaan way of life, complementing the natural attractions of the nearby Kruger National Park and Panorama Route,” Conde Nast reported. The village scored 68% for nature preservation, 82% for guest experience and 88% for local contribution.Owned by the Mapulana community, the venture has created over 200 jobs in an area which once had an unemployment rate of 80%.Shangana is a cluster of traditional villages midway between the Blyde River Canyon and the southern Kruger National Park, where residents invite guests to share in the way of life of the Shangaan people. The villages are set in the shade of ancient trees in a reserve of forest and grassland, and are open every day.An African market village forms the centre of Shangana, where local craftspeople make and trade their craft. From here, trained guides lead guests down to villages on daytime tours, midday tours with lunch, and a magnificent evening festival at the chief’s kraal.Marula MarketThe Marula Market has been described by many visitors as the most beautiful in Africa. A wide circle of huts looks down towards the Kruger Park, with trees all around. It is the central village at Shangana.The market is a gathering place for the region’s craftspeople, offering a variety of traditional handcrafted art. Many of the artists work at home in nearby villages and leave their work at the market to be sold, making Marula an important source of income for the people of the area.In the centre of the market are clay and stone pieces, including carvings, statues and pots, and an oven used for firing clay work. The surrounding huts house the work of different crafters.Daytime toursDuring the day, small groups are led from the Marula Market through the bush and past fields, where a trained guide shows how the Shangaan people collect food from their environment, and explains a little about traditional farming. The route leads up to a village, the home of a Shangaan headman, his wives and children.In the village, the guide explains different facets of the Shangaan way of life, including their history and customs, initiation ceremonies, the practice of polygamy, the outfits and weapons of masocho (warriors), the construction of homes, ornate beadwork clothing, and food preparation. Guests are encouraged to touch, feel and participate, while the guide explains the etiquette necessary to ensure the privacy of the family.Guests then visit the kraal of the sangoma, a registered member of the Traditional Healers Association, who explains different medicines – and may throw his bones on request.Over lunchtime, a full traditional meal is served in the village with the family. The wives of the chief wash the hands of the guests, and pots of food are brought from the fire and served. Guests are given portions of each item they choose on a carved wooden plate, and eat with an elegantly crafted wooden spoon.Evening festivalAs the sun sets over the mountains, guests are led through the bush towards the kraal of Chief Soshangana. As they approach, beating drums and warriors usher them through a passage of stone towers and flaming torches to the fire-lit circle of royal huts under the trees.During the evening festival choirs, actors and dancers tell the story of the Shangaan people. During the show, traditional beer and great wooden trays with local delicacies are passed around.Halfway through the show, the wives of the chief invite guests to divide into small groups to share a traditional feast in their houses with them.After this, guests return for the second half, which tells the more modern story of the Shangaans, and at the end guests are led out through a tunnel of singing choristers.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

first_imgWillian enjoying Chelsea veteran roleby Freddie Taylor25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea winger Willian is enjoying his different role within the squad this season.The Brazilian is now one of the senior members of the team, given the youth injection from manager Frank Lampard this summer.And Willian is happy to pass on his knowledge to the youngsters. But he insists that he has a lot to offer on the pitch as well. More than anything, he is happy at the club.”I enjoy it a lot,” he said to the club’s website.”I enjoy myself, I enjoy it with my team-mates and I have pleasure to play with them and this is what I want – to have pleasure, play, enjoy myself on the pitch and get the results.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgMichigan football players run under the "Go Blue" banner before a home game.ANN ARBOR, MI – SEPTEMBER 13: Quarterback Devin Gardner #98 of the Michigan Wolverines leads the team onto the field prior to the start of the game against the Miami University Redhawks at Michigan Stadium on September 13, 2014 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. the Wolverines defeated the Redhawks 34-10. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)Michigan officially becomes a Nike school next month. The Wolverines, previously with adidas, signed a $173 million deal with The Swoosh earlier this year than runs through 2027. The contract begins on Aug. 1. As part of the deal, Michigan’s football program will be wearing the Jordan logo. All of the Wolverines’ gear – jerseys, pants, sideline apparel, etc. – will have the Jumpman logo. Today, we got a sneak peek at some of Michigan’s new gear, including a color, “Amarillo,” that Nike specially developed for the Wolverines. Michigan will be the only college program to wear this shade of yellow. Here’s a look, from ESPN’s Darren Rovell. Nike will go back to the more traditional yellow for Michigan. Here’s a comparison of adidas yellow vs Nike pic.twitter.com/KTQHQPXKMp— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) July 20, 2016MLive.com’s Nick Baumgardner says that the “Amarillo” sweatshirt with the Jumpman logo on one shoulder and the Block M on the other will be Jim Harbaugh’s official sideline shirt. This (but in blue and w/ a thin M) is Jim Harbaugh’s new coaching shirt. He designed it. pic.twitter.com/8ID6UFE44K— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) July 20, 2016You can view more details of Michigan’s new gear here.last_img read more

first_imgTORONTO — A former Toronto pastor found guilty of manslaughter in the death of his pregnant wife will face a sentencing hearing today.In February, a jury found Philip Grandine guilty in the death of his wife, who drowned in her bathtub in October 2011.Anna Karissa Grandine was 29 years old and 20 weeks pregnant when she died.Prosecutors alleged that Grandine drugged his wife with an anti-anxiety medication so she wouldn’t be as vigilant while he continued an affair with her friend.The Crown said he then failed to stop his wife from getting in a bath while sedated.Grandine had previously been tried for first-degree murder in his wife’s death and was found guilty of manslaughter, but the conviction was overturned on appeal.Ontario’s highest court found the trial judge made an error when answering a question from the jury in that case and ordered a new trial on the manslaughter charge.That meant prosecutors could no longer argue that Grandine meant to kill his wife.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement A record seven female directors are presenting their films in the 20 high-profile Gala slots at the Toronto International Film Festival this month. It’s part of a festival milestone: nearly 30 per cent of all movies this year are directed by women.Among them is Maudie, a drama in the Special Presentation program, set in the 1930s and starring Sally Hawkins as the physically challenged Nova Scotia folk artist Maud Lewis, who has an unlikely romance with a reclusive man played by Ethan Hawke.“It’s a chick-heavy film and I want that to be shouted out to the world,” said producer Mary Young Leckie, en route to Colorado where Maudie was having its world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival. Advertisement Maudie is a 12-year passion project for Leckie, who produced the Canada-Ireland film along with Mary Sexton, Susan Mullen and Bob Cooper. Aisling Walsh directs from a script by Sherry White. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

Friday’s France-Switzerland tilt represents a battle for first place in Group E, as both teams are tied with three points after winning their first matches. But though the winner will be in the driver’s seat for advancement, the stakes aren’t especially high for the loser either.Italy vs. Costa Rica: 12 p.m. EDTFrance vs. Switzerland: 3 p.m. EDTEcuador vs. Honduras: 6 p.m. EDTIn briefIN DEPTHAs things stand, France has a 91.8 percent chance of getting into the knockout stage of the tournament, and the Swiss check in at 80.9 percent. Ecuador and Honduras — who make up the rest of Group E and also face off Friday — lag far behind, at 20.3 and 7.1 percent, respectively.Honduras has a bleak outlook, mainly because they are the second-worst team in the World Cup field, according to ESPN’s Soccer Power Index (SPI). But Ecuador, according to SPI, is essentially Switzerland’s equal; the only difference in its advancement probabilities stems from Switzerland’s thrilling added-time victory over Ecuador on Sunday. For Ecuador, it was the one that got away; without that win, the model projects Ecuador to amass only 2.8 points within the group — they’re likely to beat Honduras but will be clear underdogs against France.Meanwhile, if Switzerland loses to France on Friday, the Swiss would still project to finish second in the group, because the meek Honduran squad is their only remaining hurdle. In fact, if the Swiss lose to France, Ecuador beats Honduras, and Switzerland only earns a draw against Honduras (an unlikely outcome), the Swiss would still be expected to advance over Ecuador by a slim margin — unless Ecuador beats France (or draws and posts a better goal differential than Switzerland). In other words, there are a lot of ways the Swiss can get out of Group E that don’t depend on them picking up points against France.The situation playing out in Group D, where Italy will face Costa Rica at noon Friday, is superficially similar. Like France and Switzerland, Costa Rica and Italy won their first matches of the tournament. Neither team’s odds of advancement are quite as high as its counterparts in Group E, though, mainly because there are no weak sides like Honduras to pick up easy points against. Costa Rica is the worst SPI team in the group, and it ranks 25th in the world.Whoever loses will have a fighting chance against Uruguay to qualify for the knockout round in the group’s second position. But that’s nowhere near as favorable a spot as the France-Switzerland loser will be sitting in after the day’s action ends.YesterdayLuis Suarez and Wayne Rooney prompted many questions before Thursday’s Group D showdown between Uruguay and England. Would Suarez, who missed Uruguay’s loss to Costa Rica in its World Cup opener because of knee surgery, be match-fit for 90 minutes in a must-win game? Could Rooney, whose performance against Italy brought his place in England’s lineup into question, break his career World Cup scoring drought?Those questions were answered in Sao Paulo.Suarez hadn’t played since May 11, but there was no evidence of rust. Of his four shots, two were on target — both goals. The latter goal, breaking a tie in the 85th minute, virtually ensured England’s second-consecutive loss in the tournament’s group stage, something England hadn’t experienced since 1950.Uruguay beat a European team at the World Cup for the first time in 16 matches since 1970, but don’t blame Rooney. He got off four shots, including two on goal and another that hit the post. Rooney found his World Cup breakthrough with a 75th-minute equalizer. The goal took him 10 World Cup matches — 758 minutes of play.England’s 78.1 pass completion percentage ranked in the bottom 35 percent of all teams in this World Cup, but it was easily the best in this game. Uruguay posted the worst completion percentage by a winning team in a World Cup win since at least the 1966 tournament (the start of ESPN Stats & Info’s data set). Uruguay’s 59.2 pass completion percentage against England was the only team performance in a game below 65 percent at this tournament.Other attacking and possession statistics favored England, including second-half touches in the attacking third (89 to Uruguay’s 57). The biggest stats, however, belonged to Suarez: two shots on target, two goals, 2-1 to Uruguay. — ESPN Stats & Info GroupOFF THE PITCHAs neighbors, France and Switzerland have a lot more in common than a World Cup match. Given their proximity, it makes sense that there would be population overlap. Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development data from 2009 shows that Switzerland has provided over twice the amount of nationals living in France than the other way around; there were 90,551 Swiss nationals living in France and 42,862 French nationals living in Switzerland. But given the population of each country, the French living in Switzerland make up five times the share of Swiss who made the opposite trek.There is one caveat to that data: Things have gotten icy between the two countries since it was compiled. In December 2012, France’s president, François Hollande, announced that wealthy French residents of Switzerland would have to pay French taxes and Swiss taxes, which one Swiss politician called a “declaration of war.” It’s unclear how this spat has affected migration between the countries, but it’s safe to say that the two nations are no longer as chummy as they once were. — Hayley MunguiaFURTHER READINGWe’re Telling England There’s a Chance!Defending World Cup Champions Keep Flaming OutCORRECTION (June 20, 10:05 a.m.): A previous version of the chart in this article showed the incorrect proportion of France’s projected 53 percent win. read more