MexicoAmericas Condemning abuses ImpunityDisappearances February 12, 2018 Inaction by Mexican authorities in 21 disappearances of journalists since 2000 Help by sharing this information to go further April 28, 2021 Find out more NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Reporter murdered in northwestern Mexico’s Sonora state Receive email alerts RSF_en Aged 38, Estrada lived in Apatzingán, in the western state of Michoacán, where he was a crime reporter for a local daily, La Opinión de Apatzingán. He left the newspaper on the evening of 12 February 2008 and was never seen again. His car with found later that night with the lights on and the doors open in the nearby town of Buenavista, colleagues told RSF at the time.Two days later, the newspaper’s management accused a Federal Investigation Agency police officer known as “El Diablo” (The Devil) of kidnapping Estrada. Three weeks before his disappearance, Estrada had written a story that reflected badly on this police officer, creating a conflict between the two. El Diablo was subsequently transferred to Mexico City. Ten years later, Estrada’s disappearance is no longer being actively investigated. The failure to identify those responsible has been unbearable for Estrada’s wife, María Dolores Barajas. “I don’t understand,” she said. “How is it possible that no leads have been pursued? My life is full of questions without answers.” Barajas complains of a lack of support, including judicial support, from the Executive Commission for Attention to Victims (CEAV), from which she has been seeking assistance since 2011. She is now threatened with eviction from her home for failing to make payments on the mortgage contracted by her husband.Of the at least 21 journalists who have disappeared in the past 18 years, at least eight have missing for more than ten years, according to Mexico’s National Commission for Human Rights (CNDH). “With 12 journalists murdered since the start of 2017, the Mexican authorities are clearly already failing in their duty to protect media personnel,” said Emmanuel Colombié, the head of RSF’s Latin America bureau.“At the same time, they don’t assume their responsibility to conduct thorough investigations into the many cases of missing journalists or to ensure that the families of the victims get adequate compensation. The federal prosecutor’s office must redouble its efforts to provide concrete responses to the disappearance of Mauricio Estrada Zamora and all the other cases of journalists missing in Mexico.”The involvement of state agents has been suspected in most of these cases, because the missing journalists were covering stories linked to local politics, corruption or public security. This is unbearable for the families, because the perpetrators are often able to pressure witnesses and investigators, and even get investigations closed.The most recent case of a journalist disappearing is that of Agustín Silva Vázquez, 22, a resident of Matías Romero, in the southern state of Oaxaca. This young crime reporter for El Sol del Istmo, a regional daily, was last seen on 21 January.A few days before he disappeared, he covered a military operation resulting in the seizure of firearms and the arrests of three persons. Silva’s father said an individual identifying himself as the lawyer of the three detainees had asked Silva to testify in their defence, and Silva had refused. Mexico is ranked 147th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. On the tenth anniversary today of Mexican journalist Mauricio Estrada Zamora’s disappearance, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the appalling level of impunity in Mexico, where there have been at least 21 unsolved disappearances of journalists since 2000. News Organisation Follow the news on Mexico News 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies MexicoAmericas Condemning abuses ImpunityDisappearances May 5, 2021 Find out more News May 13, 2021 Find out more Reports
Twitter by Rose Rushe“The legion is here! It’s in the bag” – Duc de Magenta, 1859Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Committee 30th anniversary: Sheila Deegan, Limerick Arts Officer ( 2nd left) with poet Vivienne McKechnie, Eileen O’Connor and Marie HackettIT is a fortuitous milestone. 30 years as “a weekend festival organised by readers for readers”, and this Kate O’Brien Weekend is early excitement for City of Culture year.Proper order that funds filtered in to bring the 2014 event to four days and two bases, operating out of 69 O’Connell Street and Lime Tree Theatre.It is also rechristened as The Limerick Literary Festival to reflect status. The line out is mighty: Saturday February 22 alone will see the individual power of husband and wife writers Claire Tomalin and Michael Frayn, Irish starpower in Frank McGuinness, Anne Enright and Prix de l’Europe winner Peter Cunningham; Costa Award nominee Selina Guinness, Professor Elaine Fox and our Laureate na nÓG, Siobhan Parkinson.In February last year at the launch in O’Mahony’s Booksellers, City of Culture board members Pat Cox and Bill Whelan were supportive, especially in the light of wife Denise Whelan’s service on the O’Brien committee. In a twist befitting a novel, the Whelans had bought O’Brien’s former Roundstone home a long time ago for respite.The tight committee has hooked Amélie de Mac-Mahon, Duchess of Magenta to launch the 30th celebration on Thursday February 20 (magenta being the colour of Limerick’s Culture designation).Marie Hackett, a French woman herself and key to the Kate O’Brien project for a dozen years, explains the Duchess’ Limerick connection.“Her lineage is fascinating, really. At the time of the Treaty of Limerick 1690, young Catholics found themselves dispossessed of land and many went overseas, to Bordeaux especially. Jean-Baptiste de Mac-Mahon went to Burgundy where he studied medicine and married into the nobility”.Reader, flick forward generations to his grandson General Patrice Maurice de Mac-Mahon becoming third president of France, a great war hero and royalist. “Having distinguished himself in the Battle of Sedan [and Magenta, Italy], Napolean III gave him the title Duke of Magenta”.Forward centuries again to: “The 4th Duke of Magenta came to Limerick in 1992 and University of Limerick gave him an honorary doctorate. It is his wife, Amélie de Mac-Mahon and her son Maurice, the fifth Duke who are coming to Limerick to open this literary festival”.As the venerable General said at the Battle, “The legion is here! It’s in the bag”.Her work is stronger than ever in her 9th decade; Sunday 23, Lime Tree TheatreWhat a coup for this persevering committee, along with literary lions such as Michael Longley. There’s international resonance from Finghin Collins at a Lime Tree Theatre recital and Edna O’Brien introducing her latest on Sunday February 23. She will be in conversation of Mike Murphy who presented RTE television’s ‘The Arts Show’. NewsLiterary lions roar for 30th Kate O BrienBy Rose Rushe – February 6, 2014 754 WhatsApp Facebook Read all about it on www.limerickliteraryfestival.com, source of tickets for host venues. Linkedin Print Email Advertisement Previous articlePavarotti’s great Italian love songsNext articleRob Penney and Simon Mannix to leave Munster Rose Rushehttp://www.limerickpost.ieCommercial Features and Arts Editor at Limerick Post
The kitchen has been completely updated. Picture: Supplied.“The idea was to have an indoor-outdoor house where the whole house opens completely to the outdoor area. “We added two extra bedrooms, the kitchen is completely new and we put in all new tiles, carpet and LED lighting.”More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019Mr Fanning said his favourite part of the updated home was the outdoor entertaining area with timber ceiling and outdoor speakers.“You can easily entertain out there, it’s nice and cool and has a great view of the Glass House Mountains as well,” he said. The home at 705 Old Gympie Rd, Narangba. Picture: Supplied.THIS renovated family home has it all — pool, sheds, granny flat, indoor-outdoor living and plenty of space for the children to play. The five-bedroom house, at 705 Old Gympie Rd, Narangba sits on a 1.57ha block close to shops, schools and public transport.Owners Andrew and Cheryl Fanning have updated and extended the home since buying it.“We bought it as a three-bedroom house and totally renovated it three years ago,” Mr Fanning said. The living spaces open through stacker doors to the outdoor entertaining area. Picture: Supplied.Inside, the home has an open plan living and dining area, along with a breakfast room and a family room. Walls of glass and timber stacker doors open to the entertaining space and pool.The kitchen has stone benchtops and stainless steel appliances.The big master bedroom has a walk-through wardrobe and ensuite.The granny flat has a bedroom, living area, kitchenette and toilet, and has been set up for use as a home office with phone lines and internet points. The main bedroom includes a walk-through robe and ensuite. Picture: Supplied.The property also comes with a new four-bay shed, a two-bay shed, two gardens sheds, water tank and established gardens on the fenced block. “(The home) would suit families and anyone who wants to work from home,” Mr Fanning said.The property is being marketed by Brock and Dan of B and D Realty Narangba.
“The concentration levels were really high today. There was some really good wide play and in the end that won us the game. “I don’t smile often but I do smile today because I was really pleased, it wasn’t our greatest performance but it was a good, professional performance and as manager of the team that makes me happy.” For Watford, this was a first home defeat since their return to the top flight as they also conceded their first goal of the campaign at Vicarage Road. Manager Quique Sanchez Flores has enjoyed a strong start to life with the club but refused to blame the penalty for costing his side anything from a match in which they failed to hit the heights of recent wins against Swansea and Newcastle. “We didn’t lose today because we conceded a penalty,” he said. “We lost today because we didn’t play well and Crystal Palace played better than us. We didn’t have a good performance. “I’m not satisfied with the performance, we always try and do our best and create attempts but sometimes it is impossible. At half-time we tried to change something but it was a normal match other than the penalty.” Zaha had been slammed by Pardew for a poor performance in the defeat at Tottenham last weekend that saw the England international hauled off at half-time. The 22-year-old, who also won the penalty that Kevin Phillips converted to earn Palace promotion at the Hornets’ expense two years ago, was more impressive in the Capital One Cup victory over Charlton on Wednesday but was relegated to the role of substitute at Vicarage Road. Still, he proved his worth to both Pardew and Palace as he came on with just under half an hour remaining and bamboozled Allan Nyom into tripping him just inside the box, with Cabaye tucking away his second of the season from the resulting penalty. When asked if he was pleased with Zaha’s display after he replaced Bakary Sako, Pardew replied: “I am. “I thought his reaction in the week was very good, I told him on Thursday he wouldn’t start despite playing well on Wednesday. He took that well and has reacted in the right way. “This is a lesson learned for him, he can’t let his standards slip, especially with Sako and (Yannick) Bolasie. I can’t play them all and competition is fierce.” With the likes of Sako, Bolasie, Zaha and Jason Puncheon, Palace have a number of flair players with pace to burn – but Pardew was pleased with the more workmanlike performance that saw his side halt a run of two league defeats. “From a manger’s perspective it was a great day for me and my team,” he said. Success on the road is becoming something of a normality for the Eagles since Pardew was appointed in January with the former Newcastle boss guiding them to 11 away wins in 14 games across all competitions. This victory will not rank among the most memorable of those but Yohan Cabaye’s second-half penalty was enough to lift Palace up to sixth in the Premier League as the Eagles repeated their Championship play-off final heroics against the same opponents in 2013. Alan Pardew praised the attitude of Wilfried Zaha after he came off the bench to earn the match-winning penalty in Crystal Palace’s 1-0 victory at Watford. Press Association
The Minister of Youth and Sports, Sunday Dare, has assured the Nigeria Amputee Football Federation of support for the silver medal winning Nigeria amputee football team for doing the nation proud in their campaign at the just concluded 5th Africa Cup of Nations for Amputee in Angola.President of the federation, Suleiman Isah, disclosed that the minister who had earlier sent a congratulatory message to the team also personally called the leadership of the federation upon their arrival to further express his commendations for the resilience of the players and assured that the sports ministry will assist them to cover the expenditure and credit incurred to the tournament.The Minister who spoke to the federation president on telephone said: ” I have twitted to congratulate the Special Eagles even before their return to the country and Nigeria is very proud of them for coming back with a medal after 17 years “He stated that the arrangement for the Special Eagles to travel to the African championship began before he assumed office but that he has been adequately briefed.” The department charged with Para Sports have briefed me adequately about the plight of the federation and we are leaving no stone unturned to assist any federation that has made the country proud “The Nigeria Amputee Football Federation attended the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations for Amputee Football in Benguela, Angola, after nine years of absence due to lack of fund and, with only minimal solidarity support from the Nigeria Football Federation, not sufficient to cover their major costs, they embarked on the campaign with flight tickets, jerseys and other necessary equipments procured on credit. They however posted a great performance at the end, losing only to Angola, the hosts and current world champions.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Over the summer, Lorenzo, the newest high-end housing project catering to USC students, partially opened to residents. While only the latest in a series of amenity-rich, university-unaffiliated housing complexes, Lorenzo is unique in that it boasts luxurious conditions, but also far from the center of campus. The building is located on W. Adams Boulevard, over half a mile from campus.“A lot of parents want their students to be closer to campus. However, we do have tons of shuttles,” Lorenzo leasing agent Keyana Lavergme said. “We have three shuttles right now, and they run all day and all night.”Lorenzo remains one of the most distant housing complexes from campus. Christopher Greenspan, director of asset management and investments at R. W. Selby & Co., the company in charge of Tuscany, an apartment complex located on S. Figueroa Street just south of Exposition Boulevard, highlighted location as a main benefit of the apartments at Tuscany.“We offer something that others cannot offer,” he said. “For Tuscany, it is walking distance to the campus, and walking distance to the business school.”For students, choosing where to live can be a decision that involves weighing factors such as practicality, location, price and amenities.“I chose to live in Lorenzo because it had a ton of vacancies. Since I’m transferring, I was doing my housing months and months after everyone else,” Stephen Carr, an undeclared sophomore, said. “Now that I’m here, it’s pretty insane. It’s beautiful [inside], like a hotel.”For Jennifer Michelman, a junior majoring in business, the choice also came down to both logistics and luxury.“The main reason that I [chose to live in the Lorenzo] is because I’m going abroad next semester, so I needed to rent for six months,” Michelman said. “But I was also attracted to the amenities. It’s literally like living in a hotel.”Rates at the Lorenzo run between $831 and $1,376 a month, or $4,155 and $6,880 for five months, the approximate length of a semester. Their smallest floor plan is approximately 700 square feet, and their largest about 1,300 according to its website.USC also offers many housing options for those who choose not to live in buildings like Lorenzo and Tuscany. There are 18 university-owned apartment buildings for undergraduate upperclassmen. One popular option for housing is Cardinal Gardens, where an approximately 750 square foot apartment for four people costs $4,140 a semester, according to the USC Housing website. The complex, located on McClintock Ave., houses about 655 students.Brooke Seegan, a sophomore majoring in biomedical engineering, chose to live in university-owned Troy East for the convenience it provides.“I didn’t want to have to deal with leasing an apartment or buying furniture or worrying if one of my roommates decided to study abroad,” Seegan said.The cost of a semester at Troy East runs between $2,885 and $4,465.While it offers furnished apartments, a workout room and study rooms, Troy East does not have the extra amenities that non-university housing often provides.“We have a movie theater, we have a three-story gym with rock climbing and robes. We also have an outdoor pool, indoor pool and rooftop pool. We have saunas and steam rooms and cabanas,” Lavergme said of Lorenzo.The proliferation of new apartment buildings also increases the competition for existing high-end housing options. According to leasing consultant Joey Hughes, University Gateway apartments, one of the first in the new wave of high-end apartment complexes, often has to adapt.“As the demand changes, we have to change along with it. There’s always going to be new completion,” Hughes said.He says Gateway, however, has two distinct benefits.“Our location and our management. We care more,” Hughes said.Many students, though, are not willing to pay more, even for the benefits expensive housing may provide.“My big problem with the high-end USC housing options is not the options themselves as much as the options they replace,” Sam Vercauteran, a junior majoring in computer science, said. “I do not have any strong desire or the financial resources to stay at one of these places, and I know a lot of people feel the same way.” Follow Isabella Sayyah on Twitter @isabellasayyah