Spanish photographer missing in dangerous northeastern department

first_img ColombiaAmericas Reporters Without Borders urges the authorities, and in particular the GAULA elite units that combat abduction and extortion, to deploy whatever resources are needed to locate Borja Lázaro, a Spanish freelance photographer who disappeared in northeastern Colombia, near the Venezuelan border, three weeks ago.Lázaro, 34, who is from Vitoria in Spain’s Basque country, was doing a series of photo-reportages on indigenous cultures. He went missing in Cabo de la Vela, a fishing village in the department of La Guajira, on 8 January. He last communicated with his family eight days before that.“Without taking a position on the theories offered by Colombian and Spanish investigators, we think the possibility of abduction should be taken very seriously,” Reporters Without Borders said.“La Guajira is a drug trafficking hub dominated by the feared ‘Bacrim,’ criminal gangs that had their origins in the paramilitary movement. These gangs operate with the support or complicity of certain local officials. La Guajira’s now jailed former governor Juan Francisco ‘Kiko’ Gómez was known for having close links with the Bacrim and for using them against troublesome journalists.“A campaign in support of Lázaro is needed even if the circumstances of his disappearance have yet to be established. A Spanish couple were kidnapped by Bacrim in the same region in 2013 and were held for a month before being released. Whatever the circumstances, we hope Lázaro will soon reappear safe and sound.”Lázaro’s disappearance was reported to the Colombian and Spanish authorities on 23 January. According to witnesses, he spent the evening of 7 January with a group of people and returned to his hotel at around 1 a.m. on 8 January. He was no longer in his room at 5 a.m. on 8 January.A close relation of the photographer told Reporters Without Borders: “One of the theories is that he drowned in the sea after getting up early but I think it is unlikely. His mobile phone, backpack and flashlight were all missing. None of these items was found on the beach and it is hard to see how he could have left without them. Another theory is that he got lost in La Guajira’s nearby desert.”A journalistic source told Reporters Without Borders she thought Lázaro was being held by a La Guajira-based Bacrim. April 27, 2021 Find out more October 21, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts RSF, IFEX-ALC and Media Defence, support FLIP and journalist Diana Díaz against state harassment in Colombia May 13, 2021 Find out more to go further RSF_en News Help by sharing this information center_img News RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America ColombiaAmericas Reports 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies Follow the news on Colombia News Organisation January 29, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Spanish photographer missing in dangerous northeastern departmentlast_img read more

SCV’s Herta on track at Long Beach

first_imgIt might not be the marquee event, but Herta has another chance, a good chance, to finally win a race during the Grand Prix of Long Beach. “I love racing Long Beach. It’s my favorite event,” said Herta, a Hart High of Newhall graduate. “As a kid, I always wanted to be a race car driver and my goal was to race at the Long Beach Grand Prix. That’s why I wanted to be an IndyCar driver because the IndyCars raced there. To now get a chance in the XM Satellite Radio Acura, to go back to Long Beach and race, I’m like a kid in a candy store; I’m very excited.” Herta teamed with Dario Franchitti and Tony Kanaan to win the LPM2 portion of the American Le Mans Series season opener, the 12 Hours of Sebring, a few weeks ago. They finished second overall in the Sebring race, behind an Audi-powered entry from the LMP1 division. But Herta ran into troubles with Marino Franchitti as his teammate in the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg two weeks ago. Franchitti crashed twice and Herta nursed his team’s car to the finish. Andretti Green Racing is one of three teams using Acura-powered cars in the LMP2 division of the American Le Mans Series. Highcroft Racing and Lowe’s Fernandez Racing have Acura-powered teams as well. All three will be racing in Long Beach. Valencia’s Bryan Herta always wanted to win a race at Long Beach. He came close twice in his career racing on the old CART series. He won the pole for the CART race during the Grand Prix of Long Beach and finished third in 1998. The following year, he earned another podium finish, coming in third again. But it’s been a few years since Herta has raced in the Grand Prix of Long Beach. When CART became the Champ Car World Series, Herta moved on to the Indy Racing League and Andretti Green Racing. The IRL was solely an oval-racing series at that time and did not have the Grand Prix of Long Beach, a temporary street course, on its schedule. He thought his chances of ever racing again during the Grand Prix of Long Beach were gone. But Herta is now racing for Andretti Green in the American Le Mans Series. And the American Le Mans Series is having a race today in Long Beach. The Acura engines are designed and developed at Santa Clarita-based Honda Performance Development. “The XM Satellite Radio team, along with Acura, are still young programs,” Herta said. “As much as Audi is trying to convince everyone that they’re at a disadvantage, they are not. But, we’re going to Long Beach to try and win. I don’t think we are expected to win, but it is certainly our goal.” Herta and Dario Franchitti will be teamed for the Long Beach race. Franchitti also drives for Andretti Green Racing in the IRL IndyCar Series. His record at Long Beach is only slightly better than Herta’s. Franchitti finished second in the CART races in Long Beach in 1998 and 1999. “I’ve always enjoyed racing at Long Beach and am really looking forward to going back,” Franchitti said. “It’s a fairly short race so overall speed will definitely be an issue. Bryan and I have both driven the track several times and with the lack of practice time, I think our experience could really come into play.” Adrian Fernandez, owner and driver for Lowe’s Fernandez Racing, has competed in 11 races at Long Beach. He has three top-five finishes in CART and Champ Car competition at Long Beach. “I have been racing at Long Beach for many years, going back to Indy Lights,” Fernandez said. “I have so many memories from this circuit and it feels like a home track to me. I finished second in 2003 and it would be great to do one better this year with the Acura. I have always wanted to win the Long Beach race.” Stefan Johansson and David Brabham will be driving the Highcroft Racing Acura entry at Long Beach. “We have started to work well together with this young team,” said Johansson, who lives in Sherman Oaks. “We were fourth at Sebring and third at St. Pete. So things are starting to work well. This is a young team and a lot of things are new.” Irwindale Speedway: Newhall’s Travis Thirkettle turned in another strong performance, finishing third in the NASCAR Super Late Model race last Saturday night at Irwindale Speedway. Thirkettle is third in the Super Late Model standings heading into tonight’s races at Irwindale Speedway. Andrew Phipps of Simi Valley won the race last Saturday night and took over the points lead in the division standings. Dan Moore of Burbank added his second top-five finish of the season and is second in points. NASCAR Super Stock, Legend Cars, figure 8s and Bandoleros are scheduled to race tonight at Irwindale Speedway. Gates open at 4 p.m. Races start at 7. The Versus Network will broadcast select NASCAR Super Late Model races from Irwindale Speedway on a tape-delay basis, track officials announced last week. The April 7 race will be part of Versus Network’s Lucas Oil Motorsports Hour. The show and race are scheduled to air May 5 at 12:30 p.m. Versus is also planning to broadcast the May 26 and June 16 Super Late Model races at Irwindale Speedway. There is an option for a fourth race. [email protected] (818) 713-3715160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Redwoods guard Tule O’Rourke taking on bigger role as sophomore season goes on

first_imgEureka >> Coming out of Hoopa Valley High School, Tule O’Rourke was known more for his defense rather than a player who could score in bunches.He most certainly could be described as a pest, the kind of defender who wouldn’t mind getting up in the opposition’s grill whenever it was possible.Two-and-a-half years later and with plenty of early-morning gym sessions, O’Rourke has become more than somebody who can help his team win a game on defense.He’s become a two-way guard — not only somebody …last_img read more

Rookie scores first NHL goal in Sharks’ win over Kings

first_imgClick here if you are unable to view this gallery on a mobile device.SAN JOSE — Sharks forward Patrick Marleau scored the 557th goal of his NHL career in Friday’s afternoon game against the Los Angeles Kings. A short while later, Sharks rookie Noah Gregor scored his first.The Sharks have been looking for more offensive production from a wider array of players recently and found it in a 4-1 win over the Kings in rare matinee game.Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Logan Couture also scored and Martin …last_img read more

SA food fund in R50m Tanzania deal

first_img30 May 2013 South African private equity food and agribusiness fund Agri-Vie has invested R50-million in the Tanzanian Food Corporation (TFC) to develop the country’s beef industry to meet fast-growing consumer demand. “There is a growing demand for quality meat products thanks to a growing middle class, increased investment, increasing awareness of food safety and the growth and development of a number of sectors in the country,” Agri-Vie managing partner, Herman Marais, said in a statement on Wednesday. Agri-Vie was established by financial services group Sanlam Private Equity and investment firm SP-aktif to drive sustainable growth in sub-Saharan Africa’s food sector. Agri-Vie’s Africa investment fund looks to invest in projects with positive development impacts and good financial returns. Tanzania’s meat industry has significant potential nationally and regionally, according to Marais. “Agri-Vie’s injection of risk capital over the next few years, the importation of genetic material from neighbouring African countries, enhanced animal foods and beef sector know-how will see the company increase production and sales many-fold,” he said. “We are proud to join the local and international founding shareholders of TFC who have developed the venture to a stage ready for significant expansion.” The TFC operations area is primarily in the Iringa region of the southern Tanzanian highlands and forms part of the Southern Agricultural Growth Corridor of Tanzania, which is a public-private investment initiative to drive agribusiness output. “The operation comprises of abattoir and processing facilities, a sales and distribution channel, an estate rearing beef cattle, in combination with a supply chain for a fattening herd of cattle and sheep and an arable farming operation focusing on maize and soya as a basis for animal feeds,” Marais said. “There is also significant scope for value added products, as some 700 metric tons of processed meat are currently imported into the country annually.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Sixers like Fultz first, Lakers eye Ball as NBA draft looms

first_imgMOST READ World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide NBA: Gasol to opt out of deal but re-sign with Spurs — report Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Markelle Fultz #20 of the Washington Huskies. AFP/GETTY IMAGES FILE PHOTONEW YORK—Markelle Fultz is expected to become the number one pick in Thursday’s NBA Draft after the Philadelphia 76ers swung a deal for the top choice after watching his private workout.The 19-year-old point guard, who played at the University of Washington last season, would become the club’s fourth top overall pick and follow 2016’s first overall pick by Philly, Australian forward Ben Simmons.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Bryan Colangelo, the 76ers president of basketball operations, played coy about the pick even after swapping the first and third picks with Boston and giving up a future number one pick to get the first choice of unclaimed talent.READ: NBA: Celtics, 76ers complete swap of first, third draft picksFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I feel that within the top 10, there are probably five or six sure-fire All-Stars. There may be one or two franchise-level players,” Colangelo said. “On Thursday night, hopefully we make a decision that results in one of those franchise-level players being here.”Fultz averaged 23.2 points, 5.9 assists, 5.7 rebounds and 1.6 steals over 25 games last season for a Washington Huskies team that was 9-22. What ‘missteps’?center_img View comments The Los Angeles Lakers have the second pick in the draft and are expected to select University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) standout Lonzo Ball.The 19-year-old point guard had 14.6 points, 7.6 assists, 6.0 rebounds and 1.8 steals a game for the Bruins last season. No other US college player averaged 14 points with six rebounds and six assists a game as well.Boston comes back at third overall with point guard Isiah Thomas solidly in place, making Fultz expendable and opening the door for other talented playmakers as Josh Jackson, a shooting guard who scored 16.3 points, 7.4 rebounds 3.0 assists and 1.7 steals a game for Kansas last season.De’Aaron Fox, a point guard who scored 39 points against Ball-led UCLA in the national college tournament, is also among the top prospects.The Phoenix Suns will select fourth, followed in order by the Sacramento Kings, Orlando Magic, Minnesota Timberwolves, New York Knicks, Dallas Mavericks and Sacramento again.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire He would join a young squad that features Simmons, who missed all of last season with a foot injury; Jahlil Okafor and 2017 NBA Rookie of the Year finalists Joel Embiid and Dario Saric. That young core of talent could provide a base to rebuild the team.Since 2003, the 76ers have won only one playoff series and they have only one winning season since 2005. The Sixers went 28-54 last season.“We have a core of young players that will be significantly stronger once the draft selection is made,” Colangelo said.“We felt like we were in the right position to make a deal. We felt the value of adding the one pick now was the right thing at the expense of only losing one of four going forward.”Croatian forward Saric was asked on Twitter about the young group melding into a championship team and replied, “It will be hard but I hope with young team we got big chance to be dominant.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Gameslast_img read more

Freeland says North Korea reckless provocative with missile test over Japan

first_imgOTTAWA – Canada’s foreign affairs minister says North Korea’s latest provocative missile test is a reckless violation of Japan’s sovereignty.Chrystia Freeland says North Korea is showing a total disregard for its international obligations for firing a long-range missile over Japan that landed in the northern Pacific Ocean.The latest in a series of missile tests came as South Korea and the U.S. were conducting war games in the region.U.S. President Donald Trump says all options are on the table and he had a 40-minute conversation with Japanese Prime Shinzo Abe.Last week, the House of Commons defence committee held a rare summer sitting to discuss the North Korea situation and to discuss whether Canada should consider joining the U.S. ballistic missile defence shield for North America.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who is hosting Jordan’s King Abdullah today, has said Canada has no interest in joining the controversial program that successive governments have opted out of for more than a decade.last_img read more

TCI Crime Update

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:  Arson AttemptProvidenciales Police are investigating an attempt to set fire to a dwelling, with persons inside.  The incident was reported to 911 at 4:32 a.m., on March 1st, 2018.  The complainant reported to police that someone threw a gas tank through her apartment window on the Leeward Highway.  The apartment was occupied by a woman and children. Investigation continues into this matter.Anyone with information that can assist in the detection of any crime is asked to come forward, or contact the Chalk Sound Police Station at 338-5901, 941-8082 or call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-8477. Arrests A Police Constable was arrested on Thursday 1st March 2018, on suspicion of a serious sexual assault and has since been placed on USD$5000 bail.  The Officer is currently on administrative leave. On Tuesday, February 27th, 2018, Police on Providenciales arrested a 20-year-old man on suspicion of Burglary of the International Primary School in Leeward Gates.  The man is currently in Police Custody.center_img Burglaries Police on Providenciales are investigating a burglary that took place on Wednesday, February 28th, 2018, at a home in The Bight.  According to the police report, a number of electronic items are said to be missing. One black 42in Viva Television valued USD$250, a locked Sprint black Apple iPhone 5 valued USD$450, one white and silver Samsung Galaxy J7 valued USD$200, one Black Samsung Galaxy cellular phone valued USD$100 and one Samsung Galaxy Tablet valued USD$350.Police are also investigating a burglary that took place at the TCI Middle School.  The incident was reported on March 1st, 2018.   Missing were a translucent storage bin with a grey lid value unknown, 12 ten-inch Grey Acer Aspire Cloud laptops, valued USD$200 each and 12 eleven-inch White HP XP360 laptops valued USD$270 each.Grand Turk Police are investigating a Burglary that occurred on March 1st, 2018, following a report of a building at a construction site broken into.  Upon arriving at the work site, the building owner discovered the front wooden door lock broken off.  Missing were 12 sheets of sheetrock, valued USD$360 and 8 pieces of metal strap. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, March 2, 2018 – Providenciales – This is the Crime Update from the Royal Turks and Caicos Island Police Force for March 2nd, 2018.last_img read more