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first_imgOTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump in Washington on Thursday will be an opportunity to talk about China and global issues set to be discussed at next week’s G20 leaders’ summit in Japan.Speaking before a meeting with his Liberal caucus today, Trudeau says the two leaders will discuss the challenge China poses to global trade, as well as to Canada and the United States.The Canadian government has been calling for China to release two Canadians whose detentions are largely viewed as a retaliation for the arrest of a Huawei executive in Vancouver at the request of the U.S.Countries including the U.S., Australia, France, Germany, Spain, and the U.K. have spoken out in support of the detained Canadians.Trudeau also says trade will be a big part of the meeting with Trump as both countries look to ratify the new NAFTA.He says Canada is still trying to keep in step with the U.S., adding he has the ability to recall Parliament this summer if needed to ratify the trade pact.The Canadian Presslast_img read more


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Rabat – Following the emergency meeting of foreign ministers at the Arab League Council, Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita called on countries in the region to use all diplomatic and legal means to defend the status of Jerusalem.At the request of Palestine and Jordan and with the support of Morocco, an Arab league emergency meeting took place on Saturday, December 9 in Cairo, to “review the developments regarding the US president’s recognition of the city of Al Quds as the capital Israel.”The meeting brought together several foreign ministers of Arabic speaking countries to discuss concrete actions to be taken regarding President Donald Trump’s decision, “which undermines the legal and historical status of Al Quds,” according to a press release issued by the Palestinian delegation to the League of Arab States. On the sidelines of the meeting, Bourita urged “to undertake intense and pragmatic actions to deal with the US decision.”“We must undertake intense and pragmatic actions to face the American decision regarding Jerusalem’s status, and use all the diplomatic and legal means available to us to defend our rights,” said the Moroccan diplomat.“We must react with responsibility and not make hasty decisions that we can not apply, in order to preserve our credibility,” he added.For the Foreign Minister, the US decision “is a dangerous turning point in the political and legal status of this holy city and a reprehensible transgression of the results of peace negotiations.”He also called for coordination of Arab countries to defend the status of Jerusalem.According to the Moroccan Minister, Donald Trump’s decision gives a “pretext to the Israeli authorities to go ahead in their systematic policy of Judaization of the holy city and obliteration of its religious and spiritual stamp.”League Secretary-General Ahmed Abdul-Geith strongly condemned the US’ willingness to recognize Al Quds as the capital of Israel and relocate the US embassy in Israel to the holy city.Many Arab leaders, including King Mohammed VI, King Abdullah of Jordan, and King Abdulaziz bin Salman of Saudi Arabia, attempted to stop Trump from taking the decision.Despite international pressure, Trump “opened the gates of hell,” in the words of Hamas, and formally recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, becoming the first ever American president to do so. read more


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“The Secretary-General is gravely concerned about reports of continuing intimidation, threats and attacks against internally displaced persons in Darfur,” a spokesperson for Mr. Annan said in a statement. The Secretary-General pointed particularly to West Darfur, where the Janjaweed – bands of armed Arab fighters who travel mainly on horseback – stand accused of raping local black African women. Many of the victims have fled their home villages because of militia attacks.In camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in North Darfur, Sudanese Government security officials are harassing residents who have spoken to foreign visitors, and have arrested and beaten several community leaders.Mr. Annan appealed to Khartoum to stick to its commitments, outlined in a 3 July joint communiqué signed with the UN, to disarm the Janjaweed and ensure the protection and security of all IDPs in Darfur.At least 1.2 million people are estimated to be internally displaced, while as many as 200,000 others live as refugees in neighbouring Chad because of the militia attacks and the fighting between Government forces and two rebel groups.UN spokesperson Marie Okabe said the Security Council’s 15 members will meet tomorrow morning to vote on a draft resolution about Sudan sponsored by the United States and the United Kingdom.Condemning the violence and expressing concern at the humanitarian situation, the draft resolution calls for an arms embargo on all non-Government forces – including the Janjaweed – in Darfur.The resolution says the Council might take measures allowed in the UN Charter, including imposing economic penalties and severing diplomatic relations, if Sudan does not make progress on achieving its pledges from the joint communiqué.It calls for the resumption of political talks between Sudan and the two rebel groups, the Sudan Liberation Movement/Army (SLM/A) and the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM).Council members will also be asked to endorse the African Union’s deployment of monitors in Darfur and urge the international community to “make available much needed assistance to mitigate the humanitarian catastrophe.”Meanwhile, at the Zam Zam camp in North Darfur, IDPs and community leaders refused to attend the launch of the hygiene promotion campaign by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) because they feared reprisals from the Sudanese Government.Ms. Okabe said the IDPs told UN staff they had been threatened and harassed the previous night, a claim repeated by IDPs at other camps.UN humanitarian workers say they are particularly concerned about Sudan’s attempts to force IDPs to return to their homes during the current rainy season. It will be almost impossible to distribute food and other aid supplies to some villages – possibly at least until November – because of the heavy rains. read more


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AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Michael Oliveira, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 19, 2014 5:30 am MDT Canadians lukewarm when it comes to making mobile payments for purchases: study TORONTO – Hype for mobile payments is growing but Canadians generally aren’t very eager to pay for purchases with their smartphones, suggests a new report.Canadians are still apprehensive about using their phone in lieu of cash, debit or credit cards, according to a study by global research company GfK, which conducted online surveys with consumers in 17 countries.Although Canadians have developed a reputation for being keen early adopters of technology, they were found to be among the least interested in mobile payments.Security fears are a factor, says Stephen Popiel, vice-president of consulting for GfK Canada. Canadians may also be lukewarm on mobile payments since they already have plenty of ways to pay in stores.“The ATM infrastructure is huge and profound in Canada, even when compared with the United States, so the mobile technology itself is partly a solution for a problem that’s not as big of an issue here. We have a seamless ATM and debit card structure here and now the tap technology makes it fast and easy to make a lot of small purchases,” says Popiel.“Now we have to train ourselves: don’t use the wallet, pull out my phone, make sure the app is open. We have to get to a position where this technology is as seamless and easy to use as what we’ve been using for the past 15 to 20 years.”GfK estimates only about two per cent of transactions in Canada are currently made with a mobile device, either in store or while online shopping at home.About 21 per cent of the 1,000 Canadians polled by GfK said they had made a mobile payment in the past six months, compared to 24 per cent of western European respondents, 33 per cent of American respondents, and 39 per cent of Latin American respondents.Mobile payments were seen to be far more popular in Asia, with 83 per cent of Chinese respondents and 62 per cent of Korean respondents saying they had used a mobile device for a purchase recently.Of the Canadians polled, about one in three agreed with the statement “mobile payment is more of a gimmick today than a major way I pay” and four in 10 thought “mobile payment technology is still clunky.”Just over half said they were concerned about the security of mobile payments and putting their personal information at risk.While Starbucks customers are frequently seen using their phones to pay for coffees, and Tim Hortons also accepts mobile payments, those apps are linked to gift cards rather than bank accounts and are less of a security concern, notes Popiel.“There’s still a large percentage of the population who are worried about privacy, worried about information disclosure, and what’s the worst that’s going to happen with their TimmyMe app? They’re going to know I like a double-double? And I run the risk of losing $50 of coffee money,” he says.“The concern for many people is if my entire bank account is linked to this system, that’s where security breaches are more profound.”Popiel believes the Apple Pay platform could spark more interest in mobile payments — if and when it comes to Canada. Currently available in the U.S., Apple Pay allows consumers to pay for purchases at a number of big-name stores including McDonalds, Subway and Whole Foods with newer iPhones and iPads.“The degree to which Apple manages to convince people that they have that safe and secure system is going to determine whether (adoption) increases,” says Popiel.“If they do, it’s going to be a spectacular change, not only in mobile payments, but certainly for Apple as well, as people are going to migrate back to iPhones, away from Android, so they can get that safe and secure mobile wallet.”The polling industry’s professional body, the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association, says online surveys cannot be assigned a margin of error as they are not a random sample and therefore are not necessarily representative of the whole population. read more


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first_imgA new series of premium connected Sandvik cone crushers includes a range of performance upgrades. “Together with My Sandvik they bring digital transformation to mines and quarries.The Sandvik CH800i series of connected cone crushers is the first to offer intelligent crushing based on actionable information via the My Sandvik portal. This enables managers and operators to make decisions based on facts, and see areas for improvement directly, increasing uptime and availability.”My Sandvik is the latest innovation in Sandvik crushers. Other automation features continuously measure and compensate for crusher liner wear, while Hydroset™ and the electric dump valve automatically provide overload protection to let tramp iron or other uncrushable material pass through. ASRi™ automatically adapts crushers to variations in feed conditions. Sandvik CH800i comes with a range of upgrades, including a 65% stronger main shaft, and top and bottom shells that are up to 50% stronger than previous models, offering more reliability and higher availability.“New, digital technologies will transform the way mines and quarries work. My Sandvik is the first major step in gaining insights into productivity and predictive maintenance that will drive our industry forward. It’s great to offer our customers a service that will truly make a difference to their profitability,” says Mats Dahlberg, Vice President Lifecycle Service Stationary Crushing and Screening, Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology.CH800i has bolted rather than welded top and bottom shell liners to reduce maintenance time and add greater safety. Since no welding is needed when changing liners, the process is up to 90% faster. “The new CH800i crusher system can be purchased as a completely new crusher, or you can choose a Sandvik Reborn solution, replacing an existing crusher for a new one and reutilises existing auxiliaries and infrastructure. This plug and play installation minimises disruption and maximises productivity, while offering up to 40% cost savings compared to a complete crusher system.” Sandvik adds: “Our service agreements provide customers with safer operations, low operating costs and long service life, unlocking the full potential of their crushing plant 365 days a year. It increases productivity by up to 10%.”last_img read more


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first_imgFOLLOWING ON FROM our checklist from yesterday, it’s now time to focus on the real issue: which smartphone you should buy.There are many quality smartphones out there, and all of them have their own strengths, features and quirks that separate them from the competition. There’s a smartphone for everyone, it’s just figuring out which one to get is the problem.We’ve put together a quick guide featuring some of the best high-range and mid range smartphones you can get in the market and the type of person they would be perfect for.For the casual userHTC One MiniCost: Free for bill pay, €339 for prepay4G enabled: YesMuch like Samsung’s effort, the HTC One Mini crams everything that’s great about the One and offers a phone that won’t break the bank. Its 4.3 inch screen provides a sharp display and it processes the majority of tasks well, despite the hardware not being as powerful.Despite its limitations, it holds its own and is both (relatively) cheap and very cheerful.(Image: HTC Press)Sony Xperia SPCost: Free for bill pay, €299 for prepay4G enabled: YesSony Xperia range tend to excel in the mid-range smartphone market and the SP is an excellent addition to the family. Great battery life and some impressive hardware means that it’s will serve you well.The only problem is that phone storage is quite small – it only has 8GB space – but buying a micro SD card will remedy this.(Video: Sony Xperia)For the teensiPhone 5CCost: Free on bill pay, €559 on prepay4G enabled: YesIt’s true that the iPhone 5S has the more fancier features, but the 5C is a better crafted phone. Effectively having the same specs as the iPhone 5, it’s a phone that’s very much aimed towards new users instead of current ones. Considering that the iPhone 5 is only a year old, it’s still holds up well when compared to current smartphones.If you’re a regular Apple user or have a lot of money to spend, go for the 5S, otherwise the 5C is definitely worth considering.(Image: AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)Samsung Galaxy S4 MiniCost: Free on bill pay, €339 for prepay4G enabled: YesAlternatively, you could opt for the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini. Essentially a mid-range version of its more illustrious counterpart, the Mini is more compact but the things that makes the series great can be found here. It’s one of the more expensive mid-range phones out there, but what you get is well worth the money.(Image: Samsung)For the snap happy enthusiastNokia Lumia 1020Cost: Free on bill pay, €619 for prepay4G enabled: YesPicking the best camera phone is a tough decision as you could easily plump for the iPhone 5S and the Galaxy S IV in the list, but there are a number of great smartphone cameras out there. One of which is the Nokia Lumia 1020. It has a 41 megapixel camera means your photos are clear and crisp, and its Nokia Camera app allows for greater functionality.Probably its only drawback is that the time between booting up the camera app and snapping photos could prevent you from capturing split second moments, but that’s a very small price to pay for the quality of photos you’ll get. (Video: Nokia)Sony Xperia Z1Cost: Free on bill pay, €559 on prepay4G enabled: YesThe other alternative is the Sony Xperia Z1, which also provides detailed photos and a vast number of apps that add to the experience. It has a 20.7 megapixel camera meaning it doesn’t have the same raw capabilities as the Lumia 1020, but it still provides some sharp photos.Since it’s an Android phone, you can link it up to Google+, which has one of the best photo editing suites out there, despite the numerous criticisms aimed towards it. (Video: Sony Xperia)For the power userHTC OneCost: Free for bill pay, €569 for prepay4G enabled: YesHTC’s phones have always been good, but the HTC One is definitely one of its best. Combining both great design and hardware, it’s not as powerful as others phones on this list, but it performs well and skips through tasks with ease.A 4.7 inch screen and HD resolution means visuals are incredibly sharp, perfect for playing games or watching movies, and HTC Sense has been refined meaning there’s less bloatware, allowing you to focus on the important things.(Image: HTC Press)iPhone 5SCost: Free for bill pay, €699 for non-contract phone4G enabled: YesThe improvements to the latest iPhone may feel minor at first glance, but the 5S is more about refining everything that made previous versions so popular.Its raw power means that it will still be relevant two to three years down the line and its camera is one of the best out there – slow-mo video is something that new users will have a lot of fun with. The latest version of iOS 7 still feels rough around the edges, but that will improve over time.(Video: Apple)For the tech savvySamsung Galaxy S IVCost: Free for bill pay, €519 for prepay4G enabled: YesThere’s a very good reason why Samsung is one of the top smartphone providers in the world. The Galaxy S IV is one of the best all-round phones out there, with a great camera, powerful hardware and a 5 inch screen which strikes the right balance between size and functionality.Its design allows for a lot of customisation allowing you to make it as simple or complex as you wish and its battery life is also pretty good. (Video: Samsung Mobile)Nokia Lumia 925Cost: Free for bill pay, €539 for prepay4G enabled: NoAnother great all-rounder, the Lumia 925 is both fast and responsive. The battery is solid, its camera takes great shots and it provides one of the better Windows Phone experiences.There are some grievances such as apps taking a while to make their way over to Windows Phone, meaning you either have to rely on third-party apps while you wait, but if you don’t mind this, you will find a lot to like here.(Video: Nokia)For the grandparentsiPhone 4SCost: Free for bill pay, €379 for prepay4G enabled: NoIf you’re looking for something simple and cheap, the iPhone 4S is a great smartphone to begin with since iOS is one of the most straightforward platforms out there. It suffers from a few problems such as lag with iOS7, but it can keep up with the best of them.(Image: Chippycheeky)Nokia Lumia 625Cost: Free for bill pay, €169.99 for prepay4G enabled: YesIf you would like a phone that’s a little different, the Nokia Lumia 625 is another great phone to pick up. Like iOS, using Windows Phone is also very straightforward and the phone’s 4.7 inch display means you will have no trouble seeing what’s on screen.Good performance, decent battery life and 4G capabilities means it’s a phone worth considering.(Image: Nokia)Read: What you should consider before buying a smartphone >Read: 5 apps worth downloading this week – 7th Dec >last_img read more


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first_img 8,843 Views Tuesday 3 Sep 2019, 9:00 PM Get our daily news round up: Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Orla Dwyer https://jrnl.ie/4794558 Here’s What Happened Today: Tuesday Varadkar met Pence, a disco protest was held outside the Dáil and the UK Parliament came back – it’s the evening fix. Share1 Tweet Email 2 Comments Brexit protesters in Westminster, London. Source: Dominic LipinskiINTERNATIONAL#BREXIT: The UK House of Commons resumed earlier today and MPs are set to vote tonight on whether to debate a bill that would propose extending the 31 October Brexit deadline. Catch up on the day’s events on TheJournal.ie liveblog. #DORIAN: At least five people have died as result of Hurricane Dorian which has spurred mass evacuations on the US east coast. #ALABAMA: A 14-year-old boy shot and killed all five members of his family in the US state before calling police and confessing to the crime. #FICTION: Six authors have been shortlisted for the 2019 Booker Prize for Fiction. PARTING SHOTIf Brexit news is getting you down…A lawyer in Germany finally won €1 million on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? after spending 15 years re-enacting the TV show in his house.Jan Stroh had been rehearsing for his big moment in a reconstructed version of the German studio of the show in his basement, with palm trees, victory glitter, sound effects and all. “The fact that I have spent almost 16 years re-enacting the show on my own quiz stage, complete with all the buzzer and bell sound effects, certainly gave me an advantage,” he told German newspaper Bild.  Stroh said he will use the winnings to buy a new suit, go on a holiday to Australia, donate money to charity and give his replica studio a makeover.  NEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of today’s news.IRELAND Disco protest outside the Dáil Source: Rollingnews.ieTaoiseach Leo Varadkar and President Michael D Higgins met with US Vice President Mike Pence, who said Ireland and the EU should negotiate “in good faith” with Boris Johnson over Brexit. A ‘disco’ protest was held outside the Dáil to go against the visit. Speaking of Johnson, he is set to meet with Varadkar in Dublin on Monday to discuss agri food issues and the all-island economy. Dawn Meats has been granted leave of the High Court to serve copies of motions seeking to attach and commit to prison 18 protesters at two of its beef plants for breach of court orders. A HSE watchdog has criticised the health service for denying people with disabilities a role in the decisions made about their care. An activist group said that it would be a “very regrettable decision” to not publish the report into the legality of the Public Services Card. Gardaí have issued an appeal for missing teenager Leanne Cawley from Co Laois. A week after the murder of 29-year-old Keith Branigan in a caravan park in Co Louth, gardaí have renewed their appeal for information. There has been a call for mourners to attend the Dublin funeral of an elderly Irish man who died alone in the UK earlier this summer.  Sep 3rd 2019, 9:00 PM Short URLlast_img read more


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first_imgDimitris Gogos, the founding publisher of Neos Kosmos, Australia’s largest Greek media outlet, died on Monday, 20 May. Dimitris (Takis) Gogos followed, like many of our elders, that great wave of post-War migration, now crossing River Acheron.Born on 13 February, 1931, on the island of Chios, Gogos’ parents were refugees from Asia Minor. He immigrated to Melbourne in 1950 and worked at General Motors Holden and other jobs before turning exclusively to his trade and passion, journalism. Dimitris founded Melbourne’s Neos Kosmos newspaper at the age of 26 in 1957, alongside his partner Nondas Pezaros and Christos Mourikis who joined later. It is important to note that many progressive Greek Australians who fought for the rights of migrants  initially assisted  Neos Kosmos.Over the last ten years dementia reaped its cruel reward on Dimitris. It harvested the best from an intelligent, entrepreneurial, cosmopolitan, progressive and witty mind. If not for the disease Dimitris, who had ink running through his veins, would be in his office to his final day, scanning newspapers and reading every report in Neos Kosmos.Regardless of the miasma of dementia clouding Dimitris’ mind, he was always confident that he was loved. His family loved him deeply, as did his long term carer and dear friend, Mark, who developed a special bond during his final years.Dimitris also felt the love of his editors, journalists, Neos Kosmos staff, friends and the Greek community. Sotiris Hatzimanolis, the paper’s editor-in-chief with forty years at the paper, stood by Dimitris and emerged as one of his close friends and confidants.READ MORE: Farewell Dimitri Gogos: Obituary for a great publisher that the NK family will missDimitris led a good life. As Aristotle would have it, he did what was ‘good for most’. Dimitris was at the rudder of key struggles and lobbied for the Greek community relentlessly. At the same time, he was a staunch advocate for multiculturalism. Dimitris fought racism, social and economic injustice, yet never lost his human touch and great sense of humour.Many policies adopted by Labor and Liberal governments found their first outing in the pages of Neos Kosmos.Dimitris knew that the hundreds of thousands of Greeks that abandoned their cities and villages, leaving behind post war political uncertainty and poverty had a thirst for a good newspaper. Greeks in factories, those pouring concrete and bitumen, labouring on farms, sweating over deep fryers, running restaurants all needed independent journalism and balanced comment. They knew that Neos Kosmos was the conduit for their voices. Now their children many of them professionals, lawyers, doctors, entrepreneurs, artists and writers still look to Neos Kosmos as do their children in their teens and twenties.Dimitris’ input in the foundation of festivals such as the Lonsdale Street Greek Festival, ensured progressive Greek culture continues to flourish.The resilience and growth of Neos Kosmos was at the core of Dimitris Gogos’ vision. Neos Kosmos’ ability to respond to social, political, and technological changes was born of Dimitris’ restless and relentless craving for the new. Over forty years ago he introduced the first English language supplement, which is now a stand-alone paper and Australia’s leading online media publication in Greek and English.READ MORE: South Melbourne FC to pay special tribute to Neos Kosmos founder, Dimitri Gogos in Sunday’s matchDimitris’ son, Christopher, who has held the reigns of Neos Kosmos since the turn of the century, has stewarded the growth and modernisation of the paper by augmenting its online presence. Journalistic independence, a search for balance and truth, as well as a love of social, economic progress, and cultural openness, underscore the Neos Kosmos ethos and they were at the core of Dimitris’ legacy.Dimitris Gogos was a pioneer, journalist, publisher, and always a great bon vivant. All will miss him. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more


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first_imgComportement alimentaire : légiférer pour éloigner les fast-foods des écoles ?France – Un député vient de déposer à l’Assemblée nationale un texte visant à interdire la présence de fast-foods à proximité des établissements scolaires. Réticence des nutritionnistes quant au principe. Débattue actuellement à l’Assemblée, la loi de modernisation de l’agriculture pourrait inclure un amendement soumis par le député Nouveau Centre Philippe Folliot, interdisant la présence d’établissements de restauration rapide dans un rayon de 200 mètres autour des écoles, collèges ou lycées. À l’instar des sex-shops, même les fast-foods présents avant la construction d’une école seraient concernés par cette mesure. Mesure essentiellement symbolique ? Si les nutritionnistes s’accordent à associer hamburgers et risques d’obésité chez les jeunes, ils émettent toutefois quelques doutes sur ce projet. Pour le Pr Cohen, si les fast-foods usent d’un marketing “pernicieux” vis-à-vis des jeunes et utilisent, par exemple, 18% d’acides gras trans (AGT) néfastes dans leurs frites, d’autres magasins proposent des produits tout aussi peu diététiques, sans être visés par cette loi. Le Dr Fricker, quant à lui, souligne la résistance que la corporation de ces restaurateurs opposera, et préconise plutôt un “gentlemen agreement”, les incitant à proposer aux ados des menus alternatifs, plus équilibrés et complets, mais tout aussi attractifs.        Le 30 juin 2010 à 13:06 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more


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first_img Back in the days of geek prehistory, a T-shirt was a signal to the world around you that you cared about your nerdy pursuits enough to fly them like a flag. Companies like Graphitti Designs contracted with movie studios and comics publishers to create shirts with our favorite characters and sold them up on the walls of comic book stores and through mail-order.The computer revolution has enabled the T-shirt world to become something totally new – affordable production and distribution means that shirts can be printed in small quantities and sold anywhere in the world. Starting with Threadless, dozens of companies popped up letting artists and designers show their stuff. It’s a better time than ever to be a geek fashionista, and if you’re looking to expand your wardrobe we’re going to help you out every week… on T-Shirt Tuesday.This week: Celebrate The Shape Of Water‘s Oscar win with shirts sourced from Guillermo Del Toro’s filmic oeuvre.Eye ProteinAlthough his work is uniformly visually gorgeous, Guillermo Del Toro bristles at the description “eye candy.” Instead, he prefers “eye protein” – where every element you see on screen has a point and a purpose, with the beauty and intensity serving the story. Unlike candy, which is empty calories, protein builds you up. Designer therealfilmguy pays tribute to this maxim on this striking shirt.$20, buy it here.The Shape Of WaterThe fishman has always been the also-ran of the Universal monsters, a captivating visual design who never got a plot that lived up to his looks. Leave it to Guillermo Del Toro to rehabilitate the aquatic lady-napper into a touching and unique romantic hero with The Shape Of Water. It was exactly the kind of left-field move the director has become known for. Artist atizadorgris gives us a deftly painted shot of the merman’s head peeking out from above his watery home.$20, buy it here.Pan’s LabyrinthDel Toro’s films are rife with symbolism, making them an awesome canvas for T-shirt artists to riff off of. This dense and thorny painting by spaceboycomics takes Pan’s Labyrinth, Del Toro’s tale of a young girl in the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War who finds a mysterious maze inhabited by creatures fair and foul. This level of artistry is rare in the T-shirt world and the shirt is an absolute conversation piece.$20, buy it here.Angel Of DeathThe Hellboy films established Del Toro as a commercial powerhouse who could run a franchise, but even in them the director’s fevered imagination shone through. One of the most enduring creations in the series came in the second installment with the introduction of the Angel of Death, a terrifying beast inspired by a fresco in a Mexican church depicting a holy archangel with eyes on each feather of his wings. Artist AndreusD fuses that with the original Batman logo to create a very creepy shirt.$20, buy it here.Love In The TankThe thing that pushed The Shape Of Water all the way to the Oscars is how it fused Del Toro’s endless visual inventiveness with a script that somehow transformed the unnatural into something we can all relate to and feel for. Sally Hawkins’ performance as mute Elisa accomplishes so much without a single word, giving depth and meaning to her strange relationship. Artist inkpocket gives us a T-shirt that leans in hard on the sweetness.$20, buy it here.Dear MemoDid you know that “Memo” is a traditional nickname for “Guillermo?” Don’t say we never teach you anything. Del Toro’s body of work is one of the most thematically consistent in Hollywood – you can recognize one of his films from the first frame. Artist Liaartemisa is a huge fan and worked characters and symbols from almost his entire filmography into this delicate and clever portrait.$20, buy it here.Kaiju AnatomyThe Oscar victory of The Shape Of Water vindicated what Guillermo Del Toro has been saying all along – genre films can be just as rich and emotionally complex as serious dramas, if played right. They can also just be big dumb fun, as Pacific Rim demonstrates. It’s nice to blow off a little steam and just smash giant robots and undersea monsters into each other, and AdamWorks gives us a cool cutaway drawing of what’s going on inside the film’s massive kaiju.$20, buy it here.My Neighbor Del ToroOne of the more absurd mash-up shirts we’ve ever featured on this site, creator ArtOfOne gives us a Studio Ghibli / Hellboy combination that’s both hilarious and weirdly cute. Casting Guillermo Del Toro as Miyazaki’s rotund forest sprite is a stroke of bizarre genius, but we’re a little worried as to what the catbus is going to look like when it finally comes. I don’t think I’d ride that thing.$20, buy it here.Dixie Doug PiesSomething we’ll always love about geek culture is our amazing attention to detail. Notice that the logo of the pie shop in The Shape Of Water is really awesome? Some enterprising artist like Jinigo Design will find a way to perfectly replicate it and put it on a T-shirt so you can show your true fandom. Looking at this thing makes me want a piece of pie or three.$20, buy it here.Faun’s NouveauLove the graphical intensity of this shirt by designer Rookie – it’s reminiscent of Mike Mignola, the artist behind Hellboy, in its sturdy use of blacks and limited color palette, but also has a style all its own. Pan’s Labyrinth is one of Del Toro’s most personal films, and the creatures in it seem like they sprung fully-formed from his skull like tulpas.$20, buy it here.Beware Of Crimson PeakWe weren’t 100% sure what to make of Crimson Peak, Del Toro’s venture into gothic romance. Sure, it oozed atmosphere and boasted some fine performances, but it also felt oddly dated – the fact that Del Toro wrote the script decades ago probably didn’t help. We can’t deny that the movie overflowed with striking visuals, though, and artist Fra3guitars delivers a scratchy, chilling take on one of the ghosts in this shirt.$20, buy it here.Kaiju WarningFrom below the Pacific Ocean they come, ready to destroy all of the monuments of Man’s civilization. What motivates the marauding kaiju in Pacific Rim remains a mystery, but when they show their heads you’d better run for cover. 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first_imgAccording to St. Mirren chief executive Tony Fitzpatrick it would be wrong to punish clubs for the misconduct of a couple fans in the stadiumScottish Premier League club St. Mirren chief executive Tony Fitzpatrick thinks hooliganism is very bad, but also very difficult to stop.Player Alfredo Morelos was struck by an object in the 2-0 Rangers win in Paisley.“In football, it’s very hard to stop,” Fitzpatrick told BBC Scotland.“We had nearly 7,000 people here on Saturday and you’ve got one or two idiots out of that number.”Mikey Johnston, CelticJohnston is disappointed after being injured Manuel R. Medina – September 11, 2019 Celtic winger Mikey Johnston was disappointed to miss Scotland Under 21 national team’s victories over San Marino and Croatia, and he hopes he can return to play soon.“How can you punish a club?” he asked.“It’s a problem for wider society. We need to look at how young people are being brought up.”“It’s starting to creep back in and it’s unacceptable,” he commented.“It’s in police hands now. There were a couple of coins thrown, not just at Alfredo Morelos, there was another incident where a coin was thrown at one of our players as well.”last_img read more


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first_img Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 04 MaY 2015 – On the heels of debate in the House of Assembly on a battery of Family laws finally reaching the halls of Parliament, media reports reveal that child abuse cases are still vexing with over two dozen crimes of a sexual nature against children. While numbers were down in child abuse offenses for last year; the Department of Social Services still held a parents’ workshop aimed at giving families the clues to detecting abuse. The Department of Social Services says in the past four years, crime reports expose that the abuse tends to fluctuate around 30 reports a year… but in 2013 that number surged to 39; higher than the number of reports for 2012 which were at 28. These types of cases are often left off of the annual police crime statistics report due to the so called sensitive nature of the offenses, but Social Services confirms that in 2012, there were three cases of cruelty to juvenile, one case of incest, nine indecent assault reports, three reports of rape and even one report of kidnapping. While 2013 saw four reports of buggery, six cases of cruelty to juvenile, 11 cases of indecent assault, one case of indecent assault on a male, two rapes and 15 cases of unlawful carnal knowledge. Related Items:child abuse, social services Child whose parents were jailed for alleged abuse needs homelast_img read more


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first_imgOAKLAND PARK, FLA. (WSVN) – Authorities have arrested two men in connection to a string of car burglaries in Oakland Park.According to the Broward Sheriff’s Office, Alexander Barnum and Izell Jeff were captured on surveillance video walking down the street and breaking into vehicles near Northwest 19th Avenue and 44th Street, Tuesday morning.Detectives tracked down the suspects and took them into custody, later on Tuesday.One of the victims, Joe Johnson, believes Barnum and Jeff are the same thieves that stole his gun from his car, last year. “You feel violated. You own a house, $200,000 or $300,000 that you save, and you shouldn’t have to worry about these things,” he said.Barnum and Jeff are facing burglary charges. Jeff has since bonded out of jail.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more


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first_imgLast year, after the FTC released native advertising guidelines, an alarming amount of publishers were found to be noncompliant. According to ad sales intelligence platform, MediaRadar, in December 2015, 70% of digital publishers needed to modify their current native advertising based on the guidelines.  Native continues to see explosive growth. Demand for native is up 262% in the last 19 months according to MediaRadar. This shows how quickly publishers were able to pivot ad offerings to leverage this high-CPM ad unit.  Ad Position Matters. Location of an ad’s acknowledgement should be at the top left corner of a native ad (today they’re usually identified at the bottom). The disclosure for ads and commercial content should appear near the ad’s focal point and headline.  For more on native, see Six Things We Know About Native Advertising. Disclose Advertising. When the promoted or sponsored content mimics a website’s look-and-feel, a disclosure is necessary. Readers need to know what content was influenced or paid for by advertisers. Of all of the points in the FTC guidelines, this is emphasized the most.  Use Precise Language. The FTC is explicit that words like “presented by” or “promoted by” are not sufficient notice. Instead use words like “Paid by” or “Advertiser.”  Video or Sound. Video and sound ads are more complex, since it’s typically a two part ad consisting of a thumbnail preview and full-size ad. Publishers are not allowed to use “deceptive door openers” to induce consumers to click an unidentified thumbnail. When a reader clicks on a native ad or video, they should not be surprised to arrive at the brand’s site. In cases where a thumbnail opens to a pop-up or full page, a disclosure is needed on both the thumbnail and pop-up. Audio disclosure must be in a sufficient volume and cadence, so consumers can hear and comprehend it. Visual disclosure must be on the screen long enough to be noticed or recognized.  Initially, publishers were wary of FTC native enforcement. But in March 2016, the FTC settled the first native advertising case against retailer Lord & Taylor for not disclosing a native article in Nylon and sponsored posts by Instagram influencers for a Lord & Taylor dress which quickly sold out. For each FTC native violation, the penalty is up to $16,000.  Publishers realized they needed to modify ad formats to reflect the new guidelines. In October 2016, MediaRadar found that 61% of the sites reviewed are now native compliant. This represents an increase of 119% from December of 2015. Although that still leaves a significant gap of sites that aren’t labeling sponsored content. Include Advertiser Logo. Include the advertiser’s logo in all native advertising. This reinforces to the reader that this is a paid placement, not regular editorial. Example: Forbes does an excellent job of this in their Brand Voice program.  List the Author. For native stories or articles, the publishers should clearly identify the advertiser as the article’s author. Disclosure should be placed under the headline. Some companies have been creative with listing the author’s credit. Here’s a compliant example in BuzzFeed’s “15 Things You Didn’t Know About 15 Captains, Commanders And Conquerors” the author is listed as Captain Morgan.  Native Ads Need Separation from Editorial. Native ads should feature a prominent border to distinguish an ad from editorial content. Another solution, is to have background shading to create emphasis for native. We see a huge portion of native ads today that have no border at all. As a reminder, here are the seven FTC guidelines: Using the words “sponsored” or “sponsor” remains the most popular way to label native advertising at a whopping 74%, compared to other common terms such as “promoted,” “presented by” or “partner content.” And placement for disclosure is now above fold and prominent with 68% of native ads labeled above the ad or article.  Interestingly, 14% of the websites reviewed, label native in more than one way throughout the site. And more surprisingly, five percent of websites reviewed still do not identify native content at all.last_img read more


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first_imgBOSTON, MA — Keolis Commuter Services (Keolis), the MBTA’s operating partner, and the MBTA recently announced that, beginning this fall, commuter rail passengers will be able to pay onboard with a credit or debit card. A first for the network, a new mobile point of sale (POS) system has been tested and refined and over the next two months will be expanded to include all conductors.“This upgrade gives our customers an additional, convenient way to pay fares, and gives conductors another way to sell onboard tickets that is easier and simpler than using cash and counting change,” said MBTA General Manager Luis Manuel Ramírez. “As we plan for the future of fare collection that is fully integrated across all modes, this new technology shows that we’ll continue to look for improvements under the existing system.”The technology consists of an app on the conductor’s existing company-issued smartphone, which is now paired with a handheld Bluetooth printer. Using the mobile POS app on his or her smartphone, the conductor selects the station-to-station information to calculate the zone and fare, and processes the transaction.Passengers paying with a credit card onboard will receive a printed ticket receipt that provides trip details, including the date, station of origin and final destination. Passengers can continue to pay onboard with cash or the mTicket app. They can also purchase a ticket through a Ticket Vending Machine or at a ticket office.“This is a feature our passengers requested, and we’re pleased so far with the rollout of the technology,” said David Scorey, CEO and General Manager, Keolis. “It’s just as fast as processing alternative payment options onboard trains, it offers a new feature for our passengers and it provides us with more detailed ridership data. This is a positive modernization initiative for commuter rail riders that we plan to have fully available this fall.”Since it launched in February, the program has processed thousands of onboard credit card transactions, and passenger feedback on this new feature has been very positive. Most riders say it is a fast, easy and convenient option, and it allows them to keep money in their pocket for purchases that require cash. Today, approximately 46 conductors, or 10 percent of the total conductor workforce, are using these systems and accept credit card payments onboard trains.(NOTE: The above press release is from Keolis.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedMBTA Adds Extra Late-Night Commuter Rail Trains For This Weekend’s Lowell Folk FestivalIn “Government”MBTA To Resume Special $10 Weekend Commuter Rail Fare Pilot ProgramIn “Government”Wilmington Commuter Rail Riders To See 50 Cent Increase In Fares Beginning July 1In “Government”last_img read more


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first_imgIan Knighton/CNET Best Buy is offering an aggressive discount on the 2017-era MacBook Pro on Thursday only. The entry-level configuration, with an Intel Core i5 processor and 8GB, is on sale for $999 — that’s $300 off of the standard retail price. (Note that this is the non-Touch Bar edition that has the controversial butterfly keyboard.) The retailer has also discounted two other configurations, including a considerably higher-end model with an Intel Core i7 processor and 512GB SSD for $1,799. Disclosure: CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page.Here are the three configurations Best Buy has on sale: Apple MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2017) Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. 23 Photos • read more 2017 MacBook Pro with Core i5 and 256GB SSD: $1,149 (save $350) Read more Sarah Tew/CNET See at Best Buy MacBook Pro with Core i7 CPU, 16GB RAM and 512GB SSD: $1,799 (save $400) 2017 MacBook Pro with Core i5 and 128GB SSD: $999 (save $300) This model, which has twice as much storage as the base config, is discounted by $350, so you’re paying $1,149 instead of the usual $1,499 price. Apart from the SSD, it’s identical to the entry-level configuration. This configuration might be the best deal of the three. Best Buy chops $400 off of a pretty deluxe configuration with a faster Core i7 processor, twice the RAM and a 512GB SSD. This model typically costs $2,199. reading • The 2017 MacBook Pro is on sale today for $999 at Best Buy Laptops Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 See at Best Buy The entry-level configuration — discounted by 25 percent — is a certified bargain. Selling for the same $999 as the less powerful 2017 MacBook Air, the MacBook Pro has Apple’s Retina display and comes equipped with a seventh-gen dual-core Intel Core i5 processor, 128GB of SSD storage and 8GB of RAM. You are highly unlikely to find this machine at a lower price. See at Best Buy Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Sarah Tew/CNET Apple Post a comment Share your voice Read more Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Sarah Tew/CNET See All Tags 0 Applelast_img read more


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first_imgCPI (M), undoubtedly the most dominant political party in Kerala, faced a colossal fall in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. The Left Democratic Front (LDF) managed only one out of the 20 Lok Sabha seats in the state, and interestingly, most of their defeats were with a margin of more than 1 lakh votes. The unexpected defeat and the considerable reduction in vote share have already pulled the Pinarayi Vijayan government to a state of defence, and political experts believe that this is just the beginning, and what awaits the LDF is more challenging days where they will face strong threats from both UDF and NDA.So, what worked against LDF, especially CPI (M) in this Lok Sabha elections. International Business Times, India present you the five factors that led to CPI (M) colossal fall.The arrogance of top leaders who already forgot the values of MarxismPeople in Kerala, especially those who live in the northern region of the state, have an affinity towards left for ages. However, when we analyse the recent election results, CPI (M) has lost a majority of votes from these areas. In Pinarayi Vijayan’s legislative Assembly too, CPI (M) faced a lethal fall, and as per reports, they lost 10 per cent of the votes when compared to last elections.So, what made CPI (M) lose their popularity in these regions? The answer is very simple – the arrogance of top leaders, especially while facing the media has played a crucial role in putting the party under a bad light. It should be noted that Pinarayi Vijayan, CPI (M)’s face in Kerala, has insulted journalists multiple times, and videos of those incidents went viral on online spaces. In this era of social media and independent journalism, clips like these have the potential to create a negative wave among the general public who hold a neutral mindset.Citing another example, Remya Haridas, the winner of Alathur constituency, was a very unfamiliar name when Congress announced her candidature. However, she became an acceptable face among the general public when LDF convener A Vijayaraghavan, and so-called intellectuals like Deepa Nishanth made derogatory comments against the Congress candidate.Glorification of political murdersThe performance of CPI (M) leaders in various news channel’s prime time debate shows have also negatively impacted the party’s run in this year’s election. CPI (M) leaders like AN Shamseer, Mohammed Riyaz, and Aanathalavattam Aanandhan have several times justified the political killings allegedly carried out by the party in the state, and this shameless glorification of bloodshed has made many believe that CPI (M) is a party that supports violence.Minority appeasement and Sabarimala issueCPI (M) is a party that is known for secular ideologies and socialistic values. However, in the past few years, the party has shown visible minority appeasement, and luckily, their appeasement agenda worked well for them in the previous elections. However, after the Sabarimala issue, things took a new turn, and CPI (M)’s hurry to allow women in the temple made many people believe that the party is against religious practices.Even people in the minority category also considered CPI (M)’s move not suitable in a country where religious beliefs are protected. Political experts believe that Christians and Muslims were also worried about Sabarimala issues as they thought that the next targets will be churches and mosques.Wrong selection of candidatesEven though promising parliamentarians like MB Rajesh lost the polls in a narrow margin, political experts claim that the party has made some wrong selections while choosing candidates in various constituencies. Even people with below average political literacy were well aware that candidates like Innocent (Chalakkudy) and PV Anwar (Ponnani) will surely fail in the elections. Party’s decision to nominate reigning MLAs as candidates in Lok Sabha elections also worked against CPI (M).Kerala’s strong stand against BJPPeople in Kerala have a secular mindset, and they have always tried to stay away from the Hindutva politics put forward by the BJP, controlled by RSS in disguise. Most of the voters in Kerala wanted to see the fall of BJP, and they believed that the only alternative for the ruling party will be Congress.Keralites are well aware that CPI (M) has already lost grounds in West Bengal and Tripura, and this makes the party incapable to do anything in Lok Sabha. To get a better government, and if not, a strong opposition, Keralites decided to choose Congress.[The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author’s and do not reflect that of International Business Times, India]last_img read more


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first_imgIndian pilot, wing commander Abhinandan, stands under armed escort near Pakistan-India border in Wagah, Pakistan in this 1 March, 2019 image from a video footage. Photo: ReutersA pilot shot down in a dogfight with Pakistani aircraft returned to India on Friday, after being freed in what Islamabad called a “peace gesture” following the biggest standoff between the two countries in years.But fresh violence raged in Kashmir, with seven people killed in the Indian-administered part of the tinder-box territory, suggesting that the crisis may not be over yet.Wing commander Abhinandan Varthaman, shot down on Wednesday over Kashmir — divided between the nuclear-armed rivals since 1947 — crossed into India at the famed Wagah crossing point, sporting a black eye from his ordeal.Thousands of Indians, waving flags, singing and dancing with patriotic fervour, had gathered at the crossing point on Friday afternoon but the crowd dwindled after his release was delayed inexplicably by hours.Live news channels broadcast on television images of Indian Air Force (IAF) wing commander pilot Abhinandan Varthaman returning to India from the India-Pakistan Wagah border on 1 March, 2019. Photo: AFPIn New Delhi the announcement of the experienced pilot’s release was seen as a diplomatic victory, but India warned that its military remained on “heightened” alert.On Thursday and Friday both countries continued to fire barrages across the Line of Control (LoC), the de-facto border dividing Kashmir, leaving at least one person dead.Gun battles on the Indian side left two militants and four members of the Indian security services dead, while a civilian was killed in later protests, police told AFP.”Influence of terrorists and terrorism has been curtailed and it is going to be curtailed even more. This is a New India,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi, facing a tough election due by May, said Friday.”This is an India that will return the damage done by terrorists with interest,” he said.India’s junior foreign minister and former army chief, Vijay Kumar Singh, tweeted that the “welcome” release of the pilot was “the first of many steps that #Pakistan must take to reinforce their commitment to peace”.- Suicide bombing -Kashmir has been divided between India and Pakistan since the end of British colonial rule. Both claim it in full and have fought two wars over the Himalayan territory.India has half a million troops in the part it administers, with militants — backed by Islamabad, according to New Delhi — fighting for independence or a merger with Pakistan.Tens of thousands of people, mostly civilians, have died since a revolt that broke out in 1989. Last year was the deadliest in a decade with almost 600 killed, monitors say.Air Force Police cars come out of the India-Pakistan border restricted area, after Indian Air Force (IAF) Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman was freed to return to India, at the Wagah border on 1 March, 2019. Photo: AFPMatters escalated alarmingly after a massive suicide bombing killed 40 Indian troops on February 14, with the attack claimed by a Pakistan-based militant group.Twelve days later Indian warplanes launched a strike inside undisputed Pakistani territory, claiming to have hit a militant camp.An infuriated Islamabad denied casualties or damage, but a day later launched its own incursion across the LoC.That sparked the dogfight which ended in both countries claiming they had shot down each other’s warplanes, and Abhinandan’s capture.Prime Minister Imran Khan unexpectedly announced Thursday that he would be released in the first sign of a potential thaw.Khan alluded to the catastrophic consequences of nuclear war and called for talks — even as he warned India should not take the announcement as a sign of weakness.Pakistani foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi meanwhile said he was boycotting a meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) held in Abu Dhabi, as India had been invited.The tensions prompted Pakistan to close down its airspace, disrupting major routes between Europe and South Asia and grounding thousands of travellers worldwide.Pakistan’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said Friday that flights could land and depart from its main airports from 1300 GMT, and that others would be opened “gradually”.- Standing ovation -The parents of handlebar-moustached Abhinandan were given a standing ovation by fellow passengers as they boarded a flight to Amritsar near Wagah to welcome their son.He has become a national hero after purported footage that went viral showed him being beaten by locals after being shot down before Pakistani soldiers intervened, with social media abuzz with #GivebackAbhinandan and #Abhinandanmyhero hashtags.His subsequent polite refusal to proffer more details than necessary — “I am sorry major, I am not supposed to tell you this” — won him particular sympathy in India.His father, a retired air force officer, told the Times of India newspaper, “Just look at the way he talked so bravely… a true soldier… we are proud of him.”last_img read more


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first_img Share AP Photo/Enric MartiIn this July 1, 2017 photo, relatives of slain journalist Javier Valdez, co-founder of Riodoce, stand at a memorial set up at the spot where he was murdered in Culiacan, Sinaloa state, Mexico. On the morning of May 15, Valdez left his Riodoce office and managed to drive just a couple of blocks before his red Toyota Corolla was stopped by two men; he was forced out of his car and shot 12 times.The staff of the weekly newspaper Riodoce normally meets on Wednesdays to review its plans for coverage of the most recent mayhem wrought in Sinaloa state by organized crime, corrupt officials and ceaseless drug wars. But on this day, in the shadow of their own tragedy, they’ve come together to talk about security.It’s important to change their routines, they are told. Be more careful with social media. Don’t leave colleagues alone in the office at night. Two senior journalists discuss what feels safer: to take their children with them to the office, which was the target of a grenade attack in 2009, or to leave them at home.Security experts have written three words on a blackboard at the front of the room: adversaries, neutrals, allies. They ask the reporters to suggest names for each column — no proof is needed, perceptions and gut feelings are enoughAllies are crucial. In an emergency, they would need a friend, a lawyer, an activist to call.The longest list, by far, is enemies. There are drug traffickers, politicians, businesspeople, journalists suspected of being on the payroll of the government or the cartels, a catalog of villains who make the job of covering Mexico’s chaos perilous.There is no respite from the violence, and as bodies pile up across the country, more and more of them are journalists: at least 25 since President Enrique Pena Nieto took office in December 2012, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists, with at least seven dead in seven states so far this year. A total of 589 have been placed under federal protection after attacks and threats.Among the latest to fall is their editor and inspiration, Riodoce co-founder Javier Valdez Cardenas.“The greatest error is to live in Mexico and to be a journalist,” Valdez wrote in one of his many books on narco-violence.His absence is felt deeply, although his presence is everywhere — a large photo of Valdez displaying his middle finger, with the word “Justice,” hangs on the facade of the Riodoce building; two reporters in their 30s, Aaron Ibarra and Miriam Ramirez, wear T-shirts that display his smiling, bespectacled face or his trademark Panama hat. The masthead of the paper still bears his name, and each issue has a blank space where his op-ed column should be.The workshop takes place less than two months after his death; the reporters discuss their shared trauma, their nightmares, insomnia, paranoia.Mexico is now the world’s most lethal country for journalists, more even than war-torn Syria. Although a special federal prosecutor’s office was established in 2010 to handle the journalists’ cases, it has only prosecuted two, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. As with most of the thousands of murders tied to drug trafficking and organized crime each year, the killers of journalists are rarely brought to justice.At Riodoce, the journalists persist in covering the violence of Sinaloa, though they are heartbroken, though the terrain is more treacherous now.Without information on the killers, without justice, the meeting to discuss security, says Ibarra, is of little use.“It’s very foolish to waste my time in this workshop,” he says. “As long as we don’t know why, you distrust everyone.”___On the morning of May 15, Valdez left the Riodoce office in the state capital of Culiacan. He managed to drive just a couple blocks before his red Toyota Corolla was stopped by two men. He was forced out of his car and shot 12 times, presumably for the name of the paper — which translates as Twelfth River. The gunman drove away in his car and crashed it nearby.His body lay for 40 minutes in the middle of a sunbaked street, with a kindergarten on one side and a restaurant on the other, his hat next to his head as if shielding his eyes from distraught family and friends gathering around him.“I understood that as a message,” said Francisco Cuamea, deputy director of the Noroeste newspaper: Anyone could be next.Valdez was 50 years old. He left a wife and two adult children. There have been no arrests — which is no surprise to the national press corps.Rumors tend to fly freely in Culiacan. But on the subject of Valdez, there’s practically nothing but silence.“Nobody wants to get involved with the death,” said Juan Carlos Ayala, a professor at the Autonomous University of Sinaloa who has spent 40 years studying violence in the state. Authorities have been silent about any progress in the case. “Either they’re complicit, or they’re idiots.”Sinaloa is home to the cartel of the same name that was long run by notorious kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. Since Guzman’s arrest last year and extradition to the United States in January, Sinaloa has been one of the country’s bloodiest battlegrounds as rival factions fight to fill the vacuum.More than 100 people were shot dead in the first half of the year in Sinaloa, and the cemetery is filled with ornate, two-story mausoleums for drug kings, larger than many homes for the living. The state of “calm” is when just one cartel is in control of the coastal state with its valuable ports and drug-trafficking routes to the United States.Despite that, and the fact that Valdez was intimately aware of the perils of his work, Ismail Bojorquez, 60, a co-founder and director of Riodoce, is wracked with guilt for feeling he failed to protect his friend.He believes two errors contributed to the killing. First there was the publication in February of an interview with Damaso Lopez, a leader of one of the rival cartel factions at war with Guzman’s sons. The piece may have angered the sons. Suspected gang members bought up all the copies of the edition as soon as they were delivered to newsstands.The second mistake was not forcing Valdez to leave the country for his own safety after the seizure of another newspaper that carried the same story.Valdez was a legend in Mexico and abroad, and his killing is seen as a milestone in Mexican violence against journalists. He’d survived for so long, his friends and colleagues assumed he’d always be there. He was a veteran reporter for Noroeste in 2003 when he joined five colleagues in creating Riodoce, selling $50 shares. In Sinaloa, “it was impossible to do journalism without touching the narco issue,” said Bojorquez.Over time the paper earned a reputation for brave and honest coverage, and sales and advertising increased. Reporters loved being able to publish hard-hitting investigations without fear of censorship, and readers were fascinated by a publication where they could read stories nobody else dared to cover.Eight years after Riodoce was founded, it won the prestigious Maria Moors Cabot award for coverage in Latin America. That same year, Valdez won the International Press Freedom Award of the Committee to Protect Journalists for his courage in pursuing the Mexican drug story wherever it led.He freely acknowledged that he was frightened. “I want to carry on living,” he said at the time of the CPJ award. “To die would be to stop writing.”Drug trafficking in Sinaloa “is a way of life,” he said last October, in an interview with Rompeviento TV. “You have to assume the task that falls to you as a journalist — either that or you play dumb. I don’t want to be asked, ‘What were you doing in the face of so much death … why didn’t you say what was going on?’”___The Riodoce staff misses Valdez, the jokester who swore like a longshoreman, the friend generous with hugs and advice, a teacher who knew how to survive. They relied on his routine. He would always wear his hat. He would go to El Guayabo, the bar across from the office, and would always sit at the same table. Now, they ask: Was his love of routine his downfall?His death also has forced them to question their own assumptions about how best to do their jobs and stay alive.It used to be that there were certain unwritten rules. It was OK to report on corruption as long as you were careful not to publish key details or appear to take sides. You must think carefully about story placement and timing. Don’t accept money from anyone. Know the red lines for crime gangs.“They don’t like it if you mess with their women, their children, their clean businesses, their clandestine airstrips” used to move drugs. “Those things were off-limits,” said Bojorquez.The result is, even in the best of times, a high level of self-censorship and self-preservation. Trusting one’s instincts. If it smells wrong, stay away.The trouble, said Riodoce editor Andres Villarreal, is that “smell is a sense that can be fooled … and then the thing with Javier happened.”The old rules, he and others say, no longer apply in Sinaloa— just as they don’t in Tamaulipas, Veracruz, Guerrero and other states with a toxic mix of lucrative smuggling routes, weak institutions and corrupt government officials. In times of fracturing cartels, shifting political alliances and near-total impunity for attacks on journalists, it’s no longer clear who can and can’t be trusted, what is or isn’t safe to report.The landscape constantly shifts. In the room where Riodoce staff met for security training, suddenly no cellphones were allowed. Days before, it was revealed that spyware sold exclusively to governments had been used to monitor journalists and activists in Mexico.Outside, two police officers sought relief from the 104-degree (40 Celsius) heat in the shade of a tree. They were assigned by the state government to guard Riodoce’s offices, housed in a four-story building in a middle-class neighborhood of Culiacan. Half-jokingly, some of the reporters wondered whether these officers are among the 50 percent of officers whom the governor himself has said are not trustworthy.It has been months since the reporters have gone into the mountainous countryside, where the drug gangs are in de facto control.For this week’s edition Riodoce’s editors were looking at three main stories. There was the killing of former boxing great Julio Cesar Chavez’s brother in Sinaloa. They also had an expose on government spending concentrated in the governor’s hometown. And there was a group kidnapping in one of Culiacan’s most expensive restaurants, a block from the prosecutor’s office. There was no official word on who was abducted or how it happened, so caution set in when it came time to write what everyone in the city knows: that the restaurant is a favorite of both drug traffickers and authorities.A reporter learned from public records that the restaurant was registered under the name of a politician belonging to the ruling Institutional Revolution Party, or PRI, which dominated all levels of politics for nearly all of the last century. Recently several PRI governors have been accused of corruption in high-profile cases.Villarreal asked the reporter to write about prior incidents in that locale, including one in which a son of “El Chapo” Guzman escaped a military raid.Just months before, readers would have looked to Valdez’s column for the best-sourced information about the kidnapping.“Before, we would have already known what happened,” said Villarreal, 46, nicknamed “El Flaco” for his slender build. “Now all channels of communication with our sources have been broken.”___Valdez’s office has been repurposed as a storage room for signs and stickers protesting journalist killings, as staff have become something they never expected to be: activists on behalf of the press. Reporter Miriam Ramirez grabbed a few of the signs and headed out the next morning for a demonstration at the local prosecutor’s office over yet another journalist. Salvador Adame disappeared in the western state of Michoacan three days after Valdez was killed. A burned body has been discovered and officials say it is his, based on DNA tests.Nationwide, journalists have become more vocal, scrawling “SOS Press” on sidewalks and buildings in organized protests. On this day, the director Bojorquez is away in Washington, trying to rally international support for justice in the Valdez case.At a meeting with the governor of Sinaloa the day after Valdez was killed, Ramirez accused authorities of spying on journalists and having them killed for telling the truth. She has since asked to be reassigned from covering the government, concerned that her anger has hurt her objectivity.Valdez had repeatedly said that journalists in Mexico are “surrounded” by organized crime, complicit government officials and an indifferent society. In his last book, “Narco-journalism,” he wrote that reporters are being killed not just by drug gangs but on the order of politicians and security forces in cahoots with organized crime. The media watchdog group Articulo 19 attributed more than half of attacks on journalists last year to police and public officials.“In Mexico you die because they want to shut you up,” Ramirez said.Clearly, the murders have a chilling effect. No one forgets the death six years ago of blogger Maria Elizabeth Macias in the northern border state of Tamaulipas. Her body was found along with a note purportedly signed by the Zetas cartel: “Here I am because of my reports.” A computer keyboard and headphones lay next to her severed head.Some outlets have opted to close, such as the newspaper El Norte, in the northern border state of Chihuahua, after the killing of correspondent Miroslava Breach in March.Others keep going, as El Manana of Nuevo Laredo did following the killing of its director in 2004. In 2010, Diario de Ciudad Juarez addressed the drug cartels publicly with a front-page editorial titled, “What do you want from us?”Some journalists have fled their home states or even the country. It’s a wrenching decision. It’s hard to find work in exile, and they still scan the streets, looking for danger. And sometimes, they are hunted down, as apparently was photographer Ruben Espinosa, who was murdered in 2015 along with four women in a Mexico City apartment three months after fleeing Veracruz.For those who stay behind and continue the work, it’s a daily dance of high-risk decisions.Ramirez was unsettled by a recent Facebook comment on a story of hers about shell companies contracted by a previous governor. “These reporters are looking to end up like Javier Valdez,” said the anonymous poster, though the comment was later deleted.Still, she says she has no intention of giving up on Riodoce or its mission.“We have a commitment to Javier, to ourselves,” said Ramirez.Ibarra — who once wanted to be a poet — admits that covering the drug trade scares him. But he, too, intends to remain.“Mexico is going to hell, and that’s why I became a reporter,” he said.At midnight on a recent Friday, with the latest issue already put to bed, Riodoce editors sat on the sidewalk outside the office, drinking beer, when all at once, their phones began to buzz.A series of shootouts involving gang rivals and security forces near the beach resort city of Mazatlan had left 19 confirmed dead. The war continued to escalate, as was promised by a series of cartel messages discovered in the area.From the curb, via cellphone, they put the news up on Riodoce’s website. The front page would have to be changed the next day. Sirens wailed nearby — another shootout in the area. Bojorquez glanced over at the police officers standing guard to see if they were alert. If they were at all afraid, they didn’t show it.Beneath the massive portrait of their newspaper’s fallen founder, his middle finger displayed for all of Sinaloa to see, the staff of Riodoce was following in his footsteps.“How can you even think of closing,” Bojorquez said, “when the same day Javier was killed the intern asked me to send her out to report on the street?”last_img read more


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