first_img Anti-violence campaign By Dialogo October 30, 2013 Being involved with a man who works for organized crime can be dangerous, Borjas said. Women are victimized in different ways, Borjas said. The husbands or boyfriends of some women force them into dangerous activities, she explained. “ It is not uncommon for boyfriends, husbands or sentimental partners, who are involved in gangs, for example, to force their women to bring them drugs inside the penal centers where they are jailed. That’s when we see criminal involvement,” Borjas said. “ When these men dispute with each other, whether they are in jail or not, they settle their accounts and avenge themselves by killing each other’s women too,” Borjas said. “It is easier to kill them or their children as pay back.” The killing of Núñez was not an isolated case. The rate of killings of women – “femicide” has surged dramatically in Honduras in recent years. On average, one woman is killed every 18 hours. Between January and June 2013, there were 323 women killed in Honduras, according to the Violence Observatory, which is run by the National Autonomous University of Honduras (UNAH). That is an increase from the rate of killing in 2012, when 278 women were killed between January and June. In the entire year of 2005, 175 women were killed in Honduras. Women have been killed in different ways. Some, like Núñez Mendoza, were killed as they were driving. Other victims have been left on roadsides with their hands tied. Most of the victims were between the ages of 15 and 44. The victims included street vendors, lawyers, married women, and single mothers. In 2013, “the violent deaths of women have gone up,” said Grissel Amaya, who heads the Fiscalía Especial de la Mujer. “Almost two women are dying violently every day in the country.” Violence against women Organized crime initiations Sometimes, organized crime members kill strangers, women and men, as an initiation rite, Borjas said. “It has been known that criminals choose people who owe nothing to no one as targets,” Borjas explained. “They initiate killers with innocent people, that’s another reason why nothing is ever known behind the deaths of so many people that have no connection with drug trafficking or organized crime,” says the analyst. “It is an aptitude test of sorts.” Early on the evening of Sept. 9, 2013, Patricia Núñez Mendoza was driving her car through a heavily-populated Tegucigalpa neighborhood. She had just picked up her parents. Suddenly, a large SUV blocked her path. Three armed men stepped out and surrounded her car. One of the gunmen stood near her driver’s side door and fired a single shot, which penetrated her torso and ripped through her heart. “They are attacking us!” Núñez cried out. One of the gunmen, who was standing near the driver’s side door, fired a single shot Núñez’s mother screamed, “Help my daughter, help my daughter!” But it was too late. The gunshot killed Núñez instantly. Núñez’s distraught parents said they did not know why anyone would want to kill their daughter. Some women have been killed because they were involved with organized crime or engaged in other dangerous and illegal activities which would put their lives at risk, said Maria Luisa Borjas, a security analyst. “I don’t doubt some women participate in illicit activities,” Borjas said. “We have seen women participating in assaults, a video recorded a woman cold-bloodedly killing a security guard in a bank robbery recently, but they are the minority most certainly. The motives behind the murders of many women are unknown, Borjas said. center_img Different motives Drug trafficking The parents of Patricia Núñez have no answers regarding her death, and wonder if she was killed as part of organized crime initiation. She had no enemies, they said. Núñez had a good relationship with her boyfriend, and planned on marrying him. She was pursuing a Master’s degree and was not involved in any illegal activities, her parents said. Hi, my comment is as follows: when a large amount of drugs is seized, they claim to burn it. But not all of it is burned, rather about half is left to be sold. Maybe not you, but those who keep it and then distribute it to the other places underhandedly. That is my opinion. Núñez killing In other instances, drug traffickers force young girls and teenagers to sell small amounts of drugs busy regions of cities, Borjas said. Drug traffickers threaten the girls and teenagers with violence if they do not sell drugs. In recent months, organized crime operatives in Tegucigalpa abducted and killed a woman candy vendor because she refused to sell illegal drugs for them. In early September, just five days before the gunman killed Núñez, the United Nations and several Honduran community groups launched a campaign to reduce violence against women. The slogan of the campaign is “Brave men are not violent.” The campaign is part of a broader effort to fight violence against women in Latin America. Countries throughout the Americas are preparing to participate in “International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women,” which is scheduled to take place on Nov. 25, 2013. Victimization last_img read more


first_imgYet investors are taking comfort from the prospect of yet more fiscal spending and endless cheap liquidity, with Fed Chair Jerome Powell expected to sound reassuringly accommodative after a policy meeting on Wednesday.“Fed officials have made clear that they will be making their forward guidance more dovish and outcome-based soon,” wrote analysts at TD Securities.“The chairman is likely to continue the process of prepping markets for changes when he speaks at his press conference.”One shift could be to average inflation targeting, which would see the Fed aim to push inflation above its 2 percent target to make up for years of under-shooting. Gold rocketed to record peaks at US$1,975 on Tuesday while the US dollar plumbed two-year lows as investors wagered the Federal Reserve would reaffirm its super-easy policy outlook this week, and a tolerance for higher inflation.The prospect of endless stimulus allowed Asian shares to shake off coronavirus concerns and Sino-US tensions to make early gains.Nations around the globe are announcing new travel curbs amid a fresh wave of the coronavirus, a setback to hopes for a “V” shaped economic recovery. All of which helped MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan .MIAPJ0000PUS add 1.2 percent, while Japan’s Nikkei firmed 0.6 percent even as the yen rose.E-Mini futures for the S&P 500 ESc1 gained 0.4 percent, while EUROSTOXX 50 futures STXEc1 added 0.5 percent.The Dow had ended Monday up 0.43 percent, while the S&P 500 gained 0.74 percent and the Nasdaq 1.67 percent.The rise was again led by technology stocks as investors wagered on upbeat earnings reports due this week. Analysts also noted the falling dollar was a positive given that more than 40 percent of S&P 500 earnings come from abroad.Dollar in declineThere were hopes some sort of stimulus extension could be hammered out as US Senate Republicans raced to complete details of a $1 trillion coronavirus aid proposal before enhanced unemployment benefits expire on Friday.The proposal could involve a cut in benefits to $200 from $600, which would be a big blow to household incomes and spending power.Aid is desperately needed given 30 million Americans are out of work and states are tightening social restrictions again, a trend that has also dragged on the US dollar.Alan Ruskin, head of G10 strategy at Deutsche Bank, noted currencies had been tracking the relative performance of their economies, so that high-ranked economic performance was associated with stronger currencies.“One clear pattern is how economies linked most tightly to China – including commodity producers as diverse as Australia, Chile and Brazil – have tended to perform better than economies most directly linked to the US, notably its NAFTA trading partners,” said Ruskin.Indeed, the dollar has been falling almost across the board in recent days, reaching a two-year trough on a basket of currencies at 93.416. It in turn breached major chart support around 93.96/88, a bearish development that opens to way to at least 93.19 and 92.24.The euro was up at $1.1766, having hit its highest since late 2008 at $1.1781, while the dollar touched its lowest against the Swiss franc since mid-2015.The story was much the same against the Japanese yen, as the dollar skidded to a four-month trough at 105.10.The trend reversal in the dollar combined with all the uncertainty over COVID-19 and the prevalence of negative real bond yields to light a fire under precious metals.Gold flew to $1,975 an ounce on Tuesday having climbed $160 in just six sessions. Silver put on another 5 percent to reach $25.81, its highest since April 2013, and a gain of almost a third in seven sessions.Oil prices also tend to benefit from a falling dollar but have been hampered by worries about demand as countries impose more travel restrictions.Brent crude LCOc1 futures edged up 20 cents to $43.61 a barrel, while US crude CLc1 firmed 12 cents to $41.72.Topics :last_img read more


first_imgAsked later by a reporter about his retweet, the president said: “I thought her voice was an important voice, but I know nothing about her.”The debate over hydroxychloroquine has become supercharged politically with leaders like Trump and some fellow US conservatives cheerleading heavily in its favor.And the curious case of Immanuel and colleagues — first reported in depth by The Daily Beast — underscores just how far the drug’s advocates are willing to go. A Houston physician who praised hydroxychloroquine as a miracle coronavirus cure in a viral video retweeted by President Donald Trump blames gynecological problems on sex with evil spirits and believes the US government is run by “reptilians.”Stella Immanuel’s viral speech has drawn attention to a little-known group calling themselves “America’s Frontline Doctors” who appear to exist to promote the common antimalarial drug in the fight against COVID-19.”Nobody needs to get sick. This virus has a cure — it is called hydroxychloroquine,” Immanuel exclaimed Monday as she stood on the steps of the Supreme Court in Washington at a so-called “White Coat Summit” of likeminded physicians. Right-wing political group The website for “America’s Frontline Doctors” was registered just 11 days ago, a web domain age checker revealed — and the site was taken down by Tuesday afternoon.”Tea Party Patriots,” a right-wing political group backed by wealthy Republicans, said on its website it was responsible for organizing the Washington summit.Further research on Immanuel’s web page, now accessible only via an archived website viewer, as well as her YouTube account, reveal a long list of bizarre and unscientific beliefs.These include that “tormenting spirits” routinely have “astral sex” with women, which in turn causes “gynecological problems, marital distress, miscarriages” and more.In a 2015 video, Immanuel, who leads a religious group called Fire Power Ministries, said: “There are people ruling this nation that are not even human,” describing them as “reptilian spirits” who are “half human, half ET.”In the same video she rails against the use of “alien DNA” to treat sick people, which she said had resulted in human beings mixing with demons.Other targets of her anger include gay marriage, which she said would result in adults marrying children.Immanuel was born in 1965, received her medical degree at the University of Calabar in Nigeria, and has a valid physician’s license, according to the website of the Texas Medical Board.After Facebook took down the clip, Immanuel warned that the company’s servers would start crashing until it was restored.”If my page is not back up face book will be down in Jesus name,” she tweeted.Topics :center_img Early on in the pandemic, scientists were eager to find out whether hydroxychloroquine’s antiviral properties would make it effective in real-world patients with SARS-CoV-2.So far though, all the major clinical trials that have reported their findings on this question have found no benefit, and leading national health authorities have moved to restrict its use because of potential cardiac harm.Nonetheless the family doctor said all 350 patients she had treated with the medicine — including  those with serious pre-existing conditions — had survived, and that hydroxychloroquine was so potent it made mask-wearing and lockdowns unnecessary.The clip was shared by Trump and described as a “must watch” by his son Donald Trump Jr, but has since been deleted by Facebook, Twitter and YouTube for promoting misinformation.last_img read more


first_img Teenage champions Bradley Moore and Marco Penge are included in a new look England Golf men’s squad for 2015/16.  They are among seven newcomers to the squad after a number of players switched to professional ranks. The others are: Jamie Bower, Alfie Plant, Jonathan Thomson, Sean Towndrow and Ashton Turner. There are also five new players in the nine-strong England men’s A squad: Jake Burnage, Will Enefer, Josh Hilleard, Gian-Marco Petrozzi and Will Whiteoak. The England women’s squad includes seven members of the previous line-up, among them English amateur champion Bronte Law and English stroke play winner Sammie Giles. They will be joined by four new players: Emma Allen, Eloise Healey, Sophie Lamb and Lizzie Prior. The full squads are: England Men Jamie Bower (Meltham), Adam Chapman (Windermere), Paul Kinnear (Formby), Bradley Moore (Kedleston Park), Marco Penge (Golf at Goodwood), Alfie Plant (Sundridge Park), Jonathan Thomson (Lindrick), Sean Towndrow (Southport & Ainsdale), Ashton Turner (Kenwick Park). Moore, 18, led the qualifiers for the British boys’ championship and is the English U18 boys’ champion, while Penge, 17, (image © Leaderboard Photography), is the winner of the England Golf boys’ order of merit, holds two junior titles and is the Scottish men’s stroke play champion. Bower, Towndrow and Turner are all promoted from the A squad and are all England internationals, as are Chapman, Kinnear and Plant. Jonathan Thomson tied fourth in the European amateur and was sixth in the Brabazon Trophy. Kinnear, who played in The Open at St Andrews, and Chapman, who retained his North of England title, were both in last year’s squad. England A Ben Amor (Marlborough), Jake Burnage (Saunton), William Enefer (Wrekin), Tom Gandy (Rowanby), Scott Gregory (Corhampton), Josh Hilleard (Farrington Park), Gian-Marco Petrozzi (Trentham), Will Whiteoak (Shipley) and Andrew Wilson (Darlington). Amor, Gandy, Gregory and Wilson were all members of the squad last year. Burnage won the Philip Scrutton Jug for the best aggregate score in the Berkshire and Brabazon Trophies, while Hilleard was fourth on the men’s order of merit after a season which included wins in the Midlands amateur and North of England Youths. Whiteoak won the Tillman Trophy and led the northern qualifiers for the Brabazon. Petrozzi and Enefer are both boy internationals who have had a host of high finishes this year. Enefer, who was runner-up in the German boys’ amateur, has had eight top ten finishes while Petrozzi has had six. England Women Emma Allen (Meon Valley), Lianna Bailey (Kirby Muxloe), Gemma Clews (Delamere Forest), India Clyburn (Woodhall Spa), Sammie Giles (St Mellion), Eloise Healey (West Lancashire), Alice Hewson (Berkhamsted), Sophie Lamb (Clitheroe), Bronte Law (Bramhall), Meghan MacLaren (Wellingborough) and Lizzie Prior (Burhill). Allen, Healey and Prior played alongside Hewson in the England team which won the girls’ Home Internationals for the eighth successive year. The fourth newcomer to the squad, Sophie Lamb, was in England’s winning team at women’s Home Internationals together with Clews and Giles. Six members of the squad are based at university in the USA: Law, the world number five and winner of the England Golf women’s order of merit; MacLaren, last year’s British strokeplay champion; Clyburn, the 2014 English girls’ champion; Prior, the winner of the England Golf girls’ order of merit; Allen, the winner of the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters; and Hewson, who was second at qualifying at the European women’s team championship. Lianna Bailey was second amateur at the recent WPGA International Challenge on the LET Access Series. 11 Nov 2015 Young champions in new look England squads last_img read more


first_imgLONG BRANCH – The David S. Zocchi Brain Tumor Center at Monmouth Medical Center will host the 8th Annual David S. Zocchi Memorial Golf Outing on Monday, Oct. 7 at the Manasquan River Golf Club.The event benefits the family support programs offered by the David S. Zocchi Brain Tumor Center, including Camp Jinka and Brainstorm, as well as national advocacy efforts.Camp Jinka is a free summer program offered to kids and teens whose lives have been impacted by the diagnosis of a brain tumor. The camp offers creative activities while encouraging expression and connection with others having a similar life experience. Brainstorm is a dialogue and education program designed to teach brain tumor patients, caregivers and supporters about the condition while providing them with the tools necessary to navigate the many challenges they will face.David S. Zocchi battled brain cancer for nearly six years before passing away in 2005. The David S. Zocchi Brain Tumor Center in the Leon Hess Cancer Center at Monmouth Medical Center opened in 2007. It is the first hospital in central and southern New Jersey dedicated to providing a full spectrum of comprehensive services to treat benign and malignant tumors originating in the brain and spinal cord, as well as neurological complications of cancer that has spread to other regions of the body.In addition to offering cutting-edge and specialized treatment, the David S. Zocchi Brain Tumor Center offers support programs for patients, caregivers and families of patients who are undergoing treatment for central nervous system (CNS) cancers or who have suffered loss of a loved one.Check in for the golf outing begins at 10:30 a.m. with tee-off at noon. Tickets are $350 for an individual golfer and include green fees, carts, prizes, lunch and a cocktail reception with dinner. Non-golfers, who wish to show their support, can purchase tickets for the cocktail reception and dinner for $100 per person.The Manasquan River Golf Club is located at 843 Riverview Drive in Brielle.Sponsorship opportunities are also still available. For more information or to register, visit www.zocchigolf.org.last_img read more


first_imgUntil it gets closer to a lease being issued, it is unknown how many turbines would be proposed or how tall they would be.Obtaining the rights to lease does not necessarily mean approval will be granted for the project.The triangle-shaped NYWEA is positioned between major shipping lanes. So, ALS and COA have a concern about how it would af fect shipping.“In a storm, you don’t want a lot of structures (just) outside the traffic lanes,” Dillingham said.Also, ALS has concerns about NYWEA’s impact on fishing, habitat for whales and whales being displaced into shipping lanes.On a positive note, wind energy is cleanly generated power.“Offshore wind can play a role in climate change mitigation,” Dillingham said.“Clean Ocean Action is supportive of responsibly developed wind (power),” Lees said. “We always emphasize the ‘responsibly developed.’”“People react differently to these windmills,” Dillingham said. “Some people love them, some people hate them.”Comments on the NYWEA may be made at this link. Or you can find it electronically at http://www.regulations.gov, then entering BOEM-2016-0027 in the keyword or identification area, and, finally, clicking on “search.” Comments may be made by mail to the BOEM Office of Renewable Energy Programs, 45600 Woodland Road, VAM-OREP, Sterling, VA., 20166, attention: Comments on New York PSN (Proposed Sale Notice). By Joseph SapiaA comment period on the sale of leasing rights for a 127-square-mile wedge of the Atlantic Ocean east of Sandy Hook for windmill-generated electricity ends in early August.The federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is soliciting comments until Friday, Aug. 5, or the end of a 60-day period, on the New York Wind Energy Area (NYWEA). The website for the project is www.boem.gov/New-York/.The site is about 18-1/2 miles east of Sandy Hook and extends to the southeast for about 30 miles at its longest point.Its closest point to land is about 12-1/2 miles south of Long Beach, New York. For boaters and anglers, it is in the area of the ocean’s Hudson Canyon.Locally based environmental groups – such as Clean Ocean Action (COA) and the American Littoral Society (ALS), both based at Sandy Hook – are monitoring the process and commenting on it.“We’re looking at this one,” said Tim Dillingham, ALS’ executive director. “It’s a big proposal. We’ll weigh in. We want the right stuff to go in the right place.”“This is the start of a long process,” said Zachary Lees, COA’s ocean and coastal policy attorney. “This is the first step in a process to put a wind farm out there.”The NYWEA came about after the New York State Power Authority approached BOEM in September 2011 about creating an offshore wind farm site. The Power Authority proposed up to 194 turbines producing about 700 megawatts of electricity, or enough to power 245,000 homes.No utility has been selected to use the site. But six utilities have so far expressed interest, with the deadline also being Aug. 5.last_img read more


first_imgLAS VEGAS–As their vision for 2019 continues to take shape, the San Francisco Giants hope to meet with Scott Boras, the agent representing free agent superstar Bryce Harper.Even with veteran starters returning on the left side of the infield, the Giants also plan to meet with Dan Lozano, the representative for power-hitting shortstop Manny Machado.Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi has an extensive offseason shopping list and a busy itinerary in Las Vegas, but he’s indicated …last_img read more


first_imgChief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday made an aerial survey of the cyclone-hit areas in West Bengal’s South 24 Parganas district and held administrative meetings at Kakdwip, where 60,000 families had been affected, authorities said. She assured the people affected by Cyclone Bulbul that the State government would offer compensation for damaged houses and crops.“We will send a team of experts to assess the damage… Those whose betel nut cultivation or paddy crops have been affected will be compensated,” Ms. Banerjee told the people who met her in Kakdwip. The Chief Minister said that 1.78 lakh people were stationed in relief centres or else the causalities would have been higher. Ms. Banerjee said that 4-5 lakh people had been affected by the cyclone in the South 24 Parganas district alone.Ms. Banerjee said one person, a fisherman, was found dead in the district after a trawler capsized. “Eight fishermen, who were in a trawler, are still missing. Fifteen have been rescued,” she said. The Chief Minister met the family members of Sk. Mubur Rehman, the fisherman whose body was recovered on Monday morning.Bodies recoveredLater in the day, four more bodies were recovered by the Indian Coast Guard.The trawler had capsized near Sagar on the evening of November 9. Cyclone Bulbul made a landfall between Sagar Island in South 24 Parganas and Khepupara in Bangladesh. With five bodies of the missing fishermen, the death toll due to the cyclone has increased from seven to 12.last_img read more


first_imgSpike Lee holds up brass knuckles reading “hate” and “love” from his iconic film “Do The Right Thing” as he arrives at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) Advertisement Film buffs rejoice, because (finally) Oscar-winning filmmaker Spike Lee is headed to Toronto.On July 19, Lee will be in the city to speak at a screening of his classic 1989 movie, Do The Right Thing.The legendary Spike Lee takes us back to Bed-Stuy with a 4K screening of DO THE RIGHT THING + an in-person conversation on the film’s legacy in celebration of its 30th anniversary.July 19, ?s: https://t.co/f3URTHU8GP pic.twitter.com/wrZtXDnV0z— TIFF (@TIFF_NET) July 10, 2019 LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Facebookcenter_img Advertisement Advertisement Twitter The film has themes of hatred, bigotry, police brutality and violence; all of which are sadly still relevant today.It was nominated for two Oscars in its day and has been labelled “culturally, historically, and aesthetically significant” by the Library of Congress…last_img read more