Journalist at odds with local officials gunned down in Durango state

first_img MexicoAmericas Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Mexico MexicoAmericas 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies Reporters Without Borders urges the authorities to shed light on all aspects of journalist Carlos Ortega Melo Samper’s fatal shooting outside his home in Santa Maria del Oro, a town in the northern state of Durango, on 3 May. Municipal officials were known to have been extremely irked by Ortega’s columns for the Tiempo de Durango newspaper.“It is tragically symbolic that Ortega was gunned down on 3 May, a day dedicated to press freedom throughout the world, in what is now the western hemisphere’s most dangerous country for journalists,” Reporters Without Borders said, voicing its support for Ortega’s family and colleagues.“We join the Tiempo de Durango’s management in calling for a proper investigation into this murder and we would also like to know why the Durango state judicial authorities paid no attention to the threats that Ortega had received.”The Tiempo de Durango’s management told Reporters Without Borders that Ortega was intercepted by four men travelling in two vehicles as he was about to enter his home on the afternoon of 3 May. They tried to kidnap him and, when he resisted, they shot him twice.Ortega, who was also a lawyer, had criticised the local authorities about the poor hygiene in the municipal abattoir in a column on 28 April. It led to a serious altercation the next day with Mayor Martín Silvestre Herrera and the municipal official in charge of federal programmes, Juan Manuel Calderón Guzmán. Ortega also accused Calderón of defrauding the Durango Union of Livestock Breeders.The murder motive has yet to be established but the Tiempo de Durango’s management has urged the authorities not to neglect the possibility that he was killed because of his articles. His car was set on fire while parked outside his home two months ago, but the local representative of the public prosecutor’s department, Salvador Flores Triana, refused to order an investigation. The Durango state prosecutor’s office has just transferred Flores, replacing him by Héctor Pérez Martinez, who is now in charge of investigating the Ortega murder.Ortega had worked for the Tiempo de Durango for the past year, writing an often caustic column. He had previously written for El Siglo de Durango, another regional daily, for five years. According to the tally kept by the National Commission for Human Rights (CNDH), he is the 48th journalist to be murdered in Mexico since 2000, and the third since the start of 2009. May 5, 2021 Find out more News Organisation April 28, 2021 Find out more RSF_en center_img NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Reporter murdered in northwestern Mexico’s Sonora state May 13, 2021 Find out more to go further News Reports May 5, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist at odds with local officials gunned down in Durango state News Receive email alertslast_img read more

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The Masters: Tiger Woods explains lonely feeling of making a 10 at the 12th | Golf News

first_img“I didn’t commit to the wind, and I also got ahead of it and pushed it, too, because I thought the wind would come more off the right and it was off the left, and that just started the problem from there” By Keith JacksonLast Updated: 15/11/20 7:29pm – Advertisement – Tiger Woods says that it will be a whole different Masters tournament come April after a testing final day for last year’s winner Tiger Woods admitted it was a “lonely” experience dealing with making a 10 at the par-three 12th on Masters Sunday, but he was proud of his fightback over the last six holes.Woods, understandably disappointed at the prospect of having to present a new champion with a Green Jacket, was scuppered by the changing wind direction at the iconic 12th and came up short with his tee shot before dumping another in Rae’s Creek.His fifth sailed over the green and into the rear bunker, and worse was to follow when he bladed his first splash-out and donated a third ball to the water before he finally holed out for a septuple-bogey 10 – the first double-figure score on any hole in his professional career. – Advertisement – – Advertisement – But his response to adversity was remarkable, hitting back with a birdie at the next before closing with four in a row to salvage a 76 and ensuring he would finish in red numbers for the tournament.“I committed to the wrong wind,” he said when asked what went wrong at the 12th. “The wind was off the right for the first two guys, and then when I stepped up there, it switched to howling off the left.“I didn’t commit to the wind, and I also got ahead of it and pushed it, too, because I thought the wind would come more off the right and it was off the left, and that just started the problem from there. Woods rallied to birdie five of the last six holes Woods rallied to birdie five of the last six holes

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Nadal returns, Djokovic looking for redemption in Rome

first_imgRafael Nadal returns to competition after a six-month enforced break while Novak Djokovic is looking to make up for his US Open disqualification as the short clay-court season got underway in Rome on Monday without spectators.The tournament at Rome’s Foro Italico normally takes place in May but was pushed back after the coronavirus pandemic which turned the calendar upside down.”Obviously, it’s not the same thing. There is no public, we are in a bubble, we cannot enjoy the city,” said Nadal, who will play his first competitive match since his win in Acapulco at the end of February. “But at least we have a tennis tournament.”Nadal, 34, is the second seed behind world number one Djokovic in the tune-up for the final Grand Slam of the season at the French Open on Sept.27.”Excited to be back. Circumstances have been, you know, heavy for everyone, tough ones,” said Nadal who is targeting a tenth title in the Roman capital. Professional tennis was shut down from March until early August.  And the world number two opted out of the US hard court tour because of coronavirus concerns and citing the “madness” of the new calendar. “Without regret,” he insisted before his second round tie midweek against 27th-ranked compatriot Pablo Carreno Busta, who reached the semi-finals of the US Open.”I am similar to always, maybe a little bit worse because I didn’t compete for the last six months.”But here I am. I arrived with plenty of time to try to have the right practices. That’s what I am doing. I know I have a tough match against Pablo. He’s playing great.” “It’s going to be a good test. I’m excited about going back to the competition without big expectations.”But third seed Stefanos Tsitsipas does not believe the lack of competition will have an impact on two-time defending champion Nadal who has a 61-6 record in the tournament.”I don’t think Rafa will be struggling much playing here,” said Tsitsipas. “Regardless of how he feels, I’m sure he’ll find a way. He always finds a way every single year.”Four-time Rome winner Djokovic, who has reached nine finals in the Italian capital, wants to turn the page on his dramatic disqualification in the round of 16 at the US Open, after throwing the ball involuntarily at a lines judge. “It’s great that I have a tournament right after that happened, because I feel like the earlier I get back in a competition mode, the faster I’ll overcome that memory and kind of reprogram it,” the Serb told reporters in the Italian capital.”When you hit a ball like I did, you have a chance to hit someone on the court. The rules are clear, I accepted that. “I’m going to take this in, you know, as profound as possible for me as a big lesson.”Djokovic had been unbeaten this year before his US Open exit and is targeting a title he last won in 2015.”Rafa obviously decided to stay on clay and practice, surely that gives him more advantage, but even if he didn’t practice for that long on clay, he would still be the number one favorite in Roland Garros or any other clay tournament because he’s Rafa, you know,” he added. “And playing on clay he’s the ultimate challenge.”It’s going to be adjustment challenge, you know, how quickly can we adapt, how quickly can we adjust to this new surface.”The women’s tournament will be without Australian world number one Ashleigh Barty, who will not compete again this season because of coronavirus concerns.Serena Williams, suffering from an Achilles tendon problem, and US Open champion Naomi Osaka will also skip the Rome event.World number two Simona Halep, absent in the United States, will be the top seed.Czech Karolina Pliskova, seeded third, is the defending champion in Rome. center_img Topics :last_img read more

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