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Woman journalist’s murder turns Veracruz into deadliest state for media this year

first_img MexicoAmericas News Yesterday’s discovery of the body of Yolanda Ordaz de la Cruz, a crime reporter and columnist for the regional daily Notiver in the east-coast port city of Veracruz, adds her name to the long list of journalists who have been murdered or have disappeared in Mexico. A total of 77 have been killed since 2000 and 23 have gone missing since 2003. Organisation April 28, 2021 Find out more Reports According to a Reporters Without Borders tally, seven Mexican journalists have been murdered since the start of the year and an eighth is missing. In two of the cases, there was a direct link with the victim’s work.Ordaz was the third journalist to be killed this year in Veracruz state, making it the deadliest single state for the media so far this year. The other two were a colleague of Ordaz at Notiver, Miguel Ángel López Velasco, also known as “Milo Vela”, and Noel López Olguín.“In this case, as in most of the previous ones, which are still unpunished, we are outraged by the way the local authorities rule out any link with the victim’s work as a journalist and encourage nasty rumours about the victim even before they start investigating the case,” said Reporters Without Borders, which visited Veracruz state shortly before this week’s tragedy.“Ordaz was one of those journalists who were exposed to danger because of their reporting speciality. At the same time, a link to organized crime obviously cannot be excluded in a state where three feared gangs, the Zetas, the Gulf Cartel and Michoacán’s La Familia, operate. And it is hard not to link Ordaz’s murder with that of her colleague, López, whose columns may have upset certain officials.”Reporters Without Borders added: “In a climate fraught with suspicion and self-censorship, there is an urgent need for mechanisms to protect journalists.” A new, federal-level security agreement signed last November has still not been implemented.Ordaz was found with her throat cut near the offices of the Imagen del Golfo newspaper 48 hours after her abduction on 24 July. A written message found beside the body said: “Friends also betray. Sincerely, Carranza.” Juan Carlos Carranza Saavedra, 33, has been identified by the state prosecutor as the person who murdered López and his family in June. “The motive could be linked to a personal difference” between López and Carranza, the prosecutor’s office said, without offering any further explanation.During its recent visit to Veracruz, Reporters Without Borders learned that, a few days before his murder, López had a heated exchange of words with a nephew of state governor Javier Duarte about information published in Notiver. On the morning of his murder, a column by López had questioned the reputation of two candidates for the job of Veracruz city traffic police chief. Several journalists also told Reporters Without Borders that journalists had been fired at several news media on direct orders from local officials.In the Ordaz murder, the state prosecutor’s office immediately ruled out any link with her work as a journalist, but said investigators were working on the theory that it had something to do with her “links to organized crime.” Notiver’s management did not want to answer Reporters Without Borders’ questions for the time being.Ordaz is the fourth woman journalist to be killed in Mexico in the past decade. Guadalupe García Escamilla of radio Estéreo 91 was murdered in Nuevo Laredo (Tamaulipas) on 16 April 2005. Felicitas Martínez and Teresa Bautista of Triqui indigenous community radio station La Voz que Rompe el Silencio were the victims of a double murder in Oaxaca state on 7 April 2008. A fifth woman journalist, Maria Esther Aguilar Cansimbe, has been missing in Michoacán state since 11 November 2009.A report prepared for a US congressional committee headed by Republican senator Charles Grassley revealed yesterday that 122 firearms from the United States were found at crime scenes in Mexico or were intercepted en route to Mexican drug cartels.Cartoon: ¡Basta de Sangre! ¡No mas Sangre! campaign. MexicoAmericas Reporter murdered in northwestern Mexico’s Sonora state NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say May 5, 2021 Find out more May 13, 2021 Find out more July 27, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Woman journalist’s murder turns Veracruz into deadliest state for media this year Help by sharing this information News Receive email alerts 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies News to go further Follow the news on Mexico RSF_en last_img read more

High tea: Roberts Bakery to hold pop-up event 100ft in the air

first_imgRoberts Bakery is to host ‘high tea’ in a pop-up restaurant suspended above Manchester’s Etihad Stadium.For one day only, the Cheshire-based family bakery brand will partner with Events in the Sky to host the dining experience 100ft in the air on Thursday 19 October.Twenty-two guests will enjoy a spread made with its latest products, including its Gin & Tonic Fun Buns, Fiery Corn Ready-to Rolls and others yet to be launched.The restaurant comprises a single table hoisted into the air, which can seat 22 guests a time. Each will be securely fastened into their seats before the platform is raised from the ground and their high-flying afternoon tea experience begins.The bakery brand claimed this was the first-ever high altitude dining event to be held in the north west of England.Roberts is giving away five invitations for those who would like to attend the event next week. Applicants must apply via Roberts Bakery’s website before midnight on Sunday 15 October 2017.“It’s a hugely exciting time for us as a brand and what better way to bring our fresh new positioning and sensational new products to life than with an afternoon tea party in the sky,” said Roberts Bakery’s managing director Stuart Spencer-Calnan.“We’re inviting guests to enjoy a totally different and unique experience – enjoying the most al fresco afternoon tea, made from our delicious new bakery products, at a seriously high altitude. It’s set to be simply breathtaking, with spectacular views of the city.”last_img read more

Trout-less Angels outlast A’s in wild 11-inning game

first_imgAlas, that tidy little would-be victory vanished amid a series of meltdowns. Fortunately for the Angels, the A’s had the last meltdown.The Angels scored five runs in the 11th with just two singles.They had a batter hit by a pitch, one walked intentionally, two walked unintentionally and one reached when the A’s made an error on a sacrifice attempt. Tommy La Stella and Jonathan Lucroy had the only singles in the inning.“It was a rollercoaster,” Manager Brad Ausmus said. “We stuck with it. We gave up a couple of leads, but ultimately we got the win, which is a good thing. Every team in baseball has a couple games like this during the season, and it’s nice to walk away with a win, especially on the road.”The Angels won the last two games to take the series against an Oakland team that had won 10 in a row after beating the Angels on Monday afternoon. Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield At a few points on Wednesday afternoon, it seemed the Angels could not put away the A’s.The 5-1 lead vanished because of a rough seventh inning for Justin Anderson, who was charged with two runs. Ty Buttrey threw nine pitches to escape further damage in the seventh, but Ausmus didn’t want to bring him back for the top of the order in the eighth, not after he’d thrown 26 pitches the night before.“I thought about it, but I’ve got to think about this kid’s health, too,” Ausmus said.Instead, he called on Luís García, who gave up a game-tying two-run homer to Matt Olson in the eighth.Not long after that, Calhoun temporarily ruined a promising rally with a baserunning mistake in the top of the ninth. Third baseman Matt Chapman fielded a Brian Goodwin broken-bat bouncer and threw to second, but shortstop Marcus Semien was not on the bag when he caught the ball. Calhoun slid into second, looked up, and saw no one at third. He took a few steps toward third, only to be tagged out by Semien.“I didn’t know if he had the ball,” Calhoun said. “It was messed up. It was the loneliest feeling you can have on a baseball field. It’s a bad play. It’s me not really keeping my head and knowing where the ball is at. It’s a bad play but those guys came through behind me and got a couple big runs for us.”Just after Calhoun made the second out, Luís Rengifo and Jared Walsh had hits against All-Star closer Blake Treinen to drive in two runs, giving the Angels a 7-5 lead.Then Hansel Robles entered and let that get away too. Mark Canha hit a homer and Jurrickson Profar doubled and scored on a sacrifice fly.Anderson, García and Robles gave up two runs apiece. An Angels bullpen that was a strength for the first month of the season is suddenly looking for consistent work from anyone other than Buttrey.“There is going to be some ebb and flow to pitchers over the course of the season,” Ausmus said. “They aren’t going to roll through 162 games. I’m still confident in them. If we can get over the hump for a couple guys, I think there’s no reason they won’t return to the form they had earlier in the season.”Related Articles Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros First 2 MLB RBI’s for Puello! 👏👏👏👏@Angels pic.twitter.com/tt9uF1dSSI— FOX Sports West (@FoxSportsWest) May 29, 2019 PreviousOAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – MAY 29: Cesar Puello #48 of the Los Angeles Angels slides safely into third base in the 11th inning against the Oakland Athletics at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on May 29, 2019 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – MAY 29: Griffin Canning #47 of the Los Angeles Angels pitches against the Oakland Athletics in the first inning at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on May 29, 2019 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)Oakland Athletics’ Liam Hendriks pitches against the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday, May 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Angels pitcher Griffin Canning throws against the Oakland Athletics during the first inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday, May 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani bats against the Oakland Athletics during the first inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday, May 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – MAY 29: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels talks to Marcus Semien #10 of the Oakland Athletics while on second base during the first inning of their game Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on May 29, 2019 in Oakland, California. Ohtani scored later in the inning. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani (17) celebrates with Tommy La Stella after both scored on a single by Cesar Puello against the Oakland Athletics during the first inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday, May 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)Los Angeles Angels’ Tommy La Stella (9) and Shohei Ohtani (17) is congratulated by teammates after scoring against the Oakland Athletics during the first inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday, May 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)Los Angeles Angels’ Griffin Canning pitches against the Oakland Athletics during the first inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday, May 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)Los Angeles Angels’ Cesar Puello (48) hits a two-run single in front of Oakland Athletics catcher Nick Hundley during the first inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday, May 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani stands in the dugout during a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday, May 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)Oakland Athletics Marcus Semien (10) is congratulated by third base coach Matt Williams (4) after hitting a solo home run against the Los Angeles Angels during the third inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday, May 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani reacts after striking out against the Oakland Athletics during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday, May 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)Oakland Athletics pitcher Daniel Mengden throws against the Los Angeles Angels during the third inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday, May 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – MAY 29: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels hits a single in the third inning against the Oakland Athletics at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on May 29, 2019 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani runs down the first base line to reach safely on an error by Oakland Athletics third baseman Matt Chapman during the third inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday, May 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)Los Angeles Angels center fielder Brian Goodwin catches a fly ball hit by Oakland Athletics’ Stephen Piscotty during the fourth inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday, May 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, right, advances to second base on a ground out by Jonathan Lucroy next to Oakland Athletics’ Jurickson Profar during the third inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday, May 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – MAY 29: Griffin Canning #47 of the Los Angeles Angels pitches against the Oakland Athletics in the first inning at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on May 29, 2019 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)Oakland Athletics’ Marcus Semien crosses the plate after hitting a solo home run against the Los Angeles Angels during the third inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday, May 29, 2019. At right is umpire Mark Ripperger. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)Oakland Athletics’ Jurickson Profar looks down at an infield single by Los Angeles Angels’ Cesar Puello during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday, May 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – MAY 29: Brian Goodwin #18 of the Los Angeles Angels hits a single that scored a run in the fifth inning against the Oakland Athletics at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on May 29, 2019 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels’ Brian Goodwin hits an RBI single against the Oakland Athletics during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday, May 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)Los Angeles Angels’ Kole Calhoun runs home to score against the Oakland Athletics during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday, May 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)Los Angeles Angels’ Kole Calhoun (56) is congratulated by teammates after scoring a run against the Oakland Athletics during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday, May 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – MAY 29: Luis Rengifo #4 of the Los Angeles Angels throws the ball to first base as Robbie Grossman #8 of the Oakland Athletics slides in to second base in the first inning at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on May 29, 2019 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels’ Cesar Puello hits a two-run home run against the Oakland Athletics during the seventh inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday, May 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)Los Angeles Angels’ Cesar Puello, right, is congratulated by third base coach Mike Gallego after hitting a two-run home run against the Oakland Athletics during the seventh inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday, May 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – MAY 29: Cesar Puello #48 of the Los Angeles Angels celebrates after he hit a two-run home run in the seventh inning against the Oakland Athletics at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on May 29, 2019 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels’ Cesar Puello (48) celebrates after hitting a two-run home run against the Oakland Athletics during the seventh inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday, May 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)Los Angeles Angels’ Cesar Puello (48) is congratulated by teammates after hitting a two-run home run against the Oakland Athletics during the seventh inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday, May 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)Oakland Athletics’ Matt Olson, right, hits a two-run home run in front of Los Angeles Angels catcher Jonathan Lucroy during the eighth inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday, May 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – MAY 29: Jared Walsh #25 of the Los Angeles Angels hits a single that scored a run in the ninth inning against the Oakland Athletics at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on May 29, 2019 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – MAY 29: Brian Goodwin #18 of the Los Angeles Angels can not catch a home run hit by Mark Canha #20 of the Oakland Athletics in the ninth inning at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on May 29, 2019 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)Oakland Athletics’ Matt Olson, right, celebrates after hitting a two-run home run that scored Marcus Semien (10) against the Los Angeles Angels during the eighth inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday, May 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – MAY 29: Josh Phegley #19 of the Oakland Athletics hits a sacrifice fly that scored a run to tie the game in the ninth inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on May 29, 2019 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols, left, sits in the dugout with Mike Trout during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday, May 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – MAY 29: Jonathan Lucroy #20 of the Los Angeles Angels hits a single that scored two runs in the 11th inning against the Oakland Athletics at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on May 29, 2019 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – MAY 29: Tommy La Stella #9 of the Los Angeles Angels hits a single that scored a run in the 11th inning against the Oakland Athletics at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on May 29, 2019 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – MAY 29: Cesar Puello #48 of the Los Angeles Angels slides safely into third base in the 11th inning against the Oakland Athletics at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on May 29, 2019 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – MAY 29: Griffin Canning #47 of the Los Angeles Angels pitches against the Oakland Athletics in the first inning at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on May 29, 2019 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)NextShow Caption1 of 39OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – MAY 29: Griffin Canning #47 of the Los Angeles Angels pitches against the Oakland Athletics in the first inning at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on May 29, 2019 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)ExpandOAKLAND — The Angels won a game that they seemed intent on losing on Wednesday afternoon.After blowing a four-run lead in the seventh and a two-run lead in the ninth, and after having the potential go-ahead run erased on a baserunning fiasco in the top of the ninth, the Angels nonetheless beat the Oakland A’s 12-7 in 11 innings to win for the fourth time in five games.“It’s a bend-but-don’t-break thing,” said Kole Calhoun, who was particularly happy the victory could erase his own embarrassing gaffe. “A lot of teams could kind of shut it down after a comeback like they mounted two or three times and we were able to keep fighting. That’s what it’s going to take throughout the season, a team that’s going to play together and today was a good example of that.”The Angels played without All-Star center fielder Mike Trout, who was still sore after hitting a foul ball off the top of his right foot in Tuesday night’s win. They had a chance to win in more routine fashion than they did. They had a 5-1 lead in the seventh, thanks to Griffin Canning’s strong six innings and four RBIs from Cesar Puello, who returned to the majors for the first time since 2017 and hit his first big league homer. Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error All of that overshadowed what should have been the best feel-good stories of the day.Canning gave up one run and three hits in six innings, lowering his ERA to 3.06 in his first six starts.“That’s probably his best start of the year for me,” Lucroy said. “Every pitch he threw, he located. He made a few mistakes. But he gave up three hits against that lineup. I can’t say enough good things about Griff today.”And Puello, a 28-year-old who has been through seven organizations, had the best day of his brief big league career. He had a two-run single and a two-run homer in his first big league game since 2017. He was also hit by a pitch to start the Angels’ five-run 11th.“Good guy, super humble,” Calhoun said. “I couldn’t be happier for him. … He’s a good guy and came through today.”last_img read more