first_imgNews PeruAmericas Organisation Latin America’s community radio – a key service but vulnerable RSF_en Reporters without borders expressed concern over reports that Moisés Wolfenson, owner of an opposition press group, was threatened with imprisonment byindividuals close to President Alejandro Toledo if he refused to modify hisnewspapers’ editorial line in favour of the current government. “If confirmed, these practices would be a sad reminder of those in force during the presidency of Alberto Fujimori, when he threatened legal sanctions against the directors of television networks that criticised his management,” stated Robert Ménard, the organisation’s secretary-general.In a letter to President Toledo, Reporters without borders called for an inquiry into the authenticity of the threats and for the perpetrators to be punished.According to information obtained by Reporters without borders, on 22 June 2002, Radio 11.60, an all-news radio station in Lima, revealed that Wolfenson was allegedly threatened by individuals linked to President Toledo during a meeting. Theradio station broadcast an extract of a recording of a conversation, tapedby anti-corruption police without the knowledge of the parties involved, inwhich one can hear Salomón Lerner, head of a public financial organisation,threaten Wolfenson with imprisonment if he refuses to modify hispublications’ editorial line in favour of the government. Wolfenson hasconfirmed the recording’s content. He is the owner of the dailies ElChino, El Men, Todo Sport and La Razón, a newspaper close to theopposition party of ex-president Alan García (leftist). Accused of receivingbribes from Vladimiro Montesinos, the former intelligence chief duringPresident Fujimori’s regime, Wolfenson has been subject to house arrest forthe last month. News Help by sharing this information June 24, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Press group owner threatened by individuals close to President Toledo Latin American media: under control of families, economic and political elites Receive email alertscenter_img News April 1, 2020 Find out more PeruAmericas December 4, 2019 Find out more to go further News Follow the news on Peru February 10, 2017 Find out more China’s diplomats must stop attacking media over coronavirus reportinglast_img read more

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) MGN ImageWASHINGTON – The FDA is authorizing three new Coronavirus antibody tests, which can indicate if someone is immune to re-infection.That brings the current total number of FDA authorized COVID-19 antibody tests to seven.This kind of FDA authorization carries a lower regulatory standard because it is under ’emergency use’ standards. That means while the benefits outweigh any risks, the tests do carry the risk of false positives and negatives.Patients who get results from one of these antibody tests should still follow social distancing guidelines. It also remains unclear whether antibodies indicate that someone is immune to re-infection.last_img read more

first_img 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr It’s probably not a surprise to many of us that entertainment seems to be seeping into nearly every area of our current culture and environment. Many of us are no longer satisfied with simply getting a task done, but rather we want to be entertained in the process. Perhaps we are no longer desiring simple results, but we want to be engaged— we want to be amused.Real estate has evolved from having a need and fulfilling that need. Real estate is now entertainment. It’s not about mortgages; it’s about voyeurism, comparing ourselves to others, and a slew of other things.Take a look at this graph depicting the amount of unique visitors to online real estate sites versus the number of total home sales. There’s an ever-increasing gap between these two paths. It’s the gap between need and amusement. And it’s a gap that demands the attention of credit unions. As an example, let’s examine one woman’s personal story, which she recently shared with the media: “I look at houses online when I own and when I rent, when I’ve just moved and when I’m pondering moving again. I wake up, open my laptop, check my email and Facebook, then click on Realtor.com.” continue reading »last_img read more

first_imgRead also: Boeing extends factory shutdown in Washington stateThe other newly revealed fault could potentially cause the autopilot to disengage as the aircraft prepares to land. Neither problem has been observed in flight, but the software changes will eliminate the possibility that they could occur, the company said. The modifications can be incorporated into the plane at the same time.In a separate statement, the US Federal Aviation Administration said it has been in contact with the company about the issues.The new software problems were reported earlier by Reuters.Topics : Boeing Co. has identified two new software problems with the grounded 737 Max that must be fixed before the jetliner can carry passengers again.The issues involve the flight-control computer and don’t affect the plane’s estimated return to service in mid-2020, Boeing said in an email Tuesday. The Max’s software has been undergoing a redesign after being linked to two fatal crashes that prompted a worldwide flying ban more than a year ago.The new flaws deepen the engineering challenge for Boeing as it tries to return its best-selling jet to the skies. One of the problems involves “hypothetical faults” in the computer’s microprocessor, which could lead the plane to climb or dive on its own, Boeing said. A safety system on the Max caused the jet to dive automatically in both accidents, but the problems aren’t related, Boeing said.last_img read more

first_img“He’s done so much, not only for the Lakers organization, but for me as a kid,” James told reporters this week. “Growing up, I was watching Kobe and things of that nature and also competing against him.”The Lakers technically list Bryant as questionable to play because of soreness in his right shoulder. But there is no question plenty expect him to play. Assuming that happens, Bryant and James appear likely to share moments that will include words, hugs and even matching up. But neither will be able to say with a straight face that they were always close. James declined to tell reporters how his relationship with Bryant has evolved. But Bryant admitted last season he would not have shown such warmth toward James under different circumstances. “If we were contending for a championship, I would be my same moody self,” Bryant said. “But right now, I tend to have a little more perspective knowing I won’t get a chance to play him on the court for much longer. You want to enjoy it.” Keeping a distance CLEVELAND >> The two stars laughed with each other as LeBron James bantered along with Kobe Bryant by the scorer’s table. Bryant later teased James at center-court moments after he bricked an alley oop. Once the buzzer sounded, Bryant and James hugged each other and offered encouraging words.The matchup Bryant and James shared last year at Staples Center conveyed the images of two close friends relishing both their tight bond and respect for each other’s craft. “They were smiling at each other,” Cleveland guard Kyrie Irving recalled.When the Lakers (11-43) visit the Cleveland Cavaliers (37-14) on Wednesday at Quicken Loans Arena, more nostalgia seems likely to emerge. After all, Bryant has savored seemingly every moment surrounding his 20th and final NBA season. James told reporters the game will become “very emotional just knowing it’s his last hurrah.” James gushed he sported an afro growing up because Bryant wore that look. James also had a poster of Bryant hanging in his room. Two days before playing in the NBA All-Star game in 2002, Bryant saw a 17-year-old James. The previous summer in New Jersey, Bryant spoke to James at ABCD Camp and gave him a pair of his signature shoes. But once James followed Bryant’s path in 2003 by jumping straight from high school to the NBA, any connection they had stopped there. On the night James was drafted in 2003, Bryant upstaged his big night amid breaking news that he planned to opt out of his contract with the Lakers and seek free agency after the following season. In 2010, former Lakers coach Phil Jackson suspected Bryant did that to upstage James. “He had to be the best every single night,” said Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue, who played with Bryant from 1998-2001. “He’s not going to open up to him and give him any leeway or give him any reason to try to come in and take his spot.”A relationship eventually developed on the 2008 U.S. Olympic team. Then, James got a first-hand look at Bryant’s work ethic. Then, Bryant saw how James related to teammates to help elevate their play. In a joint interview on NBA Entertainment, Bryant praised James’ athleticism while James complimented Bryant’s fundamentals. “There’s a mutual respect that we have for one another,” Bryant said. “It’s that level of respect that enables us to perform at a high level when we compete against each other.”Yet, that respect mostly came from afar. So much that James admitted last year Bryant did not recruit him when the Lakers pursued him during the 2014 offseason. Lost opportunityThe matchup seemed inevitable. At least, that’s what the Nike puppet commercials suggested. Though most in the league anticipated James and Bryant meeting in the NBA Finals, something else happened. The Magic eliminated the Cavaliers in the 2009 Eastern Conference Finals. Cleveland’s season ended early the following year with a loss to Boston in the Eastern semifinals. Meanwhile, Bryant’s next two championships without Shaq happened against a forgettable team (Orlando) and an old rival (Boston). “I know the world wanted to see it,” James said earlier this season. “He held up his end and I didn’t hold up my end, and I hate that.”Bryant did not hold up his end, either. When James announced he would take his talents to South Beach for the 2010-11 season, Bryant recalled thinking, “I’ve got to get my knee healthy.” But Bryant’s knee stayed troublesome amid the Lakers’ four-game loss to the Dallas Mavericks in the Western Conference semifinals. Dallas then humbled the Heat in the Finals.While James won two NBA championships in four more NBA Finals appearances, the Lakers soon spiraled downward, partly amid endless injuries to Bryant. “That makes me appreciate what I grew up watching with Magic (Johnson) and (Larry) Bird,” said Bryant, referring to the Lakers and Celtics playing against each other in the NBA Finals three times in the 1980s. “You wanted to have that same kind of rivalry. But it never happened.” An appreciationThe details stayed fresh in Lue’s mind regarding a story that perfectly captures Bryant’s competitiveness. During the 1999-2000 season, Lue blocked Bryant’s layup attempt during a five-on-five scrimmage that left Bryant fuming. “He went crazy. Kobe wanted to fight me at first. Then he wanted to play one-on-one after practice,” Lue said, smiling. “I said, ‘No, I’m not playing you one-on-one.’ He was so mad. After that, every day we stepped onto the court, he just went after me every single day.”Lue then described Bryant and Michael Jordan as a “spitting image of each other” after also playing with Jordan on the Washington Wizards (2001-2003). Does James have those same qualities?“LeBron’s the same way, it’s just they’re more vocal about it,” Lue said. “They’re more demonstrative about it. They’ll get on guys. They’ll cuss guys out. They’ll even fight guys if they have to, so that’s just the difference, but they still all have the same will to win.”Lue also argued they react the same way to other things, too. He reported that Bryant responded well to Jackson holding him and O’Neal “more accountable than anyone else on the team.” Only two weeks into his head-coaching tenure, Lue said he critiqued James during film sessions and timeouts. As the 37-year-old Bryant has nursed season-long injuries the past three years, the 30-year-old James has changed his recovery and dietary habits.Yet, Lue considers James’ basketball IQ superior to anyone else, including Bryant and Jordan. “With their will to win and the way they got on guys, they would fight a guy if they had to,” Lue said. “But LeBron, his IQ (is better) because he can play 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. And he knows every position on the floor.”Apparently, that would not have been possible without Bryant’s influence from afar.“I knew I had to be better because of Kobe Bryant,” James said this season. “I knew he was in the gym and I knew he was working on his game. So every day that I didn’t want to work out or every day I felt like I couldn’t give more, I always thought of Kobe. Because I knew that he was getting better and I was like, ‘Man, if you take a day off, he’s going to take advantage of it.’”All of which spurred a distant relationship into moments both Bryant and James will cherish on the court in Cleveland for one last time. center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

first_imgThe more practical approach — and most likely one — is to keep the Playoff at four and work to see how many postseason games can be played outside that.  If those dates have to be moved up — the semifinals are scheduled to be played on Jan. 1 and the championship game is on Jan. 13 — that’s fine.If those games can be played, then this best-case scenario will have worked out. “I didn’t say every conference is going to play. I didn’t say every team is going to play,” Meyer said last week. “I said we’re going to play college football. I really believe that conferences, presidents, ADs and the commissioners are going to work together with the head coaches, and they’re going to work this thing out.” MORE: Which conferences have canceled their 2020 season?With that in mind, a perfect-world scenario must line up in order for the FBS to get rolling for a fall season. Here are all the factors to consider:  COVID-19 flattens outThis has to happen before anything else can. The ongoing pandemic in the United States is the leading determinant at this point. The United States has surpassed 4 million COVID-19 cases, and there are close to 2 million active cases in the country right now.  While the NCAA has released COVID-19 protocols for student-athletes, the number of new cases is still high in several states. How those numbers fluctuate in late July and August will determine whether it’s safe to run a full-contact fall camp geared toward getting college football athletes ready for a season.  When would that season start? Given that teams need six weeks to get ready, that date is fast approaching.  Eight to 10 games  Ten games looks like the best-case scenario. Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith has mentioned that number. Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbick advocates an eight-to-10-game schedule with a later starting date.  Swarbick is right. It’s OK if the season is trimmed to eight or nine games if that means getting organized with hopes that COVID-19 numbers dwindle. What’s a legitimate starting date?  Think Oct. 3. That would allow for nine weeks of regular season football before conference championship games are supposed to be played Dec. 5. Even if those conference championship games get pushed back — which has been talked about — an October start makes a lot of sense to get conferences in line.  MORE: Poll shows most fans don’t think football will happen in 2020Conference-only play works   The Big Ten and Pac-12 moved to a conference-only schedule for 2020, and the assumption is that the model works for those conferences and produces a legitimate conference race between two divisions.  Since both conferences already use a nine-game conference model, that scenario appears to be possible. The Big 12 — the third Power 5 conference that uses a nine-game schedule — could follow the same model and plays its entire league schedule in nine weeks with no byes if the season were to start Oct. 3. That means losing a few blockbuster matchups like LSU-Texas, but that’s OK.  So does ACC-SEC plus-one model  CBSSports.com’s Dennis Dodd reports that the ACC and SEC are working on a plus-one model that would allow the conferences to preserve some of the rivalries between the two conferences.  This also is an ideal move. If the SEC and ACC can keep their eight-game conference schedule and play a cross-over game, then games such as Florida-Florida State, South Carolina-Clemson, Louisville-Kentucky and Georgia-Georgia Tech can be protected, and the other schools can schedule one game out of conference.   Or the conference could fall in line with a nine-game conference model. Either way, it’s best if all five Power 5 conferences play the same number of games in 2020 — but not an absolute given the circumstances.  Notre Dame and independents play  Swarbick’s comments hint that Notre Dame wants to play in 2020, too, given its ACC agreement and the number of other independent schools to play a legitimate schedule. Sporting News detailed those options, and they still check out. Group of 5 still in play  The Athletic’s Bruce Feldman wrote about the possibility of a spring season for the FCS and the Group of 5. Those schools are affected financially by the loss of nonconference games to Power 5 opponents, and a spring season would be an interesting alternative to allow a chance to play in 2020-21.  FCS schools and Group of 5 schools would be less impacted in some ways by a spring season given the number of potential NFL players on their rosters compared with Power 5 schools.  Of course, the Group of 5 would prefer to play in the fall — and that is the best-case scenario for the American Athletic Conference, Conference-USA, Mid-American Conference, Mountain West Conference and Sun Belt. Without the Power 5 to help, however, those schools might need to work together on scheduling. That’s assuming a season is possible. If it is, the schedule-makers could throw in a couple of bonuses for fans who have been waiting for a season.  Put Bama on Friday night  Let’s assume an Oct. 3 start date is possible. Why not put Alabama — the most-successful program of the past decade — in the opener against one of those flexed-in opponents? Alabama athletic director Greg Byrne squashed the rumor that the Crimson Tide would play Notre Dame in the opener.  Looking forward to our future H&H series w/ @NDFootball.However, contrary to reports, we will not be playing this season. #RollTide 🐘 https://t.co/B3JV24sabb— Greg Byrne (@Greg_Byrne) July 18, 2020It doesn’t have to be Notre Dame, but it could be somebody like Notre Dame. And what better way to kick off the season then to put Alabama on a neutral site with a big-time opponent on Friday, Oct. 2? Or even a week earlier?  It would build that much more enthusiasm for the first full Saturday (if that’s a possibility).  For what it’s worth, Alabama is supposed to play Ole Miss on Oct. 3 according to the current schedule. Nick Saban and Lane Kiffin meeting at midfield in Oxford would do just fine, too.  The Playoff stays at four Should the playoff do a one-time expansion to allow more teams in with a shortened season? In this case, less is more. The season itself will lend itself to some unforeseen circumstances — especially if schools are not able to play because of COVID-19. That’s one of the harsh realities.  Still, if the season is able to produce five legitimate conference races, then leaving one or two conferences out of the Playoff won’t be any different than the past six college football seasons. The shortened season will resemble MLB’s 60-game season in some ways, and that should in turn heat up those conference races even more.   The college football season is still to be determined heading into August, and the uncertainty lingers across the landscape.  Still, there is a prevailing sentiment that the 2020 college football season could happen. FOX Sports analyst Urban Meyer is one of those voices that is holding on to some optimism.  last_img read more

first_img Hertfordshire’s Jackie Foster and Katherine Russell of Sussex share the lead after a rain-soaked opening day at the English senior women’s championship at Ross-on-Wye Golf Club.Both posted impressive scores of one-over par 74 on a day which began and ended with torrential downpours, with plenty of regular rain in between. The start of play was delayed by 90 minutes, but the course stood up well to the challenge and won praise from the players.Russell (Royal Ashdown Forest) finished her round in the evening deluge, managing to birdie the 16th, but having to battle her way down 17 and 18.“It was very unsettling, on the 17th I pulled it into the trees but luckily was able to pitch out short, but I dropped a shot. On the 18th I had to take three off the tee, although I did find the first one and made par,” added Russell, (pictured top) a past British senior champion.Jackie Foster (Bishops Stortford) also handled the conditions in style – to her relief. “I’m not keen on playing in the rain so I just tried to keep it going,” she said.  A couple of early birdies got her off to a good start and she played steadily, helped by a very nice chipping touch.“I’m very pleased I kept it going,” remarked Foster,(pictured left)  who is a past captain of the Hertfordshire women’s first team.The players are targeting a place in the top 16 at the end of tomorrow’s second round – and with it a place in the matchplay stages to find the 2016 champion.The leaders are one shot ahead of former England cricketer, Karen Jobling of Yorkshire who credited a positive attitude as key to her score. “I wasn’t negative – and there were holes where I was really in trouble,” she said.It certainly worked – on the 11th she was in the trees, saw a small gap to the target and went for it, being rewarded with a birdie. “It was a positive shot and it came off,” said the Richmond player.In common with many of the players she wasn’t deterred by the weather: “We get inclement weather in Yorkshire – I played Ganton the week before last in the snow!”Chasing her is a group of three players on 76: defending champion Helen Lowe, Lancashire’s Helen Braddock and former British senior champion Cath Rawthore.Lowe (Scraptoft) confessed to some nerves as she began the defence of her title but she played steadily – and was rewarded by her investment in a putting lesson with Oli Leett, one of the club’s professionals, when she arrived at Ross-on -Wye. “He gave me a routine which helped me and I did putt well,” she said.Meanwhile Helen Braddock (Bolton Old Links) marked her debut in the championship with impressive play, armed with a new set of irons. “I usually play in the Northern vets’ championship but last year I didn’t play well and I decided to have a change – and I’m loving it,” she said after shooting 76.Cath Rawthore (Sale) joined them on the three-over mark commenting: “I struck it nicely and had a couple of birdies on 10 and 11, which I was happy about, because putts lipped out on 6 and 7 and I felt a bit robbed.”Ross-on-Wye’s home challenge is led by Pat Watkins – a three-time county vets’ champion – who is tied 36th, two shots ahead of Jan Armstrong.After tomorrow’s second round the top 16 players will go forward to the championship match play which takes place on Thursday and Friday, 12 and 13 May. Players finishing 17th-64th go forward to play in Flight Two, taking part in a 36-hole stroke play competition, with 18 holes played on each day.Image © Leaderboard Photography 10 May 2016 Foster and Russell lead in the rain last_img read more

first_imgExercise rider Willie Delgado gallops Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Md., Wednesday, May 14, 2014. The Preakness Stakes horse race is scheduled for May 17 at Pimlico. (AP Photo/Garry Jones)BALTIMORE (AP) — Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome was made the odds-on favorite at 3-5 on Wednesday for the Preakness Stakes, and he drew an inside post position in the 10-horse field that includes a filly for the first time in five years.Trained by Art Sherman and ridden by Victor Espinoza, California Chrome will break from the No. 3 post, which has produced 10 winners in the previous 138 runnings of the 1 3/16-mile race, the last being Prairie Bayou in 1993.“Three is fine with me,” Sherman said. “Most of the speed is on the outside of me. If they go, they go, I can tuck in right behind them without any problems. I think my horse will perform.”So does California Chrome’s co-owner Steve Coburn, who dared to look ahead.“One race at a time,” he said, “but I’m still thinking Triple Crown.”If California Chrome wins on Saturday, next up would be the Belmont Stakes on June 7. Only 11 horses have swept the Derby, Preakness and Belmont and none since 1978.California Chrome brings a five-race winning streak into the Preakness, having won that many by a combined 26 lengths. Still, his overwhelming odds surprised Sherman, a 77-year-old trainer who has never had a colt this good.“I never thought I’d be that kind of price,” he said. “I really thought I’d be 6-5.”Speedster Social Inclusion was the 5-1 second choice of new Pimlico oddsmaker Keith Feustle. The colt drew the No. 8 post. He skipped the Kentucky Derby and is one of seven new horses lining up to challenge California Chrome.“I’m never afraid of nothing,” owner Ron Sanchez said. “We have a great post position. We have slow horses to our outside. That’s going to help us a lot.”Bayern and Ride On Curlin are the co-third choices at 10-1. Bayern, who drew the No. 5 post, is trained by Hall of Famer Bob Baffert, who is seeking a sixth Preakness win. Rosie Napravnik will ride the colt, trying to become the first female jockey to win the race.Ride On Curlin finished seventh in the Kentucky Derby two weeks ago.Once again, Ride On Curlin drew an outside post, landing in the No. 10 spot after breaking from the 19th position in the Derby starting gate under Calvin Borel. This time, Joel Rosario will ride the colt.Borel has switched to filly Ria Antonia, who is the longest shot in the field at 30-1.“I wish she was 50-1,” co-owner Ron Paolucci said. “The way she works and trains, she thinks she’s 3-5.”She will try to become the first filly to win the Preakness since Rachel Alexandra beat the boys in 2009. Like Rachel, Ria Antonia did not run in the Derby first. She finished sixth in the Kentucky Oaks, held the day before the Derby. After the Oaks, Ria Antonia’s owners switched trainers, dumping Baffert for Tom Amoss.“I always wanted to run in this race,” Paolucci said. “My filly is a really big filly, she’s really solid. Coming back in two weeks gives her an absolute edge. I know it’s really going to help her.”General a Rod is the only other Derby horse to try the Preakness. He was 11th at Churchill Downs.There is a trio of 20-1 shots in the field. One of them, Kid Cruz, is trained by Linda Rice, giving the Preakness a female trainer, jockey and filly in the same race for the first time.The other 20-1 shots are Pablo Del Monte, who drew the No. 9 post, and Ring Weekend, who will break from the No. 4 spot.Illinois Derby winner Dynamic Impact drew the No. 1 post, putting the colt along the rail, a spot not favored by most trainers who fear getting trapped inside.last_img read more

first_imgThis is Love & Basketball in real life.Actually, they’ve been in love for quite some time now, but now it’s on another level that Oklahoma City Thunder meteoric superstar Russell Westbrook proposed to his former UCLA classmate and fellow b-baller Nina Earl.The announcement was made by the pair on their social media accounts, where Earl sported a blindingly brilliant engagement ring customized by Jason Arasheben.Russell sent this message soaring into cyberspace, as an ode to his girl and homage to Lauryn Hill.“Nothing even matters..” ???????. @ninamari3_ forever my lady! LOVE YOU!!!!The Oklahoma City player met Nina when they went to UCLA, where they both played basketball.Take a look at Earl’s rock up close:last_img read more