By Dialogo June 03, 2010 Police from Colombia and France will advise their Ecuadorean peers in the fight against murder for hire, of which twenty-three cases have been reported so far this year just in Guayaquil (in southwestern Ecuador), Ecuadorean interior minister Gustavo Jalkh indicated Tuesday. The administration “will implement immediately a series of measures to combat murder for hire, including the collaboration of international experts from France and Colombia in the intelligence areas,” the minister told the press. A police team will also be put together for special operations at the national level, with agents specialized in intelligence, the fight against organized crime, and anti-narcotics. “The only goal that we can set for ourselves is the eradication of this seed that is trying to establish itself in our territory,” Jalkh indicated. He specified that in Guayaquil, Ecuador’s largest city and the one suffering the most from crime, there have been 212 homicides so far in 2010, of which 64% were settlements of accounts among criminal gangs and 11% were the work of hired hitmen. The minister noted that “the victim- and witness-protection programs run by the public prosecutor’s office” will also be strengthened, “and new compensation mechanisms will be created for gathering information” about criminal gangs. “We are not going to allow murder for hire, the law of the jungle, to increase” in the country, Ecuadorean president Rafael Correa affirmed Saturday.
A man confirmed to a wheelchair was shot and killed Saturday night, according to West Palm Beach Police.The shooting happened around 9:30 p.m. along the 1100 block of 17th St. Authorities have identified the victim as 28-year-old Devonte Lanard Davis. First responders found him in the wheelchair, and pronounced him dead on the scene.Detectives are investigating the shooting as a homicide.In addition, evidence leads them to believe this was a targeted attack.Police say the incident happened as numerous people, including Davis, were lighting fireworks on the street.Anyone with information is asked to call the West Palm Beach Police Department at (561) 822-1900 or Palm Beach County CrimeStoppers at (800) 458-TIPS.
A little over two weeks ago, senior Cornelio Coates was only focused on becoming a better wide receiver for his Commodores that were preparing for the playoffs.But he’d begun to work on something that Perry hadn’t worked into its game plan since the 2009 season. ROBERT WILLIE, who scored the only touchdown for Perry, was named “Jeron Grayson Most Valuable Player for City League Championship Game” and was presented a trophy from Steel City Sports World. 2012 CITY LEAGUE CHAMPS—Perry team members celebrate after winning the City League Championship with a 9-6 overtime win over USO on Nov. 3. (Courier Photo/William McBride) “We knew that he was a soccer player for a long time, since he was five,” Perry coach Bill Gallagher said. “So we asked him how he would feel kicking in a pressure situation. He said he was used to it. He was all for it.”After being on U.S.O.’s (University Prep, Sci-Tech, and Obama) 9-yard line, in overtime, Gallagher elected to use Coates with the chance of his seventh football championship as a head coach. “All throughout the time we were working him out at kicker, he looked good,” he said. “He was getting good explosion through the ball. Good height. It just looked like he knew what he was doing. So we just felt really comfortable with sending him out there.”Coates lives on the North Side but attends the Pittsburgh High School for the Creative and Performing Arts. So by rule, since they have no football team, he plays for his home school Perry.The 27-yard field goal sailed through the uprights and Perry went on to claim a 9-6 victory for the league crown on a crisp Nov. 3 at Cupples Stadium on the South Side.“This title just like are the rest are very special to all of us,” Gallagher said. “Most of our assistants are Perry guys, so it makes it special for them knowing that these young men go out there and put it all on the line to maintain the Perry tradition.”As the winners of the city, the Commodores will move on to the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association’s (PIAA) state football championships as the Quad-A representative. They will play Erie McDowell— the winners of district X— on Nov 16 at Fairview High School, which is located in Erie County.“They are a talented team that is very well coached,” Gallagher said of his next opponents. “They have a very prolific run game and they love to control the ball.”The runner-up, U.S.O., will be the Triple-A representative and will play a home game at Cupples Stadium against Somerset on Nov. 9 at 7 p.m.“i’m very proud of the effort that the young men of U.S.O. put forth,” U.S.O. coach Lou Berry said in a written statement. “All year long, my staff and I have stressed the importance of eliminating penalties. They were our worst enemies in the game. We picked the wrong time to beat ourselves.”Senior linebacker Myles Catlin also admitted that his team’s five turnovers and sloppy play didn’t help matters for the Wildcats.“We committed too many penalties and made too many mistakes,” he said. “It was a disappointing loss. We could have done way better than what we showed out there.”U.S.O. committed 14 infractions for 136 yards.“We did a lot of shooting ourselves in the foot in the beginning,” Gallagher added. “We weren’t doing many things to help our chances and when (senior running back) Curtis Edmonds went down, we had to find something that worked.”Perry’s running game culminated 133 rushing yards to U.S.O.’s minus eight.“Congratulations to coach Gallagher and his staff,” Berry said. “They did a great job preparing their kids. (I’m looking) forward to the opportunity of representing the City League on Friday night.”(Follow our continuing coverage of City League football and add your comments to our website at newpittsburghcouier.com. Malik Vincent can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter @malikvincent.) read more
Growing South Africa’s Green Economy One Small Business at a TimeA positive Nation Brand strengths the country’s competitiveness on a global stage. This is made possible by civil society, business and government through active citizenship and this is exactly what the Play Your Part programme seeks to do – inspire active citizenship.SEED South Africa is #getinvolved and playing its part as a Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) that aims to create a national community of successful social and environmental entrepreneurs, providing increased business opportunities for the entrepreneurs themselves and for the wider business community.In meeting the needs of local small business eco-inclusive enterprises, global Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) SEED is set to host Replicator Connect Workshops in Polokwane on 17th and 18th of May, and in Pretoria on 23rd and 24th of May 2018. Entrepreneurs with sustainable solutions across the Energy, Waste Management, Manufacturing, Agriculture and Tourism sectors are invited to apply for participation in these sponsored workshops.Coordinator of the SEED Replicator Programme, Christine Meyer offers: “With more than 15 years of experience and having supported engaged over 600 entrepreneurs across six African countries in our SEED Replicator Programme, we know that our methodology has proven effective in enabling entrepreneurs who are currently contributing to South Africa’s green and inclusive economy to replicate proven solutions and facilitate business partnerships between successful entrepreneurs around the globe.”“While the country is home to a number of engines which support small business development, the challenges facing those in the eco-inclusive sector are unique, specifically as it relates to the capacity of entrepreneurs to successfully replicate and adapt proven solutions,” adds Meyer. “The programme helps eco-inclusive start-ups avoid common business pitfalls and tackle environmental and social challenges in the community while generating sustainable economic returns”To date, more than 1000 entrepreneurs are directly supported by SEED, and a huge number of those who joined the programme are still in business, a mean feat especially in South Africa where the mortality rate of small business is still quite high, with decreasing numbers making it pass the two-year mark.“A critical success factor in our Replicator Connect workshops has been presenting proven business models which entrepreneurs can adapt, interrogate and adopt during the interactive workshops, equipping them with work-books and facilitating peer-to-peer feedback,” offers Meyer.The SEED workshops are open to aspiring entrepreneurs and existing enterprises interested in replicating eco-inclusive business models, and establishing business partnerships with successful entrepreneurs around the globe. Apply on https://app.seed.uno/SEED Replicator Connect Workshop ScheduleDateCityDeadline for ApplicationsWorkbooks17 MayPolokwaneThursday 10 May– Waste to Industrial Resources– Agricultural Product Processing18 MayPolokwaneThursday 10 May– From Beehives to Market– Local Clean Cookstove Enterprises23 MayPretoriaSunday 13 May– Plastic Upcycling– Sustainable Tourism Enterprises24 MayPretoriaSunday 13 May– ICT for Agriculture– Waste to Biogas read more
Travelling with Adams are former Sacramento Kings head coach Reggie Theus and the Laker Girls. “This will be my first trip to the Philippines, and I can’t wait to see the passion Filipinos have for the game of basketball,” said Theus. “With the inclusion of 3-on-3 basketball in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, NBA 3X is a testament to the growth and popularity of the game internationally.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars View comments Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Sixers’ No. 1 overall pick Fultz injures left ankle Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena LATEST STORIES Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams. APOklahoma City center Steven Adams is set to bring the thunder in the NBA 3X Philippines as the annual 3-on-3 basketball event unfolds on July 22 to 23. “I’m looking forward to meeting the Filipino fans and experiencing the country’s vibrant culture,” said Adams. “I’m also excited to work with the talented athletes from across the Philippines at NBA 3X.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera read more
Barcelona Getafe vs Barcelona: TV channel, stream, kick-off time, odds & match preview Oli Platt Last updated 2 years ago 00:28 15/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Images Barcelona Getafe v Barcelona Getafe Primera División Lionel Messi will look to continue his sensational recent form and help the Catalans to five wins in a row when they visit Madrid Barcelona will be aiming to record a fifth win on the bounce when they visit Getafe in La Liga on Saturday.The Blaugrana followed up their excellent start to the league campaign with an emphatic 3-0 win over Juventus in the Champions League this week.U2.5 goals – boosted to 3/1 with dabblebet Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing They return to domestic action having scored 12 goals and conceded none in their four games since the Supercopa de Espana defeat to Real Madrid. Game Getafe vs Barcelona Date Saturday, September 16 Time 15:15 BST / 10:15 ET TV CHANNEL & LIVE STREAM In the UK, the match will not be available to watch live on television or by stream as it falls within the 3pm-5pm blackout period on Saturdays. UK TV channel Online stream None None In the US, the match will be available to watch live on television on beIN Sports and by stream via beIN Sports Connect. US TV channel Online stream beIN Sports beIN Sports Connect SQUADS & TEAM NEWS Position Getafe players Goalkeepers Martinez, Guiata, Manojlovic Defenders Dakonam, Antunes, Bruno, Molinero, Cala, Olivera, Suarez Midfielders Bergara, Jimenez, Lacen, Shibasaki, Portillo, Mora, Arambarri, Fajr, Montero Forwards Angel, Molina, Ndiaye Getafe have named the same team for two straight games and having beaten Leganes away from home last time out, they may see no need to change it.Nicolas Gorosito is still recovering from a foot fracture and Dani Pacheco and Chuli are also out. Mathias Olivera and Filip Manojlovic, meanwhile, are doubts having missed training.Potential starting XI: Guiata; Suarez, Dakonam, Cala, Antunes; Bergara, Arambarri; Shibasaki, Fajr, Ndiaye; Molina. Position Barcelona players Goalkeepers Ter Stegen, Cillessen Defenders Semedo, Pique, Mascherano, Alba, Digne, Vidal, Umtiti, Vermaelen Midfielders Rakitic, Busquets, D. Suarez, Arda, Iniesta, Paulinho, Roberto, Gomes Forwards L. Suarez, Messi, Dembele, Deulofeu, Alcacer Barca are missing Rafinha, who will not return until next month. Paco Alcacer and Arda Turan have also been sidelined but have an outside chance of playing some part.Andres Iniesta and Ivan Rakitic could be in line for a rest, which may give Paulinho the opportunity to make his first start.Potential starting XI: Ter Stegen; Semedo, Mascherano, Umtiti, Digne; Roberto, Busquets, Paulinho; Dembele, Messi, L. Suarez.BETTING & MATCH ODDS Barca are 1/4 favourites to win, according to dabblebet, with Getafe priced at 10/1 and the draw available at 5/1.Click here to view dabblebet’s full selection of available match markets. GAME PREVIEW Barcelona are a team back in Lionel Messi’s hands.Ernesto Valverde has chosen to return his star man to the false-nine position Pep Guardiola first carved out for him, and the new coach has been rewarded handsomely so far.Messi has scored five goals in three league games and netted another pair in the Champions League victory over Juventus on Tuesday night.At a time when Real Madrid would appear to have overtaken Barca in many areas, the Argentine is the one card the Catalans have that their biggest rivals do not.Sure, Cristiano Ronaldo is an all-time great who will collect his fifth Ballon d’Or – matching Messi – at the end of the year. But while the Portuguese is a phenomenal goalscorer, he cannot create, move and orchestrate as Messi does.The challenge for Barca will be ensuring that Messi is not overworked early in the campaign while Ronaldo takes an extended summer holiday due to his suspension.So far this season, Valverde has been able to rest key players and deal with the absence of Luis Suarez by keeping Messi front and centre against some of La Liga’s lesser lights.That then allows him to turn out his formidable best XI in a fresher state against opponents such as Juventus, but eventually Messi will need a break too. read more
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Really? Stats show Man Utd ace Pogba best central midfielder in Europeby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United ace Paul Pogba has emerged as the most dominant midfielder in Europe this season – according to statistics.Pogba has been reborn under new manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.After his two goals in victory over Huddersfield, it means Pogba has been involved in ten goals so far this term – scoring five and setting up another five.The Frenchman leads the way for central midfielders, with Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva second.He has also scored five goals but has one less assist, giving him a grand total of nine.Also on nine is Marseille’s Dimitri Payet, although he instead has five assists and four goals to his name. read more
OTTAWA – The Canadian data scientist who admitted to helping political parties score electoral wins by exploiting the private information of millions of Facebook users also oversaw a short-lived pilot project for the federal Liberals shortly after the 2015 election, The Canadian Press has learned.Christopher Wylie came forward in recent days with accusations that a voter-profiling company improperly harvested Facebook data from some 50 million users in order to help seal victories for the Trump campaign and in the U.K.’s Brexit referendum.Wylie has insisted in interviews that he not only played a pivotal role in developing the data-mining technique, he also helped establish Cambridge Analytica, the firm at the heart of the controversy that was first revealed by The Guardian newspaper and the New York Times.In January 2016, months before U.S. President Donald Trump’s win, Wylie pitched his services to the Liberal caucus research office, said a Liberal parliamentary source, who spoke on condition of anonymity in order to discuss details of a private meeting.Even before the meeting, Wylie had experience working at the highest levels of the party.From 2007 to 2009, he worked in the office of the Liberal leader, when the party was helmed by Stephane Dion and Michael Ignatieff. He was also a member of the party’s youth commission.Following the meeting, the Liberals signed a contract with Wylie in 2016 and he launched a pilot project, the source confirmed. The source would not provide further details on the nature of the contract or its duration, saying only that Wylie’s services were focused on “information management.”After seeing what Wylie had to offer, the party chose not to proceed further with the project, said the source, who added that it’s not uncommon for political parties to try out the services of contractors for brief periods of time.The contract was awarded in accordance with all the procurement rules, and at no time did Wylie have access to anyone’s personal data, the source added.Earlier this week, The Canadian Press spoke with an acquaintance of Wylie’s who described having drinks with the data expert in Ottawa in November 2015, a few weeks after the federal election.However, Liberal party spokesman Braeden Caley said in an email that the party did not contract Wylie to do any work after staffers met with him in January 2016.The acquaintance said Wylie talked about his plans to shop his Facebook data-mining techniques in the national capital, including with the Liberals, and also in Washington with the Republican party.Wylie described using a Facebook survey as an entry point to collect user data, and the pair discussed the ethical concerns surrounding the method, said the acquaintance.When asked about the party’s interactions with the data expert, a spokeswoman for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau confirmed that a meeting took place between Wylie and the Liberal caucus research bureau in January 2016.“Mr. Wylie did some preliminary work for the Liberal caucus research bureau but ultimately it was decided not to move forward with his services,” Chantal Gagnon said in a brief email.By 2009, during Wylie’s stint working for the Liberal leader’s office, he had already begun to develop strategies on how politicians could capitalize on information collected through social media, another former Liberal insider said earlier this week.At that time, Wylie was pushing a fledgling form of the data-harvesting technique, but the idea was considered too invasive and raised concerns with the Liberals, who decided they didn’t want anything to do with it and chose not to renew his contract, said the insider, who also discussed the matter only on condition of anonymity.Wylie has not responded to interview requests by The Canadian Press.The federal privacy commissioner has formally launched an investigation to determine whether any personal information of Canadians was affected by the alleged unauthorized access to Facebook user profiles.Meanwhile, the Trudeau government is asking the Communications Security Establishment and the Canadian Security Intelligence Service to take a closer look at the situation to better ensure the privacy rights of Canadians are protected.Scott Brison, the acting minister for democratic institutions, said Tuesday he’d be open to strengthening federal privacy laws even further to better protect those who share their information online.Facebook has denied the data collection was a breach because people knowingly provided their information. The company has said a University of Cambridge psychology professor accessed the information after he requested it from users who gave their consent when they chose to sign up for his test via a Facebook app.Newspaper reports have said Facebook first learned of the data leak more than two years ago, but didn’t disclose it until now.Cambridge Analytica has “strongly denied” the allegations that it had improperly obtained Facebook data.The company has also insisted Wylie was a contractor, not a founder, as he has claimed. Wylie, a 28-year-old from British Columbia, left the firm in 2014.Trump’s campaign has denied using the Cambridge Analytica’s data, saying it relied on the Republican National Committee for its information.Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitter— with files from Associated Press read more