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A Mexican reporter who has been a target of death threats, sabotage and police harassment because of her work uncovering prostitution and child pornography networks was today designated the laureate of a press freedom prize by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, will award the Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize to Lydia Cacho Ribeiro in a ceremony to be held on World Press Freedom Day, 3 May, in Maputo, Mozambique. A freelance reporter based in Cancun, Mexico Ms. Cacho is a contributor to the daily newspaper La Voz del Caribe, frequently covering organized crime and corruption. In 2006, she reported on the violent death of hundreds of young women in the northern Mexican city of Ciudad Juárez. The jury of 14 professional journalists and editors from all over the world was impressed by Ms. Cacho’s courage and persistence, according to Joe Thloloe, jury president and Press Ombudsman of the Press Council of South Africa. “For me, a journalist who knows the antagonistic environment in which he or she operates and continues to do the right thing by keeping readers, listeners or viewers informed about their society deserves recognition for their contribution to freedom of expression around the world,” Mr. Thloloe said. “Lydia Cacho is such a laureate.” The $25,000 prize, financed by the Cano and Ottaway family foundations, is named after Guillermo Cano, the Colombian newspaper publisher assassinated in 1987 for denouncing the activities of powerful drug barons in his country. The prize has previously been received by the following laureates: Anna Politkovskaya (Russian Federation, 2007), May Chidiac (Lebanon, 2006), Cheng Yizhong, (China, 2005), Raúl Rivero (Cuba, 2004), Amira Hass (Israel, 2003), Geoffrey Nyarota (Zimbabwe, 2002), U Win Tin (Myanmar, 2001), Nizar Nayyouf (Syria, 2000), Jesus Blancornelas (Mexico, 1999), Christina Anyanwu (Nigeria, 1998), and Gao Yu (China, 1997). 9 April 2008A Mexican reporter who has been a target of death threats, sabotage and police harassment because of her work uncovering prostitution and child pornography networks was today designated the laureate of a press freedom prize by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). read more

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Markets Right Now: Broad rally takes stocks to new record by The Associated Press Posted Feb 10, 2017 7:44 am MDT Last Updated Feb 10, 2017 at 3:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – The latest on developments in financial markets (All times local):4:05 p.m.Stock indexes closed at record highs for a second day running, in a broad-based rally led by miners and other raw materials companies.Gold and copper miner Freeport McMoRan rose 2.7 per cent, lifted by soaring copper prices.Oil companies also rose with crude prices. Newfield Exploration rose 2.1 per cent and Exxon Mobil gained nearly 1 per cent.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 8 points, or 0.4 per cent, to 2,316.The Dow Jones industrial average gained 97 points, or 0.5 per cent, to 20,269. The Nasdaq composite rose 19 points, or 0.3 per cent, to 5,734.Small-company stocks did better than larger ones. The Russell 200 index jumped 10 points, or 0.8 per cent, to 1,388, also a record high.____11:45 a.m.Stock indexes are trading at record highs as investors weighed earnings news and the sale of infant formula maker Mead Johnson.Oil companies led the gainers as the price of crude oil headed higher. Newfield Exploration rose 2.8 per cent and Exxon Mobil gained 1 per cent.Enfamil maker Mead Johnson rose 5.1 per cent after it agreed to be acquired by Britain’s Reckitt Benckiser for $16.6 billion, or $90 a share.Skechers jumped 20 per cent after the shoe company’s sales beat analysts’ forecasts.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 6 points, or 0.3 per cent, to 2,314.The Dow Jones industrial average gained 68 points, or 0.3 per cent, to 20,240. The Nasdaq composite rose 15 points, or 0.3 per cent, to 5,730.____9:35 a.m.Stocks are opening higher on Wall Street as investors found bright spots in the latest company earnings. Major indexes hit record highs a day ago.Energy companies rose with the price of oil Friday morning.Infant formula maker Mead Johnson rose 4.7 per cent after it agreed to be acquired by Britain’s Reckitt Benckiser for $16.6 billion, or $90 a share.Skechers jumped 18 per cent and Activision Blizzard climbed 14 per cent after they reported results that beat analysts’ forecasts.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 5 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 2,312.The Dow Jones industrial average gained 51 points, or 0.3 per cent, to 20,223. The Nasdaq composite rose 14 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 5,728. read more

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