Guatemalan bus drivers paid 1.5 million dollars in extortion money to organized crime rings in 2010, according to a police report out. Over the course of 2010 police arrested more than 500 criminals and charged them with trying to extort money from business owners and workers. Some of those charged were members of the notorious Mara 18 street gang, according to Donald Gonzalez, a spokesman with the national civil police. Public transport workers appear to be at particular risk. Human rights groups said that between January and November, 119 drivers and 51 transport aides were shot dead. About 100 small business owners were also killed by the gangs, which threaten to harm the businessmen or their workers if bribes are not paid. By Dialogo January 05, 2011
Tiger Woods’ US team dominated yesterday’s singles as they beat the International team 16-14 in Melbourne to win an eighth successive Presidents Cup.The visitors had trailed 10-8 going into the final day, but Woods led by example as he beat Abraham Ancer 3&2 in the first match.Patrick Reed, whose caddie was banned after “shoving” a spectator on Saturday, beat Taiwan’s CT Pan 4&2. The US won eight of the 12 points with Matt Kuchar sealing victory.“We did it together,” said Woods, who recorded a 27th win in the tournament, beating Phil Mickelson’s record of 26. “We came here as a team. My team-mates and my boys all played well, the captains did an amazing job.“It’s been one of the more amazing challenges but all the guys believed in one another and relied on one another.”It is the US’ 11th win in the 13th edition of the biennial tournament, with one draw.“We were right there to the end, just a couple of matches didn’t quite go our way,” said International captain Ernie Els.“We’re getting closer. We’ve just got to keep it up.”Reed, who lost his previous three matches at the tournament, was heckled throughout the competition after he was penalised for improving the lie of his ball at last week’s Hero World Challenge in The Bahamas.He was criticised by members of Els’ team including Australian Cameron Smith, who said he “doesn’t have any sympathy for anyone that cheats”.Then came the incident with his caddie Kessler Karain, who was thrown out of the tournament by the PGA Tour after reacting aggressively towards a spectator who had verbally abused Reed. Swing coach Kevin Kirk stepped in to caddie on Sunday.“You make birdies, you don’t hear much,” said Reed, who was 6UP after seven holes. “Early on this week, we didn’t get up in our matches.“If you get up in your match, the crowd will be pretty quiet. I was able to do that and silence a couple.“The past couple days were tough, and today still wasn’t easy.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
The new manager of Chinese Super League side Tianjin TEDA, Uli Steilek, has fired a warming to the club’s players including Super Eagles captain John Mikel Obi.Steilek has told the players to step up their game or face the exit as he tries to guide the club towards safety in the Chinese Super League (CSL).Their last match ended in an humiliating 5-1 home defeat to Odion Ighalo’s Changchun Yatai meaning they are winless in 12 CSL games winning just three games in 24 games this season with seven draws and 14 loses.Speaking in a chat with sports sina, Uli Steilek said:“I came to this club, as a coach I fully accept all the conditions and difficulties of the club.”“But as for the fallen players who failed to rise to the challenge, I insist if they do not stand up and fight, they will be eliminated from the club, so they have to be ready and be strong.” he added.Tianjin TEDA are currently occupying the 15th place in the 16-team CSL table after 25 games and are in danger of getting relegated at the end of the season.In a related development, Super Eagles captain John Mike Obi is already fed up of life in China and is considering making a move back to Europe according to a reliable source close to the former Chelsea star.RelatedEagles Captain Mikel Shuts Down Everton RumoursDecember 19, 2017In “England”Mikel Obi Celebrates First League WinMarch 19, 2018In “National Team”Stoke City vs Arsenal FCJune 30, 2017Similar post
According to a report by Sohu Sports, Tencent has made an undisclosed investment in Versus Programming Network (VSPN).The report claims the two companies have signed a strategic partnership to further lay the groundwork for the Chinese esports ecosystem. VSPN will also develop its integrated services which include competition, production and brokering deals with on-screen talent.VSPN have organised a number competitive events for Tencent owned developers or games published by Tencent in China, Including PUBG, Clash Royale, League of Legends, CrossFire, FIFA Online 3 and Honor of Kings. VSPN claimed this latest deal will see them able to reach 280m people with its tournaments.KPL recently adopted a franchised model for the popular mobile title Honor of Kings, which is owned by Tencent, with the tournament run by VSPN. The KPL comprises of city-based teams, with twelve teams in the spring split. The league is currently split into two divisions, eastern and western, based in the cities of Shanghai and Chengdu respectively.The LPL (League of Legends Pro League) which is also owned by Tencent who have total ownership of Riot Games, developer of League of Legends. The LPL is organised by VSPN much like the KPL which is why the investment from Tencent makes so much sense.This news follows on from another busy month for Tencent, with their huge investment into Fortnite, with the company already owning a 40% stake in Fortnite developer Epic Games.Esports Insider says: Tencent is an unstoppable force in gaming and esports, with stakes in some of the worlds biggest esports, plus a near monopoly on one of the worlds biggest game playing countries, China. Tencent is clearly showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon with more developers joining the social media giants growing portfolio by the month.