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Mexican drug trade reporter Javier Valdez killed

Award-winning Mexican journalist Javier Valdez has been shot dead in the north-western state of Sinaloa.
He was killed when unidentified attackers opened fire on his car in the city of Culiacan where Valdez was working, the RioDoce website reports.
Valdez, 50, received the International Press Freedom Award by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) in 2011 for his coverage of drug trafficking.
He is the fifth journalist to be killed in Mexico this year.
Speaking at a launch of his book last year, he said: "Being a journalist is like being on a blacklist."
"Even though you may have bullet-proofing and bodyguards, [the gangs] will decide what day they are going to kill you."
During his career spanning nearly three decades, Valdez wrote extensively on drug-trafficking and organised crime in Mexico, including the powerful Sinaloa drug cartel.
The cartel is believed to be responsible for an estimated 25% of all illegal drugs that enter the US via Mexico.
Its founder …

Vodafone To Headline Asantehene’s Golf Tournament

The Senior Management Team of Vodafone Ghana, led by its Chief Executive Officer, Yolanda Cuba has paid a courtesy call on the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II at the Manhyia Palace in Kumasi.

The engagement was to officially inform the King about the company’s headline sponsorship of the upcoming Asantehene Golf Tournament and to present a cheque of GHS200, 000 to His Majesty.

During the interaction, Ms. Cuba commended the Asantehene for his exemplary leadership in the development of education and sports in the region whilst emphasising the company’s commitment to the advancement and progress of the Ashanti region. “As a company, we constantly seek to develop and nurture fruitful relationships. Our association with this tournament is intended to generate an enhanced brand experience for our customers and build lasting business relationships as we interact in an informal setting.”

Commenting on the visit, Akonferehene Oheneba Akwasi Abayie, who spoke on behalf of the Asant…

Malala Yousafzai receives Ellis Island International Medal of Honor

This year, the prestigious  Ellis Island Medals of Honor was presented to 90 Americans, including Malala Yousafzai, the famous Pakistani teenager who won the Nobel Peace Prize after being shot in her native country while fighting for a girl’s right to an education. 
National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations bestow the medals on Americans “who have distinguished themselves within their own ethnic groups.”

Other recipients in the 2017 ceremony include Chobani founder Hamdi Ulukaya, PepsiCo chairman and CEO Indra Nooyi, journalist Fareed Zakaria, and former astronaut Buzz Aldrin.

Former CEO of Paramount Pictures, Brad Grey dies of cancer at the age of 59

Brad Grey the former CEO of Paramount pictures has died at the age of 59. His death, from cancer, comes months after his exit as CEO of Paramount Pictures, a job he held for 12 years. Brad died on Sunday, May 14, 2017 in Holmby Hills, California with friends and family at his side. 
Grey is survived by his wife, Cassandra Grey, their son Jules, his three grown children Sam, Max and Emily from his marriage to Jill (nee Gutterson) Grey, his mother Barbara Schumsky, his brother Michael Grey and his sister Robin Grey.

His family announced that there will be a small private funeral service later this week. A memorial service will be scheduled in the coming weeks