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U.S. lawmakers seek answers from GM on Mexican labor dispute

U.S. lawmakers seek answers from GM on Mexican labor dispute© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: The new GM logo is seen on the facade of the General Motors headquarters in Detroit, Michigan, U.S., March 16, 2021. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

(Reuters) -Three senior U.S. lawmakers on Tuesday asked General Motors Co (NYSE:) to answer questions about reported labor rights violations at its Silao plant in Mexico, after the automaker’s union there was accused of tampering with a worker vote.

House Democrats Dan Kildee, Bill Pascrell and Earl Blumenauer said in a letter to GM Chief Executive Mary Barra that the largest U.S. automaker “has a responsibility to speak out against violations of labor and human rights abuses at the Silao GM plant.”

The lawmakers also said the company should ensure that its workers in Mexico do not experience threats or retaliation for speaking out.

GM did not immediately comment.

Mexico’s labor ministry has said that some ballots were destroyed during a union-led April vote for workers to ratify their collective contract.

The vote is required under a Mexican labor reform to ensure workers are not bound to so-called “protection contracts.” The reform underpins promises in the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement free trade pact to uphold worker rights.

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Mexican court strikes down Bayer's legal challenge over glyphosate ban

Mexican court strikes down Bayer's legal challenge over glyphosate ban© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: The logo of Bayer AG is pictured at the facade of the historic headquarters of the German pharmaceutical and chemical maker in Leverkusen, Germany, April 27, 2020. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – A Mexican court has reversed a temporary reprieve German firm Bayer (OTC:) received in its legal challenge to a government plan to prohibit glyphosate, Mexico’s environment ministry said on Friday.

Mexico’s plan to phase out weed-killer glyphosate amid concerns the pesticide causes cancer has seen it clash with Bayer and the U.S. government, which is opposing the ban.

Bayer, the German pharmaceutical and crop science company that acquired Monsanto (NYSE:) in 2018, is one of the world’s leading makers of glyphosate as part of its Roundup brand weed-killer.

Last month, a Mexican court gave Bayer a temporary relief from a looming ban on the widely used herbicide.

Mexico’s Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources on Friday in a statement said the Collegiate Court, in a decision dated May 3, had “revoked” the provisional suspension.

Bayer did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador issued a decree late last year that seeks to ban the herbicide completely by 2024, joining several other governments that have sought to restrict its use, including Germany. He has described the chemical as toxic.

Bayer has defended the safety record of glyphosate.

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High school basketball coach killed in wild shootout after attempting to rob Mexican drug cartel in North Carolina

A community in North Carolina are mourning the death of a high school basketball coach and Spanish teacher who was killed in a gruesome shootout with a Mexican cartel.

Barney Harris, who worked at the Union Academy in Monroe, was shot dead while attempting to steal narcotics and money from the gang’s stash house, according to officials.

Leading a double life, Harris formed part of a rival criminal organization whose main purpose was robbing the Sinaloa New Generation Cartel. 

On April 8, as part of a “team of people”, Harris sneaked into a trailer park to relieve a stash house used by the cartel of its prized possessions.
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Entering first, Harris allegedly captured Alonso Beltran Lara – a cartel member – who was consequently tied up then shot in the head twice in a gangland execution.

At one stage of the raid, another Cartel member entered the scene and an “old western shootout” gun battle broke out, according to Alamance County Sheriff Terry Johnson.

“What was found was over 30-some shell casings in the trailer and outside the trailer, and three other mobile homes, in that particular park, with bullet holes in them,” explained Johnson of his discoveries upon arrival at the site.

Cops also found Harris shot to death wearing a mask and bulletproof vest, which was unfortunately little help against the might of the cartel’s high-powered weapons.

Investigators subsequently discovered five firearms, $ 7,000 in cash and over a kilo of a substance believed to be cocaine, while there are also fears of an even more violent retaliation from the cartel.

“When we are dealing with the Mexican drug cartel, somebody is probably gonna die as a result of this,” Johnson explained.

“The Mexican cartels, they don’t forget. They’re gonna pay somebody back somewhere, and that concerns me.”

Meanwhile, the Monroe community is reeling from the loss of a dear “father, husband, teacher and coach”.

“My heart is broken, my heart is broken,” said Harris’ wife. “I’ve been with my husband 21 years.”

“He did everything God wanted him to, and God wanted him back home. My heart is pure with that. It’s broken, but it’s pure with that,” she added.
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“I’ve never seen my dad down, I’ve never seen my dad cry,” his son – one of three children – said while revealing that Harris lived by a motto of “All Love, No Fear.”

“My dad gave everything 100%.”

A parent from his school stated: “We absolutely love the family.”

“My husband went to college with Coach Harris. He coached my nephew. It’s been a difficult time, he will be greatly missed.”

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Star investors: Football ace Mesut Ozil joins actress Eva Longoria and model Kate Upton in stake bid for Mexican Liga club Necaxa

A group of investors including former Germany and current Turkish Super Liga star Mesut Ozil, Hollywood star Eva Longoria and top model Kate Upton are reportedly planning a bid to take a 50 percent stake in Liga MX club Necaxa.

An improbable group including the 2013 World Cup winner, Desperate Housewives star Longoria, model Kate Upton and her MLB star husband Justin Verlander are planning the takeover.

The consortium is also said to have links to the same group that recently invested in Championship side Swansea, with one Twitter user remarking that if successful, the developments “would make for an interesting boardroom”.

But others were less enthusiastic, especially those loyal to Ozil’s former club Arsenal. 

“Of course, with all the money he stole from Arsenal,” remarked one punter, nodding to the astronomical reported $ 480,000 per week wages Ozil received to sit on the bench as he was kept out of Mikel Arteta’s plans before a move to Fenerbahce in the January transfer window.

The 32-year-old receives a relatively meager $ 3.6 million per year in Turkey, and often found himself at loggerheads in the press with Gunners supporter Piers Morgan towards the end of an eight year stint in North London.

“You don’t have to give us Ozil updates. He’s dead to us,” said one follower of an Arsenal page.

“He’s used to [only] giving 50 per cent,” came a far less toxic wisecrack. 

But not everyone appreciated the pile-on.

“Why are you sharing this? For fans [to] criticize him again??,” one asked.

“Just f***ing leave Mesut Ozil alone. He left Arsenal and we’re still bad. It’s his f***ing money, he does what he wants with [it].”

“Don’t care what some of you idiots say,” remarked a similar-minded protector of the midfielder’s legacy. “Ozil is a legend here and will always remain relevant [at] Arsenal”
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Comeback of the Year? Mexican boxer Angel Fierro survives two knockdowns before producing brutal knockout to win title (VIDEO)

Twice recovering from being decked to the canvas by his Puerto Rican foe Alberto Machado, Mexican fighter Angel Fierro produced a Knockout of the Year candidate with a left hook that thrilled fans watching live on US television.

A Mexico vs Puerto Rico boxing clash once again delivered on Thursday night, as fierce underdog Fierro rose from Machado’s two knockdowns to deliver a devastating finish at the Albergue Olimpico in Salinas.

Fighting in his opponent’s backyard on the Caribbean isle, late replacement Fierro was dropped in the first and second rounds before rallying to take home the vacant WBO NABO Lightweight crown via the stunning shot in the sixth.

“Got to put the Mexicans down,” quipped one viewer on Twitter, analyzing Machado’s failure to complete the job. “It ain’t never over.”

Another fan warned: “[Don’t] make light of a last-minute replacement opponent fighter out of Tijuana ever again. Comeback of the Year 2021?”

Speaking post-fight, Fierro said: “[Machado] dropped me twice but I was able to come back.

“I’m just ecstatic that I was able to face a fighter of his quality and come out victorious.

“When I went back to my corner, I told them to remind me of my daughter because with this fight, I could change her life.

“That’s exactly what they did after the third round; they told me I could change her life with a win tonight.

“They motivated me. I didn’t come here to be a tourist in Puerto Rico; I came to win.”

Fierro’s demolition of former WBA 130lb-titlist Machado is the second stunning come-from-behind KO for new promotion Ring City USA, which as of this month provides a Thursday Night Boxing programme for NBCSN.

At the beginning of March, fans were left speechless by a similarly thunderous showstopper from Brandon Adams that analyst Brian Campbell dubbed “the left hook from hell”, with organisers hailing the fact that both their main events thus far have seen victory snatched from the jaws of defeat.

Like Fierro – now 18-1-1 – Adams was down on all three scorecards to Serhii Bohachuk before wresting away his WBC Continental Americas Super Welterweight title and improving to 22-3.
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Ricardo González Gutiérrez, the famous Mexican clown Cepillín, dies at 75

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Ricardo González Gutiérrez, the singer and actor who was best known for his television performances as the beloved Mexican clown named Cepillín, has died at age 75, ABC News reports.
Gutiérrez, who starred in multiple TV shows in Mexico, passed away Monday morning at a hospital in Naucalpan, his son confirmed to Spanish-speaking news outlets.
According to the Houston Chronicle, Gutiérrez had been hospitalized in late February after injuring his back and had been dealing with several health complications including spinal surgery, cancer, heart trouble and pneumonia.
He was a dentist by trade and would paint himself in clown makeup so kids wouldn’t fear him – a routine that ultimately launched his performance career, according to MSN Entertainment.
As ABC News notes, several of Gutiérrez’s children’s songs became famous in Mexico, including “La Feria de Cepillín” and “Tomás.” The Chronicle says he recorded more than two dozen children’s albums.
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