Police Rescue 23 Migrants Kidnapped in Mexico

first_img Among them, there are 15 from Guatemala and 12 from Honduras, said the Comitán Police (state of Chiapas) in a report, and added that traffickers apparently abandoned the migrants because one of the vehicles transporting the victims broke down. In total 23 people from El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, and Mexico were rescued from a house in the Mexican city of Nuevo Laredo (north), where they were held as hostages by smugglers, the Prosecution reported. The institution said that due to an anonymous call, on July 31 state agents were able to find the house where the 23 people were held, including four women, according to a prosecution official from Tamaulipas, Nuevo Laredo state, on the border with the United States. The victims stated that they were held hostage for several days in that house, waiting for their families to pay a ransom, so that they could be transported to the United States and released in North American territory. About 140,000 foreigners cross the Mexican border illegally every year, in an effort to arrive in the United States, and many of them are victims of theft, extortion, kidnapping and murder.center_img In addition, the police said that other traffickers in two trucks in the municipality of Comitán, southeast of the country, abandoned a group of 27 Guatemalan and Honduran migrants. By Dialogo August 02, 2013 The agents arrested two of the men holding the migrants captive. last_img read more

Dodgers have questions, no manager as GM Meetings begin

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Regardless, the Dodgers want him to shed pounds from his listed weight of 255. “He has continued to get bigger and stronger each year,” Friedman said. “It may not be the optimal size for him to play 150-plus games.”Puig played 148 games in 2014 and only 79 games this year.Pederson was a model of good health. Only one Dodger (Adrian Gonzalez) had more plate appearances than Pederson’s 585. But he failed to adjust once the league figured out how to exploit his long swing. In his first 220 plate appearances, Pederson had a .267 batting average and 17 home runs. In his final 365, he batted .177 with nine home runs.“Both those guys (Pederson and Puig), you’re not asking them to change and become someone they’re not,” Friedman said. “It’s just getting back to what they were.”Grandal, 27, recently had surgery on his left shoulder and is expected to recover in time for spring training. After a strong start to the season, his offense faded along with his shoulder in August and September. He and backup A.J. Ellis finished with nearly identical batting lines (.238/.355/.403 for Ellis, .234/.353/.403 for Grandal). “Those are three big wild cards heading into the 2016 season,” Friedman said of Puig, Pederson and Grandal. “Being around them for a year, seeing their work ethic and what they put into it gives me optimism they will be contributors next year.”Will Pederson and Grandal be starters next year?“I don’t know yet,” Friedman said. “I expect both of them will be one of 13 in the position player group. I don’t know yet.”AlsoGreinke, Kendrick and Anderson all received qualifying offers last Friday — a standard one-year, $15.8 million contract for 2016. Friedman said he hadn’t heard back from any of them as of Monday afternoon. The deadline to respond is Friday. … Friedman said no coaches are under contract for 2016. … The Dodgers are “reaching out and having conversations” with candidates to replace Stan Conte, Friedman said. The Dodgers’ medical director and head athletic trainer resigned after the season. … Pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu, who missed all of 2015 following shoulder labrum surgery, remains on track to begin next season healthy, Friedman said. “We’ll be looking for a manager who can adapt to different personnel,” he said, “and someone who can appreciate the strengths of the guys on our roster at any given time and put them in the best position to succeed.”According to a source, Friedman will interview Chicago Cubs bench coach Dave Martinez during the meetings in Boca Raton, Fla., bringing the list of known candidates to nine.So, what about those guys on the roster?Friedman said he is counting on bounceback seasons from catcher Yasmani Grandal, center fielder Joc Pederson and right fielder Yasiel Puig, all of whom struggled for various reasons in 2015.Puig, who turns 25 in December, spent more time nursing injuries to his hamstrings than he did on the field. He finished the season with a .255/.322/.436 slash line, along with 11 home runs and 38 RBIs. How much his timing at the plate was disrupted by two lengthy trips to the disabled list is debatable.center_img In one sense, Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman entered the annual GM Meetings on Monday in a similar position as his peers. Acquiring pitching, particularly starting pitching, is his top priority. Friedman said Monday he likes his depth at Triple-A, but he might need to replace two-fifths of his rotation by the end of the week. Second base is the only other question mark on the field.In another sense, the Dodgers’ situation is unique. They’re the only major league team with no manager. With 36 players currently signed to the 40-man roster — no Zack Greinke, no Howie Kendrick, no Brett Anderson — the final product could look very different in 2016.For that reason, Friedman said, the new manager will need to be flexible.last_img read more