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About James
James Blears is a BBC trained broadcast journalist with more than 30 years experience.  He's lived and worked in Mexico for more than 20 years.  During that time he's covered many major stories and built up an extensive network of contacts.  James is adept at radio, televison and print  journalism.  He covers the Region's news on a daily basis regularly doing SKYPE and live televison interviews. James is also an experienced fixer for news and sports networks. 
As well as his news work, James is an experienced sports reporter, particularly boxing.  He's been involved in boxing his whole life.  James is currently the English language web page Editor for the World Boxing Council, and one of the orginal Correspondents for BoxingScene.com.  He's a regular contributor to boxing radio and televison programs all around the World.
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Vice President of Argentina Found Guilty of Fraud

04 Apr 2024  |  vaticannews.va
Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, former President of Argentina, has been convicted of fraud related to embezzling money from public works during her presidency from 2007 to 2015. She was acquitted of leading a criminal organization. Lazaro Baez, a close associate, received a six-year jail sentence. Fernandez denies the charges, claiming political motivation and judicial bias. Current President Alberto Fernandez supports her innocence, while her supporters plan a nationwide strike. After surviving an assassination attempt, Fernandez intends to retire from politics after her vice-presidential term ends in December next year.

UN: Crisis in Haiti worsens daily

22 Mar 2024  |  www.vaticannews.va
More than 1,500 people have been killed in Haiti this year due to escalating violence and chaos, with street gangs forming alliances to attack key infrastructure and control over 80% of the capital, Port Au Prince. The UN's Human Rights Division describes the situation as 'cataclysmic,' citing corruption, impunity, and poor governance as contributing factors. Prime Minister Ariel Henry, unable to return to Haiti after seeking international intervention, has stated he will step down once a Transitional Council is established, a goal yet to be achieved.

Venezuela: 23 miners die in a mine collapse

20 Feb 2024  |  www.vaticannews.va
A mine collapse in Venezuela's Bolivar State near Angostura resulted in the deaths of 23 miners, with local authorities estimating that up to 200 people were working at the site during the incident. The collapse, captured on video, showed a massive wall of earth crumbling onto workers. State Governor Angel Marcano confirmed the recovery of 14 bodies, while Angostura's Mayor Yorgi Arciniega indicated that 30 coffins are being prepared. The mine was operating illegally, highlighting the perilous conditions and significant risks associated with such mining activities. An investigation is underway as relatives of the victims call for more rescue resources.

Day of Reckoning features six WBC Top 15 heavyweights

23 Dec 2023  |  britishboxingnews.co.uk
A major boxing event titled 'Day of Reckoning' will take place at Riyadh's Kingdom Arena in Saudi Arabia on December 23rd, featuring six WBC Top 15 heavyweights. Organized as part of the Riyadh Season Four, the event is led by notable fighters including Deontay Wilder, Joseph Parker, Anthony Joshua, and Otto Wallin. His Excellency Turki Alalshikh, Chairman of the General Entertainment Authority, is praised for his role in organizing the event, which aims to position Saudi Arabia as a new hub for boxing. The event also includes other significant matches and is seen as a continuation of historic boxing tournaments.

Junior Ilunga Makabu vs Noel Gevor Mikaelyan fight preview, betting odds and predictions

04 Nov 2023  |  britishboxingnews.co.uk
Junior Ilunga Makabu, a former WBC cruiserweight champion, faces mandatory challenger Noel Gevor Mikaelian in a crucial fight for the WBC cruiserweight title at Casino Miami. Promoted by Don King, the event highlights Makabu's journey of highs and lows, including his past defeats and comebacks. Mikaelian, an Armenian-German boxer, is poised to leverage his height and reach advantages against Makabu's powerful punches. The article provides a detailed preview of both fighters' backgrounds, records, and the stakes involved in this high-profile match.

Argentina set for presidential run

23 Oct 2023  |  www.vaticannews.va
In Argentina's pre-presidential election, despite leading in opinion polls, right-wing candidate Javier Milei was surpassed by Sergio Massa, the Minister of the Economy, who received 36.7% of the vote to Milei's 30%, with Patricia Bullrich in third at 23.8%. Massa, despite the country's 140% inflation rate, has promised that the worst is over and advocates for a government of national unity, while Milei suggests a radical economic overhaul including dollarization and reduced bureaucracy. With a 74% turnout, no candidate achieved the 45% needed to win, indicating a run-off. The election also included votes for new legislative members, with the eventual winner facing the challenge of improving living standards as 40% of Argentinians live below the poverty line.

O’Shaquie Foster vs Eduardo Hernandez fight preview

20 Oct 2023  |  britishboxingnews.co.uk
WBC super featherweight champion O’Shaquie Foster is set to defend his title against Eduardo Hernandez at the Benito Juarez Sports Center Cancun. The fight is characterized as a classic craftsman versus demolition man matchup. Foster, known for his precision and defensive skills, faces Hernandez, a power puncher with a high knockout ratio. The article recounts both fighters' careers, notable victories, and past defeats. Cancun's boxing history and the event's promotional support from Matchroom Boxing and other promoters are also highlighted.

Panya Pradabsri vs Yudai Shigeoka fight preview, betting odds, predictions

07 Oct 2023  |  britishboxingnews.co.uk
World Boxing Council Strawweight champion Panya Pradabsri from Thailand will defend his title against Japan’s Yudai Shigeoka on October 7th in Tokyo. The fight, originally scheduled for April 16th, was postponed due to Pradabsri's illness. Pradabsri, with a record of 40-1, is a seasoned champion with a background in Muay Thai, while Shigeoka, with a 7-0 record, is a fast-rising talent with an extensive amateur career. The match promises to be a thrilling contest between Pradabsri's experience and Shigeoka's youthful prowess. The article also reflects on the history and significance of the strawweight division, mentioning legendary fighters like Ricardo Lopez and Jimmy Wilde.

Mexico to host summit to address migration crisis

01 Oct 2023  |  www.vaticannews.va
Mexico's President, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, has announced a Migration Summit in Palenque City, Chiapas, with leaders from Cuba, Honduras, Venezuela, Ecuador, Guatemala, and Haiti. The summit aims to address the root causes of migration, focusing on economic issues and organized crime. Thousands of migrants face perilous journeys through Mexico, often falling victim to drug cartels involved in human trafficking. The ultimate goal for many migrants is to reach the United States, which continues to strengthen its borders against undocumented individuals.

Ecuadorians elect new president

01 Oct 2023  |  www.vaticannews.va
Daniel Noboa of the National Democratic Action Party won the Ecuadorian presidential election with just over fifty-two percent of the vote, defeating Luisa Gonzalez of the Citizen Revolution Movement. Noboa, who will be sworn in on November 25th, will serve a seventeen-month term until November 2025. The election was triggered by the dissolution of the National Assembly by current President Guillermo Lasso. The campaign was marred by the assassination of anti-corruption candidate Fernando Villavicencio. Noboa promises to address violent crime and launch a job creation program.

Kenshiro Teraji vs Hekkie Budler fight preview, predictions and betting odds

18 Sep 2023  |  britishboxingnews.co.uk
Kenshiro Teraji, the WBC and WBA light flyweight champion from Japan, is set to defend his titles against South African contender Hekkie Budler on September 18th, 2023, at the Ariake Arena in Tokyo. Teraji, known for his speed and precision, has a record of 21-1, while Budler, a seasoned fighter with a record of 35-4, is recognized for his experience and strategy. The fight is highly anticipated, with both fighters expressing respect for each other's abilities. The event will be broadcast on ESPN+ and Amazon Prime Japan.

Ecuadorian presidential candidate assassinated in Quito

10 Aug 2023  |  www.vaticannews.va
Fernando Villavicencio, a presidential candidate for the Build Ecuador Party, was assassinated in Quito following a campaign rally. The attack, which also resulted in the death of the assassin, has been condemned by outgoing President Guillermo Lasso, who attributed the killing to organized crime. Villavicencio, a former journalist and union member, had been a vocal critic of corruption and had received death threats. The assassination has shocked Ecuador and cast a shadow over the upcoming elections, prompting an ongoing investigation.

Investigation into Honduras riot reveals security breakdown

01 Jun 2023  |  www.vaticannews.va
The investigation into the Honduras prison riot reveals a severe security breakdown, with authorities failing to act on known threats from the Barrio 18 gang. President Xiomara Castro described the events as monstrous and confirmed collusion among some guards. The investigation found that weapons were smuggled into the prison, and security cameras were disabled before the attack. President Castro has fired the security minister and appointed a new head of police, emphasizing the need for comprehensive reform of the penal system.

Julio Cesar Martinez vs Ronal Batista fight preview

04 May 2023  |  britishboxingnews.co.uk
Julio Cesar Martinez is set to defend his WBC flyweight title against Ronal Batista on May 6th, in conjunction with Saul Canelo Alvarez's fight against John Ryder. Martinez's original rematch with McWilliams Arroyo was canceled due to Arroyo's injury. Martinez, with a record of 19-2 and known for his power, faces Batista, who has a record of 15-2 and is stepping up in class. The article details both fighters' backgrounds, styles, and previous fights, highlighting Martinez's experience and Batista's challenge in facing such a formidable opponent.

Ecuador's President dissolves National Assembly

01 May 2023  |  www.vaticannews.va
President Guillermo Lasso of Ecuador dissolved the National Assembly amid accusations of embezzlement and an impending impeachment vote. Lasso claims the dissolution is necessary to counter a politically motivated campaign and has scheduled new elections for August. The Constitutional Court rejected the opposition's challenge to Lasso's actions, stating it lacks jurisdiction to define a political crisis. The political conflict continues to strain Ecuador's economic and political stability.

The people of Paraguay vote for President

30 Apr 2023  |  vaticannews.va
Paraguay is conducting its eighth presidential election since the 1989 coup that ended Alfredo Strossner's dictatorship. The Colorado Party, in power since 1947 with the exception of a few interruptions, has Santiago Pena as its candidate. Efrain Alegre of the Liberal Party, backed by the Pact for a New Paraguay Coalition, is also running. Both candidates pledge to address corruption and poverty without raising taxes, but differ on foreign policy regarding Taiwan and China. The election will be decided in a single round, with simultaneous congressional elections taking place.

Alen Babic vs Lucasz Rozanski WBC World Bridgerweight title fight preview

18 Apr 2023  |  britishboxingnews.co.uk
Alen Babic and Lucasz Rozanski will compete for the vacant WBC Bridgerweight Title in Rzeszow, Poland, with the fight broadcast live on Sky Sports. The title was vacated by Oscar Rivas due to an eye injury. Both Babic and Rozanski have similar physical stats, undefeated records, and high knockout ratios, promising an explosive bout. The fight is significant as it's only the second WBC World Bridgerweight title fight and adds to the short list of WBC world title fights held in Poland.

WBC Special Preview: Kenshiro Teraji vs Anthony Olascuaga

08 Apr 2023  |  britishboxingnews.co.uk
Kenshiro Teraji, the WBC light flyweight champion, faces a last-minute change in opponent, now defending his title against Anthony Olascuaga at the Ariake Arena in Tokyo. Originally set to fight WBO Champion Jonathan Gonzalez, the bout was altered due to Gonzalez contracting viral pneumonia. Olascuaga, a stylistic and punch-picking fighter, steps in as a replacement, presenting a different challenge for Kenshiro, who has a record of 20-1 with 12 KOs. Despite his inexperience, Olascuaga has shown promise in his five professional fights. The article highlights Kenshiro's adaptability and past achievements, including his recovery from a loss to Masamichi Yabuki and subsequent victories.

Bring Me My Bow of Burning Gold: #ShigeokaJerusalem

31 Mar 2023  |  wbcboxing.com
Undefeated Yudai Shigeoka of Japan defends his WBC straw weight title against Filipino Melvin Jerusalem at the International Conference Hall in Nayoya, Japan. This voluntary defense also features Yudai's younger brother Ginjiro defending his title against ArAr Andales. Yudai's impressive amateur and professional record is highlighted, including his victories over notable opponents. Melvin, a former world champion, faces a challenging comeback after a recent defeat. The article underscores the anticipation and stakes of the upcoming match, with Yudai promising a knockout victory.

Pope prays for migrants killed in Mexican migrant camp blaze

29 Mar 2023  |  vaticannews.va
Pope Francis expressed his condolences and called for prayers for the 38 migrants who died in a fire at a migrant processing center in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. The fire, which occurred near the Stanton-Lerdo Bridge linking Mexico and the US, was reportedly started by migrants protesting imminent deportation. Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador acknowledged the migrants' role in starting the fire but emphasized the tragedy of the event. Surveillance footage showed guards fleeing instead of helping. The US Ambassador to Mexico, Ken Salazar, highlighted the incident as a reminder of the need to address the broken migration system. Despite the tragedy, the flow of migrants from Central and South America to North America is unlikely to cease.

Colombia resumes peace talks with ELN

14 Feb 2023  |  www.vaticannews.va
Colombia has resumed peace talks with the National Liberation Army (ELN) in Mexico City, aiming for a lasting peace after nearly six decades of conflict. The talks had been previously halted due to an ELN attack in Bogota in 2019. The first round in Caracas yielded modest results, and the current focus is on achieving a ceasefire. Colombian President Gustavo Petro is leading the initiative, emphasizing the nation's desire for peace and clarifying that negotiations will not include drug cartels, who are urged to face justice.

EU bishops call for release of detained priests in Nicaragua

13 Feb 2023  |  www.vaticannews.va
The Nicaraguan government has sentenced four priests to ten years in prison as part of a broader crackdown on dissent, while Bishop Rolando Alvarez remains under house arrest. Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich of the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union has called for their immediate release, condemning the persecution of the Catholic Church. The crackdown, led by President Daniel Ortega and Vice President Rosario Murillo, has also targeted opposition politicians and activists, intensifying since 2018 protests.

Protests intensify in Peru

20 Jan 2023  |  vaticannews.va
Thousands have gathered in Lima, Peru, amidst violent protests demanding President Dina Boluarte's resignation, the dissolution of Congress, and immediate elections. Over 50 people have died in the unrest, the worst in over 20 years. Former President Pedro Castillo, from the Andean Region, was impeached and arrested last month after attempting to dissolve Congress. With no compromise in sight, the situation remains tense and volatile.

WBC Special Preview: Artur Beterbiev vs Callum Smith

13 Jan 2023  |  britishboxingnews.co.uk
Callum Smith is set to challenge undefeated Artur Beterbiev for the Unified Light Heavyweight Crown in Quebec on January 13th. Beterbiev, a Canadian citizen of Chechen descent, is known for his powerful and relentless boxing style. Smith, who has only lost once to Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez, aims to use his height and reach advantage against Beterbiev. The fight is anticipated to be a significant challenge for Smith, as Beterbiev has a record of 19-0 with 19 KOs. The article provides a detailed analysis of both fighters' styles, careers, and the potential dynamics of the upcoming bout.

Arrest of drug lord's son sparks violent clash in Mexico

06 Jan 2023  |  www.vaticannews.va
Ovidio Guzman, son of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, was arrested in Culican, Mexico, after a six-month surveillance operation. The arrest led to violent clashes with the Sinaloa drug cartel, resulting in the deaths of three security personnel. Despite the violence, Ovidio was transferred to a maximum-security prison. This arrest, though significant, is unlikely to disrupt the lucrative cross-border narcotics trade between Mexico and the United States.

Pelé: 'God gave me the gift of knowing how to play football'

29 Dec 2022  |  www.vaticannews.va
Brazil declared three days of national mourning for Pelé, the most successful football player of all time, who passed away. Pelé cherished his meetings with three Popes and sent a gift to Pope Francis. His career, marked by numerous achievements including three World Cup wins, earned him global admiration. Post-retirement, he served as an ambassador for sport and Brazil. Pelé's legacy endures, celebrated by his family and fans worldwide.

Christmas ceasefire in Colombia

25 Dec 2022  |  www.vaticannews.va
The Colombian Government and the National Liberation Army (ELN) have agreed to a Christmas ceasefire, signaling hope and goodwill. This follows the resumption of peace talks after a three-year hiatus, with President Gustavo Petro advocating for a Total Peace Plan. Both parties have agreed to unfreeze assets and establish social funds, with a second round of negotiations set for next month in Mexico. The ELN, which has been active since 1964, is hoped to follow the path of the FARC, which signed a peace agreement in 2016 and transitioned into a political party.

Peruvian government declares state of emergency

07 Dec 2022  |  www.vaticannews.va
The Peruvian government has declared a thirty-day National State of Emergency, allowing police and military to conduct searches and detentions without judicial warrants. Defence Minister Luis Otarola stated the situation necessitates an authoritative response. Former President Pedro Castillo, who attempted to dissolve Congress and was subsequently impeached and arrested, is now in prison. Dina Boluarte, Castillo's former running mate and Vice President, has been sworn in as President, cautioning against a return to the turmoil of the 1980s and 1990s. Castillo's supporters are protesting in Lima and other cities, demanding his release, the dissolution of Congress, and immediate new elections.

Haitians suffer through Cholera and malnutrition

30 Nov 2022  |  www.vaticannews.va
UNICEF reports that 40% of confirmed cholera cases in Haiti involve children, with higher rates in rural areas suffering from chronic malnutrition. Haiti faces malnutrition, cholera, and violence, with half the population experiencing acute hunger. The cholera outbreak is exacerbated by inadequate sanitation and clean water. A 2010 epidemic linked to UN Peacekeepers resulted in over 10,000 deaths. Additionally, the Dominican Republic has deported 2,000 unaccompanied Haitian children this year.

Brazil's president vows to stop deforestation of the Amazon

01 Nov 2022  |  www.vaticannews.va
Brazilian President Elect Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva pledged at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Egypt to halt deforestation of the Amazon, making it his top priority. He emphasized the global importance of the Amazon and proposed hosting the 2025 Climate Conference there. Lula plans to establish a Climate National Agency and called for global contributions to the Amazon Fund. He faces challenges from powerful agricultural, logging, and mining interests. The Amazon is crucial for preventing carbon emissions and protecting the atmosphere.

Mexico: massive rally upholds President Lopez Obrador

01 Nov 2022  |  www.vaticannews.va
Hundreds of thousands of supporters celebrated the fourth anniversary of Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador's term with a massive rally. The event was a counter-response to a protest against his electoral reform proposals. Lopez Obrador emphasized democracy and no re-election in his speech. He maintains high popularity, known for austerity measures and unconventional approaches to governance, such as his 'hugs instead of bullets' policy and increased military involvement in crime fighting, which has attracted both support and criticism. The next presidential election is set for 2024, with Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard and Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum as potential candidates from the leftist Morena party.

Colombians strive to reach internal peace settlement

01 Nov 2022  |  www.vaticannews.va
The ELN and the Colombian Government have resumed peace talks in Venezuela after a nearly three-year hiatus, inviting a diverse group of nations to assist in the mediation process. This initiative follows the 2016 peace agreement with FARC, which transitioned into a political party. President Gustavo Petro, a former guerrilla, aims to achieve lasting peace in Colombia, a country plagued by decades of violence and displacement.

WBC Special Preview: Kenshiro Teraji vs. Hiroto Kyoguchi

01 Nov 2022  |  wbcboxing.com
World Boxing Council light flyweight champion Kenshiro Teraji is set to face WBA (Super) champion Hiroto Kyoguchi in a unification bout on November 1st at the Saitama Super Arena. This marks only the second time two reigning world champions from Japan will compete in such a match. The article provides a detailed preview of both fighters' backgrounds, records, and fighting styles, as well as a historical overview of the WBC light flyweight division. The fight is anticipated to be a challenging and exciting match for both fighters, with high stakes and national pride on the line.

Donaire vs. Inoue II: Preview + Stats

07 Jun 2022  |  wbcboxing.com
Nonito 'The Filipino Flash' Donaire is set to defend his WBC bantamweight title against Naoya 'Monster' Inoue on June 7th in Saitama, Japan. Their previous bout in 2019 was a highly acclaimed fight, with Inoue winning by unanimous decision. Inoue remains undefeated with a 22-0 record, while Donaire has a record of 42-6. The article recounts the intense moments of their first fight and Donaire's subsequent victories, raising the question of whether he can overcome Inoue in the upcoming rematch.

Guatemalan authorities stop migrant caravan headed to US

01 Jan 2022  |  The European Times News
Guatemalan authorities halted a migrant caravan from Honduras attempting to reach the US via Mexico. The caravan, which began in San Pedro Sula, was stopped by Guatemalan security forces, leaving migrants in negotiations with the Guatemalan Migration Institute. The US Border Patrol detained over 1.6 million undocumented migrants last year, with many more in Mexico awaiting case resolutions. The Biden administration is considering a $7 billion aid package for Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador to create jobs and curb migration.

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