Dresser to Make Stop in Humboldt!

By: Nathan Bloechl

Humboldt, Iowa – Iowa State Head Wrestling Coach and Humboldt native Kevin Dresser has announced his next stop for the Cyclone Wrestling Town Hall Social: Humboldt.

Dresser and four assistant coaches will make their stop in Humboldt on Wednesday, May 17th.

The event will begin at 7:00 p.m. at Gordy’s at Rustix.

According to the release there will be free food as well as cash bar. Barring any setbacks all four Cyclone wrestling coaches will be in attendance to speak beginning at 8:00 p.m.

The group will discuss the Iowa State Regional Training Center as well as summer wrestling camps coming to Ames this year.

This will be Dresser’s first official stop back to Humboldt since returning to his home state after leading the Virginia Tech Hokies wrestling team since 2006.

Dresser signed a 7-year, 2.25 million dollar contract with the Cyclones earlier this spring.

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Rangers' Hamels expected to miss 8 weeks with oblique injury

Stephen Brashear/iStock/Thinkstock(ARLINGTON, Texas) – Texas Rangers pitcher Cole Hamels has been placed on the 10-day disabled list with a right oblique strain, the team announced on Wednesday.

Rangers executive vice president John Blake tweeted that Hamels could be out nearly two months while he recovers from the injury.

Hamels, who is 2-0 this season, was scratched from his start on Tuesday after experiencing tightness in the oblique. Anthony Bass was called up from Triple-A to take his roster spot.

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Tony Romo to try to qualify for U.S. Open

Gary Miller/iStock/Thinkstock(ALEDO, Texas) – Retired NFL quarterback Tony Romo is trying his hand at professional golf.

The former Dallas Cowboys quarterback has put his name in the pool of nearly 9,500 players aiming to qualify for the U.S. Open.

Romo will play in a local qualifier on Monday about 30 miles west of Forth Worth. If he does well enough to advance, Romo will participate in sectional qualifying on June 5.

The U.S. Open will be played at Erin Hills in Wisconsin.

Romo previously tried to qualify for the Open in 2010, but did not advance past the sectional qualifying round.

The 37-year-old retired from the NFL after 12 seasons with the Cowboys.

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Scoreboard roundup — 5/2/17

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the latest scores and winners:

Tampa Bay 3, Miami 1

N.Y. Yankees 11, Toronto 5
Detroit 5, Cleveland 2
Boston 5, Baltimore 2
Houston 8, Texas 7
Minnesota 9, Oakland 1
Chicago White Sox 6, Kansas City 0
L.A. Angels 6, Seattle 4, 11 Innings

Arizona 6, Washington 3
Pittsburgh 12, Cincinnati 3
Atlanta 9, N.Y. Mets 7
Chicago Cubs 8, Philadelphia 3
St. Louis 2, Milwaukee 1
L.A. Dodgers 13, San Francisco 5
San Diego 6, Colorado 2

OT/Boston 129, Washington 119
Golden State 106, Utah 94


N.Y. Rangers 4, Ottawa 1
Nashville 2, St. Louis 1

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Tillerson: Pushing human rights abroad 'creates obstacles' to US interests

Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — In advocating for America’s interests abroad, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Wednesay that American values must be separate from American foreign policy, even as they “guide” it.

“Guiding all our foreign policy actions are our fundamental values — our values around freedom, human dignity, the way people are treated,” he said. “Those are our values. Those are not our policies, ” Tillerson told State Department employees in a speech on Wednesday.

What that means in practice, he said, is that sometimes values have to take a back seat to economic interests or national security.

“If we condition too heavily that others must adopt this value that we’ve come to after a long history of our own, it really creates obstacles to our ability to advance our national security interests, our economic interests,” he said, arguing the U.S. must first ask “what are our national security interests, what are our economic prosperity interests, and then if we can advocate and advance our values, we should.”

Tillerson’s remarks set off a fresh wave of backlash from administration critics still questioning President Trump’s offers to meet with controversial foreign leaders like Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un.

“Brutal thugs are smiling. Human rights are not only US values. They are universal. Trump/Tillerson approach is green light for repression,” tweeted Samantha Power, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations under President Obama.

Tillerson’s State Department is facing a budget cut of more than 28 percent that the Trump administration outlined in its first budget proposal. Tillerson’s review of the agency’s spending started Monday with a “listening tour” — a survey asking for feedback from all department employees in the nation’s capital and at diplomatic posts around the world.

Tillerson offered no details of how we would make cuts. Instead, he said he is open to the recommendations and ideas of the department’s civil servants and foreign service officers.

“We have no preconceived notions on the outcome. I didn’t come with a solution in a box when I showed up. I came with a commitment to look at it and see if we can improve it,” he told a packed room.

In particular, he wants the institution to “adapt” to new challenges and transition from its Cold War-era models and habits, he said.

While offering few details on how the agency will meet the administration’s proposed budget cuts, Tillerson tried to reassure an anxious audience of employees.

“I want to condition you to be ready to participate in the next phase because that’s when it will become more challenging,” he said. “But we’re all on this boat, on this voyage — I’m not going to call it a cruise, it may not be that fun,” he added to laughter.

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2 detained in connection with missing couple found dead in Belize: Police

CampPhoto/iStock/Thinkstock(COROZAL TOWN, Belize) — Police have detained two people in connection with the suspected murder of an American man and his girlfriend who were found dead Monday afternoon in Belize.

Drew DeVoursney, 36, of Atlanta and Francesca Matus, 52, of Toronto were reported missing last week and their remains were found Monday in an “advanced state of decomposition” with DeVoursney’s body on top of Matus body, according to police.

Police have referred to the case as a murder investigation but have not released any more information about the two suspects detained or any possible motive behind the deaths.

Police say the investigation is ongoing.

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1.4M children in Somalia to suffer acute malnutrition in 2017, UNICEF says

ah_fotobox/iStock/Thinkstock(HARASHEF, Somalia) — The number of children in drought-stricken Somalia expected to suffer from acute malnutrition has surged by 50 percent since the beginning of this year, according to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). Some 1.4 million children — more than the entire population of San Diego, California — are expected to be acutely malnourished in 2017, UNICEF said.

“The combination of drought, disease, and displacement are deadly for children, and we need to do far more — and faster — to save lives,” Steven Lauwerier, UNICEF’s representative in Somalia, said in a statement on Tuesday.

Of the 1.4 million children who are expected to be affected, more than 275,000 have or will suffer life-threatening severe acute malnutrition in 2017, according to UNICEF. Severe acute malnutrition is an extreme form of hunger that makes people literally waste away and leaves children especially vulnerable to deadly diseases like cholera, measles and acute watery diarrhea.

Since November, some 615,000 people –- mostly women and children –- have been forced to flee their homes in Somalia due to a persistent drought, which the county has declared a national disaster.

These displaced families are typically sheep or cattle farmers from the north whose animals have all perished or farmers from the south whose lands are parched from the lack of rain. While on the move, they don’t know where their next meal will come from or whether they’ll have access to drinking water. Many of the water sources they can access are contaminated, leaving people vulnerable to waterborne diseases.

“They see their whole means of livelihood wiped out,” Susannah Price, chief of communication for UNICEF Somalia, told ABC News. “There’s nothing for the kids.”

Outbreaks of malaria are imminent, as is an upsurge in cholera cases. Price said these infectious diseases “spread like wildfire” in overcrowded displacement camps, and severely malnourished children under the age of five are the most vulnerable.

“They’re the ones who are so weak that if they’re hit by diarrhea or measles or an illness like that, they’re really at risk of dying,” she told ABC News. “It’s an extremely serious situation.”

According to Oxfam International, 2.9 million people in Somalia face acute food insecurity at “crisis” and “emergency” levels. The hunger situation could tip into famine if the April to June rains fail or if people’s ability to buy food declines. Lack of humanitarian support could also make things even worse.

If the situation in Somalia escalates into a full-blown famine, it would be the nation’s third famine in a quarter of a century, and the second in less than a decade, the World Health Organization said.

Early planning and funding have allowed UNICEF and its partners to scale up assistance in Somalia. More than 1 million people affected by drought have been provided with temporary access to safe water, up from some 300,000 in January. More than 390,000 children and women have been reached with lifesaving health services, including emergency vaccinations. And 64 cholera treatment facilities have treated more than 28,400 cases as of April 23, compared with some 15,600 cases treated during all of 2016, UNICEF said.

Donors have also stepped up to help, hoping to avoid a situation like Somalia’s 2011 famine, in which over 250,000 people died. As of Tuesday, UNICEF had received $78.7 million of the $148 million it needs, the organization said.

“It’s a big difference from 2011, where the international community really waited for famine to be declared,” Price told ABC News. “That usually means many or most of the people have already died. It’s too late once the famine is declared.”

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Trial over topless photos of Princess Kate underway in France

Samir Hussein/Getty Images(NANTERRE, France) — Six people went on trial Tuesday to face charges of invasion of privacy for allegedly taking topless photos of Princess Kate while she was on vacation with Prince William in 2012. The photos were published in British and Italian magazines.

In a statement read by William and Kate’s French lawyer at the court proceedings in Nanterre, France, William called the alleged invasion of privacy by French paparazzi “particularly shocking” and “all the more painful” given the harassment of his mother by the paparazzi, who had stalked Princess Diana before her tragic crash inside Paris’ Pont d’Alma.

The car the late princess was riding in crashed while being chased at high speed by photographers while leaving the Ritz Hotel with Dodi al Fayed in 1997.

In a damning indictment of the actions by the French press, William said in his statement that the photographs “reminded us of the harassment that led to the death of my mother, Diana Princess of Wales.”

The six defendants on trial include paparazzi photographers and editors of Closer, the magazine that published the topless images of the Duchess of Cambridge.

The photographs allegedly were shot with a telephoto lens from several miles away while William, now 34, and Kate, now 35, vacationed at Lord Linley’s private chateau in Provence, France. The most intimate shots showed Kate bathing topless on a private terrace on the estate and William putting sunscreen on his wife. The photographs were published in Closer magazine and its sister publication, the Italian magazine Chi, and several other outlets as well as online.

The photos were taken just as William and Kate prepared to start a tour of the Far East and South Pacific to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee. The palace immediately filed a claim in the French courts.

French authorities banned further use of the photographs and launched an investigation into how they were obtained.

Gerrard Tyrrell, the attorney who represents the royal family, was assisted in court Tuesday by local French counsel Jean Veil on behalf of William and Kate, who did not attend. Tyrrell is one of the most highly-regarded privacy and defamation attorneys in the world with a roster of powerful U.K. and European clients including David Beckham, Richard Branson and Kate Moss.

Veil read a written statement from William in court.

“In September 2012, my wife and I thought that we could go to France for a few days in a secluded villa owned by a member of my family, and thus enjoy our privacy,” the statement said. “We know France and the French and we know that they are, in principle, respectful of private life, including that of their guests. The clandestine way in which these photographs were taken was particularly shocking to us as it breached our privacy.”

The lawyers for William and Kate also demanded fines in the amount of 1.5 million euros, a large sum by European standards.

The photographers have denied taking the photos. French authorities say they tracked the photographers down by tracing hotel and phone records of those who were staying near the chateau where William and Kate vacationed.

The defense barrister for Closer magazine, Paul Albert Iweins, spoke to the press at the conclusion of the hearing, saying that both readers and the royal family liked the article.

“It was an extremely flattering representation of the couple, so I don’t really understand the bad lawsuit against us,” Iweins said.

Francois Blistene, who represents two of the photographers, claimed his clients were being used as scapegoats.

St. James Palace issued a statement after the photos were published in 2012, describing the incident as being “reminiscent of the worst excesses of the press and paparazzi during the life of Diana, Princess of Wales.”

In the last few years, Kensington Palace has taken a much more aggressive posture toward the media.

The palace also issued an unprecedented statement last year November when Prince Harry, 32, feared for the safety of his girlfriend, Meghan Markle. The palace’s statement lambasted the “abuse and harassment” of Markle, an American actress, by sections of the press, making particular note of the “racial undertones” of some coverage.

Kensington Palace declined to comment to ABC News on Tuesday’s trial involving William and Kate, saying it does not comment on ongoing court cases.

A verdict is expected July 4.

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'Men can do anything they want to women in Honduras': Inside one of the most dangerous places on Earth to be a woman

sorincolac/iStock/Thinkstock(SANTA BARBARA, Honduras) — In 2014, a 19-year-old small town girl named Maria Jose Alvarado catapulted onto the world stage when her brilliant smile and sweet personality won her the Miss Honduras crown. With a freshly minted passport, she was set to compete for the prestigious Miss World title in London, a trip which would be the first plane ride of her life.

But her dreams of glamour and glory were never to be. Just a few days before she was set to leave for the competition, Alvarado and her sister, 23-year-old Sofia Trinidad, were brutally murdered. Their bodies were hidden in shallow graves in a riverbank in Santa Barbara, Honduras, discovered after a week-long manhunt that made international headlines. Their joint funeral was broadcast around the world and attended by thousands.

But even their grieving mother Teresa Muñoz knows the bitter truth: the only thing unusual about their daughter’s murders was that police and the media paid attention.

“Here in Honduras, women aren’t worth anything,” said Muñoz, wiping away tears. She believes that the only reason her daughters’ bodies were found is because of Maria Jose’s fame. Otherwise, she says, she would probably still be looking for answers.

Watch the full story on “Nightline” tonight at 12:35 a.m. ET

The night Maria Jose Alvarado was killed, she tagged along to her sister’s boyfriend’s birthday party. That boyfriend, then 32-year-old Plutarco Ruiz, was known as a powerful man in Santa Barbara. The night of his birthday party, authorities say they believe Ruiz shot his girlfriend Sofia after a jealous argument. They say he then turned his gun on Maria Jose as she tried to flee the scene.

“He shot her 12 times in the back,” her mother said. “Because of his machismo that this happened.”

Much of this gender-based violence, according to Honduran activists like Neesa Medina, is due to a sexist “machismo” culture of gangs, guns, and girls, where a man’s power is often measured in bullets. Combine this with a government unable to cope with a relentless tide of drug-related crime, Medina says, you get a culture where women are disposable.

“Men can do anything they want to women in Honduras,” said Medina, an analyst with Honduras’ Center for Women’s Rights. “Because we think that it’s common and it’s something that you can be expected of, living here.”

Violence is part of everyday life in Honduras, one of a triangle of Central American countries wracked by rampant gang warfare, with some of the highest murder rates outside of a war zone. But there is another brutal war raging there, one hidden just below the surface: Honduras has been called the most dangerous place on earth to be a woman. This ranking, due in large part to an epidemic of “femicide,” or the murder of a woman because she is a woman. According to Honduras’ Center for Women’s Rights, one woman is murdered every sixteen hours in this nation, which is barely the size of Ohio. According to the U.N., Honduras has the highest femicide rate in the world.

It is not just murder, it’s also the shocking numbers of rape, assault, and domestic violence cases, happening with near-total impunity. In 2014, the United Nations reported that 95 percent of cases of sexual violence and femicide in Honduras were never even investigated.

Alvarado and her sister Sofia Trinidad’s bodies were discovered after a week-long manhunt that made international headlines. Their oldest sister, Cori Alvarado, was there when their bodies were found.

“I kept asking God that it wasn’t them,” she said, through tears. “But I had to face the fact that it was them”.

Police charged Ruiz with the murders, but more than two years later, he still has not been tried and maintains his innocence.

While the name Maria Jose Alvarado has become a national symbol for a culture of rampant femicide, her mother and surviving sister say they are living in fear, terrified of retaliation from the killer. They are hopeful to one day receive asylum to come to the United States.

The unholy violence of Honduras has propelled a river of women and children towards America’s southern border, part of what the UN has called an “invisible refugee crisis.” Since 2008, the number of asylum seekers from Honduras and neighboring El Salvador and Guatemala has increased by 500 percent, according to the U.N. For many of the women, it is not about escaping poverty, it may be life and death. U.S. government statistics found that, in 2015, 82 percent of female asylum seekers from these three nations had ‘credible fear of persecution or violence’, the most basic criteria for advancing an asylum claim.

Too often, the violence comes from within a woman’s own home. Heydi Hernandez, a 30-year-old mother of five, lives with the horrific memories and brutal scars from the night her husband attacked her with a machete after a heated argument. She says her oldest daughter witnessed as he severed both of her feet.

“My legs were badly injured. I remember a part was just attached by a piece of skin,” Hernandez said.

She thinks it was her husband’s attempt to assert his power by stealing her independence. “[If] he had wanted to kill me, he would have” she added.

It’s been over a year since the attack, and Hernandez spirit is indomitable. She walks with donated prosthetics. She has a good job that supports her children and even plays in an all-male wheelchair basketball league.

“Thank goodness I had the blessing to be alive, because there are others that don’t,” Hernandez said. “It’s time that we move on and… we stop the mistreatment from men.”

Thanks to the rising tide of these kinds of crimes, the Honduran government formed a women’s unit of its Public Ministry in the capitol of Tegucigalpa. Yet when the “Nightline” team went to visit, there were only a handful of women there asking for help. According to the Women’s District Attorney Maria Mercedes Bustelo, “What these women feel is impotence. The authority has to reach these women. But in Honduras, that’s not possible at the moment.” She says that filing a complaint can take weeks, police lack basic resources, and that there are many neighborhoods so dangerous, even the cops cannot enter without military backup.

“Many of the women involved in domestic violence with gang members, they can’t even report it. They can’t seek help from police because that would be a death sentence” Bustelo continued.

Neesa Medina says reporting crimes and obtaining restraining orders often do little to prevent women from being attacked. “How powerful is a bullet? Is a bullet more powerful than a piece of paper?” she said. “We’re talking about women who have three, four, or five kids. So if you cannot assure her and her family to be safe, and the best you can do … is to show her a piece of paper, that’s almost like signing her death sentence right there.”

Fear is an ever-present reality of life for so many women here, yet the Honduran government fails to provide shelters or safe houses. So families in the gravest danger are at the mercy of private charities.

Another woman “Nightline” spoke to said she was brutally raped by a powerful man in their small town.

“They left a note saying that if I spoke up they were going to kidnap my daughter, rape her, kill my son and go leave my son’s head at the door of my home on a platter,” the woman said. “Horrendous things so I was very scared and stayed quiet.”

Terrified, she said she stayed quiet and didn’t tell her children what had happened, even after she realized she had gotten pregnant with her rapist’s child.

“When the baby come to the house I knew it but I feel too scared, sad about my mom,” said her young daughter in halting English. “But I know that God is going to help us and I love my brother.”

The mother tells us no one would ever suggest she testify against the man who raped her, instead they suggest she leave the country. She says that she believes he had already murdered another woman, but was never arrested for the crime.

The family is currently living in hiding in a shelter run by the Irish charity Trocaire, which is helping her family relocate to another, safer country. But it will be a far cry from her young, English-speaking daughter’s dreams of America.

“We want to go there because we know that we’re going to have more opportunities,” the daughter said.

But the Trump administration’s policies will make it more difficult for families like this to ever come to America’s shores. His latest executive order cuts the number of refugees the U.S. will accept in half, which includes Honduran woman applying for asylum.

While so many women are fleeing, Neesa Medina said some young feminists are holding their ground. Tired of being silent, thousands have united under the battle cry, “Ni Una Menos,” which translates to “Not One Less Woman.” This battle cry has spread across Latin America, from Argentina to Mexico, with widespread protests calling for an end to femicide and other gender-based violence.

Other activists have turned to less traditional protest means. The so-called “Dolls Clan,” led by rapper Mayki Graff, uses rap lyrics and graffiti as feminist propaganda.

“Through graffiti many men and women feel identified and feel empowered to say, ‘if they can do it we can too,’” Graff said. “It’s necessary that if the system imprison us, we can be liberated through rap.”

It’s all an effort to fight the violence of a “maschismo” culture and even change their country’s destiny, so that many women, like Maria Jose Alvarado, will not have to die in vain.

Neesa Medina said she still has hope that change will come to Honduras. “I have to,” she said. “If I don’t see hope, why would I continue working in this place.”

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French presidential hopefuls to face off in live debate

Chesnot/Getty(PARIS) — Centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-right leader Marine Le Pen will face off in a live, televised debate Wednesday, four days before the second round of the French presidential election.

The debate is expected to last more than two hours as both candidates try to appeal to undecided voters.

Macron is ahead in the polls, but an estimated 18 percent of voters are still undecided.

In the first round on April 23, Macron, a 39-year-old former banker, won 24 percent of the votes, while Le Pen took 21.3 percent of the votes. People will return to the polls on Sunday to choose which of the two candidates — and their vastly different worldviews — they want for the future of their country. Here’s what you need to know ahead of the election.

Who are the two candidates?

Macron founded his political party En Marche! (Forward) a year ago, running on messages of hope, openness and globalization. Previously, he served as French President François Hollande’s protégé and economy minister. Macron has described his party as “neither left nor right,” but rather an attempt to transform the French political system, which he criticizes as being dominated by large interest groups.

The former investment banker has promoted both pro-business and socially liberal policies, giving him a centrist appeal that other candidates lacked. However, opponents have criticized him for being a political novice while pointing to unpopular measures he backed during his tenure in government. Among those measures was a law named after him that allowed businesses to open on Sundays and gave employers more negotiating power over workers.

Le Pen, 48, is an anti-European Union politician who has promised to dump the euro as France’s currency if she is elected president. Many commentators have drawn parallels between Le Pen and Trump given the similarities in their views on free trade, NATO and migration. But, unlike Trump, Le Pen comes from a family that has been on the French political scene for decades.

Her father, Jean-Marie Le Pen, ran for president five times and was the leader of the National Front party until 2011 when his daughter took over. Le Pen went on to distance herself from her father, who had made anti-Semitic remarks. She has also attempted to recast the party as a serious anti-establishment political force, known more for its Euro-skeptic and anti-immigrant policies than for its historical reputation as xenophobic and racist.

Campaigning ends

The campaigns formally end midnight on Friday, May 5, giving voters a full day without polling or canvassing on Saturday.

Voting day

French voters head to the polls on Sunday, May 7, to elect their new president. Polls open at 8 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. or 8 p.m., depending upon the location. The winner is expected to be announced Sunday night. President Hollande and the president-elect will set a date for the swearing-in ceremony after the results are called.

Parliamentary elections

After the presidential election, French voters will head to the polls again for two rounds of parliamentary elections on Sunday, June 11, and the following Sunday, June 18.

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