Censorship and persecution: net closes on Venezuelan media

first_img Amid a deepening political crisis and continuing opposition street protests against President Nicolas Maduro’s administration, Venezuela’s security forces and paramilitary groups have stepped up efforts to silence the media. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns their attempts to suppress free speech and the freedom to inform. Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives News to go further New wave of censorship targeting critical media outlets Follow the news on Venezuela RSF_en Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information January 13, 2021 Find out more Organisation News VenezuelaAmericas Condemning abusesProtecting journalists ViolenceFreedom of expression August 25, 2020 Find out more May 15, 2017 – Updated on May 16, 2017 Censorship and persecution: net closes on Venezuelan media Two journalists murdered just days apart in Venezuela News Members of the police, Bolivarian National Guard, Bolivarian Intelligence Service (SEBIN) and pro-government paramilitary groups have repeatedly targeted, insulted or arbitrarily arrested reporters covering opposition demonstrations, and have seized and destroyed their equipment.According to the National Press Workers Union (SNTP), the first four months of the year saw more than 200 attacks on journalists. During the most recent national day of protest, no fewer than 19 journalists throughout the country were the victims of acts of aggression by the security forces.Mounting censorshipIn addition to these acts of physical violence, the authorities have been finding other ways to limit media coverage of the protests and to censor independent and opposition media outlets.Websites and radio stations such as Hit 90.7 FM, Studio 92.1, Punto Fijo Stereo 90.3 and Jet have been closed, while opposition TV stations that have been broadcasting coverage of the protests online, such as Vivo Play, VPI (Venezolanos por la Información) and Capitolio TV, have been blocked or deprived of a broadcast signal by the National Telecommunications Commission (CONATEL).The same fate was inflicted on foreign TV broadcasters, including Argentina’s TodoNoticias and Colombia’s El Tiempo Televisión, on 19 April. They were the latest international media outlets to be harassed in a range of ways that have included expulsions, the seizure of material and equipment, and censorship.“The Maduro government’s growing authoritarianism is extremely worrying,” said Emmanuel Colombié, the head of RSF’s Latin America bureau. “Its violent harassment of journalists is in the process of destroying the freedom to inform in Venezuela, a country where it was already very difficult for independent and opposition media to work. The authorities must stop obstructing journalists, whose reporting is vital during such turbulent times.”Venezuela’s devastating two-year-old economic, social and political crisis has intensified since President Maduro’s abortive attempt in March to transfer power from the National Assembly to the Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ) and thereby govern by decree with no checks and balances.A climate of widespread violence has accompanied the many demonstrations called by the opposition to demand early general elections without waiting for Maduro’s presidential term to end in December 2018. At least 40 Venezuelans have died during protests since the start of April.Aside from the censorship, one of the gravest consequences of this persecution of the media is the difficulty that Venezuelans now have in quickly obtaining reliable and objective information about the crisis and about the acts of violence by the government against its own citizens.Venezuela is ranked 137th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. News VenezuelaAmericas Condemning abusesProtecting journalists ViolenceFreedom of expression June 15, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Swimming lessons suspended at Aura, L’kenny due to positive Covid test

first_imgAll swimming lessons have been suspended at Aura leisure centre in Letterkenny today as a result of a member of their swim teaching team testing positive for Covid-19.In a statement issued this afternoon, the centre says the staff member contracted the virus outside the leisure centre and in line with safety procedures and HSE advice, three other members of the team who were close contacts are isolating and awaiting tests.People are advised that anyone deemed a close contact will receive separate communications from Aura and the HSE.All other services at the facility, including the swimming pool remain operational. Previous articleQuigley could be back fighting next monthNext articleMain Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Wednesday September 16th News Highland Google+ Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Swimming lessons suspended at Aura, L’kenny due to positive Covid test Pinterest WhatsApp Facebook Pinterest Google+ WhatsAppcenter_img Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA By News Highland – September 16, 2020 Twitter Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Homepage BannerNews Facebook Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Community Enhancement Programme open for applicationslast_img read more

Image of the Day: RAS in the Persian Gulf

first_imgIn the background is the guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG 52).Carl Vinson is deployed in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility supporting Operation Inherent Resolve, strike operations in Iraq and Syria as directed, maritime security operations, and theater security cooperation efforts in the region.[mappress mapid=”15521″]Image: US Navy An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter from the Red Lions of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 15 transports cargo from during a replenishment-at-sea.Military Sealift Command fast combat support ship USNS Rainier (T-AOE 7) and the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) engaged in RAS on March 25, while conducting operations in the Persian Gulf. View post tag: middle east Authorities View post tag: Image: Back to overview,Home naval-today Image of the Day: RAS in the Persian Gulf View post tag: day View post tag: Persian Gulf March 27, 2015 View post tag: Naval View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Navy Image of the Day: RAS in the Persian Gulf View post tag: RAS Share this articlelast_img read more

Ocean City Council Approves New Budget for Special Events

first_imgFireworks are part of the Fall Block Party weekend in Ocean City through funding from the Special Improvement District..City Council approved a $518,448 annual budget to fund special events and promotions in three parts of town that serve as magnets for tourism and commerce.The Special Improvement Districts include the downtown section of the Ocean City Boardwalk, the downtown area of Asbury Avenue and the Ninth Street gateway.The SID budget for 2016, approved Thursday night by a 7-0 vote, matches last year’s level of funding, Council President Keith Hartzell said.Hartzell characterized the SIDs as not only important for drawing visitors to town, but also as vital to giving them an array of entertainment and other things to do once they are here.“We need to get the word out,” he said.Some of the events funded by the SID budget include the fall and spring block parties on the Avenue, the October fireworks show, Family Nights and Mummers Nights on the boardwalk. The budget also funds flower pots and other upgrades to help beautify the city.The boardwalk and downtown area serve as the epicenter for special events. SID funding for the Ninth Street gateway is devoted to radio advertising to attract visitors, according to city business administrator Jim Mallon.Assessments on the businesses located within the SIDs help to underwrite the annual budget, along with other funding sources.In other business Thursday, Council gave final approval to a measure dubbed the “ice cream ordinance.” It governs the number of licenses that the city issues to ice cream vendors who sell their products from bicycles.Council voted to cut the number of licenses for bicycle ice cream vendors from 20 to 10 based on the advice of the city’s purchasing agent, Joe Clark.Clark informed Council that 20 licenses weren’t needed. Some of the licenses go unused and simply “remain in the drawer and never get bid on,” City Solicitor Dorothy McCrosson said.Hartzell said he spoke to the ice cream vendors and they had no objections to slashing the number of licenses in half. Despite the cutback, there will still be enough bicycle vendors to sell ice cream to the public, he added.In another vote, Council appointed Richard Waddell and Michael Buck as new members to the Zoning Board after spending more than an hour interviewing 11 candidates in closed session.Waddell and Buck had previously served as alternates on the Zoning Board, but now take full seats. Council voted to appoint Tom Rotondi and John Quinn as the new alternates.last_img read more

Seven-day reprieve for Powder River Basin coal producer Cloud Peak

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Gillette News-Record:Already operating on borrowed time, Cloud Peak Energy Corp. borrowed a little more when it was granted another seven days forbearance on a $1.8 million interest payment originally due March 15.In a filing with the federal Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday afternoon, the Gillette-based thermal coal producer paints a grim picture that may be headed to Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization.“We will need to restructure our balance sheet in order to improve our capital structure, adjust our business to ongoing depressed Powder River Basin thermal coal industry conditions, address our significantly reduced liquidity and continue as a going concern,” the company says in the filing.In addition to securing a forbearance until May 7 for the $1.8 million payment on debt due in 2024, Cloud Peak said it won’t pay $17.4 million on its 2021 notes that was due Wednesday. Instead, the company is using a 30-day grace period for that debt, extending that interest payment out until May 31.Wednesday’s announcement may or may not mean the company has a deal in the works that could spare it having to file for Chapter 11 reorganization, said Robert Godby, director for the Center for Energy, Economics and Public Policy at the University of Wyoming.By first using the 30-day grace period and getting two forbearances after that, Cloud Peak “has made it pretty clear they’re not in a position to make that payment,” Godby said. “They’re also not in a position to make that other ($17.4 million) payment.”More: Cloud Peak gets another 7-day reprieve Seven-day reprieve for Powder River Basin coal producer Cloud Peaklast_img read more

Dubrovnik & Konavle Walking Festival is a great tourist story and a platform for how our tourist product should look like

first_imgI constantly emphasize that the motive for coming is not accommodation, but quality, diverse and authentic content of the tourist destination.Exactly in Dubrovnik and Konavle from 2 to 9 October 2017 will be held a new quality and interesting tourist content and story – Dubrovnik & Konavle Walking FestivalThe Dubrovnik Hiking Festival is primarily intended to show a different face of Dubrovnik, away from the crowds, focused on local tastes and trails, with a sense of freedom, tranquility and belonging to nature. Fertile Konavle fields, picturesque villages, hiking trails, the old railway, vineyards, wineries and local households await tourists in a unique program designed for everyone – from absolute beginners to advanced mountaineers.”We want to show the secret places that are mostly known among the locals in a sustainable form of active program to discover the unique food and wine of the region. With the festival we try to prove that this period, from August to July and August, is the best time to visit Dubrovnik. At the end of this festival, we guarantee that we will all come to the same conclusion – Dubrovnik is much more than stone walls and a popular summer destination.”Points out Zoran Ateljevic, one of the organizers.This image and experience is rememberedRural households, authentic gastronomy, culture, tradition, heritage… are part of this unique tourist story, all with the main focus on authenticity. Everything that is not written in tourist brochures, and the locals know, and that is exactly the story we have to tell – our authentic story combined with a superb, ie unforgettable experience. We remember the experiences from our travels, and as the motive of the trip is to get to know and experience a new and authentic way and culture of living, it must be an imperative of our tourism. That is the essence of tourism.Let us respect ourselves, our tradition, heritage, culture, identity so that others can respect us, and let us be what we are – Croats. All of our amazing authentic stories and diversity I have to pack nicely into a rounded tourist product and tell the story. This is the whole philosophy and paradigm of tourism. Yes, it’s that simple.Also, we should praise the excellent quality video, which is certainly a lure and a real motive for coming, in addition to excellent shots, it presents what we are – our story. This is the best possible pattern of how to organize all other festivals, events and tours, because tourists want to experience, see, taste… – our authentic story. Then why would they travel hundreds of miles if we sell them what they have at home?Content, content and only quality and primarily authentic content is the essence of tourism. These are the real ambassadors of our tourism and such tourist stories should be promoted and co-financed because this is the best platform on how to be our main tourist product, and not mass tourism, form and be copies of others.So simple, yet ingenious. Tourism is emotions, experiences and stories. Let’s tell stories, our authentic stories.More details about Dubrovnik & Konavle Walking Festival and how to apply can be found herelast_img read more

ICPO wary of surge in illegal gambling activities

first_imgILOILO City – The enhanced communityquarantine could drive economically-displaced people to play games of chancefor money. On March 23, the following were caughtin Barangay Quintin Salas, Jaro: Mary Cris Sara, 29; Brixo Liboon, 59; andVictor Villarin, 47, all of Barangay MV Hechanova, Jaro. The five recent anti-illegal gamblingpolice operations were conducted in the City Proper and Jaro district. The quarantine is being imposed tostop the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The very limitedmovement of people and unavailability of public transport have forced manypublic and private businesses and offices to temporarily shut down, leavingpeople out of work and income-less. Also arrested on March 29 for “pusoy”but in Barangay Rizal Pala-Pala were Marvin Ilastron, 36; Remando Avilla, 55;Allan Arcones, 50; Carlos Nacaase, 42, of Barangay Tanza Timawa, Zone II, CityProper; and Joem Palomo for illegal cock derby. On March 29 the following persons werearrested in Barangay Tanza Timawa, City Proper for “pusoy”:  Rodolfo Cuambot, 30, and relatives, Ronil Cuambot,30; Joey Carbaquil, 35; Joebert Carbaquil, all of Barangay Washington,Escalante City, Negros Occidental; Oliver Cuambot, 28, of Sigma, Capiz;Bonifacio Jaspe, 31, of Cadiz City, Negros Occidental; Ronel Faigones, 18, ofBarangay Tigmarabo, Miag-ao, Iloilo; and RJ Labrador, 32, of Perasol Street,Binagawan, Iloilo. On the other hand, Rodolfo Bajade, 24,of Barangay South Fundidor, Molo district and Julius Borro, 25, of BarangayCalaparan, Arevalo district were also arrested. In the same period last year, the citypolice carried out only one anti-illegal gambling operation, said PoliceCaptain Shella Mae Sangrines, city police office information officer. The Iloilo City Police office (ICPO)is wary of a surge in illegal gambling activities. Seventeen people were arrested forillegal gambling here in five police operations from March 20 to 30, ICPO datashowed. On the other hand, the ICPO recordedonly two cases of theft between March 20 to 30. Last year in the same period,it monitored 13 cases./PNlast_img read more

Home invasion suspect drives himself to jail in stolen jeep

first_imgPort St. Lucie Police DepartmentPolice say James Simpson drove himself to jail in this Jeep Wrangler that was stolen during a home invasion in Port St. Lucie. A Port St. Lucie man who is accused of attacking and robbing an 80-year-old man in a home invasion drove himself to jail in the victim’s stolen jeep.On Wednesday, police released surveillance photographs of the suspect on social media.Police arrested 40-year-0ld James Simpson on Thursday when he decided to drive himself to the jail in the vehicle he told after seeing himself on the news and social media.Simpson attacked the elderly man in his home and stole his credit cards, and the victim’s Jeep Wrangler.Port St. Lucie police Sgt. Lisa Marie Carrasquillo said a neighbor found the victim lying on the floor of his home Tuesday and called 911.Simpson is facing multiple charges, including attempted murder, aggravated battery on a person 65 or older and home-invasion robberylast_img read more

Raiders’ Day 1 camp notes: Derek Carr running free

first_imgNAPA — Derek Carr dropped back, checked his progressions, and finding no one open and defenders retreating to cover receivers, broke to his left and set sail toward the sideline.He got several yards downfield Saturday before running out of bounds.We’ve heard this before about Carr. He’s got some athletic skill, and perhaps he should take advantage of it from time to time and move around a little bit. No one is asking him to be Michael Vick or even Rich Gannon, but a rushing first down every …last_img read more