Press freedom in great danger after bad month in Nicaragua

first_img NicaraguaAmericas Condemning abusesProtecting journalists CorruptionFreedom of expressionViolence to go further Local media badly hit Organisation A drone hovered over his home and its garden for several hours on 25 November. After forcing him to get into a police car on 30 November, policemen hit him and made death threats, mentioning members of his family. Arrested a total of six times since 24 November, he is now charged with inciting hatred and promoting hate campaigns on his website. News Nearly half of UN member countries have obstructed coronavirus coverage News RSF issued several alerts and recommendations about the situation of Nicaragua’s independent media after a joint visit with the Inter-American Press Association in August. Nicaragua is ranked 90th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. NicaraguaAmericas Condemning abusesProtecting journalists CorruptionFreedom of expressionViolence Radio frequencies cut, transmitters trashed News News Their targets have included Gustavo Jarquín, a journalist with Radio Corporación, who was stopped and insulted by three police officers near the radio station’s headquarters in Managua on 24 November. “You’re from the terrorist radio station that wants to overthrow the government,” one of the policemen said, before hitting him in the face. Spy drones, police violence “The common feature of the journalists and media outlets that are being hounded by the police and by Daniel Ortega’s personal bodyguards is their independent and critical news coverage, which is something the government is unable to tolerate,” said Emmanuel Colombié, the head of RSF’s Latin America bureau. Gruesome death threats against Nicaraguan exile journalist Those who have fled abroad include Carlos Pastora of Canal 10, Edgardo Pinell of VOS TV and Canal TV, and Jaime Arellano, the host of “Jaime Arellano en La Nación” on 100% Noticias. Arellano fled on 25 November because of repeated death threats and other forms of harassment. Other journalists are likely to follow if the persecution continues or intensifies. “These independent media outlets are nonetheless doing a vital job, which is to draw attention to the Ortega family’s violent crackdown and the almost complete control it wields over the country. The persecution of dissident journalists is unacceptable and poses a grave threat to press freedom. RSF supports all of Nicaragua’s independent media and calls on the international community not to ignore these abuses.” July 29, 2020 Find out more RSF also condemns the arbitrary detention of Luis Sánchez Sáncho, a 76-year-old columnist for La Prensa, who spent six days in prison as a result of an ordinary traffic accident, and the fact that many journalists have had to flee the country. After more harassment of independent journalists in November, including arbitrary detention, violence, death threats and spying, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) sounds the alarm about President Daniel Ortega’s increasing authoritarianism and the danger of press freedom being throttled to death in Nicaragua. Policemen have threatened to kill Miguel Mora, the owner and director of the TV news channel 100% Noticias, and his wife, Verónica Chávez, who presents the programme “Ellas lo dicen.” The police have been harassing him for weeks, and both the radio station and his home are permanently watched by individuals posted outside. December 5, 2018 – Updated on December 24, 2018 Press freedom in great danger after bad month in Nicaragua Follow the news on Nicaragua Outside the big cities, community media and local radio stations are being hit very hard by the purge. In the town of León, several members of the staff of Radio Dario – which Ortega supporters torched in April – were arrested arbitrarily by riot police on 23 November and were held for several hours before being released. The staff of Radio Vos in Matagalpa had a similar experience. Receive email alerts June 29, 2020 Find out more Last week, police invaded and trashed the property in the department of León where Álvaro Montalván, the owner and director of Radio Mi Voz, had placed the radio station’s transmitters. RSF and PEN urge Nicaraguan legislators to reject “foreign agents” bill September 29, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information The censorship and harassment take many forms. The telecommunications regulator TELCOR suddenly deprived 100% Noticias of its broadcast signal on 30 November without giving any reason. Other TV channels (including Canal 12, Telenorte, CDNN23, Canal 12, Canal 23 and Canal 51) were temporarily deprived of their frequencies earlier this year. The persecution of Nicaragua’s political opposition and media critics has not let up since April. But now, instead of just obstructing journalists covering protests and social unrest, the police are undertaking direct, violent action against those regarded as overly critical of the government. RSF_en Cartoon from Pedro Molina, a cartoonist and illustrator from Nicaragua persecuted by the authoritiesCarlos Salinas Maldonado, a journalist and editor for the website confidencial.com.ni who also writes for the Madrid daily El País, has been a repeated target of cyber-attacks and online harassment campaigns, while police patrol cars often spy on his home. Motorcyclists followed him as he drove from his home to El Confidencial on 27 and 28 November, repeatedly shouting: “You’re f***ed, that’s definite, you’re f***ed.” RSF has registered many other recent cases of journalists being harassed by Sandinista government supporters, who are particularly active in León, one of the towns that has been hit worst by censorship. The targets have included Eddy López, a reporter for the Managua newspaper La Prensa, as well as Radio Mi Voz director Montalván and several members of his staff.last_img read more

K9 helps seize nearly 400 pounds of meth during traffic stop

first_imgArizona Department of Public Safety(MESQUITE, Nev.) — Authorities in Arizona seized nearly 400 pounds of methamphetamine during a traffic stop over the weekend, officials said.A trooper with the Arizona Department of Public Safety pulled a vehicle over Friday for a traffic violation on Interstate 15, just south of Littlefield near the Arizona-Nevada border, Sgt. Kameron Lee, a spokesperson for AZDPS, told ABC News.During the stop, the trooper realized something was amiss and requested assistance from the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office, which brought along its K9 named Brutus. Lee said he could not go into details as to why assistance was requested.When Brutus arrived, he alerted authorities to drugs and 362 pounds of methamphetamine — with an estimated street value of $4.1 million — was subsequently found, according to AZDPS.It was the largest meth seizure in AZDPS history, the agency said.The driver and passenger of the car, identified by police as 52-year-old Julie Jeannie Mason, of Iowa, and 38-year-old Maurius Montez Mason, of Illinois, were arrested for possession of a dangerous drug and transportation of a dangerous drug.They were booked into the Mesquite Detention Center in Mesquite, Nev.It was not immediately clear if the Masons, who are husband and wife, obtained legal representation. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Retail banking 2020: evolution or revolution?

first_imgGrowth remains elusive, costs are proving hard to contain and ROE remains stubbornly low. Regulation is impacting business models and economics. Technology is rapidly morphing from an expensive challenge into a potent enabler of both customer experience and effective operations. Non-traditional players are challenging the established order, leading with customer-centric innovation. New service providers are emerging. Customers are demanding ever higher levels of service and value. Trust in financial institutions hovers near historic lows.Such is the backdrop with which PwC uses to frame its world-class report, “Retail Banking 2020: Evolution or Revolution?” addressing the financial industry’s future head on.As dire as the current situation facing financial services firms may sound, PwC actually believes traditional institutions a bright future. And despite all the gesticulating, undulating and bloviating from pundits about the “imminent death” of banks and credit unions, PwC doesn’t see “outside disruptors” driving a dagger through the heart of the banking industry — the fundamental concept of a trusted institution acting as a facilitator of transactions and credit resource is not about to change. However, the landscape will change significantly, as customer expectations, regulatory requirements, technology, demographics, new competitors and the fundamental economics underpinning the banking industry all shift and evolve.PwC says existing banking providers must accept that the status quo is not an option. But does all this change signal a revolution, or an evolution? PwC says it’s both. The industry has historically changed slowly — evolutionary, incremental change. While the changes PwC envisions are less about imagining
 some unknown future, and more about implementing and integrating all the things we already know today, the pace of change is intensifying rapidly. Financial institutions that fail to shift gears risk being left in the dust. Powerful forces are reshaping the banking industry. Customer expectations, technological capabilities, regulatory requirements, demographics and economics are creating an imperative to change. Banks and credit unions need to get ahead of these challenges and retool if they are to find success in the upcoming decade. continue reading »center_img 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

The Tourist Board of the Split-Dalmatia County started with the promotion on the European market

first_imgThe Tourist Board of the Split-Dalmatia County has launched promotional campaigns aimed at the markets of Germany, Poland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Austria. The most prominent part of the promotional campaign is the new video “A Dream Waiting For You” which was launched a few days ago. The aim of the campaign is to further promote Central Dalmatia as a self-destination.center_img We are carefully monitoring the situation in the main emitting markets of Central Dalmatia, as well as hoteliers, caterers, tourist camps, owners of family accommodation and nautical, waiting for an agreement between the epidemiological and tourist professions which should enable protection of human health and realization of the summer part of this tourist year. Joško Stella, director of the Split-Dalmatia County Tourist Board and adds: “Despite the modest funds available to the County Tourist Board in these circumstances, we have prepared promotional campaigns aimed at our traditional markets of Germany, Poland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Austria. Through them, we will further promote Central Dalmatia as a self-destination. The most prominent part of the promotional campaign is the new video that was launched a few days ago, which is aimed at targeted European markets and represents a marketing step at the time of opening borders and establishing tourist traffic in these areas.”Points out Joško Stella, director of the Split-Dalmatia County Tourist Board.last_img read more

Roberto Martinez reaping reward for faith in Arouna Kone

first_imgEverton manager Roberto Martinez insists his faith in striker Arouna Kone never wavered and that is now being rewarded. Jermain Defoe and Steven Fletcher both scored to cancel out the hosts’ 2-0 lead given to them by Gerard Deulofeu and Kone but in an increasingly open game Everton picked them off with Kone scoring twice to complete his hat-trick after a Sebastian Coates own goal and one from Romelu Lukaku had already taken the result away from them. “I am obviously concerned about the lack of understanding in certain periods of the game with the team, particularly when we got back to 2-2,” said Allardyce. “When we got the second we decided to go and attack for the third. We didn’t get it and within seven minutes we tossed the game away and allowed Everton to score three silly, sloppy goals from counter-attacks they didn’t have to work very hard for. “That lack of discipline and understanding has really concerned me on the basis we should have been satisfied with the 2-2. “At the top end we can score a goal and create chances but until we get into the habit of defending better out of possession it is worthless how many goals we score if we defend like that. “That lack of discipline and organisation as a team is obviously the biggest concern for me.” The Ivorian scored his first hat-trick in English football in the 6-2 demolition of struggling Sunderland to register a remarkable turnaround in the 31-year-old’s fortunes. After a knee injury decimated the first two years of his career at the club he was actually booed when he came off the bench in the season-opening draw at home to Watford. Press Association The reaction was totally different after his sharp finishing put the Black Cats in their place after they had clawed back a 2-0 deficit. “I had the privilege of working with him previously so I was an in an advantageous position and knew exactly what he could do,” said Martinez. “It was a really tough injury and I have seen players retiring from that. “He got fit but then had a period of getting back to match fitness but no one in the training ground ever lost faith in him. “He is a very important player for us in every aspect of his performances. “It was a phenomenal 90 minutes because it triggers an extension to his contract (which was due to expire in the summer). “He is a sensational example to any young footballer facing adversity.” Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce had considerably less belief in his players’ ability to follow a plan as they threw caution to the wind chasing back-to-back victories when he thought they should have settled for a point at 2-2. last_img read more

Dattaku, Trappco Shine in Low Cup

first_img2020 GTBANK LAGOS POLO *Battles for Majekodunmi Cup to begin todayThe final week of the 2020 GTBank Lagos International Polo Tournament galloped off on a blistering note yesterday with Lagos Dattaku claiming a 7 ½ – 6 win over Lagos GDF in the Low Cup. Kaduna Trappco also out galloped Lagos Al-Dusar 6 – 5 ½ in another Low Cup game with Aliyu Tijani’s six-touch 200 yards solo goal at the last seconds of the first chukka drawing an all-round applause from the crowd.Dattaku, formed by Hadi Mutallab, Danjuma Kubarachi, Glory Mbano and Aminu Ahmed started on a half a goal advantage due to their handicap inferiority and they extended their lead to 2 ½ goals with Ahmed scoring twice in the first chukka.Lagos GDF Global which featured Kabiru Saidu, Ahmadu Umar, Funsho George and Abdulahi Jugunu laboured all through to keep in touch with hitman Umar reducing the deficit by converting a 60 yard penalty.Cascalito, as the former groomer from Ibadan Polo Club is fondly called, scored two more goals to put GDF on the lead heading to the penultimate third chukka.Jugunu kept GDF further in front scoring in the third chukka but the game was turned around by Mbano and Kubarachi – the latter scoring from a near-impossible angle despite challenge by Umar for. 4 ¼ – 4 lead.Dattaku patron Mutallab then converted a 40 yard penalty to widen the lead going to the last chukka. Kubarachi scored two quick-fire goals at the start of the closing chukka to put the game to bed rendering Umar and Saidu’s goals which were GDF’s fifth and sixth inconsequential.There are four matches on the schedule for today with the Majekodunmi Cup tie between Leighton Kings and Keffi Ponys/Western Bet the pick of the pack.The Kings powered by Bowale Jolaosho are a +21 handicap team, the highest in the history of polo in Nigeria are billed to commence the match on a four-year goal deficit due to their handicap rating.Other matches will see Seyi Tinubu-financed Lagos STL confront Kano H-Hago; Kaduna Trappco face Lagos Al-Dusar while Kano Nasariyya tussle with Lagos Rojo.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more