Four journalists get death threats

first_img June 10, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Four journalists get death threats to go further Guatemala: 51 Signatories Call For Authorities To Drop Criminal Charges Against Indigenous Journalist Anastasia Mejía Guatemala. Don’t put the Guatemalan press in quarantine! RSF_en Organisation Reporters Without Borders expressed concern today about death threats received by four journalists and seven human rights activists in Guatemala and called on the authorities to thoroughly investigate and to arrest and punish those responsible.”This intimidation is a new blow to press freedom in Guatemala, where human rights organisations and those reporting violations are increasingly under constant pressure,” said Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard in a letter to interior minister Eduardo Arévalo Lacs.Ménard noted that freelance journalist David Herrera was forced to go into exile in April after investigating human rights violations by the army during the country’s 1960-96 civil war. About 20 journalists were threatened or physically attacked and the staff of several media subjected to intimidation in Guatemala last year, according to Reporters Without Borders. The four journalists – Abner Gouz, of the daily El Periódico, Rosa María Bolaños, of the daily Siglo XXI, Ronaldo Robles and Marielos Monzón, of the radio station Emisoras Unidas, along with seven human rights activists, received death threats on 7 June in a anonymous statement sent to the Alliance Against Impunity and to the newsrooms of the media concerned. The 11 were accused of being “enemies of the country” and were threatened with “extermination” by “true Guatemalans.”The threats came after the 27-31 May visit to Guatemala by the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders, Hina Jilani, who was also mentioned in the statement. At the end of her visit, she said the existence of clandestine armed groups threatening human rights activists and accused to be backed by the army was “very serious and worrying” and called on the government to track them down and bring them under control. The 11 who received the threats have formally complained to the country’s human rights prosecutor, Tatiana Morales.Guatemala’s truth commission (Comisión para el Esclarecimiento Histórico – CEH) said in February 1999 that the army was responsible for 93 per cent of the massacres perpetrated during the civil war in which nearly 200,000 people were killed or disappeared. But the government has refused to implement the commission’s recommendations, notably its call to set up a special enquiry into the army to weed out those mainly responsible for such abuses. News News Help by sharing this information Newscenter_img GuatemalaAmericas May 8, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Guatemala Receive email alerts Red alert for green journalism – 10 environmental reporters killed in five years January 7, 2021 Find out more News GuatemalaAmericas August 21, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Bassnectar Will Play Electric Forest Every Year As New Resident DJ

first_imgIn an interview with Night Owl Radio, hosted by Insomniac founder Pasquale Rotella, Bassnectar has announced that he will officially be named “Resident DJ” of Electric Forest, and will now play the festival each year alongside original anchor band The String Cheese Incident. The bass-heavy star DJ had this to say about the new arrangement:“After last year, you asked if I would come in as an official resident, just to play each year, and I haven’t really done that officially for any festival yet, but I just kind of felt like there was nowhere else that felt like home for that.”This is exciting news for the Bassnectar community, since String Cheese’s yearly celebrations at The Forest have shown us that the host artists at Electric Forest always deliver amazing production, fun surprises, and a unique experience.  We are eager see what Bassnectar has in store for the first year of his residency!Listen to Bassnectar and Pasquale trade stories about Electric Forest, the 90s rave scene and more in the interview below (fast forward to 39:03 for Bassnectar’s interview)[Photo via Dave Vann]last_img read more

LGPS Board notes ‘entrenched’ views in debate over pension fund mergers

first_img“It is also clear there are a number of quite entrenched positions in this debate informed more by personal experience than by data or research.”Outlining how stakeholders had responded on the contentious issue of scheme mergers compared with greater collaboration across authorities, the SSAB’s report noted that the majority spoke out in favour of framework agreements, whereby one authority tenders for services in such a way that allows other funds to benefit from the selected managers.“The scale and extent of existing collaborative work is encouraging,” the summary said. “However, the savings identified above are relatively minor when compared with total investment costs.”It continued that collective investment vehicles, allowing the funds to achieve the benefits of scale without a full merger, was the second most cited reform proposal, with some recommending the UK’s recently launched Authorised Contractual Scheme as a means of tax-efficient pooling.The report also remarked that many had proposed a switch to passive investment, one that nonetheless raised concerns that it would concentrate mandates among a smaller number of asset managers.The Board added: ”One key issue to consider is the potential impact on financial markets should all LGPS funds move to passive management where they are able to do so.”  The majority of respondents also raised concerns about the lack of data to reach informed decisions on reform, urging the creation of a set of data that puts all 89 funds in England and Wales on even footing.While the absence of research was also an issue of concern, the Board highlighted work undertaken by Dutch pensions manager APG showing that, in the eight years to 2009, the LGPS outperformed its benchmark by 1 percentage point, returning 1.7% over the period.“This research also showed large differences in investment performance between funds and revealed that larger funds consistently achieved higher investment returns over this period,” the Board’s response said.,WebsitesWe are not responsible for the content of external siteshttp://www.lgpsboard.org/index.php/structure-reform/board-analysis-menu Local authority pension funds in the UK remain split over government proposals to reform the sector, as some advocate collective investment vehicles and others argue in favour of switching all investment mandates to a passive approach in an effort to reduce costs across the sector.The Shadow Scheme Advisory Board (SSAB), set up to advise on the reform of the UK Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS), said there was “universal agreement” on the need for more transparent and consistent report data across the sector that could inform potential reforms.However, the Board’s chair Joanne Segars noted that there was less agreement as to what shape the reforms should take.“There is a clear divide between those in favour of mergers and further consolidation and those who favour the status quo or a more modest move to scheme collaboration,” Segars, also the chief executive of the National Association of Pension Funds, said in her foreword.last_img read more

Mrs. Ruth Evelyn (Deckard) Osborn

first_imgMrs. Ruth Evelyn (Deckard) Osborn, age 91, of Vevay, Indiana, entered this life on January 6, 1926, in Knox County, Indiana, the loving daughter of the late, Isaac and Sarah C. (Jaynes) Deckard. She was raised in Vincennes, Indiana where she was a 1943 graduate of the Vincennes High School. After high school, Ruth resided in the Indianapolis community and was united in marriage on June 2, 1946 in Indianapolis, Indiana, to William Earl Nail, Sr. and to this union arrived five children to bless their home. Ruth was later united in marriage on August 25, 1973, in Vevay, Indiana, to Nathan M. Osborn. Ruth was employed for William E. Nail Plumbing in Lawrence, Indiana and later for Internal Revenue Services as an auditor. Ruth had resided in the Vevay community since 1969. She was a member of the Switzerland County Community Church in Vevay, Indiana. Ruth will be remembered for her love of gardening, baking and traveling. Ruth passed away at 12:55 am, Sunday, August 27, 2017, at her residence in Vevay, Indiana.Ruth will be missed by her son: Paul David Nail and his wife: Kelly of Gibsonia, PA; her daughters: Inez “Kay” Love and her husband: Thomas of Lawton, OK; Carol Horn and her husband: Randy of St. Peters, MO; her son-in-law: Theodore “Ted” Rodman, Jr. of Vevay, IN; her grandchildren: Theresa Milligan, Angela Holtswarth, Carrie Barwick, Jobi Stewart, Bill Nail, Joshua Nail, Millie Balistreri, Natalie Fisher and Nathan Nail; her 13-great-grandchildren; her several step-grandchildren and her several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents: Isaac and Sarah C. (Jaynes) Deckard; her 1st husband: William Earl Nail, Sr.; her 2nd husband: Nathan M. Osborn; her son: William Earl “Bill” Nail, Jr., died June 16, 2008; her daughter: Evelyn Lee (Nail) Rodman, died June 23, 2015; her step-son: William H. Wilson; her brothers: Grant, Thomas, Alva, Loren, Gale and Paul Deckard and her sisters: Edith Pirtle, Lila Wesley, Vivian Paul and Oma Horrall. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, August 30, 2017, at 1:00 pm, by Rev. Charles Dayadharum at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043. Interment will follow in the Vevay Cemetery, Vevay, Indiana. Friends may call from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm, Wednesday, August 30, 2017, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043. Memorial contributions may be made to Switzerland County Historical Society. Cards are available at the funeral home.last_img read more