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

Wildfires continue to rage through Colorado forests, 2 months after 1st eruption

first_imgABC NewsBY: IVAN PEREIRA, ABC News(FORT COLLINS, Colorado) — Hundreds of thousands of acres in Colorado continue to go up in flames as firefighters fight several wildfires throughout the state, including one that has been burning for over two months.The Cameron Peak Fire, which began on Aug. 13, is the largest recorded wildfire in Colorado’s history, according to the Rocky Mountain Area Coordination Center. The fire, located west of Fort Collins, burned 203,253 acres and was 62% contained as of Sunday afternoon, according to fire officials and the U.S. Forest Service.About 1,542 firefighters were battling the blaze in different sections, the U.S. Forest Service said in a news release.“In anticipation of the fire advancing, crews and heavy equipment built contingency lines and focused on structure protection,” the agency said in a statement.Officials said improving weather conditions have helped firefighters — on Saturday evening, wind speeds were reduced and the humidity shifted to a safer level for the firefighters, according to the U.S. Forest Service.“Fire managers will take advantage of this weather change to utilize aircraft and employ aggressive fire suppression actions,” the agency said in a statement.A chance of snow Sunday night is expected to bring relief but higher wind gusts are also in the forecast, according to the U.S. Forest Service.In the meantime, the state is dealing with other smaller fires that are burning in different areas.The Calwood Fire, located just north of Boulder, erupted Saturday and has burned 8,788, according to the U.S. Forest Service. Firefighters have not contained any part of the blaze as of Sunday afternoon, the agency said.The East Troublesome Fire, which is located just north of route 40, burned 11,562 acres and was 5% contained as of Sunday afternoon, according to the U.S. Forest Service.Colorado’s fires are part a surge in dangerous wildfires that have spread throughout the West Coast and Rocky Mountain region since the summer.Scientists and meteorologists say climate change has been the leading factor behind the rise in fires, as rising temperatures, drier air and strong wind gusts have fueled and strengthened the fires.Last week, there were at least four dozen large uncontained wildfires burning in western states, forcing evacuations in several towns in California and Colorado.The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection reported that wildfires in California this year have burned through more than 4.1 million acres, damaged over 5,400 structures and killed eight people.ABC News’ Matt Fuhrman and Daniel Peck contributed to this report.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Neptune awards drilling contracts for Seagull project in UK North Sea

first_imgUnder one of the contracts, Halliburton will supply high pressure/high temperature completions equipment to Neptune Image: Neptune has awarded drilling contracts for Seagull project in UK North Sea. Photo: courtesy of D Thory/Pixabay. Neptune Energy and its partners BP and Japex have awarded new drilling services contracts for its Seagull project in the UK waters of the Central North Sea.The total value of the contracts is estimated to be worth $40m.Under the terms of the agreements, US-based oilfield services company Halliburton will supply high pressure/high temperature completions equipment to Neptune.On the other hand, Schlumberger Oilfield UK will provide perforating services while its M I Drilling Fluids subsidiary will offer mud, drilling fluids and well-bore clean-up services.The joint venture has awarded contracts under a three-year agreement, with two one-year options to extend.Neptune Energy Seagull project manager Shona Campbell said: “The Seagull development is hugely important for Neptune and underlines our commitment to growing our operations in the UK North Sea.“The award of the contracts is also a crucial step in the development and demonstrates the diverse range of technical expertise available from UK suppliers.“Seagull has already been recognised as an excellent example of what can be achieved through a collaborative approach between partners and we look forward to continuing to progress with this development at pace.”Details of Seagull project in UK North SeaSeagull, which is a high pressure, high-temperature development, is contained in Block 22/29C, in UK licence P1622.Neptune and its partners had made a final investment decision (FID) in March on Seagull.As per its Field Development Plan (FDP), the partners plan to tie back the Seagull oil project to the BP-operated ETAP Central Processing Facility (CPF), which has been producing from the Eastern Trough Area Project for more than 20 years.Seagull is 17km south of the ETAP CPF and will partially use the latter’s existing subsea infrastructure. The first production from the offshore field is targeted for the end of 2021.The Seagull project is expected to have an initial production of nearly 50,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day through its design life of 10 years with 80% of that being oil.Through a deal made in August 2018 with Apache North Sea (ANSL), a wholly owned subsidiary of Apache, Neptune Energy acquired a stake of 35% in the Seagull oil and gas field and also became its operator. BP holds a 50% stake while Japex owns the remaining 15% stake in the North Sea field.last_img read more

U.S. Marines Celebrate Three-Week Partnership with Salvadoran Marines

first_img Training & Education View post tag: partnership View post tag: three December 22, 2011 View post tag: U.S. View post tag: Marines View post tag: celebrate View post tag: Salvadoran U.S. Marines assigned to High Speed Vessel (HSV 2) Swift celebrated the conclusion of a three-week partnership with Salvadoran Marines in La Union, Dec. 20.The three-week Marine subject matter expert exchange (SMEE) and Swift’s visit to El Salvador is part of HSV-Southern Partnership Station 2012 (HSV-SPS 12).The celebration was held at the officers club on La Union Naval Base and was attended by more than 50 Marines from both nations. Guests included Salvadoran Capt. Rafael Armando Guzman, La Union Fleet commander and Salvadoran Cmdr. Santiago Mendez, 1st Marine Battalion commander. The participants exchanged plaques and were given the opportunity to address the group.“This is the second time Southern Partnership Station has been in El Salvador,” said Mendez. “The experience has made us brothers and friends and it is for those reasons that we sacrifice together.”U.S. and Salvadoran Marines began working together Dec. 1. The Marines focused on small unit leadership, first-aid, land navigation, and small arms marksmanship.“The experience has been outstanding,” said Gunnery Sgt. Edward Palacios. “The Salvadoran Marines here are professional and well-trained. This experience is for you and for us, so that we make our respective Marine Corps stronger by passing the knowledge we have learned here.”The exchange culminated in a two-day marksmanship evolution. The U.S. Marines built a rifle range at the naval base and the two Marine Corps practiced firing techniques to improve efficiency“Ultimately working together is not about the individuals but about the Marines under your command,” said Sgt. Mark Miller, assigned to HSV-PS 12 Marine detachment (MARDET). “Knowledge is power. Use this knowledge to make your Marines stronger.”Southern Partnership Station is an annual deployment of U.S. ships to the U.S. Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM) area of responsibility in the Caribbean, Central and South America. The mission’s primary goal is information sharing with navies, coast guards and civilians in the region.U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command and U.S. 4th Fleet (COMUSNAVSO/C4F) supports U.S. Southern Command joint and combined full-spectrum military operations by providing principally sea-based, forward presence to ensure freedom of maneuver in the maritime domain, to foster and sustain cooperative relationships with international partners and to fully exploit the sea as maneuver space in order to enhance regional security and promote peace, stability, and prosperity in the Caribbean, Central and South American regions.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , December 22, 2011; Image: navy.mil Back to overview,Home naval-today U.S. Marines Celebrate Three-Week Partnership with Salvadoran Marines U.S. Marines Celebrate Three-Week Partnership with Salvadoran Marines View post tag: News by topic View post tag: americas View post tag: week Share this articlelast_img read more

Ireland: Coast Guard’s Fleet to Get Two New Vessels over Next Two Years

first_img View post tag: two The Coast Guard’s fleet is to get two new vessels over the next two years.Transport Minister Leo Varadkar has confirmed that almost €4.4m in funding will also be allocated to the service for the coming year along with an annual grant of €150,000 to the RNLI.Mr Varadkar was speaking during a visit to thank volunteers at the Coast Guard Station in Howth, Co Dublin.“The Coast Guard performs an essential role all year round,” he said.Coast Guard director Chris Reynolds said 2011 had been one of the busiest for the service since its foundation.The Coast Guard responded to nearly 2,000 incidents during the year, resulting in 163 lives being saved and more than 3,300 people being helped.Its helicopters alone performed 551 missions during the year.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , January 03, 2012; Image: royalnavy View post tag: Ireland View post tag: over View post tag: Guards View post tag: Navy View post tag: next View post tag: fleet View post tag: News by topic Ireland: Coast Guard’s Fleet to Get Two New Vessels over Next Two Years View post tag: Navalcenter_img View post tag: years January 3, 2012 View post tag: vessels View post tag: New View post tag: coast View post tag: get Back to overview,Home naval-today Ireland: Coast Guard’s Fleet to Get Two New Vessels over Next Two Years Industry news Share this articlelast_img read more

Council Roundup: Marketing Money, Project Updates and More

first_imgWork to replace a block of boardwalk in front of Gillian’s Wonderland Pier is proceeding more quickly than a similar block-long project last year.City Council on Thursday approved spending $750,000 on a new skateboard park, moved to lease a city-owned property to the Greater Ocean City Theatre Company for $1 a year and approved an agreement to transport dredge spoils to Wildwood, but here are some other items from Thursday’s meeting that might be of interest.Downtown and Boardwalk Budgets: City Council approved the first reading of a $311,448 budget for Ocean City’s three Special Improvement Districts (SIDs). The SIDs include the retail section of the Ocean City Boardwalk, the downtown section of Asbury Avenue and the gateway section of Ninth Street. The budget is funded by assessments on businesses in the districts (based on storefront footage) and by revenue from events. The budget goes to marketing, beautification and promoting special events. Downtown Merchants Association co-chairman Paul Cunningham and Boardwalk Merchants Association President Wes Kazmarck reported on plans to build on momentum from 2014. Cunningham said efforts to merge downtown groups into the new Downtown Merchants Association and to create a cohesive branding message in 2014 were successful. Kazmarck said the popular boardwalk theme nights (Family Night, Mummers Night, etc.) will continue and the group will look to expand on a successful season. A second reading and public hearing on the budget is scheduled for Jan. 8. (See Agenda Packet for detail on the budget.)Attics in Ocean City Homes Neighborhood: City Council approved the first reading of an ordinance that provides relief for the only single-family neighborhood in Ocean City with a six-foot attic height limit. The proposed measure would allow attic heights of nine feet and eliminate a requirement for a pull-down stair (without affecting overall building height requirements). A second reading is scheduled for Dec. 29. (See Agenda Packet for detail.)Merion Park Utility Poles: Council approved the installation of three new utility poles to support the new pumping station in the drainage project near completion. The new pumps are expected to be installed next week.Leon Costello Contract: City Council voted to award a professional services contract to Leon Costello of Ford, Scott & Associates for municipal auditing services.Project Updates: Ocean City Business Administrator Mike Dattilo reported that the city expects to have more information next week on the schedule for the Army Corps of Engineers beach replenishment project on the south end of the island. He said the project to replace a block of boardwalk between Sixth and Seventh streets is proceeding more quickly than a similar project last year with pilings already being installed. He said work to repave some streets between Battersea Road and First Street will begin next week.last_img read more

Turbo oven cooks 12 times faster

first_imgServequip (Croydon, Surrey) says its TurboChef Tornado cooks up to 12 times faster than conventional ovens. This is thanks to the combination of its high-speed impinged hot air, dual microwaves and infrared heating element.The oven is compact and ventless and can deliver a range of foods from pizzas, burgers and sandwiches to chicken wings and breakfast food items.last_img

Bringing values, not just facts, to climate fight

first_img Professor’s novella imagines a world done in by climate change Destination: Doom Related “They were acting as sentinels, calling attention to issues not yet publicly recognized,” Oreskes said.Setting limits around expertise is important, Oreskes said. In climate, she said, that means explaining the science behind the issue, talking about the potential impacts, and noting the need for action. She warned against stepping beyond expertise to a field where one has little experience — for an atmospheric scientist, for example, to push a carbon tax over emissions trading as a way to curb CO2 emissions, a choice better left to policy experts.In her talk, sponsored by the Physics Department and hosted by Professor Melissa Franklin, Oreskes noted where the history of climate study offers examples of scientists serving as sentinels, including Roger Revelle, who wrote a 1965 report calling attention to carbon dioxide emissions’ potential to cause a greenhouse effect that would warm the planet. The report, Oreskes said, was well-received by government officials at the time and proved prescient, predicting that if nothing was done, atmospheric carbon dioxide could rise 25 percent by 2000, a level at which climate effects would be visible.Part of the reason facts can’t be left to speak for themselves, Oreskes said, is that facts have enemies. There have been repeated backlashes when scientific insights demand government action, and those backlashes often include attempts to discredit the facts, she said.Drawing on “Merchants of Doubt,” Oreskes made a case for the limits of fact-based arguments in the face of climate change denial.Denial, she said, isn’t about science but about individualism, skepticism of government power, the self-interest of those in affected industries, and conceptions of freedom. For those moved by those concerns, climate change is just the latest in a series of scientific problems leading to greater government intrusion. Disputing climate facts has roots in fear, Oreskes said — not of climate, but of higher taxes, bigger government, and lost freedoms.That’s why fighting on the facts is not enough, she said. Deploying a value-based argument — such as the values of fairness, of responsibility, of protecting health — is crucial.“Lots of people are willing to speak against the facts,” she said. “Someone has to speak for the facts. That someone is us.” The facts, unfortunately, don’t speak for themselves.That’s why scientists have to speak out, according to Naomi Oreskes, a Harvard history of science professor who has taken a close look at the causes and effects of climate change denial.Oreskes, co-author, with Erik Conway, of the 2010 book “Merchants of Doubt,” said that many climate scientists today are loath to speak out on the issue, instead saying that their role ends with gathering and presenting the facts. They worry that being viewed as an advocate or activist will damage scientific credibility.In a talk Wednesday at the Science Center, Oreskes offered historical examples, from Albert Einstein’s advocacy for nuclear arms control to Sherwood Rowland’s clamoring for action to stop the ozone hole, of scientists who called attention to a threat poorly understood by the public without sacrificing their scientific integrity.Climate science, Oreskes said, needs more knowledgeable people explaining potential effects, so that citizens better understand that it’s a crisis affecting them and their communities, not just distant glaciers and polar bears. Despite having given hundreds of talks on the issue, Oreskes is not confident that enough people understand just how serious uncontrolled climate change would be.There are times, Oreskes said, that a scientist must serve as a “sentinel” — someone who knows about a threat before the public and policymakers, and acts to alert society to that danger. In recent history there have been many examples, she pointed out, ranging from ozone and nuclear weapons to secondhand smoke and acid rain.In the case of nuclear weapons, despite broad appreciation that nuclear bombs were hugely destructive, most of the world — even President Harry Truman, who said the U.S. would win any nuclear arms race — didn’t understand that the scale of destruction potentially threatened the planet, she noted.Similarly, in the 1970s, when Rowland realized that chlorofluorocarbons used in spray cans and refrigeration were harming the ozone that protected the planet from cancer-causing radiation, he spoke out and worked toward a ban, enacted in an international treaty, the Montreal Protocol of 1987.last_img read more

SMAACS earns travel grant for national conference

first_imgThe Saint Mary’s Affiliates of the American Chemical Society, or SMAACS, recently received a grant to travel to New Orleans in March for the 255th American Chemical Society Meeting.As an affiliate chapter of the American Chemical Society (ACS), SMAACS members were able to apply for the travel grants associated with the national meetings held twice throughout the year. They were subsequently awarded $300 and the opportunity to present their research to other ACS members. This grant and additional funding from other grants and scholarships offered at Saint Mary’s will completely cover travel expenses for the 12 students attending. All 12 students and three faculty presenters will present research conducted through the summer and the academic year.Senior and secretary of SMAACS Kate McMahon spearheaded the application process with the help of junior and SMAACS historian Heather DiLallo and faculty advisor Jennifer Fishovitz. As a fourth-year member of the group, McMahon said she is especially appreciative of this opportunity to share her work and further explore the world of science.“Most of us have been involved with the work for a while, with some of the participants having been doing research for over a year here at Saint Mary’s,” she said in an email.  “This is an opportunity for us to talk about the research we are doing with other students and professionals in the field, to gain ideas, network and just have a good time celebrating the work we have done.”The research will cover a variety of topics, including counterfeit medicine, new instrumental analysis techniques and biochemical protein research. Most of the participating students will be part of a symposium on “Chemistry in the Developing World.”McMahon said this award will shed light on research at Saint Mary’s and open a door to the greater scientific community. “This accomplishment is just another opportunity for us to showcase how great the work that is being done at Saint Mary’s really is. We have a lot of fascinating and progressive ideas being researched right here on campus, and this accomplishment represents that,” McMahon said.  “It not only shows our own community that we are capable of ‘keeping up with the big boys,’ but also proves this to the public sector as well. We are strong and capable women here at Saint Mary’s, and we need to highlight and celebrate that fact.”Fishovitz, a professor of chemistry and physics, said the most rewarding aspect of this trip will be an increased awareness of the innovative research taking place at Saint Mary’s.“We will be able to spread awareness about the research that’s being done at Saint Mary’s — not only at the conference where the students will get to network with graduate schools, medical schools and other prominent scientists — but also here on campus,” Fishovitz said.  “We’ll show people that our students are doing research, and they’re doing research that is able to be presented at a national meeting with chemists from around the world.”DiLallo said she is looking forward to representing Saint Mary’s at the national meeting, spending time sharing ideas with colleagues and learning how to utilize a scientific background to improve the world. “This is a huge accomplishment for SMAACS to be recognized by the national American Chemical Society as a student chapter that is actively making an impact on our campus and in our world, as well as providing opportunities for undergraduate student research at an early age,” DiLallo said in an email.  “I think this is even more of a reason for Saint Mary’s College to continue to develop a vibrant research culture on campus so that Saint Mary’s students can present at conferences like these and demonstrate the unique and empowering women’s education we receive here.”Tags: American Chemical Society, chemistry, research, Saint Mary’s Affiliates of the American Chemical Society, SMAACS, travel grantlast_img read more

Josh Hamilton Will Join Ewan McGregor in The Real Thing on Broadway

first_img View Comments Hamilton will play the role of Max. His Broadway credits include Dead Accounts, The Coast of Utopia, Proof and Brighton Beach Memoirs. His film and TV credits include American Horror Story: Coven, The Bourne Identity, J. Edgar, Ice Age, Alive, Kicking and Screaming, Necessary Roughness, The Good Wife and the upcoming Gracepoint. Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 4, 2015 The original 1984 Broadway production won five Tony Awards including Best Play. The Real Thing was revived on the Great White Way in 2000 and won three Tonys, including Best Revival of a Play. Related Showscenter_img The Real Thing tells the story of Henry (McGregor), a successful playwright who is unhappily married to Charlotte (Nixon), the lead actress in his current play about a marriage on the verge of collapse. When Henry’s affair with their friend Annie (Gyllenhaal) threatens to destroy his own marriage, he discovers that life has started imitating art. After Annie leaves her husband so she and Henry can begin a new life together, he can’t help but wonder whether their love is fiction or the real thing. The Real Thing Josh Hamilton is set to star alongside the previously announced Ewan McGregor, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Tony winner Cynthia Nixon in the new Roundabout Theatre Company revival of Tom Stoppard’s The Real Thing. Directed by Sam Gold, the production will begin performances on October 2 and open officially on October 30 at the American Airlines Theatre.last_img read more