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.
May 13, 2021 Find out more MexicoAmericas Reports Organisation MexicoAmericas RSF_en Reporters Without Borders hopes for quick results from the investigation into yesterday’s armed attack in Monterrey (in the northeastern state of Nuevo León), in which gunmen threw a grenade and opened fire on the regional studios of the privately-owned national TV network Televisa and left a message criticising media coverage of drug trafficking. The federal justice ministry is leading the investigation.“Fortunately there were no victims, but this attack shows that organised crime is targeting national as well as local media,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Solving this attack will be a new test for the government, which wants to make it a federal crime to use violence against the press.”The press freedom organisation added: “The reference in the gunmen’s message to government involvement in drug trafficking should obviously be treated with prudence, but should encourage the authorities to monitor what goes on in their own ranks. We hail the measures taken to protect the Televisa building and the two other national networks in Monterrey, TV Azteca and Multimedios.”Yesterday evening’s attack was carried out by masked men in two pickup trucks. Televisa’s management said 12 bullet impacts were found in the building’s entrance while the grenade damaged a workshop used by cameramen. No one was injured, but a journalist, Karina Garza Ochoa, received treatment for shockThe hand-written message left by the gunmen said: “Stop reporting only about us, also report about the narco-officials.”Troops and members of the Federal Preventive Police (PFP) immediately set up a security cordon around the Televisa building and the Monterrey headquarters of TV Azteca Noroeste and Multimedios, while the federal justice ministry took charge of the investigation. The Nuevo León justice department said it was the first armed attack on a news organisation in the state.However, it was not the first time journalists have been the targets of violence in Nuevo León. The disappearance of TV Azteca Noroeste reporter Gamaliel López and cameraman Gerardo Paredes on 10 May 2007 in Monterrey has never been solved.Amado Ramírez, Televisa’s correspondent in Acapulco (in the southern state of Guerrero), was murdered on 6 April 2007, after the start of a federal offensive against organised crime. The investigation into Ramírez’s murder has been marred by many irregularities. Reporters Without Borders hopes for quick progress in the investigation into yesterday’s armed attack on the regional studios of the national TV network Televisa in Monterrey, which was claimed by drug traffickers. The federal justice ministry is in charge of the investigation. Follow the news on Mexico January 7, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Investigating attack on Monterrey TV studios a “test” for federal justice ministry May 5, 2021 Find out more News Help by sharing this information News to go further News Reporter murdered in northwestern Mexico’s Sonora state 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies Receive email alerts NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say April 28, 2021 Find out more
Linkedin Shannondoc operating but only by appointment No vaccines in Limerick yet First Irish death from Coronavirus Advertisement NewsBreaking newsLimerick woman to face trial over pensioner’s murderBy Staff Reporter – April 8, 2015 928 WhatsApp Email Proceedures and appointments cancelled again at UHL Print Andrew [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up A LIMERICK woman is to face trial at the Central Criminal Court for the murder of a pensioner at a city centre apartment almost 18 months ago.41-year-old Mary Lynch, with an address at a basement apartment in No 21, Upper Cecil Street in Limerick is charged with the murder of 65-year-old Paddy Redmond at an apartment in Mount Kennett on November 10, 2013.At a sitting of Limerick District Court this Wednesday, Garda Sean Dixon served the book of evidence, which ran to three volumes, on the accused as she sat in the public gallery.Ms Lynch was arrested in January and remanded in custody before she was granted bail at the High Court a week later.When she was charged with the murder, Ms Lynch replied “not guilty”.Legal Aid defence solicitor John Devane told the court that Ms Lynch was granted bail at the High Court, with conditions, on January 19 last.At an earlier hearing, Mr Devane said his client was undergoing psychiatric treatment and receiving strong medication.Sgt Donal Cronin said that the Director of Public Prosecutions consented to the accused be sent forward for trial to the current sittings of the Central Criminal Court or on a signed plea of guilty.However Mr Devane said, “that doesn’t arise”.Judge Marian O’Leary issued the alibi warning to Ms Lynch whereby the details of any alibi witnesses she may call during the trial be given to the Gardaí within 14 days.Paddy Redmond suffered a single stab wound to the back at a neighbour’s apartment in the Mount Kennett complex on the Dock Road.After the alarm was raised, emergency paramedics and Gardaí battled to save the pensioner’s life but Mr Redmond died a short time later at the regional hospital in Dooradoyle.Originally from Dublin, Mr Redmond had been living at a number of addresses in Limerick for a number of years and had moved to the Dock Road complex over 12 months before his murder. He is survived by his three grown-up daughters and estranged wife. Walk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April Previous articleBetting – Limerick 19/10 to beat Bray #loiNext articleLimerick students to celebrate diverse cultures Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TAGSfeatured Surgeries and clinic cancellations extended Facebook
New assemblages of Radiolaria, including some of the few occurrences of high southern latitude Jurassic and Cretaceous radiolarian faunas, show that several localities in the LeMay Group of Alexander Island range in age from latest Jurassic–earliest Cretaceous to at least Albian. By demonstrating that sedimentation and deformation in the LeMay Group was diachronous, younging oceanwards to the northwest, these new age assessments support the model of the LeMay Group as an accretionary complex. The polarity of subduction beneath Alexander Island was not affected by arc collisions from at least the Lower Jurassic to the Oligocene, and such a long period of continuous accretion appears to be unusual. Deposition of the LeMay Group spans the Kimmeridgian to Albian sedimentation in the Fossil Bluff Group fore-arc basin, thus making the earlier concept of the LeMay Group as pre-Jurassic ‘basement’ untenable. Allochthonous latest Jurassic–earliest Cretaceous radiolarian assemblages with some supposed Tethyan affinities are present in the LeMay Group. In contrast, an in situ latest Jurassic assemblage from the Nordenskjöld Formation of the back-arc basin and a further Jurassic assemblage from a probable trench-slope basin have characteristics believed diagnostic of high latitudes. The biogeographic affinities of radiolarians from cherts in the LeMay Group accretionary complex suggest that both these cherts, and associated basalts, are far-travelled slices of the Phoenix plate. Rocks from the probable trench-slope basin, formerly assigned to the younger Fossil Bluff Group fore-arc basin sequence, now appear to be part of a new, previously unrecognized formation.
The incident has caused severe damage to the F.B. Culley Power Plant owned by Vectren.Two of the main units, Culley Two and Three, were out of commission for most of Sunday. Culley Two was back up and running by 4 a.m. Monday.Culley Three that produces 270 megawatts of electricity will not be able to run for the next four to five weeks.Vectren says if it continues to have problems, it will turn to Alcoa and other power plants in the Tri-State for assistance.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail Warrick County Power Plant Deals Major Setbacks A Warrick County Power Plant is dealing with some major setbacks after a coal silo collapsed Sunday. Evansville City Council Looks to Change Homestead Tax Credit reported by CHELSEA KOERBLENThe Evansville city council is looking to change the county’s homestead tax.While that resolution was withdrawn at Monday’s city council meeting, it’s not the end of the discussion.Council will bring it back up in a meeting before November 1st, to get it passed.“I personally believe we can not afford eight percent of our homestead tax credit,” said city councilman Dan McGinn.In 2015, Evansville joined nine other Indiana counties offering a homestead tax exemption to homeowners. City council chose the highest homestead tax allowed by the state, eight percent.For example, if someone in Vanderburgh County owes $1,000 in property taxes, with the homestead tax credit they would only have to pay $920.McGinn says, the decision to have the homestead tax at eight percent, something he did vote in favor of, was “election exuberance.”“I wish I voted against it,” said McGinn. “Because it caused us some financial issues with some problems because it costs us $450,000 to $460,000.”Vanderburgh County is the only county in Indiana that offers the full eight percent homestead tax credit.Allen County, where Fort Wayne sits, is the second highest at 7.0404%“Let me tell you folks,” said McGinn. “We can not afford that, I’ll tell you that upfront.”Council has until November to change the current homestead tax credit.McGinn says they plan to use a new formula to decide the new percentage the tax credit should be. He hopes it will be lowered to around six percent.“That may allow us to keep all of our police and all of our firefighters and all of our road crews on,” said McGinn. “Which is something we need to do.”Indiana Counties that have a Homestead Credit:Allen – 7.0404%Marion – 3.0844%Miami – 2.6280%Monroe – 3.4820%Perry – 2.3328%Posey – 5.4261%St. Joseph – 5.8243%Spencer – 4.4136%Tippecanoe – 3.4022%Vanderburgh – 8.0000%
This is one in a series of profiles showcasing some of Harvard’s stellar graduates.Clara J.K. Long is graduating from Harvard Law School — surely the only member of her class who once lived in a landfill.That was in 2001. Long was a Brown University undergraduate helping to organize trash pickers in Brazil. She lived next to sliding mounds of trash for a month, the experience an emblem of the eccentric verve with which Long has so far lived.As a teenager, she toured Russia, roamed Central America with just a backpack and bravery for company, and hiked 500 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail. In her 20s, she worked alongside peasant socialists in Brazil, summered as a grant writer in Tanzania, spent a year on human rights work in the Amazon basin, lived as a “fixer” in Venezuela for visiting American reporters, and took a year off from law school to teach filmmaking to youngsters in Burundi. With those years came three other degrees: a bachelor’s from Brown University (2004), a master’s from the London School of Economics (2005), and another, in journalism, from Stanford University (2007).All along, her passion for adventure came in tandem with an equal passion for human rights. In fact, the life Long has lived so far was summed up nicely years ago by Paul Tillich, the Protestant theologian: “In every act of justice, daring is necessary, and risk is unavoidable.”Her sense of daring had its start in Fairfield, Calif., a city of 100,000 in the fertile Central Valley. Long’s mother is a geoscientist; her father an urban activist and former city manager who once dropped out of Brown to join the Army, bound for Vietnam. Long’s sense of justice likely began in elementary school, where through 11th grade she sat alongside the children of migrant workers. “I remember feeling a lot of discomfort,” she said, “about the contradictions that came up.”And 12th grade? That’s the daring part. Long finished high school in Fontainebleau, France. By dint of immersion (and dreaming) in French, she earned a baccalauréat degree. Starting at Brown, “I was really concerned about doing what mattered most,” said Long, who first majored in biology. Then came a spring semester in Belém, Brazil. “That totally changed the trajectory of my life,” she said, and turned a passion for tending the environment into “something that was much more about people.”In 2003, with her senior thesis under way, Long left Brown to work in Brazil’s Tocantins state with Xavier Plassat, an activist Dominican monk. By October 2004 she was at the London School of Economics to earn a master’s in environment and development. She then lived in Venezuela as a radio freelancer and by 2006 was a Stanford graduate student in journalism. During her studies there, Long interviewed a young Latina mother who — terrified by the possibility of arrest by U.S. immigration authorities — had not left her house in two months. “I felt really helpless,” Long said, and came to see law school as a way of acquiring “tools for dealing with injustice.”Long is also co-producer of “Border Stories,” a mosaic-like collection of videos about tensions and realities along the U.S.-Mexico border. Listen to the self-told tales of a bewildered teenager deported to Mexico (a country he never knew), a one-eyed border minuteman, and a ranching couple beset by border crossers.Her first year at Harvard, a fire hose of work, taught Long to love legal analysis. During her first summer and second year, she put her new training to work in Florence, Ariz., a city with 11 prisons, and in Brazil with the School’s International Human Rights Clinic. Injustice and abuse there are woven into the culture of roughneck national prisons.This year Long helped to coordinate a multi-law school project on U.S. protest rights regarding the Occupy movement. (A report is due out this summer.) It’s part of her recent focus, to broaden human rights work in the United States, where violations often simmer unseen. “It helps us,” Long said of Americans, “not to think of ourselves as an exception.”
Show Closed This production ended its run on May 18, 2014 A theatrical acrobatic tribute to the work and voice of women, Amaluna is a fusion of the words ama, which refers to “mother” in many languages, and luna, which means “moon,” a symbol of femininity that evokes both the mother-daughter relationship and the idea of goddess and protector of the planet. Cirque du Soleil’s Amaluna, is extending its stay in New York City. Written and directed by Tony winner Diane Paulus (Pippin), the show will now play through May 18 at on the grounds of Citi Field in Queens (home of the New York Mets). The show, which begins performances on March 20, will officially open on March 27. Related Shows Amaluna Check out a teaser for the breathtaking show below! View Comments
Original Phantom Michael Crawford is returning to the West End! Directed by Roger Haines, the Tony winner will headline Richard Taylor and David Wood’s The Go-Between. Based on the classic novel by L. P. Hartley, the production will begin performances at the Apollo Theatre on May 27 and officially open on June 7.Crawford won the Tony for Phantom; his additional stage credits include Barnum, The Woman in White and The Wizard of Oz. His on screen work includes the hapless Frank Spencer in the classic British sitcom, Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em.The show follows Leo Colston (Crawford), a man who can no longer hide from the memories of his past. Memories of the gloriously hot summer of 1900 and of his days spent in Norfolk come flooding back. Spending the holidays with the family of his school friend Marcus in their luxurious country home, the young Leo finds himself acting as the go-between for the beautiful upper-class Marian and tenant-farmer Ted who are embroiled in a forbidden secret love affair. The innocent Leo gets caught up in the adult atmosphere of deceit and manipulation as he risks everything in this coming of age story. The events of that summer and the devastating effects of love denied will shape his life forever.Further casting will be announced later; the limited engagement is set to run through October 15. View Comments Michael Crawford(Photo by Peter Kramer/Getty Images)
If your wish list this season includes a chipper or shredder to remove limbs and leaves from your landscape, follow these tips from University of Georgia Cooperative Extension before making a hasty purchase. A shredder is used primarily for leaves and very small twigs while a chipper chops wood or stalks into small pieces. Many units contain both chipper and shredder capabilities and are referred to as chipper/shredders. Engine sizes vary from small electric powered units with a horsepower of 1 horsepower or less to larger, 4- to 10- horsepower, gasoline-powered units. Some are available with an electric starter, which can be a useful with larger engines. Units that are even larger and attach to a tractor’s power-take-off (PTO) drive are also available. Some shredders have a chute for receiving leaves near the ground so leaves can be easily raked into the unit, or they may have the capability to be used as a vacuum to pull leaves into the unit. Others have wheels to allow operation over the lawn and landscape, much like a lawn mower. Chippers usually operate with knives fixed to a rotary disk. They chop wood that is fed through a chute into small pieces. Some chippers have knives that can be turned over when one side becomes dull. The ease of removing, replacing and/or sharpening the knives is an important feature to consider. Chipping green wood is usually easier and less damaging to the blades than chipping drier wood. The size of the branches that can be chopped is limited by the capacity of the machine. Some larger chippers can handle branches greater than 2 inches in diameter. Most gardeners seem to prefer the combination chipper/shredder, but put your individual needs first when making a selection. Always buy the largest machine you can afford, since underpowered or under capacity machines wear out sooner, require more maintenance and result in lower performance. Pay close attention to all safety warnings that accompany the machine and do not remove or dismantle any safety shields or guards. Ensure all chutes and hoppers are clean before use and no tools or other materials have fallen inside. Carefully check the materials you are shredding to ensure they contain no rocks, metal or similar materials that may damage the machine. (This is especially true of leaves in areas where a baseball, dog bone or similar damaging item can easily be raked up in the leaves.) Most chipper/shredders come with a “tamper” designed to feed materials into the hopper. Keep your face and hands away from the hopper so that a “kickback” of material will not injure you. Always wear tight fitting clothing, gloves and ear and eye protection. If the machine clogs, shut it down and allow all blades to completely stop before attempting to clean it.