State Security continues to harass independent journalists

first_img October 12, 2018 Find out more Help by sharing this information New press freedom predators elected to UN Human Rights Council Organisation News May 6, 2020 Find out more News Reporters Without Borders condemned harassment of independent journalists Osmel Sánchez Lopez, Ernesto Roque and his wife Ana Rosa Veitía on 18 and 21 June. State Security threatened Sánchez Lopez with four years in prison if he did not stop his activities. CubaAmericas June 23, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 State Security continues to harass independent journalists RSF_en Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders has condemned State Security harassment, intimidation and orchestrated blackmail against independent journalists Osmel Sánchez Lopez, Ernesto Roque and Ana Rosa Veitía, on 18 and 21 June 2005. “Once again Cuban journalists have been harassed because they want to do their jobs without interference,” the organisation said. “Sudden summonses to the police station, threats of imprisonment and seizing of equipment are all part of a strategy to demoralise the independent press, 21 of whom are still in jail in appalling conditions.”When they are not actually detained, Cuban journalists operate in a kind of conditional freedom,” it added.Independent journalist, once correspondent for Radio Martí, Sánchez Lopez was summoned by the political police on 18 June, in Venezuela, Ciego de Ávila Province in central Cuba. “An officer who told me he was called Jesus questioned me for three hours. He told me to stop my activities and banned me from seeing Juan Carlos González Leyva, head of the Cuban human rights foundation,” Sánchez Lopez told Reporters Without Borders.He said I would otherwise be jailed for four years for “pre-delinquent social dangerousness”. The journalist said he had not been physically mistreated but he had heard shouts, insults and threats throughout his questioning.”Afterwards police officers drove me away in a jeep and left me in the middle of the night in the country about four kilometres from my home,” said Sánchez Lopez, who does not intend to give way to the demands of State Security.”I will continue to do my job, write articles about society in which I sometimes condemn the poor living conditions of my people.” The journalist, who is a widower and is bringing up two children aged 12 and 10 alone, is dreading the next summons.Ernesto Roque and his wife Ana Rosa Veitía, both members of the Cuban union of independent journalists and writers (UPECI), were summoned and questioned separately on 21 June in Havana by six state security agents, according to the Cubanet website. The couple were told to hand over documents relating to a meeting planned for 25 June of Latin American Federation of Rural Women (FLAMUR) that Ana Rosa Veitía chairs. Police then took the couple back to their home and carried out a lengthy search, finishing by seizing a video camera, a digital camera, medicines, money and even some food. One of the agents, who introduced himself to Ernesto Roque as Reinier but told Ana Rosa Veitía that he was called Carlos, told the two journalists that the “process” in relation to them was only just beginning and warned them that the authorities would prevent the holding of the FLAMUR meeting. CubaAmericas Follow the news on Cuba to go further Cuba and its Decree Law 370: annihilating freedom of expression on the Internet October 15, 2020 Find out more News News RSF and Fundamedios welcome US asylum ruling in favor of Cuban journalist Serafin Moran Santiagolast_img read more

Vacancy rates back from the brink with even inner-Brisbane recovering

first_imgRecovery in the inner Brisbane market which is dominated by apartments has been a welcome boon for the property market.VACANCY rates in Brisbane’s inner-city have bounced back from the apartment “oversupply” brink, with landlords and tenants on equal footing again.The apartment-heavy inner Brisbane rental market went from an all-time vacancy rate high of 4.4 per cent in the March quarter to 3.5 per cent in the June quarter, according to the Real Estate Institute of Queensland’s June quarter report.It found a recovery was underway across the state’s weaker rental markets amid a tightening in inner Brisbane and across much of the regions, with the Brisbane LGA zone also back in healthy range, going from a weak 3.7 per cent in March to 3.3 per cent in the latest report.The tightest rental market in the state was Maroochydore on the Sunshine Coast for the third consecutive quarter at 1 per cent.REIQ chief executive Antonia Mercorella was ecstatic over the capital city’s resilience and the market’s ability to self-correct after massive supply. REIQ CEO Antonia Mercorella uutside the REIQ headquarters in Cannon Hill. Picture: Claudia Baxter“At 3.5 per cent, the REIQ classifies this market as healthy and this is when both tenants and landlords have reasonable expectations of their needs being met. We know that the population growth and jobs in the southeast corner are, so far, sufficient to absorb the level of apartment supply coming onto the rental market,” she said.“The market has an unswerving ability to self correct. In the first quarter of 2015, 2300 new apartments came onto the market and in the first quarter of 2017, around 260 apartments came onto the market.”REIQ said Brisbane’s middle ring (5-10km) remained a tighter rental market than the inner ring with a vacancy rate of 3.1 per cent- which was a repeat of the March figure.“The middle ring presents an affordable alternative to the inner ring and over the past six to nine months we’ve seen this ring tighten.”According to REIQ classifications a tight rental market was that with a vacancy rate from 0 to 2.5 per cent, healthy was 2.5 to 3.5 per cent and weaker was higher than 3.5 per cent.QLD Vacancy Rates – June Quarter:Brisbane LGA 3.3 per centInner Brisbane 3.5 per centIpswich 3.1 per cent (from 2 per cent)Logan 2.2 per cent (from 2.8 per cent)Moreton Bay 1.7 per cent (from 1.6 per cent)More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor2 hours agoRedland 2.6 per cent (from 2.5 per cent)Gold Coast 1.7 per centSunshine Coast 1.2 per centNoosa 3 per cent (from 4 per cent)Toowoomba 3.2 per cent (from 2.9 per cent)Fraser Coast 2.6 per cent (from 3.9 per cent)Hervey Bay 2.6 per cent (from 4.2 per cent)Bundaberg 3.6 per cent (from 4.6 per cent)Gladstone 6.5 per cent (from 6.4 per cent)Mackay 4.5 per cent (from 6.4 per cent)Rockhampton 7.2 per cent (from 8.6 per cent)Townsville 5 per cent (from 6.2 per cent)Cairns 1.8 per cent (Steady)(Source: REIQ) *Follow SOPHIE FOSTER on Twitter or Facebooklast_img read more

Dedication and Commitment

first_imgBy Julian BuckmasterNo two words better exemplify and embody the performance of the Australian open teams’ successful return of the Trans Tasman trophy to these shores following a 12-month sabbatical across the ditch. It was swift and sweet but it was grit and toil and a large dose of dedication and commitment at the heart of Australia’s stunning and emphatic 3-0 series win over New Zealand.But while the Australian players, coaches and support teams demonstrated these key attributes in spades over the Anzac weekend in Mudgee to secure the silverware, and notably with an exclamation mark on the eve of 2015 TWC, it’s often the unsung heroes who don’t strive for medals or titles. But, significantly, are no less deserving while putting in the hard yards and delivering quantity with quality in the service of our great sport.Immediately following the close of this successful series and on field presentations at Glen Willow Stadium in Mudgee, the Australian teams bunkered down for a breather to reflect on their achievements at a special closed ceremony to recognise and award their great achievements. To the winners the spoils and awards assigned to those very deserving. Not the least the elusive Trans Tasman trophy happy to be back on the continent and on proud and prominent display to all who contributed to its belated return. And, significantly, awards presented also to those whose efforts beyond the stripe often go unheralded and unrewarded.TFA CEO Colm Maguire, paid special tribute to the teams and staff in light of above, but fittingly to one TFA staff member, a special tribute and award, to suit.The Phil Smith Medal is presented annually by TFA to recognise a tireless worker and performer that personifies the effort and drive and service of like individuals; much like the medal’s namesake, one of Touch Football’s true pioneers.Whether it’s posting, or tweeting or researching, reporting or photographing, no one in the sport is more dedicated and committed to the task of informing the world of the world of touch and all it’s tales and travails from TFA Central.Lauren Pritchard, whose talents are well known at TFA and in the Touch Football fraternity, but typically goes about her work with a smile and the minimum of fuss and exposure, was rightly recognised by her peers in the Australian teams’ contingent as this year’s worthy medal recipient.Her tireless efforts and often sleepless nights bears testimony to her own brand of dedication and commitment providing great social/media coverage of this and several other events in years past.It’s these attributes and Colm’s reference of dedication and commitment that so clearly reflect and resemble “Pritch”; and to which the sport and the team at TFA all truly admire and are forever grateful.Befitting the team work and selflessness that highlighted the Australian teams 2014 campaign, Lauren shared the Phil Smith Medal on equal votes with another tireless performer and invaluable volunteer, Steve Cunningham.Fresh from physio and flag bearing duties, Steve joined Lauren on stage to receive the medal and the generous applause from all in attendance.The late Phil Smith could be no prouder of these two and their unstinting support of the sport, in honour of his name and his like contribution.To these winners, the spoils.Related LinksPhil Smith Medallast_img read more

10 months agoDean Holdsworth joins management team of Palermo

first_imgDean Holdsworth joins management team of Palermoby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Bolton Wanderers striker Dean Holdsworth has joined the management team of Palermo.David Platt, formerly of Juventus and Sampdoria, has also been assisting the club’s new owners.It was announced over the weekend:”Sport Capital Group Investments Ltd (a wholly owned subsidiary of Sport Capital Group Ltd) has today completed the acquisition of 100% of the shares of US Città di Palermo Spa, through the completion of the previously announced preliminary contract dated 30th November.”At a shareholders’ general meeting of US Città di Palermo Spa a new board of directors shall be nominated, with Clive Richardson as President, Emanuele Facile as Chief Executive and John Treacy as third director. The new board and a group of senior football advisors lead by Dean Holdsworth will be working on plans for the remainder of the 2018-19 Season with the current management team. “Sport Capital Group Investments Ltd will in the coming days be calling a shareholder meeting to increase its share capital to up to €20m.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 months agoTottenham striker Kane best no.9 in the world says Keane

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Tottenham striker Kane best no.9 in the world says Keaneby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham Hotspur star Harry Kane is the best number nine in the world, according to former Spurs star Robbie Keane.The Englishman has quietly gone about his business this season, once again blasting in goals left, right and centre.Kane currently has 20 goals in 30 appearances this season, which has taken him to fourth on the all-time scoring list at Tottenham. And Keane thinks he will continue adding to that tally.”I’m sure he’ll stay at this club for a long time. He loves it here. There’s no question that he cannot get to Jimmy Greaves’ record,” Keane, who banged in over 100 goals for Spurs, told Sky Sports.”What I like about Harry is that… everyone keeps talking about ‘ah, next year is he going to be good?’ He keeps doing it.”I’m sick of people saying ‘is he tired?’ because he keeps banging the goals in and that spurs him on.”When you speak to him he gets annoyed when people keep mentioning it and then he just keeps coming on the pitch and keeps scoring goals.”For me at this moment in time, he’s the best No. 9 in the world.” last_img read more

1464 unidentified bodies found on railway tracks in over 3 years

first_imgNew Delhi: Since 2016, as many as 1,464 unidentified bodies (UIDB) were found on the railway tracks in the National Capital. Police said that the bodies were discovered in the jurisdictions of seven police stations including New Delhi, Old Delhi, Anand Vihar, Hazrat Nizamuddin.According to Delhi Police data, in 2016 as many as 432 bodies were found whereas in 2017-345 bodies were found across the railway tracks in Delhi. Last year, Delhi Police recovered 416 bodied whereas in the current year (till August 15) as many as 271 bodies were found. “In some cases, mutilated bodies were found,” said Delhi Police officer. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderAccording to police, no identity cards were recovered from the bodies. “During the investigation, we gather clues like a birthmark, scar, tattoo mark, tailor mark on the clothing of the body,” police said. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Railways) Dinesh Kumar Gupta said that several steps are taken for the identification of the body. “We write to other states police to inform them about the unidentified body. We also distribute and paste Hue and Cry notices with the photograph of the deceased,” said DCP Railways. Adding further, DCP Dinesh Gupta said that they preserve the body for 72 hours. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThe data further revealed that since 2016, as many as 1,317 unidentified bodies were recovered of men while nearly 147 women bodies were found from railway tracks. “In the current year, as many as 249 male bodies and 22 bodies of women were recovered from tracks,” data added. The highest numbers of bodies, which were around 493, were recovered from the jurisdiction of Old Delhi railways police. From New Delhi railway police jurisdiction, as many as 258 bodies were found. Last year in July, an investigation by the Delhi Police Railways unit in the case of an unidentified woman body led to the arrest of her husband. The 40-year-old woman was strangulated to death by her husband inside a Delhi-bound passenger train. Police had recovered the body from Old Delhi railway station. According to police, after killing his wife, the husband thought that like any other case of the unidentified body, police would close the case. The accused had also lodged a missing case of his wife. For further updates, the accused went to the Old Delhi police station and when he showed his wife’s photo to cops, it surprisingly turned out to be one of the bodies kept under police custody. Later the accused was arrested.last_img read more

Two cops suspended in Assam for custodial torture

first_imgGuwahati: Two cops, including a woman constable, have been suspended for allegedly torturing three women in police custody in Assam’s Darrang district. Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal suspended Officer in-charge of Burha police station Mahendra Sarmah and Constable Binita Boro following a complaint filed by three sisters with Darrang Superintendent of Police on September 11 alleging that they were tortured and stripped by the police in custody on September 6. A inquiry has also been ordered into the allegations. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details According to the complaint, the police had detained the three sisters based on a FIR filed by a girl’s family that their brother had eloped with their daughter ealier on September 6. The sisters were beaten black and blue and also allegedly stripped by the police in custody. The torture led one of the sisters, who was pregnant, to deliver a stillborn baby. They were released by the police the same evening after the boy surrendered with the girl.last_img read more

Residents urged to be cautious with rising fire danger rating

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Though the Peace Region was exempt from the province’s campfire ban, the Prince George Fire Centre is still issuing residents to use caution when having a fire.With the fire danger rating climbing between moderate and high in the Peace Region, any unattended fires could lead to something much worse.Fire Information Officer Amanda Reynolds explained that with rising temperature there is potential for lightning hold over fires. “There is always the potential for lightning hold over fires but were not anticipating lightning in the next couple of days,” said Reynolds.Reynolds added that lightning hold overs occur when an area experiences hot temperatures and gets struck by lightning, causing a blaze.Reynolds went on to say that there are no new fires in the Fort St. John area and if residents are careful there won’t be for an extended amount of time.Current Fire Danger Rating. Photo by the Government of British Columbia.last_img read more

Alberta to ease oil production cut again cites lower storage levels

first_imgShe says that is why the province plans to move more oil by rail as Alberta fights for the long-term solution of building pipelines to new markets. EDMONTON, A.B. – Premier Rachel Notley says Alberta will again ease mandatory oil production cuts due to lower storage levels.The province says it will allow increased production by 25,000 barrels per day in April.This will be the second increase since December when the government ordered production of raw crude oil and bitumen to be cut by 325,000 barrels per day to deal with low prices. The first increase was on Jan. 30 when Notley announced the province would allow increased production by 75,000 barrels per day.The government says oil storage levels are trending downward and the price difference between Alberta heavy oil and West Texas Intermediate remains narrow.The province also says warmer weather in spring could mean less diluent will be needed in pipelines, which helps oil flow easier.“As we fight to get full value for the resources owned by all Albertans, we know that our plan is working as we continue to reduce the amount of oil we have in storage,” Notley said Thursday in a release.“The decision to temporarily limit production was applied fairly and equitably, and our plan is working to stop allowing our resource to be sold for pennies on the dollar.”Notley says the short-term production limit is not ideal or sustainable.last_img read more

Rs 8100crore loan fraud case Hitesh Patel held in Albania

first_imgNew Delhi: Hitesh Patel, an accused in the Rs 8,100-crore bank loan fraud allegedly perpetrated by Gujarat-based Sterling Biotech group, has been detained in Albania on the basis of an Interpol notice issued against him by the ED, officials said Friday.Hitesh Narender Bhai Patel was apprehended by law enforcement officials of that country from the capital city of Tirana on March 20, they said. The officials later informed Indian investigative agencies about the development and the Enforcement Directorate officials are expected to reach Albania soon to secure his extradition. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details”Patel is an accused in the case and is the brother-in-law of one of the main accused, Chetan Sandesara. The other prime accused is Nitin Sandesara. Patel is expected to be extradited to India soon,” they said. The ED had ensued a red corner notice against him from the Interpol on March 11. The detention has happened based on this warrant, the officials said. The agency said Patel was instrumental in getting dummy directors for shell companies used by Sandesaras. The Sandesara brothers are also stated to be in Albania and on March 19, a Delhi court had allowed the ED to send extradition requests to that country against the two.last_img read more