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Seizures of a radio station and two TV stations called “inopportune” in run-up to referendum on new constitution

first_imgNews Follow the news on Ecuador December 24, 2019 Find out more News Yesterday’s seizures of three broadcast media in Quito and Guayaquil were inopportune and unfair to their staff, Reporters Without Borders says. Regardless of the grounds for these measures, the organisation fears they could exacerbate tension between the president and the press in the run-up to a referendum on a proposed new constitution. News RSF_en Organisation June 15, 2020 Find out more EcuadorAmericas July 9, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Seizures of a radio station and two TV stations called “inopportune” in run-up to referendum on new constitution April 10, 2020 Find out more EcuadorAmericas Reporters Without Borders regrets yesterday’s seizure of three privately-owned broadcast media – two Quito-based TV stations (Gamavisión and TC Televisión) and a radio station based in the western city of Guayaquil (Radio Sucre) – which resulted in a few changes to their programming but not in any interruption in their broadcasts.Regardless of the grounds for the state’s intervention, which were different in the case of the radio station from that of the two TV stations, Reporters Without Borders feels the seizures of the three news media were both inopportune and unfair to the staff. Economy minister Fausto Ortiz resigned yesterday in disagreement with the measures.“The owners of Gamavisión and TC Televisión may well be suspected of bankruptcy and embezzlement and subject to judicial proceedings, but was it really necessary to send in the police and to disrupt their programming?” the press freedom organisation asked. “The situation with Radio Sucre was very different, as it allegedly failed to respect certain frequency standards,” Reporters Without Borders continued. “But in the run-up to the approval and vote of a new constitution that would change broadcast regulation, and amid tension between the president and the press, such developments do not encourage an atmosphere of calm debate. On the contrary, we fear they could lead to a polarisation that hurts the news media, as it already has in neighbouring countries.”Yesterday’s police raids in Quito on Gamavisión and TC Televisión were carried out at the behest of the state Agency for the Guarantee of Deposits (AGD). The two stations were able to continue all their usual programming except their news bulletins. In a protest, Gamavisión’s staff broadcast the word “Censored” for a few seconds when the morning news programme was cut short. The TV stations were included in a total of 200 companies allegedly owned by bankers William and Roberto Isaías that were seized in the same operation. Fugitives from Ecuadorean justice, the two Isaías brothers are currently in the United States. They are being prosecuted in Ecuador in connection with the collapse of Filanbanco, which was put into liquidation in 1999 after accumulating 600 million dollars in debts.The Isaías family reacted to the seizures by denying ownership of either of the two stations. Gamavisión, for its part, insisted that it had no link with the Isaías brothers, while TC Televisión said it belonged to a third brother, Estéfano Isaías. The new constitution – which President Correa hopes to have approved on 18 July and then endorsed in a September referendum – would forbid any banking group to own a news media. The management of the two TV stations called the seizures “a violation of free expression.”The police closed the premises of Radio Sucre during yesterday’s raid in Guayaquil but the station was able to continue broadcasting on another frequency and on its website. The raid was carried out on the orders of the Telecommunications Authority chief Paul Rojas, who said it was guilty of misuse of frequencies. He said 14 other radio stations risked being seized for the same reason.The press freedom situation is on the whole satisfactory in Ecuador although it has been affected by tension between President Correa and some news media. Correa sometimes finds it hard to accept criticism and on 23 June he requested the reopening of “insult” proceedings against Francisco Vivanco, the editor of the Quito-based daily La Hora, who published an editorial last year that upset him. The courts had closed the case, but now Vivanco is again facing the possibility of six months to two years in prison. The Correa-backed new constitution, which is currently being finalised, would nonetheless guarantee that the government would not intervene in media content. to go further Two months before Assange’s extradition hearing, RSF calls for his release on humanitarian grounds and for US Espionage Act charges to be dropped Coronavirus: State measures must not allow surveillance of journalists and their sources Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information News Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves liveslast_img read more

Security fears increase for media, with a TV reporter murdered and two foreign journalists injured in kidnap attempt

first_img RSF_en November 14, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Security fears increase for media, with a TV reporter murdered and two foreign journalists injured in kidnap attempt Pakistani journalist critical of the military wounded by gunfire Pakistani supreme court acquits main suspect in Daniel Pearl murder Reporters Without Borders is outraged by the murder of Royal TV reporter Abdul Razzak Johra in the Punjab province, on 3 November after he did a report on drug trafficking. The organisation also condemns the attempted abduction of two foreign reporters, including Sami Yousafzai (photo), today near Peshawar. “Johra’s murder and today’s double abduction attempt show how worrying the situation has become for journalists,” the organisation said. Organisation News Receive email alerts Follow the news on Pakistan Help by sharing this information to go further News PakistanAsia – Pacific Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists June 2, 2021 Find out more News April 21, 2021 Find out more PakistanAsia – Pacific News Reporters Without Borders is outraged by the murder of Royal TV reporter Abdul Razzak Johra in Mianwali district, in the Punjab province, on 3 November after he did a report on drug trafficking. The organisation also condemns the attempted abduction of two foreign reporters today near Peshawar.“Johra’s murder and today’s double abduction attempt show how worrying the situation has become for journalists,” Reporters Without Borders said. “This escalating violence must be stopped as it seriously undermines press freedom by discouraging journalists from working freely. We urge the authorities to intervene and bring those responsible to justice, and not let impunity take hold in Pakistan.”According to a Reporters Without Borders tally, Johra is the eighth journalist to be killed this year in Pakistan. Aged 45, he was dragged from his home in Mianwali district by six masked and was shot six times.Local drug traffickers are suspected of organising his murder. The local police said they arrested several suspects, although five other suspects remain at large.Royal TV journalist Afzal Butt told Reporters Without Borders that Johra’s report on drug trafficking was broadcast a day before his murder. Johra had previously worked on several cases involving drug trafficking in his region and had already received threats on several occasions.Afghan journalist Sami Yousafzai of the US magazine Newsweek and Japanese journalist Motoki Yotsukura, the Pakistan correspondent of the Tokyo-based Asahi Shimbun daily, narrowly escaped a kidnapping attempt today in Hayatabad, near the northwestern city of Peshawar. Both were injured by shots fired by their would-be abductors, who were probably Afghan. They also tried to kidnap Yotsukura’s Pakistani interpreter, who was in a separate vehicle.The police said the abduction attempt was carried out by three men in a car who followed the journalists and opened fire on them. Yousafzai is currently receiving treatment in a Peshawar hospital for injuries to a hand and a shoulder. Yotsukura sustained a bullet wound to the knee. The Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists said they were intercepted while heading to the Khyber tribal region to interview members of an armed group.Yousafzai was held incommunicado by Pakistani intelligence officials for more than a month in 2004 after accompanying an American journalist to the Tribal Areas.In response to a call from the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists and the All Pakistan Newspaper Employees Confederation, journalists demonstrated today throughout Pakistan in protest against the latest killings of their colleagues and to press the authorities to go after those responsible. January 28, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Vermont mapping software wins national EPA award

first_img# # # The other four winners of the EPA award are:Winner, Best Overall App:  Light Bulb Finder by Adam Borut and Andrea Nylund of EcoHatchery, Milwaukee, Wis.Winner, Best Student App:  EarthFriend by Ali Hasan and Will Fry of Differential Apps and Fry Development Company, Mount Pleasant High School in Mount Pleasant, N.C. and J.H. Rose High School in Greenville, N.C..Runner Up, Best Student App:  Environmental Justice Participatory Mapping by Robert Sabie, Jr. of Western Washington University, Bellingham, Wash.Popular Choice Award:  CG Search by Suresh Ganesan of Cognizant Technology Solutions, South Plainfield, N.J. Winners demonstrated their submissions at the Apps for the Environment forum Nov. 8 in Arlington, Va. The forum included panels on business, technology and government initiatives, breakout sessions by EPA’s program offices, upcoming developer challenges, and future directions about environmental applications. All contestants will retain intellectual property rights over their submissions, though winners agree that their submissions will be available on the EPA website for free use and download by the public for a period of one year following the announcement of the winners.More information about the winners and other submissions: http://appsfortheenvironment.challenge.gov/submissions(link is external)More information about EPA’s Apps for the Environment forum: http://www.epa.gov/appsfortheenvironment/forum.html(link is external)(Boston, Mass. ‘ November 9, 2011)  A computer mapping program that lets you calculate your carbon footprint and that was developed by a company in Shelburne, Vermont, was recently recognized in a national challenge by the US Environmental Protection Agency.Hootroot, developed by Brighter Planet, was given the overall runner-up award in EPA’s Apps for the Environment challenge, which encourages the development of innovative environmental applications.. The mapping program provides directions and carbon footprints for driving, transit, flight, and human-powered transportation options on any route.According to Brighter Planet’s website, Hootroot ‘helps you navigate efficiently from point A to point B’ and is powered by web services from Brighter Planet, Google Maps, and HopStop. Data for the footprint calculations comes from the EPA’s US Greenhouse Gas Inventory and eGRID database, as well as from other sources. As a web app, it requires no installation.Hootroot was one of five winners in EPA’s challenge, which aimed to engage the software developer community to create new and innovative uses of EPA’s data to address environmental and public health issues. Applications covered a range of topics such as local air quality, contaminants in fish, and games to learn environmental facts. “I am not at all surprised to see a Vermonter create such a useful and innovative application that will help people make good environmental decisions about their everyday actions,” said Curt Spalding, regional administrator of EPA’s New England office. “New England has a long history of smart, creative citizens who care about how to protect our environment and apply green thinking to their lifestyle. This is another link in that long chain.”‘We are witnessing a revolution in finding ways to harness massive amounts of data to empower individuals, companies and governments to make smarter decisions,’ said ‘Andy Rossmeissl, the lead designer on HootRoot. ‘The EPA has emerged as a leader in the push for opening government data and engaging the developer community in creating apps that are innovative as well as user-friendly. This competition really showcases these efforts and we are very honored to be among the winners.’last_img read more

‘The detour is the path’

first_imgWhen Vernice “FlyGirl” Armour recalls the chaotic details of a mission during the Iraq War as a U.S. Marine Corps. fighter pilot, she asks attendees at the CUNA Lending Council Virtual Conference to identify the most important factors for success.Among the suggestions were teamwork, confidence under pressure. But Armour, America’s first African-American female combat pilot, says her flight plan was the No. 1 reason she succeeded.“Our plan gave us the framework for when stuff hit the fan,” she says. “We could flex, adapt, get back on course, and accomplish the mission. It’s all about flexibility and adaptability in the moment.”She says credit unions face a similar situation with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This post is currently collecting data… ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrcenter_img This is placeholder text continue reading »last_img read more

Duck hunters may face risk of avian flu infections

first_imgJul 28, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Researchers who studied Iowa duck hunters and wildlife workers have reported the first laboratory evidence of transmission of an avian influenza virus from wild birds to humans, though not the deadly H5N1 strain.The researchers report that blood tests of a duck hunter and two wildlife workers revealed evidence of past infection with a lesser known-strain of avian flu virus, influenza A/H11N9. The three men had handled many wild birds in their hunting and work activities.”Although the sample size of our study was relatively small, our results suggest that handling wild waterfowl, especially ducks, is a risk factor for direct transmission of avian influenza virus to humans,” says their report in the August issue of Emerging Infectious Diseases.Most human cases of H5N1 avian flu infection reported over the past 3 years have been associated with exposure to sick domestic birds, although several cases of human-to-human transmission have been recorded, most recently in a family case cluster in Indonesia in May. Wild waterfowl often carry influenza viruses, usually without looking sick.The researchers conducted what they believe to be the first documented search for avian flu viruses in waterfowl hunters. The team included scientists from the University of Iowa in Iowa City and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in St. Louis, with James S. Gill of the University of Iowa as first author.The study group consisted of 39 men who hunted ducks at a southeastern Iowa wildlife refuge in October 2004 and 68 employees of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR), many of whom were duck hunters or had captured and banded wild ducks and geese in their work. Overall, they had handled wild birds an average of about 20 years.Flu viruses were widespread among ducks at the time of the study, with 60% of a sample of mallards testing positive, the report says.The researchers took blood samples from all the volunteers and used microneutralization assay to test the serum for avian influenza A subtypes H1 through H12. In addition, hemagglutination inhibition was used to test the hunter serum samples for subtype H11.The microneutralization assay showed that one 39-year-old hunter and two male DNR workers, aged 52 and 53, had antibodies to an H11N9 virus. None of the three men had received flu shots in the preceding 3 years.The hunter tested negative for all the other virus subtypes in the study, but serum from the two DNR workers reacted to an H2N2 avian flu virus, the report says. The latter finding, the authors say, probably means that the two men were naturally infected with the human H2N2 virus, which was derived from birds and circulated from 1957 to 1967.All three men had more than 25 years of duck-hunting experience, and one of the DNR workers had participated for several years in duck-banding projects. They did not wear gloves, masks, or eye protection when handling birds. The researchers did not try to find out if the men had experienced any illness related to their contact with wild birds.”In our study, a less common hemagglutinin subtype (H11) has apparently caused serologically detectable infections in high-exposure groups, whereas the more common hemagglutninin subtypes H4 and H6 in wild ducks have not,” the authors write. Possible reasons, they say, are that H11 viruses may be more able to infect humans or may induce a relatively strong immune response, or that the available serologic tests are more sensitive to H11 than to other strains.The researchers say their findings are consistent with a 1991 study in which 40 volunteers were inoculated with the avian virus subtypes H4N8, H6N1, and H10N7. Eleven of the volunteers experienced a mild illness, but they produced no detectable antibodies, probably because the viruses did not multiply enough to generate much of an immune response, according to the abstract of the study.The authors of the Iowa study write that their findings, in combination with the 1991 study, suggest that people may contract flu viruses from wild birds more often than serologic testing suggests.”The relative lack of antibody response in our study population, who had substantial exposures to waterfowl with influenza A infections, and in inoculated volunteers from Beare and Webster [the 1991 study] suggests that avian influenza infections in humans exposed to wild waterfowl may occur more commonly than we are able to detect with current methods,” they write.Gill JS, Webby R, Gilchrist MJR, et al. Avian influenza among waterfowl hunters and wildlife professionals. Emerg Infect Dis 2006;12(8) [Full text]See also:Beare AS, Webster RG. Replication of avian influenza viruses in humans. Arch Virol 1991;119(1-2):37-42 [PubMed abstract]last_img read more

Surinamese competitors confirmed for Caribbean Invasion

first_imgSURINAME’s Motosur, the racing club there has confirmed that they will be a part of the Caribbean Invasion Drag racing meet set for October 1.Confirmation came yesterday via the Guyana Motor Racing and Sports Club (GMR&SC).According to the club, seven competitors have confirmed their participation for the event with others still indicating an interest.President of the GMR&SC, Rameez Mohamed contended, “This is a major boost to our event. We see the Surinamese as more than our neighbours in racing, we see them as brothers.”“We are always glad to host the Surinamese in our meets, especially ones as big as the Caribbean Invasion in a few weeks’ time.”He added that they are planning to host an event prior to the drags where fans can be able to meet the drivers and see their cars and interact with them.“We want people to have a chance to meet some of these guys before the meet so they can interact. There are a lot of people out there who want to know what sort of technology they bring in their cars and who are interested generally in drags,” the GMR&SC President added.He noted that all the requisite safety protocols have already been but in place and that persons can start pre-registering for the event as early as next week.“We also have a few other surprises in the pipelines but I can’t let them out of the bag just yet. We still have some stuff to tie up but I can safely say that they are positive moves.”The Invasion Drag race meet will take place on October 1 at the South Dakota Circuit, Timheri with free runs and classing going from 9-11:30 while knockout begins at 12:00hrsAdults will be charged $1,000 for admission and Children under 12, $500.last_img read more

UW overwhelmed as forwards Stiemsma, Landry miss contest

first_imgCOLUMBUS, OHIO — The Wisconsin Badgers were at a disadvantage before they even hit the floor Wednesday night against Ohio State. Sophomore forward Greg Stiemsma and freshman forward Marcus Landry were both scratched from the lineup and did not make the trip to Columbus with the rest of the team. Stiemsma has taken a temporary medical leave of absence from the team for personal reasons, according to a release from the team. Landry, on the other hand, was declared ineligible for the game. A team release did not disclose the reason for his ineligibility, but the Capital Times reports Landry failed to meet academic eligibility standards. It is unclear exactly how much time the two players will be sitting out.”I have no clue,” senior forward Alando Tucker said, when asked if he believes the team will be complete again before the year’s end. “Whoever is going to be available to play, we have to be ready.”Both Stiemsma and Landry have been key players off the bench for Wisconsin this season. Stiemsma is leading the team in blocks with 24 (1.5 per game) and is playing over 11 minutes per game, while Landry is averaging 6.4 points and 3.1 rebounds and 15 minutes per contest. “It was tough,” junior guard Kammron Taylor said of having to play without the two forwards. “That is why we are a team and guys have to come together when you are missing different guys.””Those are two great players and two great teammates and they are going to help us out later on,” freshman Joe Krabbenhoft said. “We just have to play with the cards we are dealt.”Head coach Bo Ryan was very pleased with how Krabbenhoft and junior Jason Chappell picked up the slack left by not having Stiemsma and Landry. “Jason Chappell and Joe Krabbenhoft, they picked up those 27 minutes pretty much and boy, I thought they did a great job,” Ryan said.Butch injury: As if Wisconsin wasn’t shorthanded enough to begin with, the Badgers looked like they had lost yet another big contributor late in the first half. With 6:34 left, Butch came down awkwardly on an Ohio State player’s shoe and went down in a heap with an apparent ankle injury. He lay flat on the floor for several minutes before getting up and being helped to the locker room. Butch was able to return after halftime and though he only played eight minutes, he was active and animated. Although he was obviously hindered and in pain, often wincing while running the floor, Butch fought through and scored eight points in the half. “That is just a token of his heart, stepping up and playing hurt,” Tucker said of Butch’s performance. “You look down on our bench and you say ‘hey, I can’t sit out’, and he knew that he had to play.”Fatigue not a factor: For most of the game, the Badgers played with only six regular contributors, due to the losses of Stiemsma and Landry and then Butch to injury. Even so, neither the players nor coaches would attribute the Buckeyes’ pulling away in the second half to fatigue.”Ohio State is a great team and fatigue, if there was any, I credit them. They made us work hard,” Krabbenhoft said.Ryan also praised Ohio State for playing a very tight man-to-man defense for much of the game, but did not think that it necessarily lead to his team being winded down the stretch. “Their guys were all over us, playing very, very aggressive,” Ryan said of the Ohio State defense. “I thought [our team] did a heck of a job. They didn’t look tired to me. You guys can say they did, but they didn’t look tired to me.”last_img read more

LVR grad George Pearkes likes the interest from the CFL but has sights set on career off the gridiron

first_img“I would assume because of mandatory minimum Canadian players, and the fact that two of my teammates have contracts in the CFL (most notably Ontario native Chris Rwabakumba of the Tiger Cats),” Pearkes said when asked why a player with limited college experience would garner interest in professional ball.“Further, CFL teams have huge turnover and regularly invite many players to work out; not surprising to see them cast a wide net.”Pearkes, 22, isn’t planning to hit the weight room right away to prepare for a shot at the pros.Instead the son of Tim and Eileen Pearkes plans on taking his skills learned at Duke to the boardroom where a full time job offer with Bank of America Merrill Lynch awaits.Pearkes, graduating with a degree in Public Policy, a minor in Economics along with a Markets and Management Studies Certificate, will join the Global Markets Analyst program after receiving his diploma from Duke in May.“I never even considered professional football,” confessed Pearkes, who played a handful of years in the now-defunct West Kootenay Minor Football League for the Nelson Wildcats before attending Duke after graduating from LVR in 2008.“This was a really fun thing to have happen, but my career with Duke Football was pursued for entirely different reasons — the off field skill set, the camaraderie of the team, and the stability and family offered by the program over the four years I was there.”So George. What was your best memory at Duke? Football. Attending the Blue Devil basketball games?“I can’t sum up my Duke experience in one moment,” Pearkes answered.“Football was amazing. Tenting as a freshman and getting to see one of the greatest rivalries in sports inside Cameron Indoor Stadium was amazing.“The classes and professors I’ve been exposed to hear have been amazing. And last but certainly not least the people I’ve gotten to share life here with have been incredible and life changing.”And athletes say playing time is [email protected] By Bruce Fuhr, The Nelson DailyGeorge Pearkes never caught a game-winning touchdown during his collegiate football career at Duke University.The L.V. Rogers grad never started during his four-year career or played a full game.However, in the Canadian Football League, Canadian born players are about as hard to unearth as gold in Canada.So finding 20 non-imports, or Canadians, is not that easy for CFL scouts.Which is why despite not setting the world on fire at Duke University, the CFL still wanted to know what the future held for a tight end named George Pearkes.“I was asked informally by TSN’s CFL analyst Duane Ford what my plans for next year were,” Pearkes told The Nelson Daily from Duke.“He did not mention a specific combine or camp (although he did ask if I was interested in one), but reached out by Facebook and email informally to see what I was thinking.”For those keeping score at home Pearkes did not see any time during his first three seasons with the Blue Devils.And during his senior year the 6’2”, 240-pound tight end played only a handful of minutes.“My definitively non-illustrious Duke career (on the field) was limited to three snaps running out the clock against Tulane this year,” Pearkes explained.“I was never a real depth chart player, but contributed through show-team offense, defense and special teams all four years.”Still the CFL came calling.last_img read more

Bombers grounded at Trail Hawks Baseball Tournament

first_imgThe L.V. Rogers Bombers showed their youth and inexperience as the club finished the J. Lloyd Crowe Hawks High School Baseball Tournament with a 1-4 record this weekend in Trail.“(This is) the first time this year we struggled both at the plate and on the field,” said Bomber manager Ron Mace.“The pitchers threw the ball well for the most part but making on average six errors per game did not help.”LVR opened the tournament with a loss to the host Hawks.The Bombers, missing several key players due to school commitments, had four hits in the game with Reese Tambellini collecting two of them.Aeden Osika started the game and he got relief help from Connor Comishin and Steven Ross, in total they gave up 14 walks, four hits and struck out six.A red-hot Cranbrook Wild squad then pounded the Bombers in Game two. “Our pitchers gave up 11 hits while we walked 11, combined with eight physical errors lead to a lopsided loss for us,” Mace explained.Casey Harrison, Jordan Mcleod and Chase May picked up hits for us in Game two.In Game 3, LVR got into the win column by defeating Vulcan Alberta.LVR jumped on the Albertans, scoring six runs in the first inning due to one key error.Chase May had three hits to lead LVR while  Nate Ingram had two and Connor Comishin, Jodan Mcleod and Reese Tambellini each collected one hit.Mount Boucherie of Kelowna pounded out 18 hits while and walked another eight times to dump the Bombers.LVR also committed eight errors in the blowout loss.Marty Ingram picked up two hits while Connor Comishin and Reese Tambellini each had one hit.Game 5 Sunday morning was a close game until our defense let the pitching down and we allowed 10 unearned runs in a 13 – 8 loss.Harrison, May and Tambellini (one of which was a 3 run Home Run) collected two hits, while Joel Aubert, Marty Ingram and Connor Comishin collected one each.The team travels to Cranbrook on Wednesday and then to Mt. Spokane on Saturday.last_img read more

Things to know: Erik Karlsson skips Sharks trip to Winnipeg

first_imgWINNIPEG, Manitoba — Erik Karlsson’s “day-to-day” injury is stretching into its third week as the two-time Norris Trophy winner skipped the Sharks trip to Winnipeg on Tuesday to rehabilitate at the team’s facilities back in San Jose.Though Karlsson will miss his fifth straight game when the Sharks take on the Winnipeg Jets, head coach Pete DeBoer expects the 28-year-old defenseman to rejoin the team at some point during its four-game trek through Western Canada that wraps up in Vancouver on …last_img