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Fidel Castro’s heritage: flagrant media freedom violations

first_img CubaAmericas Condemning abusesMedia independence Freedom of expression Castro has been hailed as one of the leading figures of the 20th century and father of the Cuban people in many of the thousands of messages that followed the announcement of his death.But behind the revolutionary’s romantic image lay one of the world’s worst press freedom predators. The persecution of dissidents was one of the distinguishing features of his 49 years in power, and constitutes the harshest aspect of his heritage. News The current situation in Cuba speaks to this. Cuba continues to be one of the worst countries in Latin America for media freedom and ranks 171st out of 180 countries in RSF’s World Press Freedom Index. Fidel Castro’s brother Raúl, who replaced him in 2007, is now also on RSF’s press freedom predator list.Cuba’s constitution permits only state-controlled media outlets. Independent news agencies and bloggers who try to dispute the state’s monopoly of news and information are subjected to intimidation, arbitrary arrest and draconian censorship.As a result, independent news agencies have often had no choice but to go into exile and post their news reports online from abroad. This is far from ideal because Internet access within Cuba is still very problematic (only 5% of households have internet access).Finally, with two journalists currently jailed, Cuba continues to be one of the few western hemisphere countries where reporters can still be found behind bars. Venezuela and Panama are the other two.But the situation was much worse under Fidel Castro himself. The father of the Cuban revolution imposed a climate of censorship and used often violent methods to prevent the circulation of any news and information at variance with that provided by the state media.The persecution peaked in 2003. In March of that year, the authorities arrested more than 75 dissidents including 27 journalists, who were given summary trials and sentences ranging from 14 to 27 years in prison for talking about democracy in Cuba.They included RSF’s then correspondent, Ricardo González Alfonso, who ended up spending seven years in prison. There were several waves of arrests during this period, dubbed the “Black Spring.” Unauthorized journalists were targeted and accused of collaborating with the United States if their reporting referred to Cuba’s dissidents, human rights violations or the everyday lives of Cubans.The persecution continued during the ensuing years and in 2007, when Fidel Castro was about to hand over to his brother, Cuba was the world’s second biggest prison for journalists, with a total of 25 held. Prison conditions were appalling and torture was often reported by the families of Cuba’s detained journalists and dissidents. Many different methods were deployed against Cuba’s independent news providers including arbitrary arrests, beatings and phone tapping. But permanent censorship was one of the constants of the Castro years, both before and after the Black Spring.Ever since its creation in 1985, RSF has constantly denounced these abuses, using awareness campaigns, protests and international mobilization. Several of our contributors and correspondents have been threatened or imprisoned. They include Roberto Guerra Pérez, who was sentenced to two years in prison in 2005 on a charge of disturbing public order and was released in 2007.Guerra bravely continued his fight for media freedom, launching an independent news agency called Hablemos Press in 2009. But the Cuban police harassed him and his reporters and repeatedly prevented them from working. After receiving anonymous death threats, he had no choice but to go into exile in October 2016 in order to ensure his and his family’s safety.The battle waged by RSF and many other local and international NGOs must go on so that exile is one day no longer inevitable. But for the time being, the day-to-day existence of Cuba’s journalists is still marked by fear and self-censorship.Cuba’s journalists currrently fear that the father of the revolution’s death will be accompanied by a new crackdown. This must not be allowed to happen. Instead, it must open the way to a new era of pluralism and freedom of opinion. May 6, 2020 Find out more News December 2, 2016 Fidel Castro’s heritage: flagrant media freedom violations Cuba and its Decree Law 370: annihilating freedom of expression on the Internet Help by sharing this information Organisation October 15, 2020 Find out more News RSF_en New press freedom predators elected to UN Human Rights Council CubaAmericas Condemning abusesMedia independence Freedom of expression News RSF and Fundamedios welcome US asylum ruling in favor of Cuban journalist Serafin Moran Santiago to go further October 12, 2018 Find out more Receive email alerts Follow the news on Cubalast_img read more

Jury indicts man on shooting gun five times at vehicle full of people

first_img Pinterest WhatsApp By Digital AIM Web Support – December 22, 2020 Facebook An Ector County Grand Jury indicted a 73-year-old man after he reportedly fired a handgun five times and one put one of those shots through a passenger front door of a vehicle occupied by five people in central Odessa. Robert Barr, 73, was indicted on five counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a second-degree felony. Barr was booked into the Ector County Law Enforcement Center at 7:31 p.m. Monday, jail records show. He has five bonds totaling $125,000 and was still in custody as of Tuesday afternoon. The shots fired call happened at 9:53 a.m. in the 2700 block of Keystone Drive, a previous Odessa American article detailed. Barr left the scene in a blue Ford Mustang and was located and arrested at the 2500 block of Grandview Avenue. Barr’s neighbor, Cynthia Thornhill, reportedly told officers she heard two gunshots. Thornhill looked outside, saw Barr pointing a handgun toward the roadway and he fired three more times. Alma Olivas called and reported she was driving down the 2700 block of Keystone Drive when Barr started shooting toward the roadway and her white 2006 GMC Yukon was struck on the passenger front door, the previous Odessa American article stated. There were five people in the Yukon. Facebook Local News WhatsAppcenter_img Previous articleFinding fulfillment: Is this the right time to switch careers?Next articleJoven, Swanner and Matta take oath of office Digital AIM Web Support TAGS  Pinterest Twitter Twitter Jury indicts man on shooting gun five times at vehicle full of peoplelast_img read more

Significant changes in the bacterioplankton community structure of a maritime Antarctic freshwater lake following nutrient enrichment

first_imgNutrient enrichment is known to increase bacterioplankton population density in a variety of Antarctic freshwater lakes. However, relatively little is known about the associated changes in species composition. In this study, the bacterioplankton community composition of one such lake was studied following natural nutrient enrichment to investigate the resistance of the system to environmental change. Heywood Lake is an enriched freshwater maritime Antarctic lake, with nitrogen and phosphorus concentrations significantly higher than its more oligotrophic neighbours (by at least an order of magnitude). This major change in lake chemistry has occurred following large increases in the fur seal population over the last 30 years. Using analysis of 16S rRNA gene fragments, fatty acid methyl ester analysis, denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis and fluorescence in situ hybridization, significant changes are reported in lake microbiology which have resulted in a distinct bacterioplankton community. In comparison to its more oligotrophic neighbours, nutrient-enriched Heywood Lake has a high bacterioplankton population density, reduced species richness and an increasing evenness among key groups. Only 42·3 % of the clones found with 97 % similarity to a named genus were also present in adjacent oligotrophic lakes, including three of the dominant groups. Critically, there was an apparent shift in dominance with trophic status (from the -Proteobacteria to the Actinobacteria). Other key observations included the absence of a dominant group of Cyanobacteria and the presence of marine bacteria. The significant impact of natural nutrient enrichment on the microbiology of Heywood Lake, therefore, suggests that low-temperature oligotrophic freshwater lake systems might have low resistance to environmental change.last_img read more

Jazz forward Bojan Bogdanovic undergoes right wrist surgery

first_img Associated Press May 19, 2020 /Sports News – Local Jazz forward Bojan Bogdanovic undergoes right wrist surgery Tags: Bojan Bogdanovic/NBA/Utah Jazz Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah Jazz have announced that forward Bojan Bogdanovic underwent surgery to repair a ruptured ligament in his right wrist.The procedure was by orthopedic surgeon Dr. Michelle Carlson in New York City. There’s no timetable for Bogdanovic’s return.The NBA season remains suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.Bogdanovic was averaging 20.2 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.1 assists in his first season with the Jazz. He also was playing a career-best 33.1 minutes per game. The Jazz are his fourth team, following two years with Indiana along with stints in Brooklyn and Washington.last_img read more

Image of the Day: USS Fort McHenry Sails the Bab-el-Mandeb

first_img Authorities View post tag: Navy View post tag: News by topic View post tag: day Image of the Day: USS Fort McHenry Sails the Bab-el-Mandeb May 12, 2015 View post tag: Bab el Mandebcenter_img The dock landing ship USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43) conducts a southbound transit of the Strait of Bab-el-Mandeb on May 4.Fort McHenry, part of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group, is participating in exercise Eager Lion 2015, a recurring multinational exercise designed to strengthen military-to-military relationships, increase interoperability between partner nations and enhance regional security and stability.[mappress mapid=”15945″]Image: US Navy View post tag: Image: Back to overview,Home naval-today Image of the Day: USS Fort McHenry Sails the Bab-el-Mandeb View post tag: USS Fort McHenry Share this articlelast_img read more

SPOTLIGHT: MEET RICK MARTIN PATENT, TRADEMARK AND COPYWRITE ATTORNEY

first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare Since Rick was a kid he enjoyed taking things apart to find out how they work. While this “skill” might have been annoying to his mom when it came time to vacuum, it’s a great asset to inventors who need someone to figuratively tear their idea apart and put it into words that the patent office understands – something he also knows a lot about, since he previously worked as a patent examiner at the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. For over 25 years, Rick has been helping entrepreneurs and businesses protect their ideas, inventions, and identities through patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets and related contracts, licenses and agreements.Occasionally when he takes something apart and put it back together, there are parts left over – something he likes to refer to as “improvements.” While some may consider this claim dubious – particularly when the “improvement” he made to his bicycle after a cycling trip to France resulted in his being launched over the handlebars on his first ride back in the States – he’s constantly improving the intellectual property portfolios of his clients, bringing value to their ideas, inventions and identities. He regularly advises and assists clients in identifying and protecting inventions with patents as well as navigating the minefield of competitor patents that may affect their ability to commercialize their ideas. Rick has obtained hundreds of patents for inventors in a variety of fields, including timing systems, mine safety devices, broadband antennas, RFID, electronics, ranging, oil & gas, semiconductors, and other mechanical and electro-mechanical devices. He has also worked with clients to acquire, protect and enforce their rights to valuable trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets.Rick holds a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University – Boiler Up!, and a J.D. from Catholic University Columbus School of Law School in Washington, D.C. After working for large law firms in Texas, his fierce independence got the best of him and he decided to return to his Midwestern roots where he founded Martin IP Law Group.EDITORS FOOTNOTES:  Martin IP Law Group is not a typical law firm.  Their practice focuses on Intellectual Property – Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights, and Trade Secrets. They will help you build value in your business by protecting your ideas, inventions, and identity, including:Identifying and assessing the value of intellectual property;Preparing and prosecuting the US and International patent and trademark applications.Preparing freedom-to-operate opinions, validity/invalidity opinions and infringement/ non-infringement opinions.Conducting due diligence of third-party IP portfolios for acquisition, litigation and/or design-around.Conducting negotiations and drafting agreements relating to assignment, licensing, and other transactions affecting the intellectual property. If you have any questions concerning Patents | Trademarks | Copyrights please contact Mr. Martin at 318 Main Street | Suite 503 | Evansville, IN 47708 ( 812.492.4478  | [email protected]  or |www.IPSolutionsLaw.comlast_img read more

Sunny Tuesday, Unsettled Rest Of The Week

first_imgHigh pressure will build in for Tuesday allowing a pleasant Tuesday. After that, clouds will dominate the weather picture.For Tuesday, plenty of sunshine but it will be cooler as a light onshore flow will develop keeping temperatures in the 50s.Forecast Highs For Tuesday.Don’t get used to the sunshine. As an unsettled pattern will be setting up for the remainder of the week. A cold front will approach on Wednesday, however, moisture is limited so the threat of a shower will remain low. Winds will be out of the southeast keeping temperatures in the upper 50s.Satellite Forecast shows a good deal of clouds across much of the Northeast. (Courtesy: tropicaltidbits.com)The frontal system will get hung up over our area on Thursday and warmer and more humid air flows in. There is the threat of a shower or t’storm. Temperatures will reach the 60s along the coast with 70s inland.Forecast Highs For Thursday.A low pressure system will move through early Friday with the threat of some showers or even a t’storm. It will remain on the mild side as winds turn westerly keeping temperatures in the 70s.Low pressure moves through the area trigger showers/t’storm for Friday. (Courtesy: tropicaltidbits.com)The first half of the weekend is looking like the better half. High pressure will briefly build in ahead of the next storm system which would arrive on Sunday. It will be dry & cooler on Saturday with highs around 60. A cool rain expected for Sunday with highs in the 50s.last_img read more

Plants, Paintings and Public Involvement: upcoming Farmington Public Library events

first_imgFARMINGTON – Over the next several weeks, the Farmington Public Library will be hosting three events aimed at bolstering the future of the library and allowing the community to gather safely.On April 23, the library is hosting a spring and summer art show, featuring the late Stanley Keirstead’s artwork. Members of the community can purchase tickets for groups of six people for $20. The groups will be allowed 45 minutes inside the library at 5, 6 or 7 p.m. to peruse the 27 paintings which will be on display. Prior to the art show, local photographer Derek Hayes offered to take photographs of the pieces. Using his prints, the library made calendars that will be for sale on the night of the art show. The money that will be made off of the tickets and any calendar sales will go towards the building improvement fund.“There’s always something that can be improved here,” said Library Board Chair Barbara Marshall.After Keristead died last year, his estate donated the artwork to the library, but with restrictions due to the pandemic, this will be the first time the art has been accessible for viewing. Kierstead’s daughter, Andrea, is also planning to attend the event.“Stanley had a lot of fans in town and so she figured that people might want her to be there. She’ll be there in case anyone has any questions about the artwork or if anyone just wants to reminisce with her,” said Marshall.The library has been hosting a raffle for one of Kierstead’s pieces and the final drawing will also take place during the art show. The rest of the pieces will not be for sale at this time, but the library plans to facilitate this at a later date.“Right now, we just want to expose the public to the art. We’ll plan to sell it later,” said Marshall.On April 15 at 6 p.m., the library will host its annual Corporator’s Meeting virtually, instead of in person. The annual report will be discussed, and the public is welcome to attend and ask general questions about the library. Members of the community are invited to fill out a form to be a corporator, who has the power to vote on new and returning library board members.“Anyone can attend, but voters need to fill out the appropriate paperwork,” said Marshall.Anyone interested in being a corporator should email Marshall to receive the form: [email protected] The zoom link for the meeting will be posted both on the library’s website and their Facebook page.On May 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 pm., the library will host its spring plant sale, where all sales will also go towards the building improvement fund.last_img read more

Umphrey’s McGee’s Archival Rock Documentary ‘Reel To Real’ To Be Released Online

first_imgStarting at 10AM on June 1, Umphrey’s McGee will be streaming their archival documentary film Reel to Real through the services of Vimeo. The documentary made its debut on New Years Day at the Fillmore Auditorium in Denver, CO, and has made premieres in Chicago and New York City since. In one week from today, fans will be able to rent or purchase the short film, complete with bonus features, with pre-orders currently available here.The film, directed and produced by their own team member and Lighting Director Jefferson Waful, documents the eighteen years of history behind the band. The rock-doc traces the band’s roots from the beginning of their career up to the present moment, using emotional interviews, live performances, and unreleased footage from behind the curtains to show the “real” from the “reel.” About one the most popular bands in our scene today and true pioneers of their genre, the film is enjoyable for any level of Umphrey’s Mcgee fans. Watch the trailer below:last_img read more

Cattaraugus County Reports New COVID-19 Death, 61 New Cases This Weekend

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) MGN ImageLITTLE VALLEY – Cattaraugus County reported its 32nd COVID-19 related death and 61 new cases of the virus over the weekend.The County Health Department says a 71-year-old woman living in the southeast part of the county developed respiratory failure and was unable to overcome her illness.This marks the county’s fifth COVID-19 death this month.Of the 61 new COVID-19 cases, 36 were reported on Saturday and 25 on Sunday. There are now 443 active cases in the county. The county’s seven-day average infection rate also increased to 6.9 percent, with 23 people hospitalized.Since the outbreak started the county reported 1,403 cases total with 928 recovered.last_img read more