Violence against journalists increases

first_imgNews July 24, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Violence against journalists increases Reports RSF_en April 27, 2021 Find out more RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America October 21, 2020 Find out more Organisation News Receive email alerts ColombiaAmericas 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies The authorities said a group of men threw the bomb, which was in a bag, out of a passing car while journalists and politicians were chatting in the San Joaquin café, as had been their daily custom there for several years. The government said first signs were that the attack had been carried out by the FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) guerrillas. Reporters Without Borders repeated its concern about the climate of terror for journalists working Colombia in the wake of the FARC’s apparent designation on 18 and 19 July of more journalists as “military targets.” Two such journalists have been forced to go into exile so far this month.Ménard appealed to FARC commander-in-chief Manuel Marulanda to respect Article 3 of the Geneva Convention, which protects people caught up in war against their will. “It is time the armed groups stop treating journalists as targets and controlling news as a goal,” he said in a letter. He also called on the government to spend more on its national programme to protect journalists so that they got proper protection, thus guaranteeing the existence of journalism in the country.A statement signed by FARC’s branch in western Colombia, the Manuel Cepada Vargas urban front, and sent to the RCN media group in Cali, warned eight journalists they would be attacked if they did not leave the city within three days. The eight were Albeiro Echavarría of the TV station Noticinco, Álvaro Miguel Mina of Radio Caracol, Luis Eduardo Reyes of RCN Radio, Diego Martínez Lloreda, deputy managing editor of the daily El País, Humberto Briñez and Wilson Barco, correspondents for RCN TV in Cali, Hugo Palomari of Caracol TV and freelance journalist Mario Fernando Prado. All were accused of working for the government and of being “enemies of the people, defending the interests of the ruling oligarchy.The authorities said they doubted the statement was genuine, but several of the targeted journalists, including Briñez and Barco, said they had already had threats. However another FARC statement, again not proven authentic, was sent to the main offices of Bogota’s Radio Super on 18 July, accusing the Caracol and RCN media groups of not telling the truth and of “de-legitimising and smearing” the FARC’s guerrilla activities.Carlos Lajud, of the local Bogota TV station City TV, and Astrid Legarda, of RCN TV, have left the country after receiving threats from the FARC. Lajud and his wife left on 16 July after getting a written death threat to them and their family delivered to City TV’s offices on 4 April after he criticising the guerrillas on the air. Lagarda left Colombia on 3 July after hearing that the FARC did not like her reporting and were planning to kill her. She had written several reports about the fighting between the FARC and the AUC paramilitary forces, whose leaders she had interviewed many times.Journalists have become a major target in the fighting between the AUC, the Marxist FARC and the Guevarist National Liberation Army (ELN). The leaders of all three groups – Carlos Castaño (AUC), Manuel Marulanda (FARC) and Nicolas Rodríguez Bautista (ELN) – are on the worldwide list of predators of press freedom compiled by Reporters Without Borders. About 40 journalists have been killed in Colombia since 1991, making it Latin America’s most dangerous country for journalists. May 13, 2021 Find out more to go further Reporters Without Borders today expressed its extreme concern about increasing violence against journalists in Colombia and continued attempts to intimidate them in a climate of terror after an attempt, apparently by anti-government rebels, to kill two journalists in Medellín on 23 July.”The exact reasons for this crime are not yet clear, but these journalists are just two more victims of the violence their profession is up against in your country,” said the organisation’s secretary-general, Robert Ménard, in a letter to Colombian justice minister Rómulo González Trujillo calling for a thorough investigation. “It is vital that those responsible are found and punished.”The two journalists, Jorge Carvalho, former head of the Medellín radio station Todelar, and Fernando Vera, head of the local news station El Clarín, were wounded when a bomb went off in a city café, killing a former member of parliament and wounding eight other people. News ColombiaAmericas RSF, IFEX-ALC and Media Defence, support FLIP and journalist Diana Díaz against state harassment in Colombia Follow the news on Colombia Help by sharing this information last_img read more

Camptown stun Police 1-0 to claim Turbo football title

first_imgIT was a night of upsets and one that will be talked about for months to come as Camptown FC stunned tournament favourites Police for the Turbo KO football title.Against the grain and underdogs on the night, the Camptown side showed what grit and determination can do for a team when they needled Police 1-0.The final started as expected with the Police unleashing their arsenal on the Camptown defence but the Camptown side were ready for it.Former national keeper Richie Richardson was on point to deny the lawmen when they looked most dangerous and while one did slip through, it was later disallowed after play was stopped for an earlier foul.Still, Camptown did well to absorb what the Police threw at them and delivered the rabbit punch through player-coach Troy Prescott.Prescott’s set piece proved troublesome for the Police with the end result being a goal for the underdogs when the Police least expected it.The Police, unable to answer with a goal of their own despite several tries, had finally fallen in the tournament they were favoured to win and Camptown had toppled the tournament giants.Captain Lazhan Lord contended that hard work and training was keys in his side’s success on the night which will now see them $500 000 richer.Meanwhile, in the third place playoff, Pouderoyen took home top honours over Grove Hi-Tech as well as the $100 000 up for grabs.last_img read more

NFL bans fan who flashed laser at Tom Brady during AFC championship, report says

first_img Related News NFL playoffs 2019: League to investigate reported laser flashed at Tom Brady vs. Chiefs The incident was brought to light by KMBC-TV reporter William Joy, who posted a video on Twitter that appeared to show a green dot flickering near Brady’s face.Our photographer, Turner Twyman, caught someone pointing what appears to be a laser pointer in Tom Brady’s face last night. Play between the “muff” that wasn’t and Sorensen int. @NFL, @Patriots and @Chiefs all told me they weren’t aware of the incident.— William Joy (@WilliamKMBC) January 21, 2019The report noted the Kansas City police department initially planned to cite the fan with disorderly conduct before team officials urged authorities to push for what one source called “the harshest penalty possible” for the violation. “There’s a lot of pride in Kansas City, and we and our fans thought, ‘You don’t do that here,'” one Chiefs official told ESPN.Despite the incident, Brady guided the Patriots to a 37-31 overtime victory against the Chiefs to advance to Super Bowl 53.New England kicks off against Los Angeles at 6:30 p.m. ET Sunday. The fan who targeted Tom Brady with a laser during the AFC championship game against the Chiefs has been identified.According to ESPN, which cited league sources, the fan who shined a laser on the Patriots quarterback has been banned from Arrowhead Stadium for life and will face charges from the Kansas City district attorney.last_img read more

Rookie bull rider impresses fans in Cheyenne

first_imgCHEYENNE >> A big arena, notorious bucking bulls and a legendary rodeo didn’t intimidate bull rider Roscoe Jarboe.Jarboe is competing at his very first Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo and has become the first and only man to ride two bulls; and he did it with style. The New Plymouth, Idaho, resident is currently in his rookie year of competition in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association where he is second in those standings. He is also 14th in the world standings.He had his first bull here …last_img

Zuma calls for more SA, DRC trade

first_img31 October 2013South Africa and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) must explore ways to increase trade and investment between the two countries, President Jacob Zuma told the South Africa-DRC Business Forum in Kinshasa on Wednesday.Zuma, who wrapped up his two-day state visit to the DRC on Wednesday, told the forum that the prevailing state of the global economy dictated that regional integration be placed at the top of Africa’s economic agenda.“There is no stronger case for intra-African trade than the recent global financial crises, which decreased African export revenues generated from the traditional western markets.“Africa has a potential market of US$2.6-trillion. The DRC and the countries surrounding it have a potential market comprising 200-million consumers. Yet only 10% of global trade takes place between African countries.”Zuma underscored the current view that the time was right for investors to turn to Africa as the next growth frontier.“African growth rates will average 6% in 2014. In comparison, growth in the developed world will average 3.6%. The DRC is estimated to grow at 8.2% in this year alone. Against this backdrop, any investor would be hard pressed to find higher rates of return elsewhere in the world.”South African companies are investing in the DRC in the mining, telecommunications, financial services, road infrastructure, construction and hospitality sectors, among others. Total South African investment in the DRC between 2006 and 2012 is estimated at R12.5-billion, with over 4 000 jobs created.South Africa and the DRC have a bi-national commission (BNC) which has so far overseen the signing of 32 bilateral agreements.Stimulating continental growthVarious African governments have signed the Tripartite Free Trade Area (T-FTA) agreement paving the way for more meaningful intra-African trade.Zuma said one notable initiative already launched under the arrangement was the Tripartite North-South Corridor Investment Programme.With initial funding of $1.2-billion (a large proportion coming from the African Development Bank and the Development Bank of Southern Africa), and strong support from the South African government, actions are being taken to fast-track this project.The programme supports some of Africa’s busiest trade routes, linking the port of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania to the copper belt in Zambia and Lubumbashi in the DRC. It then continues down through Zimbabwe and Botswana to Africa’s largest and busiest port, Durban, in South Africa.In all, the North-South Corridor Initiative will service eight countries: Tanzania, the DRC, Zambia, Malawi, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and South Africa.Zuma’s visit to the DRC also saw the signing of a treaty on the Grand Inga Hydropower Project, which could eventually become the largest hydroelectric project in the world, with the potential to power half of the continent.Source: read more

What A Leader Must Do

first_imgVision. Mission. Purpose. Then these:A leader must believe there is a way. Strategy is nothing without belief. And if you don’t believe, no one else will.A leader must be a teacher. A leader teaches business, teaches values, teaches strategy, teaches empathy, teaches tactics, teaches personal growth and development, teaches mentorship, teaches coaching, and teaches customer-focus.A leader must help their team understand why something must be done.A leader must trust her people to accomplish their missions using tactics of their own choosing. She must build a team of people she trusts enough to use their own resourcefulness and creativity to reach their goals and overcome the inevitable obstacles.A leader must instill a spirit, a confidence, an esprit de corpes in their followers.A leader must nurture, sustain, and protect a healthy culture.A leader must surround themselves with people who will tell them the ugly truth without fear, and the leader must reward their candor (and never punish it).A leader must collect and share stories of people doing things right, living the purpose, and living the values.A leader breathes life into the organization’s values by serving as an example of those values.A leader must build more leaders out his followers, knowing that every follower is someone else’s leader—or will be soon.A leader must make himself dispensable.A leader must be decisive. They must make the tough calls.A leader must do what is unpopular when it is necessary, and they must explain why they made the decision so that others may understand. This is especially true when people’s lives are effected by those decisions.A leader must care more than anyone else.A leader must go first when it comes to the most difficult challenges.A leader must be entrenched in the details.A leader must accept responsibility and must be accountable for the decisions they take.These are some things a leader must do.QuestionsWhat do leaders do?What makes a leader effective?What are a leader’s most important priorities?What would you want from a leader?last_img read more

AHEPA Athletic Hall of Fame Announces 2017 Inductees

first_imgWASHINGTON — The Hellenic Athletic Hall of Fame Selection Committee of the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (Order of AHEPA), the leading membership-based association for the nation’s millions of American citizens of Greek heritage and Philhellenes, has selected its Hall of Fame Class of 2017, announced Supreme President Andrew C. Zachariades, Supreme Athletic Director Lou Atsaves, and Gregory J. Stamos, chairman, Hall of Fame Selection Committee.The AHEPA Hellenic Athletic Hall of Fame inductees are: Dr. James Vailas, college football player and sports medicine. Aleke Tsoubanos, college tennis player and coach; and Nick Tsiotos, college basketball player and journalist; Dan Mavraides, college and professional basketball player; Nick Tsiotos, Winthrop, Mass., after a standoutbasketball career in high school and college (Suffolk University) and in Greek circles with numerous Sons of Pericles and AHEPA Championships, and following a professional season in Greece, Nick made his greatest mark as a journalist and a champion of the Greek American athlete, as the Sports Editor of theHellenic Voice publication, as a radio announcer and the author of numerous biographies, including “Harry Agganis, the Golden Greek” and “Running with Pheidippides, The Miracle Boston Marathon Race.” Nick was featured in the NBC documentary that aired during the 2004 Athens Olympics, “Journey of a Warrior the Stylianos Kyriakides Story.” Nick also spearheaded the raising of the funds for the Agganis Statue in Boston and the naming of Agganis Arena at Boston University in memory of the late Harry Agganis.center_img Aleke Joy Tsoubanos, Chesterfield, Mo., had an outstanding four-year career (2000-2004) as a member of the Vanderbilt University Women’s Tennis team, attaining NCAA All-American honors three seasons in doubles, and was a key member of Vanderbilt’s NCAA Championship in 2002; after graduation she joined the Women’s Professional Tennis Circuit from 2004-2006 attaining a high ranking of #126 in doubles, and winning four International Tennis Federation doubles titles. She is currently the Associate Head Women’s Tennis Coach at Vanderbilt University, and was elected to its’ Athletics Hall of Fame in 2015.Dr. James Vailas, Manchester, N.H., was a multi-sport athlete at Manchester Central (New Hampshire) High School, attaining All-State honors in football in both his junior and senior years and was a member of the 1974 State Championship Basketball Team. Jim attended Dartmouth University (1974-1978) where he lettered in both varsity football and lacrosse, and was captain of the football team and selected to the All-New England football team in 1978 after being named the Alfred Watson Athlete of the Year that season, and thereafter was inducted into the Dartmouth Athletic Hall of Fame. Jim is a prominent surgeon in New Hampshire, after having served as Team Physician with the Los Angeles Professional Sports Teams (Dodgers, Rams and Lakers).TweetPinShare1010 Shares “The 2017 Induction Class is comprised of individuals who have reached the highest levels of their respective areas of competition or profession,” Supreme President Zachariades said. “They also represent a wonderful cross-section of sports, spanning all levels, be it amateur, scholastic and professional. Their one common denominator is they have sustained success over a long period of time. We look forward to welcoming them into the AHEPA Hall of Fame.”They will be inducted into the Hall at the Athletic Luncheon held at the 95th AHEPA Family Supreme Convention, July 27, 2017, Orlando, Fla.Selection Committee Chairman Stamos added that each of the inductees excelled not only on the playing fields or within their industry, but also demonstrated character and ideals that were integral to their selection.“Most significantly, they have also remained committed to their Hellenic heritage and roots,” he said.The AHEPA Athletic Hall of Fame was established in 1974 and now includes more than 140 inductees. Each year candidates are nominated by members of the AHEPA family, and after a thorough vetting process, are selected by the 20 Hall of Fame Selection Committee members, who encompass a broad cross-section of engaged voters, with diversity as to geography, age, eras and athletic interests. Significantly, while selection certainly recognizes athletic achievement, the selection criteria tellingly also includes personal character and civic and community service.The 2017 distinguished class joins such stellar prior inductees as: Harry Agganis, Alex Karras, Milt Pappas, Pete Sampras, Eric Karros, Gene Rossides, Steve Lappas, Bob Costas, and Greg Louganis, among many others.The biographies of the 2017 Hall of Fame Class are:May Kotsopoulos, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, was a four-year (2006-2010) standout for the University of Vermont Women’s Basketball Team, being selected to the American East Conference All-Conference Team each of her last three seasons. In addition, she was selected to the Conference All-Academic team her last three years and named as an ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American. May graduated from Vermont with 1,727 career points, fifth on the Catamount’s all-time scoring list, and then played two seasons professionally in Greece. She was also a member of the Greek National Women’s Team in 2012. May was the 2010 winner of the AHEPA William Chirgotis Award given to the Most Outstanding College Athlete.Dan Mavraides, West Hollywood, Calif., was a four-year standout on the Princeton University Men’s Basketball Team from 2008-2011, serving as team captain of the Ivy League winning team in 2011 (25-7 record), which secured a NCAA tournament berth. Dan made All-Ivy honors his junior and senior seasons and graduated with 1,054 career points. Thereafter, he played professionally in Europe for three years (Greece and Italy) and was a recent member of the USA Basketball Championship Three-on-Three Team in Colorado Springs. Together with his teammates, he will represent the United States at the World Games in France in late June. Dan was also the winner of the 2011 AHEPA Harry Agganis Award, given to the Most Outstanding Hellenic Athlete, and he played a key role with the 2008 AHEPA All-Star team that defeated the Greek Junior National Team during the 2008 AHEPA Convention in Athens. May Kotsopoulos, college and professional basketball player;last_img read more

National Water Policy to be Tabled in Parliament Soon

first_img The National Water Sector Policy and Implementation Plan 2019 is to be tabled in Parliament soon.Director, Water Monitoring, Water Policy and Monitoring Branch, Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation (Water Division), Talia Gibson, said the policy is an update of the 2014 water sector policy and embodies the Vision 2030 National Development Plan for Water.Speaking at the recent Red Stripe Water Stewardship Knowledge Forum, held at The Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston, Ms. Gibson said the policy seeks to address challenges in the water sector.“The Government, in achieving its objectives, aims, goals, and to deal with several of the challenges identified in the sector, intends to adopt an integrated water resources management approach to managing our water resources. The management of our water resources is a key factor. Water is not an endless source,” she said.Challenges in the sector include inadequate storage, inadequate infrastructure, and vulnerability to climate change, poor waste management practices, high energy consumption and high levels of non-revenue water.The objectives of the policy are to effectively manage water supply in utility and non-utility service areas; to increase resilience to climatic shocks, such as drought; to ensure effective management of wastewater; and to encourage rainwater harvesting, both as a primary source of access and as a drought management mechanism.Additionally, the policy seeks to provide sufficient water for achieving food security by improving irrigation services; ensure effective flood water control; and establish policy, programmes and physical structures in place for climate adaptation and energy efficiency in the water sector. The policy will also seek to facilitate private-sector participation in the water sector.Ms. Gibson further noted that the overall aim of the policy is to provide universal access to potable water and adequate sanitation by 2030.“In this policy, access to water means everyone should have access to at least 50 litres of water each day within 500 metres of their home. The goal of the policy is to ensure that Jamaica’s water resources are effectively managed, so as to provide for our nation’s social, economic, and environmental well-being, now and in the future,” she said. Director, Water Monitoring, Water Policy and Monitoring Branch, Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation (Water Division), Talia Gibson, said the policy is an update of the 2014 water sector policy and embodies the Vision 2030 National Development Plan for Water. Speaking at the recent Red Stripe Water Stewardship Knowledge Forum, held at The Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston, Ms. Gibson said the policy seeks to address challenges in the water sector. The National Water Sector Policy and Implementation Plan 2019 is to be tabled in Parliament soon. Story Highlightslast_img read more