Doctor and journalist starts hunger strike after 80 days in preventive detention as clampdown continues

first_img to go further News October 16, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Doctor and journalist starts hunger strike after 80 days in preventive detention as clampdown continues Organisation RSF_en Receive email alerts Cuba and its Decree Law 370: annihilating freedom of expression on the Internet Follow the news on Cuba CubaAmericas October 15, 2020 Find out more CubaAmericas center_img Medical doctor and dissident journalist Darsi Ferrer, who began a hunger strike two days ago, today entered his 80th day in “preventive detention”.His wife, Yusnaimy Jorge, has written an open letter condemning the circumstances of his imprisonment, at Valle Grande jail in Havana.“The prosecutor’s office has now held him in prison for three months, ignoring the fact that criminal procedure provides for preventive detention only when the offence is particularly serious, that it there is a high incidence of it in the country, or that there is a risk that the defendant will try to escape justice. None of these conditions applies to Darsi’s case”, Yusnaimy Jorge wrote in a letter, posted on the website Cubanet. Ferrer was accused of illegally obtaining building materials to renovate his house, something he has always denied. Under the law governing this kind of offence, his trial should have been held at the latest 60 days after his arrest.He began a hunger strike two days ago in protest at his prison conditions. He was refused medical treatment on 9 September despite suffering from severe dental pain. The prison governor justified his refusal by claiming that he had not been able to obtain the necessary permission from counter-espionage services!“The reasons for Darsi Ferrer’s detention are no longer in doubt, after 80 days in custody in contradiction with the laws of the country. While Cuba wants to show the world the face of progressive openness and dialogue, the internal reality is at odds with any improvements in public freedoms,” Reporters Without Borders said.“The situation for Cuban journalists and bloggers is not getting better – far from it. Some 25 of them are still in prison, some having been sentenced to up to 27 years. Among them is Reporters Without Borders’ correspondent, Ricardo González Alfonso, who has been held since March 2003 and is serving a 20-year term”, the worldwide press freedom organisation said.On 14 October 2009, Roberto de Jesús Guerra, aged 34, director of the Information Centre Hablemos Press and blogger (, was sentenced to six months in prison by the Guines provincial court in Havana. The journalist was alleged to have been responsible for “assault and battery”, for facts that happened on 31 December 2007. Roberto de Jesús Guerra pleaded self-defence. The journalist has already served more than two years in prison because of his professional activities, in 2005 and 2007. There has been an upsurge in threats against independent journalists in the past few months. One of them, Yoel Espinosa Medrano, received death threats from militants belonging to the sole political party on 12 October. Police on 2 October surrounded a house to block access to a seminar being held there by the independent communicators’ network. They also briefly detained several dissident journalists, confiscating a camera, memory cards and notebooks from. In response to their protests, one police officer told them, “The laws do not apply to dissidents”.To this incomplete list of violations of public freedoms, should be added the refusal of an exit visa to famous blogger Yoani Sánchez who should have travelled to the United States to receive a prize. The young woman has just had her fourth refusal. Sánchez has been nominated for the 2009 Reporters Without Borders prize in the Cyber-freedom category. Cuba is ranked 169th out of 173 countries in Reporters Without Borders’ world press freedom index for 2008. Help by sharing this information New press freedom predators elected to UN Human Rights Council News News News October 12, 2018 Find out more RSF and Fundamedios welcome US asylum ruling in favor of Cuban journalist Serafin Moran Santiago May 6, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Government suspends French public radio broadcasts in northeast

first_img RSF_en Follow the news on Democratic Republic of Congo Journalist arrested on provincial governor’s orders News Reporter jailed in DRC for allegedly defaming parliamentarian Democratic Republic of CongoAfrica Democratic Republic of CongoAfrica Help by sharing this information Congolese reporter wounded by gunshot while covering protest in Goma to go further Newscenter_img News Organisation Reporters Without Borders wrote yesterday to communication and media minister Lambert Mendé condemning the government’s decision to suspend local retransmission of the French public radio station Radio France Internationale (RFI) in the northeastern city of Bunia, and voicing concern at the possibility that the measure could be extended to the rest of the country.“We easily understand that maintaining peace and security is a concern and a priority for the Congolese government but we think it is wrong and unfair to accuse RFI of helping to destabilise the country,” Reporters Without Borders said in its letter. “We urge you both to restore RFI’s broadcasts in Bunia and to confirm your personal commitment to press freedom by publicly stating that the international media presence in Democratic Republic of Congo is legitimate.”The letter added: “You should be aware that a media presence in areas that are unstable or experiencing an armed conflict is necessary so that all the actors can have adequate access to news and information.”Confirming on 5 May that RFI’s transmissions in Bunia, the capital of Ituri district (in Orientale province), had been cut for the past three days, Mendé accused the station of “pouring oil on the fire” especially in the east of the country.The minister, who is also the government spokesman, said: “Basically, we accuse RFI of trying to provoke mutinies within the armed forces and to create inter-ethnic conflicts in areas where we are working hard to pacify the country. When you incite soldiers on pacification operations to mutiny, you are aiming to destroy the country and this has nothing to do with journalism. If it proves absolutely necessary to cut the transmission of certain media, we will do it.”The RFI management in Paris denied that the station’s coverage of Democratic Republic of Congo was in any way biased. The Congolese government has for years been criticising RFI’s reporting and deported a visiting RFI reporter, Ghislaine Dupont , on 3 July 2006, when she was in Kinshasa to cover a presidential election. Receive email alerts February 18, 2021 Find out more February 24, 2021 Find out more News May 7, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Government suspends French public radio broadcasts in northeast February 16, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Up to 10% of County Donegal could be left with blank TV screen when…

first_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Previous articlePost-mortem due on body of Caolan Page todayNext articleRoad Safe Road Show taking place in Letterkenny over next two days News Highland Up to 10% of County Donegal could be left with blank TV screen when digital arrives Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th WhatsApp By News Highland – October 18, 2011 News A Donegal Deputy claims up to 10% of the County could be left with a blank television screen when the analogue service is switched off next year.It was confirmed at the weekend that analogue services will be switched off on 24th October 2012 with terrestrial TV then only available with a digital TV or set top box.But 2% of the population do not have adequate coverage to pick up digital TV through an aerial – Deputy Charlie McConologue believes the figure in Donegal is closer to 10%.He says lessons learned with broadband must be acted on now…[podcast][/podcast] 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Twitter Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal center_img 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Twitter Google+ Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Pinterest Google+ Facebook Facebook WhatsApp Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

Clean energy pioneer brings lab to Harvard

first_imgDaniel G. Nocera, a chemist whose work is focused on developing inexpensive new energy sources for the poor of the world now living with nothing more than fire light, has been appointed the Patterson Rockwood Professor of Energy in Harvard’s Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Michael D. Smith, dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, today announced.Perhaps best known for having invented an “artificial leaf” that directly converts sunlight and water into a chemical fuel that can be stored, Nocera will teach both undergraduate and graduate courses at Harvard, in addition to conducting research.“With his interdisciplinary expertise in fields related to energy synthesis, and his dedication to using that expertise to improving the lives of billions of people around the world, Dan Nocera is the kind of scientist and humanitarian who exemplifies Harvard’s contributions to society,” said Smith, the John H. Finley Jr. Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences.Currently, Nocera is the Henry Dreyfus Professor of Energy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the director of MIT’s Solar Revolutions Project and its Eni Solar Frontiers Center. He is a member of both the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the National Academy of Sciences.A pioneer in the study of the basic mechanisms of energy conversion in biology and chemistry, Nocera said he was attracted to Harvard because “it’s not enough to just invent something; you need the wide interdisciplinary reach and focus of Harvard to fulfill the vision of bringing something to the entire world.“President Faust’s vision of one Harvard — linking a laboratory in Chemistry and Chemical Biology with the international expertise available at the Kennedy School, insights from the Law School, [and] the experts at the School of Public Health — can make it possible to fulfill my goal of bringing the poor of the world their first 100 watts of energy. And if I can do that, I can, along with Harvard, literally change the world in a profound way for the better,” Nocera said.A graduate of Rutgers University, Nocera earned his doctorate at the California Institute of Technology and taught at Michigan State University before joining the MIT faculty in 1997. He has published more than 325 papers and earned numerous awards, including the MIT School of Science Prize for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.last_img read more

Astorino Blasted for Likening Cuomo to ‘Mafia Boss’

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An Italian American political group, ticked off at Republican gubernatorial hopeful Rob Astorino for comparing Gov. Andrew Cuomo to a “mafia boss,” wants him to apologize to all Italians as well as the governor himself.The New York State Italian America PAC, which Huntingtown Town Supervisor Frank Petrone, a Democrat, serves as honorary chairman, sent a letter to fellow Italian-American Astorino this week expressing outrage that the Westchester county executive would “perpetuate the stereotype of Italian-Americans as Mafia.”Astorino was responding to Cuomo’s first public comments to a New York Times story detailing how people within his office, including former Suffolk County Deputy County Executive Regina Calcaterra, intervened whenever the Moreland Commission—made up of prosecutors across the state, including Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice—began looking into groups politically linked to the governor.Cuomo denied any interference, using a statement—released the same day the governor responded to the story—from one of the commissioners in defense of the administration to bolster his point.Astorino took issue with Cuomo’s rationale. “To suggest that he was suggesting to the commission members where they should go with an investigation is like a mafia boss coming forward and saying that he wants to make a suggestion, an offer you can’t refuse,” Astorino said. “That clearly is intimidation and that’s what he and his staff did.”The “Godfather” reference was too much, apparently.“Your characterization is an affront to all of us who have fought long and hard to combat the harm stereotyping causes to persons of all ethnic groups and who have tried to highlight the accomplishments of Italian Americans in our society,” NYS Italian America PAC wrote in its letter, dated July 29. “Your comment is offensive not just to Italian-Americans, but to all those who believe the hallmark of a good public servant is the capacity to bring persons of diverse backgrounds together and not resort to such hurtful name-calling.”The group, in a blistery tone, wrote that Astorino’s comment has them questioning the county executive’s ability to maintain the moral high ground.“Your flippant use of such a derogatory reference calls into question whether you have the necessary character, temperament and integrity to hold the office you seek,” the group wrote.“NYS IAM PAC is requesting that you, County Executive Astorino, issue a public apology to all people of Italian heritage, as well as to Governor Cuomo for your insensitive and offensive reference.”When asked for a response, the Astorino campaign did not apologize.“He was reciting a line from ‘The Godfather,’ one of the most quoted movies on the planet,” an Astorino spokeswoman said in a statement. “Governor Cuomo is at the center of the worst corruption scandal in New York’s history—let’s have a little perspective please.”Astorino, who has so far been unable to chip away at Cuomo’s double-digit lead in the polls, has seized on the Times report, painting the governor as a corrupt hypocrite who failed in his campaign promise to clean up Albany.Cuomo’s Democratic primary challenger Zephyr Teachout and her running mate, Timothy Wu, have also aggressively attacked Cuomo. On Wednesday, the pair accused the governor of possibly breaking four state laws.last_img read more

China reports 1,300 asymptomatic virus cases after public concern

first_imgTopics : The National Health Commission (NHC) said 1,367 asymptomatic patients were under medical observation, with 130 new cases newly added in the last day.The NHC announced Tuesday that it would respond “to public concerns” by starting to publish daily data on asymptomatic cases, which it said were infectious.There were mass online calls for the government to reveal the number of asymptomatic cases after authorities revealed over the weekend that an infected woman in Henan province had been in close contact with three asymptomatic cases. However, asymptomatic cases are not being added to the official tally unless they later show clinical symptoms. China on Wednesday said it has more than 1,300 asymptomatic coronavirus cases, the first time it has released such data following public concern over people who have tested positive but are not showing symptoms.Health officials also reported the first imported case from abroad in Wuhan — the epicenter where the virus first emerged late last year — heightening fears of infections being brought into China from other countries.Of 36 new cases reported Wednesday, 35 were imported from abroad.center_img Historical data on those infected without showing symptoms has not been published.Beijing has announced a series of dramatic measures to curb arrivals into the country and control imported cases — including a ban on foreigners entering China and testing those arriving from overseas — making it easier to determine those who are infected but don’t show symptoms.China says all detected asymptomatic cases and their close contacts must undergo 14-day centralized quarantine.Experts agree that asymptomatic patients are likely to be infectious, but it remains unknown how responsible they are for spreading the deadly virus.Chinese respiratory expert Zhong Nanshan said in a state media interview last week that asymptomatic carriers could potentially infect “3 to 3.5 people each”.Many other countries including South Korea and Japan count asymptomatic cases in their national tallies of confirmed diagnoses.There have now been 81,554 infections in China, with 3,312 deaths — mostly concentrated in the epicenter of Wuhan and surrounding Hubei province.The first imported case confirmed in Wuhan, a Chinese national studying in Britain, arrived in the city last week as it starts to gradually lift travel restrictions imposed to control the outbreak.last_img read more

Marjorie R. Finch, 97, Bath, Indiana

first_imgMarjorie Finch, 97, of West Lafayette, Indiana and formerly of Bath, Indiana passed away on Thursday, July 25, 2019 at her home with family by her side.She was born to the late Howard and Grace Miles on January 31, 1922 in Franklin County, IN.    She married Donald Finch on October 18, 1941.  She is survived by her son, Stephen (Darlene) Finch of New Castle, IN, a daughter Carol (Chris) Downard of Lafayette IN, and 5 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her loving husband Donald in 1997, and her daughter Shelia Marie Finch in 1946.Marjorie was the Lord’s servant, and would never claim working outside of her home, but she was an organist for her church for over 30 years, filled in for her husband as a substitute school-bus driver, and served as greeter for Phillips and Meyers Funeral Home for many years.  Marjorie also supported Donald in operating their dairy and grain farming operation.  She served her church in many ways, including as president of the United Methodist Women (New Castle District).  She was a member of the Springfield United Methodist Church (UMC), Brookville UMC and St. Andrew UMC (West Lafayette IN).  She was an ardent reader, and completed countless volumes of crossword books, all while maintaining a vigorous practice of daily devotions and keeping a personal diary.Visitation will be at Phillips and Meyers Funeral Home, 1025 Franklin Ave. in Brookville IN on Sunday, July 28, 2019 from 3 PM to 6 PM.  Funeral services will be held at Phillips and Meyers on Monday, July 29 at 10 AM, with interment following at Springfield Cemetery in Franklin County IN.A memorial service for Marjorie’s friends in Northern Indiana will be held at St. Andrew United Methodist Church at 2:30 PM on Sunday, August 11, 2019.Memorial contributions may be directed to the United Methodist Committee on Relief.  The staff of Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home is honored to serve the Finch family, to sign the online guest book or send personal condolences please visit www.phillipsandmeyers.comlast_img read more