Two journalists attacked during vice-president’s news conference

first_img January 7, 2021 Find out more September 19, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two journalists attacked during vice-president’s news conference Red alert for green journalism – 10 environmental reporters killed in five years Organisation RSF_en August 21, 2020 Find out more to go further Help by sharing this information Guatemala. Don’t put the Guatemalan press in quarantine! May 8, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Guatemalacenter_img News Receive email alerts News In the latest display of government hostility towards the elPeriódico daily, security agents roughed up two of its journalists, reporter Pavel Vega and photographer Alex Cruz, during Vice-President Roxana Baldetti’s news conference yesterday at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Guatemala City.After being denied access to the news conference without explanation, Vega and Cruz managed to sneak in anyway. When Vega began asking questions, the vice-president left and her security agents attacked the two journalists verbally and physically, breaking Cruz’s camera equipment.This latest incident came just two days after elPeriódico accused the government of spying on it.Editor José Rubén Zamora said the government had to be spying on his newspaper because it issued an official response to an elPeriódico report about the vice-president’s acquisition of a luxurious property before the newspaper had published its report.The government’s response had accused elPeriódico of waging a smear campaign against the president and vice-president.“We condemn this assault on elPeriódico’s journalists,” said Camille Soulier, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Americas desk. “Representatives of a government that claims it is being systematically attacked by a news media cannot legitimately respond by denying access to information or by acts of intimidation.”This is by no means the first time that elPeriódico has been subjected to government intimidation attempts.President Otto Pérez Molina and the vice-president have brought many libel suits against Zamora, who was banned from leaving the country and had his bank accounts frozen last January. ElPeriódico gets no state advertising and its reporters are denied access to the presidential palace.In a separate development, police arrested Prensa Comunitaria journalist Norma Sut Sansir yesterday as she was going to cover a demonstration in Camotán, in the southern department of Chiquimula. Her news organization said she has been falsely accused of attacking police officers.Guatemala is ranked 125th out of 180 countries in the 2014 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. News Guatemala: 51 Signatories Call For Authorities To Drop Criminal Charges Against Indigenous Journalist Anastasia Mejía GuatemalaAmericas GuatemalaAmericas Newslast_img read more

BRO Athletes: Jessie Johnson Takes on the Xterra Triathlon

first_imgI won a strawberry pie.I mean, do you really need to know anything else?Okay. There were donuts and freezer pops at the finish line!(Obviously, I’m not doing this for the money. The food, however…)Here’s my journey to pie-dom:Trivium Racing put on a sprint road triathlon that morning, so the off-road tri didn’t start until 4:30 pm. I was post-race sweaty before I even racked my bike. (And I mean dripping sweat. What’s up with telling girls that they don’t sweat; they ‘glow?’ Sweat is awesome. Own it!) You know it was ridiculously hot because even the hydrophobic triathletes – you’d be surprised at how many triathletes really hate to swim – were actually warming up (ha – like that was necessary) in the lake. I, however, love to swim, especially when it’s 95 degrees, which is perhaps why I decided to extend the swim leg by meandering waaayyy off course. Sighting: It’s a good thing. But look at it this way: I got to stay wet and cool for an extra 100 yards!Gboro Xterra_swim-2The mountain bike leg was a fun, fast and twisty course with little elevation change. My mountain biking has really improved the past few years – although I don’t get to do it a lot since moving to the coast – but I still do better with powering up hills than I do finessing my way through countless tight turns. (If you’re going to have quads that are too big for jeans, they better be good for something.) The course was not difficult, but, to keep up speed, it did require constant vigilance. My mantras: “Look ahead on the trail.” “Drink water!”  “Yay for not running into that tree! And, maybe, next time, look ahead on the trail!”Gboro Xterra_bikeI’m usually pretty excited to finish the bike and take off running but, because the trails were relatively flat and super fun, I felt like I could ride for days. However, that might have been my legs forewarning me that they were not so much into the whole trail run thing that day. The run course was a little (okay, a lot) steeper and more technical than I anticipated, and my legs continued to express their disinterest by cramping in new and exciting places! Which is why I only feel a little bad about muttering something that MIGHT have sounded like, “SHUT.UP!” to my husband as he yelled at me about the girl on my tail. (SHE WAS IN A RELAY, MATT!)Gboro Xterra_finishI finished first in the women’s open category – my first time racing open – and did I mention I won a PIE?Thanks to Trivium Racing for a great event – this was my first race with them and I was impressed.Next race: Tsali Xterra. Favorite race of the year!Our BRO Athlete stories are brought to you by:BROAthleteBannerAd-1last_img read more

Gates Praises Colombia As Exporter Of Security

first_imgBy Dialogo April 19, 2010 Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates offered high praise to Colombia as an “exporter of security” that, by sharing lessons learned in its crackdown against a leftist insurgency and drug-trafficking cartels, provides a model for the region. Gates offered congratulations to President Alvaro Uribe and Defense Minister Gabriel Silva Luján during his meetings with them today, calling their leadership in Colombia’s offensive against the leftist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Columbia, known as FARC, and other paramilitary groups “heroic.” “In just a few years, Colombia has achieved a remarkable, indeed historic, transformation in the security arena that few would have thought possible,” Gates said during a joint news conference with Silva, during which Uribe offered opening remarks. Gates praised progress in taking Colombia “from a nation under siege from drug trafficking organizations and military groups to a country quickly becoming a lynchpin of security and prosperity in South America.” He also recognized the skill and bravery Colombia’s military and security forces have demonstrated in this effort. “Colombia’s men and women in uniform have made great sacrifices to dramatically degrade the FARC and other terrorist groups, making Colombia a unique source of experience and expertise in combating these threats,” he said. Gates commended Colombia for sharing its knowledge and skills in counterinsurgency, law enforcement and anti-kidnapping training. “We believe these efforts are enhancing stability in the Americas,” he said. Meanwhile, Colombia has helped its neighbors cope with natural disasters, he said, including sending personnel and supplies to both Haiti and Chile after their devastating earthquakes. These humanitarian missions are indicative of Colombia’s leadership in promoting regional cooperation to confront regional threats and challenges, he said. Asked why the United States’ new defense cooperation agreement with Brazil has drawn much less outcry than the U.S.-Colombia accord did when it was signed in October, Silva said the United States and Colombia established a ground-breaking model that others in the region now hope to emulate. The U.S.-Colombian Defense Cooperation Agreement formalized the military-to-military relationship between the two countries to better address narcotics production and trafficking, terrorism, illicit smuggling and humanitarian and natural disasters. Caption:last_img read more

US bank offering 71% payday loans – credit unions can do better

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr U.S. Bank, the country’s largest regional bank, began taking advantage of a roll-back of OCC regulations that prohibited banks from offering deposit advance products. According to the LA Times, a U.S. Bank customer with a checking account open for more than 6 months, and a direct deposited paycheck can apply online and if approved, be granted a loan of between $100 and $1,000, within minutes. Repayment, which must be within three months, comes with an interest rate of $12 per $100 borrowed, which calculates to nearly a 71% annualized interest rate. U.S. Bank is just the first of what is expected to be a wave of banks providing competition to payday lenders. What changed to bring this on?Late 2013, both the OCC and the FDIC issued guidance that effectively precluded banks from offering deposit advance products. A deposit advance product is defined as a small-dollar, short-term loan or line of credit that a bank makes available to a customer, and which is to be repaid from the proceeds of the next direct deposit. The problem with this type of loan is that people with little or no savings, faced with financial hardship, will not likely be able to pay back the loan amount without still needing the proceeds from the next paycheck. This forces the borrower into a cycle of paying back and reborrowing. The OCC intended to keep banks out of the predatory lending business, as these payday loans typically carry high rates and high risk of non-repayment. But the reality of keeping banks out of this line of business was the swelling of lenders popping up to service this need for short-term cash loans, a demand that continues to grow today. Realizing that banks are a more responsible way to serve this market, on October 5, 2017, the OCC rescinded its prior guidance, stating “As a practical matter, consumers who would prefer to rely on banks and thrifts for these products may be forced to rely on less regulated lenders and be exposed to the risk of consumer harm and expense.” The OCC doubled-down on this guidance, on May 24, 2018 issuing its Core Lending Principles for Short-Term, Small-Dollar Installment Lending, Bulletin 2018-14, in which it states that it “encourages banks to offer responsible short-term, small-dollar installment loans, typically two to 12 months in duration with equal amortizing payments, to help meet the credit needs of consumers.”  The bulletin is intended “to remind banks of the core lending principles for prudently managing the risks associated with offering short-term, small-dollar installment lending programs.” continue reading »last_img read more

Redmi Note 9 5G Series Launch Tipped for November 24

first_imgRedmi Note 9 5G series is said to launch in China as early as November 24. A tipster has speculated the launch date of the Redmi Note 9 5G series ahead of its official confirmation. The series is rumoured to have at least two new models, with MediaTek and Qualcomm processors. It is likely to include the Redmi Note 9 Pro 5G that is also called the Redmi Note 9 High Edition as well as the Redmi Note 9 5G that is speculated as the Redmi Note 9 Standard Edition.As noticed by a user on Twitter, the tipster reported on Weibo that the Redmi Note 9 5G series launch date could be announced sometime this week, while the launch could take place through an event on next Tuesday, i.e., November 24.- Advertisement – The TENAA site also listed the specifications of a phone with a model number M2007J17C that could be the Redmi Note 9 Pro 5G. The phone appeared to have a 6.67-inch full-HD+ display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G SoC, up to 12GB RAM, and up to 256GB storage. It is also speculated to have a 108-megapixel primary camera sensor.Gadgets 360 wasn’t able to independently verify the reported details. It is, thus, safe to consider the rumour with a healthy dose of speculation.Is Redmi Note 9 the perfect successor to Redmi Note 8? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.- Advertisement – Xiaomi has not yet made any confirmations about the Redmi Note 9 5G series. However, the rumour mill has suggested that there could be two new models — both with 5G support.Redmi Note 9 5G, Redmi Note 9 Pro 5G price (expected)A report last week suggested that the Redmi Note 9 5G aka Redmi Note 9 Standard Edition in the new series could carry a price tag of CNY 1,000 (roughly Rs. 11,300), while the Redmi Note 9 Pro 5G aka Redmi Note 9 High Edition is said to be priced at CNY 1,500 (roughly Rs. 17,000). Redmi General Manager Lu Weibing also last week hinted at an imminent announcement of the new models. However, the company has not provided any official details so far.Redmi Note 9 5G specifications (expected)The Redmi Note 9 5G surfaced on China’s TENAA with a model number M2007J22C. It appeared with a 6.53-inch full-HD+ IPS display, MediaTek Dimensity 800U SoC, up to 8GB RAM, and up to 256GB storage. Further, the listing on the TENAA site suggested triple rear cameras on the Redmi Note 9 5G, with a 48-megapixel primary sensor.Redmi Note 9 Pro 5G specifications (expected)- Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement –last_img read more

In milestone year, A-bomb survivor keeps up fight for nuclear disarmament

first_imgBuildings in the city had been reduced to charred piles of rubble and twisted metal, a vast expanse of land was wiped out, and corpses and burn victims with flesh peeling off their bones littered the ground. His grandfather was one of them: Tanaka dabbed a wet handkerchief to his mouth, which appeared to silently cry out for water. That was their last encounter.Three days after the hydrogen bomb attack in Hiroshima, the Nagasaki blast killed about 27,000 instantly and more than 70,000 by the end of the year. Japan surrendered six days later.For nearly 50 years, Tanaka has been speaking out for nuclear disarmament hoping that his experiences as a witness to one of the only two nuclear bombs ever to be used in conflict would serve to end their potential use.In this 75th year since the war ended, the coronavirus pandemic has disrupted some key events, such as a New York exhibition that Tanaka helped to organize.Instead, Tanaka, who served as head of the “Hidankyo” victims’ group for more than 20 years, has turned online to spread his message, with the unexpected benefit of reaching a broader audience.But he worries that time is running out.”After all the atomic bomb survivors are gone, I’m worried whether people will be able to really understand what we have experienced,” he said. Just 3.2 km from the epicenter, Tanaka was miraculously unharmed, as were his mother and two sisters. Tanaka’s father had died of illness previously.Tanaka’s grandfather, aunt and uncle weren’t as lucky.Three days after the 10,000-pound (4,536kg) bomb, nicknamed “Fat Boy”, exploded over the city, Tanaka ventured towards the epicenter to check on his relatives.It was only then that the scale of the calamity sank in. Terumi Tanaka was 13 when a US warplane dropped a plutonium bomb on the southern Japanese city of Nagasaki, on Aug. 9, 1945.Sitting at home with a book that morning, Tanaka knew instantly when his surroundings turned a blinding bright white that the massive boom was not one of the air raids he had gotten accustomed to in the waning days of World War Two.”I felt this was something terrible, so I ran downstairs and ducked, covered my ears and closed my eyes,” Tanaka, now 88, told Reuters. “And at that moment, I lost consciousness.”center_img Topics :last_img read more

Kenyan marathon champion Sumgong gets four year drugs ban

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp Nairobi, Kenya | AFP |  Kenya’s Olympic marathon champion Jemima Sumgong has been suspended for four years for doping, Athletics Kenya said Tuesday.“Sumgong will serve the four-year ban as from (April 3) when she was provisionally suspended,” Athletics Kenya said in a statement.The 32-year-old tested positive for the banned blood booster EPO in an out-of-competition test by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) in her native Kenya.Erythropoietin is a natural hormone that stimulates red cell production. For a runner, injecting an artificially produced version increases oxygen absorption which allows them to run harder and faster without tiring.Sumgong, who also tested positive for a banned substance in 2012, starred at the London Marathon in 2016, defying the odds to win despite suffering a bruising fall.Steeled by her success in London, she then became the first Kenyan woman to win Olympic marathon gold, defeating Ethiopia’s world champion Mare Dibaba in Rio to confirm her status as the world’s top marathon runner of 2016.Due to her suspension she was unable to defend the titlein London this year.Earlier this year, Sumgong was one of a number of top Kenyan athletes who welcomed a new initiative to eradicate doping, which has tarnished their image, agreeing to be monitored by doctors appointed by the IAAF and Athletics Kenya. “It will be easy for us now to communicate with these doctors before we take any medicine when the need arises,” said Sumgong.The move came after an investigation by German television channel ARD and Britain’s Sunday Times newspaper last July alleging that doping was rife at the elite training centre in Iten.Kenyan athletics boss chief Jackson Tuwei warned that any athlete who failed to comply would not be selected to represent the country in international competitions.“Forty-nine athletes have been found to have violated the WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) code in the past five years but were cautioned according to the laws of the land and WADA code,” he said earlier this year.Sumgong’s former training partner, the 2014 Chicago and Boston Marathon champion Rita Jeptoo, is serving a four-year ban after also testing positive for EPO.In 2012 Sumgong tested positive for steroid Prednisolone following the Boston marathon. She only served half of a two year ban after a successful appeal blamed the failed control on treatment for a hip injury.last_img read more

Killjoys waltz past Salmo’s Babes en route to sole possession of top spot in WKRD standings

first_imgThe Killjoys dominated the Babes from the opening jam, scoring points in bunches against the former local roller derby power.In game two, Dam City managed to remain in playoff contention by scoring the victory.Dam City entered the contest without a win in two games. The victory allows Dam City to climb into a fourth-place tie with Salmo Babes of Brutality.Valley Vendettas and Rossland/Trail Roller Girls are tied for second, each with a win in two games.Next up on the schedule is July 27 doubleheader.Killjoys meet Valley Vendettas while Salmo meets Rossland/Trail.Saturday (June 29) in the Silver City, Rossland/Trail hosts Mountain Town Maulers of Cranbrook at the Cominco Arena. First jam is 6 p.m. The Nelson Killjoys started off fast and never looked back en route to a lopsided 282-93 victory over the Salmo Babes of Brutality in West Kootenay Roller Derby action Saturday at the NDCC Arena.The win is the second of the season for the Killjoys and gives theNelson-based squad sole possession of top spot in league standings. In the other game the Dam City Rollers of Castlegar outlasted the Valley Vendettas 238-161.last_img read more

MAYOR OF LETTERKENNY ‘DEVASTATED’ BY DEATHS OF TWO YOUNG MEN

first_imgThe Mayor of Letterkenny, Cllr Pascal Blake, has said he is devastated by the news of the death of two young men from the town in Rathmullan earlier today.Mayor Pascal Blake – devastated by death of two young Letterkenny men.Cllr Blake said he knows one of the family personally and has already been to visit them at their home in the Ballymacool area.“Once again we are waking to horrific news of carnage on our roads. “I know one of the families personally and I have been to visit them and they are understandably just devastated.“It has been a tough week for Letterkenny with the devastation to our hospital but this puts everything into perspective.“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of these two young men and the other two men injured in the crash,” he said.Deputy Joe McHugh described the deaths as ‘extremely tragic’. He added: “My thoughts and the thoughts of everyone in Donegal will be with the families of these young men.” MAYOR OF LETTERKENNY ‘DEVASTATED’ BY DEATHS OF TWO YOUNG MEN was last modified: August 3rd, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:letterkennyMayor Pascal Blakesympathylast_img read more