first_img Cuba and its Decree Law 370: annihilating freedom of expression on the Internet CubaAmericas CubaAmericas Organisation Reporters Without Borders welcomed Oscar Espinosa Chepe’s release today after 20 months in prison and voiced the hope that the Cuban authorities will soon free other journalists including Raúl Rivero.”This is an enormous relief for his wife and mother who, ever since his arrest, have fought tirelessly for his release in the ‘Women in White’ group of wives of detained dissidents,” the press freedom organisation said.”We reiterate our call to the Cuban authorities to release all the imprisoned journalists and put an end to the state monopoly of news and information,” Reporters Without Borders said, urging the international community to maintain its campaign for their release.”We hope the recent transfer of six journalists, including Raúl Rivero, and about 10 other dissidents to Havana’s Combinado del Este prison is a sign they will be released soon,” the organisation added, noting that “Cuba, with 25 journalists still detained, is the world’s biggest prison for the press after China with 26 detained.”Espinosa Chepe was released under a special permission issued for health reasons in which he is allowed home but remains under a form of house arrest. Reached by Reporters Without Borders, he said he did not know he was to be freed until the last moment. He stressed that it was a conditional release and that he would be re-arrested if he started working as a journalist again.”Today I hope the other dissidents will be freed because they committed no crime, and I want to thank all those who campaigned for our release,” he said.His wife , Miriam Leiva, went this morning to the Combinado del Este prison hospital for a visit planned for his 64th birthday, which is today. “When I arrived, they told him to gather all his belongings. Then a doctor came and read us a list of all the illnesses he has had since his arrest. Then they told us he would be allowed home… for health reasons.” Both Espinosa Chepe and his wife thanked the European Union and the news media for campaigning for his release.Espinosa Chepe was arrested on 19 March 2003 and was sentenced the following month to 20 years in prison under law 99 on “protecting Cuba’s independence and economy.” For more about his arrest, trial and imprisonmentRaúl Rivero’s wife, Blanca Reyes, told Reporters Without Borders today she received a phone call from her husband three days ago shortly after his transfer to the Combinado del Este prison infirmary. He told her he had been given medical tests and was getting better treatment, including better food. Reyes was told she would be able to visit him by 1 December at the latest.Rivero is part of a group of at least 17 political prisoners – all arrested in March 2003 – who have been transferred to the Combinado del Este prison in the past few days for the declared purpose of undergoing medical tests. The group includes five other journalists: Jorge Olivera Castillo, José Ubaldo Izquierdo, Omar Ruiz Hernández, Pablo Pacheco Ávila and Pedro Argüelles Morán. Six of the 17 have already been released.A total of 27 journalists and some 50 other dissidents were rounded up in March 2003 and given summary trials in which they received sentences ranging from 14 to 27 years in prison for “actions against the state’s independence” or “against Cuba’s independence and economy.” The journalists were for the most part accused of playing into the hands of the United States by writing articles with a different viewpoint from that offered in the official press. Two were already allowed home under similar permits in June. News May 6, 2020 Find out more News November 29, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Authorities let independent journalist Oscar Espinosa Chepe go home News RSF_en center_img Receive email alerts to go further October 15, 2020 Find out more News New press freedom predators elected to UN Human Rights Council Follow the news on Cuba Help by sharing this information RSF and Fundamedios welcome US asylum ruling in favor of Cuban journalist Serafin Moran Santiago October 12, 2018 Find out morelast_img read more

first_imgREIGNING 100m World champion Omar McLeod believes former world’s fastest man Usain Bolt was well within his rights to defend longtime coach Glen Mills.The decorated Olympian and sprint icon set off a social media storm in recent weeks when he was highly critical of the work attitude of some of the current crop of sprinters following criticism of veteran coach Mills.In recent weeks, multiple athletes affiliated to the Racers Track Club had written social media pieces critical of the coach and the operation of the now-famous club.In a terse response, Bolt suggested that the athletes had only themselves to blame for any lack of success, accusing them of not working hard enough. While admitting that he did not know enough about the issue, McLeod claims to understand the sprinter’s defence of the coach.“I don’t know about what happened in-depth, I’ve seen the interview. I’m really happy he made the decision to speak up for his coach.  It can be a thing when athletes don’t get what they want they try to point fingers and blame other people,” McLeod told Nuffin’ Long Athletics.“Nobody knows the extent of what happened, I don’t, so I don’t want to speak of it but I just think it was good of him to come out and speak because he and his coach have had a really good career and I guess he is a father figure to Usain Bolt.”(Sportsmax)last_img read more

first_imgA woman was arrested for leaving a $5,000 tip at a Clearwater restaurant on her boyfriend’s credit card following an argument.Serina Wolfe, 24, was reportedly displeased with her boyfriend Michael Crane after he refused to buy her a plane ticket back home to New York, and a waitress of the Clear Sky Cafe reaped the benefits.Police say Crane put a hold on his credit card, but when he removed it, Wolfe made a $5,055.37 purchase at the Clear Sky Cafe.The cafe was notified about the fraudulent purchase but said the waitress had already been paid for the amount of the tip.Wolfe was arrested Monday on a $1,000 bond.As of July 3, she remains behind bars and is awaiting trial.last_img

first_imgFacebook17Tweet0Pin0Submitted by TOGETHER!On Saturday May 13th, 2017 TOGETHER! held their annual Awards of Excellence ceremony at South Puget Sound Community College. Back for the second year following a hiatus and reinvention, Awards of Excellence now honors and celebrates South Sound youth whose paths have been marked with adversity and whose grace and strength continue to shine through. More than 29 different schools and youth centered organizations nominated participants to receive the award. This year 35 awards and 10 scholarships were given, including a 1-year tuition waiver for SPSCC, as well as 2 continuing scholarships to 2016 Awards of Excellence scholarship winners.Aylin Gonzales was a 2016 scholarship winner and won a continuing support scholarship at this year’s awards. Photo courtesy: TOGETHER!Honorees were featured in The Olympian newspaper and publicly recognized at the Awards of Excellence ceremony. More than $10,000 in scholarships were awarded thanks to Gateway Rotary (our top scholarship donor), TwinStar Credit Union, Tumwater McDonald’s, and a year tuition waiver from South Puget Sound Community College Scholarship Foundation! Based on the knowledge that supporting and encouraging young people helps our community thrive, TOGETHER! and partners are proud to continue this tradition for another year!Aylin Gonzales, a 2016 scholarship winner is incredibly grateful for the continuing support scholarship awarded at Awards of Excellence 2017. “Thank you so much for supporting my education again this year. Awards of Excellence has been such a great support for me. It’s been a relief not having to stress over paying for my classes, and [the scholarship has] helped me focus more on school. As some of you know, I am working towards becoming a registered nurse and getting my Associates degree is the first step. Awards of Excellence has helped me to be able to go to school and take the classes I need to reach this goal, one step at a time,” Aylin said.Charissa DeWitt., a 2017 and 2017 scholarship recipient spoke at Saturday’s event. Photo courtesy: TOGETHER!“Higher education comes with a high price [however], and being an independent youth it’s not easy doing the college process all alone.” said Charissa DeWitt during a speech at the 2017 Awards of Excellence ceremony. “Thanks to the TOGETHER! scholarship I have the opportunity to help people in the near future.” DeWitt, a 2016 scholarship winner also benefitted from continuing scholarship support in 2017. She continued to say, “I want to say thank you [TOGETHER!] for the opportunity to get this award and the good that’s being done here should really be continued for all the other students that are going to need it in the future.”In addition to the heartfelt speeches from Gonzalez and DeWitt, handing out the scholarships and awards, the event also featured a sincere speech, and musical performance from Gryffen Murry, a 2016 Awards of Excellence honoree who also emceed the event with Bobby Williams of The Bridge. CYS’s The Bridge, and the Olympia High School’s UpStanders delivered music and poetry performances.Group photo of the 2017 award recipients who are excited to continue their education with a little help. Photo courtesy: TOGETHER!The ceremony was a hit; emotions from TOGETHER!’s staff and nominees were clearly visible. Pride, laughter and applause filled the air. Awards of Excellence was live-streamed on Facebook with 412+ views (despite tech challenges) and growing. Like any great thing, this event is possible only through the collaboration and partnership of many. TOGETHER! would like to especially thank our sponsors and in-kind donors: Gateway Rotary, Tumwater McDonalds, South Puget Sound Community College Foundation, TwinStar Credit Union, The Olympian, Forrey’s Forza, DZines, The Bridge, TAGS Awards and Specialties, Shanna Paxton Photography, Tumwater Safeway, Tumwater Costco, and Ralph’s Thriftway. Thank you also to event emcees Gryffen Murray & Bobby Williams, to The Bridge performers Gryffen Murray, Shanelle Berry, Lelh Inman (a.k.a Shady B & Taw_Nae), and to The UpStanders (Olympia High School) performers Mikayla Fisher-An, Maitlynn Reed, Andrew Pizana, Savantè Givens, and Rose Rinehart. For more information, visit the TOGETHER! website.last_img read more

first_imgRED BANK – Resident Carol Sullivan Schulte is encouraging the Parkinson’s community to learn about the potential benefits of exercise.Working with the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) and nearby health-care professionals, she is hosting an educational forum, Parkinson’s Disease and Exercise: How to Improve Your Daily Quality of Life, from 9:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, June 5, at the Tower Hill Presbyterian Church in Red Bank.Schulte has been active in the Parkinson’s cause since her own diagnosis in 1996. In 2010, she completed an intensive three-day training to join PDF’s Parkinson’s Advocates in Research program. Her work with the program to speed new treatments for Parkinson’s includes community education about clinical trials. The exercise enthusiast is particularly passionate about research into exercise as a therapy for Parkinson’s.She has arranged for local experts, including Dr. Margery H. Mark of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, to discuss how exercise can help manage Parkinson’s symptoms and the different types of programs available locally. Topics to be discussed include personalized physical therapy programs and resistance training for strength gains.“I’m offering this forum to show the people in my community living with Parkinson’s how they can be more proactive in improving their daily living. Even if it’s just sitting in a wheelchair lifting weights, or walking around the block, you have to keep at it. Parkinson’s is not the death sentence we all think it is,” Schulte said.Robin Elliott, executive director of PDF, said: “We are inspired by PDF Research Advocates like Ms. Schulte who strive to educate people with Parkinson’s not only about research but on ways to enhance day-to-day life with Parkinson’s. She is a key partner in PDF’s mission to support the research and ideas that will improve the lives and futures of people touched by Parkinson’s.”For more information about Schulte’s exercise forum or the PAIR program, please contact PDF at (800) 457-6676, [email protected] or register for the Parkinson’s Disease and Exercise, contact Schulte at 732-530-8032. The cost is $20 per person or $30 for a person with Parkinson’s and their caregiver. Lunch is included. The event is also sponsored by Meridian Health, Medtronic and Heritage House Sotheby’s International Realty.last_img read more

first_imgOAKLAND — Bruce Bochy leaned back in his chair in the visiting manager’s office at the Coliseum with an orange championship belt — normally awarded to the top hitter and pitcher after every Giants win — resting on his desk.The Bay Bridge Trophy the Giants had won after they captured the season series with the A’s on Sunday was, well, somewhere out of sight.The mementos may not be a huge deal in the grand scheme of things, although the Giants surely wanted to recognize Bochy after he managed …last_img

first_img9 May 2011Two of South Africa’s top road cycling professionals, Neil MacDonald and Waylon Woolcock of Team Bonitas, made an impressive entry into the mountain bike racing category when they won six stages and the overall title at the 2011 Fairbairn Capital Old Mutual joBerg2c mountain bike stage race, which ended on Saturday.The nine-day, 910 kilometre race, which started just south of Johannesburg and finished on the KwaZulu-Natal south coast in Scottburgh, was the first mountain bike race for Team RE:CM, the sister outfit to Team Bonitas, both owned by South African cycling legend, Malcolm Lange.Woolcock and MacDonald, both experienced road cycling stage race specialists, went into the event as underdogs and an unknown factor. But they didn’t waste any time showing their potential when they won the first racing stage on day two and in the process claimed the overall lead.Lost the leadBut two days later they lost their lead to FedGroup Berg & Bush’s pair of Brandon Stewart and Darren Lill, who won the 125km fourth stage, putting just over a minute into Team RE:CM.Stewart, one of South Africa’s most experienced mountain bike stage racers and Lill, the current South African road champion, appeared to be in control and spent the next few days defending their lead and forcing Woolcock and MacDonald to be the aggressors.For newcomers to mountain bike stage racing, Team RE:CM certainly rode with a combination of determination and maturity, attacking the race leaders at every opportunity and out-sprinting them consistently to collect a string of stage wins.ResignedOn Thursday, after having won their fifth stage out of a possible six and with just two days remaining, Woolcock and MacDonald were all but resigned to the fact that any chance of overall victory was extremely slim. But on Friday’s penultimate stage they discovered one of mountain bike racing’s ubiquitous companions, Lady Luck.After having been dropped by Stewart and Lill early on the 99 kilometre stage through the Umkomaas Valley, Woolcock and MacDonald passed the FedGroup Berg & Bush pair just before halfway after they’d been halted by a cut tyre.The tyre continued to be problem once they got going again and ultimately cost Stewart and Lill over 25 minutes and the possibility of overall victory as the Team RE:CM pair powered away to win their sixth stage and opened up a substantial overall lead with one stage remaining.Victory processionThe final 85 kilometre stage, which finished on the beach in Scottburgh, was as close to a victory procession as one can get for the Team RE:CM pair, who finished in the front pack and watched Lill and Stewart claim a consolation stage win and secure second place overall.“We decided at the start to race conservatively, both from an energy expenditure perspective and a racing strategy perspective and it paid off,” smiled Woolcock, whose longest mountain bike race previously was the 100 kilometre Crater Cruise, largely a dirt-road race.“Even our equipment was on the conservative side. We chose more robust tyres, which were maybe half a kilogram heavier in total than those of some of our rivals, but we never had one puncture. And in the end, the final race result was decided by a tyre problem.‘A bit unexpected’“Winning the race was a bit unexpected,” admitted MacDonald. “But we certainly showed with all the stage wins that we were worthy contenders for a final podium place.“It’s not ideal for Brandon and Darren to have lost the race the way they did and I do feel sorry for them. But as I’ve come to learn quite quickly, that’s one of the things that define a mountain bike race – nothing is certain until the very end.”Team owner Malcolm Lange was understandably thrilled at Team RE:CM’s success. “I’m very chuffed,” he smiled.“I’ve been racing alongside Neil for many years on the road and he was always so effective over cobbled roads in Europe, so it doesn’t surprise me that he’s taken so well to mountain bike racing. For Waylon it was obviously a whole new experience, but he really adapted quickly.“I’m very proud of what they achieved. A dream start for Team RE:CM!”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

first_imgFacebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos audrey watters When you’re done, you have an easily embeddable story. You can also opt to notify the people whose tweets you’ve included.Curation, Journalism, and Storify With Storify opening to the public, we will undoubtedly see a whole new set of stories curated here. But during its beta, it was journalists who found the site to be particularly useful. NPR’s Andy Carvin, for example, renowned for his curation of Twitter during the uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa, has storified several news events, including the assassination attempt on Representative Gabrielle Giffords.Carvin told The New York Times that he realized that the reaction to the Gifford shooting was a story itself. “It quickly evolved into looking at how people were discussing the media coverage surrounding it and its potential political impact,” he said. “There’s a big need for tools that allow people to collect bits of social media context and organize them in some fashion.”With Storify launching its public beta today, it looks like people will have a new tool at their disposal to do just this.See Andy Carvin and Emily Bell in The Revolution(s) Will Be Curated at the ReadWriteWeb 2WAY Summit, June 13-14 in New York City. A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit With the amount of news available online, aggregation and curation are becoming increasingly important for finding, filtering and managing information. Of course news no longer emanates solely from traditional media sources or even from blogs. Much of it now comes from social streams as well, and oftentimes the news, analysis, and reactions via sites like Twitter are stories unto themselves. That’s created a lot of opportunities for new sorts of digital storytelling, and one of the tools that the writers here at ReadWriteWeb have had in their toolbox is Storify. The website opens to public beta today.Storify allows users to pull together information from social media – tweets, videos, photos, links – and build stories that include both content and commentary. It’s as simple as dragging and dropping the items from your Twitter timeline, from Flickr, from YouTube, from RSS feeds into the story-builder. You can also add your own text to the story. Tags:#social networks#web Related Posts Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verificationlast_img read more

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netLyceum coach Topex Robinson is well aware of the monumental task he has to face entering the NCAA Season 93 Finals.After steering the Pirates to their first ever playoff appearance, the youthful mentor has been stern in keeping his wards in check  for the best-of-three championship clash against San Beda, which starts on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT “I guess my job as the coach is to put them in the right frame of mind. The excitement will always be there, but it’s a matter of channeling it to positivity. We’re more excited than nervous, to be honest,” he said.“We know it’s our first time to be in this level and it’s really an unchartered territory for us. But rather than being scared, we should be excited. We know that we got nothing to lose and we’re happy where we are. We know we wanted to be in Finals and we did everything in the best way that we can.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutRobinson knows how the Red Lions operate, and he even served as an analyst for the clash between San Beda and San Sebastian in the final level of the stepladder semis on Tuesday.And the third-year mentor could only derive one thing from their Finals date. Read Next View comments John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia PLAY LIST 01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia02:12San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 9302:00NCAA Season 93 Preview: Lyceum Pirates01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa TNT acquires Onwubere as Phoenix makes moves MOST READ “It’s obvious that (San Beda) is determined to win,” he quipped. “At the end of the day, they’re the stronger team, they have more experience than us and it showed against San Sebastian. With coach Boyet (Fernandez) there, and they have a good group of guys that are motivated to show that they are the defending champions, we know what we have to face.”Robinson had only one more reminder for Lyceum: to stay the course and continue what it has been doing all season long — playing to inspire.“I just remind them of our vision, which is to inspire others. Of course, we want to be on the winning side, but victory or not, our vision will not stop,” he said. “We’ll still do what we have do and our dedication will never change. It’s really an opportunity for us to inspire people. That will never change.”ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity.last_img read more

first_imgBelgium’s class and precision was on full display on Saturday as they registered a thumping 5-2 victory against Tunisia to qualify for the FIFA World Cup 2018 round of 16 from Group G.Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku scored a brace while Batshuayi netted once as Belgium scored 5 goals for the first time in a World Cup match.Tunisia also managed to score twice through Dylan Bronn and Khazri but they just couldn’t match Belgium’s authority throughout the 90 minutes.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEHazard started the onslaught early for the Red Devils as he converted a penalty in the 6th minute after he was fouled inside the box by Beb Youssef.10 minutes later Lukaku doubled Belgium’s lead to score his 6th goal in a World Cup.Tunisia pegged one back three minutes later through Dylan Bronn. There was just 109 seconds between Belgium’s second goal and Tunisia’s first.Lukaku then completed his brace with just a minute to go before half time to become the first player since Diego Maradona to score two goals in consecutive World Cup matches. Maradona had done the same in the 1986 edition after scoring twice against England. Lukaku had scored two goals in Belgium’s first game against Panama.FIFA WORLD CUP: FIXTURES | POINTS TABLEHazard continued Belgium’s dominant run in the second half as he netted in the 51st minute. An inch-perfect Kevin de Bruyne pass sent Hazard clear for his second six minutes after the restart, the midfielder showing superb balance and skill to round keeper Farouk Ben Mustapha and tuck home to effectively end the contest.advertisementBoth Lukaku and Hazard though, didn’t get a chance to complete their hat-tricks as they got replaced in the 59th and 68th minute respectively.Batshuayi, who came off the bench as Hazard’s replacement, missed at least four clear-cut chances to score within five minutes but failed before finally finding the back of the net in the 90th minute.Just before referee blew the full time whistle, Tunisia scored a consolation goal through Khazri in injury time.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more