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_imgIs military service for you? Harvard undergraduates can now answer that question more easily. The Office of Career Services (OCS) just published “After Harvard: Considering Military Service,” its newest informational guide. The guide is another example of Harvard’s warming post-Vietnam relationship with the military, and comes the same year the University reinstated a campus office for the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC), the first in 40 years.The 20-page guide was written by three members of Crimson Serves, a nonprofit group run by veterans currently at Harvard, including Navy veteran Jonas Akins ’01, M.B.A. ’12, and Army veterans Erik Malmstrom, M.B.A./M.P.A. ’12, and Robert Wheeler ’05, M.B.A. ’11.One of the missions at Crimson Serves — which also has an alumni membership — is disseminating information. “After Harvard” includes a primer on each of the U.S. military services; on the multiple paths to becoming an officer; and on the benefits of service, from leadership training to home loans. The guide talks frankly about the morality of the military, its bureaucracy, and its many costs, including transient lifestyles and the risk of death or injury.“This pamphlet is not recruiting material,” the authors say on the first page. “Rather, it is meant to be straight talk about military service.”Nancy Saunders agreed. She is director of undergraduate career programming and advising at OCS. “We want to educate students about all of the options,” said Saunders of the new pamphlet. “We’re neutral. We’re like Switzerland.” But the new pamphlet, she added, “absolutely fills a void for us.”“The fact that it’s on the wall next to the investment banking and consulting brochures,” said Wheeler, “gives this career path a level of visibility and a level of legitimacy I don’t think it had in the past.The publication is unusual enough that it merits a publishing launch of sorts: a panel from 4 to 5 p.m. on Friday (Oct. 28) at the OCS office at 54 Dunster St. “Military Matriculation: Is Military Service for You?” is co-sponsored by the Institute of Politics at the Harvard Kennedy School.“It’s a tangible event to celebrate much more than the panel and the publication,” said Wheeler, referring to ROTC’s renewed, “monumental” presence on campus.The panelists — three men and a woman — are veterans of the Air Force, Marine Corps, and Navy. Three are current Harvard graduate students.“We understand the unique pressures of Harvard,” said Wheeler, who will moderate the panel. He served three years as an Army officer specializing in Patriot missile systems.Inspiration for the advisory guide came in part from Wheeler’s experience at Harvard College. He was a freshman when the 9/11 terror attacks happened, and their enormity grew on him over four years. He said of the military, “I came to believe it was the next right step for me.”But ways to get advice about the service were somewhat limited. He talked with the veterans he could find at Harvard, and to recruiters in Boston. A pamphlet — detailed, neutral, and explicit to the Harvard experience — would have helped.“For the right person coming out of Harvard, the military can be the perfect next step,” said Wheeler, whose tours of duty included South Korea, Italy, and Puerto Rico. “There are skills you’re not going to build anywhere else.”At Harvard Business School, for example, “the military guys and gals oftentimes bring the most powerful and salient comments to the discussion,” said Wheeler. “They give a dose of reality about what leadership really requires.”He called the new pamphlet a “conversation starter” that will give curious undergraduates a point of contact for advice about the armed services.last_img read more

first_imgThis year’s Big Ten Indoor Championship in the 60-meter dash was more than just a trophy for junior sprinter Demi Omole.The 6.70-second victory marked an entire season’s comeback attempt.In last season’s Big Ten Indoor Championship, Omole pulled up in the 60-meter dash with a hamstring injury, disqualifying him from the event and allowing then-freshman Anthony Cole of Ohio State to win the event.Omole was still affected by the injury at the NCAA Indoor Championships in 2005, causing him to finish in fourth place. Had he been healthy, he feels as though he easily could’ve competed for the top spot.Sure, Omole bounced back in the outdoor season last year and won the Big Ten title in the 100-meter dash, but it was that indoor 60-meter dash event Omole had his eyes on.”The team was giving me a lot of crap about not getting the Big Ten title [last year],” Omole said. “I was just trying to get that hump off of my back.”Now healthy, Omole recaptured the 60-meter event title from Anthony Cole this year, but he felt as though a pair of freshman were really his top competitors.Dominique Worsley of Illinois and Adam Harris of Michigan stepped on the scene this year in their freshman seasons to challenge Omole with times of 6.75 and 6.83 seconds, respectively.But as a junior with plenty of Big Ten Championships under his belt, Omole simply wasn’t having it.”There were two freshmen who were pretty good,” Omole said. “But I had to show them the ropes.”Omole also had a huge advantage on the freshmen, as he has developed his 60-meter technique to near perfection.”It’s all about just getting out hard,” he said. “If you get beat off the block, you’ll never be in contention, but you’ve got to hold on to your acceleration without looking back, too, and get out as far as you can.”In the 200-meter dash, however, his technique didn’t work, as he finished in fourth place at this year’s Big Ten Indoors.”It wasn’t as high as we expected for me to place,” Omole said. “But outdoor I’m much better running the 200.”While Omole will seek to improve his 200-meter dash mark during the outdoor season, all of his work in practice will now be concentrated solely on the 60-meter dash as he begins to prepare for the NCAA Indoor Championships come March 10.”I’m just working on a lot of acceleration stuff because I’m only running the 60 at [National Championships], and I have a pretty good shot at winning,” he said. “So we’re just working on a lot of acceleration and making sure my blocks are on point.”In just his third season on campus, Omole has made quite the name for himself at UW and found himself in a situation he didn’t necessarily see himself being in.Omole originally had decided to attend the University of Florida due its great sprinters’ program, but the Milwaukee, Wis., native decided to transfer after one semester due to being homesick.He even toyed with the idea of going out for the football team when first arriving to Wisconsin.”I went out for [football] the spring of my freshman [year], but they wanted me to put on more weight, and I wasn’t really up for that,” Omole said. “So I decided to focus more on track.”But now, Omole has found his niche alongside track and field head coach Ed Nuttycombe, racking up Big Ten title after Big Ten title.”Being in five Big Ten championships and winning all five, I just don’t know what it’s like to lose in those situations,” Omole said. “I really like this feeling of being a part of a winning tradition here.”last_img read more

first_img Share Submit Share Betting on Football 2017 has been hailed as a great success with 97.4% of visitors to the conference saying they would recommend it to a colleague, according to a survey carried out by SBC Events.Delegates, sponsors, speakers and exhibitors from the 3-5 May event also rated the networking opportunities at Stamford Bridge as 70% ‘excellent’ or ‘very good’ while pinpointing this as the most important reason for attending the event.Feedback is already being used to improve future events, starting with Betting on Sports (13-15 September), which 85% of survey respondents have expressed an interest in attending.For example, an improved version of the official event app will be available for the conference in Olympia, Kensington, after 70% said that it had proved useful at #bofcon2017.The survey reported that the overall quality and level of the conference was very high. As specific highlights, attendees mentioned the keynote session from William Hill Non-Executive Director and industry veteran John O’Reilly, and a market update on Scandinavia featuring Mr Green CEO Jesper Kärrbrink, Danske Spil CEO Niels Erik Folmann, Veikkaus Senior Vice President Jari Vahanen and LeoVegas CEO Johan Styren.Jesper Kärrbrink commented: “SBC is here to stay. Betting on Football provided great networking and seminar focus. With a sportsbook and football focus, the exhibition was also very targeted and you basically found something interesting in every booth. I’m impressed with the high number of attendees, which made it possible to have a lot of productive meetings in just two days.”Meanwhile, Martin Wachter, the CEO for platinum sponsor and lead exhibitor Golden Race, praised the event’s growing business importance.He said: “Betting on Football is an incredibly valuable event in the sports betting calendar. It’s now very much established and has grown year on year to the extent that for us, it’s second only to ICE in terms of business importance.”These comments were emphasised by a survey finding that 100% of the exhibitors that responded are interested in returning for Betting on Sports.Tickets for Betting on Sports 2017 are on sale at a 50% off early bird rate until 15 JuneClick here to buy your ticket for an event covering everything related to sports and betting, which this year includes full day tracks dedicated to Betting on Racing and Betting on Esports. Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Kambi takes full control of LeoVegas sportsbook portfolio August 26, 2020 Veikkaus calls for early introduction of Finnish age verification measures August 28, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articleslast_img read more

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsThe Hume Brewers took advantage of a short-staffed Our Glass squad to cruise to a 33-6 victory Sunday in West Kootenay Flag Football League action at the Mount Sentinel Field. The game was only contest schedule in the WKMFFL.Leading 7-0 at halftime, the Brewers offence began to wear down the Our Glass defenders. Our Glass played the entire contest one player short.Hume quarterback Steven Doyle had a field day with the Glass defence, firing touchdown passes to Greg Kinnear and a pair to Jon Francis. Doyle also ran for a major score.The Brewers, 2-0 to start the season, will receive a major test Sunday when the club plays defending champion Castlegar Vikings at 11 a.m. In the second tilt of the day, Dam Inn and Our Glass both search for first wins of the season.The WKMFFL is a five-team league that plays every Sunday at Mount Sentinel. The teams include Dam Inn Mates, Our Glass, Hume Brewers, Castlegar Vikings and Nelson Impact.The league runs until November when playoffs are held to determine the league [email protected]last_img read more

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsThe L.V. Rogers Junior Bomber started off the New Years with a solid contest south of the 49th parallel.The Bombers dropped a close 47-32 decision to the Selkirk Rangers in Junior Girl’s Varsity Basketball play Tuesday in Metaline, Washington.Josse Miller scored 23 points to lead the Rangers over the Bombers.The contest was close through three periods before Selkirk out scored LVR 12-6 in the fourth quarter to put the contest away.Lynnea Carr led the LVR charge with eight points while Kyley Mirva had seven.Jayden Roch added six points while Devyn Parker collected [email protected]last_img

first_imgSoccer Quest wrapped up its indoor league season by crowning champs in the three adult divisions.Abacus made it a clean sweep of the Jackson’s Hole Masters League by capturing both playoff and regular season title. Abacus edged out Bia Boro 6-5 in the final to claim the title.The regular season champs advanced to the final by scoring another narrow semi final victory, 5-4, over Jackson’s Hole.In the other divisions, Dirty Dozen beat Selkirk Eyecare 4-3 to claim the Bridge Ladies Rec League crown.The win also made it a two-title season for regular season champ Dirty Dozen.Meanwhile, in the Nelson Ford Men’s Open league Kootenay Co-op nipped Old Dogs 7-5 in the final.The teams finished tied for top spot during the regular season.last_img

first_imgHARD ACES WORKS FOR GOLD CUP AT SANTA ANITA AMERICAN PHAROAH JOGS, DORTMUND BREEZESSANTA ANITA TOPS $1 BILLION IN HANDLE SINCE DEC. 26 Drayden Van Dyke11716141214%$678,758 Tiago Pereira741113715%$485,520 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won FINISH LINES: Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Texas Red is scheduled to work a mile after Santa Anita’s fourth race today in preparation for the $500,000 Dwyer Stakes at Belmont Park on July 4. Kent Desormeaux will be aboard the son of Afleet Alex for his brother, trainer Keith, who will send out stablemate Salty Kid under jockey Fernando Perez to work with Texas Red . . . Hall of Fame great Laffit Pincay Jr. will present the trophy to the winning connections of today’s Landaluce Stakes . . . Sierra Madre resident Victor Espinoza will bethe featured attraction at the annualSierra Madre Fourth of July Parade that starts at 10 a.m. thisyear. The city will be giving the Triple Crown-winning jockey a special commendation for his part in the historic achievement aboard American Pharoah at its City Council meeting, 6:30 p.m. this Tuesday, June 23 . . . Persuasive Paul carried perhaps the highest weight to victory at Santa Anita in recent memory when he won under 129 pounds in a one-mile starter handicap on turf Friday for Steve Knapp. “He’s won six times and about $120,000 since I claimed him for $12,500 at Del Mar last August,” Knapp said of the 5-year-old Florida-bred gelding, who has won on turf and dirt. “I think he’s better on turf and I might run him back in a starter allowance at a mile and a quarter on closing day.” That would be the $40,000 Bottom Line Starter Handicap. Bob Baffert2772526%$330,930 Mike Puype62912715%$501,940 SANTA ANITA TOPS $1 BILLION IN HANDLE SINCE DEC. 26From the commencement of its Winter Meet on Dec. 26 through yesterday, Santa Anita Park has now eclipsed the $1 billion mark in pari-mutuel handle, as the track continues to provide players across the country with large guaranteed pools and dependable levels of liquidity–making Santa Anita a consistent “best bet” with horseplayers nationwide.“Everyone knows what you get when you spend a day at Santa Anita,” said veteran horseplayer and longtime editor/publisher of The Horseplayer Magazine, Tom Quigley. “It’s the most beautiful track in the world, with the mountains, architecture and multimillion dollar improvements, which all serve to enhance what serious horseplayers have come to know, especially in recent years, and that is that Santa Anita consistently offers players the biggest and best wagering pools in the country.”With the nation’s highest rated jockey colony and many of America’s top trainers represented on a daily basis, Santa Anita racing consistently provides players with the highest average pari-mutuel handle per horse in the country.Santa Anita currently leads the nation with a $500,000 guaranteed Late Pick Four pool and a $150,000 guaranteed Pick Six pool each weekend. Rafael Bejarano17042312825%$1,946,242 Flavien Prat14522271615%$1,371,290 Joseph Talamo14324142617%$1,017,288 PHAROAH JOGS, TRIMMER DORTMUND WORKSTriple Crown king American Pharoah was back on the track again Sunday.“He jogged today,” trainer Bob Baffert said. “The weather is still pretty hot, but he’ll probably start galloping tomorrow. He’ll parade here Saturday, but he won’t breeze.”Meanwhile, under regular rider Martin Garcia, a pared-down version of Santa Anita Derby winner Dortmund worked four furlongs in company Sunday in 47.40, while stablemate Gimme Da Lute, winner of the Grade III Affirmed Stakes on June 7, was clocked in 47 flat.“He went nice. He went an easy half,” Baffert said of Dortmund, who has not raced since finishing fourth in the Preakness on May 16. “We’re slowly keeping him fit, but he still has a ways to go. He lost a lot of weight but he’s slowly getting it back.” TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Tyler Baze20431333015%$1,785,040 Jerry Hollendorfer66718811%$606,264 Victor Espinoza38107726%$725,900 Martin Garcia4595920%$363,940 John Sadler6813101219%$840,204 Mike Smith4599620%$746,366 Mark Glatt5567911%$283,184 HARD ACES, MOTOWN MEN IN FINAL GOLD CUP DRILLSHard Aces, who finished third wearing blinkers for the first time in the Grade IICalifornian Stakes on May 30, worked six furlongs at Santa Anita Sunday in 1:13 for next Saturday’s Grade I, $500,000 Gold Cup at Santa Anita.“He galloped out (seven furlongs) in (one) 26,” said trainer John Sadler, who has hadthe 5-year-old Hard Spun horse for three races since he was privately purchased by the Hronis brothers.“It was a good last work before the Gold Cup,” Sadler said. “He went in company (with Native Ride, 1:13.60) and looked good. He’s not a particularly fast work horse, but for him, it was a real nice work.”Asked if the blinkers made a difference in the Californian, Sadler was ambivalent. “I just think he didn’t ship great for Oaklawn (sixth in the Oaklawn Handicap April 11). The blinkers helped and I think he’s just getting his form back a little bit. It was a good step to come off of a bad race at Oaklawn to run a good third. He was running at the end, so I think we’re in a fairly good progression.”As to his recent hot streak, Sadler took it in stride.“The last two, three weeks have been fairly strong,” he said. “We won a Grade I (the Shoemaker with Talco) last weekend and a Grade II yesterday (the Summertime Oaks with Stellar Wind). We’ve won five races this week. We’re in a good zone at the moment.”Stellar Wind presumably came out of her hard-fought nose victory in the Summertime Oaks in good order and, if all goes well, could wind up in the rich Cotillion Stakes at Parx later this summer.“I haven’t really put my hands on her as yet this morning,” Sadler said, “but I saw her walking around and she looked good. It looks like she came out of it well, but I don’t have any thoughts on where I’m going to run yet. I’ll enjoy this for a few days, but she might run at Del Mar and she might travel, too. It looks like a lot of the big 3-year-old filly races are out of town.“The Cotillion is one we’d consider. I like that track.”Tiznow Stakes winner Motown Men also worked Sunday for the Gold Cup, going seven furlongs in 1:23.40 under Tyler Baze.“He worked great,” trainer Ted H. West said. “It was a little fast but he didn’t seem to be too tired. Another horse broke in front and pushed him unexpectedly. That will happen.”The Gold Cup is a Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” Challenge Race. The nominated winner is entitled to automatic entry into the 2015 Breeders’ Cup Classic at Keeneland Oct. 31.Probable for the Gold Cup: Big Cazanova, Catch a Flight, Finnegans Wake, Hard Aces, Hoppertunity, Majestic City, Moreno and Motown Men.Trainer Bob Hess Jr. said Santana Mile winner Blue Tone would pass the race and run in the Grade I Triple Bend at seven furlongs the same day.“We’re going to try and shorten him up,” Hess said. Blue Tone was fourth last out in the Californian at 1 1/8 miles.NBCSN will televise the Gold Cup live from 5 to 6 p.m. Pacific Time.First post time next Saturday and closing day next Sunday, June 28, will be 1 p.m. SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Mario Gutierrez5394917%$419,758 Doug O’Neill9919171219%$819,568 Robertino Diodoro2864321%$232,380 Philip D’Amato601710728%$965,550 Richard Baltas59179429%$881,710 Richard Mandella421111426%$835,490 Felipe Valdez9881598%$365,640 Santiago Gonzalez9891699%$420,314 Peter Miller8118181022%$716,760 Edwin Maldonado8810141411%$414,686 (Current Through Saturday, June 20) Eddie Truman2072335%$284,928 Fernando Perez12323191219%$871,540last_img read more