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Foreign journalists refused entry and denied visas

first_img Reporters Without Borders today urged Cuba to let foreign journalists into the country “so they can do their job freely and without restriction or aggression” and said it was disappointed at the regime’s refusal to allow half a dozen of them into the country and the blocking of visas for others. A group of journalists, including Alvaro Ugaz, of the Peruvian radio station RPP, and Mario Antonio Guzmán, of the Chilean station Radio Cooperativa, were turned back at Havana airport on 2 August when they told interior ministry police they had come to report on the situation concerning President Fidel Castro’s health. The officials said they did not have a press visa and made them leave on the flight they had arrived on. They said all journalists arriving with just a tourist visa would not be allowed in. Guzmán said it would take up to three weeks to get a press visa and the journalists had decided to take a chance and see if they could get in on a tourist visa.“The Cuban government, which is used to spying on the foreign press, has clamped down on access to the country,” the worldwide press freedom organisation said. “It is understandable that journalists should try to get in on tourist visas to do their job of reporting since it is so hard to get press visas. The present uncertain situation justifies the presence of the foreign media but the regime unfortunately seems to want to limit the number. But they must be allowed in.“We are also concerned about independent journalists in the country who have been indirectly threatened by senior military officials and warned not to create confusion. We are also watching closely the treatment of the 23 journalists currently in prison in Cuba,” it said.Other journalists, including reporters from the Washington Post and Miami Herald, were turned back at the airport. Juan Tamayo, the Herald’s chief of correspondents, said one of his paper’s journalists, who he did not name, had been put on a plane to Panama after presenting a tourist visa and saying he had come to work as a journalist. Since the announcement of President Castro’s illness, Cuban embassies have refused to issue visas or not responded to journalists’ requests. The regime has only issued a few visas to foreign journalists in recent years and those working for media outlets considered “dangerous” to national stability are routinely refused entry. Dozens have been expelled from the country. CubaAmericas Help by sharing this information New press freedom predators elected to UN Human Rights Council CubaAmericas RSF_en Receive email alerts Follow the news on Cuba News October 12, 2018 Find out more May 6, 2020 Find out more October 15, 2020 Find out morecenter_img to go further August 4, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Foreign journalists refused entry and denied visas Reporters Without Borders deplores Cuba’s turning back of several foreign journalists who arrived on 2 August. They were told they did not have the necessary hard-to-get press visas and forced to leave. News News RSF and Fundamedios welcome US asylum ruling in favor of Cuban journalist Serafin Moran Santiago Organisation News 5 rue Geoffroy-Marie – 75009 Cuba and its Decree Law 370: annihilating freedom of expression on the Internetlast_img read more

Louisville park shooter was homeless, has history of mental illness

first_imgLMDCBy ROSA SANCHEZ, ABC News(LOUISVILLE, Ky.) — Darkness was a part of Steven Nelson Lopez’s life long before last weekend, when he allegedly opened fire into a crowd of protesters in Louisville, Kentucky’s Jefferson Square Park.The 23-year-old was raised by his grandparents in what some describe as a “rough” part of town. He was diagnosed with ADHD, but Lopez’s grandfather, Michael Arnett, believes he’s schizophrenic.About four and a half months ago, Arnett told ABC News his grandson packed his bags and went to live at the park.Lopez’s grandfather said he’s “exhausted” and “mentally strained” by his grandson’s actions, and it pains him to know it all stemmed from a “mental health issue” that should have been treated.Organizers of the protests said on Facebook he caused trouble at the daily gatherings. Police said he was arrested twice in the past month for assembly-type offenses.Jeff Gill, who runs a homeless outreach program and has known Lopez for years, said he was taking medicine for schizophrenia and ran out. He believes the lack of medication turned him erratic.On June 27, Lopez was seen looking dazed at the Louisville park, wearing baggy shorts, no shirt and loose hair. Gill checked up on him that day and knew something was off.“He had his shirt tied around his arm and a pained look on his face and he kept mumbling, ‘It’s broken,’” Gill said of Lopez.He spent most of the day hovering around the protesters and at one point, caused a group of men to get angry and “beat him up,” Gill said.It was then that he was asked by security to leave the park, but moments later he emerged wearing a new set of clothes, a ponytail, a mask and carrying a gun that he took from an armed protester, according to the Louisville Metro Police Department. That’s when he allegedly opened fire, killing Tyler Gerth, 27.“He wasn’t aiming for Tyler,” Gill said. “I’m not justifying anything that Mr. Lopez did. It was horrendous, a tragedy, it could’ve been prevented. But his mindset on that day was one of chaos, and all he felt was anger, and all he saw in that park were guns.”On the day of the shooting, the American Freedom Fighters, an armed nationalist group, had threatened to show up at the park, saying on social media that they had the LMPD’s support. The American Freedom Fighters never materialized, but protesters were walking around the park openly armed, carrying large guns and even wearing bulletproof vests.“LMPD personnel did reach out to organizers of this group planning to counter-protest this weekend to get information for our planning purposes, but in no way did LMPD express support for any disruptive actions being taken by this group or any other. We support everyone’s right to free speech and expression. Our role is to make sure that takes place in as safe an environment as possible,” the LMPD said in a statement to ABC News.In a video of the shooting captured by Louisville local Maxwell Mitchell and shared with ABC News, men holding guns can be seen running from Lopez as he opens fire, while others form a barrier around the two victims as police apprehended the shooter.One week before the shooting, police arrested Lopez, along with various protesters, for assembling at the park, and took their guns. In a statement, the police department confirmed that the gun they confiscated from Lopez is still in their possession, and is not the one he allegedly used in the shooting that killed Gerth.Still, many are wondering how Lopez was able to purchase a firearm in the first place, when he was homeless and had a history of mental health issues.“Many of the homeless have weapons,” Gill said, speaking of those who sleep on the streets rather than in institutionalized shelters.Gill has seen cases like Lopez’s before, which is why his work is so crucial to him and his community.“My main focus is helping those in homelessness, but what leads to homelessness is often addiction and mental health,” he said.Lopez pleaded not guilty Tuesday to murder and nine counts of wanton endangerment. His next court date is set for July 8.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

New Gorillaz Album “Humanz” Is Here With 26 Total Tracks [Stream]

first_imgFinally, Gorillaz have returned to the public consciousness after seven years of musical silence, with the official release of their 2017 Humanz. Twenty six (!) tracks complete the new record, with guest contributions from Mavis Staples, Carly Simon, Grace Jones, De La Soul, Savages’ Jehnny Beth, Pusha T, Danny Brown, Vince Staples, Kelela, and D.R.A.M. The virtual brainchild of Damon Albarn and Jaimie Hewlett reunites 2-D, Murdoc, Russel, and Noodle for a world of musical adventure. In a recent interview with Dan Albarn, he expressed how comfortable he was with completing Humanz, revealing there are still 40-45 tracks that didn’t make it onto the record. “I can stay in the game for at least another 18 months, I reckon.” This is great news for fans who once worried their beloved “animated” group would be gone forever, though a future, indeed, is here.Listen to the new record, in its entirety, below:Gorillaz 2017 Tour Dates:06/10 – Margate, UK @ Demon Dayz Festival07/08 – Chicago, IL @ Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island07/10 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre07/12 – Boston, MA @ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion07/13 – Philadelphia, PA – Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing07/15 – Quebec City, QC @ Quebec City Summer Festival07/17 – Colombia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion07/28-30 – Icheon, KR @ Valley Rock Music & Arts Festival07/28-30 – Niigata, JP @ Fuji Rock Festival08/11-13 – San Francisco, CA @ Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival09/15-17 – New York, NY @ The Meadows Music & Arts Festival09/18 – Detroit, MI @ Fox Theatre09/20 – Minneapolis, MN @ Roy Wilkins Auditorium09/22 – Kansas City, MI @ Sprint Center09/24 – Las Vegas, NV @ Life is Beautiful Festival09/26 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre09/30 – Seattle, WA @ KeyArena at Seattle Center10/05 – Los Angeles CA @ The Forum10/11 – Atlanta, GA @ Infinite Energy Center10/13-15 – Miami, FL @ III Points Festivallast_img read more


first_imgLetterkenny General HospitalAN illegal immigrant who should have left Ireland in 2010 has appeared in court on a number of charges.The 34-year-old, originally from Kenya, was arrested at Letterkenny General Hospital on Wednesday night, the town’s District Court was told. She faces a number of charges of loitering and failing to give correct details to Gardaí.She is also charged with failing to have documentation allowing her to stay in the Republic of Ireland. She appears, the court was told, to have two different names.The court heard that nursing staff at the hospital called Gardaí on Wednesday night.Her solicitor Patsy Gallagher said he was unable to get proper instructions from his client due to her medical condition.“Her instructions were limited; she denies all knowledge of the offences and  denies being at Letterkenny hospital last night,” said Mr Gallagher.“There has been a medical intervention from a local GP who has made certain observations.”The woman stood and sat down on a number of occasions during the hearing as she was flanked by two Gardaí.Judge Paul Kelly ordered that the woman be taken into the care of the Central Mental Hospital in Dublin and ordered a medical inquiry regarding her fitness to understand the charges.He adjourned the case for mention on November 25.ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT ARRESTED AT LETTERKENNY HOSPITAL ‘SHOULD HAVE LEFT IRELAND IN 2010’ was last modified: November 22nd, 2013 by John2Share 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:arrestillegal immigrantKenyaletterkenny hospitallast_img read more

No new speed signs for Churchill despite concerns

first_imgThere are increased road safety concerns in the village of Churchill after the opening of a new play park.Children and families have been enjoying the new amenity since it opened in March.But as summer comes, the higher number of people crossing the road in the area is a cause for concern. Cllr Adrian Glackin brought the issue before Letterkenny MD on Wednesday, asking that new signs be placed to reduce speed at either side of the village.Cllr Glackin said that a ‘Slow Down’ or ‘Children Crossing’ sign would improve safety for pedestrians crossing from the play park to the cafe, toilets and bars on the other side of the road.However, the roads department replied to say that 50KPH speed limit signage is already in place in the village and the signs are full in accordance with guidelines.No new speed signs for Churchill despite concerns was last modified: May 15th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Adrian GlackinChurchilllast_img read more

Warriors a huge fan of Nuggets coach Mike Malone

first_imgGreen … * * *Subscribe to the Mercury News and East Bay Times for $40 a year and receive a free Warriors championship coffee table book* * *DENVER – Nearly nine months ago, Draymond Green did not just have concerns about the Warriors’ playoff readiness. He had concerns that the Denver Nuggets would part ways with coach Mike Malone after missing the postseason by one game.“I was hoping they didn’t fire him,” Green said, “because I honestly felt that was the right coach for that team.”last_img

Infographic: 2016 Medium-term Budget numbers

first_imgThe medium-term budget presented by finance minister Pravin Gordhan this week is somewhat optimistic. He has released funds to tackle some of South Africa’s more urgent concerns, particularly reforms in education.        Finance minister Pravin Gordhan’s medium-term budget is making the best of a challenging situation. (Image: GCIS)Words: Shamin ChibbaDesign: Sandile KhumaloThe 2016 medium-term budget set out by finance minister Pravin Gordhan is somewhat optimistic. While the growth rate has dwindled in recent months, Gordhan expects it to rise next year.He is looking to ease the burden of social grantees, giving them R10 extra a month, and is also trying to make education more accessible to all in the foreseeable future.Below we break down the numbers of this year’s medium-term budget.For more on the mini-budget, check out:Mini-budget 2016 quotesFull text: the mini budgetClick image for larger view.last_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast — November 17, 2017

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ryan Martin 11-17-17We should stay dry for the entire day today over the state. Warmer air will try to emerge this afternoon as south winds start to develop. Scattered showers begin after sunset, and will intensify from the midnight hour through the day Saturday. We think precipitation will ultimately linger through the first half of Sunday, and rains can end as sloppy wet snow over the northern half of the state. We won’t even rule out some minor accumulations in NE OH, although this is not going to be a big deal. We turn much colder on Sunday behind the frontal passage. We are increasing the top end of our forecast just a bit, putting rain totals at .25”-2” over 100% of the state from tonight through about early afternoon Sunday. However, we do not think the 2 inch rain totals will be as widespread as this model map suggests. We think 1”-1.25” rain totals are the better call for widespread heavy rains. The map shows cumulative precipitation for this event through Sunday morning.Dry for Monday through next Saturday. Temperatures will yo-yo significantly through that dry period. Cold air holds for Monday, but we see temperatures quickly moderating on Tuesday to near and slightly above normal levels. That will be short lived, as cold air returns for Wednesday and most of Thursday. We are making a tweak to the temperature forecast from there, though, because we see temps starting to warm Thursday (Thanksgiving) evening and will they will climb to above normal levels to finish the week and weekend. The cold Canadian air that was projected to hold through the holiday weekend has weakened and will be pushed back farther north.Scattered showers are in for next Sunday, the 26th. We see a few hundredths to .3” rain totals over 70% of the state.In the extended period, we continue to see mostly dry weather for the 27th through the 30th. Our next frontal boundary starts to impact the state around the 1st of December. Precipitation totals remain unimpressive, so we will stay at .25” or less.last_img read more

Campbells win Ohio Farm Bureau award

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Adam and Jess Campbell of Waynesville are winners of Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s 2018 Excellence in Agriculture Award. The award recognizes successful young agricultural professionals who are actively contributing to and growing through their involvement with Farm Bureau and agriculture.The Campbells run Carroll Creek Farms LLC, a livestock farm that sells directly to consumers. Jess is assistant vice president of agribusiness at Farm Credit Mid-America and has held several leadership positions on the Warren County Farm Bureau board of trustees, including president and vice president and served on its budget, audit and communications committees. Both she and Adam are graduates of OFBF’s AgriPOWER Institute leadership development program, and Adam was a Discussion Meet contest participant. In 2017 the couple was named the local chamber of commerce’s Young Professional Award winner.The Campbells will be recognized at Ohio Farm Bureau’s annual meeting in December and will receive a John Deere Gator courtesy of Farm Credit Mid-America as well as a $1,000 cash prize from Ohio Farm Bureau. They also will receive an expense-paid trip to New Orleans to compete in the national Excellence in Agriculture contest during American Farm Bureau’s annual convention in January.Prizes for AFBF’s Young Farmer and Rancher contests include:• First Place: A new Ford truck or vehicle of equal value and paid registration to the AFBF FUSION Conference in Milwaukee, Wis., courtesy of Ford. • Second Place: A Case IH Farmall 50A, courtesy of Case IH. • Third Place: A Case IH 40” Combination Roll Cabinet & Top Chest and $500 Case IH parts card, courtesy of Case IH plus $2,000 of Stanley Black & Decker merchandise, courtesy of Stanley Black & Decker. • Fourth Place: Case IH 40” Combination Roll Cabinet & Top Chest and a $500 Case IH parts card, courtesy of Case IH.For more information about Ohio Farm Bureau’s Young Agricultural Professionals program, visit experienceyap.com.last_img read more

New iPhone App Piracy Statistics Reveal “Try Before You Buy” Mentality is a Myth

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting “Try Before you Buy” – Just an Excuse to Steal?However, the most interesting finding was the one where the “try before you buy” mentality was exposed as being a myth. Despite jailbreakers’ claims that the need to “demo” an app is among their top reasons for pirating, Pinch Media found that this simply wasn’t the case. To test this, they set a baseline for typical conversion rates of legitimate “lite” to paid applications and found that the conversion rate there is 7.4%. That means about 1 in 14 who try the “lite” version go on to purchase the paid version. However, among the pirate community, pirated-to-legitimate conversions are 0.43%. That’s only 1 in about 233 installations. In other words, few users of pirated apps are truly “trying before they buy,” they’re just trying.That being said, the pirates aren’t necessarily using the pirated apps all that much. Pinch Media found that pirated apps are used less frequently than paid applications and for a shorter amount of time. They theorize that this is due to a few reasons: pirates are less attached to apps considering that they didn’t pay for them, pirates often install more applications in bulk and therefore don’t have much time to spend with each one and jailbroken iPhones tend to crash, leading to more frequent app uninstalls. Although these findings may initially disappoint application developers who see piracy as contributing to lost revenue, the argument could be made – as it often is among other content-producing industries – that the people doing the pirating weren’t actually going to pay for those apps anyway. They’re simply sampling them because they can. While it’s still a stretch to say that piracy helps developers, it’s hard to really quantify how much it hurts them. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… sarah perez Jailbreaking, the act of hacking your iPhone or iPod Touch so that it allows for the installation of unapproved third-party applications, is a popular activity among the tech community. But in addition to allowing you greater control over your mobile device, there’s another – ahem – benefit, if you will. Jailbreakers can install free versions of paid applications. These pirated, or “cracked” apps as they’re called, are distributed through online repositories for easy download to your device. The whole process is as simple as snagging the latest box office release or popular album from the file-sharing site, The Pirate Bay. But many jailbreakers claim that they’re only pirating apps so they can try them out before purchase – a necessary evil since Apple doesn’t offer trial periods for their applications, forcing developers to release “Lite” versions instead. While some do so, many others apps exist only as premium versions. Considering there are now some 85,000 apps to choose from, people want to know if their app purchase is worth the money. Or so they say. However, recent statistics about application piracy prove otherwise. Piracy a Global PhenomenonAt the recent 360iDev conference, mobile analytics company Pinch Media shared some findings about piracy in the iTunes App Store. They’ve been tracking jailbroken devices for several months now and have started to get a handle on this previously unexamined ecosystem. According to their data, which includes 4 million jailbroken devices, 38% have at least one pirated application installed. Pinch Media says this estimate is low since pirates often take extra steps to avoid detection. Still, it’s worth noting that this percentage is nowhere near being the majority of jailbreaking users. There are more people who just want extra control over their device and not an opportunity to steal apps. They also discovered that the piracy phenomenon is not limited to any one particular market. Although piracy rates are relatively low in the U.S., the U.K. and Japan, where perhaps Apple iPhone users have more money at their disposal to spend on premium applications, piracy is a global problem. However, it does appear to be much more rampant in markets like China, Russia, Brazil and Mexico, where it’s negatively correlated with per capita national GDP, notes Pinch Media. center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Apple#NYT#Trends#web Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more