Court ruling deals major blow to media freedom and Inter-American body

first_img 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies September 9, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Court ruling deals major blow to media freedom and Inter-American body “We protest against this Honduran Supreme Court decision and we call for the withdrawal of all the legal proceedings against Alvarado,” said Emmanuel Colombié, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Latin America desk. Organisation Reporters Without Borders and PEN International condemn the actions of the Honduran Supreme Court in failing to implement a legally-biding order by inter-American Commission on Human Rights to protect journalist, Julio Ernesto Alvarado’s right to work in his profession. The Radio and TV Globo journalist’s last possible appeal against a court ban on working as a journalist for 16 months was rejected on 4 September, setting a dire precedent for freedom of expression and information in Honduras.The Honduran Supreme Court’s decision to reject the appeal filed by Alvarado in October 2014 was the final injustice in a drawn-out defamation suit against Alvarado that began being heard in 2013. RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America Receive email alerts News In November 2014, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) ordered the government of Honduras to implement legally-binding precautionary measures to protect Alvarado’s rights. The IACHR’s decision in Alvarado’s case was a landmark ruling and a clear message to governments in the region to protect journalists and guarantee the right to freedom of expression and information. It is the first time that the IACHR has revoked a ban on a journalist practising his or her profession. Specifically, the IACHR asked the Honduran authorities to postpone implementation of the ban until it had ruled on the substance of the case. Reports RSF_en HondurasAmericas The Supreme Court’s decision is a second violation of the IACHR mechanism, which was created under the San José Pact. As no further legal recourse is available to Alvarado in Honduras, it is now the responsibility of the IACHR to put pressure on the Honduran government to respect its legally-binding order. “Let’s be clear about this. Honduras has legally committed itself to respect rulings by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights as their last court of appeal. They must respect their own legal engagement. Their Supreme Court ruling on Julio Ernesto Alvarado’s case does not stand.” – John Ralston Saul, International President of PEN International. The judicial persecution of Alvarado reflects the harassment to which all outspoken journalists and opposition media are subjected in Honduras. The authorities have targeted Radio Globo y TV since the 2009 coup d’état. Five of its employees have been murdered since 2011 without any adequate investigation being carried out.This impunity sustains the high level of murders of journalists in Honduras. Alvarado has also been the target of many acts of intimidation and, since 2012, disturbing surveillance measures. He decided to suspend his programme “Medianoche” in 2013 after receiving constant threats for more than a year.center_img HondurasAmericas Follow the news on Honduras The ban is the result of a defamation case that Belinda Flores Mendoza, the former dean of the economics faculty at the Autonomous National University of Honduras, brought against Alvarado for reporting supreme court charges against her on his TV Globo programme “Mi Nación.” Help by sharing this information “This ruling sets an appalling precedent for freedom of information in Honduras and defies the IACHR request, which the Honduran authorities have an obligation to respect. These prolonged judicial proceedings are a sham and a repressive tool against a journalist with one of the country’s most popular critical radio stations.” News May 13, 2021 Find out more April 27, 2021 Find out more Honduran justice ignored the request just weeks later when it issued an order upholding the ban, but the IACHR’s Precautionary Measures request allowed Alvarado to work until last week. to go further News RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” Honduras is ranked 132nd out of 180 countries in the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. December 28, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Rodents on the run from derelict sites

first_imgNewsLocal NewsRodents on the run from derelict sitesBy admin – March 1, 2011 939 Advertisement THE sight of rodents scurrying past long-standing derelict sites is terrifying people, according to election candidate Cllr Joe Leddin, responding to a complaint from a young Limerick woman who had such an experience on the Ballinacurra road. It is claimed that rats and rodents are terrifying people, especially our senior citizens who walk in the area of the former Moloney Garage site.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up This week, the Limerick Post received a call from a young woman who said she is now terrified to be anywhere near the site.“I was wheeling my child in her buggy and two rats ran across my path – it was obvious they were coming from the site, which attracts lots of illegal dumping – it’s a disgrace that this is being allowed fester so close to where people are living and walking”.Cllr Joe Leddin, who has requested an immediate inspection of a number of the city’s most offensive derelict sites and properties from City Hall’s Planning Department, said that on his election canvass throughout the city he has received numerous complaints from people and the business sector who are living close to derelict sites.“They have outlined to me their concerns with the continued deterioration of these sites. All kind of rubbish is being dumped illegally, and as a result, increases anti-social behaviour.“There are also serious health and safety concerns surrounding the proposed Opera Centre – many of the buildings involved are over 100 years and in a poor physical state”.Pointing out that the issue is of a more serious nature than many people perceive, he also referred to the many unoccupied derelict houses and sites scattered in Hyde Road, Quins Cottages, Janesboro and Prospect, that are causing huge concern for locals.“Urgent action, such as compulsory purchase orders by the city council are now required, and while there may be difficulties pertaining to title deeds with certain houses, the major strategic sites on main artery roads into the city can’t be left unattended – either the owners or the city council must carry out appropriate works to clean and secure these sites”. Print Linkedin Facebookcenter_img WhatsApp Previous articleOutlaw Concy hot on trail of RubberbanditsNext articleRugby fans to benefit from ticket price reduction admin Twitter Emaillast_img read more

Delhi High Court Directs Centre To Respond On Fixing MRP Of Covid-19 Equipments To Fight Black Marketing

first_imgNews UpdatesDelhi High Court Directs Centre To Respond On Fixing MRP Of Covid-19 Equipments To Fight Black Marketing Srishti Ojha12 May 2021 9:33 AMShare This – xUpon the submission of Mehra, a Division Bench of Justices Rekha Palli and Vipin Sanghi of the Delhi High Court today directed Adv. Sanjeev Sagar who was leading submissions on the issue, to prepare a 1-page note on black marketing & hoarding of Covid-19 equipments.The court also directed him to circulate the same for it to be taken up by the Delhi government counsels with various state Standing Counsels and Directors of Prosecution to sensitise the Public Prosecutors in district courts.Advertisement The bench further sought the status on the implementation of this direction to be placed before the Court on Monday.Sagar had also made submissions regarding hoarding and black marketing and what was happening in other courts and prayed for a specific mention to be made in the order to have a list of people who have been booked on these matters, responding to which, the bench had said, “We’ve already asked for the list. We’ll look into that aspect and issue notice.”Advertisement Amicus Sr. Adv. Rao agreed with Adv. Mr Sagar and said that there was enough scope with oxygen concentrators and that the court may have to lay down some principles as far as contempt jurisdiction is concerned. Further, Rao also suggested the regulation and fixing of MRPs of oxygen concentrators and other equipment necessary for treatment and management of Covid-19.The court allowed the Additional Standing Counsel for the Centre, Adv. Amit Mahajan time till tomorrow to report instructions on the issue.Advertisement Advertisement The bench said, “As early as June 29, 2020, the process of fixing of prices of imported and domestically manufactured oxygen concentrators was initiated, but it was left incomplete. It’s high time that MRPs of not only oxygen concentrators but other equipmenta required for Covid-19 should be fixed, so malpractices are stopped.”On converting IHBAS to Covid-19 facilityNoting that the matter was already pending consideration before a Single Judge bench and is pending for May 13, after hearing the matter at length the bench disposed of the application.Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Referring to a letter by the Institute of Human Behaviour and Allied Sciences (IHBAS) itself requesting to be converted to a covid facility, Adv. Sanjay Ghose had submitted, “We’ve been able to survive this wave, but we have to be ready for the next one,” and urged for a decision to be taken on the matter.To this, Sr. Adv. Rahul Mehra for the Delhi government responded stating that, it had already been put to the government officers that atleast “patients with mental health issues be treated there itself.”Mehra further suggested that there were multiple blocks at IHBAS and atleast one of those could be converted.Ghose urged for IHBAS and the Health Ministry to sit together and decide.However, the court noted that directions had already been issued to the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (GNCTD) to consider the matter and therefore this bench would not get into this again.Amicus Curiae in the matter, Sr. Adv. Rajshekhar Rao opined that, “As far as IHBAS is concerned the apprehension seems to be that we can take care of people suffering from neuro-psychiatric illness who have Covid-19” which was why the proposal seemed to have been made. However, he continued, “Their appears to be some reluctance, notwithstanding perhaps some place being available, to have it becoming general covid facility, primarily because of nature of patients.”Edited by Shreya AgarwalTagsDelhi High Court Covid-19 Equipments Black Marketing & Hoarding Delhi Government Justice Vipin Sanghi Justice Rekha Palli Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

Petrobras starts non-binding phase in the Camamu Basin

first_imgThe Manati field is located at a distance of 10 km from the coast of the city of Cairú/BA Petrobras starts non-binding phase in the Camamu Basin. (Credit: Wonita & Troy Janzen from Pixabay) Petróleo Brasileiro S.A. – Petrobras, following up on the release disclosed on 05/04/2020, announces the beginning of the non-binding phase regarding the sale of its stake (35%) in the Manati Field, a shallow water maritime production concession located in the Camamu Basin, in the State of Bahia.Potential buyers qualified for this phase receive a descriptive memorandum containing more detailed information on the referred asset, in addition to instructions on the disinvestment process, including guidelines for the preparation and submission of non-binding proposals.The main subsequent stages of the project will be informed in due course to the market.This disclosure complies with Petrobras’ divestment guidelines and is aligned with the provisions of the special procedure for assignment of rights on exploration, development and production of oil, natural gas and other fluid hydrocarbons, provided for in Decree 9,355/2018.This operation is in line with the strategy of portfolio optimization and improvement of the company’s capital allocation, focusing its resources increasingly on deep and ultra-deep waters, where Petrobras has shown great competitive edge over the years.About the Manati FieldThe Manati field is located at a distance of 10 km from the coast of the city of Cairú/BA, in water depths between 35 and 50 meters. The field started operating in 2007 and its average production in 2019 was 105 bpd of condensate and 1,269 thousand m3/day of gas, through the PMNT-1 fixed platform, which involves a subsea structure composed of 6 gas producing wells.Petrobras is the field operator, with a 35% stake, in partnership with Enauta Participações (45%), Geopark Brasil E&P de Petróleo e Gás Ltda. (10%) and Brasoil Manati Exploração Petrolífera Ltda. (10%). Source: Company Press Releaselast_img read more

US Navy tests real-time 3D diving sonar

first_img View post tag: CodaOctopus CODA has demonstrated the recently launched Echoscope4G® Surface during a US Navy training exercise as part of a Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) 3D HUD System.The Surface is a real-time 3D sonar and can be used for launch on small rapid response rigid inflatable boats (RIB) and additional inflatable craft used in law enforcement, salvage and underwater construction.During the live demonstration, tethered divers were able to hand carry the near neutrally buoyant sonar underwater and use it in two operational modes — navigation and observation.Both modes can operate with or without subsea positioning simplifying deployment. The diver, through use of the 3D Head Up Display (HUD) technology under development, and the dive supervisor on the surface can view simultaneously the same real-time 3D sonar image, CodaOctopus said.The biggest challenge for divers in challenging environments is visibility and real-time scene awareness – from their perspective and in 3D, Blair Cunningham, Coda’s President of Technology, explained.“There are clear benefits for applications such as marine security, where the new Surface will help divers to identify foreign objects in the underwater environment where cameras cannot be relied upon. Specific markets including breakwater construction and inspection can immediately benefit from this technology providing clear 3D diver inspection data,” Cunningham added.“During this US Navy training exercise in which we demonstrated the capabilities of our newly launched Surface, in navigation mode the diver effortlessly navigated around seabed debris and towards vertical piles structure hundreds of feet away with clear and effective communication between diver and supervisor. Coupled with a real-time enhance video feed from the diver helmet, the supervisor was acutely aware of the benefit of safe navigation underwater for the diver with clear direction and scene understanding by both parties.”“Observation mode allows the diver to simply detach the hand-held Echoscope4G® Surface and attach to a mount or the asset under inspection – at this point both diver and supervisor have a 3rd person perspective overview of the scene with the diver also being clearly imaged. In salvage and construction operations, as well as those of the military and law enforcement, this (…) capability allows full safety monitoring of the diver and a comprehensive record of activities and events within the sonars imaging range,” he further said. Authorities US Navy tests real-time 3D diving sonar View post tag: US Navy View post tag: 3D sonar Share this article March 28, 2018 Back to overview,Home naval-today US Navy tests real-time 3D diving sonar last_img read more

Saycon Sengbloh & More Will Join Lupita Nyong’o in Eclipsed

first_imgSaycon Sengbloh, Pascale Armand, Akosua Busia and Zainab Jah will join the previously announced Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o in the New York premiere of Eclipsed. Directed by Liesl Tommy and penned by Danai Gurira, the production will begin off-Broadway previews on September 29. Opening night is set for October 14 at the Public Theater’s LuEsther Theater.Sengbloh will play Helena. Her Broadway credits include Holler if Ya Hear Me, Motown the Musical, Fela!, Hair, The Color Purple, Wicked and Aida. Armand is set to take on the role of Bessie and has appeared on Broadway in The Trip to Bountiful as well as off-Broadway in An Octoroon. Busia will appear as Rita and made her Broadway debut in Mule Bone and her West End debut in Gloo Joo. Jah will take on the role of Maimi; her stage credits include In Darfur, Hamlet and Ruined.Amid the chaos of the Liberian Civil War, the captive wives of a rebel officer band together to form a fragile community—until the balance of their lives is upset by the arrival of a new girl. Drawing on reserves of wit and compassion, Eclipsed reveals distinct women who must discover their own means of survival in this deeply felt portrait of women finding and testing their own strength in a hostile world of horrors not of their own making.The production will feature scenic and costume design by Clint Ramos, lighting design by Jen Schriever, original music and sound design by Broken Chord and voice and dialect by Beth McGuire.The limited engagement will run through November 8. Related Shows Eclipsed Show Closed This production ended its run on June 19, 2016 View Commentslast_img read more

Video Odds & Ends: Sneak Peek of Emma Stone & Ryan Gosling’s Musical & More

first_img‘La La Land’ Here’s a quick roundup of stories videos you may have missed today. Sneak Peek of Emma Stone & Ryan Gosling’s MusicalWe have our first teaser trailer, below, for Damien Chazelle’s La La Land, the original musical film starring Broadway alum Emma Stone (Cabaret) and Ryan Gosling. A tribute to Hollywood’s golden age of musicals (which includes tunes from the Main Stem’s own Benj Pasek and Justin Paul), the project follows an aspiring actress and a dedicated jazz musician who are struggling to make ends meet in a city known for crushing hopes and breaking hearts. As previously reported, La La Land is set to open the Venice Film Festival on August 31, and hit movie theaters on December 2. Cry With Barbra StreisandThe latest video released by Barbra Streisand to preview her upcoming Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway album is out. A duet with the late Anthony Newley, the pair sing “Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me)” from the musical The Roar of the Greasepaint, and there’ll be tears in your eyes after you’ve seen this. The record, also featuring Hugh Jackman, Jamie Foxx and many more, will drop on August 26. Rory O’Malley Leads #Dab4HamAt today’s #Ham4Ham, Rory O’Malley hosted a dabbing contest featuring Hamilfans on Team Hope, Team Oak and Team Michael, followed by #OneLastDab with Daveed Diggs, who will soon be departing the hit tuner. Check out all the fun outside the Richard Rodgers Theatre. Star Files Okieriete Onaodowan View Commentslast_img read more

La Salle Lady Spikers stay true to form

first_imgView comments Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ For the better part of the season, defending champion De La Salle has been utterly unstoppable.ADVERTISEMENT La Salle not only secured its position atop the table, it also knocked out the Lady Falcons off the Final Four race and allowed National University to take the last Final Four berth.And with one game left on their schedule, Dy said they won’t take things lightly against Ateneo on Sunday as they plan to enter the Final Four on their best possible form.“Every game we have to work on the areas we still need to improve upon and we have to treat every game equally,” said Dy who finished with 17 points against the Lady Falcons. “We don’t think that our next match won’t have any implications, we will still play our game.”ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident LATEST STORIES Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Ceres nears AFC Cup KO stage; Global falls short P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC But despite racking up seven straight wins with one more game left in their schedule, the Lady Spikers believe they haven’t reached their peak form in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament.Kianna Dy said their strong performance late into the season is just about staying true to their real form.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“I don’t think we’re peaking, or we’ve reached our peak, it’s just that every game we just have to play our game,” said Dy in Filipino Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Lady Spikers reached seventh heaven when they dished out a four-set beating against Adamson University, 25-21, 25-15, 22-25, 25-18, that bumped their record to 11-2 and locked up the no. 1 seed in the tournament. MOST READlast_img read more

Donegal school gets green light for new Special Education classrooms

first_imgMinister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh has today announced St Baithin’s NS in St Johnston has got the green light for works to develop two special education classes in the school.“I am delighted to be able to confirm the development of two classrooms for pupils with special education needs in St Baithin’s,” Minister McHugh said.“It is great to see a school get news like this even in the middle of the holidays and hopefully it will give the principal Anne Marie Meehan and all her team good time to start to plan for the works.” The work for the school has been approved by the Building Unit in the Department of Education and Skills under its programme for additional accommodation.Donegal TD Minister McHugh said: “Every week schools are getting hugely important news from the Department that money is being set aside to improve facilities, to modernise some buildings and in some cases to expand the space in the school.“St Baithin’s is just one of those and I look forward to seeing the work get underway which will help the school to put its best foot forward to support children with special education needs and ensure they can make the most of their time in school. Congratulations to everyone involved.”Donegal school gets green light for new Special Education classrooms was last modified: July 30th, 2019 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)last_img read more

Black Panther film hits South African cinemas

first_imgThe Black Panther has been a protector of Wakanda for generations. And now, it is time to show the outside world who we are.”- T’ChallaSouth Africans are gearing up for the release of Marvel’s Black Panther – the first superhero of African descent as it hits the cinema today 16 February 2018.Black Panther is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The Black Panther’s real name is T’Challa, king and protector of the fictional African nation called Wakanda. Along with possessing enhanced abilities achieved through ancient Wakandan rituals, T’Challa also relies on his proficiency in science, rigorous physical training, hand-to-hand combat skills, and access to wealth and advanced technology to combat his enemies.The character of Black Panther – T’Challa is played by Chadwick Boseman with a supporting cast of Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia; Michael B. Jordan as Erik Killmonger and Danai Gurira as Okoye to name a few.The film has received positive excitement in South Africa as it was announced that isiXhosa is the official language of Wakanda, the City in the film, as well as some of the cast members, include South African acting legends, John Kani as T’Chaka and Connie Chiume as Mining Tribe Elder, and Atandwa Kani as the Young T’Chaka.Congratulation to these South Africa actors and crew that played their part in flying the South African flag high and making the country proud.To top off all the excitement surrounding the movie – Black Panther stars Lupita Nyong’o and Danai Gurira tweeted a picture saying they will be coming to the Motherland.In the picture the two stars are smiling, while on a plane.“En route to South Africa!!! Taking BP to the Motherland! #BlackPanther #WakandaForever,” Danai captioned the photo.You can check out the movie at Ster-Kinekor theatres as the Black Panther heroes come to life on screen in IMAX, D-BOX, Cinema Prestige, 3D and 2D at Ster-Kinekor cinemas nationwide.last_img read more