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Purges in state media, community radios on alert

first_imgNews July 12, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Purges in state media, community radios on alert February 14, 2020 Find out more Angelina Agüero Villalba, communications department in the president’s office; Daniela María Candia Abatte, Televisión Pública; Roque González Benítez, information and communications secretariat for development; Fátima Elizabeth Rodríguez González, also of the information and communications secretariat for development who worked additionally as a producer for TV Pública and Radio Nacional; Carlos Hector Troya Palacios, IPParaguay; Rafael Alejandro Urzua, photographer in the president’s office; Osvaldo Zayas, social welfare secretariat; Tadeo Blanco, environment secretariat. The heads of TV Pública and IPParaguay received similar treatment on 22 June. Persistent “technical” problems The tension that is palpable inside the country can also be felt on the airwaves. The weekly Radio Nacional programme “Ape ha Pepe” (“Here and There”), in which Paraguayans living abroad take part, was taken off the air on 23 June and returned on 30 June. On 7 July, the station was the victim of a strange communications breakdown. Gustavo Zaracho of the Paraguayan community in France told us: “At first I tried phoning the station and got no reply. Then I called the number of a newsroom mobile phone. We realised that the switchboard was jammed and they were unable to transfer any external calls. However, communication was restored 10 minutes before the end of the programme. Meanwhile, I told them by mobile phone about the on-air problem.“A station representative told me in a threatening manner that it was a technical problem. At the time, a police officer who is usually responsible for guarding the building was with him.”Even if these are nothing more than technical hitches, they have recurred frequently since 22 June. Something similar happened to the programmes “Micrófono Abierto” (“Open Mic”) on TV Pública and “Red Pública” on Radio Nacional. The state-run station ZP 12 in the city of Pilar, off the air since 24 June officially because of a power cut, was able to resume broadcasting yesterday after repairs to its equipment. News Reporter killed in ambush after police protection withdrawn February 10, 2017 Find out more Follow the news on Paraguay Three weeks after President Fernando Lugo was removed from office by parliament on 22 June, Paraguay’s state media are gripped by a climate of tension and intimidation, corroborated to Reporters Without Borders by sources both inside and outside the country.An apparent truce that followed the visit of José Miguel Insulza, secretary general of the Organization of American States, on 2-3 July did not last. Freedom of news and information is suffering as a result of the pressure on journalists, and others, known for their opposition to parliament’s move against Lugo on 22 June. “Unfortunately, the information provided to us shows there is a clear desire for renewed political control of state media and communications, with the aim of playing down as much as possible the manner in which Lugo was removed from office and its repercussions,” Reporters Without Borders said. “State media worthy of the name must reflect current public opinion. Efforts to sideline journalists seen as embarrassing, as well as the partial censorship of some programmes, are further indications of the thinking of those who were on the winning side on June 22, to the detriment of the pluralist debate that should have taken place. Constitutional guarantees should be respected.” The new rulers have taken aim at new state media outlets set up under Lugo — TV Pública, Radio Nacional and the news agency IPParaguay – which since June 22 have been at the heart of a campaign by citizens against the takeover.“On 6 July I was asked to go and sign a document ratifying my resignation,” a state media employee told us.Eight journalists and communications workers from the state media or who worked under the former government were officially informed of their dismissal today: News Latin America’s community radio – a key service but vulnerable Receive email alertscenter_img to go further News Organisation Brazilian journalist murdered at home in Paraguay ParaguayAmericas ParaguayAmericas Help by sharing this information Apprehension over new lawThe tug-of-war between Lugo and parliament was partly over the Telecommunications Law. The law has recently been amended in a manner that could adversely affect the future of community radio stations, many of which are poorly funded and not yet in possession of broadcasting licences.New clauses in the law introduced and approved by members of parliament provide, in particular, for a ban on advertising on such stations, restrictions on their transmission range and the possibility of legal action against their representatives if they broadcast without a licence. However, these provisions, which were vetoed by Lugo, could now take effect shortly. The new management at the telecoms watchdog Conatel announced on 8 July that about 200 small radio stations would be decommissioned.Reporters Without Borders notes that the indiscriminate application of such a law based on questionable ideological criteria would infringe the principles of the American Convention on Human Rights, by which Paraguay is bound as a member of the OAS.Community radios, staunch opponents of the 22 June power grab, are often the targets of hostility from local political chiefs. A journalist with an independent radio station in Asuncion said a current example was Radio Canindeyu, which did an important job of informing the public about a clash between protesting peasants and police in the northern city of Curuguaty on 15 June in which 17 people were killed (used by parliament as one of the reasons to remove Lugo 11 days later).He said they were also frowned on by the union of Paraguayan broadcasters, which was one of the first organizations to rally to the new government of President Federico Franco. RSF_en October 20, 2014 Find out morelast_img read more

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PREMIERE: Rising Star Funk Guitarist, Ari Teitel, Drops Lead Single Off Debut Album

first_imgDetroit-born and New Orleans-based guitarist, Ari Teitel, has been steadily gaining a name for himself in the funk and soul scene since he was eleven, when he first sat in with Robert Randolph at the Michigan Theatre. A little over a decade later and Teitel continues on with his fruitful professional music career, known for his versatility and his skilled playing in genres ranging from jazz to funk to country, folk, gospel, R&B and more and having shared the stage with the likes of Joe Dart and Antwaun Stanley of Vulfpeck, Roosevelt Collier, Lettuce’s Eric “Benny” Bloom, and more.EXCLUSIVE: Robert Randolph Talks New Record, Positivity, And Phish2017 marks another chapter in Teitel’s career, however, with the guitarist debuting his first album as a bandleader. This studio effort has been titled, Unteiteled, which contains eight originals performed by Teitel as well as Skeeto Valdez (drums; Trey Anastasio Band), Paul Randolph (bass/vocals; Jazzanova), and Phil Hale (Hammond Organ/Rhodes; Thornetta Davis Band). As Teitel describes, “It contains all original material, and I’d definitely say it’s a soul record, if I had to pick one word to describe it. What will make it unique is that we’re recording to tape, which a lot of people don’t do any more. We’ll record it all in the same room, at the same time, to capture as much energy as possible.” <a href=”http://ariteitel.bandcamp.com/track/take-a-walk”>Take a Walk by Ari Teitel</a> The project debuted last week at New Orleans’ The Maple Leaf bar, tapping special guests Terence Higgins (Warren Haynes, Ani DiFranco), Ron Johnson (Gregg Allman, Warren Haynes) and Donnie Sundal (Boukou Groove) for the gig. Live For Live Music is proud to present Ari Teitel’s “Take A Walk,” which you can listen to below, off his debut album, Unteiteled. For more information on this upcoming artist, head over to his website here.last_img read more

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Northport Man Gets 25 Years for Hit-and-run on 2 Officers

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Northport man was sentenced Thursday to 25 years in prison for running over two Suffolk County police officers while fleeing a carjacking last year.Chad Morizsan pleaded guilty last month at Suffolk County court to charges of assault, assault on a police officer, leaving the scene, grand larceny, criminal possession of stolen property, robbery and forgery.Authorities said the 34-year-old man stole a Ford Explorer from Commack. When two police officers pulled him over in Huntington, he drove into the officers with the SUV as he fled the scene in September 2014.Morizsan and his alleged accomplice, Nicholas Franzone, then carjacked another vehicle and stole credit cards from its 87-year-old owner in Commack. They were arrested at a Central Islip store hours later when they tried to buy a TV with the woman’s stolen cards, according to investigators.The two Suffolk officers who were struck, Nicholas Guerrero and Heriberto Lugo, were hospitalized for treatment of their injuries. Officer Guerrero suffered severe head injuries, underwent surgery and followed a regimen of physical therapy during his recovery.Franzone is due back in court on August 4.last_img read more

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Taiwan Debut for Bokalift 2

first_imgBoskalis is planning to convert an existing hull to create the crane vessel Bokalift 2 for deployment at Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners’ (CIP) two offshore wind farms in Taiwan.Source: BoskalisIn July, Boskalis and Hwa Chi Construction Co established a joint venture to transport and install offshore foundations at CIP’s Changfang and the Xidao offshore wind farms.The parties will transport and install 62 jacket foundations and the accompanying 186 pin piles. The contract is subject to the financial close of the projects, due later this year.Bokalift 2 will have 7,500m2 of free deck space and a 4,000t revolving crane capable of lifting structures more than 100m high.The DP2 vessel, capable of accommodating 150 persons, will be used for the installation of current and future generation offshore wind turbine foundations, as well as oil and gas structures, Boskalis said.Located approximately 15km off the coast of Changhua County, Changfang and Xidao will feature MHI Vestas 9MW turbines that will produce a capacity of 600MW.The turbines will be transported and installed by CSBC-DEME Wind Engineering, a joint venture between DEME Group and CSBC Corporation.Engineering and pre-construction works commenced recently and the projects are scheduled to be executed in the period of 2021-2023.last_img read more

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Nelson’s Mitch Popadynetz helps UBC to Canada West title

first_imgUBC was led by Niall Cousens scored four times in the first half.”It was fantastic to step up in a game that matters,” said Cousens, the tall figure for the Thunderbirds said on the university website. “The whole team was great in its performance as we came out flying.”UBC advanced to the final by stopping Trinity Western Spartans 2-0 at T-Bird Stadium.The UBC team will fly to Fredericton, N.B. Monday to defend their Canadian university championship, which they won last year.Also, as a reminder, UBC won all five league awards handed out on Wednesday:Reynold Stewart (MVP); Einarsson (Rookie of the Year); Clerc (Student-Athlete Community); head coach Mike Mosher (coach of the Year) and UBC (fair Play award).Popadynetz, tuned up for his inaugural season of university men’s soccer by helping Team BC win a silver medal at the 2013 Canada Games in Sherbrooke, Que.Popadynetz scored the lone goal for Team BC in a 1-0 victory over Ontario in semi final medal round action. The soccer trail for Mitch Popadynetz continues to be lined with gold after the Nelson Youth Soccer star helped power the University of BC Thunderbirds to another Canada West men’s soccer title in Vancouver.The T-Birds rocked Saskatchewan Huskies 6-1 in the Canada Men’s West Championship.Popadynetz, in his first year with the T-Birds, scored once in the game.Popadynetz, fresh onto the field as a substitute, found the far corner to score in the 68th minute, securing the victory for UBC.last_img read more

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New laws to cure health costs

first_imgGovernment plans to curb escalating healthcostsImage:GCIS Khanyi MagubaneThe South African government has approved the draft version of two new laws aimed at ensuring that all South Africans have access to affordable and quality medical care.The National Health Amendment Bill, which will determine tariffs for private health services, and the Medicine Control Amendment Bill, which will determine the functioning of the Medicines Control Council, will be soon published in the Government GazetteDepartment of Health spokesperson Sibani Mngadi says the escalating cost of private health care services in South Africa has been an area of concern as it deprives millions of underprivileged South Africans of receiving the best treatment.“The department engaged with the private health sector on this matter and it was agreed that there was a need for government involvement in addressing these challenges,” he said. “The sector [in itself] has not been able to find solutions through self-regulation.”A big area of concern for the department is the escalating costs relating to prescribed minimum benefits (PMB). According to the Southern African chapter of the Board of Health Funders, PMBs were introduced into the Medical Schemes Act to prevent members of medical schemes from running out of benefits for certain medical conditions.PMBs cover a wide range of close to 300 conditions, 26 of those chronic. These include meningitis, different types of cancers, menopausal management and cardiac treatment. Under South African law, medical schemes are obliged to pay in full for services relating to PMBs, but the challenge is that the determination of prices for the services is not regulated and as such, members who have illnesses falling within the prescribed minimum benefits end up paying high fees.After engaging with the public and private sector, a tribunal will determine a set maximum fee to be paidHealth in South AfricaThe South African Constitution states that, “Everyone has the right to have access to healthcare services, including reproductive health care.” As such, the government has a mandate to ensure that all South Africans have access to affordable healthcare, even in the private sector.In his budget speech this year, Finance Minister Trevor Manuel further committed the South African government to this mandate. “Spending on health services is projected to grow by over 10 per cent a year over the next three years.”According to the website SouthAfrica.info, over 700 primary health clinics have been built, 2 298 clinics upgraded and given new equipment, while 125 new mobile clinics are now operational.Speaking in parliament in September 2007, Manuel spoke of the steps government has taken to ensure the improvement of access to health services. He said that spending on health remains strong and by the financial year 2009/10, government would be spending R500 per family without health insurance.Useful linksDepartment of Health National treasurySouth Africa.infoMedicines Control CouncilBoard of Health FundersDo you have any queries or comments about this article? Email Khanyi Magubane at [email protected]last_img read more

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Ohio FFA members rock National Convention with drum line routine

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Felicity Franklin FFA drumline started out with a mission to diversity the state competition. Today, they found themselves on the National FFA Talent stage. This National FFA Convention coverage brought to you by Wilmington College.last_img

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NATIONAL YOUTH DEVELOPMENT SQUADS ANNOUNCED

first_imgTouch Football Australia has announced the 2007 National Youth Development Squads encompassing the 20 Years Men’s, Women’s, and Mixed, as well as the 18 Years Boys, Girls, and Mixed divisions.The squads will tour New Zealand in June to participant in a training camp and a series of games against high quality opposition from Australia’s closest and most competitive International rivals.The announcement of the 2007 National Youth Development Squads and the Coaching personnel in the 6 respective Youth divisions is the first step in Australia’s plan to regain Champion nation status at the 2009 Youth World Cup.The National Youth Squads are: 20 Years Women’s:Ali Brigginshaw, Alyce Hulbert, Amy Regal, Amanda Skwarko, Ashleigh Dobbins, Belinda Hammett, Belinda Hayes, Bianca Mounsey, Brianna Shaw, Charli Simpkins, Dearne Cooper, Emily Hopkin, Emma Haines, Jessica Absolum, Jessica Shaw, Kara Gleeson, Kate Le Broq, Kelly Basford, Kelly Pepper, Kirsty Beer, Melissa Tyack, Nicky Albery, Nicole Beck, Nicole Mc Hugh, Samantha Hopkin, Sharong Wong, Sophie Broadhead, Stephanie Jackson, Stephanie Halpin,Teneile Shaw, Toni Elthrington, Toni Tupuhi.20 Years Men’s:Jono Butt, Alan Cates, Michael Chapman, Dwayne Conlon, Anthony Cowan, Greg Dillon, Dane Evans, Matt Finemore, Alex Glenn, Dylan Hennessey, Luke Hume, Rhys Jacks, John Kennedy, Maurice Kennedy,Ezekeil Meares, Beau Montgomery, Ricky Morris, Ben Moylan, Scott Naughton, Steve Naughton, Justin Otto, Jack Reed, Jason Schmidt, Michael Singh, Chris Small, Nicholas Sward. 18 Years Girls:Alei Spence, Alicia Quirk, Candice Humm, Eliza Naseby, Emilee Cherry, Emily Reed, Genevieve La Caze, Jaya Callinan, Jayne Royle, Jenaya Quan, Jess Mc Call, Jordan Ah Sam, Kelly Jones, Kirsty Quince, Kristin Wiruki, Kristy Brennan, Laura Chivers, Leah Goodrich, Leah Opie, Lizzie Campbell, Marriki Watego, Natalie Stephan-Daylight, Rebecca Lapraik, Rebecca Mounsey, Samantha Hammond, Patricia Michaelopoulos, Lauren Simpson, Haylee Henderson, Kobi Ruzzene, Elin Mortimer.18 Years Boys:Aaron Farkas, Albert Kelly, Ben Hughes, Blane Edwards, Cameron Breust, Clargy Saltmere, Cody Green, Daniel O’Brien, Eddie Johnson, Jacob Kara, Jake Evans, Justin Smith , Kale Johnson, Knox Djjmang, Kyle Hiscox, Liam Ayoub, Malcolm J Webster, Matthew Moylan, Michael Hodge, Nicholas Good, Oscar Sanft, Peter Norman, Shaye Moran, Travis Shaw, Tyson Brough, Ben Antonio, David Farkas, Jordan Marshall, Matthew Yiangou, David Shaw. National Youth Squad members will be contacted by TFA with full details regarding the New Zealand tour in coming weeks.last_img read more

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25 days agoDutch pundit Derksen: No comparing Vilhena with Liverpool ace Wijnaldum

first_imgDutch pundit Derksen: No comparing Vilhena with Liverpool ace Wijnaldumby Paul Vegas25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveDutch pundit Johan Derksen has slammed the Holland call of FK Krasnodar midfielder Tonny Vilhena.Comparing Vilhena with Liverpool midfielder Gini Wijnaldum, Derksen blasted Ronald Koeman’s selection.The former FC Cambuur star told Veronica Inside: “I don’t think Hateboer is international. I don’t think Vilhena is an international either. I think that is a run-your-rot show. He plays simple football running with the ball and then a bit wide. You can’t do it anymore. “A player like Georginio Wijnaldum is corrected by ten other players at Liverpool. Vilhena was able to run and fly at Feyenoord. People in the media said he was doing so well, so he started to believe in himself. You don’t have time for that at a club like Liverpool.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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