Exile of journalists named in murder plot shows need for plan to combat impunity

first_img May 13, 2021 Find out more Reports RSF_en News News RSF, IFEX-ALC and Media Defence, support FLIP and journalist Diana Díaz against state harassment in Colombia Receive email alerts ColombiaAmericas to go further “My sources alerted me to the plan,” said Guillen. “They, too, are in great danger. A few days ago, I told the police where they could find the leaders of one of the most dangerous death squads in La Guajira. The person who gave me the information was murdered shortly afterwards. I have also learned that the brother of one of my bodyguards has been shot dead. Finally, sources have told me that Marcos Figueroa’s gang in La Guajira has kidnapped two Spanish tourists they suspect of collaborating with me.” Guillen sent a full report on the La Guajira allegations to the state prosecutor’s office just before the murder plan targeting him and his colleagues was revealed. Reporters Without Borders has received a copy. Has the submission of the document exposed the journalist to further danger? If so, how? The organization fears that, in these circumstances, spying is widespread as a result of the infiltration of the intelligence apparatus and public services by criminals since the “DASgate” scandal broke last year. “A plan to combat impunity must also take this into account,” the organization concluded. Organisation RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America April 27, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Colombia 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies June 12, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Exile of journalists named in murder plot shows need for plan to combat impunity Three journalists targeted in an assassination plot disclosed by the Colombian authorities on 15 May, Gonzalo Guillen, Leon Valencia (photo) and Ariel Avila, have resigned themselves to a period of temporary exile, despite benefitting from official protection at home.Two of them told Reporters Without Borders that they had reluctantly reached this decision as a compromise between security concerns and their duty to inform the public, which they refuse to forgo. The press freedom organization seeks greater protection in the long term for these journalists and stresses the urgency of bringing those behind the criminal conspiracy against them to justice. They said a fourth colleague, Tadeo Martínez, was also under threat.“Protection measures will have no effect without a mechanism to fight impunity that is capable of dealing with these circumstances effectively,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Threats and attacks are on the increase against journalists, human rights campaigners, union representatives and community activists, while the ongoing talks in Havana between the FARC guerrilla movement and the Colombian government are discussing the highly sensitive issue of the restitution of land seized by paramilitary groups at the height of the civil war.“Our concern over the fate of the journalists is heightened by the danger faced by their sources – some of whom have been murdered – in La Guajira department whose governor has been exposed by some of those involved as having links with criminal gangs known as ‘Bacrim’ and with the illegal drugs trade.“This shows the urgent need for an effective action plan against impunity which should not spare politicians who may be implicated.”One of the three journalists under threat, Leon Valencia, is a columnist with the news magazine Semana and a programme director for the public television station Canal Capital. He told Reporters Without Borders: “The assassination plot against us was hatched by Bacrim members linked to the Venezuelan drug gang leader Marcos Figueroa, who himself has close ties to the governor of La Guajira, Juan Francisco ‘Kiko’ Gomez.”He and Avila, both of whom worked until recently for the NGO Arcoiris Foundation, had disclosed the dangerous associations of Gomez, whose election campaigns have been allegedly supported directly by Bacrim and other armed groups, as have those of 126 other politicians. Guillen, a reporter for the U.S. newspaper Miami Herald, told us his investigation into Gomez began in February this year, after the murder a few months earlier of Yandra Britto, the former mayor of the town of Barrancas in the same department. “She contacted me to tell me her husband had been murdered, she believed, on the orders of the governor,” he said. “The latter had personally threatened her with the same fate, she said. Despite making a complaint on my advice, this woman was never given protection and was herself murdered in August last year.”The information gathered by the journalists was included in a story published in Semana a few days before the murder plot came to light, which apparently sparked an attempt to carry it out. October 21, 2020 Find out more News ColombiaAmericas Help by sharing this information last_img read more

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States hold the power on health care, experts say

first_img Related Experts urge vaccination, share ideas for making it better Fighting the flu at less than full strength Sorrow, frustration, hope in opioid crisis Though all eyes are on Congress as Election Day looms, U.S. health care may look more like a local issue when the polls close on Tuesday, experts say. That’s because new leaders in states that skipped Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion could extend health insurance to millions of Americans.John McDonough, a professor of the practice of public health at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, noted that Virginia has already decided to expand the program starting Jan. 1.McDonough listed Maine, Utah, Idaho, and Nebraska as other states where post-Election Day expansion is likely, with Kansas, Wisconsin, South Dakota, Georgia, and Florida dependent on the outcome of races for governor.Medicaid provides health insurance to the poor in all 50 states. The Affordable Care Act sought to expand benefits to those still struggling financially but not poor enough to qualify for the program under its original guidelines. After the Supreme Court ruled that the federal government could not compel states to participate in the program, many decided against expansion, leaving millions uninsured.Louisiana was the 31st state to expand Medicaid under the ACA, in 2016. Following Tuesday’s vote, “We might start to see, after a long dry period, a deliberate rush,” McDonough said.McDonough spoke during a webcast of The Forum at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He was joined at the event, billed “The 2018 Midterm Elections: Key Issues for Healthcare,” by Professor of Health Policy and Political Analysis Robert Blendon; former director of Medicare and Medicaid Gail Wilensky; and Avik Roy, president of the Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity.Panelists didn’t ignore Washington, D.C. Blendon, discussing an analysis of polling recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine, said it is clear that the House and Senate elections are a referendum on President Trump. And when it comes to health care, he said, party matters. Republican voters don’t list health care among their top issues, while Democrats do.That’s important, Blendon said, because the days when Congress acted on legislation according to the wishes of the wider electorate are gone. Today, he said, the party in power tends to push through changes desired by its partisans.Agreement does exist on several key issues, Blendon said, noting the likelihood of action on the opioid crisis, health and science research, and drug prices.If Tuesday’s result is a Democrat House and a Republican Senate, dramatic change to federal health care policy is unlikely, McDonough said. But new negotiating power for House Democrats could help to stabilize the ACA, he said.Wilensky, who headed Medicaid and Medicare under President George H.W. Bush, pointed out that the 2020 presidential race will be underway Wednesday morning. As Democrats jockey for position in the coming primary races, debate will include the single-payer proposal “Medicare for all.”Roy said that if Democrats cater to their liberal base by pushing single-payer, a door will open for Trump and fellow Republicans to run a more “pragmatic” campaign on health care.Panelists also discussed recent efforts by states to add work requirements to Medicaid. Wilensky said that the measures are likely to prove popular, including with the working poor already receiving benefits.McDonough voiced concern that the requirements will mean more people will lose their insurance, but described the policies as an “experiment” whose results will soon be apparent.center_img Urging a response to ‘deaths of despair’ Nobel Prize-winning economist Angus Deaton among speakers at Harvard Chan School forum Harvard panels share experiences, ideas in health, policy, law enforcementlast_img read more

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Utaka craves support for Super Eagles coach Rohr

first_imgFormer Nigeria international, John Utaka, believes Gernot Rohr needs support to succeed as coach of the Super Eagles. “The boys know him more than the previous person, so give him that chance and support just like the little they did with Bonfere Jo at the Olympics,” Utaka told Brila FM. “He might do better than what he has done but I think, he will do a good job.” Utaka made 49 appearances for the Super Eagles, scoring six goals and featured for the side at the 2002 World Cup. read also:Super Eagles coach Rohr accepts NFF pay cut The former Rennes attacker also played a significant role as Nigeria finished third at the 2006 Africa Cup of Nations. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The German tactician was appointed as manager of the West Africans in 2016 and has made a meaningful contribution to the side since his arrival. Rohr is set to sign a new contract with the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) as his current deal with the governing body is set to expire next month. The 66-year-old guided the Super Eagles to the 2018 World Cup in Russia where they were eliminated at the group stage and led the side to finish third at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt. Utaka believes the German tactician can perform better than his predecessors if backed.Advertisement Promoted ContentWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Playing Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyWhy Do So Many Digital Assistants Have Feminine Names & Voices?The Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love WithThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually True9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooHe Didn’t Agree With His Character Becoming Gay And Quit A RoleYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime Loading… last_img read more

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CR7 becomes first footballer billionaire

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo continues to shatter records during his trophy-laden playing career – and the Juventus talisman is now the first footballer to reach $1 billion in earnings.The 35-year-old forward has earned $105 million (£82.6 million) before taxes and fees over the past year which sees him occupy fourth spot, behind Kylie Jenner, Kanye West and Roger Federer, on the 2020 Forbes Celebrity 100. Ronaldo’s exorbitant income has also allowed him to edge one place above rival Lionel Messi and he becomes just the third athlete to reach the milestone while still playing.Tiger Woods and Floyd Mayweather are the other two household names to have matched his achievement, but Portuguese icon Ronaldo has now set the standard for footballers across the world.He is the first star to hit the $1 billion mark in a team sport, and has made an eye-watering $650 million (£511 million) on the field alone during his 17 years as a professional player.According to Forbes, he is even expected to reach $765 million (£602 million) for his career salary at the end of his current Juventus deal, which expires in June 2022.Barcelona superstar Messi, in comparison, has earned a grand total of $605 million (£475 million) from his various pay packets since 2005. According to Sporting Intelligence’s Nick Harris, whose company ranks worldwide teams according to their total salary expense, Ronaldo is undoubtably “box office”.He added: “Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the greatest players of all time, in the world’s most popular sport, in an era when football has never been so rich.”The rivalry between Ronaldo and Messi in LaLiga has ensured both players are the perfect clients for a host of companies seeking to sponsor them – but it is the former who boasts the greater success in the boardroom.Ronaldo is managed by super agent Jorge Mendes, and the former Manchester United and Real Madrid star has amassed an ever-increasing following on social media.He became the first person with 200m followers on Instagram in January, and his total fandom across Facebook, Twitter and the photo sharing app amounts to $427 million. The supremely marketable athlete is paid more than $20 million (£15 million) annually by Nike, and signed a lifetime deal with the world-renowned brand in 2016.Further deals with Clear shampoo, Herbalife HLF and pharmaceutical maker Abbott brings Ronaldo’s overall endorsement total to $45 million (£35 million).Forbes believes that Ronaldo Inc. is part of a trademark that collects a quarter of his endorsement income in a year.The former Sporting Lisbon prodigy also formed a partnership with Pestana Hotel Group in 2015, and has become heavily involved with a series of gyms alongside Crunch Fitness.RelatedPosts Pirlo not out to copy anyone after Juventus’ comfortable opening win Juve’s Pirlo gamble makes new Serie A season the most open for years Pirlo bags UEFA coaching badge Most recently, Ronaldo posted a seven-step workout tutorial for his followers during lockdown with Crunch.Tags: BillionaireCristiano RonaldoFinancesForbesJuventuslast_img read more

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Close play that goes against SU proves costly in eventual 11-10 loss to North Carolina

first_img Published on April 23, 2017 at 4:57 pm Contact Michael: [email protected] | @MikeJMcCleary The crowd at SU Softball Stadium roared with anger. Kelsey Johnson stood on the bag at third base in confusion as head coach Mike Bosch argued the out call the umpire just made. Johnson thought she had gotten under the tag and her coach, as well as the crowd around her, all agreed with her assessment. But the umpire did not budge.The very next play, Alicia Hansen, who at the time had only one other home run this season, hit a bomb over the left center field fence. But Bosch was still enraged. His team just added to its run total, but his frustration was reflecting upon what he felt was missing.Syracuse (26-17, 7-10 Atlantic Coast) dropped the second game of the series against North Carolina (36-13, 14-6) in nine innings on Sunday. In its 11-10 loss, the questionable call at third base ended up being the deciding run in the game, one that many on SU said they believe should have been scored.“I thought I was safe,” Johnson said. “It’s tough, (Hansen and I) were both frustrated with it. We’re not going to get things called our way every time.”Syracuse, seventh in the ACC, needed just one win to clinch the series against the Tar Heels, second in the conference. Over the past four seasons, Syracuse is 3-7 against North Carolina, never winning more than one game in any of the seasons. Winning the series would have provided a huge boost for the Orange.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHansen’s home run was one of the first signs of offense the Orange had seen all game long. Going scoreless through the first four innings, Syracuse’s four-run fifth inning tied the game which would eventually go to extra innings.The entire game the Orange fought from behind. Down four runs in the fifth, SU scored four runs to even up the score. Down three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning, the last shot it had at a game-saving comeback, the team scored three runs to tie the game again and send it to extra innings. Following a rough defensive top of the ninth, Syracuse found themselves again down four, 11-7. In the bottom of the inning, SU scored three runs, falling just short of another come-from-behind inning to extend the game. The extra runner at third was the Orange’s only opportunity to be on top in the game.“It was one that we could have had, it was a game-changer,” Hansen said. “If (the umpires) aren’t going to help us, then we have to show them we could do it on our own.”Johnson added that she and her teammates would prefer not to play from behind in most games, but that is a boost in morale when the team has big innings. Bosch agreed that explosive offensive innings shouldn’t be a negative as long as they consistently lead to runs.In the past 10 games SU has played, each contains one or two innings in which the Orange score more than half of its final run total. Over the same 10-game span, Syracuse has played 35 different innings in which they have been held scoreless.The offensive power in the fifth kept the Orange around in the game, but SU still left the inning disappointed at what could’ve been.“A little bit,” Bosch said on if he felt disappointed following the home run by Hansen. “Close plays like that happen in softball, sometimes they don’t go your way.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Cranes squad to Egypt out, Basena-Sekagya partnership continues

first_imgTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPts Final Squad to Egypt that flies out on Sunday morning (4am) aboard Egypt Air;Goalkeepers: Denis Onyango (GK), Ismail Watenga, Benjamin Ochan (GK)Other Squad Members: Nico Wakiro Wadada, Godfrey Walusimbi, Isaac Isinde, Murushid Juuko, Wasswa Hassan Mawanda, Khalid Aucho, Emmanuel Arnold Okwi, Faruku Miya, Derrick Nsibambi, Joseph Benson Ochaya, Bernard Muwanga, Ivan Ntege, Muzamiru Mutyaba, William Luwagga Kizito, Milton Karisa, Isaac Muleme and Geoffrey Serunkuma.FUFA President-Eng. Moses MagogoL.O.D-Hamid Juma-Executive Committee Member The entire starting XI for Uganda Cranes against Egypt at Namboole will be travelling to Alexandria on Sunday morning. PHOTO FUFA MEDIASEPT 5:  Egypt ?? vs Uganda ??Kampala, Uganda | FUFA.CO.UG |  Uganda Cranes Interim coach Moses Basena has named his final 20 man squad for the trip to Alexandria where they will play Egypt in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier Russia on Tuesday night.Captain and Goalkeeper Dennis Onyango who made world class saves on Thursday at Namboole as Cranes edged The Pharaohs 1-0 thanks to an Emma Okwi superb goal, will lead his troops.The squad has three Goalkeepers including Isma Watenga and Benjamin Ochan.The final squad was released after a training session on Saturday morning at the Mandela National stadium, NambooleFUFA President Eng. Moses Magogo will also travel with the team to the North African Country for the match as will former Cranes captain Ibra Sekagya as part of the technical team. 2 Egypt320142+26 Share on: WhatsApp Technical: Moses Basena, Matia Lule, Fred Kajoba, Ibrhaim SekagyaMedical Team: Dr. Ronald Kisolo, Ivan Ssewanyana (Physiotherapist)Muyinda Cris-Team CoordinatorAhmed Hussein-Communications ManagerAbu Zikusooka-102.1 FUFA fmFUFA officialsTabu Santos (Northern Region FA Delegate), Deo Mutabazi (Beach Soccer Delegate/Chairman Uganda Beach Soccer Association), Sumaya Kiwanuka (PAP).Uganda Cranes starting XI Vs Egypt: Dennis Onyango (Goalkeeper & Captain), Nico Wakiro Wadada, Godfrey ‘Jajja Walu’ Walusimbi, Isaac Isinde, Murushid Jjuuko, Khalid Aucho, Emmanuel Arnold Okwi, Hassan Wasswa Mawanda, Faruku Miya, Derrick Nsibambi, Joseph Benson OchayaGroup E 3 Ghana302113−220–06 Nov—1-1 4 Congo301224−206 Nov1–25 Sep— 1 Uganda321020+27 5 Sep—2–08 Oct —1–07 Oct1–0last_img read more

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Four Drug Companies Reach Last-Minute Settlement in Opioid Crisis, Avoiding Trial

first_imgFour large drug companies reached a last-minute $260 million legal settlement over their role in the U.S. opioid addiction epidemic, averting the first federal trial that was scheduled to start Monday morning in Cleveland, Ohio.The trial, set to begin today, came as Ohio’s Cuyahoga and Summit counties were seeking $8 billion dollars for treatment programs and health care expenses.The Nearly a half million overdose deaths between 1997 and 2017 are attributed to opioids.AmerisourceBergen, Cardinal Health, McKesson and Teva are involved in the settlement, the details of which are expected later today.It’s not clear if a fifth defendant, pharmacy chain operator Walgreens Boots Alliance, was also part of the settlement.last_img

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President Trump Discusses Impeachment, Economy and Election in Local Speech

first_imgPresident Trump spoke to a group of young conservatives gathered at Turning Point USA’s annual Student Action Summit in West Palm Beach on Saturday.The commander-in-chief addressed House Democrats who voted last Wednesday to impeach him, saying, “Didn’t they look bad. They are violating the constitution, folks.”He continued, “[She says] let’s not submit it. It’s so unfair,” referring to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s decision to delay submission of the articles of impeachment to the Senate, for fear there will not be a fair trial.The President then turned the audience’s attention to the economy, telling them it is proof of his success. “We’re in a battle for the survival of this nation,” he explained to them. “We have to win this election.”“I’m on the ballot this time,” Trump added, referring to the Republicans losing House of Representatives in the 2018 Midterm Elections. “We’re going to have record setting [voter turnout].”He also discussed “left-wing arsonists” attempting to derail the confirmation hearing of Justice Kavanaugh, his appointment of conservative judges, as well as the newly created Space Force.Mr. Trump arrived in town with the First Lady and their son, 13-year-old Barron, late Friday night. They are expected to remain here until January 5.last_img read more

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Man Rescued from Rip Current Near Riviera Beach

first_imgFire Rescue personnel transported the victim to a local hospital. His condition is currently unknown.No other information has been released as of this time. Lifeguards rescued an unidentified man who was caught in a rip current near Riviera Beach just before noon Saturday.The incident happened behind the Marriott Oceana Palms resort at 3200 North Ocean Drive on Singer Island.Several units from Riviera Beach Fire Rescue and Ocean Rescue responded to the scene.last_img

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Four arrested in $1 billion-plus cocaine seizure in Uruguay

first_imgFour people have been arrested for in alleged connection to the more than $1 billion worth of cocaine seized in Uruguay.Drug traffickers have used Uruguay as a transit point to move cocaine from Latin America to Africa and Europe as worldwide demand for the drug has increased.According to reports, the bust was the largest in the history for Uruguay.Authorities seized 5.9 tons of cocaine, 4.4 tons of which was packed in cargo containers in the South Atlantic port of Montevideo.last_img

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