“The tragedy of Guatemala’s journalists”, the story of Jose Pelico, a Guatemalan journalist living under constant protection after being threatened by armed men.

first_img April 28, 2009 – Updated on January 25, 2016 “The tragedy of Guatemala’s journalists”, the story of Jose Pelico, a Guatemalan journalist living under constant protection after being threatened by armed men. News Organisation Help by sharing this information _ _ RSF_en Reporters Without Borders publishes an account by Jose Pelico, journalist and press freedom activist of the organisation Cerigua (Centre for informative reports on Guatemala), forced to live under protection after being threatened by armed men. Last April, Reporters Without Borders provided him with emergency funding so that he could stay in the secure residence in which he and his family have been living for six months. When I was ten I already knew I wanted to be a journalist for a daily newspaper or a radio. Today, I have realised that dream, but after ten years in the profession, I am paying a price for it: my family and I have been threatened with death. According to Guatemala’s Observatory for Journalists, organised crime, drug traffickers and gangsters regularly threaten members of the profession. The Observatory warned two years ago of the dangers of criminal gangs infiltrating to the heart of Guatemalan society. They have found Guatemala an ideal territory to establish themselves, thanks to the impunity that holds sway within its institutions and in particular the police, whose leaders nevertheless boast about their success in the fight against crime. The reality is utterly different in a country where on average 17 people meet a violent death every day.These criminal gangs are a particular danger to the regional and local press. No-one dares mention the presence of the drug cartels in places such as San Marco, Huehuetenango, Quetzaltenango, El Quiche, Alta Verapaz, Peten and Puerto Barrios, where criminal gangs operate. Journalists in the rural areas have also been silenced, intimidated and sometimes co-opted by members of the mafia, who are seen as “saviours” and enjoy a certain prestige in communities which have been let down by the state institutions. When a journalist takes the risk of exposing the power exerted and deadly influence of crime gangs on the country’s institutional life, they immediately receive threatening calls, are intimidated or worse still murdered.Jorge Merida, a journalist in Coatepeque, in the Quetzaltenango region, was killed in his home a year ago after receiving threats. His killing has still not been punished and the investigation has stalled. In another disturbing case, Rolando Santis, a journalist on the programme Telecentro 13 on privately owned Telecentro television, was the victim of a cowardly murder on 1 April 2009 as he returned from reporting on a criminal act committed in the red zone of the Guatemalan capital. His cameraman was badly injured and is still in hospital.Both these journalists had been threatened for having referred to two similar cases. Santis told me that he knew that intimidation was the lot of journalists. Unfortunately, there is no official protection for journalists. Santis paid with his life for being a combative journalist, for exposing abuses against the people and investigating organised crime in the capital. Local newspapers published reports that shortly before he was killed, Rolando Santis was gathering information about a house where authorities later discovered drugs and sophisticated weapons. The office of the public ministry, responsible for investigating attacks against journalists and trade unionists, set up to investigate attacks on the press, persecutes community radios and does not fulfil its role of investigation and protection.We journalists, devastated by this murder of our colleague, ask ourselves questions. How much longer do we have to wait before the Guatemalan authorities guarantee freedom of expression? How many other people will pay with their lives before any concrete action is taken? When will journalists be able to do their job in complete freedom?For my part, I am afraid for the future. My family is also a victim of this and I do not want to abandon them. I am afraid, because of these people who, annoyed by exposures by journalists have no hesitation in carrying out their threats, as the killings of Merida and Santis proves. However I am finding some small comfort as a result of the solidarity shown by people, institutions, colleagues and fellow professionals. I must thank them for the help they have given me since I became the target of intimidation.I am currently receiving protection, supplied to the government of Guatemala by the Inter-American Commission on human rights. But these steps cannot complete guarantee my safety nor that of my family. The government does not have enough resources. Despite the huge danger, we only have two officers taking it in turns to protect us. This also has repercussions for my daily life. For example, since I can’t travel in public transport, I have to take taxis and that is expensive and I can’t manage it in my financial situation. Another example is the fact that I have to frequently change my address, which also involves major expense. All these costs deprive me of my freedom, without even mentioning the psychological effects on my children. We are prisoners in our own home.Jose Pelico last_img read more

Health Minister at Letterkenny General Hospital for official opening of new building

first_imgNews Pinterest Twitter WhatsApp Previous articleSoccer – Finn Harps v Longford Town PreviewNext articleGAA – Harte Makes Three Changes For Newbridge News Highland 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Health Minister Dr. James Reilly is in Donegal today for the official opening of the new Emergency Department and Medical Block at Letterkenny General Hospital.The new bloc cost €24 million to construct, with significant delays experienced after the initial contractor went into liquidation.First, Minister Reilly will open the new ‘Jigsaw’ premises on Pearse Road, providing men tal health support services for young people. Google+center_img Facebook Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th WhatsApp By News Highland – March 22, 2013 Pinterest Facebook Health Minister at Letterkenny General Hospital for official opening of new building Twitter 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

Woman threatened at gun point in Lifford robbery

first_img Facebook Newsx Adverts RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Pinterest Google+ A young shop-assistant has been left badly shaken after she was threatened at gunpoint and had her car stolen during an armed robbery in Lifford on Wednesday night.The young woman, who was alone in the shop,  had a handgun pointed at her when two men raided a shop in Porthall  at around 7.15pm.They demanded cash and stole her car – a black BMW 316 .Local Cllr Gerry Crawford, who knows the young woman who was working in the shop, said it was a terrible ordeal for her: 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Twitter WhatsAppcenter_img Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Pinterest Previous articleWoman jailed for hairspray attack on policeNext articleOvercrowding still an issue at Letterkenny General News Highland Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal By News Highland – January 6, 2012 Twitter Woman threatened at gun point in Lifford robbery Google+ WhatsApp Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

British Waterways OH project backed

first_img Previous Article Next Article British Waterways has won government funding to develop an occupationalhealth programme that will help it reduce staff absenteeism. The company has been awarded a grant from the Partnership Fund, whichprovides support to companies that want to develop partnerships at work. Vince Moran, personnel director of British Waterways, said he will beworking closely with the T&G and Unison to introduce an OH scheme that willhelp identify health issues among staff before they become a problem. He is hoping that the programme will help the organisation’s push to reduceabsenteeism among its 2,000 staff from an annual average of 10 days a person toseven days a person by 2003. Under the scheme British Waterways staff will be subject to regular healthsurveillance and monitoring by OH specialists Nationwide, which will use amobile screening unit to visit the company’s sites. British Waterways, which is responsible for maintaining and improving theUK’s network of canals and rivers, will hold a series of regional workshops inthe months ahead to tell staff about the scheme, which will be introduced inJanuary. Comments are closed. British Waterways OH project backedOn 21 Aug 2001 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Acas revamps scheme

first_imgAcas revamps schemeOn 12 Mar 2002 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article The Advisory Conciliation and Arbitration Service is to relaunch itsarbitration scheme following poor take-up. Rita Donaghy, chairwoman of Acas, told Personnel Today that plans for ahigh-profile relaunch of the voluntary scheme will top the agenda at its nextcouncil meeting, but a date has not yet been set. The scheme was launched last May to ease the burden on the employmenttribunal system and Acas predicted it would handle 1,000 cases in its firstyear. It has so far received only 11 applications, and completed six. Donaghy blamed promotional setbacks in the run-up to last year’s GeneralElection and a lack of enthusiasm from the legal sector. She said: “There is a tendency for lawyers to talk the scheme downbecause legal representatives are not needed.” The lack of a right to appeal has been cited as a reason for the scheme’sunpopularity. “A lot is made of it, but I think most people want a quick settlementso that they can get on with the rest of their lives,” she said. last_img read more

40,000 I&M customers still in the dark following Monday storms

first_img By Brooklyne Beatty – August 11, 2020 1 348 40,000 I&M customers still in the dark following Monday storms Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp Benton Harbor area: 15,800Buchanan area: 1,000Three Rivers area: 2,400 Facebook Google+ Previous articleThreats made against fan who posted pics of packed house at Indianapolis SpeedromeNext articleNotre Dame ramping up efforts to get students tested for COVID-19 Brooklyne Beatty Michigan Total Customer Outages: 19,250 WhatsApp IndianaLocalMichiganNews Google+ Facebook Pinterest TAGSi&mIndianaMichiganoutagespowerstorms Twitter I&M reports this is likely to be a multi-day restoration effort given the widespread, extensive damage.To monitor the status of any outage affecting your home or business, click here. (Photo supplied/Indiana-Michigan Power) Tens of thousands of Indiana Michigan Power (I&M) customers are still in the dark after Monday night’s storms.As of 9 a.m. Tuesday, I&M crews had restored power to more than 20% of the approximately 52,000 customers who lost service.Outage numbers are as follows (as of 9 a.m.):Indiana Total Customer Outages: 21,000Fort Wayne/Northeast Indiana area: 10,500Muncie/Marion/East Central Indiana area: 950South Bend/Elkhart/North Central Indiana area: 9,400last_img read more

Thundercat Brings His Oddball Jazz Fusion To NPR’s Tiny Desk [Full Video]

first_imgToday, NPR released the latest installment of their Tiny Desk concert series: idiosyncratic, genre-melding bassist/vocalist Thundercat. As NPR describes, “Thundercat, born Stephen Bruner, is willing and able to shape-shift to fit into just about any box you show him — he just won’t stay in there for long. Whether fusing his talent for jazz while a bassist with punk legacy act Suicidal Tendencies or as a member of Snoop Dogg’s band — maybe running a little too far with a solo here and there — the focus seems to eventually drift his way.”Thundercat Teams With Michael McDonald and Kenny Loggins In New Music Video [Watch]For the NPR performance, Thundercat and his band–comprised of fellow talented oddballs Dennis Hamm, Justin Brown, and Miguel Atwood-Ferguson–delivered a trio of tracks from his acclaimed 2017 album, Drunk (“Lava Lamp,” “Friend Zone,” and “Them Changes.” As usual, the bassist was simultaneously aloof and technically brilliant.You can watch Thundercat’s NPR Tiny Desk performance below:Watch 40-Minutes Of Straight Thundercat Fire From The BBC 6 Music FestivalOn November 11, he will begin a European tour at Rockit Festival in Groningen, NL. For a list of upcoming Thundercat tour dates, see below. For more information on his upcoming projects, or to purchase tickets to any upcoming performance, head to his website.Thundercat November 2017 European Tour Dates13 OCT III POINTS FESTIVAL MIAMI, FL14 OCT RBMA FESTIVAL @ HOLLYWOOD FOREVER LOS ANGELES, CA11 NOV ROCKIT FESTIVAL GRONINGEN, NL14 NOV O2 ABC GLASGOW GLASGOW, UK15 NOV ALBERT HALL MANCHESTER, UK16 NOV O2 SHEPHERD’S BUSH EMPIRE LONDON, UK17 NOV PARADISO AMSTERDAM, NL18 NOV ÜBERJAZZ FESTIVAL HAMBURG, DE19 NOV ROMA ANTWERP, BE21 NOV ÉLYSÉE MONTMARTE PARIS, FR23 NOV TEATRA BARCELÓ MADRID, ES24 NOV SALA APOLO BARCELONA, ES25 NOV LINECHECK JAZZ:RE:FOUND @ BASE MILAN, IT27 NOV AUDITORIUM TRENTO TRENTO, IT[h/t – NPR]last_img read more

The writing’s on the wall

first_img 5Sometimes there are only the remains of words, as indicated by these remnants of posters on a tunnel wall leading out of Harvard Yard. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer 17“Enter to grow in wisdom” are the words Harvard President Charles Eliot had inscribed on Dexter Gate near Wigglesworth Hall. As you leave, the other side reminds us to “Depart to serve better thy country and thy kind.” Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer 7Another tree near Loeb House holds the promise of love everlasting. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer 14Over the summer, Quincy House began renovations, the first in a College-wide House renewal program. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 15“On this moment hangs eternity” — these words are etched into a pedestal near Holden Chapel, a gift from the Class of 1870. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer 1A plaque just outside Johnston Gate details the founding, funding, and naming of Harvard “ Colledge” by the General Court of Massachusetts Bay. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer 6Winnie the Pooh’s home is now just a stump on the west side of the Science Center. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 10More than 1.3 million bricks were used to build Sever Hall. Famed American architect H.H. Richardson designed the entrance so you can whisper directly into the bricks of the archway and be heard clearly by someone on the other side of the arch — about 12 feet away. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer 2“Veritas,” meaning “truth,” is Harvard’s motto and is etched in a decorative marble molding on a mantelpiece in Loeb House. Veritas was a Roman goddess — the daughter of Saturn and the mother of Virtue. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 9The names of Harvard alumni who died in World War I are engraved alongside a Malvina Hoffman sculpture called “The Sacrifice.” Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographercenter_img 12In 1890, when Henry Lee Higginson gave Harvard 31 acres of land across the Charles River near North Harvard Street, it was his hope that the land would become athletic fields for Harvard students and that the grounds be called “The Soldiers Field” and “marked with a stone bearing the names of some dear friends — alumni of the University, and noble gentlemen.” The men died in the Civil War, and, according to Higginson, “heaven must have sorely needed them to have taken them from us so early in their lives.” Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer 11Words to live by, right fellas? This nod to sartorial etiquette still stands in Memorial Hall. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer 4This web of words, “Interspecies Invitational,” was a project unveiled in the spring at Arts First 2012. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer 13Love that dirty water? A sidewalk inscription near Lowell House begs people not to dump toxic liquids into the rainwater grates. The Standells, who wrote the Boston anthem “Dirty Water,” immortalized the place: “Down by the banks of the river Charles/ Aw, that’s what’s happenin’ baby/ That’s where you’ll find me/ Along with lovers, buggers and thieves/ Aw, but they’re cool people.” Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer From lovers’ pocketknife engravings to historical markers, the written word makes its mark on Harvard’s campus, whether tucked away in nooks and inconspicuous corners or emblazoned on Harvard’s Houses, gates, and walls.Need inspiration? Well, that’s easy. Just look around. 8This wall at the Harvard School of Public Health declares, “The highest attainable standard of health is one of the fundamental rights of every human being.” Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer 3Magnetic poetry inspires at Quincy House. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 16The snow eventually melted but not before this year was immortalized on Thayer Hall in Harvard Yard. Jon Chase/Harvard Staff Photographerlast_img read more

The introspective Laurie Anderson

first_imgFor more than four decades, Laurie Anderson’s music and performance art have delighted and often mystified — so much so that even NASA took notice, offering her a gig as its first artist in residence.The collaboration with NASA spawned “The End of the Moon,” a sprawling violin concert interwoven with narrative fragments, including the blooper about Anderson hanging up on the NASA representative who’d phoned, out of the blue, to offer her the position.In the performance, as in her career, Anderson relishes life’s absurdities, explaining: “Finally I called someone at NASA, and he said that yes, I had been chosen to be the first artist in residence at NASA, and he wanted to see if I was interested. And I said, ‘Well, what does an artist in residence actually do? I mean, what does that mean with a space program?’ And they said they didn’t really know what that meant, and what did I think it meant? And I thought: Who are these people?”Anderson was at Harvard Thursday evening to discuss her career and her varied inspirations, giving the Music Department’s Louis C. Elson Lecture inside the John Knowles Paine Concert Hall.One of Anderson’s quirky performances earlier in her career, “Duets on Ice,” features her playing violin, donning ice skates, and standing on a mound of ice. The show concluded when the ice melted. But the performance was no twee mishmash of ingredients thrown together and stirred. Instead, it was born out of Anderson’s grandmother’s death. That day, Anderson remembered, she walked outside to a frozen lake where ducks were honking and flapping their wings. As she neared them, she realized their tiny feet had been frozen into the ice.Addressing the audience, Anderson was wry but sincere, her voice liquid but animated, as though she were casting a spell.Her art possess an untranslatable magic, but Anderson did her best to break down the very ordinary beginnings of her experimental body of work.Take, for instance, dogs, which Anderson loves.Anderson created a film about the death of her piano-playing dog, Lolabelle, as well as an exhibition imagining the dog’s journey through the bardo, a liminal sphere described in the “Tibetan Book of the Dead,” which results in rebirth.Even a college graduation in Australia could spark an idea for Anderson. Seated at one next to cellist Yo-Yo Ma ’76, she recalled whispering to him during the ceremony: “Sometimes I look out, and I just imagine the whole audience is dogs … And he said, ‘I have that fantasy, too.’”That exchange inspired a concert for dogs, which Anderson produced at the Sydney Opera House.“Thousands of dogs showed up,” she said, prompting laughter from the audience. “A lot of the vets in Sydney had parked all around, expecting trouble, I guess … fainting dogs and whatnot.”The dogs were even invited to participate in the concert. “It was the most beautiful sound I had ever heard,” Anderson said. “Just dogs! Thousands of dogs, barking, just because they could.”Anderson’s anecdotes were punctuated with self-reflective gems about her methodology. And though her works are often elaborate and elaborately produced, “I don’t know the first thing about how to make music,” she revealed. “And I’ve found that to be my advantage,” she added, dubbing herself a “dedicated amateur.”This unrestricted space allows Anderson to make mistakes, she remarked, and, of course, to experience doubt, which is always there.Returning to her time at NASA, she proclaimed that artists and scientists are more alike than not. “You make something, see what it does, adjust it, and you have the same question in the end — is it finished?”For Anderson, revision is inescapable but can also be quite unexpected. Discussing one of her films, she read from a story about an accident she endured at the age of 12, when she broke her back diving into a pool but landed instead on the concrete. She spent months paralyzed in a hospital next to children in a burn unit, and the doctor told her she’d never walk again.“I remember thinking, ‘This guy is crazy. I mean, is he even a doctor?’”At the hospital, Anderson developed a fascination with President John F. Kennedy, “who had back problems, too.” She also developed a budding disdain for doctors and for long, pointless children’s stories like the ones she was read in the hospital.Anderson did walk again, and said this story is the one she always tells when people ask her about her childhood. Nonetheless, she had always felt uneasy telling it, she said, like something from the story was missing. One day, telling the story yet again, Anderson was suddenly transported. “I was back in the hospital, and I remembered the missing part. It was the way the ward sounded at night,” she said. “It was the sounds of all the children crying and screaming — the sounds children make when they’re dying.”Anderson said she had been unaware that the children around her ever died, and no one ever explained their abrupt absence.“I’d only ever told the part about myself,” she said. “I’d forgotten the rest of it. I’d cleaned it up, just the way the nurses had. And that’s the creepiest thing about stories. You try to get to the point you’re making … and you get your story, and you hold onto it. And every time you tell it, you forget it more.”last_img read more

Ban Asks for Tougher Laws against Cultivation, Trafficking, and Production of Drugs

first_imgBy Dialogo June 29, 2009 United Nations, 26 June (EFE).- U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today spoke out in favor of tougher laws to put an end to the cultivation, production, and trafficking of illicit drugs, as well as an increase in aid to the developing countries most vulnerable to this problem. Ban delivered this message as part of the celebration of the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, at the same time that he pointed out that this year marks the centenary of the first meetings intended to put an end to this problem, those of the Opium Commission in Shanghai (China), at a time when drug abuse and trafficking were at epidemic levels in the Asian country. The U.N. head indicated that “drug abuse can be prevented, treated, and controlled,” at the same time that he asked the multilateral organization’s member states to incorporate drug treatment into their public health programs. He also urged the full implementation of the U.N. conventions against transnational organized crime and against corruption, since they are instruments that can help to prevent and control crimes related to drug trafficking, something that “is posing a serious security threat in many parts of the world.” Ban also referred to the fact that increased aid to the countries most vulnerable to drug trafficking, including the strengthening of their laws, will help them to improve stability and achieve the anti-poverty Millennium Development Goals (MDG). At the beginning of the week, the director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Antonio María Costa, presented the institution’s World Drug Report in Washington and indicated in this regard that international efforts against the production and trafficking of illegal drugs “are paying off.” He added that the global market for cocaine, 50 billion dollars in size, “is undergoing seismic shifts,” since “purity levels and seizures (in main consumer countries) are down, prices are up, and consumption patterns are in flux.” Costa indicated that this helps to explain the “gruesome upsurge” of violence in countries like Mexico, while in Central America the cartels “are fighting for a shrinking market.” He also highlighted the fact that in Colombia, which produces half of the world’s cocaine, cultivation (of coca leaf) decreased 18 percent, and production (of the drug) fell a dramatic 28 percent since 2007.last_img read more