Reporters Without Borders urges president and opposition prefects to restore calm after ten days of severe violence

first_img Follow the news on Bolivia BoliviaAmericas June 12, 2020 Find out more Mr. Evo Morales Ayma, president of BoliviaRubén Costas, prefect of Santa Cruz departmentLeopoldo Fernández, prefect of Pando departmentErnesto Suárez, prefect of Beni departmentMario Cossío, prefect of Tarija department Dear Mr President, Sirs,Reporters Without Borders, a worldwide organisation that defends press freedom, is pleased to note that President Evo Morales’ offer of talks has finally been accepted by opposition prefects after ten days of violence that has left at least 20 dead in the departments calling for autonomy and led to martial law being declared in Cobija, capital of Pando.This wave of clashes, following earlier outbreaks, has badly hit the press, particularly public and community media. The worst incidents have been the torching of state-run Canal 7-Televisión Boliviana, in Santa Cruz on 9 September by members of The Santa Cruz Youth Union (UJC), the abduction on 12 September, of Juan Domingo Yañique, of radio Red Patria Nueva by militants of the Beni civic committee and gunshot wounds suffered by Claudia Méndez, of privately-owned Red PAT, during a military operation in Cobija.Some media, such as Radio Frontera de Cobija (linked to the Erbol education network), decided to suspend broadcasts because of a lack of minimum safety guarantees for journalists. The press is clearly not the only victim of a political conflict, for which it must accept a share in the blame. The media has sometimes been party in its own way to a polarisation that has been turned against it, whether it is state-run or seen as pro-government, or private and viewed as supporting the opposition. However, as we have frequently said, the survival of a pluralist press – that plays a vital role in a democracy – has been compromised in a context that the political class has not known how to or wanted to curb.Abuses against the media by some militants belonging to separatist civil committee or by the highly dangerous Santa Cruz Youth Union, have not prompted the slightest repudiation nor appropriate reaction from the prefects who are nevertheless calling for greater powers within their departments. The government, for its part, has shown lack of firmness in the face of excesses by some of its most radical supporters. The dialogue which is beginning between you must lead to a clear joint will to save public freedoms. This must include a halt to exposing the media to public condemnation and to prevent attacks from within your own ranks against the right to inform the public.We are aware that the situation cannot be resolved if each side to the conflict fails to recognised the legitimacy of the other side. The autonomy claimed by some departments cannot be used a priori to disqualify a head of state democratically elected and confirmed in his post in the 10 August recall referendum. This same poll also allowed prefects to retain their positions. We hope that a political agreement will become part of the new Constitution sought by President Evo Morales, the principle of which is the source of the conflict. Finally, we hope that the meeting today of the Union of South American Nations (Unasur) in Santiago du Chili, will decisively contribute to the restoration of peace and public freedoms in Bolivia. Yours sincerely,Robert MénardSecretary General News Reporters Without Borders publicly appealed to president Evo Morales and four opposition prefects to put an end to ten days of violence in which 20 people have died and in which the media has been badly hit. The open letter is published as long-awaited dialogue opens between the government and the opposition. February 1, 2018 Find out more News Help by sharing this information Bolivian journalist hounded after accusing boss of sexual harassment to go further Organisation News November 18, 2016 Find out more Receive email alerts September 15, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reporters Without Borders urges president and opposition prefects to restore calm after ten days of severe violence Editor still unable to return to Bolivia after six months in exile News RSF_en BoliviaAmericas Covid-19 emergency laws spell disaster for press freedomlast_img read more

New treatment block will mean the world to patients

first_imgKatie – who has had to suspend her studies at the University of Limerick because her Cystic Fibrosis, has deteriorated – was very happy yesterday to see work start on the new hospital units at the Midwest Regional in Dooradoyle.“Being exposed to cross-infection is very serious for someone with CF and you can’t be guaranteed isolation,” she told the Limerick Post.Katie and her brother, Jordan (20) are both waiting to be assessed for lung transplant operations, which would be life-changing but in the meantime, trips to hospital are a nightmare.“A lot of people with CF put off having hospital treatment because they are afraid of cross-infection,” said Katie, who has herself contracted infections from being in hospital, although that was not in Limerick, she stressed.The new CF unit at the Mid Western Regional will have isolation units and air filtration processes where patients can be treated without risk of catching whatever bug is plaguing the hospital at the time.The unit will ensure the safety of patients like Katie while they await lifesaving transplant surgery.Also on hand for Minister Michael Noonan’s launch of construction work on the new unit, was Adrienne Purcell, a patient who came to the hospital with chronic eczema.“I have such great gratitude for Dr Bart Ramsey and his team who rescued me.“When he met me he said ‘I won’t let you go until I’ve sorted you out,’ and that is what the people behind this wonderful new facility did – they didn’t stop until it was sorted,” she said.Another patient, Helen Leo revealed how March 9, 2010 was “my worst day ever.“That was the day I was told I had breast cancer. I remember that patients have to queue sitting under the stairs. It’s on top of you, you’re all crushed in close together, I was near to hyperventilating and I was trying to get my head around what I had just been told.“This new building will mean that the facilities for treating breast cancer are not fragmented and patients won’t have to wait under the stairs”.Minister for Finance Michael Noonan TD with Nollaig Lonergan, Mid-Western Hospital Trust; Philip Watt, CEO, Cystic Fibrosis Association; and Una Anderson-Ryan, Parkinson’s Association of Ireland. – Photo: Kieran Clancy “The hospital’s new CF unit will have isolation facilities and air filtration processes where patients can be treated without risk of catching whatever bug is plaguing the hospital at the time.”FOR most people, catching a dose of the winter vomiting bug is nothing more than an unpleasant experience. For 21-year old UL student, Katie Drennan, it could have much more serious consequences.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Previous articleSentence suspended for two years after ‘striking out’Next articleO’Gara to lead Ireland v Barbarians admin Twitter Advertisement Print Facebook Email WhatsApp Linkedin NewsLocal NewsNew treatment block will mean the world to patientsBy admin – May 28, 2012 1031 last_img read more

New ferry service coming

first_img Share 93 Views   2 comments Sharing is caring! LifestyleTravel New ferry service coming by: – January 27, 2012 Sharecenter_img PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC – The Trinidad and Tobago government says it will back a fast ferry service for the Eastern Caribbean being established by a Barbados-based group, Transport MinisterDevant Maharaj has said.Speaking after the weekly Cabinet meeting on Thursday, Maharaj said that the a team had been appointed to negotiate with Fast Caribbean Ltd on the proposal that government regards as being an important step in deepening the regional integration movement.“Fast Caribbean Ltd, Barbados-based consortium, will charter from owners Montrose Global a 112-metre wave piercing catamaran similar to those operating on the Trinidad and Tobago route,” Maharaj said, adding that a minimum capital start up of US$12 million was required for the service.He said that the private sector team was proposing to raise some US$20 million.“What the government is contributing to this is forming part of the negotiations. It includes how they would like to see our fuel price locked in at a particular rate, facilities at the Port Authority, requests in terms of fuel and lubricant duties and tariffs, corporate tax concessions. The government of Trinidad and Tobago is facilitating. We are not putting in any cash,” Maharaj said.He told reporters that the company had already agreed to provide 100,000 seats annually at a special price of US$10 a ticket but that the average price for a seat would be between US$25 and US$35.“This fast ferry proposal which the team would be reviewing proposes to launch the service in 2012 and it would be headquartered in Port of Spain,” Maharaj said, insisting that the Kamla Persad Bissessar coalition government would not be putting any cash into the venture.According to Maharaj, under the first phase of the project, the ferry will service the islands of Grenada, St Vincent and the Grenadines, St Lucia and Barbados.The catamarans would leave the Port of Port of Spain at 6 a.m. and arrive in Barbados (the last stop on its route) at 6 p.m (local time).Maharaj said once commercial viability is achieved additional routes would be added.Foreign Affairs Minister Surujrattan Rambachan said the ferry would help promote tourism, while Trade Minister Stephen Cadiz said it would bring cheaper freight charges for businesses in the region.Nation News Share Tweetlast_img read more

Gregory and Penge in all-England final in NSW

first_img2 Feb 2017 Gregory and Penge in all-England final in NSW There’s an all-England final in the New South Wales Amateur in Australia with Scott Gregory and Marco Penge going head to head for the title. They’ll play the 36-hole final at Terrey Hills Golf and Country Club, starting tonight at 2030 GMT. Gregory, the Amateur Champion and world number ten, and Penge, a fellow member of the GB&I Walker Cup squad, are representing England Golf on a tour of Australia. Dave Tease from Golf NSW reports on their progress to the final: The English pair have been roommates for the last four weeks but tomorrow it will be battle lines drawn. “We’ll be eating together tonight, and beating each other tomorrow,” Gregory laughed. The 22-year old from Corhampton in Hampshire progressed through to the final after a dominant performance against Canberra’s Joshua Armstrong in the afternoon semi-final, winning easily 6&5. He was five up after seven holes and, after losing the 8th hole, stamped his authority back on the contest with a match-defining birdie on the 9th hole to take a commanding five-hole lead. “It can be tough when you’re that many up; You don’t let him have a run at you, if you lose a couple of holes they feel like they can get you back,” said Gregory. “He gave me an opportunity on nine, and I took it. It was a big moment in the match; mentally it gave me a little bit,” Gregory is relishing get the opportunity to meet his teammate in tomorrow’s final. He believes the key will be sticking to his own game. “It will be good fun to have a battle tomorrow, and get the win here,” he smiled. “Marco is going to be 20 yards in front, so I know don’t try and keep up with him, just keep it straight and get the putter warmed up.” Penge, from Golf at Goodwood in Sussex, has fought through all his matchplay rounds to get to the final, booking his place with a 3&2 win over Korean teenager Dongmin Kim. “It’s been a battle every day. I’ve just been trying to dig in and get job done,” said Penge, who was fifth on the England Golf Order of Merit for 2016 after a season which included tying for the French amateur The key to his semi-final, like most of his others in the tournament, was his ability to grab birdies when needed at critical times on the back-nine. “I’ve been playing the 11th to the 16th well, I made three birdies there this morning, and two this afternoon,” he said. Like his teammate Gregory, Penge is looking forward to the title decider which will be his first match play final. “It is my first final ever, I’ve been dreaming about it, and I can’t wait to play one of my good mates,” he said. Penge sees the match as a challenge against his more experienced teammate, but one he’s ready to face. “I know I will have to make a lot of birdies if I’m going to win. I’ll try and keep everything the same, focus on my own game and try and play steady golf. “It’s our last day here, it’s going be a good one,” he smiled. Click here for full scores Caption: Marco Penge (left) and Scott Gregory will go head to head in the final of the New South Wales Amateur.last_img read more

Late season scouting tips

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Matt Hutcheson, Product Manager with Seed Consultants, goes over some scouting tips that will be beneficial for the upcoming harvest and next year’s crop. He also talks about some emergence testing being done and the results so far.last_img

Will Hotmail Get Offline Storage Before Gmail?

first_imgRole of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Tags:#Google#Microsoft#mobile#NYT#web#Web Development#Web Office Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …center_img Microsoft is working on an HTML5-enabled version of its Hotmail Web application, according to a new report from ZDNet. The updated version will deliver offline storage capabilities, which means webmail users will be able to access their email even when an Internet connection is not available. A similar feature is supposedly in the works for Gmail, Hotmail’s top competitor, as well.With Microsoft’s initiatives in the area of HTML5 (the next major revision of the Web’s core markup language), including its HTML5-enabled version of Bing search, and updates to Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 9 Web browser, it wouldn’t be surprising to hear that Microsoft is indeed working on an HTML5-enabled Hotmail Web application, too. But will Microsoft actually release it before Google does the same for Gmail? That could make things interesting.Could Microsoft Actually Beat Google to HTML5-Enabled Offline Storage for Webmail?In February 2010, Google announced it was shifting all its Google Gears-related efforts to HTML5. Gears, an internally built Web browser plugin, brought offline storage capabilities to a number of Google services, including Gmail, Docs, YouTube, Reader and others. In April 2010, Google announced it would discontinue offline access in Google Docs provided by Gears in favor of HTML5. The transition would be “temporary” Google said. In December, Google announced Docs would have finally HTML5-enabled offline storage once again in “early 2011.”It is now April 2011, and there is still no offline functionality in either Gmail or Docs. According to a post from a Google employee at the beginning of this month on an official Google support forum, the company says it mis-estimated the timeline for the change in Docs.“Hi all,We’re sorry we mis-estimated the timeline for when we’d have offline functionality again. While we try to provide accurate information around when features will be released, in some instances we can be wrong in guessing how long it’ll take to build something. Morever, it’s more important for us to launch with as few bugs as possible, which can only happen after much testing and iteration. Rest assured that our engineering team is working hard to bring offline back. Hope you’ll stick around and be patient with us for a bit longer.”Small Advances in HTML5 via Mobile and More That’s not to say HTML5 developments have stalled at Google. It has rolled out HTML5-enabled mobile apps, select features and notifications for Gmail, plus HTML5-enabled cloud printing support for mobile users of Docs. It has just not launched offline storage yet.Meanwhile, although Microsoft never offered any form of offline storage for Hotmail, it has been publicly touting its HTML5 advances recently, including an HTML5 version of Bing search, an HTML5-enabled smartphone experience and HTML5 support in IE9.Of course, Microsoft’s version of HTML5 support for IE may not be the same one the rest of the online community believes in, as ZDNet points out, referencing Firefox’s Mike Beltzner’s comment skewering Microsoft for Microsoft for describing HTML5 as a “native experience” that works best on Windows. (Oh Microsoft, will you never learn?)That said, Microsoft at least seems to be making more noise about the HTML5 Web standard in its products these days, while Google is now on record saying it goofed on the timeline for bringing HTML5 to one of its Web services.With that in mind, let’s declare the race to bring us HTML5-enabled offline storage to webmail officially on. Anyone want to take bets on who gets there first? Related Posts sarah perezlast_img read more

Building a Foam-Free House

first_img This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.center_img UPDATED on May 22, 2015Many green builders want to build a foam-free house — that is, a house without any rigid foam insulation or spray foam insulation. The reasons behind this desire vary: some builders dislike foam because it is manufactured from petroleum; some because of off-gassing worries; some because of foam’s relatively high embodied energy; some because of the negative environmental effects of the blowing agents used to make foam; and some because they prefer to use natural building materials like straw bales.I believe that the use of some types of foam insulation is often defensible, and that there are valid counterarguments to many anti-foam positions. However, I’m not going to debate these issues in this article. Instead, I’m going to provide recommendations for those who want to build a foam-free house.To build a foam-free house, designers and builders can choose from a variety of foam-free approaches to accomplish the following tasks:Some of these tasks — for example, insulating an attic floor — are easy. Others — for example, insulating a slab on grade — are more challenging.As long as the rafters are deep enough, vented cathedral ceilings can be insulated with a wide variety of fluffy insulation materials, including cellulose, denim batts, mineral wool, or fiberglass.For more information on ways to detail vented cathedral ceilings, see How to Build an Insulated Cathedral Ceiling.Creating a foam-free unvented cathedral ceiling is challenging. The only approach that I can think of is to install a thick layer of semi-rigid mineral wool insulation above the roof sheathing, followed by another layer of roof sheathing. The mineral wool insulation would need to be thick enough to keep the lower layer of roof sheathing above the dew point during the winter.While it’s fairly common to install semi-rigid mineral wool insulation… last_img read more

JRU back on track, pips Letran

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first_imgView comments JRU saw its winning run snapped at four by the Arellano Chiefs and JRU head coach Vergel Meneses praised his team for showing maturity in bouncing back from a loss.“It was important for us to bounce back after we lost to Arellano,” said Meneses in Filipino. “And this win showed the character of the players, that they can recover after a heartbreaking loss.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIn the second game, Christian Garcia dropped 20 of his 27 points in the first quarter alone and Sidney Onwuebere had 16 points and 15 rebounds as Emilio Aguinaldo College ripped Mapua University, 85-72, to keep its Final Four hopes afloat.Already playing minus big man Hamadou Laminou, who went down with a season-ending ACL injury, the Generals also lost bruiser Juju Bautista, who hurt his shoulder in a previous match. But it hardly mattered against an undermanned Cardinals squad, who dropped to 1-11 for the season. The Generals, meanwhile, improved to 5-6 to move to within half a game out of the playoff circle. —BONG LOZADA, INQUIRER.NET WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games01:42Cops track down 4 persons of interest in ambush of DOLE employee01:42Cops track down 4 persons of interest in ambush of DOLE employee01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City JRU’s Teytey Teodoro (right) evades the defense of Letran’s JP Calvo. —AUGUST DELA CRUZJose Rizal University wasted no time in getting back to the win column by frustrating Letran, 77-68, in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament Thursday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Heavy Bombers held on to the third seed with a 7-4 record while the Knights slipped to a 5-6 card to hang precariously out of the top four.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img So-Baadur match goes to tiebreaks MOST READ LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Read Next Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF presidentlast_img read more

10 months agoMan City boss Guardiola happy for Diaz to join Real Madrid

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Man City boss Guardiola happy for Diaz to join Real Madridby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City manager Pep Guardiola says the club did all it could to retain Brahim Diaz.The midfielder joined Real Madrid on Tuesday after entering the last six months of his city contract.And Guardiola warned he only wanted players who wanted to stay at the Etihad.Asked about Diaz’s departure, Guardiola said: “Like I said many times, I don’t want people that don’t want to stay here.”We did with Brahim everything we have done with Phil (Foden) and with Jadon – important players and we did absolutely everything. The only one who decides to stay is Phil.”We wish him all the best. Real Madrid is not a bad step, so hopefully he can take the minutes he wants and that he didn’t want here for many reasons.”He’s a nice guy. Congratulations to the academy and the club for working so well, because important teams in Europe want our players.” last_img read more

24 days agoLeicester boss Rodgers: Pereira as good as any fullback in Prem

first_imgLeicester boss Rodgers: Pereira as good as any fullback in Premby Paul Vegas24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City boss Brendan Rodgers is delighted with the form of Ricardo Pereira.Indeed, he says Pereira is as good as any fullback in the country.“He’s up there with the best fullbacks in the league,” Rodgers said.“I worked with young Trent at Liverpool and he’s been sensational since he has broken into the team.“Kyle [Walker] obviously at Manchester City. He’s certainly a boy who is up there. You see him go forward and he’s so fluent in his running.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

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