12 Jun

Media still gagged five years after coup

first_img Receive email alerts June 28, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Media still gagged five years after coup Reports RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America May 13, 2021 Find out more News News HondurasAmericas Organisation RSF_en Newscenter_img April 27, 2021 Find out more 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies Freedom of information has declined dramatically in Honduras in the five years since the coup d’état of 28 June 2009. The violent crackdown and censorship that marked the first few months after the coup have been followed ever since by constant violations of human rights and media rights. The current president, Juan Orlando Hernández is a fervent advocate of “security by all possible means.” During a four-year stint as parliamentary speaker ending a year ago, he pushed through a series of laws that reinforced the militarization of Honduran society and restrictions on access to information.The prioritization of security prevents many media and other entities from gathering and circulating information of public interest. Migdonia Ayestas, the head of a violence-monitoring unit at the National Autonomous University of Honduras (UNAH), criticizes the police for preventing the media from publishing the information she gathers every day about violence, including violence in remote areas.Her unit was also recently forced to stop publishing its nine-year-old monthly report on violence in Honduras because the interior ministry refused to share its statistics with her any more.The public’s right to information was also restricted by the Law on Official Secrets and Classification of Public Information that parliament hastily adopted on 13 January 2014. It stripped the Institute for Public Access to Information (IAIP) of its responsibility for classifying information of public interest, reassigning this responsibility to each ministry and state agency.The law says: “Any information (…) relating to the internal strategic framework of state agencies and whose revelation, if made publicly available, could produce undesirable institutional effects” may be “restricted.”Tighter government controls on the flow of information have had a direct impact on the work of journalists. Journalists Marylin Méndez and Dagoberto Rodríguez, the editor of the daily La Prensa, said no government minister talks to journalists without permission from the president’s office. The government is “clearly obstructing serious and professional media.” Rodríguez added. The obstacles for officially recognized journalists are even greater for those who are not recognized. Local radio stations and freelance journalists – who make up the majority of media and reporters in Honduras – are also pressured by means of the selective allocation of advertising. As a result, many limit themselves to providing officially approved and uniform coverage.“When you’re hungry, you obviously take what’s going,” said a reporter who resorts to the widespread practice of “journalism for hire,” under which anyone with enough money can pay a reporter to put out a story that benefits their individual interests.This situation and the near-monopoly of the leading media companies leave little space for independent and critical news reporting. As a result, the harassment of civil society organizations often also targets linked community radio stations.Control of coverage of sensitive subjects such as police corruption, land conflicts and the environmental impact of mining is all the stricter when powerful economic interests are at stake, as in the case of Dinant, a company owned by Honduran businessman Miguel Facussé Barjum, who is on the Reporters Without Borders list of “Predators of Press Freedom.”After repeated reports by national and international human rights groups and independent media about Dinant’s alleged involvement in the violent deaths of hundreds of peasants in the northern Aguán Valley, an investigation by the Compliance Advisor Ombudsman ordered the freezing of a 15-million-dollar World Bank loan to Dinant.Reporters Without Borders regrets that this modest achievement has not been supported at the highest government level. The government should try to ensure respect for freedom of information by protecting independent media workers and journalists with the same energy as that recently deployed by President Hernández to denigrate some of his fellow citizens.During a trip to Washington on 12 June, he said his main goal was to “refute the reports (about human rights violations) that bad Hondurans send in order to sully the country’s image.”Honduras is ranked 129th out of 180 countries in the 2014 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Honduras HondurasAmericas to go further RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” December 28, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

18 Dec

Pol Calls on Schumer, Cuomo to Secure Bay Park Outfall Pipe Funds

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A year ago, Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano joined U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) in Washington D.C. to lobby federal officials for a much-needed ocean outfall pipe at Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant in East Rockaway.Fast forward to today, the county is still fighting for the funding—estimated to be between $546 and $700 million—and is also trying to wrap its ahead around why $150 million in supposed federally approved funding for a nitrogen-removal system at the embattled plant never made its way into Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s state budget for this year.“We need some more financial assistance from our federal and state governments,” Norma Gonsalves (R-East Meadow), the presiding officer of the Nassau legislature, told reporters Wednesday during a press conference at her Mineola office. She added that she does not see a scenario in which the fiscally-strapped county could help pay for the cost of both projects.FEMA has already granted $810 million to rebuild and harden the plant, but Gonsalves called on Cuomo and Schumer to follow through on earlier efforts to secure additional funding for an outfall pipe that would extend into the Atlantic Ocean, effectively discharging effluent away from vulnerable waterways. Currently, effluent from Bay Park is dumped daily into Reynolds Channel, which connects to the Western Bays. As a result, Marine life and marshlands—which act as natural barriers and protect shorelines from erosion—are suffering from high levels of nitrogen in the water.Gonsalves said Nassau deserves its fair share of tax dollars, citing a recent study by the business advocacy group Long Island Association (LIA), which found that LI gives the state and federal government an estimated $28 billion more than it gets in return.That amount of money “would really fund 40 outfall pipes,” Gonsalves said, adding, “We need more of those tax dollars here in Nassau County.”An army of local lawmakers, environmentalists and state officials, have been calling on the federal government to allocate funding for the outfall pipe for more than a year, to no unveil. Last May, FEMA told the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation that it would not fund the project. That came after an aggressive lobbying campaign by local officials.Gonsalves said it was “disconcerting” when she read that Cuomo’s budget does not contain the $150 million thought to have been approved to fund a nitrogen removal system for the plant, which serves a half-million Nassau residents.Just days before the second anniversary of Sandy last October, Schumer released a list of all the projects that had been approved by the federal government, totaling $17 billion. Among them was a nitrogen removal project for Bay Park, paid for with a Community Development Block Grant, funded by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development.On Oct. 28, Schumer visited the plant with HUD Secretary Julian Castro and highlighted recovery efforts at the plant. A press release announcing the visit said the tour would have a “specific focus on nitrogen removal” and noted that the plant “will receive hundreds of millions of dollars in federal Sandy relief aid, including funding though HUD’s Community Development Block grant program.”But, as lawmakers recently discovered, funding for that project was missing from the state budget.Brian Nevin, Mangano’s chief spokesman and his senior policy advisor, said in an emailed statement that commitments were made for the nitrogen removal system’s funding.“We continue to work with our federal and state partners to secure the funding for an ocean outfall pipe,” he said.Schumer’s office did not immediately return a call for comment as of press time. Neither did Cuomo’s office.Meanwhile, Gonsalves hopes to hold her first hearing on the issue in March. At the press conference, she said the two projects are vital to the future of the county.“Any legacy we leave should be an environment that provides for a clean and safe place for our young people to grow up in,” Gonsavles said.last_img read more

24 Sep

Two children killed, two seriously injured in Jennings County crash

first_imgScipio, In. — A report from the Indiana State Police says two children were killed in an accident Friday at 1:09 p.m. on State Road 7 near County Road 900 North near Scipio.Crash reconstructionists determined a car driven by Mary Bailey, 36, of Columbus, was slowing to make a turn onto County Road 900 North when she was rear ended by a truck pulling a horse trailer driven by Nicholas Fishvogt, 24, of North Vernon.Bailey suffered serious injuries and was flown to an Indianapolis area hospital for treatment. Her condition is not known. Backseat passenger, Allison Creamer, 22 months, was transported to Riley Children’s Hospital where she was pronounced dead later. Another backseat passenger, Kaylee Creamer, 4, was pronounced dead at the scene. A passenger with Fishvogt, Nancy Palmer, 63, of Scipio, suffered serious injuries and is being treated at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.The investigation is ongoing pending toxicology reports on both drivers.The Indiana State Police were assisted by the Jennings County Sheriff’s Department, Scipio-Geneva Fire Department, Jennings County EMS, Stat Flight Medical Helicopter, the Jennings County Coroner’s Office, and the Indiana Department of Transportation.last_img read more

23 Sep

Arthur Claude “Art” Cleland, 91

first_imgArthur Claude “Art” Cleland, 91, of Milroy, Indiana area passed away Saturday, September  5, 2020, at Heritage House Nursing Home of Greensburg, Indiana…another victim of the Corona virus. Art was born at midnight, February 11, 1928 and his parents had a choice of the date, choosing February 12, also Lincoln’s birthday.  Art’s birthplace was in southern Decatur County.  He was the son of Benjamin Morton (Mort) and Amelia (Lauer) Cleland.  On July 8, 1956, he married his wife of 64 years, Carolyn J. Hancock, and she survives.  In addition to Carolyn, Art is survived by a daughter, Mary Ann Cleland Swenson, of Salt Lake City, Utah, and several nieces, nephews and cousins.  He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Merrill Morton, Lester Owen, and Walter Lauer Cleland and sisters Imogene (William) Davis and Marilee (John) Blackledge, and granddaughter, Andrea Lee Swenson. Art was a 1947 graduate of Sandusky High School.  He has attended several schools which no longer exist, including a grade school at Letts Corner and the one-room Woods school in Southeastern Decatur County. He was a member of the Sandusky Methodist Church where he served as a Trustee. Art worked ten years at Johnston Wholesale Groceries as a semi-driver, during which time he was drafted into the United States Army, 112th Infantry, 28th Division, Company I, obtaining the rank of Corporal. He served in Germany from November 1951 to March 1953.  He enjoyed his Army reunions and remained close to his fellow soldiers. Other jobs included Geis & Hodapp Custom Builders; Shelby Dealers Building Supply Warehouse Manager; Utah International Mining & Construction Company.  In the meantime he remained a farmer in Rush County. For the past 39 years Art and Carolyn were very active in preservation through Indiana Landmarks and Rush County Heritage; saving historic buildings.  Art restored and added to the Somerville Schoolhouse, our home, in Rush County, Indiana.  The largest project he and Carolyn worked on was restoring the Moscow covered bridge, which had been destroyed by a tornado. Art was a diligent worker, loyal friend to many, always willing to help and above all, a loving husband.  Truly, he was “the wind beneath my wings”.  Art especially enjoyed farming, traveling to new places with the RV, building something, his 25 year-old Dodge pick-up and tenderloin sandwiches. Visitation will be from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Thursday, September 10, 2020, at the Sandusky Methodist Church, Sandusky, Indiana.  The funeral service will follow at the church at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Margaret Lowe officiating. Interment will follow at South Park Cemetery in Greensburg, Indiana, at which time there will be full military honors. Memorial contributions may be made to the Robert L. Browning Memorial Fund through the Decatur County Community Foundation or to the Sandusky Methodist Church. Online condolences can be made to the family at www.popfuneralhome.comlast_img read more

3 Jan

WATCH! James Rodriguez’s World Cup wonder goal copied by South Korean striker

first_imgMin-Kyu Joo, a striker for Seoul E-Land FC, scored a sensational goal for the South Korean club earlier this month that was almost identical to James Rodriguez’s effort against Uruguay at the 2014 World Cup which landed the Colombian the FIFA Puskas Award for best goal of the year.last_img

20 Dec

A’s power display goes for naught in loss to Mariners

first_imgSEATTLE — In a game that went 10 innings and featured seven home runs it was a single that ended the excitement.The A’s tied a season high with five home runs, including Ramon Laureano’s go-ahead blast in the top of the 10th inning, but it was Seattle catcher Omar Narvaez’s RBI single in the bottom of the 10th that clinched a walkoff 6-5 victory for the Mariners in a home-run filled slug fest Monday night.The first nine runs in the game came off the long ball with the A’s and Mariners …last_img read more

9 Dec

The Hustler’s Playbook: Spend Time with People More Successful Than You

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now You can’t see your potential from where you are now. It isn’t visible to you.There is a reason that you should spend time and develop relationships with people who are more successful than you are now. But before we get into all the reasons this is true, we need to cover a few important issues.First, success is personal. It isn’t measured on a curve. Your definition of success and my definition of success might be vastly different. They may even be at odds. In fact, you living my definition of success might make you miserable, while me living your definition of success might not make me the least bit happy.Second, success can get a bad rap, and some people make the very pursuit of success a divisive issue. Success shouldn’t be divisive, and the idea that you need to surround yourself with people who have a greater level of success is not a judgment of the people you love and care about that aren’t experiencing the same level of success as the people you will need to spend time with.The reason you need to spend time with people who are more successful than you is because you can’t see your real potential from where you are now.Your potential is far greater than anything you can imagine. The only limit on your real potential is the limit of your awareness of what is possible for you. Your potential isn’t visible to you.Think about where you were years ago, when you weren’t as successful as you are right now in some area of your life. Your beliefs and behaviors were different than they are now. And even though you weren’t conscious of how they were limiting you, they acted as a governor on your success. At some point, you gained an awareness of what these beliefs and behaviors and changed them.Someone standing higher up on a mountain can see further than you can. They can also more easily see the path that is available to you, even if it isn’t yet clear to you. They have a greater view of your potential. By spending time with people who are more successful, you start to become conscious of what you believe and how it limits you. You also gain the advantage of transforming faster by finding people whose beliefs and behaviors you can model.Develop relationships with people who are more successful than you. Find mentors. Develop a mastermind group of people who have something you want, whatever that is, be it financial success or being a great parent, or whatever you call success.last_img read more

7 Nov

Rebels and Storm Take Out Cobras Cup Finals

first_imgThe Rebels were 10-3 winners over the Labrador Dodgers in the Men’s Open division, while the Southern Storm were 8-5 winners over the Caboolture Colts in the Women’s Open division. Congratulations to the following teams on winning their respective Cobras Cup titles on Saturday: Women’s OpenSouthern Storm 8 defeated Caboolture Colts 5 Women’s 2 Uni Rebels 3 defeated Southern Storm 2 Women’s 2B First Contact 4 defeated Caboolture Colts 1Women’s 3Eagles 5 defeated Uni Rebels 3 Men’s Open Uni Rebels 10 defeated Labrador Dodgers 3 Men’s 2ALabrador Dodgers 10 defeated Uni Rebels Gold 6 Men’s 2B First Contact 5 defeated CCU 4 in a drop off Men’s 3A Eagles 30’s 5 defeated Crazy Horses 4 Men’s 3BUni Rebels 15 defeated Eagles 1 Stay tuned to the website to read full match reports from the Men’s and Women’s Open Cobras Cup grand finals.last_img read more