Independent journalist sentenced

first_imgNews News CubaAmericas Organisation RSF_en May 6, 2020 Find out more RSF and Fundamedios welcome US asylum ruling in favor of Cuban journalist Serafin Moran Santiago October 12, 2018 Find out more Reporters Without Borders today deplored the sentence of three years of public service work passed on Cuban independent journalist José Manuel Caraballo by the people’s court of Ciego de Ávila province on 5 September for allegedly forging attendance certificates when he taught at a tourism training centre.The sentence was “clearly aimed at tightening the gag on the independent press,” the organisation said.The tourism training centre’s deputy director, the secretary and another teacher were also convicted on the same charge, but Caraballo was the only one not to have his sentence commuted. He has 10 days to lodge an appeal before the people’s supreme court.The editor of the APLA news agency in Morón (in Ciego de Ávila province), Caraballo said the trial showed that the authorities were intent on controlling his movements between his home and work and on preventing him leaving the province. “They will have to put my head in a vice, because I will carry on writing, even without hands,” he said.Reporters Without Borders said the authorities were using harassment and intimidation to maintain a climate of fear for the independent journalists still trying to practice their trade after the crackdown in March that led to the imprisonment of 26 journalists.”Many of the journalists still are large are being summoned for questioning by the state security agency, others are receiving visits at their homes from state security agents, and all are being threatened with sentences of up to 20 years in prison if they refuse to give up their work as journalists,” the organisation said.Caraballo was summoned questioning by a state security official in Morón on 10 June. During this interrogation, he refused to sign an undertaking that he would give up independent journalism. The official reportedly responded: “Dissidence must die now.” Caraballo was also summoned for questioning on 7 June and was threatened with a 20-year prison sentence if he did not stop being journalist. News New press freedom predators elected to UN Human Rights Councilcenter_img CubaAmericas Follow the news on Cuba October 15, 2020 Find out more to go further Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts News Cuba and its Decree Law 370: annihilating freedom of expression on the Internet September 9, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Independent journalist sentencedlast_img read more


first_imgGovernor Eric J. Holcomb announced he signed an executive order directing state agencies to pursue collection of damage information that could lead to a declaration of disaster emergency along the Lake Michigan shoreline. He also outlined steps state agencies will take to provide assistance along the shoreline. The executive order is attached.Gov. Holcomb surveyed the Lake Michigan shoreline via Indiana State Police helicopter on Sunday and observed conditions along the entire shoreline including Beverly Shores, Ogden Dunes, Portage and Long Beach.“Our administration has been monitoring the erosion along the Lake Michigan shoreline but I wanted to see the damage firsthand,” Gov. Holcomb said. “I signed an executive order to initiate new action steps and further express our dedication to preserving one of our state’s crown jewels for all those who live, work and play along the shoreline.”The Executive Order calls for:Indiana Department of Homeland Security to immediately notify the Office of the Governor if the damage criteria, set by the federal government, is met to allow the State of Indiana to apply for federal disaster assistance so the Governor can issue an executive order declaring a disaster emergencyIDHS to seek other federal funding, programs or assistance that may be available for short-term and long-term mitigation projectsIDHS and Indiana Department of Natural Resources to make every effort to identify additional means, methods, and ways to provide necessary and appropriate assistanceDNR to continue to expedite its review and granting of governmental permits requested by property owners so they can initiate projects to protect their properties along the shoreline as quickly as possibleIDHS to develop and launch a webpage to share updates and new informationThe State of Indiana has already taken steps to help address and respond to the situation with coordinated efforts between IDHS and DNR. State officials have visited the affected areas on several occasions to observe the damage. DNR signed a letter of support for the Great Lakes Resiliency Study, which is an effort by Great Lakes states and federal partners to find strategies to improve the shoreline. DNR, DHS, local officials and members of Indiana’s congressional delegation have participated in training with FEMA to ensure a proper understanding of the federal Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act.Relevant state leaders will continue to communicate and collaborate with local, state and federal partners. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

LIRR: Service Partly Restored by Monday Commute

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Long Island Rail Road trains will mostly begin rolling again Monday morning 37 hours after service was suspended Saturday when a blizzard hit the region, but some lines remain snowed in.As of 5 a.m. Monday, regular weekday service will be available on the Babylon, Ronkonkoma, Port Washington and Huntington/Port Jefferson branches and service will also be provided in diesel territory on the Oyster Bay and Port Jefferson Branches, between Greenport and Ronkonkoma and on the Montauk Branch west of Speonk, according to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.But snow still needs to be cleared from the tracks before trains can resume running on the other four of the LIRR’s 12 branches. Lines that will remain suspended Monday include the Far Rockaway, Hempstead, Long Beach and West Hempstead branches. Commuters who ride trains on those branches are urged to use alternate LIRR branches until their usual trains return.In addition, trains will not be running by Monday morning between Jamaica and the Atlantic Terminal. LIRR riders normally destined for Brooklyn should take trains to Penn Station, where their tickets will be cross-honored by NYC Transit on the No. 2 and 3 subway trains.For more information on when the remaining LIRR suspensions will be lifted, visit Service had been suspended at 4 p.m. Saturday as winter storm Jonas hit the region.(Photo credit: MTA/LIRR)last_img read more

Common limitations of a new core provider

first_img continue reading » In our continuing series discussing the survey by Callahan & Associates and their webinar, “It’s All About the Core,” today we look at and analyze the response of credit union executives when asked what common limitations they encountered after selecting and transitioning to a new core technology provider. A credit union core system review and the resulting core migration carries many changes for an organization, and usually, the migration to a new provider brings technology the credit union was otherwise lacking. It’s a known fact that this is no small project, and it is always assumed you will encounter some obstacles along the way. Here are the most common shortcomings that caught these executives off guard:1) Lending Capabilities. With lending being such a huge driver to the bottom line and ultimate success of a credit union, it is no wonder that this tops the list. No matter how robust a lending platform is, there’s always room for improvement on this all-important platform. The biggest complaint is the apparent disconnect in loan origination systems, especially as it pertains to commercial lending versus consumer lending. With these two very distinct lending processes, many CU’s still found they have to navigate separate and disparate systems, even after a core migration. 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more