Call for release of independent journalist accused of insulting president

first_img Cuba and its Decree Law 370: annihilating freedom of expression on the Internet New press freedom predators elected to UN Human Rights Council CubaAmericas News Follow the news on Cuba Organisation Harassment of dissidents has never really stopped since Raúl Castro became president in 2006 but, if they are detained, it is usually for short spells. The arrest of Calixto Ramón Martínez Arias, a reporter for the independent Hablemos Press agency, could prove to be the exception and could hark back to an era when dissidents were detained for longer periods.Martínez was arrested on 16 September and has been held ever since on a charge of insulting the president, which could lead to a three-year prison sentence.Initially held at the National Police detention and deportation centre in Havana, he was transferred on 27 September to Valle Grande prison in La Lisa, in Havana province.”It is hard to see how the investigation into a spoiled consignment of medicines that Martínez was carrying out at the time of his arrest, or his earlier revelations about cholera and dengue, which the authorities confirmed, could result in a charge of insulting the president,” Reporters Without Borders said.”This charge is totally absurd, just as any attempt to make an example out of this case will be futile. Information of public interest should be disseminated, discussed and debated. Such a debate is clearly lacking in the official media, one of whose journalists is still detained while others have chosen exile. We call for Martínez’s immediate release.”Reporters Without Borders added: “The Cuban government must accept civil society’s right to ask questions and report information in accordance with the conventions on civil and political rights it signed in 2008, but has not yet ratified. Will the other members of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA) and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) remind it of the need to respect this principle?”Hablemos Press editor Roberto de Jesús Guerra Pérez tried without success on 21 September to obtain permission to visit Martínez, who was arrested near José Martí international airport. Dissident journalists who were present were threatened with arrest and some were briefly detained.According to the latest information, Martínez was transferred to Enrique Cabrera Hospital on 20 September for treatment to blows he received to the left eye.Martínez is being persecuted by the authorities, who want him to go back to Camagüey, where he was from, although he now lives and works in Havana. In the past 10 years, he has been sent back to Camagüey ten times, although the law on internal migration, which used to make it hard for provincial residents to move to the capital, was relaxed at the end of 2011.He is the third Hablemos Press journalist to be detained this month.Government journalists defectThe day that Martínez was arrested, Mairelys Cuevas Gómez, an editor with the Communist Party newspaper Granma, took advantage of a working visit to Mexico to go the US border and request asylum.She was following the example of Luis López Viera, the sports editor of Juventud Rebelde, another official newspaper, who asked the British immigration authorities for asylum a month earlier, on 15 August, as the London Olympics were ending.Reporters Without Borders would like to hear the Cuban government’s reaction to the departure of journalists it employs, and to know more about the fate of José Antonio Torres, another reporter for the Cuban state media, who has been held for more than a year on an unexplained charge of spying. May 6, 2020 Find out more RSF_en CubaAmericas Newscenter_img to go further October 15, 2020 Find out more September 24, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Call for release of independent journalist accused of insulting president Receive email alerts October 12, 2018 Find out more News News RSF and Fundamedios welcome US asylum ruling in favor of Cuban journalist Serafin Moran Santiago Help by sharing this information last_img read more

AACER: Downward Trend Continues for Bankruptcy Filings

first_imgHome / Daily Dose / AACER: Downward Trend Continues for Bankruptcy Filings Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, News Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Related Articles Brian Honea’s writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Dallas Home Improvement magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. He has written four non-fiction sports books, the latest of which, The Life of Coach Chuck Curtis, was published by the TCU Press in December 2014. A lifelong Texan, Brian received his master’s degree from Amberton University in Garland. Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago  Print This Post Bankruptcy filings nationwide continued their customary January trend of decline, according to January 2016 AACER bankruptcy data reported by Epiq Systems on Thursday.For the first month of the new year, bankruptcy filings totaled 52,522, which was 6,570 lower (11 percent) than the total for January 2015. The number of filings had declined year-over-year in every January since 2011, making six Januarys in a row that there were fewer bankruptcy filings nationwide than in January of the previous year.January 2016’s total of 52,522 was about 49 percent lower than the peak total of 102,838, recorded in January 2010.In January 2016, bankruptcy filings per day totaled 2,764 per day over 19 filing days, which was down over-the-year from January 2015’s total of 2,955 filings per day. For the full year of 2015, filings totaled 3,264 per day over 251 filing days, for a cumulative total of 819,240 (an average of 68,270 per month).Click HERE to view the entire reportCalifornia, the top state for cumulative bankruptcy filings in 2015, had the most in January 2016 of any state with 5,091—nearly one-tenth of all filings in the nation during the month. Illinois was second with 3,743, followed by Georgia (3,489), Florida (3,439), and Texas (2,577). Ohio, which was fifth among states in bankruptcy filings for December 2015, fell to seventh in January with 2,229. The state with the fewest bankruptcy filings in January 2016 was Alaska with 17.Just as they did each month during 2015, Tennessee and Alabama ranked first and second among states in filings per capita for January with 4.82 and 4.35 for every 10,000 people, respectively. These numbers were substantial declines from December’s totals of 5.73 and 5.36, respectively. The national average of filings per capita in January 2016 was also significantly lower over-the-month at 2.02, compared to 2.63 in December.Epiq Systems is a leading global provider of technology-enabled solutions for electronic discovery, bankruptcy and class action administration. Top legal professionals depend on us for deep subject-matter expertise and years of firsthand experience working on many of the largest, most high-profile and complex client engagements. Epiq Systems, Inc. has locations in the United States, Europe and Asia. Previous: What’s Driving Down the Cash Sales Share? Next: Existing Homeowners Are Not Taking Advantage of Historically Low Rates The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agocenter_img Subscribe Sign up for DS News Daily Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago February 4, 2016 1,506 Views Share Save Tagged with: AACER Bankruptcy Filings Epiq Systems The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago AACER: Downward Trend Continues for Bankruptcy Filings Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago AACER Bankruptcy Filings Epiq Systems 2016-02-04 Brian Honea About Author: Brian Honealast_img read more

‘Ocean City: The Musical’ Premieres at Moorlyn Family Theatre

first_imgA new family-oriented musical that outlines the history of Ocean City in song and humor premiered Friday night before an audience of community and business leaders.“Ocean City: The Musical” opens to the public tonight (June 29) and will be performed at 8 p.m. every Sunday, Monday and Tuesday night and 3 p.m. every Friday at the Moorlyn Family Theatre on the Ocean City Boardwalk at Moorlyn Terrace (between Eighth and Ninth streets).The 90-minute show features original music and an original script. It takes audiences from the earliest visitors to the island, to Ocean City’s founding as a Christian retreat, to Superstorm Sandy and the present.__________To purchase tickets ($25 adults, $15 children), visit or call 609-399-0006 for more information.__________The show is produced by the Ocean City Tabernacle, owner of the Moorlyn Family Theatre. Artistic Director Seth Bazacas said Friday that the seeds of the production were planted six months ago when he met with new Tabernacle President and CEO Rick Carlson.Bazacas said the pair wanted to create a show that captured the essence of Ocean City for regular visitors and helped new ones understand the magic of the family resort.The show mixes narrative, songs, video clips and choreography to tell the story of Ocean City. The story, music and lyrics were written and created by Bazacas and Carlson with Bob Stromberg and Michael Pearce Donley.The five-member cast includes Curt Cloninger, Daniel Brown, Jace Reinhard, Amanda Jarufe and Ashley Parizek  — the Family Strong team of actors and musicians helping the Tabernacle to spread the word about family fun in Ocean City.“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the Earth … and corn dogs” — the opening line sets the tone for the show, which mixes serious Ocean City history with some of the more quirky elements (an 1891 war on wild cows and the adoption of a stray dog as the town’s mascot, for instance).Ocean City is a place where “old traditions and new beginnings meet,” Bazacas said in introducing the show on Friday night.last_img read more

Baldwin Driver Crashed Into Church, Fled, Cops Say

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 21-year-old man surrendered to investigators after allegedly crashing a car into a church in his hometown of Baldwin and then running from the scene over the weekend, Nassau County police said.Sherif Wheeler, who was admitted to a local hospital, was issued a ticket for driving without a license and leaving the scene of an incident with injury.First Squad detectives said that Wheeler was driving an Infiniti G35 southbound on Grand Avenue, when he lost control of the car and struck a tree, a fence and the Second Baptist Church at 4:25 a.m. Sunday.A 20-year-old man who was a passenger in the car was taken to a local hospital for treatment of injuries suffered in the crash. Wheeler initially fled the scene before turning himself in at the First Precinct station house, police said.Wheeler is scheduled to be arraigned March 23 at First District Court in Hempstead.last_img read more

Woman arrested for taking $26,000 from ‘developmentally disabled’ man in Johnson City

first_imgThe department says Reynolds is accused of taking $26,000 from a 66-year-old “developmentally disabled” man. The police department says Reynolds was released on an appearance ticket in compliance with the new bail reform law. JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) — The Johnson City Police Department announced on Friday that it made a felony arrest on Jan. 16. The police department says it charged 41-year-old Margo L. Reynolds with grand larceny in the 3rd degree, a class D felony.center_img They say Reynolds used the money to pay off her mortgage. Reynolds is due in court at a later date.last_img