first_imgNews to go further Cuba and its Decree Law 370: annihilating freedom of expression on the Internet There are no longer any journalists in prison in Cuba. The last one was Albert Santiago Du Bouchet, who arrived in Spain today along with 36 other Cuban dissidents who were released on condition that they agree to go into exile. The head of the independent Habana Press agency, Du Bouchet had been detained since 18 April 2009 and was serving a three-year jail sentence on a charge of “disrespect for authority.” His landmark release comes one month after the last dissident journalists still held since the March 2003 “Black Spring” crackdown were freed.“Although Du Bouchet has had to go into exile, his release takes on particular significance when you remember that just a year ago Cuba was still one of the world’s biggest prisons for journalists, alongside China, Iran and Eritrea,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We welcome this important step and we will keep it in mind.“However, this conciliatory gesture does not in any way exempt the Cuban authorities from the requirement to honour the international undertakings they gave in 2008 by signing two UN conventions on civil and political rights, which are still pending ratification. To fulfil these obligations, they must accept pluralism, allow media to operate outside state control, stop suppressing free speech and grant all Cubans access to an unfiltered Internet.”The international community, for its part, must encourage Cuba’s political evolution. Reporters Without Borders reiterates its call of the lifting of the unjust US embargo of Cuba that has been in place since 1962. It also urges the European Community to review its “common position” on Cuba, which conditions a normalization of diplomatic relations on respect for human rights.The Cuban government’s “opening” is still extremely limited. This can be seen in the still high number of brief arrests of dissidents who dare to demand more freedom. The foreign media is not spared either. Only yesterday, Spanish journalist Carlos Hernando, a contributor to Spain’s Intereconomía media group and the maker of a short documentary about Cuban dissident journalist Guillermo Fariñas, was arrested and held for five hours in Havana. Accused of “counter-revolutionary activity,” he was ordered to leave Cuba within 48 hours.Fariñas, the 2010 winner of the European Parliament’s Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, was placed under house arrest restrictions this week in his home town of Santa Clara after new protests there.Separately, Reporters Without Borders hopes very shortly to know the reasons for the arrest and detention since 11 July last year in Cuba of Sebastián Martínez Ferrate. He is a Spanish former producer and freelance journalist who in 2008 produced a report on child prostitution in Cuba. He ceased his activities in 2009 well before his last visit to Cuba.”Reporters Without Borders hopes, in the absence of clear explanations on the part of the Cuban authorities, that this detention is not connected to the journalistic work previously carried out by Sebastián Martínez Ferrate,” the organization said.“The Cuban government has, according to our sources, apparently put forward reasons relating to national security. We have not forgotten that this type of argument has regularly been used to send to prison journalists who were only carrying out their duties.” RSF_en CubaAmericas May 6, 2020 Find out more October 15, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Cuba Receive email alerts Newscenter_img RSF and Fundamedios welcome US asylum ruling in favor of Cuban journalist Serafin Moran Santiago New press freedom predators elected to UN Human Rights Council News CubaAmericas April 8, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 No more journalists left in Cuban prisons after dissidents flown to Spain News Help by sharing this information Organisation October 12, 2018 Find out morelast_img read more

first_img Google+ Nine Til Noon Show – Listen back to Wednesday’s Programme Mac Lochlainn to question garda commissioner at Justice Committee Facebook Pinterest Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Facebook WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR NPHET ‘positive’ on easing restrictions – Donnelly GAA decision not sitting well with Donegal – Mick McGrath By admin – November 11, 2015 center_img Twitter WhatsApp Google+ Homepage BannerNews Twitter Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson The Garda Commissioner is due to speak in front of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice later today.Noirín O’Sullivan is expected to answer a wide range of questions in relation to the force, on issues such as training, rural crime and the Provisional IRA.Donegal North East TD Padraig Mac Lochlainn, the Sinn Fein Justice Spokesperson, says he has a number of issues to raise with the Commissioner………….Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Previous articlePSNI renew appeal for information about Waterfoot Hotel bombNext articleA thank you from Finn Harps admin Pinterest Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector publishedlast_img read more

first_imgThe charges are the latest in a series of aggressive Trump administration actions targeting China. (AP) The indictment does not accuse the two Chinese defendants of actually obtaining the coronavirus research, but it does underscore the extent to which scientific innovation has been a top target for foreign governments and criminal hackers looking to know what American companies are developing during the pandemic. In this case, the hackers researched vulnerabilities in the computer networks of biotech firms and diagnostic companies that were developing vaccines and testing kits and researching antiviral drugs. WASHINGTON – Hackers working with the Chinese government targeted firms developing vaccines for the coronavirus and stole hundreds of millions of dollars worth of intellectual property and trade secrets from companies across the world, the Justice Department said Tuesday as it announced criminal charges.center_img In this March 22, 2019 file photo, an American flag flies outside the Department of Justice in Washington. The Justice Department has accused two Chinese hackers of stealing hundreds of millions of dollars of trade secrets from companies across the world and more recently targeting firms developing a vaccine for the coronavirus. APlast_img read more

first_imgBatesville Dirt Road Basketball Tournament Pool PlaySunday  (1-19) 6th grade:Batesville 35, Connersville 29Batesville 50, Franklin County 29Batesville 50, National Trail 235th grade:Richmond 44, Batesville 22Batesville 32, Connersville 28Batesville 36, Centerville 214th grade:Connersville White 26, Batesville 14Batesville 45, Milan 43rd grade:Batesville 51, North Decatur 6Batesville 63, Milan 112nd grade:Franklin County 20, Batesville Blue 15Batesville Blue 22, East Central 12Franklin County 20, Batesville White 10Rushville Black, 20 Batesville White 18Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Paul Drake.last_img

first_imgBy Chris Rotolo |MIDDLETOWN – As the lead singer of Blondie and a member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Debbie Harry has toured the world, but the township resident says her peace of mind resides in the tranquility of Stevenson Park.The historic West Front Street tract and the site’s serene lakeside scenery are far removed from the famed Manhattan nightclubs like CBGB and Max’s Kansas City, where Harry’s revered musical craft was first forged in the late ’70s.During an Oct. 20 interview with The Two River Times, Harry drove her Jeep across a one-lane bridge and proceeded on foot down a gravel path between two adjacent fields. She passed a couple walking their Golden Doodle puppy and another hiker whose nose was nestled in the pages of a captivating paperback.Though she’s made a career of serenading deafening seas of humanity with raucous rock anthems, it’s these types of quiet activities in the tranquil setting of Stevenson Park that she’s grown to love.“I’ve always referred to this place as my little piece of heaven. It’s kind of a meditation for me to be out here,” said Harry, 73, of Lincroft, who has joined with Middletown neighbors to oppose a concept plan introduced by the township’s governing body that could remake the mostly undeveloped farmland tract into multisport fields.The proposal calls for the potential development of nine rectangular fields in three phases of construction at the township-owned parcel, with the creation of approximately 350 parking spaces over the course of the process.The fields could be used for soccer, field hockey, flag football, lacrosse and other team sports at various times of the year by the Middletown youth sports program which serves 8,000 township children.Township administrator Anthony P. Mercantante and Mayor Kevin Settembrino say more multipurpose playing fields are needed in the municipality and Stevenson Park is one of the last remaining plots where a substantial cluster of fields could be placed.Those opposed to the plan cite their desire to leave some natural spaces undeveloped. They also fear traffic congestion could result on West Front Street – a key pathway to Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank – with an increase of vehicles to a location that has just a single-lane bridge as its primary point of access.“I work in arenas, in venues, so my experience with traffic and proper access is really vital to this situation. This to me is a traffic nightmare in the making,” said Harry, whose father Richard resided at Shady Oaks, a nearby adult community of 370 homes.Barrett Thiele, a Shady Oaks resident who leads the opposition group, echoed Harry’s sentiment and said ambulances and emergency responders visit the adult community regularly to treat and transport condo owners.Marianne Kligman, another member of the residents group, said it already takes her 20 to 30 minutes to cross West Front Street and enter Red Bank due to regular congestion on the Senator Joseph M. Kyrillos Bridge, formerly known as Hubbard’s Bridge.Like Thiele, Harry said prior to purchasing her property in a nearby housing development, she was told Stevenson Park would never be built on.“Americans are so quick to knock things down because they’re old, but then we’ll go to Europe to see the historic sites. We don’t embrace our history here,” said Harry. “I feel like Americans are desperate for an identity and we continue to throw that identity away and build strip malls. It’s an ongoing process that we can control and stop, but it takes an effort.”Harry’s sister Martha Daverios owned the historic Lincroft Inn, which was sold in 2016 and torn down in May of this year by the new owner for a new restaurant.Harry said she was also drawn to the cause due to the site’s location next to Shadow Lake, which is fed by the Navesink River. Harry has been a longtime supporter of healthy waterways, lending her support to such groups as Riverkeeper in New York City and Rivers Alliance of Connecticut.She questions whether the introduction of substantially more motorized vehicles, field drainage systems and restroom facilities could be damaging local river systems.“The older I get, the more I appreciate the gifts we have and how important they are,” Harry said. “I just wish I had found out about this sooner.”During a recent interview with The Two River Times, Township Committee member Tony Perry said the governing body has identified a new location at Bayview Elementary School for two or possibly three multipurpose athletic fields, and a plan to develop that site has been temporarily agreed to by the Board of Education.Perry also said he’s working on an additional shared service agreement with Brookdale Community College for the use of its various playing fields.If the deals are sealed, these two agreements could potentially suffice in place of the Stevenson Park proposal.This article was first published in the Oct. 25 – Oct. 31, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

first_imgWhile I don’t like to get hung up on numbers, it does help people learn to make more conscious food decisions when they can actually see tangible evidence that the “granola” bar they ate contained mostly fat (and sugar!), and in fact was just a glorified chocolate bar.This little formula below can help you figure out if what you’re about to stuff in your mouth is actually that good for you (don’t be fooled by labels containing words like Natural, Whole, or even Organic – these words don’t necessarily mean healthy and you might be sabotaging your efforts to reach your goals!). Someone might say to you, “Oh you should be eating X amount of calories, and X grams of carbs, protein, and fat per day.” Well to someone who isn’t a registered dietitian, or, you know, experienced at memorizing food labels, this can be pretty overwhelming. But how much of these things should we be eating in a day? I personally believe every body functions differently, and there is no one set of magic numbers. On average, you want your diet to consist of approximately 50-60% carbohydrates, 15-20% Fat, and 15-20% Protein (The Dietary Guidelines for Americans). But like I said, these numbers are different for everyone. I know people who thrive on 30% fat, or even 75% carbs. It also depends on your goals. For general weight loss, I advise people to raise their protein, and lower their fat intake. There are a few reasons for this, but one major one is that protein helps to regulate your blood glucose. What the heck does that mean? To put simply, this means that the “carbs” your body gets from food is utilized in a slower, and more controlled manner – less spiking of your blood sugar levels. It’s like slow release energy – and you stay fuller, for longer! It is important to try and get protein and fat with all of your meals – just be mindful of your proportions! Carbs are your body’s main source of fuel, so enough with the low carb nonsense already! Just make smart carb decisions (whole grains, lots of veggies, etc). Ever wonder why your low-carb friend is such a biotch? Because the only source of fuel your brain uses is carbs! Nobody wants to be around a low-carb dieter (plus, when they go into ketosis, their breath smells naaasty. So now you’re practically PMSing and you have crazy bad breath. Sexy). Now I’m just going to warn you, there’s a bit of math involved here. Relax. Don’t freak out on me yet – it’s basic math, and I think the majority of us own a calculator (or at least have the app on our iPhone). So here’s the facts: 1 gram of carbohydrates = 4 calories 1 gram of fat = 9 calories 1 gram of protein = 4 calories 1 lb of fat = 3,500 calories So pull out your favorite packaged snack food, and let’s get cracking here: Let’s say you eat a 2/3 cup of pistachios every day. Nuts are good fats, right? And 2/3’s really isn’t that much (especially when left alone, and no one is looking you eat about 2 cups). No big deal right? Well let’s take a closer look, shall we? 2/3 cup of pistachios: 310 calories, 24 grams of fat, 13 grams of carbs, and 11 grams of protein To figure out what percentage of those calories comes from fat: 24 (grams of fat per 2/3 cup) x 9 (calories per gram of fat – see above) = 216 Now we take that 216 and divide by 310 (total number of calories from 2/3 cup of pistachios) = 0.7 Move the decimal, and we’ve figured out: 70% of the calories comes from fat. Yikes. Remember what I mentioned above? How you want your fat intake to be at about 15-20% (on the lower side if you’re trying to lose weight). This definitely is above that range… Let’s move on to protein: 11 (g of Protein) x 4 (cals per gram of protein) = 44 44 divided by 310 = 0.14 = 14% of the calories come from protein Not bad, but could be a bit higher. Carbohydrates: 13 (g of carbs in the nuts) x 4 (cals per gram of carbs) = 52 52 divided by 310 = 0.17 = 17% of the calories come from carbohydrates. Easy Peasy! But do you see why this would help someone make better food choices? The carbohydrates percentage is way too low, and the fat is way too high. Now try this simple formula on your favorite foods! Before we move totally away from math and word problems (bear with me!), I wanted to show you a bit more, looking at the dreaded cola. Let’s say you drink 2 colas a day (which you don’t really, right?). But let’s just say you do. Each cola is approximately 12 ounces (150 calories, 41 grams of carbs). If you drink those 2 colas every day: You’ve consumed 109,500 extra calories in one year And by replacing your cola with water you could, theoretically, lose 31 lbs of fat (109,500 ÷ 3500 (calories in 1 lb of fat)). I think I’ve made my point :)Teralee Trommeshauer lives in Castlegar, BC, and is a health, food, and fitness enthusiast currently working on her Holistic Nutrition and FItness Education certifications. This column originally appeared in her blog.last_img read more

first_imgThe Donegal County Council has welcomed the recent announcement of funding for the repair of homes affected by Mica in Donegal. The announcement comes as homeowners await details on how a €20million investment, which was announced earlier this year, will be used on a redress scheme.On Tuesday, Minister Joe McHugh said that a ‘special funding pot’ of €40million will be set aside in 2020 for the fixing of homes affected by both Mica and Pyrite. Speaking today, Donegal County Council said: “The recent announcement by Government of funding for the Mica Redress Scheme in Budget 2020 is a welcomed development.“Donegal County Council can confirm that engagement is ongoing with officials in the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government in relation to the details of the scheme, including enabling regulations, with the objective of concluding this work as soon as possible.“The council is also making preparations for the work in relation to the administration of the scheme so that when the regulations enabling the opening of applications to the scheme come into effect it will be in a state of readiness to receive and process applications.”Council welcome €40m repair fund for mica affected families was last modified: October 11th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgIn the run-up to DeMarcus Cousins’ highly anticipated debut with the Warriors tonight against the Clippers in Los Angeles, Showtime has released a new clip from its documentary on the four-time NBA All-Star.Titled “The Resurgence,” the work-in-progress film chronicles Cousins’ grueling rehabilitation from a torn Achilles tendon that he suffered nearly a year ago while playing for the New Orleans Pelicans. The brief clip reflects both his frustration and resolve during the long ordeal.“I know …last_img

first_imgArsenal ‘Go **** yourselves’ – Wright blasts Arsenal fans after Oxlade-Chamberlain backlash Matthew Scott Last updated 2 years ago 18:33 23/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Liverpool Getty Images Arsenal Premier League The Gunners legend became embroiled in a spat with supporters after receiving stick for a tweet supporting a man sold to Liverpool over the summer Arsenal legend Ian Wright has taken aim at some of the club’s fans on Twitter, after facing criticism for a post supporting former player Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.Liverpool signed Oxlade-Chamberlain in a £35 million deal on transfer deadline day, ending the England international’s six-year association with the Gunners.Arsenal 8/1 to beat West Brom 2-1 Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Wright posted: “I’ll always love you @Alex_OxChambo,” prompting a backlash from Arsenal supporters, who pointed out the retired Gunners striker’s criticism of other players in recent weeks.Mesut Ozil in particular has come in for stick from Wright, who recently described the playmaker as “laughable” over his apparent refusal to sign a new contract at the Emirates Stadium.Can’t believe how many Arsenal fans I’m having to blockover the ox tweet. I don’t want people like you following me. Go **** yourselves.— Ian Wright (@IanWright0) September 22, 2017 Having had his fill of abuse, Wright posted: “Can’t believe how many Arsenal fans I’m having to block over the ox tweet. I don’t want people like you following me. Go **** yourselves.”The former Gunners striker has been outspoken in his views of Arsene Wenger’s side as a whole this season, branding goings on in north London “a shambles” back in August.He told Radio Five Live: “When you go through the list of everything that is going wrong, and you’ve got to throw in recruitment – whoever’s doing the recruitment, someone’s got to have a massive, massive word – it’s an absolute shambles and I’m really gutted for everybody involved.”  Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more