Independent journalist arrested again, 10 days after being released


first_img CubaAmericas May 31, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Independent journalist arrested again, 10 days after being released October 15, 2020 Find out more News RSF and Fundamedios welcome US asylum ruling in favor of Cuban journalist Serafin Moran Santiago Calixto Ramón Martínez Arias, an independent journalist who works for Hablemos Press, was arrested again by State Security officials while covering a dissident demonstration in Havana on 25 May. Another independent journalist, Carlos Serpa Maceira, and six other demonstrators were also arrested but, unlike Martínez, they were quickly released.Martínez was due to be transferred to Camagüey the day after his arrest but his present place of detention is not known. He had been released on 14 May after being held for three weeks in Valle Grande prison on a charge of “aggravated insult” at the time of his arrest by police on 23 April.Reporters Without Borders is also concerned about the health of three journalists who have been held since the “Black Spring” crackdown of March 2003, when they were convicted on trumped-up charges of spying. They are Normando Hernández González (sentenced to 25 years in prison), José Luis García Paneque (24 years) and Juan Carlos Herrera Acosta (20 years).What became of the humanitarian gesture that the Cuban government promised as a result of the Catholic Church’s mediation? ———————————18.05.10 – Dissident journalist freed pending trial on charges of insulting and attacking police officersAfter three weeks in detention, independent journalist Calixto Ramón Martínez Arias was released conditionally from Havana’s Valle Grande prison on 14 May pending trial on a charge of aggravated assault against police officers at the time of arrest.Martínez, who works for Hablemos Press, was arrested on 23 April while covering an activity commemorating imprisoned dissident Orlando Zapata Tamayo’s death. Initially charged with “insulting behaviour,” he subsequently found himself being charged with physically attacking the arresting officers although witnesses deny that such an attack took place.Martínez’s release comes just days after that of another opposition journalist, Dania Virgen Garcia These releases should not however divert attention from the fact that Cuba’s independent media are still ruthlessly suppressed and 24 journalists, including our correspondent, Ricardo González Alfonso, are still in prison.Reporters Without Borders took part in a demonstration in support of the Ladies in White today in Paris which had the backing of the Paris city hall.—–07.05.2010 – Journalist held without trial, more serious charge consideredIn the latest ongoing wave of repression, it seems the Cuban authorities are bringing more serious charges against Calixto Ramón Martínez Arias, the Hablemos Press reporter, who was arrested with force on 23 April while covering an activity commemorating imprisoned dissident Orlando Zapata Tamayo’s death.Initially charged with “insulting behaviour,” Martínez is still being held and is now apparently accused of “aggravated violence” against a police officer at the time of his arrest although the authorities have offered no details about what allegedly took place. The vagueness indicates that the authorities themselves are not sure what they are claiming.During his transfer to Valle Grande prison in La Lisa, on the outskirts of Havana, on 30 April, Martínez insisted that the charges were baseless. “This is an invention designed to stop my work and neither the police nor the prosecutor’s office can agree on the lies they are going to use to convict me,” he said.Reporters Without Borders calls for the immediate release of Martínez, who has been arrested many times in the past and deported three times to the eastern city of Camagüey, each time in connection with his journalistic work.The government’s treatment of independent journalists has been worsening of late in a new crackdown on anyone trying to express dissident views under a regime marked by a complete absence of civil liberties.————————–29.04.10 – Authorities imprison one journalist, arrest another and summon a thirdThe crackdown on independent journalists is intensifying, with three cases of journalists being jailed, arrested or summoned in the past few days. The journalist who has been jailed is Dania Virgen García of Primavera Digital and CubaNet, who was given a 20-month sentence on 23 April. Her case brings the number of journalists imprisoned in Cuba to 25.Arrested at her home in the Havana suburb of San Miguel del Padrón on 22 April, García was tried and convicted in less than 48 hours and was taken to the women’s prison known as the “Manto Negro” (Black Veil) because of its bad reputation. The regime’s haste to “pass justice” appears to have been due to the municipal elections held on 25 AprilThe charges on which García, 41, was convicted have yet to be confirmed, but she supported and participated in the marches staged by the Ladies in White, a group formed by the mothers, wives and sisters of political prisoners whose activities have been suppressed by the authorities in recent days.Independent journalist Yosvani Anzardo Hernández was arrested at his home in San Germán, in the eastern province of Holguín, on the morning of 24 April. His family does not know why. The editor of the newspaper Candonga, Anzardo was detained for two weeks in September 2009, when police confiscated the electronic equipment he needed to produce the newspaper.Magaly Norvis Otero Suárez, an independent journalist who reports for the Hablemos Press news centre and Miami-based Radio Martí, has been given a summons to report to the National Revolutionary Police in Havana for “a conversation” on 29 April. A staunch supporter of the Ladies in White, Norvis also keeps a blog in which she writes about arbitrary arrests and human rights violations.Finally, police used force to arrest Calixto Ramón Martínez Arias, another Hablemos Press reporter, on 23 April as he was covering an event in the Havana suburb of Marianao to commemorate imprisoned dissident Orlando Zapata Tamayo’s death. Martínez has been charged with “insulting behaviour.”“The international community cannot continue to remain silent in the face of the suffering of Cuba’s dissidents and the lack of freedoms imposed by a regime whose hints of a possible opening stopped short at the threshold of human rights,” Reporters Without Borders said.Independent journalist Guillermo Fariñas Hernández is meanwhile continuing a hunger strike to press for the release of the prisoners of conscience who are in poorest health. Reporters Without Borders has urged him to call off the protest but Fariñas says he is ready to die.With a total of 25 journalists currently detained, including Reporters Without Borders correspondent Ricardo González Alfonso, Cuba ranks behind only Iran and China as one of the world’s biggest prisons for the media. 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Decatur County Memorial Hospital hires new President, CEO


first_imgGREENSBURG, Ind. — The Decatur County Memorial Hospital has a new President and CEO.The governing board has hired Rex McKinney citing his experience as a healthcare executive with expertise in program development, operations, and community leadership.Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.His leadership experience includes establishing physician-led services and developing programs to meet community needs.McKinney comes from IU Health where he served as Vice President.He is relocating from Hamilton County to Decatur County and will start by June 1.last_img read more

Beat writers predict Syracuse’s win streak comes to an end against No. 2 Kansas


first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on December 1, 2017 at 4:53 pm Syracuse (6-0) walked away with a 72-70 win against Maryland on Monday night, a game where Tyus Battle was “50 percent,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said. Battle finished the game with 18 points including the Orange’s last nine while Frank Howard added 15 points and 10 assists. Syracuse’s biggest test, however, comes Saturday night as it will take on No. 2 Kansas in Miami, Florida. The Orange will be without backup point guard Geno Thorpe, who has left the team, in part, for lack of playing time.Here are our three beat writers’ thoughts on the upcoming matchup.Sam Fortier (6-0)Rocked ChalkKansas 75, Syracuse 61Well, Syracuse will face Kansas in its first game without Thorpe, who SU Athletics announced left the program on Friday afternoon. This means when either point Howard or shooting guard Battle needs to leave the game, it’s likely freshman point guard Howard Washington will be called upon to play valuable minutes against’s top-ranked team in the Jayhawks. Syracuse’s disadvantages, though, are much larger than that. Kansas is an elite shooting team that Syracuse’s stingy defense still won’t be able to quite contain, and the Jayhawks roll in Miami.Matthew Gutierrez (6-0)Self evidentKansas 85, Syracuse 75AdvertisementThis is placeholder textLet’s take time to get nostalgic about the 2003 national championship, when the Orange beat Kansas, 81-78. Almost nine years ago exactly, Syracuse again beat Kansas, this time 89-81, in overtime. Saturday night in Miami, however, Bill Self’s Jayhawks get revenge against the unranked Orange. Kansas may be the most complete team in the country, alongside Duke, giving Syracuse a tough task ahead.Tomer Langer (6-0)All good thingsKansas 81, Syracuse 69I think it’s fair to say that the Orange has been a pleasant surprise so far. It hasn’t slipped up in any of its easier nonconference games, and came out with a really nice win over Maryland on Monday. The defense has been solid and the offense has done enough in spurts. I’m not sure that’ll be enough against arguably the best team in the country, though. Kansas has the size and strength at center, with 7-foot, 280-pound center Udoka Azubuike able to negate the advantage that Paschal Chukwu gives SU over most teams. Factor in the myriad of shooters Kansas has, and it might be a little bit too much for Syracuse to overcome. Commentslast_img read more

The Silk Series braces itself for Doncaster finale


first_img A field of nineteen is set to contest The Silk Series Final on Thursday 13 September at Doncaster Racecourse.Currently top of The Silk Series leader-board on 80 points, reigning champion Megan Nicholls is in pole position to retain her crown, with a top three finish guaranteeing her victory.  Hot on her heels, however, are Jane Elliott (72 points) and Rhian Ingram (64) who could both still claim the title with 20 points available to the winning jockey.Worth over £150,000 in total, The Silk Series expanded in 2018 to include races from Musselburgh, Hamilton Park, York and Goodwood for the first time, giving jockeys more opportunities to secure rides and accrue points over the summer.Nicholls rides the top-rated Eastern Impact, trained by Richard Fahey at Doncaster and is hopeful of her chances of securing enough points to hold on to her Silk Series title.She said: “The Silk Series has, once again, been a really great initiative to give female jockeys more opportunities this summer, and the addition of four extra racecourses has been brilliant.“I always knew it would be as competitive as last year, if not more so, so I’ve been doing everything I can to secure as many points as possible over the summer.  The Final is a sprint handicap with 19 runners, so anything could happen, but I’m really hopeful of a great run from Eastern Impact and to keep hold of my title for another year.”The Silk Series is honoured to welcome Elain Mellor to present the Tufnell Trophy for 2018.  A former amateur jockey, Elain was crowned Champion Female Jockey on seven occasions between 1975 and 1985.Amongst Elain’s most notable wins was the Ladies Diamond Race at Ascot, run on King George Day, aboard Mandalus, trained by Sir Mark Prescott which she won in consecutive years.  In addition, Elain rode over 100 winners in Britain and abroad for numerous other trainers including John Dunlop, Tom Jones and Dick Hern.  Riding as a flat jockey throughout her career, a rare but memorable National Hunt ride also resulted in a win in a bumper at Cheltenham, the scene of so many victories for her husband, Stan.Mellor added: “I am absolutely delighted to be asked to present The Tufnell Trophy at Doncaster.  Meriel was a pioneer in British racing, showing the determination and confidence necessary to compete successfully. I’m sure Meriel would have been delighted and excited by The Silk Series. “I’ve been following The Silk Series with a keen interest since it launched last year, and I think it’s a fantastic initiative that shows of the breadth of the talented female jockeys that we have riding in Britain today, both professional and amateur.  The female jockeys riding today are at last getting the opportunities they deserve and whoever ends up lifting the Trophy will be a very deserving winner indeed”.Raising money and awareness for Cancer Research UK, the nine Arena Racing Company racecourses taking part in The Silk Series will donate £1 from every ticket sold to their Ladies Day fixtures.  In addition, Cancer Research volunteers have been on course selling merchandise and engaging with racegoers throughout the summer.Official betting partner bet365 has been helping to raise awareness for The Silk Series online with their significant digital audience and have been offering insight and tips from jockey and broadcaster Hayley Moore. bet365 has given Hayley a £100 charity bet in each race, with all winnings donated to Cancer Research. Share Submit ARC confirms Belle Vue closure August 3, 2020 StumbleUpon Oddschecker: ‘Unusual circumstances’ fail to hinder Royal Ascot traffic July 23, 2020 Related Articles Playtech goes live in the US with bet365 August 7, 2020 Sharelast_img read more