May 6, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts News Imprisoned Cuban journalist and poet Raúl Rivero has lost nearly 20 kgs (40 pounds) in weight since he was jailed last March, according to his wife Blanca Reyes (photo), who fears he is being starved in jail in Ciego de Avila, where he is serving a 20-year sentence for allegedly “undermining the independence and unity of the state.”She told Reporters Without Borders on 4 August that she had spoken to him by phone on 31 July and that it was clear he was suffering though he did not complain. He was deliberately being held in harsh conditions and only allowed one visit every three months instead of the normal one month. She said her own visits to him, as his wife, were also restricted. “I can only bring him extra food every three months,” she said. “Canned food is forbidden, so he has to eat biscuits and has no protein in his diet. I won’t be able to see him again until 21 August.” She said he also had circulatory problems and that the authorities were passing on medication she brought him.”His conditions of detention are inhuman and unacceptable,” she said. “He is exhausted by the heat and the filthy cells are infested with cockroaches and mosquitoes. Even Fidel Castro, when he was jailed for armed rebellion against dictator Fulgencio Batista, didn’t have to suffer such conditions. Raúl is innocent. I’m in despair.” She called on the authorities to end his harsh detention regime and give him healthy and balanced food. She said his 82-year-old mother, Hortensia Castañeda, was very affected by his imprisonment. “I hold the government responsible for her state of her health,” she warned. Rivero (photo) has been in Canaleta prison in Ciego de Avila, 420 km east of Havana, since he was sentenced in April (after being arrested on 20 March). He was accused of writing “biased” articles in the foreign press, meeting with US diplomats and working with Reporters Without Borders, which was described as a “French terrorist organisation used by the US government.”Rivero, who was awarded the Reporters Without Borders – Fondation de France prize in 1997, is also a member of the Manuel Márquez Sterling Journalists’ Association, which is part of the Reporters Without Borders Network that includes press freedom organisations all over the world.At least seven other independent journalists arrested at the end of March are reportedly ill. One of them, Oscar Espinosa Chepe, has been transferred to hospital in Santiago de Cuba with cirrhosis of the liver as a result of strong international pressure. His wife Miriam Leiva says the hospital is not clean and has asked for his transfer to a hospital in Havana. Espinosa fears he will contract new illnesses in the Santiago hospital and has refused to undergo medical tests. His wife says he has lost about 20 kgs which is endangering his health.The six other journalists said to be ill are Víctor Rolando Arroyo Carmona, Carmelo Díaz Fernández, Hector Maseda Gutiérrez, Jorge Olivera Castillo, Miguel Galván Gutierrez and Normándo Hernández. Several have reportedly not received treatment they need and have also lost weight.A total of 75 regime dissidents were arrested at the end of March, including 26 independent journalists. They were tried in early April and each sentenced to between 14 and 27 years imprisonment, mostly under laws to protect the “independence and unity” of the state. They were accused of publishing articles abroad that allegedly served the “imperialist interests” of the United States and having contacts with the US Interests Section (diplomatic representation) in Havana. Tape-recorders, computers, fax machines and written material seized at their homes were presented as evidence at their hasty trials.Article 53 of the Cuban constitution bans privately-owned media. Apart from the small Catholic Church press, all media is controlled by the ruling Cuban Communist Party. More than 13 years ago, Reporters Without Borders set up a system where international media can “sponsor” imprisoned journalists. Some 120 media outlets around the world have responded by adopting colleagues, regularly calling for their release and publicising their plight so they are not forgotten. Rivero is sponsored by the French daily newspapers Ouest France, Le Figaro, Metro and La Tribune, as well as the TV station TV5 and the France Culture radio station.For more about journalists imprisoned in Cuba, see the section “Cuba, the world’s biggest prison for journalists” New press freedom predators elected to UN Human Rights Council August 5, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Wife of jailed journalist Raúl Rivero attacks “unacceptable” prison conditions RSF_en Organisation Cuba and its Decree Law 370: annihilating freedom of expression on the Internet to go further Follow the news on Cuba RSF and Fundamedios welcome US asylum ruling in favor of Cuban journalist Serafin Moran Santiago October 15, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information Blanca Reyes has expressed her concern to Reporters Without Bordersabout the plight of her imprisoned husband, Cuban journalist and poet RaúlRivero. “He has lost nearly 20 kg (40 pounds) since he was arrested on 20March,” she said, “and is being held in inhuman and unacceptableconditions.” News CubaAmericas CubaAmericas News October 12, 2018 Find out more News
LimerickNewsCampaign for Limerick cold case unit will continueBy Editor – December 19, 2019 445 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Email Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival WhatsApp Twitter Print Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Facebook Advertisement Linkedin TAGSKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick Post Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live 12/12/2019. The Garda Commissioner Drew Harris arrives at Limerick City Hall meets the press before addressing the meeting of the Limerick Joint Policing Committee. Photograph Liam Burke/Press 22THE aunt of a Limerick man shot dead seven years ago will continue to press for a local Garda cold case unit to investigate unsolved murders in Limerick, despite Garda Commissioner Drew Harris rejecting the proposal earlier this week.Caroline Power of Justice and Truth, a group of families whose loved ones were murdered and no one charged over the killings, has sought a fresh investigation into the murder of her nephew, Robert Sheehan.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The 21 year old Moyross man was gunned down at his brother’s wedding in the Bunratty Castle Hotel on September 2, 2012. It’s understood he was shot as reprisal for stabbing another man.Speaking to reporters before addressing Limerick’s Joint Policing Committee last Thursday, Commissioner Harris said: “A cold case unit would in effect be a national resource. So, I think, what we would wish to do is a local review, what’s known as a peer review, and then look toward a serious case review.”“Following work we have conducted with the Policing Authority, that’s a route that we intend to take, in terms of a serious case review, and indeed then obviously cases here from Limerick would be engaged in that too,” Commissioner Harris explained.A Garda peer review of the 2007 investigation into the murder of innocent teenager, Jeffrey Hannan, has been ongoing since last July. It is expected to reach a conclusion in the new year.Reacting to Commissioner Harris’ comments, Ms Power said she was disappointed that a representative from the Justice and Truth group had not been invited to attend last Thursday’s JPC meeting.“To me, it’s leaving things as they are.“Politicians should have asked a representative to attend the meeting and to explain to the Commissioner why we are asking for a cold case. The Commissioner should have heard from a mother or a father of the victims.“We are not going to stop until we get answers. Yes, definitely a local Garda cold case unit should be set up.”Ms Power called for the investigation into her nephew’s murder to be examined by “fresh eyes”.Sinn Fein Councillor, John Costelloe, who is a member of the Joint Policing Committee said: “If the group wants to meet me, we could try and set up a meeting with senior Gardaí.“There is a cold case unit in Dublin but we need a more localised one.Fianna Fáil TD Willie O’Dea has backed Ms Power’s call, and joined the group in a march in the city last September.“In many of the cases, it’s common knowledge who actually did the crime, but unfortunately the Gardaí don’t seem to be able to get sufficient evidence to successfully prosecute them. I will be talking to the Gardaí at a high level and I’ll be suggesting they establish a cold case unit here to follow up these crimes. It’s the least these families deserve,” Deputy O’Dea said after the march.A Garda spokesman said it “will take some time” to compile a list of the number of unsolved murders in the Limerick Garda Division.“A report has been sought in relation to all murder investigations in Limerick,” he added. Previous articlePallas announces €2.5 million investment in Newcastle WestNext articleBody found in search for missing Limerick man Editor Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live
As we prepare for what 2014 will bring, it’s nice to look back and remember what we accomplished over the course of the past year. VCE is coming off of a terrific 2013, capped by Gartner citing that VCE has the highest revenue of its latest data center hardware integrated infrastructure systems market share report* (with over 50 percent market share). “VCE leads the converged infrastructure market with more than 50% market shareShareAs one of the leading analyst firms, we believe Gartner’s report truly speaks volumes about VCE’s leadership in the market and the company’s sustained success. Due to their growing popularity of integrated infrastructure, Gartner began tracking integrated systems in 2012. The 2013 report solidifies the industry trend toward convergence.Over the past two years, the market has seen 50 percent year-over-year growth and we don’t see any signs of this slowing down. It reflects what we are seeing and hearing from consumers: they are increasingly aware of the benefits of converged infrastructure and are looking to vendors like VCE to help them improve their data centers. Only one of every twenty dollars spent on IT infrastructure went to integrated systems in 2012, but as the benefits of converged infrastructure become clearer to consumers – better performance, increased optimization and automation, lower cost of IT operations, simplified support – we expect to take a bigger bite out of the greater IT infrastructure pie.However, our track record – and our many repeat customers – shows that customers have a great amount of trust in our Vblock Systems.The industry as a whole is exciting. We have a lot of room to grow and many potential customers to reach. But more importantly, we are on to something special here at VCE. We’re not just a company formed by Cisco, EMC and VMware; we’re an infrastructure company in our own right that customers look to for solutions to their IT problems. The new year will present new challenges, but VCE is well positioned to continue its growth. Bring on 2014!*Souce: Gartner, Market Share Analysis: Data Center Hardware Integrated Systems, December 12, 2013
By Dialogo February 26, 2009 Syrian trafficker Monzer Al Kassar, and Chilean Luis Felipe Moreno Godoy were sentenced to more than 20 years’ in prison by a U.S. court by agreeing to the illegal sale of weapons to FARC guerrillas, according to the federal Attorney in Manhattan. Al Kassar was sentenced to 30 years in prison, and his Chilean partner received 25 years imprisonment, reported the source. Al Kassar, known as the “Prince of Marbella”, was convicted last November 20 for arms trafficking with his Chilean partner. The Syrian businessman, who has outstanding warrants by the Justice Department in Argentina, was arrested in Madrid in 2007 after falling into a trap in which several people posed as members of the guerrilla group and were interested in buying 12,000 weapons to attack U.S. agents in Colombia. Al Kassar was prepared to sell the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) shipments worth millions of dollars in land-air missiles, grenade launchers, tons of explosives, thousands of machine guns and heavy ammunition, according to a statement by the Prosecutor’s Office. ”Al Kassar also promised to provide a thousand men to fight with the FARC against U.S. military in Colombia and provide training camps in his country (Syria) to the FARC,” he added. The detainee, who was extradited and sent to New York last June, said he and Moreno Godoy were legal owners of a company that sold weapons internationaly and believed that the treatment given before the arrest was also legal. The Syrian citizen who claimed he was unaware that the weapons were for the FARC because “had he of known, he would have reported them immediately,” he explained in 2007 in Spain, where he even said to have consulted with a police inspector, who he claims told him that there was no problem. As part of the extradition process, the U.S. assured the Spanish government would not ask for life imprisonment for the Syrian businessman. Before his extradition, Al Kassar asked not to be handed over because he was convinced that the United States would not guarantee a fair trial “for being Arab.” He maintains he did not commit “any crime” and calls it “political revenge” because of statements he made in an interview criticizing U.S. president George W. Bush. In Argentina, Al Kassar was accused of committing irregularities in the processing and acquisition of that country’s citizenship, which he obtained in just 24 hours. The Manhattan federal prosecutor, Lev Dassin, thanked the collaboration and cooperation of the Spanish police and Romanian Customs authorities rendered to the U.S. authorities in this case.
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Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney will face no action from the Football Association after he appeared to elbow Wigan midfielder James McCarthy.The incident occurred during Saturday’s Premier League match at the DW Stadium in which Rooney scored one of the goals in United’s 4-0 victory.TV replays showed Rooney catch McCarthy on the side of his head with his elbow.Referee Mark Clattenburg gave a free-kick but Wigan boss Roberto Martinez believed Rooney deserved a red card.Clattenburg told the FA on Monday that he felt he took the appropriate action, which means the governing body cannot launch disciplinary proceedings against the 25-year-old England forward.The rules do not allow retrospective action against a player if the official sees the alleged offence.Martinez said on Saturday: “I saw the incident clearly and the referee did as well because he gave the free-kick. “Once you give a free-kick it is quite clear that it is a red card.When you look at the replay, it is quite clear he catches James McCarthy in the face with his elbow.“It is a big call in the game. It is unfortunate because the referee saw it but he didn’t feel it was a red card.“If one of my players had done that, I would think he was very lucky to stay on the pitch.”However, United manager Sir Alex Ferguson commented: “There’s nothing in it.” The Scot then sought to deflect attention away from the incident and claimed: “As it is Wayne, the press will raise a campaign to get him hung or electrocuted, something like that.”Ferguson’s assistant Mike Phelan also played down the incident.“We can’t dispute the referee’s decision,” he stated. “He’s kept the game flowing and we’re happy with that.“There should not be a witch-hunt. The referee was consistent with all his decisions. We should lie low a little bit and let the powers that be take [control of] the game.”But Match of the Day 2 pundit John Hartson described Rooney’s actions as “indefensible”. The former Wales, West Ham and Celtic striker said: “It could crack McCarthy’s jaw in eight places, could have knocked the boy out. How on earth you can defend that? Having seen those pictures, I do not know.We like the fact that Rooney gets stuck in, he’s a really good footballer. But it’s not about him. We are not singling him out here.”Having avoided any suspension, Rooney is free to play in Tuesday’s crunch Premier League clash at Chelsea, although United could have appealed against any ban to guarantee his availability.Former referee Graham Poll has called for technology to be used to ensure decisions and punishments are the “right result” rather than the result determined by split-second decisions.“We now have the opportunity to correct some of the wrongs, when they are clearly wrong, by using video technology and it baffles me as to why we don’t do that,” Poll told BBC Radio 5 live. In 2006 Manchester City defender Ben Thatcher was suspended for eight games with a 15-match suspended ban by the Football Association for elbowing Portsmouth midfielder Pedro Mendes.Thatcher was only booked at the time by referee Dermot Gallagher, but the FA circumvented its own rules to lodge a charge of “serious foul play” against Thatcher.However, Poll, a Premier League referee from 1993-2007, said the reaction to the Thatcher incident by world football’s governing body Fifa meant similar retrospective action is unlikely to happen again.“With Ben Thatcher, Dermot Gallagher was told and accepted he was wrong and the FA acted with Manchester City’s blessing,” said Poll.“Fifa then criticised the FA for increasing that because they were re-refereeing a decision which a referee had seen and acted upon. “Even if the referee is wrong, Fifa doesn’t believe that is the correct course of action.“So with that in mind, the FA have now gone down the path where, if the referee sees an incident and acts upon it, whether he is right or wrong, they will support him and stick with it.“If Mark Clattenburg had watched Match of the Day on Saturday night and thought he had got it wrong and put in his report that he would like the FA to look at the video, they would have ignored it anyway.“The irony is the assessor, which was Mike Reid from Birmingham, has to watch the video afterwards and asses Mark Clattenburg on the accuracy of his decision making using video technology.“So Clattenburg could still be punished for getting it wrong. If Mike Reid thinks it’s a red card – he’ll mark him down. “Referees will accept if they are wrong, and I think in this incident Clattenburg was wrong, they won’t mind if the disciplinary punishments are corrected.”Despite being unable to retrospectively discipline players when an incident has already been dealt with by the referee, the FA has overturned bans after matches, as in the case of Manchester City defender Pablo Zabaleta who avoided a three-match ban after appealing against his red card against Arsenal in January.Fifa’s disciplinary statutes state that “an expulsion automatically incurs suspension from the next subsequent match” but the FA is able to allow the sending-off to stay on the player’s record, while “adjusting” the suspension to no ban in order to nullify the punishment.One Fifa regulation which could be implemented to help the FA punish retrospectively but is not, is Article 77 (specific jurisdiction), which states: The Disciplinary Committee is responsible for:a) sanctioning serious infringements which have escaped the match officials’ attention;b) rectifying obvious errors in the referee’s disciplinary decisions;c) extending the duration of a match suspension incurred automatically by an expulsion (cf. art 18, par. 4);d) pronouncing additional sanctions, such as a fine.Credit: BBC