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Peru: ​RSF condemns disproportionate penalties in defamation cases

first_imgNews October 5, 2016 – Updated on March 16, 2017 Peru: ​RSF condemns disproportionate penalties in defamation cases PeruAmericas Condemning abuses Judicial harassment Organisation PeruAmericas Condemning abuses Judicial harassment Help by sharing this information Ronald Daniel Ormeño , the editor of the weekly Prensa al Día, was jailed on 4 September for failing to pay 10,000 soles (2,600 euros) in damages in a libel case brought by Mirtha Nancy Toledo Morales, a lawyer and administrator of a university in the city of Chimbote, over an October 2013 article.The article, for which Ormeño was also given a suspended sentence of one year in prison, accused her of management irregularities and lying about her qualifications. He was freed two weeks later, after his family and friends succeeded in raising the money to pay the damages, but he is still the subject of the suspended jail sentence. Receive email alerts Latin American media: under control of families, economic and political elites RSF_en Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is concerned about the scale of the damages awarded or sought in two recent defamation cases against Peruvian journalists and calls on the authorities to decriminalize media offences without delay. Newscenter_img News to go further Follow the news on Peru April 1, 2020 Find out more China’s diplomats must stop attacking media over coronavirus reporting Latin America’s community radio – a key service but vulnerable February 10, 2017 Find out more The other case concerns Milagros Rodríguez Hidalgo, a journalist based in the northern city of Tumbes who reports for the Diario Tumbes 21 newspaper and presents the “En ContactoTV” programme on La Hechicera TV.Pedro Octavio Mejía Reyes, a senior official in the Tumbes regional government, brought a defamation case against her on 12 September demanding 100,000 soles (26,000 euros) in damages in connection with her coverage in May about alleged corruption within the regional administration.As a result of her reporting, Rodríguez has also repeatedly received anonymous threatening messages and she says she has been denied access for her coverage of local government matters.“We reiterate our appeal to the Peruvian government to comply with international standards on freedom of expression by decriminalizing media offences,” said Emmanuel Colombié, the head of RSF’s Latin America desk.“The damages awarded or sought in these two cases are utterly disproportionate. The cases against Ormeño and Rodríguez are typical of the way powerful Peruvian plaintiffs, often public officials, use the justice system to censor and retaliate against journalists. This sends an extremely negative signal for media freedom in Peru.”Peru must quickly clarify its position on the criminalization of media offences in order not to continue obstructing the work of journalists.In another recent case, TV reporter and presenter Rafo León was given a suspended jail sentence on 3 May in a defamation case brought by fellow journalist Martha Meier Miró Quesada. A higher court finally quashed the sentence on 8 September. Meir Miró Quesada is appealing.And the journalist Fernando Valencia was given a 20-month suspended jail sentence on 18 April for allegedly defaming former President Alan García. This sentence was also subsequently overturned, on 9 August.Peru is ranked 84th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index. December 4, 2019 Find out more Newslast_img read more

Cornwall ‘conditioning’ should not keep him from Windies squad- Sir Viv

first_imgWEST Indies legend Sir Vivian Richards has called for the inclusion of Antigua and Barbuda all-rounder Rahkeem Cornwall to West Indies the squad, despite concerns raised regarding the player’s physical conditioning.Cornwall was omitted from the squad selected to tour England, despite a strong run of recent form which many have argued merits his automatic inclusion. Despite Cricket West Indies (CWI) claiming that the player remained on their radar, Cornwall is yet to be selected for the senior squad, choosing instead to list the player in a personal development program.“Well Rahkeem has other issues with his conditioning … we are working very hard to get him to the position where if and when he gets into international cricket he could actually stand up to the rigors,” Browne said on the Good Morning Jojo show.“I say this to people all the time, the way how cricket goes, there is always opportunity for players. If a player is not selected now, or a player is not selected 3 months, 6 months or 7 months down the road, there is always opportunity.”Richards is confident that the time is right for the player to be introduced to the squad and should be given a chance to develop like other players have in the past.“If you compare ‘Jimbo’ to when Shannon Gabriel first came into the team, Gabriel wasn’t that mobile in the field. He improved as the years went by. ‘Jimbo’ is a good catcher and we all agree that he looks a bit heavy but at the end of the day the guy has performed,” Richards told the Antigua Observer.last_img read more

Why does the Accra Stadium pitch look like a yam patch?

first_imgOn the surface and from a distance, it looks green. But even then, it looks like a giant fork has been used to scrape sections off it.And Asamoah Gyan is not happy with the state of Ghana’s national stadium with days to their first 2017 Afcon qualifier. “The pitch was not good enough. It made even ball control very difficult,” he said  “But I believe our target was met and we’re happy to go into the main encounter against Mauritius in good spirit.” The Black Stars defeated Togo 1-0 in a friendly on Monday. Bernard Mensah, on his debut, scored a 30-yard goal in a game where Mubarak Wakaso was sent off. But the pitch resembled a spruced potato patch.  ‘Cash came late’ “We only got funding to buy the fertilizer and other things on Friday,” said Frank Boahene, who is in charge of maintaining the pitch, which had almost collapsed a month ago (pictured).”We took the water level and all only in the last few days. I admit the optimal thing would have been to start a few weeks ago.”Speaking to Joy Sports Track, Boahene expressed optimism that by kickoff on Sunday, the facility will be in even better condition for the qualifier. However, he was quick to urge authorities to be more pro-active in getting funding on time for such important national engagements. Another potential problem that could affect the surface is rain –  Ghana’s capital has seen a lot of it in the past week. 150 people died in flooding and fire related disasters last Wednesday.  “We are working on all such potential situations so that the ground can take an appreciable amount of water on the day,” the contractor assured. Gyan’s fears may be founded also the fact that apart from the daily training sessions ahead of the qualifier, the local top flight is slated to have a big game on Saturday between Hearts of Oak and Great Olympics.’Owners can’t cope’The National Sports Authority has notoriously laboured to maintain not just the pitch but the entire stadium. The problem has mostly been due to a lack of access to needed funding.Joy Sports checks showed that the washrooms are in a poor state, while the electronic scoreboard does not work altogether. Officials, who did not want to be quoted, said everything possible is being done to get all the facilities up to speed before this weekend’s qualifier. –Follow Gary on Twitter: @garyalsmithlast_img read more

WDFW Cancels 2 Days of Razor Clam Dig; April 26 Opening Depends…

first_imgFacebook5Tweet0Pin0Submitted by the The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW)State shellfish managers have canceled the first two days (April 24 and 25) of a tentatively planned eight-day razor clam dig due to rising marine toxin levels. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will announce next week whether the rest of the dig, now scheduled to begin April 26, will go forward as planned. Recent tests have found toxin levels at all ocean beaches meet health standards, but the Washington Department of Health has asked for one more test to be sure, said Dan Ayres, coastal shellfish manager for WDFW. “In the last few days, we’ve seen increasing levels of the algae that can cause domoic acid in ocean water,” Ayres said. “We just want to make sure razor clams are safe to eat before giving the green light on this dig.” Domoic acid, a natural toxin produced by certain types of marine algae, can be harmful or even fatal if consumed in sufficient quantities. The toxin has disrupted razor clam digs along Washington’s coast over the past two years.More information about domoic acid can be found on WDFW’s webpage at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/domoic_acid.html.The department will announce the results of the upcoming toxin test early next week on WDFW’s website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/current.html. The proposed dig, along with morning low tides and beaches, is listed below:April 26, Wednesday, 7:09 a.m.; -1.1 feet; Twin Harbors, Long BeachApril 27, Thursday, 7:55 a.m.; -1.5 feet; Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Long BeachApril 28, Friday, 8:42 a.m.; -1.8 feet, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Long BeachApril 29, Saturday, 9:32 a.m.; -1.7 feet; Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Long BeachApril 30, Sunday, 10:24 a.m.; -1.3 feet; Twin Harbors, Copalis, Long BeachMay 1, Monday, 11:20 a.m.; -0.8 feet; Long BeachAll diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2017-18 fishing license to harvest razor clams on any beach. Licenses, ranging from a three-day razor clam license to an annual combination fishing license, are available on WDFW’s website at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov and from license vendors around the state.last_img read more

Navy teams mobilised for relief in flood-hit Kolhapur, Sangli

first_imgFive rescue teams of the Indian Navy have been mobilised to provide assistance to those affected by heavy rains in Maharashtra’s Kolhapur and Sangli districts, an official said on Wednesday.Kolhapur and Sangli have been the worst affected by heavy rains in western Maharashtra in the last few days.Three villages, having around 7,000 people, in Kolhapur were marooned due to the floods, even as over 50,000 people were evacuated from the two districts on Tuesday.“In response to the state administration’s request for assistance to local populace affected by heavy rains in the area, five teams of the Western Naval Command have been mobilised,” a defence spokesperson said.The rescue teams were initially planned to be airlifted to the locations, but the adverse weather did not permit helicopter flying, he said.“The teams then proceeded to Pune by road overnight, equipped with rescue gear and rubber inflatable boats, and will be airlifted to the affected areas,” he said.Five additional flood relief teams of the Navy are being prepared to be airlifted to the affected areas from Mumbai on Wednesday morning, the official further said.Meanwhile, the Goa naval area has also deployed four teams of divers for rescue operations in Kolhapur.The rescue teams, along with diving equipment, were flown from INS Hansa Naval air station at Goa on Wednesday morning for Kolhapur airfield, where they will join the other teams from the Western Naval Command, NDRF and the district collector for coordination of rescue work, the official said.Pune Divisional Commissioner Deepak Mhaisekar on Tuesday said the flood situation in Kolhapur and Sangli was “critical” as several rivers in the region were flowing above the danger mark.7,000 marooned“Three villages in Kolhapur with 7,000 people have been cut off completely and efforts are on to evacuate them,” Mr. Mhaisekar said.Around 34 out of 103 bridges in Kolhapur have gone under water due to rains in the past few days, he said.“A total of 12,228 families, comprising nearly 53,582 people, in Pune division have been shifted to safer places,” another official earlier said.The administrations of Kolhapur and Sangli have declared a holiday for schools and colleges on Wednesday.NCP asks for more NDRF teams for SangliMaharashtra NCP president Jayant Patil on Wednesday asked Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis to dispatch additional NDRF teams and boats to rescue flood-hit people from parts of Sangli district.He said there is a need to provide additional relief assistance in areas located on the banks of Krishna and Warna rivers in the Western Maharashtra district. In Sangli alone, over 53,000 people have been evacuated, a government official said.Mr. Patil, MLA from Islampur constituency in the district, said he visited Walwa, Miraj and Palus tehsils and also villages which are besieged by water to take stock of the situation.last_img read more

PH football squads send strong message to SEA Games foes

first_imgOver at UITM Shah Alam Stadium, the women’s team also scored a morale-boosting 2-1 stunner over host Malaysia.READ: SEA Games: PH team stuns host Malaysia in women’s footballFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutPatrice Impelida scored in injury time of the first half for the Malditas before Malaysian Dadree Rofunos equalized in the 51st.But the Malditas refused to share a point with their foes and Camille Rodriguez struck the winning goal in the 73rd for the winning goal before a stunned hometown crowd. Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village View comments READ: SEA Games: PH booters score first win, deny Cambodians ‘bonus’That win avenged the Nationals’ 1-0 loss during the recent AFC U-23 in Cambodia.The Philippines men’s side will battle Indonesia on Thursday and that win, according to Maro, would inspire them.“Indonesia is a tough team but we studied their game and we know how to handle them,” said Maro. Women Football Match Between Malaysia vs Philippines at Stadium UiTM Shah Alam on 15 August 2017. Photo by Faeiz Shah | MASOCKUALA LUMPUR—From both ends of this city, Philippine football’s goals rang loud and clear.The men’s and women’s football team scored rousing victories against their respective rivals Tuesday night to begin their Southeast Asian Games stint on a bright note.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: LeBron, Melo, KD clash in star-studded pickup game Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses LATEST STORIES Read Next UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief The Malditas, who like their men’s counterparts are hoping for a podium finish, will meet Vietnam on Thursday.The men’s team encountered less resistance.Football match between Cambodia and Philippines at Selayang Stadium during 29th SEA Games Kuala Lumpur 2017 on 15 August 2017. Photo by Dzulfadlil Azim / MASOC“I told them to win the match at 2-0,” said men’s head coach Marlon Maro.He was that specific. And the team responded accordingly.Reymart Cubon came away with go-ahead goal off a corner by Javier Gayoso in the 52nd, before Fil-Japanese Kouichi Belgira converted a free kick in the 81st.ADVERTISEMENT Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years agolast_img read more

France Is Only Going To Get Better

The 2018 World Cup final didn’t disappoint (though this website predicted that it might). France beat Croatia 4-2 in a match that yielded more goals than the previous three finals combined. For Croatia’s golden generation, this might have been the last hurrah. Their best players — Golden Ball winner Luka Modric and midfield genius Ivan Rakitic — are both on the wrong side of 30, and this was probably their last shot at winning the thing. The same is hardly true for this incarnation of Les Bleus: They’re very young, and they might just be getting started.With an average age of 25.4 years (weighted by minutes played), this was the youngest World Cup-winning team since at least 1966, according to ESPN’s Stats & Information Group. And although it sounded a little odd to hear from the Fox commentators after the match, it was true that France hardly scratched the surface of its potential during the tournament. Relative to other Cup winners, it had the fourth-lowest goal differential per 90 minutes and the second-worst possession rate of any victor since 1966: 1974Germany27.14301.80.6+1.356.0 Antoine Griezmann27118.8 2014Germany27.06012.20.5+1.760.0 * Ages are as of the opening date of the World Cup, weighted by minutes played for the team during the tournament.Source: ESPN Stats & Information Raphaël Varane2583.2 1966England26.65011.70.5+1.246.2% 2010Spain27.06101.00.3+0.865.3 2006Italy28.75021.50.3+1.248.7 2018France25.46011.80.8+1.148.6 1978Argentina25.54122.00.5+1.552.8 Thomas Lemar2277.2 1982Italy28.63131.70.8+0.848.8 1990Germany28.04121.90.7+1.357.8 2002Brazil27.17002.40.5+1.948.9 YearTeamweighted Avg. Age*WLTforagainstdiff.Poss% Corentin Tolisso2347.5 PlayerAgeMarket Value Nabil Fekir2471.3 Luckily for Les Bleus, Best Young Player Award recipient Kylian Mbappé, who became the first teenager to score in a World Cup final since 1958 when some guy named Pelé did so for Brazil, will be just 23 when the next World Cup rolls around (and he’ll be just 21 at Euro 2020). And he’s not the only world-beating young forward on France’s roster: Nabil Fekir, Ousmane Dembélé and Thomas Lemar are all 24 years old or younger. It may sound odd, but the current holders of the FIFA World Cup probably aren’t the best version of themselves yet.Despite being set up to defer possession and withstand opposition attack after opposition attack, this French group still outperformed offensive expectations: They scored 1.84 goals per 90 minutes, 0.64 goals per 90 more than their expected goals rate of 1.20. All that while relying on a forward (Olivier Giroud) who plays much of the game with his back to the goal, more subdued and defensive-minded versions of Antoine Griezmann and Paul Pogba that hardly resemble their club selves, and a teenager.As France’s attacking players enter their respective primes — and if Deschamps allows them to play more beautifully — the goal tallies are just going to increase. Les Bleus ought to be scary in two years at Euro 2020, and they ought to be downright devastating in the fall of 2022 in Qatar. France may have just claimed its second ever World Cup trophy, but its best ever team may well exist in the future. Samuel Umtiti2471.3 goals Per 90 Min. Source: transfermarkt.com But, boy, does this team ever have room to grow. Of France’s top 13 most valuable players according to TransferMarkt.com, just two are over the age of 25. And many of them haven’t even cracked the starting lineup yet. Didier Deschamps’s group won in Russia by playing pragmatic — if boring — soccer. Deschamps asked his players to park the bus more often than he gave them the keys to drive it. But the French roster is brimming with attacking talent — and if Deschamps wants to keep his job,1Cue Zidane and Wenger rumors. he’ll probably be asked to employ a more offensive style of play going forward. Benjamin Mendy2347.5 Ousmane Dembélé2195.0 1986Argentina26.56012.00.7+1.352.0 N’Golo Kanté2771.3 Lucas Hernández2241.6 1998France27.96011.80.2+1.653.6 1970Brazil25.96003.11.1+2.054.8 Florian Thauvin2559.4 France didn’t control the ball much in victoryWorld Cup winners with the lowest possession rates, 1966-2018 France isn’t going away soonAge and market value (according to TransferMarkt) for top players on the 2018 French national team Paul Pogba25106.9 Kylian Mbappé19$142.6m 1994Brazil28.15021.40.4+1.059.4 read more