Reporters Without Borders hails release of Raúl Rivero and Edel García

first_img News Cuba and its Decree Law 370: annihilating freedom of expression on the Internet News Edel José García Díaz yesterday became the third independent journalist to be released this week, following Oscar Espinosa Chepe and Raúl Rivero. Officially, they are all now under a form of house arrest after being allowed home for health reasons. García has a digestive ailment, high blood pressure and problems with his sight.The founder and editor of the Centro Norte del País independent news agency, García was arrested at his Havana home on 18 March 2003 and sentenced to 15 years in prison under law 88 on collaboration with the United States.He was accused of contributing to the US congress-funded Radio Martí and websites based in Florida, and working with other independent journalists to produce a newsletter in Cuba called Expresión Libre. Two undercover agents who had posed as dissident journalists were witnesses for the prosecution at his trial. Aged 59 and the holder of a philology degree, García has been an independent journalists for years. A state official had already pressured him in 1997 in an attempt to get him to give up his journalistic work.————————————————————-30.11.2004 – Reporters Without Borders hails Raúl Rivero’s release and calls on regime to free other journalistsReporters Without Borders said today it was “delighted” at the release from prison today of Cuban journalist Raúl Rivero, calling it “the end of a huge injustice towards a renowned journalist and writer” and his family. It repeated its call for the release of 24 other journalists detained in Cuba since spring last year. “Rivero’s release is great news for democrats everywhere, but it must not be forgotten that Cuba’s human rights record remains worse than it was before his arrest and that the regime still controls the media and the country with an iron hand,” it said.Rivero was arrested in March last year along with 74 other dissidents, 26 of them journalists. Over 60 of them are still in prison and more than 300 political prisoners in all are being held in Cuba.The worldwide press freedom organisation called on the Cuban government to embark on “a true path towards democracy” by giving up its monopoly of news. It urged the European Union to maintain ties with Cuban dissidents and keep its relations with Havana conditional on improving human rights and political freedoms and respecting democratic pluralism.Rivero’s wife Blanca Reyes told her husband had been officially freed for health reasons, according to the Associated Press news agency. He was transferred on 26 November to the Combinado del Este prison hospital in Havana, along with at least 16 other dissidents, two of whom were freed three days later. Another journalist, Oscar Espinosa Chepe, already hospitalised at Combinado del Este, was freed yesterday.Rivero was arrested on 20 March last year and sentenced on 4 April to 20 years in prison after a hasty trial for “undermining national independence and territorial unity.” He was accused of writing “biased” articles in foreign publications. “I don’t plot, I write,” he told the court.He was held in the Canaleta maximum security prison at Ciego de Avila (430 km east of Havana), where his health deteriorated and he lost nearly 40 kg.Eleven of the 75 dissidents and journalists arrested in March last year have been freed so far – seven between April and July this year and four in the past few days.Raúl Rivero, winner of the 1997 Reporters Without Borders – France Foundation awardBorn in Morón (Camagüey) in 1945, Raúl Rivero used to be a journalist with the official news agency Prensa Latina and was its Moscow correspondent from 1973 to 1976. He resigned from UNEAC, the official association of Cuban journalists and writers in 1989. He broke completely with the regime in 1991 when he signed “The letter of 10 intellectuals” which called on President Fidel Castro to free prisoners of conscience and to reform the socialist regime. He is the only one of the 10 signatories who is still in Cuba.He created Cuba Press, one of the first independent news agencies, in September 1995. It has never been recognised by the government. He received the Reporters Without Borders – France Foundation award in 1997 for his efforts on behalf of press freedom in Cuba. He was last arrested was on 9 March 1999, the date of the last major wave of arrests. It came just over a year after the pope’s visit in January 1998 and was the government’s way of showing there would be no liberalization.Since then, his international reputation had seem to protect him from the everyday harassment to which his colleagues are exposed. However, the government never granted him a temporary exit visa so that he could take advantage of invitations to attend events abroad. The only permission it was prepared to give him was for a definitive departure with no return. Rivero had always refused this.For more on Rivero’s arrest, trial and prison conditions CubaAmericas CubaAmericas New press freedom predators elected to UN Human Rights Council Well-known Cuban journalist and poet Raúl Rivero was released today and Edel José García Díaz was freed on 2 December. “We hope 23 other journalists still in prison will soon be freed as well,” the worldwide press freedom organisation said, calling on the European Union to keep its relations with Havana conditional on improving human rights and political freedoms. Follow the news on Cuba Receive email alerts News to go further News RSF and Fundamedios welcome US asylum ruling in favor of Cuban journalist Serafin Moran Santiago Help by sharing this information October 12, 2018 Find out more October 15, 2020 Find out more December 3, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reporters Without Borders hails release of Raúl Rivero and Edel García Organisation May 6, 2020 Find out more RSF_en last_img read more

Calix Delivers the World’s Only Always On Network Platform, Eliminating Downtime for Service Providers…

first_imgLocal NewsBusiness Pinterest Facebook TAGS  Previous articleChegg Announces Pricing of an Upsized $1.0 Billon Public Offering of Common StockNext article5 tips to get you back on your feet after a cough or cold this season Digital AIM Web Support WhatsApp Calix Delivers the World’s Only Always On Network Platform, Eliminating Downtime for Service Providers When They Upgrade Their Intelligent Access EDGE Networks Pinterestcenter_img Twitter Facebook WhatsApp SAN JOSE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 18, 2021– Calix, Inc. (NYSE: CALX) today announced a significant update to AXOS ® which expands infrastructure APIs to enable full modularity across network functions. This important update to the Intelligent Access EDGE solution allows communications service providers (CSPs) to isolate specific functions that are targeted for upgrades and keep the rest of the network operating with zero downtime during the upgrade. This in-service upgrade capability is the next step in enabling CSPs to run networks that fully meet the demands of subscribers, ensure an Always On service, and meet stringent service-level agreements. As new services proliferate and network demand increases, the pace of new service rollouts is accelerating across markets. Increasingly, subscribers are also demanding network access 24 hours per day, seven days per week. Because the traditional maintenance window—between midnight and 5 a.m.—can interrupt as much as 25 percent of network traffic, many CSPs are struggling to keep up with the pace of upgrades. This breakthrough AXOS release enables CSPs to eliminate the maintenance windows commonly required between major upgrades while ensuring new services are rolled out rapidly. By eliminating these maintenance windows, AXOS gives CSPs the ability to deliver uninterrupted services to subscribers. “As we continue to grow our network and connect more southern Colorado communities to fiber broadband, it is critical that we maintain network connectivity throughout the process,” said Josh Wehe, director of operations for Colorado-based Jade Communications. “With this new Always On in-service software upgrade capability, our subscribers are assured their connection to our network remains seamless. Partnering with Calix has already delivered massive operational efficiency improvements for us, and this new AXOS capability will ensure we continue to upgrade and maintain the services we deliver without the interruptions that might have marred our subscribers’ experiences previously.” Built with a modular architecture, the AXOS platform delivers dramatically simplified and stateful operations that enable CSPs to ensure their access networks are Always On. By targeting a single software module for upgrade, AXOS enables the rest of the network to continue running uninterrupted. Furthermore, when the module is updated, it restarts exactly where it left off. The result is a complete in-service network update that enables CSPs to maintain subscriber connectivity throughout the process. “Scheduling software maintenance windows has historically been an unfortunate reality of operating a network but one that is necessary to fix critical software or system defects or to eliminate a vulnerability,” said Michel Langlois, chief development officer, Intelligent Access EDGE products for Calix. “Entering 2021, we are excited to give CSPs the ability to perform these complex changes without interrupting any of the services they provide. This expansion of our AXOS Always On capability ensures that critical network and system functions remain available even during software updates. When combined with the comprehensive, self-healing network capabilities of AXOS, this elimination of planned maintenance windows is an important step in the journey to decrease risk and eradicate operating costs from maintenance. This enables CSPs to be sure their connectivity will meet the ever-increasing, 24×7 demands of their subscribers while their networks continue to perform at their best.” Learn more about the AXOS platform and its Always On capabilities. About Calix Calix, Inc. (NYSE: CALX) – Calix cloud and software platforms enable service providers of all types and sizes to innovate and transform. Our customers utilize the real-time data and insights from Calix platforms to simplify their businesses and deliver experiences that excite their subscribers. The resulting growth in subscriber acquisition, loyalty and revenue creates more value for their businesses and communities. This is the Calix mission; to enable communications service providers of all sizes to simplify, excite and grow. This press release may contain forward-looking statements that are based upon management’s current expectations and are inherently uncertain. Forward-looking statements are based upon information available to us as of the date of this release, and we assume no obligation to revise or update any such forward-looking statement to reflect any event or circumstance after the date of this release, except as required by law. Actual results and the timing of events could differ materially from current expectations based on risks and uncertainties affecting Calix’s business. The reader is cautioned not to rely on the forward-looking statements contained in this press release. Additional information on potential factors that could affect Calix’s results and other risks and uncertainties are detailed in its quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC and available at www.sec.gov. View source version on businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210218005297/en/ CONTACT: Press Inquiries: Dale Legaspi 408-474-0056 [email protected] Inquiries: Tom Dinges 408-474-0080 [email protected] KEYWORD: CALIFORNIA UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA INDUSTRY KEYWORD: TELECOMMUNICATIONS SOFTWARE NETWORKS INTERNET HARDWARE DATA MANAGEMENT TECHNOLOGY MOBILE/WIRELESS SOURCE: Calix, Inc. Copyright Business Wire 2021. PUB: 02/18/2021 08:25 AM/DISC: 02/18/2021 08:25 AM http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210218005297/en Twitter By Digital AIM Web Support – February 18, 2021 last_img read more

Sinn Fein call on Alliance Party leader to retract his comments over Saville Inquiry

first_img Pinterest Sinn Fein call on Alliance Party leader to retract his comments over Saville Inquiry Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Facebook Google+ 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry News RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th By News Highland – March 4, 2010 center_img Twitter Pinterest The Alliance leader has offered to meet the Bloody Sunday families after he was criticised for calling the Saville Inquiry “pointless”.Sinn Fein had said David Ford should meet the Bloody Sunday families.Foyle MLA Raymond McCartney described Mr Ford’s comments as “offensive and hurtful” to the families.He said they would be received “with disdain by the vast majority of citizens of Derry”.[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/raym.mp3[/podcast] Facebook WhatsApp Previous articleOverhead costs forcing Donegal hotels out of businessNext articleColeman and Patterson on International Duty News Highland Twitter WhatsApp Google+ Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

Elizade University Hosts 5th Nigerian Universities Golf Tour

first_imgElizade University will host the 5th edition of the Nigerian Universities Golf Tour in Ilara-Mokin, Ondo State, with over 30 higher institutions participating .The event would be staged at the Smokin Hills Golf Resort, Ilara Mokin from March 13 to 15, 2020.According to Bayo Aderinto, the Manager at the host course, the event is one of the unique ways the management of the course is contributing to the development of the game of golf. “Most of golf development programmes are focused on kids and club members, which clearly shuts out teenagers and young adults especially those in tertiary institutions. This is what we are out to encourage and develop”, he said.He added that the event compliments the Nigeria Golf Federation’s development agenda and also have rippling effect on the future of the game in the country.Aderinto said credit should be given to Toyota, Work and Play, Wema Bank, JAC Motors and others.Also, to the Founder of Elizade Group of companies, Chief Michael Ade. Ojo for the vision and sponsorship of the event from inception.The event is jointly organised by Elizade University, Smokin Hills Golf Resort and Wole Adamolekun Foundation for all Nigerian Universities.Guardians and parents of participating players would also have the chance of striding at the Smokin Hills Course as they would be participating as special guests during the 54 holes encounter.Best player will be the overall gross player at the event, while net and other ancillary prizes would be awarded at the event tooShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

GPL: Predict League matches

first_imgPredict League – Week 4 – Oct 24, 2012Hearts of Oak – Wa All StarsTema Youth – DwarfsAshantiGold FC – Amidaus Profs.Heart of Lions – Liberty Profs.Aduana Stars – Asante Kotoko Arsenals – Real Tamale UnitedMedeama SC – Berekum ChelseaKing Faisal – Edubiase FClast_img

You want fries with that 3-pointer? How Raptors have cost McDonald’s $5.8 million in free fast food

first_imgIt seemed like a good idea at the time.Then again, so did the McLobster.According to Canada’s Financial Post, about this time last year, Chuck Coolen, head of marketing for McDonald’s in Eastern Canada, was finalizing a sponsorship deal. The deal was this — every time the Toronto Raptors made 12 or more 3-pointers in a game, all Ontario-based McDonald’s restaurants would give away free medium-sized orders of french fries.What could possibly go wrong? Plenty, it turns out. …last_img read more

The impact of the Oscar Pistorius trial on Brand South Africa and its global reputation

first_imgBy Miller MatolaThe high profile murder trial of South Africa’s blade runner, Oscar Pistorius, is shining a global spotlight not only on the athlete himself and his personal reputation, but also on our country, its constitutional state and legal system, and ultimately puts South Africa’s brand reputation on centre stage.The formal commencement of the trial over the past week has generated unprecedented media attention and comparisons have already been made with the similarly high profile and globally televised trial of American football star O J Simpson in recent years.In the case of the Oscar Pistorius trial, thousands of articles have already appeared in the world’s press, hours of television and radio coverage have been flighted with many more scheduled, and non-stop commentary and analysis emanates from the large numbers of international and local journalists and photographers now decamped in Pretoria outside the court buildings.The unprecedented decision taken by Gauteng Judge President Dunstan Mlambo, to rule that all trial audio, and selected video, could be broadcast on radio, television and online, was groundbreaking, bringing South Africa into line with other democracies around the world.  It also showed the world that South Africa is looking to actively fulfill its commitment to achieving greater transparency with its citizens in relation to the legal system, as embedded in the country’s Constitution.As South Africa prepares to commemorate 20 years of democratic freedom, this high profile trial serves to remind both South Africans and the world that South Africa’s Constitution may still be fledgling, but it has undoubtedly put in place a substantial framework for the building of a society that is built on democratic values, social justice and fundamental human rights – the right to a fair trial being one of those rights.  Our strong and stable legal system is a fundamental building block of our constitutional democracy, as is the independence of our courts and our judiciary.In an age when social media is a powerful force in making information and opinions available to a global audience, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, events such as the Oscar Pistorius trial make global headlines and feed the voracious appetite of the public for news in real-time as it happens.If one looks at the immediacy of international journalists who are able to tweet their reports and insights ahead of scheduled radio and television news coverage, it means that global audiences are receiving a vast amount of information around the trial process as it unfolds.They are also being bombarded with televised and photographic images both negative and positive of South Africa and its society, not simply its judicial system at work, and such an assault of the senses undoubtedly assists in shaping opinions about the country in the eyes of the world, whether accurate or not.However, if there is a positive to be taken from this unprecedented level of media attention on South Africa, it is that there is a respect for the right of the country’s citizens to expect an open and transparent system of justice.  In the 20 years since South Africa achieved democratic freedom, the principle of the right to justice is one that is upheld for the world to see in action.  It is perhaps a testimony to the country’s progress made during the past two decades that it can welcome the global media to see a world-class constitution and legal system in action, despite the challenges of the past and the long road to freedom well traveled.  The world’s media has a similar responsibility in high profile trials such as this one to report in a responsible yet engaging manner, and one that is capable of educating the public, not simply providing news and entertainment for the global masses.Ultimately, as the world watches as the Oscar Pistorius trial starts to unfold, public opinions will inevitably be formed, not just around the lives of those directly involved, but also on South Africa where this drama is playing out in the public spotlight.Perhaps as we look to commemorate the country’s two decades of democratic freedom, we can take comfort in the robustness and solidity of our legal system and our Constitution which is the cornerstone of that democracy. It provides the reassurance that South Africa protects the human rights of every citizen, including the right to a fair trial, without fear, favour or prejudice.  This trial also provides an opportunity to encourage the country’s own population to gain a better understanding of how the country’s legal system works and how it safeguards the legal and human rights of both the person on trial and the victim.  It hopefully also sends a message to the world that, despite the huge volume of media headlines around the trial, strong legal ethics define the process, with lawyers on both sides of the argument bound by the same ethical standards. The global respect for the country’s system of justice and its robust implementation is one that can serve to position Brand South Africa positively in the eyes of the world as it watches to see the outcome of this case.last_img read more

Groundspeak Weekly Newsletter – October 12, 2011

first_imgGroundspeak Customer SurveyEach October, the Groundspeak Lackeys commence planning for the following year. We want you to help us make sure we’re on the right track.In the next couple of weeks, you may receive a link via email to a survey titled “Groundspeak Member Survey.” The sender is [email protected] and the email will be sent via SurveyMonkey.com.We hope that those of you who receive the survey will take 5-20 minutes to complete it. The time depends on the level of detail you wish to provide in the open-ended questions.It’s been about a year and a half since our last major survey. In that time, 500,000 new geocaches have been hidden and the number of logs posted in a 30-day period has grown by more than 30%. In an activity growing so quickly, with thousands of people introduced to geocaching each day, a year and a half can mean a lot of major changes!Thanks in advance for responding to the survey. And happy geocaching! Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedAn Open Letter to Groundspeak – from an 11-Year-Old GeocacherJanuary 21, 2011In “Community”Announcing the December Featured Geocacher of the MonthJanuary 5, 2012In “Community”Geocaching.com Refer a Friend Challenge – 2012June 27, 2012In “Community”last_img read more

Kylian Mbappés 2018 gets crowned with the Kopa Award

first_imgFrench sensation Kylian Mbappé, was the first ever young player to receive the brand new Kopa Award during the Ballon d’Or gala last Monday.The world of football journalism is learning that they have to be more inclusive in order to evolve, they didn’t only give the first ever Ballon d’Or to the best female player of 2018 but they also gave the new Kopa Award to Kylian Mbappé.Created in the name of football legend Raymond Kopa, this prize is delivered to the best under 21 player in the world and the PSG forward was the obvious choice.Kylian Mbappé had already started his career two years ago when he mesmerized the whole world after making his official debut for AS Monaco, two years later he is already a World Cup champion with France and one of the most expensive football players in history after PSG paid a staggering €180 million for his services.His already impressive numbers from the first year as a professional have done nothing but grow since he moved to the French giants, he has even eclipsed Neymar during his time there and has even managed to earn a better spot in this year’s Ballon d’Or selection.Mbappé already is the future of world football, the true heir to Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.I just want to follow my dreams…🖤 pic.twitter.com/By6KXDjTnZ— Kylian Mbappé (@KMbappe) December 4, 2018We would advise you to not confuse this new award with the Golden Boy prize, which is also delivered by the press but it was actually created by Italian newspaper Tuttosport.The France Football Kopa Award is brand new and Mbappé is the first-ever player to receive it, he was right there next to Luka Modric and Ada Hererberg taking all the pictures that confirm he is the best young player in the world right now.But Kylian Mbappé’s year is even more impressive by a few other factors, one being that he even beat Lionel Messi on the list of player voted by the press to be the best in the world this year.While Leo was ranked fifth with 280 points received, the French youngster was fourth with 347 votes in his name.Kylian was only 67 points behind the third place in the podium, which was his compatriot Antoine Griezmann and 131 points behind the second-placed Cristiano Ronaldo.Neymar responds to PSG criticism with a stunning winner Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Despite all the backlash he got today at Parc des Princes, Neymar responded by scoring a stunning winner vs Strasbourg.We all knew that Neymar’s…Mbappé’s credit is huge given that he is still very young and his career is only getting started.Always together 😍.. pic.twitter.com/V4RcQzZhLD— Kylian Mbappé (@KMbappe) December 4, 2018With this position inside the list for the adult players, it was pretty obvious that Kylian Mbappé would be the first-ever Kopa Award winner as he stepped on stage to receive the huge honor.This young talent is the one who is leading the brand new generation of very talented footballers to the new era, but he is not the only one who is performing at an alarmingly high level as there are many other great players who have the skill to deliver results and trophies for their club or country.However, despite how impressive the new generations of talented players appear to be right now, Mbappé still seems like the very best star inside a whole constellation of truly amazing talents.We are all in awe with the potentially dominating career that he will have in the next decade, we are also eager to know if he will decide to remain at PSG for his whole career or if he will choose to make the jump to one of the biggest clubs in the world such as FC Barcelona or Real Madrid.We saw him cross paths with president Florentino Perez during the ceremony, maybe they spoke about the future, maybe not.Trophée KOPA 🏆✅ pic.twitter.com/eWAyrgcuGV— Kylian Mbappé (@KMbappe) December 3, 2018How long do you think it will take Kylian Mbappé to win his first Ballon d’Or? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more