April 1, 2020 Find out more April 27, 2016 – Updated on August 11, 2016 After two more prosecutions, RSF urges Peru to decriminalize libel December 4, 2019 Find out more (Updated on August 11th 2016) Reporters Without Borders welcomes the Fourth Criminal Court of Lima’s decision to overturn the defamation conviction against the journalist Fernando Valencia, accused by former President Alan García Pérez.***********************************************************************(Published on April 27th 2016) Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the completely disproportionate sanctions involved in two major criminal libel cases, one just concluded and one still pending, and calls on Peru to finally decriminalize media offences.The first concerns Fernando Valencia Osorio, the former editor of the daily Diario 16, who was given a 20-month suspended jail sentence on 18 April and was ordered to pay the equivalent of 27,000 euros in damages to former President Alan García over a front-page story in Diario 16 in 2014.The story quoted a statement by President Ollanta Humala accusing the previous (García-led) administration of corruption but not referring to García by name. It was nonetheless accompanied by a photo of García.The second concerns Rafo León, a columnist and very popular TV presenter who is being sued by Martha Meier Miró Quesada, the former editor of one of Peru’s biggest selling daily El Comercio. Meier Miró Quesada, accuses León of insulting and humiliating her in an opinion piece in the magazine Caretas (the main news magazine of the country) in 2014 that was extremely critical of her editorial methods and one of her columns attacking Lima’s mayor.Meier Miró Quesada, claims that his opinion piece was partly to blame for her dismissal as El Comercio’s editor in February 2015. León is facing the possibility of a three-year jail sentence and being ordered to pay up to 1.7 million euros in damages. A final decision in the case is expected at a hearing on 3 May.”We call on the courts to overturn Fernando Valencia’s conviction and dismiss all charges against Rafo León, and we urge the authorities to decriminalize media offences,” said Emmanuel Colombié, the head of RSF’s Latin America desk.”The use of criminal diffamation in these two cases is utterly disproportionate and foster a climate of self-censorship in Peru. They send a very negative signal that discourages journalistic work and they constitute an attack on the fundamental principle of free speech.”Criminal defamation prosecutions of journalists are very common in Peru. The National Association of Journalists (ANP) says it knows of more than 100 cases akin to those of Valencia and León in the past five years and that in each case the jail terms and heavy damages awards had the same goal – to force media outlets to close and to reduce journalists to silence.Coming amid a presidential election campaign, the two latest cases have been keenly debated in Peru, which is ranked 84th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index. Latin America’s community radio – a key service but vulnerable PeruAmericas Condemning abuses Judicial harassmentFreedom of expression News Help by sharing this information to go further Latin American media: under control of families, economic and political elites RSF_en News News News China’s diplomats must stop attacking media over coronavirus reporting Follow the news on Peru PeruAmericas Condemning abuses Judicial harassmentFreedom of expression Receive email alerts Organisation February 10, 2017 Find out more
As you’re making those hurricane preparations, we have the information you need about plans for power restoration, as well as updates on school closures and cancellations, and more.FPL:Florida Power & Light says it already has 5,000 employees, contractors and partners set to help restore power in the storm’s aftermath. The utility also has 15,000 transformers, 75,000 miles of wire to repair power lines, and 3 million gallons of diesel to power its trucks. All of the supplies will be deployed from FPL’s command center in Riviera Beach, which serves as the company’s storm headquarters for the entire state.ROLLING STONES:The Rolling Stones concert at Hard Rock Stadium has been moved up from Saturday to Friday. Tickets for the original show date will be honored at Friday’s show.SCHOOLS:PALM BEACH COUNTYAt this time, school schedules and elementary school after-care will operate as normal on Friday. Sporting events and other after-school activities are canceled on Friday. Updates are available through the district’s website.The Diocese of Palm Beach Office of Catholic Schools follows the decisions made by the public school system, and will therefore follow the same closures as public schools. When Catholic schools are closed, all student activities on campus are suspended.St. Mark’s Episcopal Church & School in Palm Beach Gardens will be closed on Friday and Tuesday.All Palm Beach State College campuses will be closed starting Friday at noon. At this time, the College is scheduled to reopen on Tuesday. All classes and activities scheduled during the closure are cancelled.Palm Beach Atlantic University has cancelled all classes for Friday. Campuses in West Palm Beach and Orlando will be closed from Saturday to Monday.All FAU classes that begin after 12:30 p.m. on Friday have been cancelled. Campuses will remain open through Friday but will be closed Saturday through Monday. All events that are scheduled to take place on any FAU campus from 1 p.m. Saturday through Monday are cancelled.MARTIN COUNTYThe Martin County School District will be operating on an early dismissal schedule on Friday. Students will be dismissed two hours earlier than normal. All after-school activities, including Extended Day, will also be cancelled.All activities, including athletics, for the Martin County School District will be cancelled for Saturday through Monday.All football games that were scheduled for Friday have been rescheduled.Hidden Oaks Middle School has cancelled all after-school activities for Friday.ST. LUCIE COUNTYSt. Lucie Public Schools will follow an early release schedule (dismissed 2 hours early) on Friday. There will be no after-school activities. This includes the cancellation of all programs by partnering agencies such as the Boys & Girls Club and YMCA.All school activities and athletics are suspended effective Friday until further notice. All “Facility Use” agreements are also suspended until further notice.SLPS will notify parents and staff about the schedule for Tuesday.We will continue to update this list as needed. From everyone at 850 WFTL, be prepared and stay safe!
In this May 19, 2014 file photo, golfer Tiger Woods speaks at a Quicken Loans National PGA tournament media day news conference at Congressional Country Club, in Bethesda, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)Feeling rusty but ready to play again, Tiger Woods said Friday he would return to competition next week at Congressional in the Quicken Loans National.Woods last played on March 9 at Doral, where he dealt with pain in his lower back and closed with a 78 for his highest final-round score on the PGA Tour. He had back surgery March 31, forcing him to miss the Masters for the first time. He also missed the U.S. Open last week at Pinehurst No. 2.The announcement on his Facebook page delivered a jolt of good news to golf. Woods has been the game’s biggest draw since he turned pro in 1996, and with limited information about his recovery, speculation was starting to build that he might not make it to any majors this year.“After a lot of therapy, I have recovered well and will be supporting my foundation next week at the Quicken Loans National,” Woods said on Facebook. “I’ve just started to hit full shots, but it’s time to take the next step. I will be a bit rusty, but I want to play myself back into competitive shape. Excited for the challenge ahead.”This is the first year for a new title sponsor at the PGA Tour event that donates its charity money to the Tiger Woods Foundation, and the tournament earlier this year secured an agreement to return to Congressional every other year through 2020.Woods on Thursday announced that he signed a new endorsement deal with MusclePharm, which will display its logo on his golf bag.“He has been the face of golf for the last 15, 20 years, and golf is a better sport and a better place with Tiger Woods in it,” two-time major champion Rory McIlroy said last week at the U.S. Open. “So hopefully, he has a speedy recovery and he gets back on the course soon, because any tournament where Tiger Woods is a factor, he creates a big buzz.”This is the second-longest break Woods has taken from golf because of injury. He missed the second half of the 2008 season when he had reconstructive surgery on his left knee just a week after winning the U.S. Open for his 14th major.Even though he spent the offseason working on his body, there were signs early that something might be wrong.He missed the 54-hole cut at Torrey Pines, where he was the defending champion and an eight-time winner at one of his favorite courses. He had his worst finish ever at Dubai when he tied for 41st. Then, he withdrew in the final round of the Honda Classic because of back spasms, and despite being in the penultimate group at Doral, he struggled badly with his back on the final day after taking a swing from an awkward stance outside a bunker.Woods had microdiscectomy surgery a week before the Masters, and he has said in rare appearances that he did not know how long it would take to properly heal. His agent, Mark Steinberg at Excel Sports Management, said earlier this week that Woods was making enough progress to extend his swing.Even so, playing the Quicken Loans National was thought to be too soon.It couldn’t come soon enough for the tournament.“We’re thrilled, obviously,” said Mike Antolini, the tournament director and vice president of championships for the Tiger Woods Foundation. “Anytime you get that call and Tiger is in your field, it’s really the best news you can get. The fact he’s a two-time champion and the tournament hosts, we’re very excited for the fans.”He said he expected a spike in ticket sales with Friday’s announcement.The strength of Quicken Loans National field has suffered in recent years as more Europeans moved into the top 20 in the world, and they headed across the Atlantic Ocean as the European Tour headed places like Ireland, France and Scotland leading up to the British Open.Adam Scott, who has replaced Woods at No. 1 in the world while he has been out, is not planning to return to Congressional this year.“To be honest, we were prepared regardless for a good event,” Antolini said. “Our ticket sales, we think they’re going to be increased on this news now.”Three years ago, Woods withdrew after nine holes at The Players Championship because of an Achilles tendon injury and missed more than two months. He said then he had learned from past mistakes and would not try to return before he was in full health.Assuming he is at full strength now, he likely will be at the British Open at Royal Liverpool and the PGA Championship at Valhalla, where he won majors the last time they were held on those courses. Woods been stuck on 14 majors since that ’08 U.S. Open victory.Woods is at No. 207 in the FedEx Cup — having played only three events — and could have as many as five events to reach the top 125. He also is at No. 67 in the Ryder Cup standings. U.S. captain Tom Watson has said he would use a wild-card pick on Woods, though he had eased off that position in recent weeks when the status of Woods’ recovery was unknown.
The NBA banished Tim Hardaway from All-Star weekend in Las Vegas after he made anti-gay remarks in a radio interview. Hardaway, who played in five All-Star games during the 1990s, was in Las Vegas and scheduled to make a series of public appearances this week on behalf of the league. But after saying, “I hate gay people” during a radio interview, commissioner David Stern stepped in. Hardaway eventually apologized for his comments, which came a week after John Amaechi became the first former NBA player to say he was gay. “As an African-American, I know all too well the negative thoughts and feelings hatred and bigotry cause,” Hardaway said Thursday in a statement issued by his agent. Hardaway represented the NBA in Las Vegas this week at a Habitat for Humanity event and a fitness promotion. “We removed him from representing us because we didn’t think his comments were consistent with having anything to do with us,” Stern told reporters Thursday at the opening of a fan festival at a Las Vegas casino, part of the NBA’s All-Star weekend. Stern said he had not spoken with Hardaway, who left Las Vegas on Thursday, but he planned to do so. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Djibril Cisse has backed Eric Abidal to make a full recovery following news that the Barcelona star requires a liver transplant.Frenchman Abidal, who had cancer surgery a year ago, is a close friend and international team-mate of the QPR striker.Cisse told The Sun: “I’m only shocked by news that he has to have an operation. I’m not worried about him coming through.“He’s like my brother, we are really close. He is an inspiration – a really brave man. I’ve suffered two broken legs but that is nothing compared to what he’s been through.”Meanwhile, the Daily Mail say Fulham have begun their fight to keep Moussa Dembele by calling him in for talks over a bumper new contract.Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool are among the clubs to have shown an interest in the playmaker.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
By Ntombi Ntanzi“You are the new generation that’s going to change the way of doing things”, these are the words echoed by Brand South Africa’s General Manager of Marketing, Ms Sithembile Ntombela to the learners of Dr WF Nkomo Secondary School in Atteridgeville, during a Play Your Part school activation on Wednesday 16th May 2018.Brand South Africa through the Play Your Part programme continues to engage with the youth, specifically high school learners in a nationwide campaign.“This nationwide Play Your Part campaign is aimed at learners to ensure they are continuously introduced and made aware to be active citizenship from a young age, in order to grow communities of leaders, growing our youth that will carry the legacy and vision of South Africa in the future”; adds Ms Ntombela.The campaign kicked off in collaboration with famous comedians Goliath and Goliath, who are also Play Your Part ambassadors. They coached, entertained and educated through comedy by giving a masterclass to the grade 11 and 12 learners on realising your dreams.“Play your part is about you taking ownership. Start changing the world with little parts of the world that you are affected by”; said comedian Jason GoliathSpeaking to a Grade 12 learner – Leanna Mathatu at the school on what she took out from the Play Your part activation she said: “trust yourself, follow your dreams and take charge.”Book Ibhoni founder and a Play Your Part ambassador, Mpumi Mtintso spoke on the promotion of innovation and entrepreneurship under the theme “Play Your Part, turn your ideas into currency”.He expressed that every path that the young people take on for their future, career and passion needs to speak to the county’s vision articulated in the National Development Plan(NDP). “Make sure you solve issues of poverty, inequality and the high rate of unemployment”, emphasized Mtintso.Some learners took to social media to share their gratitude;Lemonade ? @MaleboMolapo1 May [email protected] @JasonGoliath @nickgoliath ..Thank you so much for coming to our school, I really enjoyed. I laughed so hardOn the 30th May 2018, the Play Your school activation will be heading to a school in Mpumalanga follow the conversation on @PlayYourPartSA and @Goliath_Goliath remember to #PlayYourPart #GetInvolved
30 October 2013 South Africa and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on Tuesday signed a crucial treaty on the Grand Inga hydropower project, which could eventually become the largest hydroelectric project in the world, with the potential to power half of the continent. President Jacob Zuma made the announcement earlier on Tuesday while addressing the Parliament of the DRC, where is arrived, accompanied by a strong ministerial and business delegation, for a two-day state visit on Tuesday. Zuma said that the signing treaty was a major step towards the realisation of the long-cherished dream of the people of the DRC. “I must convey how particularly pleased and excited I am by the progress taking place towards the realisation of the Grand Inga Hydropower Project. This incredible feat of human ingenuity, when completed, will have the capacity to power Africa and indeed to export electricity beyond the continent.” The Grand Inga project will seek to harness the power potential of the Congo River, sub-Saharan Africa’s greatest waterway. “South Africa is extremely proud to be working so closely with the DRC in realising this accomplishment,” Zuma said. “This represents one of the most ambitious projects ever undertaken on the African continent, and one which will long be a resounding symbol of the rise of Africa and her people.”SA ‘ready to share experience with DRC’ Zuma said South Africa stood ready to share its experiences and expertise in helping the DRC to further strengthen and deepen their democracy as well as to further entrench their impressive commitment to human rights. “We look forward to extending and deepening the close relations between our two great nations. We can do this across the many areas of shared interest, and in pursuit of a better future for our two great nations and peoples. “In the spirit of ubuntu, which means ‘I am because we are’, and which is a core principle underpinning the work of the South African government, we will continue to stand side by side with the DRC. “We will work together in seeing this great nation assume its rightful place as a fellow powerhouse of the African continent.” He added that South Africa would forever be grateful for the solidarity it had received from the Congolese people during the country’s liberation struggle.Concern over conflict in eastern DRC Zuma said it has always been South Africa’s firm belief that in order to overcome poverty and to achieve prosperity through development, it was imperative that the essential preconditions of peace, security, and stability were first put in place. He said South Africa remained deeply concerned by the enduring conflict in eastern DRC, perpetrated by local and externally supported armed groups on innocent Congolese civilians, and stood in solidarity with the DRC in overcoming this serious challenge. “We deplore the devastating loss of life, the human suffering, the displacement of more than a million civilians and the damage to property which this intolerable situation has resulted in. I extend the deepest sympathy of the people of South Africa to the Congolese people for the hardship they continue to endure as a result of this conflict.” Zuma commended the government of the DRC on its efforts in the Kampala talks aimed at ending the conflict. “Together, we united in sending the message that for too long have the people of the DRC endured the incalculable suffering as a result of recurrent cycles of conflict. “Enough is enough. The time for peace is now, and to those who would challenge this for their own self-interests, we stand firm in the message that your time is now up, lay down your arms, as no longer will the misery you inflict be tolerated.”Angola-DRC-SA Tripartite mechanism meets Meanwhile, ahead of Zuma’s visit, International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane joined other senior officials at the 1st Session of the Ministerial Meeting of the Angola-DRC-South Africa Tripartite Mechanism on Dialogue and Cooperation. Nkoana-Mashabane said critical decisions had been made on the implementation of the tripartite mechanism. “We have rededicated ourselves to make this unique mechanism a success,” she said. “We have agreed to work towards the operationalisation of the permanent secretariat, and we have committed ourselves to speed up the ratification process of the MoU on the tripartite mechanism.” Established in March, the tripartite mechanism is a body designed to help consolidate peace in the Great Lakes region, and safeguard the conditions favourable to the implementation of the Framework Accord for Peace, Stability and Cooperation in the DRC, signed in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in February. Source: SAnews.gov.za
Putting behind the bitter experience of steel major POSCO’s unsuccessful bid to set up a plant in Odisha, South Korea has evinced keen interest in forging a new relationship in investment and business with the State.South Korean Ambassador Shin Bong-kil, who led a business delegation, met Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and key functionaries of the industries department here on Monday.“Recognising the State’s potential in natural resources, POSCO had made $12 billion investment commitment in 2005 to set up a steel plant in the State — it was not only the single largest overseas investment by a South Korean company, but also the single largest foreign investment ever made in India,” said Mr. Shin.‘Fast-growing State’Observing that POSCO’s mega investment had faced many hurdles, he said: “I understand both sides have learnt from POSCO’s experience and now need to make a fresh start. Odisha is a State growing very fast.”The delegation included representatives of Samsung, Hyundai, Kia and LG. Commenting on the slowdown in the automobile sector, the Ambassador said: “I think the phenomenon is temporary. Things will improve shortly. Korean automakers, however, have been doing very well in India.”Addressing the delegation, Mr. Patnaik said, “The Republic of Korea and Odisha have many possibilities to collaborate across identified focus sectors. We are in the process of promulgating a strategy document, Vision 2030, to ensure that 50% of the primary metal produced in the State is value-added within the State.”“Odisha is also fast emerging as the petrochemicals and chemicals hub where Korea has natural strengths. We welcome Korean investments in these and other sectors,” said Mr. Patnaik.
PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games “We are confident against Vietnam. Our mindset is positive that we can beat them because we already did (in the Asian Championships),” said Reyes.That win, according to her, would be the big motivation for the team.“But we can’t be over-confident. We can’t be complacent. We need this win against Vietnam so we will work very hard for it.” ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES “It was a good result. We are thankful that we won,” said Reyes. “But we know that we were a bit slow. We had a slow start.”Reyes was referring to the first set when the Filipinos threw away five points through service errors.FEATURED 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 shutout“Maybe it’s first-game jitters but we need to work hard on it,” she added.Reyes said that the game against Vietnam on Friday would be different. Heroes rise as athletics fuels Philippine gold drive Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games FILE/CONTRIBUTED PHOTOKUALA LUMPUR—For team captain Mika Reyes, the important thing is not to get complacent.The Philippines blew past Malaysia in straight sets, which the 6-foot middle blocker said will boost the confidence of the star-studded team.ADVERTISEMENT UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension MOST READ LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments
OSU then-freshman guard Kelsey Mitchell (3) dribbles the ball during a game against Indiana on Feb. 8 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Lantern File PhotoIn a much-anticipated matchup of highly ranked opponents, the No. 6 Ohio State women’s basketball team is primed to open its season on Friday against No. 2 South Carolina in Columbia, South Carolina, at 7 p.m.The Buckeyes, looking to build on a 24-11 record from last season which ended with a loss to North Carolina in the second round of the NCAA tournament, return all five starters, including last season’s co-Big Ten Player of the Year, sophomore guard Kelsey Mitchell.South Carolina boasts three returning starters, including senior guard Tiffany Mitchell, a two-time SEC Player of the Year. The Gamecocks also add a preseason All-American honorable mention in sophomore forward A’ja Wilson to the lineup. Last year, South Carolina’s season ended after a run to the Final Four, losing to Notre Dame 66-65.However, rather than hyping up the game, Kelsey Mitchell stressed how she has been preparing for the 2015-16 season without certain opponents in mind.“You’ve got to be prepared for everything,” she said. “I had no clue, honestly, that we were going to play (South Carolina and No. 1 Connecticut), but you’ve got to prepare before that.”Since South Carolina returns three starters, including its top three scorers and rebounders, the Buckeyes understand they will need to step up on defense and in the post. Last season, OSU’s shallow depth, decimated by injuries, forced it to rely on its offense. Coach Kevin McGuff and his players said they understand their defense must improve.“We weren’t as good as we needed to be last year,” McGuff said. “Part of it was our depth and our youth, but those can’t be excuses this year because we have enough depth and our kids are a year older.”Beyond Kelsey Mitchell and the returning starters, OSU returns four players who missed most, or all of, last season, including redshirt freshman guard Kianna Holland, who was voted team captain. Holland, a transfer from Duke, will debut in a scarlet and gray uniform in her home state of South Carolina.“It’s really exciting. I’ve got a lot of friends and family coming to watch me, so it’s going to be a really neat, supportive environment,” Holland said. Holland might feel at home in the Colonial Life Arena, but the rest of OSU might not find the venue as supportive of the Buckeyes. South Carolina packs its home arena, leading the NCAA in women’s basketball attendance for the first time in program history with an average of 12,293 fans.Preseason All-Americans collideOSU and South Carolina each are led by prolific All-American guards named Mitchell with similar styles. Both were also named their respective conference’s preseason player of the year and led their teams in scoring and assists a season ago.OSU’s Kelsey Mitchell averaged 24.9 points and 4.1 assists per game last season. The 2014-15 co-Big Ten Player of the Year set a Big Ten and OSU record, scoring 873 points while also breaking the NCAA record for most threes made with 127.South Carolina’s Tiffany Mitchell, a 5-foot-9 senior, averaged 14.4 points with impressive efficiency, as she hit 50 percent of her shots and drained 41.6 percent of three-pointers. The Mitchells have not met despite the similar position, role and name, but OSU’s Kelsey Mitchell said she respects the other’s game.“I’ve never seen her play. But if they say she’s amazing, she’s amazing,” Kelsey Mitchell said.Nonconference gauntlet beginsLast season, OSU played just two ranked teams in nonconference play, beating No. 21 West Virginia and losing to No. 24 Georgia. An easier early slate of opponents benefited the young, inexperienced team dealing with several injuries to key players.But this year, high expectations will be tested early. Friday’s game against No. 2 South Carolina begins a three-week period in which the Buckeyes are scheduled to face the top three teams in the nation.In OSU’s home opener on Monday, the Scarlet and Gray hosted the defending national champions, No. 1 Connecticut. On Nov. 28, the Buckeyes head to Las Vegas to take on No. 13 Texas A&M in the South Point Shootout before traveling to South Bend, Indiana, to battle No. 3 Notre Dame on Dec. 2.South Carolina, Connecticut and Notre Dame reached the Final Four last season, as did No. 9 Maryland, which OSU is scheduled to face twice in conference play.“As a coach, the players we were trying to recruit want to play against the best teams in the country,” McGuff said. “And secondly, I just like to figure out where we need to get better. If you’re winning every game by 20, 25, 30 points, you’re not going to know where you can get better.”