Follow the news on Colombia to go further 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies News Receive email alerts Reports News Avendaño, El Espectador’s correspondent in Medellín, and Guillén, a freelancer who used to work for El Tiempo, La Prensa and the Miami Herald, are both targets of intimidation campaigns apparently related to the sensitive issues they write about.Avendaño received her first warning after writing an article about violence between the different drug trafficking cartels in Antioquia. Both her sources and police intelligence officers warned her of the danger she was running. She received more threats after writing an article about links between criminal gangs and certain sectors of the police, known as “poly-bands.”The warnings have increased in frequency since then. The latest was a message she received via one of her sources on 22 June saying: “Tell the journalist Mary Luz to stop publishing nonsense, or does she want to win the big lottery prize?” Medellín’s police chief has placed her under police protection.Guillén has just made a controversial documentary about the release of Ingrid Betancourt, a politician with French and Colombian dual nationality who was held hostage by the FARC guerrillas. Unidentified intruders broke into his home again on 27 May and took documents supporting Guillén’s claims that a ransom was paid for Betancourt’s release, and documents implicating the armed forces in extrajudicial killings. He has been getting telephone threats ever since.“The film shows documents and first-hand accounts indicating that Ingrid Betancourt, three US soldiers and 11 Colombians were not released in a military operation but because of a deal between the government and two FARC leaders, who were offered 100 million dollars by then President Uribe,” Guillén said, explaining the documentary’s controversial nature.“Without seeing the documentary, President Santos described me as a ‘FARC puppet,’ thereby making me a target for the unidentified people who call me and threaten to kill me,” Guillén added. He has filed a complaint about the threats with the prosecutor’s office but he is not getting police protection. Organisation October 21, 2020 Find out more ColombiaAmericas News ColombiaAmericas RSF_en May 13, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America RSF, IFEX-ALC and Media Defence, support FLIP and journalist Diana Díaz against state harassment in Colombia July 5, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 One journalist murdered, two others threatened after covering sensitive stories April 27, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders firmly condemns last week’s murder of journalist Luis Eduardo Gómez in Arboletes, in the northwestern department of Antioquia, and the threats that two journalists, Medellín-based Mary Luz Avendaño and Bogotá-based Gonzalo Guillén, have been getting in unrelated cases.The press freedom organization urges the authorities to implement strong protective measures that guarantee the safety of journalists. Colombia needs to prioritize respect for freedom of expression and the fight against impunity.Gómez, 70, who worked for two newspapers, El Heraldo de Urabá and Urabá al Día, was gunned down in front of his wife by two men on a motorcycle who had followed him to his home in the Arboletes neighbourhood of El Deportivo.According to the Press Freedom Foundation (FLIP), the Reporters Without Borders partner organization in Colombia, Gómez had been investigating his son’s 2009 murder and local government finances but had not received any threats.He was also a witness in judicial investigations into links between a paramilitary group and local politicians and had been due to testify to prosecutors a few days after his murder. He is the fourth witness in these investigations to have been murdered since October 2010. Five other witnesses were forced to leave the region or fled out of fear of reprisals.Municipal government secretary Esteban Revollo insisted that it was not necessarily the case that paramilitaries were behind Gómez’s murder, but he recognized that the protective measures that were adopted at a special meeting of the municipal council on 29 June had not had the expected results.The murders of the four witnesses nonetheless appear to constitute yet further evidence for claims that, far from surrendering their arms during the 2003-2006 demobilization, the paramilitaries continue to sow terror and pose a permanent threat to democracy and civil liberties. One of the paramilitary groups, the Black Eagles, has for years been on the Reporters Without Borders list of Predators of Press freedom.
MUMBAI: Former India all-rounder Irfan Pathan on Sunday said Team India needs better planning before heading into ICC tournaments which has been elusive for some time now. “If you look at the recent 2019 (World Cup) tournament, it was bad planning, I think the team can do better planning,” Irfan said on Star Sports’ show Cricket Connected.”Look, we have resources. We have players, we have fitness, we have everything to be a world champion. The only thing lacking, is that we did not have a No.4 batsmen just before the World Cup as well. We were struggling with having a proper eleven. “I think we need to make sure that we have better planning going into the ICC tournaments, going into the World Cup. If we have better planning we have all the resources to be a champion,” added the 35-year old who has played 120 ODIs and 29 Tests for India. India last won an ICC event in 2013 when M.S. Dhoni led the side to win the Champions Trophy in England. Since then, they have entered the semi-finals of both the 50-overs World Cups but lost there. Similarly, they lost to Pakistan in the Champions Trophy 2017 final. IANSAlso watch: Protests in City Demanding Justice for Rituparna
4. Hollebeck, Tiffany (SIUE) def. Kozlowski, Alex (DU) 6-1, 6-2 Box Score 5. Tupper, Lara (SIUE) def. Jaglarz, Mela (DU) 4-6, 6-0, 6-2 Tess Herder and Kenya Williams gave Drake a chance to win the double point after a dominating 6-1 victory at No. 2 doubles. But the Cougars came away with the doubles point as Mia Frogner and Tiffany Hollebeck secured the point with a 6-3 win over Summer Brills and Joely Lomas at No. 1 doubles. 6. Adams, Callaghan (SIUE) def. No player (DU) Won by default 1. Frogner, Mia/Hollebeck, Tiffany (SIUE) def. Brills, Summer/Lomas, Joely (DU) 6-3 SIUE 5, Drake 2Jan. 22, 2017 at Des Moines, Iowa (Roger Knapp Tennis Center) 1. Brills, Summer (DU) def. Aranda, Lexi (SIUE) 6-4, 6-4 2. Herder, Tess/Williams, Kenya (DU) def. Tupper, Lara/Link, Ann-Christine (SIUE) 6-1 Doubles competition 2. Herder, Tess (DU) def. Frogner, Mia (SIUE) 6-2, 7-5 Drake 0-1 Singles competition 3. Aranda, Lexi/Steffes, Morgan (SIUE) def. Kozlowski, Alex/Jaglarz, Mela (DU) 6-0 Story Links The Bulldogs found a bright spot at No. 1 and No. 2 singles.Herder won in straight sets to give Drake its first point, defeating Mia Frogner 6-2, 7-5 at No. 2. Brills recorded the matches’ final point by beating Lexi Aranda 6-4, 6-4. The Bulldogs return to action on Saturday, Feb. 4 when they host South Dakota. DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University women’s tennis team fell to SIUE, 5-2, in the Bulldogs’ season opener on Sunday at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center. SIUE 1-0 3. Steffes, Morgan (SIUE) def. Williams, Kenya (DU) 6-4, 6-1 Match Notes Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (6,4,3,5,2,1) Print Friendly Version
NCP leader Ajit Pawar addressing press conference in Mumbai on Saturday. Photo: Emmanual Yogini “I apologise for hurting feelings of leaders, workers and sympathisers for resigning without discussing them. I knew that they would stop me had I discussed it with them. I had been thinking of resigning for the past three days due to allegations of scam. But elections were staring at me. I was upset because Sharad Pawar was named in this case despite having no relation whatsoever with the case. He was named only because of his relationship with me,” he said. He said he wondered how a bank with deposits worth ₹11,000 crore could get involved in a scam worth ₹25,000 crore.Own decisionMr. Amit Pawar said he did not inform even the NCP president about his decision and was at a relative’s residence as he needed time to think. At a press conference in Pune on Friday night, Mr. Sharad Pawar had said that Ajit had spoken to his family members about quitting politics and going back to agriculture and industry.On Saturday morning, he held a meeting with the NCP chief at the latter’s residence in south Mumbai along with other members of the family. NCP leaders were kept out of the meeting. After the meeting, Mr. Sharad Pawar said the decision on whether to continue or quit politics would be announced by his nephew himself.Asked if he would contest the Assembly election or quit politics, the former Deputy Chief Minister said, “Sharad Pawar told me that you will have to do what I tell you. I could not meet his eye and nodded.”Rubbishing reports of a family feud, Mr. Ajit Pawar said, “A feud was talked about when Supriya [Sule] entered politics, then Parth [Pawar] contested and now when Rohit [Pawar] may contest. It is all baseless. Sharad Pawar is the head of the family and we work as per his directions.” A day after resigning as MLA and remaining incommunicado for over 20 hours, an emotional Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Ajit Pawar on Saturday said that he was being defamed and allegations of scams were levelled against him before every election. The inquiries against him keep on continuing with no end in sight.“In 2014, I was blamed for the ₹70,000-crore irrigation scam, and now it is ₹25,000 crore. The inquiry on the allegations in the irrigation scam has been going on for five years. Just like others, we too are doing our work. How long am I supposed to suffer? We are humans too. We too have emotions,” he said fighting back tears at a press conference at the Y.B. Chavan Centre here.Mr. Ajit Pawar, a former Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra, was joined by senior NCP leader Chhagan Bhujbal, NCP State president Jayant Patil, Leader of the Opposition Dhananjay Munde and NCP MLA Jitendra Awhad in a show of solidarity.He, along with other directors of the Maharashtra State Cooperative Bank, has been named by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in the alleged ₹25,000-crore scam. His uncle and NCP president, Sharad Pawar, too has been named, despite never being a director of the bank. “Had my name not been on the director board of the bank, then this case itself wouldn’t have come up ever. It came up because of me, and Sharad Pawar had to suffer,” he said.
Adrian, who also has four Olympic gold medals as a member of US relay teams, said his illness had been diagnosed early.“We caught it early, I have already started treatment and the prognosis is good,” Adrian wrote. “I will be back in the water in a few short weeks with my sights fully set on Tokyo.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsAdrian has appeared in three Olympics, in 2008, 2012 and 2016, winning eight medals in total. He has also won 11 world championship medals throughout his career.Adrian meanwhile used news of his illness to encourage men to seek regular check-ups for their health. LATEST STORIES Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town “I’ve realized that too often we tend to avoid these important topics, ignore potential warning signs, and put off getting medical help we need,” Adrian wrote. “I am keeping a positive attitude as cases such as mine are curable.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations View comments Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss China hunts for Marcello Lippi successor after Asian Cup ‘fiasco’ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte FILE – Nathan Adrian prepares to warm up during the Swimming Winter National Championships at the Greensboro Aquatic Center on December 1, 2018 in Greensboro, North Carolina. Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images/AFPFive-time Olympic champion swimmer Nathan Adrian said Thursday he has testicular cancer but is confident of recovery and wants to compete at the 2020 Tokyo games.In a statement on Twitter, the 30-year-old 2012 100m freestyle gold medallist said he expects to be back swimming within “weeks” after starting treatment.ADVERTISEMENT US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ
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Greater Noida: Greater Noida West to get its first mall in next couple of months as the Gaur group, on Friday, announced delivery with the offer of fit-outs of Gaur city mall at Kisan Chowk. Officials of the builder’s group said that the full fledged operations of the mall will start by June this year. Manoj Gaur, CMD, Gaur group said that the construction work of the mall is complete while 85 per cent of the shops have already been leased out.”There is currently no other mall in the region and Gaur City Mall is going to fulfil the gap. We are expecting the mall to be very successful as with such a large population already residing and over a lac more flats soon to be ready for possession there would be a huge demand for shopping and commercial area” said Gaur. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderHe further told reporters that the mall is touted to be the first and largest mall of Greater Noida West with over 8.45 lac square feet of retail area. “The mall would have coffee shops, restaurants, lounges, gym, spa and banqueting & conferencing facilities. The retail area has already been flooded by brands in multiple sections, be it the anchor stores or F&B. With a huge retail area catering to shoppers, the mall will also have a 180 key upscale Radisson Hotel, which itself is the first in the region. Along with this, the mall will also have commercial office spaces and service apartments” added Gaur. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThe mall is located right on the Gaur Chowk – entry to Gr Noida West region and on the 130-metre wide road, the mall is in close vicinity of the approved metro station. “A nine screen by PVR Cinemas who is the Multiplex partner at the mall will provide the best cinematic experience. Anchor store brands like Shoppers Stop, Lifestyle, Big Bazaar, Globus, Pantaloons, Reliance Trends, Home Center, Max, Fab India have already tied up,” said Gaur.
Cooch Behar/Alipurduar (West Bengal): Amid stray violence and EVM glitches, Cooch Behar and Alipurduar constituencies in West Bengal polled 18 per cent votes in the first two hours of polling on Thursday as the Lok Sabha polls kicked off in the country. Of the total over 34 lakh voters in these constituencies, an average 18.10 per cent had polled till 9 a.m., an Election Commission official told IANS in Kolkata. Long queues could be seen in front of the booths in both the constituencies from well before the polling process began at 7 a.m. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja Voting process in a number of polling stations in Cooch Behar was temporarily disrupted for sometime as EVM machines stopped working. Trinamool Congress district chief Rabindranath Ghosh alleged a conspiracy and said he had complained to the District Magistrate. “How can so many EVMs go bad? We smell a conspiracy. I have tried to complain to the Election Commission but they are not reachable. So I have informed the District Magistrate,” Ghosh said. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway A television grab showed a couple of injured Trinamool booth level workers in Cooch Behar. The ruling party blamed the Bharatiya Janata Party for the violence. While Cooch Behar is a Scheduled Caste reserved seat, the Alipurduar is a Scheduled Tribes reserved one. A total of 34,54,274 voters, including 16,81,051 women and 29 registered in the ‘other’ category, are eligible to exercise their franchise across 3,844 polling stations to decide the fate of 18 candidates. Eighty=three companies of the paramilitary forces have been deployed in the two districts along with the state police. Organised tea garden workers and their dependents form a sizeable chunk of voters in Cooch Behar and about 50 per cent of the electorate in Alipurduar. In 2014, the Trinamool Congress had won both the seats. The Trinamool, BJP, Congress and Left Front are in fray in both the seats. Among the Left’s partners, the Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP) is contesting Alipurduar, and the All India forward Bloc is fighting in Cooch Behar. The subsequent phases of polls in West Bengal will be held on April 18, April 23, April 29, May 6, May 12 and May 19. The votes will be counted on May 23.
New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Wednesday rejected a plea seeking direction to restrain the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal from promising to grant full statehood to the national capital. A Division Bench of Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice Anup Jairam Bhambhani dismissed the public interest litigation (PIL) filed by one Anil Dutt Sharma. In his plea, the petitioner told the court that the AAP, in its manifesto, had promised to grant full statehood to Delhi. Sharma said that the AAP was misleading the people of Delhi by seeking their vote based upon incorrect or false information. He added that the AAP had no such power and authority to fulfil its promise of securing full statehood to Delhi. The petitioner said that even if the AAP wins all the seven seats in Delhi, they cannot grant full statehood to the national capital.