Cyber-freedom prize for 2006 awarded to Guillermo Fariñas of Cuba

first_img December 13, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Cyber-freedom prize for 2006 awarded to Guillermo Fariñas of Cuba ————-Create your blog with Reporters without borders: www.rsfblog.org For more information about the prize and the winners in the other categories News CubaAmericas May 6, 2020 Find out more October 15, 2020 Find out more News to go further Yang Zili, ChinaComputer technician Yang Zili was sentenced on 28 May 2003 to eight years in prison for “subversion”. His “crime” was to post articles on his website lib.126.com, “the garden of Yang Zili’s ideas”, in which he wrote about his support for political liberalism, criticised the crackdown on the spiritual movement Falungong and condemned the economic woes of China’s peasants.He was only 30 when he and his wife were arrested on 13 March 2001. “It was like the films about the cultural revolution”, his wife, Lu Kun later said. They ransacked my apartment and held and questioned me for three days in the cellars of a police station. It was only when I returned home, without my husband, that I began to cry.”This is the fourth time that Reporters Without Borders has awarded a “cyber-dissident” prize. The previous three years’ winners were:- 2003 – Zouhair Yahyaoui, Tunisia – 2004 – Huang Qi, China – 2005 – Massoud Hamid, Syria RSF_en Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information Cuba and its Decree Law 370: annihilating freedom of expression on the Internet October 12, 2018 Find out more Guillermo Fariñas Hernández, CubaHe is fighting for Cubans right of access to a “free Internet”Guillermo Fariñas, “El coco”, head of the independent news agency Cubanacán Press, began a hunger strike in February 2006 to demand the right for all Cubans to have access to a “fee Internet”. The authorities hospitalised him and put him on a drip to try to end his campaign, which was widely covered in the international media.After he had spent several months in intensive care suffering from kidney and heart problems, the authorities told Guillermo Fariñas he could have “limited” access to the Internet. He refused, explaining that he could not honourably exercise his profession as a journalist by looking only at news and information which had been filtered by the government.“El coco” only ended his hunger strike on 31 August after a brush with death and the loss of 15 kilos. He is continuing his work at Cubanacán and has become one of the leading voices among Cuban opposition journalists. He also still keeps the foreign media up to date with human rights violations in his country and in particular passes on information about intimidation and harassment of independent reporters.Cubanacán, founded in 2003, is the leading news agency of the new generation of Cuban journalists. None of its 17 reporters has the right to use the Internet or fax to send articles abroad. Their reports are mostly filed from public telephones. Since telecommunications charges are very high, the calls are mostly placed by collect.Internet in Cuba, a network under tight surveillanceThe Cuban government uses a variety of tools to ensure the Internet is not used to “counter-revolutionary” ends. First of all, private Internet connections are more or less banned. Cubans wishing to surf the Net or check their emails have to go to public places such as cybercafés, universities, youth computer clubs and so on, where it is easier to keep checks on what they are doing. Then, Cuban police have installed software at all cybercafés and big hotels which sends out an alert as soon as “subversive” key words are entered. The government also depends on self-censorship. In Cuba, one can be sentenced to 20 years in prison for posting a few “counter-revolutionary” articles on foreign websites and to five years simply for going online illegally. Few Internet-users dare to take such a risk to defy state censorship. Organisation News Independent journalist Guillermo Fariñas, who staged a long hunger strike to demand unrestricted Internet access for all Cubans, was today awarded the 2006 Reporters Without Borders – Fondation de France press freedom prize in the Cyber-Dissident category. Yang Zili of China and Habib Saleh of Syria were the two other nominees in this category. RSF and Fundamedios welcome US asylum ruling in favor of Cuban journalist Serafin Moran Santiago CubaAmericas New press freedom predators elected to UN Human Rights Council Follow the news on Cuba News The other 2006 nominees in the “Cyber-dissident” category were:Habib Saleh, SyriaPresident Bashar al-Assad has made Syria into one of the worst ‘black holes’ in the Internet. He has set up systematic filtering of online opposition publications and sent his political police to mercilessly track down dissidents and independent journalists expressing themselves online.Writer and businessman Habib Saleh, 59, has paid the price of this systematic repression. On 29 May 2005, he was arrested at his office in Tartus, 130 kilometres north of Damascus. He was sentenced to three years in prison at the end of an unfair trial at which he was accused of “spreading lies” on the Internet.last_img read more

Discount and premium retailers dominate market growth

first_imgAldi and Waitrose have recorded the two highest percentage growth rates in the grocery market during the last 12 weeks, Kantar Worldpanel has revealed.The research firm published the latest grocery share figures for the 12 weeks to 17 March, highlighting a 30.8% growth rate for the discount food retailer. The John Lewis Partnership-owned Waitrose also saw a 12.5% growth rate during the same period.Other food retailers seeing an increase in growth included Lidl and Iceland, which experienced an increase of 10.5% and 8.7% respectively.Sainsbury’s growth rate stood at 6.2%, while Tesco and Asda saw an increase of 1.1% and 3.8% respectively, and Morrisons  reported a 1% decline in growth.Fraser McKevitt, retail analyst at Kantar Worldpanel, said: “Sainsbury’s year-on-year growth of 6.2% firmly beats the total market growth of 3.9%. Since 2004, its annual share has been on a rising trend and now stands at 16.8% for the 52 weeks ending 17 March.“Looking ahead, Tesco has responded with its Price Promise promotion, which delivers coupons to shoppers at the tills and Morrisons has announced plans to plug its home-delivery gap during 2013. These strategies are expected to help boost the retailers’ performances going forward.”Kantar also revealed that grocery inflation stood at 4.2% for the same 12-week period, currently higher than the market growth of 3.9%. The firm said that this reflects shoppers’ coping mechanisms, such as switching products and retailers and seeking out offers.last_img read more

Uganda children abandoning school to work in gold mines

first_imgGrowing numbers of children in Eastern Uganda are abandoning school classes and heading to work in the region’s artisan gold mines. Despite the dangerous working conditions, many children are prepared to take the risk in an attempt to escape poverty.In Uganda, child labour in the mines is illegal, but it doesn’t seem to be preventing the rising numbers of children working in the region.It is estimated that at least 250,000 people are mining and dealing in gold in Uganda, thousands of those are children working in mines in appalling and dangerous conditions.The number of children working in mines increases even further during the weekend and school holidays.Many miners go weeks and months with very little to show for their exhaustive efforts. For many children, the dream of making it big only a distant mirage, one which comes at the cost of their education.last_img read more

Junior Galette claims he’s been ‘blackballed’ from NFL in open letter to Roger Goodell

first_imgFormer Saints and Redskins linebacker Junior Galette claimed Monday morning that he’s been backballed from the NFL because he was “unfairly profiled by police.”In an open letter to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, Galette says players are punished harshly if they have any involvement with police officers. The linebacker says the league should adopt the “innocent until proven guilty” legal principle. “Far too often, the NFL penalizes players — sometimes severely — for encounters with law enforcement before receiving due process; players are treated as ‘guilty until proven innocent,’ in the eyes of both the NFL and the public who sees only the punitive action,” Galette writes. “This creates a domino effect, exacerbated by the same systemic racism you referenced.”MORE: Donald Trump questions NFL’s statement on protestsA woman accused Galette of assaulting her in January 2015. At the time, he was arrested and charged with simple battery involving domestic violence. However, in February 2015, the criminal charges were dismissed. Galette has continuously denied the allegations. He was suspended two weeks by the NFL for this incident.Galette was also arrested in April 2017, when he was chased down and tased by police. Police at the time said Galette was charged with disorderly conduct and failure to comply after getting into a fight and running away at a spring break festival in Mississippi.Galette signed with the Redskins in 2015, but tore his left Achilles tendon and missed the entire season. In 2016, Galette tore his right Achilles tendon and missed that season. He signed a 1-year deal in 2017 and played in 16 games for the Redskins, finishing with three sacks. He has not played since. Despite the injuries, Galette feels as though his previous actions were what led to him not playing in the NFL anymore.”It is well known and documented that my career has been impacted by the types of actions I’ve mentioned; however, I am not alone,” Galette writes. “Countless Black NFL players endure unfair treatment and are held to a different standard by the league, teams, and the media. The over-policing of young Black men impacts players’ earning potential and, worse, leaves dreams deferred.”Galette added that he looks forward to working with Goodell on these issues.last_img read more

New York bar owner arrested for ignoring lockdown orders

first_imgA bar owner in New York has become the first business owner to be arrested for not adhering to the coronavirus lockdown of nonessential operations.56-year-old Vasil Pando was arrested on Saturday after his bar was found to be still operating as normal despite Governor Cuomo’s order for all bars and restaurants in New York to remain closed until April 15th.When authorities arrived, they found several people inside of the bar drinking, gambling, and not adhering to the social distancing rules.The business owner is now facing charges for the illegal sale of alcohol, prompting gambling, and violating the mayor’s order.last_img read more

Roethlisberger eager to knock that rust off vs. Titans

first_imgPittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) throws during NFL football practice on Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018, in Pittsburgh . (AP Photo/Don Wright) PITTSBURGH (AP) — Ben Roethlisberger believes his right arm feels as good as it has in years.The same goes for the rest of the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback’s body, save for the occasional unwanted collision with a teammate.If the scariest moment Roethlisberger endures all season is the accidental blindside hit from right tackle Marcus Gilbert — who inadvertently knocked the wind out of Roethlisberger during practice last week, sending a brief scare through the organization and sending Roethlisberger into the concussion protocol as a precaution — the franchise’s all-time leader in nearly every significant passing category will take it.“Hopefully, the hardest hit I take all year is from Gilbert and we can laugh at it at the end of the year,” Roethlisberger said with a laugh on Tuesday.Maybe, but nobody was laughing when Roethlisberger’s familiar No. 7 was kneeling on the turf at Saint Vincent College. He took a pair of concussion tests and passed them both, clearing him to make his lone preseason appearance on Sunday when the Steelers host Tennessee.It’s been more than eight months since Roethlisberger last faced guys in different-colored uniforms, when he threw for a franchise playoff-record 469 yards and five touchdowns in a playoff loss to Jacksonville.Until the 2017 offseason — when he waited weeks before announcing his return — Roethlisberger said right away he would be back in 2018, an endorsement of both the coaching staff and the talent surrounding him in the huddle.Saturday will be the first time Roethlisberger will be hearing Randy Fichtner’s voice in his headset during a game. The Steelers promoted the longtime quarterbacks coach to offensive coordinator in January.Though the low-key Fichtner carries himself differently than his predecessor — the fiery Todd Haley — Roethlisberger expects the offense to “pretty much stay the same.”That’s hardly a bad thing for a group that finished third in total yards while going 13-3 in 2017. The key to earning a fifth straight playoff berth will be turning all those yards into a few more points.Pittsburgh was eighth in the league in average points per game (25.4) due in part to some red zone issues. The Steelers finished a middling 18th in turning red-zone possessions into touchdowns (53 percent).Pittsburgh drafted former Oklahoma State star wide receiver James Washington in the second round, and Washington had a pair of touchdowns last week against Green Bay by outjumping the defender on a 50/50 ball.It’s something they’d like to see more of this fall in general, including from second-year wideout JuJu Smith-Schuster. He wowed at times during his rookie season. Now comes the hard part as the firmly established No. 2 alongside All-Pro Antonio Brown: doing it again.“The key for him is how can he bounce back and not just put together a good year like last year but be better,” Roethlisberger said. “It starts with work and he put in a lot work, effort and time. I am looking forward to what he can do this year.”Roethlisberger isn’t quite sure how long he’ll get a chance to be on the field with Smith-Schuster and the rest of the starting offense this weekend. A couple of scoring drives early would likely make Roethlisberger’s appearance a mere cameo.A slow start might result in a bit of a longer stay. Regardless of how he feels, he still expects there to be some issues adjusting to game speed even entering his 15th season.“It’s live action,” Roethlisberger said. “We have been at practice and everything gets a little faster, a little quicker. I hope I don’t get hit, but it’s always good to knock that rust off, too, at some point.”NOTES: WR Eli Rogers was suspended for one week by the NFL for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. Rogers is on the physically unable to perform list while recovering from a torn ACL. Rogers is not expected to be ready by the opening week of the season.___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/tag/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLlast_img read more

Nature could play spoil sport again as India-Bangladesh 2nd T20 under threat by Cyclone…

first_imgAdvertisement g6NBA Finals | Brooklyn VscqpqtrWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E5j( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 550bkWould you ever consider trying this?😱1yCan your students do this? 🌚8gr6Roller skating! Powered by Firework A cyclone named Maha is expected to land near the coastal parts of Gujarat and the second T20I between India and Bangladesh might get washed away. The Meteorological Department claims that Maha would hit Gujarat through a ‘cyclonic storm’ somewhere near Rajkot on Thursday. The match starts that evening in the city’s Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium.Advertisement Image Courtesy: ESPNcricinfoMaha, the ‘extremely severe cyclonic storm’ is hovering over the Arabian sea, 660 kilometres away from Porbandar. The, Meteorological Department in their press release, predicted moderate rain or thundershowers in Gujarat, including Rajkot, on November 6 and 7.“We are fully prepared to host the game but at the same time we are keeping a close tab on the weather. It is expected that it may rain in the morning on the 7th but the game is in the evening,” a top Saurashtra Cricket Association official said.Advertisement But it was a bright blue sky this morning while the two teams reached the city yesterday. Despite the severe smog and air pollution in Delhi, the match was played and BCCI president Sourav Ganguly thanked both the teams.Bangladesh beat India by seven wickets and leads the three-match series 1-0. The last game of the series will be played in Nagpur on November 10.Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Monmouth Beach Blaze

first_imgFirefighters from as far away as Neptune assisted the Monmouth Beach fire department in getting a fire under control and rescuing resident Jim Fuller early Wednesday morning, Jan. 21.According to C. Read Murphy, with the Sea Bright department who was on the scene, firefighters from Neptune, Highlands, Oceanport, Little Silver, Deal, Asbury Park and Monmouth Beach answered the fire call at approximately 1 a.m. for the fire at the three-story home.Sea Bright Chief Chad Murphy rescued Fuller, who uses a wheelchair, and who was trapped on the third floor, according to Murphy. The chief and Fuller were treated at the scene for minor injuries, Murphy said. Firefighters remained on the scene until 5 a.m.last_img read more

Soccer Saturday marks official opening for Nelson Youth Soccer

first_imgNelson Youth Soccer runs from April to June before taking the summer off.The association returns to the pitch in September before concluding the year with playoffs in early October.Rep teams are busy attending tournaments before gearing up for the Kootenay Provincial B Cup playoffs in June.The BC Soccer Provincial B Cup Boy’s tournament is July 4-7 in Prince George.The girl’s event is the same time in North Vancouver. Nelson Youth Soccer officiall kicked off its 2013 outdoor season with Soccer Saturday at the Lakeside Pitch.House teams from the younger divisions took over the fields for opening week games.last_img read more

Job Vacancy: Vehicle company seeks Service/Workshop Manager

first_imgJob Vacancy: A Letterkenny-based business is recruiting for a Service/Workshop Manager with previous experience in the industry. We currently wish to recruit an experienced and dynamic Service Manager to join our team based in Letterkenny, Co. Donegal.Reporting to the General Manager, the successful candidate will play a crucial role in driving our business forward. Key duties and responsibilities to include:Ensuring maximum efficiency and profitability in the Service Department whilst providing a high level of customer satisfaction. Ensuring that all service, warranty and repair works are carried out to the highest standard at our on-site and off-site locations. Ensuring the effective management of all resources in the Service Department. Ensuring that Health Safety regulations are complied with and high standards of housekeeping and security are achieved and maintained within the workshop and surrounding areas. Maintaining excellent working relationships with our distributor and manufacturer. Maximising commercial opportunities for the Service Department. Contributing to the development of plans, policies and procedures as required to ensure the achievement of all tasks in an efficient and timely manner. Maintaining an effective control of costs in line with agreed objectives by regular examination and review of management accounts and budgets. Undertaking additional related responsibilities as required. Desirable experience and skills :Proven experience of running a successful service workshop (preferably using the software programme Autoview) is essential. Sound business acumen, and the capability to control costs and increase profits. Strong technical knowledge. Proven people management skills and leadership ability. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills. Desire to ensure high levels of customer satisfaction. Proven ability to work to high standards. Strong IT and administration skills. Ability to work calmly under pressure. Possess a full and valid driving license.Salary: Negotiable depending on experience with pay reviewsTo apply for this role, email your CV to [email protected] clearly stating in the subject line : Service Manager 401  Job Vacancy: Vehicle company seeks Service/Workshop Manager was last modified: August 31st, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:jobService ManagerVacancylast_img read more