Sabotage blacks out provincial daily at odds with local authorities

first_img RSF_en News Reporters Without Borders today condemned an act of sabotage against El Correo del Caroní, a daily based in the southeastern state of Bolívar, which deprived it of power for five hours and delayed publication on the 29th anniversary of its first appearance yesterday. The organisation also urged the local authorities to make peace with the newspaper, with which they have been in conflict since March.“We call on the Bolívar judicial authorities to investigate the causes of this power cut and we urge both the newspaper and Bolívar state governor Francisco Rangel Gómez to find a way to settle their dispute,” the press freedom organisation said.“If Governor Rangel has a bone of contention with El Correo del Caroní, it should be resolved through use of the right of response and not by means of harassment,” Reporters Without Borders added.The newspaper’s headquarters found itself without power at around 10 p.m. on 26 June, as printing of the next day’s issue was about to begin. Power was finally restored after five hours, but distribution was delayed on 27 June, which was Day of the Journalist in Venezuela as well as the 29th anniversary of the newspaper’s launch.Technicians with the Eleoriente power company said the newspaper’s power supply installations were damaged intentionally. They said cables and fuses had been ripped out by people who knew what they were doing.David Natera, El Correo del Caroní’s publisher managing editor and president of the Venezuelan Press Bloc, said he saw a vehicle near the high-voltage cables that supply the newspaper. He said they were the victim of deliberate sabotage designed to prevent distribution of its special anniversary issue, adding that he suspected that the governor had something to do with it.Governor Rangel has already been harassing the newspaper. During a radio programme on 6 March, he claimed that the newspaper was illegally occupying the building where it has its headquarters. In support of his claim, he cited statements made by others that were subsequently denied.A Bolívar legislative council commission asked the Caroní municipal council on 19 May to expel the newspaper from its building and close down the company that published it. The commission claimed that the newspaper was occupying premises reserved for community and social services. However, no law or official document supported the commission’s request, which was rejected by the municipal government.El Correo del Caroní managing editor Robinson Lizano described the commission’s request as illegal and said the governor was responsible. The governor wanted to silence the newspaper for exposing cases of alleged local corruption in March, he said. Help by sharing this information News Receive email alerts January 13, 2021 Find out more News Organisation VenezuelaAmericas News August 25, 2020 Find out more to go further June 28, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Sabotage blacks out provincial daily at odds with local authorities VenezuelaAmericas New wave of censorship targeting critical media outlets Two journalists murdered just days apart in Venezuela Reporters Without Borders condemns an act of sabotage against the El Correo del Caroní newspaper which delayed its publication yesterday. The organisation calls on the judicial authorities to investigate the incident and urges the Bolívar state authorities to make peace with the newspaper, with which they have been in conflict since March. Follow the news on Venezuela Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives June 15, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Gloria Williams, who kidnapped baby and raised her, sentenced to 18 years

first_imgABC News(MIAMI) —  The woman who pleaded guilty to kidnapping a baby from a Florida hospital hours after she was born was sentenced Friday to 18 years in prison.Gloria Williams posed as a nurse and stole Kamiyah Mobley from a Jacksonville hospital in July 1998 before giving the child a different name, Alexis Manigo, and raising her as her own in South Carolina. Williams, who was arrested in 2017, entered guilty pleas to charges of felony kidnapping and interference earlier this year as part of a plea deal with prosecutors.At Friday’s sentencing, Williams, 52, was given credit for her 511 days of time served. After the sentencing was announced, Mobley’s birth mother left the courtroom with a smile on her face.Last month in court Williams apologized to Mobley’s birth parents.“I know I wronged you and I’m so sorry,” Williams said. “So many days … I wanted to pick that child up and say, ‘Let’s get in this car and go’ — I just couldn’t.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Doc Rivers says he wants the injury-riddled Clippers to keep fighting

first_imgTeodosic was listed as questionable to play Monday and the others were ruled out.JOHNSON RECALLEDThe first order of business Sunday for the Clippers was to summon Brice Johnson from their G League team in Ontario. Johnson could fill Griffin’s roster spot Monday and until Griffin is cleared to play again. He was concussed when he was struck by an accidental elbow in the first quarter Saturday.Griffin entered the NBA’s concussion protocol when he was diagnosed during the game. He and the team must adhere to strict guidelines adopted by the league and he cannot return to the court until he is free of concussion symptoms, is examined by a physician and passes an exertion test.Then there are further steps that must be taken until he’s cleared to play, including transitioning from riding a stationary bike to jogging to agility work to non-contact drills with teammates. He cannot be cleared until he is asymptomatic. Timetables cannot be established in advance. Coach Doc Rivers said after Blake Griffin suffered a concussion during the Clippers’ loss Saturday to the Golden State Warriors that he “just wants fighters right now.” The more the Clippers fight, the more they seem to suffer, though.“You back up to no one,” Rivers said he told the injury-depleted team after it lost by 16 points to the defending NBA champions. “You know we’ve got all these injuries, so you step in and don’t back up. If they’re better, let them be better, but make them be better.”Griffin is one of four opening-night starters who could be sidelined for Monday’s home game against the Atlanta Hawks. Patrick Beverley (knee surgery), Danilo Gallinari (glute) and Milos Teodosic (foot) could be out when the Clippers try to end a two-game losing streak.Plus, Austin Rivers, who has started in place of Beverley, won’t play because of an ankle injury. WALLACE DEBUTSTyrone Wallace made his NBA debut Saturday and scored 13 points on 4-for-12 shooting with three rebounds, three steals and two assists in 31:28. He’s likely to play significant minutes for as long as the Clippers are without fellow guards Austin Rivers and Teodosic.Beverley is sidelined for the rest of the season after undergoing right knee surgery Nov. 22.Doc Rivers had a simple third-quarter message for Wallace, who signed a two-way contract Saturday after playing in the G League to start the season: Play hard, don’t back down, do what you’ve done, play how you’ve played with Ontario.“He just told me to be aggressive,” Wallace said of their mid-game conversation. “He said he thought I was passive. I think he knows how I play and I play aggressive, so he just told me to go out there and play my game, and that’s what I tried to do from that point on.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Renovated Rocky Shores Habitat Now Open at Point Defiance Zoo &…

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Point Defiance Zoo & AquariumJust in time for Mother’s Day Weekend, the renovated Rocky Shores complex at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium is completely open and filled with marine mammals and sea birds that will delight visitors.Saturday is Half-Price Mom’s Day at the zoo, and all mothers will be admitted at half off general admission.Plus, Sunday is Mother’s Day, and that’s always a wonderful time for the family to get together at one of the Northwest’s premier attractions.Tacoma Rainiers’ baseball team mascot Rhubarb the Reindeer throws out the ceremonial first fish to California sea lion Chinook during the grand re-opening. Photo courtesy: Point Defiance Zoo & AquariumDuring Grand Re-Opening ceremonies May 11, Tacoma Rainiers’ baseball team mascot Rhubarb the Reindeer threw out the ceremonial first fish to Chinook, a 780-pound California sea lion.A huge crowd gathered for the festivities to celebrate the $2.7 million Rocky Shores renovation financed with bond funds approved by Tacoma voters in 2014.Metro Parks Tacoma Board of Commissioners President Andrea Smith thanked Tacoma residents for their longstanding support of the zoo and Metro Parks to help pay for projects like the Rocky Shores renovation that make a difference in the lives of the animals that live there and the visitors who come to see them.And, wow, did the visitors get a treat! Not only did Chinook show off some of the behaviors that help keepers care for him – like moving from point to point and going to a target, four – count ‘em FOUR! – Pacific walruses swam together in the newly refurbished 125,500-gallon pool.Visitors watch four walruses in an underwater “ballet” from new viewing windows. Photo courtesy: Point Defiance Zoo & AquariumThe walruses appeared to be taking part in a choreographed underwater ballet as they swam together, mesmerizing crowds of adults and children who gathered in the underwater viewing area to watch them through new, crystal-clear windows.Around the corner, sea otters Sekiu and Libby splished and splashed and tumbled round and round in their pool. The two females are already fast buddies. Sekiu arrived in Tacoma earlier this week from Seattle Aquarium. Sea otters are gregarious animals that live in groups in the wild, and Libby now has a companion.A seabird at the new Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium Rocky Shores habitat enjoys a swim. Photo courtesy: Point Defiance Zoo & AquariumNext door, a large complement of sea birds – tufted and horned puffins and common murres – delighted visitors as they hopped off land and into the water, then hopped out of the water and back onto shore. Puffins flapped their wings, droplets of water cascading off them to the delight of photographers gathered at the glass to watch. And children oohed and ahhed at their little orange webbed feet paddling in the waterBut while there are plenty of animal antics and behaviors to watch and enjoy, there’s also a strong conservation message embedded in all of the fun at Rocky Shores.A child gets a photograph of Dozer, the 3,600-pound male walrus with long tusks, in the underwater viewing area. Photo courtesy: Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium“We want our guests to know that we share the shore with many of these animals, and the actions we take can affect the health of the waters they live in,” said Rocky Shores senior staff biologist Lisa Triggs. She spoke to visitors about cutting down on the single-use plastic bags and other items; purchasing sustainable seafood in grocery stores and restaurants; and taking care to avoid letting oil or other hazardous substances get into storm drains, where they can eventually be washed into the sea.The renovated Rocky Shores area features a number of improvements, including:Brand new, crystal-clear underwater viewing windows for enjoying the graceful ballet-like movements of massive walruses;Better sight lines for watching the antics of playful sea otters;A redesigned home for California sea lions and harbor seals;Covered stadium-style seating for watching animals and listening to keeper talks;A repaired and renewed 125,500-gallon pool for the zoo’s four walruses, featuring more haul-out areas in an exhibit that resembles the features of a rocky coastal area;Updated graphics and colorful murals that tell the story of interconnectedness between humans and the sea, with messages about how humans can help care for the ocean and the animals that call it home;A new wheelchair and stroller friendly pathway that gives visitors a faster trip to the Arctic Tundra home of majestic polar bears.Northern sea otter Sekiu relaxes in her pool. Photo courtesy: Point Defiance Zoo & AquariumThe work also includes crucial updates to the water filtration and animal life-support systems necessary to keep the marine mammals in an optimal salt-water environment. Other modifications added health and safety features for both the animal residents and the zoo staff members who care for them.It’s the first large project completed at the zoo with funds from the 2014 bond issue. The Pacific Seas Aquarium is well under construction next door, and is scheduled to open in the summer of 2018.The bond issue also has financed projects across the city, including helping to pay for the People’s Community Center pool, a new multipurpose field at South End Recreation & Adventure Campus and many smaller projects, with more to come.At Rocky Shores, staff biologists and members of the zoo’s Conservation Engagement team are eager to show off the renewed habitat and delighted with the ways in which it connects visitors even more closely to marine mammals like sea lions, sea otters and harbor seals, plus sea birds that can often be found in our Puget Sound backyard. Pacific walruses, of course, are native to waters a bit north of us in Arctic and subarctic waters off Alaska.Chinook catches a fish from one of the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium zookeepers as a crowd of students – and Rhubarb the Reindeer – look on. Photo courtesy: Point Defiance Zoo & AquariumComing face-to-face with a 3,300-pound walrus through a viewing window, watching a sea otter groom herself, or hearing the throaty barking of a California sea lion are among the amazing experiences visitors won’t soon forget, said Conservation Engagement Manager Karen Povey.“Now, we’ve put a sharpened focus on what these animals can teach us and how our actions affect the ocean and shore we share with them,” she added. “We want visitors to know more about the high quality of care Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium provides for the animals that live here, as well about conservation actions we all can take to help their counterparts in the wild.”Alan Varsik, director of Zoological and Environmental Education for Metro Parks Tacoma, hopes visitors will go home knowing more about the zoo’s long legacy of marine animal conservation.The new Rocky Shore habitat allows visits to get up close to some amazing ocean residents. Photo courtesy: Point Defiance Zoo & AquariumThat history has included providing a home for orphaned animals like walruses and sea otters; research to advance scientific knowledge of marine mammals; and participation in Species Survival Plan® programs to increase species populations in North American zoos and aquariums.And the zoo – through The Zoo Society’s Dr. Holly Reed Wildlife Conservation Fund – has helped fund a number of marine mammal conservation projects, including partnering to support studies at the Alaska Department of Fish and Wildlife’s walrus sanctuary at Round Island.“All of this work, all of this passion is on exhibit every day at Rocky Shores,” Varsik said. “We hope that visitors will come and enjoy the animals, learn from our staff and leave inspired to take conservation action.”For more information, visit the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium’s website.last_img read more