Three Polish journalists and two Italian journalists expelled

first_img The three Polish journalists and their Polish translator who were detained in Havana on the night of 19 May after going there to cover a dissident congress arrived home yesterday following their expulsion by the Cuban authorities. They said they were treated well by the authorities in Havana but were never told why they were being expelled.The three journalists are Seweryn Blumsztaijn of the daily newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza, Jerzy Jurecki of the regional daily Tygodnik Podhalanski and Wojciech Rogasin of Newsweek Poland, while their interpreter was Maciej Sarna.Two Italian journalists who were detained in Havana in similar circumstances, Corriere della Sera correspondent Francesco Battistini and La Repubblica correspondent Francesca Caferri, are also now back in Italy after being expelled.Battistini was detained shortly after arriving in Havana on 20 May and was expelled in less than 24 hours. He was back in Italy on the evening of 21 May. Caferri was arrested by eight policeman in her hotel on the afternoon of 21 May. She arrived back in Italy last night.All five journalists went to Havana to cover the Assembly for the Promotion of Civil Society in Cuba, a meeting of dissident groups. The two Italian journalists did not have press visas and went on tourist visas. News News Help by sharing this information RSF_en May 6, 2020 Find out more Organisation October 15, 2020 Find out more May 23, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Three Polish journalists and two Italian journalists expelled ________________________________20.05.05 – Authorities detain three Polish journalists who came to cover dissident congress and one ItalianReporters Without Borders voiced outrage today at the arrest last night in Havana of four Polish journalists who had come to cover a congress of dissidents taking place there. A fifth Polish journalist was expelled during the day yesterday and it was expected that those detained last night would suffer the same fate.”Once again the Cuban authorities are trying to stifle all dissent by violating press freedom in the most crude and brutal fashion,” the press freedom organization said. “This time they have targeted foreign journalists, although they had permission to come to Cuba. We firmly condemn these repressive methods and demand the immediate release of the detained journalists.”The four detained last night were Seweryn Blumsztajn of the daily newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza, Jerzy Jurecki of the regional daily Tygodnik Podhalanski, Wojciech Rogasin of Newsweek Poland and Maciej Sarna, who was acting as their interpreter. They were arrested at their hotel near Havana international airport along with two other persons of Polish nationality.Meanwhile, Francesco Battistini, the correspondent of the Italian daily Corriere della Sera, today told his newspaper in a telephone text message that he had just been picked up by the Cuban police. He will also probably be expelled.As he was being arrested last night, Jurecki had time to send a telephone text message to the privately-owned Polish television station TVN 24. A member of the TVN 24 staff told Reporters Without Borders the message said: “We are being taken from the hotel to prison. We need help.”Jurecki concealed his mobile phone and managed to make another call from a toilet in the detention centre an hour later, TVN 24 said. “He told us that the group of people who had been arrested would probably be expelled,” the station said.Maciej Stasincki of Gazeta Wyborcza was expelled earlier yesterday. He had also come to cover the Assembly for the Promotion of Civil Society in Cuba, a meeting of dissident groups being organized by economist Marta Beatriz Roque Cabello. A Czech senator and a German parliamentarian who tried to attend the congress with just tourist visas were also expelled, while two Polish members of the European parliament were turned back on their arrival on 17 May. Eighteen European parliamentarians who wanted to attend the congress were refused visas. Follow the news on Cuba CubaAmericas center_img News Receive email alerts Cuba and its Decree Law 370: annihilating freedom of expression on the Internet The three Polish journalists, detained in Havana on the night of 19 May, and the Italian journalist detained in Havana on 20 May, were all expelled in less than 48 hours.Francesca Caferri,another Italian journalist, was also expelled in similar circumstances. News New press freedom predators elected to UN Human Rights Council RSF and Fundamedios welcome US asylum ruling in favor of Cuban journalist Serafin Moran Santiago to go further CubaAmericas October 12, 2018 Find out morelast_img read more

Living the Dream to Leaving the Dream: How a Successful Local Hedgefund Trader Left Wall Street to Help Those in Need

first_img Community News Top of the News Sam Polk isn’t a guy you hear about everyday. By age 30 he was a senior trader for a successful hedge-fund company on Wall Street and was living the fantasy of the glitz and glamour lifestyle he always dreamed of as a poor kid growing up in Glendale. After a great sense of pressure and personal emptiness that flooded his conscience from profiting during the economic crisis of 2008, Polk decided to start fresh and give back to people who need it most.He stopped by Innovate Pasadena’s Friday Coffee Meetup to provide some insight about what defines success and his mission to address health inequality in Los Angeles.“I started to have a sense about this industry that I was a part of,” said Polk. “My definition of success up until that point was about pulling all of this money and power to me and me alone. I began to understand that something was missing in my life,” said Polk.Polk grew up in an unstable and volatile household that left him to dream big and achieve his biggest dreams that mostly consisted of wealth.“At a very early age my overriding goal in life was to be rich and successful,” said Polk. “I nurtured this fantasy of what it would be like to be rich and it happened.It was only a matter of time until Polk was questioning his life path, despite bringing in a $3.6 million bonus.“Wall Street was this world that I felt like I could only imagine before seeing it. I loved the intensity and camaraderie. By time I was in my mid twenties I was living a spectacular life, but I had this moment where I just felt empty even though my life looked like what I fantasized when I was a kid,” said Polk.Polk eventually left his profitable Wall Street job and cashed out of the high life to invest in a meaningful new future in Los Angeles in search of fulfillment.He was moved by his encounter with the reputable work of Homeboy Industries, a non-profit that serves high-risk, formerly gang involved men and women with free services, programs and operates several social enterprises that serve as job training sites.“Their work was about the equal value of every life. Where my life was about clawing my way to the top, their’s was to reach down below them to lift up the people that needed the most help. That was something closer to what I wanted to do than become a billionaire hedge-fund guy,” said Polk.Polk eventually founded Groceryships, a non-profit that provides a comprehensive program of nutrition education and emotional support, along with scholarships for groceries to empower families to increase health by incorporating more healthful foods into their diets.Groceryships initially served families in South Central Los Angeles in areas referred to as food deserts that have a high volume of fast food options and very little fresh food. This ideas was inspired by Polk’s family’s history dealing with health issues that were linked to nutrition and wellness.“It was the beginning of something really special,” said Polk.The success of Groceryships sparked a new for-profit endeavor called Everytable which aims to make daily packed, fresh food available for everyone and is priced according to the neighborhoods. Ultimately the food is healthy and more affordable than traditional options.“We built our menu with the families in the communities that we are trying to serve,” said Polk.Everytable has store locations in South L.A. and is opening one in downtown L.A. soon. Polk plans to expand stores all over the southland to bring fresh food at affordable prices for people on the go.For more information, visit www.everytable.com and www.groceryships.org. 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Victim’s voices ignored in church abuse reports

first_img Victim’s voices ignored in church abuse reports Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire WhatsApp Google+ Google+ Donegal North East Deputy Charlie Mc Conalogue is calling for a full, independent investigation of how allegations of abuse have been handled by Church and State in each Diocese in the country.He’s also calling for an ongoing HSE probe to be expedited.Speaking after the publication of audits in Raphoe, Derry and four other dioceses, Deputy Mc Conalogue, Fianna Fail’s Spokesperson on Children, backed victims who say that the terms of reference were very limited, and did not give any voice to those who suffered abuse:[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/charl830abuse.mp3[/podcast] WhatsApp Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Twitter Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Pinterestcenter_img Pinterest Previous articleDonegal Inquest hears how man died having purchased morphone onlineNext articleHSE decision to defer staff expenses a breach of contract News Highland Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Newsx Adverts 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Facebook By News Highland – December 1, 2011 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Twitterlast_img read more

Researchers warn H5N1 reassortment can occur beyond winter months

first_imgJul 25, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – World health experts have been working under a general assumption that a feared reassortment between human and avian influenza viruses—a scenario that could spark a pandemic—might only occur during a short winter interval, but researchers who recently examined virus circulation patterns warn that time frames for coinfection are wider and sometimes unpredictable.Researchers Andrew W. Park, from the Institute of Research for Development in Montpellier, France, and Kathryn Glass, from the Australian National University in Canberra, report their findings in the August issue of The Lancet Infectious Diseases.Though much is known about human influenza patterns in temperate zones such as the United States and Australia, little is known about the seasonality of influenza A infections in tropical and subtropical areas in Asia, where the H5N1 virus is more common, the authors write. Reviewing the timing of influenza A infections, as well as of H5N1 poultry outbreaks and human infections, could reveal useful information for epidemiologists and pandemic planners, they add.H5N1 patternsPark and Glass examined the seasonality of the H5N1 virus using data from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) and the World Health Organization (WHO) from 2003 onwards as well as articles from the literature on animal outbreaks and human cases in Hong Kong between 1997 and 2003.They investigated the seasonality of the influenza A virus by searching for published reports of confirmed reports in east and southeast Asia between 1996 and 2005. The researchers also looked for changes in patterns between host range and seasonality by conducting a literature search that covered the period from 1996 to 2006.After comparing the data, they found that human H5N1 cases generally coincide with poultry infections, though human cases sometimes occur before or shortly after poultry outbreaks. A review of H5N1 isolates taken from aquatic and terrestrial poultry in mainland China from July 2000 to January 2004 showed that a greater percentage of birds were positive for the virus during winter months.Similarly, the researchers found that the presence of H5N1 in isolates from birds in live poultry markets in China showed a winter pattern, but a number of outbreaks extended into summer months, suggesting that risks are not confined to winter.Influenza A trendsSurveillance data from the Pacific basin from 1954 to 1988 show a marked variation in human influenza A activity, the authors say. They found that while consistent seasonality of viral activity between December and March occurs in Japan, patterns were not uniform across the rest of the region.”Periods of moderate to high activity typically last longer in tropical and subtropical regions than in temperate regions, and they occur more frequently than once a year,” Park and Glass write. “It is not prudent to assume there is a short period of risk of reassortment.”More influenza surveillance in east and southeast Asia would be useful, especially where H5N1 has been confirmed, they added.Host changesThe existence of new host populations in which the H5N1 virus is endemic raises the pandemic flu risk to humans, especially when there is close contact between people and the infected animals, the researchers point out.Between 2003 and 2005 the H5N1 virus was found in several new host species, they report, including tigers, leopards, pigs, raptors, and domestic cats. But they say the greatest concerns are (1) the frequency with which the virus is found in domestic ducks, because the ducks have close contact with people, and (2) isolation of the virus from pigs in China and Indonesia, because receptors in their respiratory tracts make coinfection with human and avian strains and thus generation of reassortant strains possible.Interventions impact seasonalityThough a review of the H5N1 viral circulation data suggest some seasonal factors, outbreak patterns also appear to be affected by interventions such as culling, the authors report. Migration and movement of birds are also thought to play a role.”Looking to the future, the suggestion that H5N1 virus has become endemic in ducks is of great concern,” the researchers write. Poultry culls have successfully contained the spread of the disease in many instances, but if the virus is endemic in some species, culling might not be practical and animal health officials may need to focus on vaccination and intensive surveillance to contain the virus, they say.Awareness of the seasonal risk of both human disease and viral reassortment can help health officials design control measures to help prevent an emerging pandemic strain, the authors conclude.Park AW, Glass K. Dynamic patterns of avian and human influenza in east and southeast Asia. Lancet Infect Dis 2007 Aug;7(8):543-8 [Abstract]last_img read more

The penthouse has sold, and now there’s only two units up for grabs

first_img2/47 Collings St, Balmoral.Sprawling full-floor apartments, large enough to house a family, have hit the market in the trendy Brisbane suburb of Balmoral.The boutique development by ZD Projects features three apartments, with the penthouse recently selling. The views from 2/47 Collings St, Balmoral will never disappoint.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus10 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market10 hours agoIdeal for downsizers and those with young families, Mr Krstev said the development was close to schools and other facilities.Place – Woolloongabba selling agent Denis Najzar said the second-floor apartment which spans 361sq m had three bedrooms and three bathrooms, and was serviced by a lift.The apartment has a three-car garage, a 2.9m high ceilings, chevron European oak flooring, a bespoke wine cellar and wall-to-wall glass doors upon entry. Check out this full-floor apartment for sale at 2/47 Collings St, Balmoral. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:50Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:50 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenExperts 2020 property predictions02:50 Mr Krstev said the 77sq m alfresco terrace had panoramic views of the city skyline, Mt Coot-tha and across the river to Hamilton Hill.“It’s perfect for Queensland. In the afternoon or night you can enjoy the views,” he said.No expense has been spared when building the apartments.“Think marble, 2-pac and brushed brass finishes with top-of the-range European appliances and state-of-the-art technology,” Mr Krstev said. Check out this mirror in one of the bathrooms at 2/47 Collings St, Balmoral.Zac Krstev and David Liekari of ZD Projects are the masterminds behind the luxe development at 47 Collings St, Balmoral.Mr Krstev said he and his wife had previously built and styled a lot of high-end houses in the area.“Everyone is getting busier and this type of living is the way of the future,” Mr Krstev said.“People don’t have the time to maintain everything anymore.”Having a European background, Mr Krstev said one-level living was a big attraction.“There’s lots of room to house a family in these apartments, there’s luxury and space and areas of separation.”He said when they built the Collings St apartments it appealed to them and knew it would appeal to others.“Everyone seems to love it. They are shocked as to what’s on offer,” Mr Krstev said.“Many say this is what they would expect in New Farm and Kangaroo Point.” The fancy wine cellar at 2/47 Collings St, Balmoral.last_img read more