Officials prevent indigenous radio station from reopening

News May 8, 2020 Find out more GuatemalaAmericas Organisation RSF_en January 7, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information to go further Follow the news on Guatemala Receive email alerts August 21, 2020 Find out more Reporters Without Borders is alarmed by the continuing persecution of community radio stations in Guatemala, where the mayor of Santa Eulalia, in the western department of Huehuetenango, forcibly prevented members of the indigenous Mayan community from reopening their station last week.Indigenous representatives had wanted to organize a ceremony on 20 March to formally reopen Radio Snuq Jolom Konob, closed by the mayor two months ago, but the mayor and his supporters, some of them armed, prevented the ceremony from going ahead.Prensa Comunitaria reporter Lucía Ixchíu said they insulted, threatened and roughed up community representatives and journalists.“We are disturbed by this use of violence against Radio Snuq Jolom Konob by the local authorities and their supporters in Santa Eulalia,” said Claire San Filippo, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Americas desk.“This was unfortunately typical of the hostility that the Guatemalan authorities show towards the media, especially community radio stations. Those suspected of being responsible for this act of violence must be brought to justice in order to end impunity.”Among the recent stories covered by Radio Snuq Jolom Konob was local opposition to the company Hidro Santa Cruz’s construction of a hydro-electric dam in an area where members of several Mayan indigenous groups – Akateko, Chuj, Popti’ and Q’anjob’al – are in the majority.Its coverage of the way the indigenous population is defending its ancestral lands upset the local authorities, who support the hydroelectric project.The news coverage provided by community radio stations is particularly important in Guatemala, especially in rural and indigenous areas, where their reporting is accessible to the population and focused on local issues.However, Guatemala’s media legislation favours the established media at the expense of community radio stations, especially since the adoption of a new telecommunications law in 2012, which endorsed the concentration of media ownership in few hands.It allowed media outlets with previously allocated broadcast frequencies to renew them almost automatically for another 20 years but failed to address the irregular situation of community radio stations, which find it almost impossible to obtain legal frequencies.Regarded as “pirates” by the authorities and telecommunication networks, community radio stations are very vulnerable and are permanently exposed to the possibility of closure or seizure of their equipment.Support the reopening of Santa Eulalia’s community radio station by signing this petition. Guatemala is ranked 129th out of 180 countries in the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. Guatemala. Don’t put the Guatemalan press in quarantine! News News Red alert for green journalism – 10 environmental reporters killed in five years News GuatemalaAmericas March 26, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Officials prevent indigenous radio station from reopening Guatemala: 51 Signatories Call For Authorities To Drop Criminal Charges Against Indigenous Journalist Anastasia Mejía read more

Memphis Residents Lobby for Submarine USS Memphis

first_img View post tag: Navy View post tag: submarine Research & Development March 28, 2011 View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Memphis View post tag: residents A group of  U.S. Navy veterans are lobbying for the bridge of the submarine the USS Memphis to retire in its namesake city…(mysanantonio)[mappress]Source: mysanantonio,March 28, 2011;center_img Back to overview,Home naval-today Memphis Residents Lobby for Submarine USS Memphis Memphis Residents Lobby for Submarine USS Memphis Share this article View post tag: Lobby View post tag: USS View post tag: Navallast_img read more

Worcester have double in sight

first_imgBy Jeremy KellySo far this season the Oxford college premiership has produced 137 goals in 35 games. Contrast this with the 241 goals in 209 Barclays premiership games and the open, attacking nature of our college game stands out. It may be true that there is less need for caution, there are no million pound contracts on the table, there are no Sam Allardyces to formulate tactics and that blunder in the big game will only lead to light hearted abuse in the pub, not death threats.High flying, high scoring Worcester will take some beating after opening an imposing 6 point lead before Christmas, a convincing campaign that included a 5-1 drubbing of 2nd place St Anne’s. The reigning champions have based much of their success on a prolific attack that has netted 8 more times than any other team in the league. No less than 7 of their players have scored a brace or more this season, a sure indication of a team with strength in depth and a variety of tactical attacking options to outwit opponents. Combine this with a back 4 that Blues coach Martin Keown would surely be proud of, the 7 goals scraped past them being a league low, and it would appear that Worcester are just too good. What does remain to be seen however is if they can banish their Cuppers nightmare, 3 lost semi-finals and a lost quarter-final in 4 years, and achieve the double that would confirm their dominance of college football at present. Newly promoted St Anne’s have impressed and are the only team to have beaten Worcester this season, no mean feat against a side that have lost just 3 of their last 38 league encounters. No doubt they will regret a sluggish start that saw 2 losses in the opening 3 games and betrayed teething problems in the higher division. The fitness of striker Jacob Lloyd will be crucial to continued success. His 8 goals in 7 starts has identified him as one of the leagues top players and puts him in contention for the golden boot. With games against the bottom 3 in their next 4 matches St Anne’s have a real chance to scare Worcester but with both matches between the two having already taken place they are relying on a couple of shock results. Any slip ups of their own will surely prove fatal to their chances. Teddy Hall have finally woken from their early season lethargy to produce some recent fine results, although they will need to improve in they are to dethrone Worcester and not doze off again as they nearly did in their scrappy win over Lincoln at the end of November or their laboured cuppers victory on penalties over 2nd division Univ. If they can replicate the strength of their 5-0 win over Jesus against Worcester on Wednesday, easily the pick of this weeks games, we are in for a treat. Teddy Hall also look good to challenge for the Cuppers trophy that they relinquished last year and will be hoping for a favourable draw in the third round. With a game in hand over most of the others Wadham are in a great position to challenge for 2nd even if the top spot would appear too distant. Like St Anne’s they are a newly promoted side in the top half of the table, something that implies a pleasing fluidity to the college league structure and should give encouragement to the 1st division sides contesting the promotion spots. Wadham’s high position is a testament to their consistency. Anomalously for such an exciting league, games involving Wadham haven’t provided a surfeit of goals, a tribute to an all chemistry back 4 who have bonded well together but perhaps a indication that they lack that final touch upfront. We shall have learnt much more about Wadham in a fortnight’s time as they encounter Worcester and St Anne’s in their next 2.Unbeaten in 6 Oriel have the potential to big the big climbers in 2008. Although these results have come against struggling sides and Cuppers teams from lower divisions their 4-1 opening day win over Teddy Hall shows their explosive potential if everyone is firing. A major concern however will be their recent record of throwing away leads and will still be smarting at Brasenose’s last minute equaliser at the end of Michaelmas. New find themselves just 2 points away from the relegation zone but comfortable wins over each of the bottom 2 should reassure them and wins in their upcoming fixtures against Lincoln and Brasenose would surely ensure their re-appearance to the top flight come October. Knocked out of Cuppers by a rampant Worcester there is a danger that the side could end up the season simply treading water. Hopefully the inspirational presence of free scoring captain Robin Cantwell and his personal quest for the golden boot (he is joint top with Lloyd on 8) should keep them pressing on. Despite being unbeaten through October Brasenose find themselves in a inglorious relegation scrap. Between them and Jesus, with whom they are level on points, they have been the more impressive, winning the encounter between the two 4-2 and were only narrowly edged out in recent games against Wadham and Teddy Hall. With some tough fixtures in the next few weeks their game against Jesus late on the season is already shaping up to be a tense relegation decider. Having picked up just 1 point and perhaps more ominously scored just 1 goal in their last 5 games Jesus will desperately be looking for a way to resurrect their season. A porous defence that conceded 11 goals in 3 days towards the end of last term will also take some bolstering. A well earned draw against Wadham in their last game does however indicate they deserve to be playing at this level but they will need to replicate that sort of performance in the second half of the season that sees them with a tough draw. 5 of their 8 games are away, and they still have Worcester to play twice. The Derby County of the Oxford premiership, Lincoln are left playing for pride. Their lowly league position is somewhat surprising given they have twice scored three goals in league matches this season (they lost both) and they helped produce the most extraordinary match of the season, a 5-4 Cuppers win against a Christ Church side who are going strong in the first division. However they have not produced the balance that other sides have and will probably have to go back to the drawing board in division 1 next season.last_img read more

Coffey drains clutch 3-pointers in season-best performance in win over Rutgers

first_img Published on February 20, 2013 at 1:34 am Contact David: [email protected] | @DBWilson2 Syracuse clung to a double-digit lead late in the second half. But Rutgers wouldn’t go away. Every time the Orange scored, the Scarlet Knights answered on the other end.With less than a minute and a half remaining, Rachel Coffey dribbled around the perimeter, searching for an open shot. Eventually, she found enough space and drained a 3-pointer. RU answered, but Coffey wasn’t done. Elashier Hall found the junior wide open in the right corner on the next possession. Another 3.“Obviously, Rachel Coffey was tremendous,” SU head coach Quentin Hillsman said. “She was tremendous. She made some huge shots in that second half.”The back-to-back 3s helped seal Syracuse’s 58-45 victory over Rutgers (14-11, 5-7 Big East), and highlighted an explosive second half that culminated with a season-high 17 points for Coffey.Though Coffey failed to tally even one assist – same was the case for starting point guard Cornelia Fondren – she was the Orange’s (22-3, 10-2) leading scorer at halftime, albeit with a measly five points on 1-of-5 shooting, and more than made up for her lack of execution as a distributor with her scoring output.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe first half was admittedly frustrating for Coffey. The turnovers piled up as entry pass after entry pass got knocked away and left her with four giveaways heading into the break. Her 3-pointers, with the exception of one that fell through, bricked and rimmed out. A 3-point heave in the final seconds of the first frame bounced out, and Carmen Tyson-Thomas’ follow missed as well. SU headed into halftime trailing 19-15 in a sloppy game.“First half, I was frustrated,” Coffey said. “I didn’t make any shots, so I knew I had to do something to come up big. I had no assists, so I had to do something, so I made shots.”Star center Kayla Alexander was relegated to the sidelines for all but five minutes of the first half due to foul trouble, and finished with just seven points on 2-of-8 shooting. Coffey accounted for a third of the team’s points in the opening frame, and kept Syracuse alive in a game that could have been lost.The overall offensive production wasn’t pretty. Coffey ended up the only player in double figures and the Orange shot just 26.6 percent from the field. But Coffey bailed SU out.Brittney Sykes sprinted down the court for a fast break just more than five minutes into the second half. Syracuse had a chance to take its first lead, but the guard missed the transition layup. Coffey, though, was there for the offensive rebound and putback to give the Orange its first lead of the game. To that point, Alexander had taken just one shot.“We have too many threats on our team. So I slack one day, someone else is going to pick it up the next day,” Alexander said. “Today it was Rachel, and that’s teamwork. There’s 14 of us, and any one of us can show up any given day.”Coffey’s putback was the only non-3-pointer she attempted. After nailing one in the first half, it took her until the 3:40 mark of the second to try another. Then she knocked down back-to-back 3s.She followed her two straight 3s with a miss, and didn’t shoot again. But by then the game was all but won for Syracuse.“I just try to play,” Coffey said. “When I’m open, I’m going to shoot it. Late clock, I’m going to shoot it. Every time I shoot it, I want to make it, so it’s not really any different.”The only blemish on Coffey’s strong second-half performance was the lack of assists. She turned the ball over once more in the final frame for a total of five, without even one helper.The Orange as a team finished with just seven assists compared to 17 turnovers, and its two point guards failed to register a single assist between them. But Hillsman can’t be too concerned. When asked if the dearth of Coffey’s assists is a concern, the head coach didn’t hesitate with an answer.“No,” he said, shortly. “We won.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more