Days after gasoline attack, TV station owner told to leave town under pain of death

first_imgNews Organisation RSF_en May 13, 2021 Find out more April 27, 2021 Find out more ColombiaAmericas to go further 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies News RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America Mario Estebán López, the owner and director of regional TV station Canal 22 RAV Televisión, could be executed if he does not leave the city of Ipiales, in the southwestern department of Nariño, by tomorrow, according to a warning he received on the night of 8 June, nine days after he was nearly killed by three unidentified attackers armed with gasoline.In the attack with gasoline, which took place on 31 May, he was ambushed in his car near his home and came close to being strangled and burned alive.“I thought they were kidnapping me,” he told Reporters Without Borders. “I smelled gasoline, I felt the pressure of the flex around neck (…) Then a man in car approached and told (his accomplices) that there were police nearby. I was left in the middle of the road soaked in gasoline. All this lasted an hour and a half.”López, 28, has been under permanent threat even since he started covering sensitive local stories. He was given his first warning after a report after actions by a neighbourhood’s residents against drug dealers without any reaction from the local authorities.He received another threat, this time from the municipal authorities, after a report that reflected badly on both the municipal government and the local police. Nariño is known for its law and order problems.The mayor of Ipiales brought a defamation suit against him on 5 June, alleging that López had accused him of instigating the 31 May attack with gasoline. López has denied blaming the attack on the mayor.“I feel persecuted,” he told Reporters Without Borders. “I have had to postpone my wedding. Certain colleagues, journalists who support the municipal government, are against me and say I am hurting the city’s image. I want to put pressure on the government to provide me with protection so that I can continue working.”“The Ipiales police should provide López with protection without awaiting the results of the investigation into the threats against him,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Instead of suing him, why didn’t the municipal government come to his help immediately after the 31 May attack? And why didn’t the mayor accept López’s offer to come and defend himself on López’s TV station?”Colombia is a dangerous country for journalists and continues to endure a civil war in which justice has never been rendered for its crimes. Reporters Without Borders points out that Impunity, a major documentary on Colombia’s paramilitaries by the filmmaker Juan Lozano and the journalist Hollman Morris, is to be screened at 5 p.m. on 20 June at Bogotá’s Teatro México. This is a preview with English subtitles:center_img October 21, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information ColombiaAmericas RSF, IFEX-ALC and Media Defence, support FLIP and journalist Diana Díaz against state harassment in Colombia Reports Follow the news on Colombia June 10, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Days after gasoline attack, TV station owner told to leave town under pain of death Newslast_img read more

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Dominican Republic: 2013 opens with huge cocaine seizure

first_imgBy Dialogo January 11, 2013 SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic – The Dominican National Directorate for Drug Control (DNCD), Navy and Air Force worked together to seize a huge shipment of South American cocaine, marking the first major bust of 2013. On Jan. 9, the three forces seized 1,870 kilograms (4,123 pounds) of cocaine in Ocoa Bay in Azua province, west of the nation’s capital of Santo Domingo, on the country’s Caribbean coast. Roberto Lebrón, the DNCD’s spokesman, said two men, Ramón Sanz Pimentel and Arhgenis Cordero Soto, were detained a day later. They were being questioned and the Attorney General’s office said it was preparing to charge them. Agents also recovered satellite phones, GPS and navigation equipment, fuel and ammunition magazines for AK-47 and M-16 assault rifles. The suspected traffickers were transporting the cocaine, likely from Colombia or Venezuela, on a 40-foot speedboat equipped with three, 200-horsepower outboard motors. Pursuit of the boat began around 11 a.m. on Jan. 9 in the open waters south of Ocoa Bay. Agencies were notified of a suspicious boat approaching the island and responded with a DNCD helicopter, two Air Force Super Tucano aircraft and two Navy ships. Crews intercepted the boat in Ocoa Bay, forcing it to land at a nearby beach, Playa Mia. Four suspects aboard the boat escaped on foot. On Jan. 10, the DNCD announced it had apprehended Sanz Pimentel and Cordero Soto. Two suspects remain at large. Aboard the boat, agents discovered 76 sacks covered in plastic containing the cocaine. Officials said the suspected traffickers likely were also carrying weapons, which they may have thrown overboard during the pursuit. Authorities took custody of a second boat they believe was standing by to assist in transporting the shipment. The drugs were sent to the National Institute of Forensic Sciences for testing. From there, they were to be forwarded to the Attorney General’s office, which is expected to charge the suspects. “This was a combined effort, similar to what we’ve been doing for a while, and it’s the result of the work of a core unit that leads our fight against this criminal activity,” said Maj. Gen. Rolando Rosado Mateo, the head of the DNCD. Rosado led the operation from aboard the DNCD helicopter that pursued the boat. The Dominican agencies received air surveillance assistance from the U.S. Coast Guard. The seizure marked the biggest anti-narcotics bust in months for Dominican authorities. The country seized a record amount of illegal drugs in 2012. Officials captured 11.2 metric tons (24,691.8 pounds) of illicit substances, including a Dec. 22 operation that seized 1,189.8 kilograms (2,623 pounds) of cocaine from the high seas south of the Caribbean Coast not far from where the Jan. 9 confiscation occurred. Despite the successful anti-narcotics operations, Dominican officials said they expect traffickers will continue using the country as a transshipment point, with most of the shipments entering by sea. [Infosurhoy.com (Dominican Republic), 11/01/2013]last_img read more

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Rockville Centre Man Admits Stealing $1.3M from Nonprofits

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Rockville Centre man has admitted to embezzling nearly $1.3 million from two women and two nonprofits that raises funds to help children with special needs children.Drew Morgan pleaded guilty Friday at Nassau County court to grand larceny. Judge Philip Grella is expected to sentence the 44-year-old man on May 22 to 3-1/3 to 10 years in prison and to order him pay full restitution to his victims.“Drew Morgan used his position as treasurer and president of two nonprofit organizations to steal money that should have been used to enrich the lives of children and adults with special needs,” Acting Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas said.Prosecutors said he embezzled $1,086,453 from the Anchor Building Fund, Inc. while acting as its treasurer of the not-for-profit corporation that runs Camp A.N.C.H.O.R., which is short for Answering the Needs of Citizens with Handicaps through Organized Recreation—a program serves children and adults with special needs—between 2008 and 2013He also stole $130,558 more between June 2010 and December 2012 from the Corporation for the Social and Exceptionally Challenged Kids, a nonprofit that raised funds for Camp A.N.C.H.O.R. and Impact OASIS, a group that promotes the acceptance and inclusion of people autism.Investigators uncovered the alleged thefts while examining Morgan’s bank records during a separate probe into allegations he stole $475,000 from two sisters that hired him as their financial planner as the principal of DKM Financial Corp. and owner of Rockstead Venture Capital LLC.Prosecutors said that he spent the victims’ investment to pay for a membership in the Hempstead Golf Club, airline travel and hotel stays, restaurants, credit and debit card purchases, appliances, home furnishings and personal expenses between 2008 and 2010.Morgan was arrested on Oct. 2, 2013.last_img read more

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Road projects coming along smoothly-Rayburn Blackmoore

first_img Share 86 Views   one comment Sharing is caring! Tweet Sharecenter_img Share LocalNews Road projects coming along smoothly-Rayburn Blackmoore by: – June 27, 2011 Public Works Minister Rayburn Blackmore. Photo credit: GIS NewsPublic Works Minister Rayburn Blackmoore says installation of the railings and the placement of concrete on the new Roseau Bridge are among areas to be completed.He says all other components have been completed, paving the way for a much more improved network from Roseau to Portsmouth.Blackmoore was speaking with the media Friday to observe the progress of the works from the new Hanover Street – Elliot Avenue Bridge and then onto the Woodbridge Bay to the Cove Section of the project.The Roseau Bridge is a major component of the West Coast Road Rehabilitation Project funded by the Chinese Government.Meantime Blackmoore says the Woodbridge Bay Bridge is also progressing smoothly.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

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NAMA SHOCK FOR DONEGAL: BUSINESSMEN FACE RUIN AS ASSETS TAKEN

first_imgSEVERAL Donegal businessmen face losing ‘every cent’ they have following a forensic trawl through the county by the National Asset Management Agency, donegaldaily can reveal.We understand one developer will have all his properties, which may include his substantial family home, taken off him as part of the process.And sources say several other prominent businessmen face losing well-known businesses in the county. The identities of six business people are known to donegaldaily.com.And a close associate of one of them told us: “My colleague faces losing absolutely everything. He won’t have a blade of grass to call his own when this is over.“NAMA is taking the lot; he is a hard-working and a good decent man who has given so much back to his community and his county over a life-time of hard work.“He wasn’t doing anything wrong; he is an honest man who made an honest living and then the bubble burst and now it’s over. He employed so many people over the years and contributed to the county in such a positive way.” NAMA officials are continuing to compile reports on the futures of each property and their estimated value on the open market.These include partially completed buildings, properties where business has ceased and commercial premises which are continuing to operate in administration on behalf of the banks.Letterkenny has been badly hit in the downturn with several high profile premises being run in administration.The NAMA officials need to decide which properties can be sold quickly as going concerns and which need to be updated – or even knocked down.The NAMA officials have also carrying out assessment work in other parts of the county including Inishowen, Donegal Town, Ballyshannon and Gaoth Dobhair among other places. NAMA SHOCK FOR DONEGAL: BUSINESSMEN FACE RUIN AS ASSETS TAKEN was last modified: April 9th, 2011 by gregShare 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:bankruptdonegallands seizedNAMAlast_img read more

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GAA NOTES: NAOMH ULTAN

first_imgBingo in Dunkineely on Friday night at 9pm. We have now changed the books from 10 page to an 11 page book, which means a further two chances to win. Prize money of €1170 paid out, 2 of the panel prizes at €100, one at €120 & 1at € 70.Three of the line prizes at €40. The additional prize for checking on the magic no. on the last panel, has now reached €1,240.The Take your Pick Jackpot is worth €120 The Club sincerely thank everyone who supports our weekly bingo, our Royal Flush Draw and all our Fundraising activities.The music lessons continue on Monday and Tuesday evenings in the Clubhouse. Should anyone else be interested in learning either the Guitar, Bodhran or Whistle just contact either, Eilish Cassidy NT in Dunkineely School or Marian Murrin on 0879616172 to register. Lessons can be individual or group. GAA NOTES: NAOMH ULTAN was last modified: April 16th, 2012 by StephenShare 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:Naomh Ultan GAA noteslast_img read more

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