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Follow the news on Dominican Republic Reporters Without Borders is dismayed at the release on bail of Fermín Marcelino Calderon (photo), one of those charged over the 2011 abduction and murder of the journalist Jose Agustin Silvestre, also known as “Gajo”. He was bailed on the orders of Judge Haydeliza Henriquez in the eastern city of San Pedro de Macorís on 29 November. The prosecution has said it will appeal against the decision. “In view of the seriousness of the charges against Fermin Marcelino Calderon in the Silvestre case, his release on bail appears a strange act of clemency,” the press freedom organization said. “What guarantees have been given to ensure the accused will appear at his trial? What reasons prompted Judge Henriquez to take such action? It is the second time that a suspect in the murder of a journalist has been freed while an investigation is in progress. The decision casts doubt over a legal system where freedom can be bought, even in the most serious cases.Besides his alleged involvement in Silvestre’s murder, Marcelino Calderon is also accused of money laundering on behalf of Matias Avelino Castro, suspected to be the man who ordered Silvestre’s murder. News Dominican Republic: News presenter and producer gunned down in mid-broadcast December 5, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Impunity wins out as suspect in journalist’s murder is freed on bail Dominican RepublicAmericas September 22, 2014 Find out more Hostile climate for Dominican media since start of 2015 News Organisation RSF_en Receive email alerts June 25, 2015 Find out more Journalists wounded while covering street clashes in Santo Domingo News Dominican RepublicAmericas February 15, 2017 Find out more News to go further Help by sharing this information “This episode occurs at a time when Dominican journalists are increasingly the target of defamation suits, often accompanied by large-scale demands for reparations. Reporters Without Borders believes that the reform of the criminal code currently under way is very limited, merely reducing the penalties for press offences without decriminalizing them.” There are several worrying examples, such as the defamation suits brought by Senator Felix Bautista against the journalist Juan Taveras Hernandez of the radio station Z-101, the station’s owner Bienvenido Rodriguez and its manager, Willy Rodriguez. The senator is claiming 1.16 million dollars in compensation. A verdict is expected on 15 January 2014. Similarly, the editor of the news site Ciudadoriental.org, Robert Vargas, and one of its journalists, Julio Benzant, are also the subjects of defamation cases brought by the member of Parliament Alfredo Martínez. For their part, the journalists Luis Eduardo “Huchi” Lora of Teleantillas, and Juan Bolivar Diaz of Telesistema have been accused of being traitors to their country by the nationalist group National Sovereignty Defense Network for criticizing the Constitutional Court’s decision to withdraw Dominican citizenship from people of Haitian descent. The journalists have been the targets of a hate campaign.
To the Editor:President Trump’s repeal of President Obama’s Executive Presidential Order that implemented the DACA legislation created quite an uproar among the press and a lot of members of our population. Under our Constitution legislation must be written and passed by Congress and must be signed into law by the President of the Unites States (POTUS). Under our Constitution the President of the United States cannot sign legislation into law by Presidential Executive Order as was done by President Obama with “DACA.” This separates us from dictatorships. Thus DACA is de facto unconstitutional. Rather than vilifying President Trump, the press should have been praising the current president to bring government back into line with our Constitution. Furthermore, President Trump requested Congress to write and pass replacement legislation for DACA. However, the press reported only the repeal of DACA, which is extremely dishonest.It is a scandalous testament to our educational system that neither the majority of our press corps nor a large portion of our citizens know and understand our Constitution any more. The United States of America is unique among the countries of this world. Unlike traditional countries like Germany, France or Italy, China Japan or Korea, which were established and developed over thousands of years based on ethnicities and cultures, the USA was founded for one purpose and one purpose only, the establishment of the Constitution of the United States of America. The citizens of the USA have come from cultures and ethnicities around the world. What thus joins us is our passion for our Constitution that guarantees us the freedom economically and culturally to pursue our individual happiness as long as we do not infringe on someone else’s pursuit of happiness. If we ignore and violate the principles of our Constitution we destroy the very reason for the existence of the USA. In this context, our national anthem represents and honors the establishment of our Constitution and not the celebration of any U.S. politician. So when the very highly paid athletes refuse to properly honor our national anthem, it is a poor testament to their unlimited ignorance. Anyone who truly does not believe in the goodness of our Constitution has the freedom to leave this country. I am a first generation immigrant who came to the U.S. legally 36 years ago to live under the protection of our Constitution and to live with a people that understood the significance of our founding documents. It is a poor testament to our educational system that this awareness among our citizens has waned. ALEXANDER SCHENK
ARC Marine, who have invented a pioneering system for building artificial reefs, have received a Rapid Innovation Grant from Marine-i to enable them to progress to the next stage of their project.Part funded by the European Regional Development Fund, Marine-i is designed to help the marine tech sector in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly grow through harnessing the full potential of research and innovation.ARC Marine’s system for building artificial reefs is called Reef Cubes. This patented invention is a robust and simple interlocking modular system that is said to be ideal for restoring complex marine environments. It has a wide range of applications, but one of its most important roles is to help protect vulnerable fish stocks and other marine species whose habitats are at risk.Tom Birbeck, director of ARC Marine, explains:“Much of our world’s fisheries are now over exploited. Unless the current situation improves, there is a real danger that stocks of all the species that we rely on for food could collapse within 30 years. Our reefs can protect the aquaculture which many of these precious species rely on. These include scallops, crabs, lobsters and shoal fish – all very important commercial species.”Professor Lars Johanning of the University of Exeter, who leads the Marine-i team, says:“ARC Marine have developed an excellent strategy and business plan for their technology. This is a product that has applications around the world and is rich in opportunity. ARC Marine’s Rapid Innovation Grant of £2,000 will enable them to purchase the diving equipment they need to carry out extended mooring and installation trials in preparation for a full commercial launch.”“With the excellent help and support of the Marine-i team, we have ambitions to become the industry leaders in marine eco-engineering and conservation projects, operating from our base at Penryn in Cornwall. In addition to the grant support, we have received outstanding advice and insights from the Marine-i experts and their associates. For a young company like ours, that is simply invaluable,” Tom Birbeck adds.
Promptly pick up mail. Deposit mail close to pickup time. Inquire about overdue mail. Don’t send cash. Arrange for prompt pickup. Use Hold for Pickup. Greensburg, IN—The Decatur County Sheriff’s Office is investigating multiple mail thefts throughout Decatur County. They say the thefts include incoming and outgoing checks. To prevent such thefts, the DCSO recommends citizens become more vigilant and consider whether outgoing checks should be left in their mailboxes or hand-delivered to a post office. We areFollow and share these tips to help protect yourself and others against mail and package theft. If you have any information about mail thefts in Decatur County, including possible suspects, please contact Decatur County Communications at 812.222.4911.
The maker of Lysol and Dettol said under no circumstance should its disinfectant products be administered into the human body through injection, ingestion or any other route. Lysol’s parent company is warning that its disinfectant products shouldn’t be used as an internal treatment for COVID-19. Reckitt Benckiser issued the warning hours after President Trump wondered out loud about the possibility at a White House briefing. Lysol and Dettol maker Reckitt Benckiser said on Friday its disinfectants should not be administered to humans, after President Trump said researchers should try putting disinfectant into coronavirus patients’ bodies https://t.co/cnxuCD8brl pic.twitter.com/hnYeEXUGpM— Reuters (@Reuters) April 24, 2020 Trump said researchers are looking at the effects of disinfectant on the coronavirus and wondered if they could be injected into people.”The disinfectant, where it knocks it out in a minute, and is there a way we can do something like that by injection inside, or almost a cleaning. It gets in the lungs” — Trump seems to suggests that injecting disinfectant inside people could be a treatment for the coronavirus pic.twitter.com/amis9Rphsm— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 23, 2020
The Black Satellites will depart for Morocco on Wednesday for the 2nd leg of the final qualifier of the 2013 Africa Youth Championship decider in Rabat scheduled for this Friday.The Under-20 team hold a 4-1 advantage over the Atlas Cubs from the first leg played at the Tamale Stadium two weeks ago.Satellites squad for Morocco:Goalkeepers: Muntari Tagoe, Felix AnnanDefenders: Richmond Nketiah, Jeremiah Ankorful, Lawrence Lartey, Ahmed Adams, SmallBoy Korbah, Seidu SalifuMidfielders: Joseph Mensah, Derrick Mensah, Prince Baffoe, Emmanuel Gyamfi, Jacob Appau, Frank Sarfo Gyamfi, Michael Anaba, Moses OdjerStrikers: Francis Narh, Benjamin Fadi