12 Jun

Alvaro Uribe settles scores with the press on air as new cases are filed against the ex head of state linked to “Dasgate”

first_img Reports News December 3, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Alvaro Uribe settles scores with the press on air as new cases are filed against the ex head of state linked to “Dasgate” Organisation RSF_en Some 40 people – including Radio Nizkor journalist Claudia Julieta Duque – on 30 November filed complaints against former president Alvaro Uribe linked to his alleged responsibility in the “Dasgate” illegal phone-tapping, threats and sabotage laid at the door of the intelligence services.Uribe is due to appear before a special congressional committee which will allow him to escape more serious legal consequences. This scandal that engulfed the Administration Department of Security (DAS) to which Reporters Without Borders devoted a mission report, has seen another new development with a case being brought, this time in Belgium on 29 November, by a score of organisations, including the International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH) and Oxfam Solidarity, and a number of individuals in connection with phone-tapping carried out in that country by Colombian intelligence. Reporters Without Borders offers its support to these plaintiffs and hopes that the Belgian justice system will be able to question the former president. We believe that the scale of the activities carried out by the DAS, calls for an international investigation. Former DAS director, María del Pilar Hurtado, the chief potential witness to the former head of state’s involvement in the corruption of this top intelligence service, has just conveniently obtained political asylum in Panama. While denying discussing her asylum request with her, Uribe himself confirmed that he advised his close associates to seek asylum abroad in a long interview he gave yesterday to RCN radio, to among other questioners, his former vice-president and journalist by profession, Francisco Santos !To hear the full interview in Spanish go to:http://www.rcnradio.com/audios/nacional/02-12-10/escuche-la-entrevista-c… The former head of state argued that there was a “lack of guarantees” on the part of Colombia’s highest judicial bodies – particularly the Supreme Court – to justify what appears to us as outright contempt on his part towards legal institutions. Uribe even dares to talk about “bankruptcy of the state of law and justice under media pressure”. He seized the chance to settle scores with journalist and media victims of the DAS scandal, repeating accusations that he made publicly while still in office. He said of Daniel Coronell, director of news programmes on the public news channel Canal Uno, who was several times forced into exile because of threats. “I never went looking for Daniel Coronell. I just had some differences with him that I expressed publicly”, said Uribe, playing it down in the RCN interview. Follow the news on Colombia News Help by sharing this information ColombiaAmericas 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies to go further Receive email alerts April 27, 2021 Find out more RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America May 13, 2021 Find out more To counterbalance the effect of the Panamanian exile of the former DAS director, Uribe cited the case of former Telesur journalist William Parra, who is facing a belated and dubious case for “collusion” with Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrillas. “This man seems to have fled to Venezuela”, said Uribe sarcastically. Parra does in fact live in Venezuela where he has obtained refugee status. Uribe also denied he had “gone after” Hollman Morris, producer of the programme Contravía (Contra-flow), who also sought exile several times. But the former president still did not let up in accusations against him of having “broken security rules” when covering the release of FARC hostages or having “falsely” accused his government of “pressure” to ensure that he did not get a visa for the United States.“Alvaro Uribe cannot hope to avoid questions about the DAS scandal and the political consequences of his democratic security policy by settling scores in this way. We would also point out that this kind of diatribe against the press during his double mandate were very often followed by threats, emanating from the paramilitaries or DAS, which drove journalists to seek exile abroad. The former president should answer before the courts and not by means of polemic via the media”, Reporters Without Borders said. Photo : AFP News ColombiaAmericas RSF, IFEX-ALC and Media Defence, support FLIP and journalist Diana Díaz against state harassment in Colombia October 21, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

4 Jun

House unfit for human habitation claims Southill resident

first_imgAdvertisement Linkedin Print Facebook Previous articleTreacy and co in court for keeping horsesNext articleEuro-5 engines for new Golf Estate admin NewsLocal NewsHouse unfit for human habitation claims Southill residentBy admin – June 25, 2009 598 center_img Email Twitter A Southill resident, who wished not to be identified, says his home of 40 years is no longer fit for human habitation.The 62-year-old who has lived in O’Malley Park since the house was built in 1969, said, “I want to be rehoused somewhere decent”.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Over the years, he has watched the Corporation board up and demolish the houses that surround his own.He told the Limerick Post these derelict properties adjacent to his are now being used to dump rubbish.This has created what he described as a, “vermin infestation”.He also claims that he cannot open any windows because disease-carrying flies that have gathered at the rubbish outside will enter his home.He is now surrounded by these empty houses and has few close neighbours.His own home has now fallen into disrepair and he sees little point in maintaining it as the dwellings around him are covered with overgrowth and litter.As he does not own the house, he feels he is being neglected by Limerick City Council.“If it was my house, I would have been rehoused somewhere comfortable now, but because it’s not, they don’t want to know”.He says he has been trying desperately to be relocated along with his two sons, “I have been up and down to City Hall and I’m getting nowhere”.This frustration led him to stop paying his rent three months ago. He argues: “Nobody should have to live in the environment that I do”.The housing department at City Hall was not available for comment. WhatsApplast_img read more

18 May

Michigan State to be fined $4.5M for its handling of disgraced doctor Larry Nassar

first_imgwellesenterprises/iStock(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. Department of Education will fine Michigan State University $4.5 million for its handling of reports against disgraced USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar, Secretary Betsy DeVos said Thursday.The department’s Office of Civil Rights concluded the university “did not adequately respond to complaints” against Nassar and William Strampel, a dean at the university, and subjected students to a “sexually hostile environment that denied them access to and the ability to benefit from their education,” DeVos told reporters.It is the largest on record under the Clery Act, a federal statute under the Education Department that requires schools that are receiving federal funding to provide campus crime statistics, DeVos said.In 2018, Nassar was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison for assaulting scores of girls and women. His accusers included Olympic gymnastic stars Aly Raisman, McKayla Maroney and Jamie Dantzscher.Last month, Strampel was sentenced to a maximum of one year in prison for his role in failing to protect students from Nassar’s abuse.“What happened at Michigan State University was abhorrent,” DeVos said. “The crimes for which Larry Nassar and William Strampel have been convicted are disgusting and unimaginable. So too is the university’s response to their crimes. This must not happen again there or anywhere else.”“Too many people in power knew about the behaviors and the complaints and yet the predators continued on the payroll and abused even more students,” DeVos said.In response to the investigation’s findings, Michigan State University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr. announced Thursday that MSU Provost June Youatt resigned from her role.“OCR’s letter of findings is very clear that the provost and former president failed to take appropriate action on behalf of the university to address reports of inappropriate behavior and conduct, specifically related to former Dean William Strampel,” Stanley said in a statement. “In my effort to build a safe and caring campus, we must have a culture of accountability.”Stanley said he has created an oversight committee that will directly report to him regarding the steps the school is taking to prevent future issues related to Title IX and ensure that the institution is in compliance.The Education Department’s Office of Civil Rights opened an investigation into Michigan State University’s handling of Title IX reports last year.In January, ABC News reported that an Education Department preliminary report said that “Michigan State failed to compile and disclose accurate and complete crime statistics because its crime statistics did not include the sex crimes that Nassar committed during the years in which the statistics were reported.”In addition to the fine, the school will also be required to take a number of additional steps, including hiring a Clery Compliance Officer and creating new “protective measures and expanded reporting” for student athletes.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

12 May

New products: e-learning in action

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. New products: e-learning in actionOn 1 Apr 2002 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. An at-a-glance guide to some of the highlights at e-learningManchester Adval Check out its Professional Management, off-the-shelf e-learning series,which is being launched at the show. Adval will also be showing, for the firsttime, its recently completed Mecca-Rank e-learning course.  www.adval.co.ukebc There’s more work in action and on show here from the event’s main sponsor,ebc. Recent projects include an interactive learning programme for the EmpireTest Pilots School, which prepares pilots and engineers for their flight testcourse.  www.ebc.co.ukKnowledgePool See its new Management Skills Online and Management Skills Expresscourseware being demonstrated, along with its Institute of Professional Salescourse and the Managing First-Time CD, produced in conjunction with the CIPD.  www.knowledgepool.comKnowledge Solutions KSTutor is a new e-learning authoring tool which, it is claimed, can be usedby anyone without prior programming experience after just half an hour’s instruction.Find out if it is as easy as it sounds. Netg See the ‘behind the firewall’ version of its Search and Select tool inaction, which allows users to type in a question and instantly receive a NETgLearning Object to teach them the knowledge or skill. It will also be paradingits latest business and professional development content.  www.netg.comSkillboosters Professor Cary Cooper is a big name in the world of organisationalpsychology and this is the place to view Under Pressure, his CD-based course onstress management for individuals, developed by Robertson Cooper (RCL). Tata Interactive Systems A chance to see its new courseware migration tools, which takes existinglearning materials and allows them to be delivered online. The tools redesignand re-present the material for the online environment.  www.tatainteractive.comlast_img read more