‘Free the Cuban 5’ events spread awareness

first_imgWW photo: Brenda Ryan“The Second 5 Days for the Cuban 5 in Washington, D.C.” hit the street on June 1 with a spirited picket line and rally at the White House gates. Representatives from 25 countries demanded freedom for the Cuban 5 — anti-terrorist Cubans held unjustly in U.S. jails. Of particular interest to the public was a huge banner signed by the Stockholm, Sweden, support committee. Demonstrations were also held in Toronto and Vancouver, Canada, and other countries.Later that day an ecumenical/cultural event filled the St. Stephen church sanctuary. The keynote speaker, former political prisoner and educator Angela Davis, was joined by Church World Service President John McCullough. Cuban author and ethnographer Miguel Barnet and British actor Andy de la Tour read letters from the Cuban 5 to their loved ones from a compilation, “Letters of Love and Hope.”Barbadian cultural ambassador Mighty Gabby sang what has become a theme song for this series of events, “Free Them,” and the D.C. Labor Chorus roused the crowd.Increasing public awareness of the massive injustice is a major goal of this ambitious series of events. Literature distributions, postering, a march in the Washington suburb of Takoma Park through a farmers’ market on Sunday morning, and book and intellectual public events have all involved new people in the effort to free the Cuban 5. On June 5, a final closing plenary at the Venezuelan Embassy’s Bolivarian Hall will discuss future actions.After completing his prison term, one of the Cuban 5, René González, has returned to his home and family in Cuba. The other four — Antonio Guerrero, Fernando González, Gerardo Hernández and Ramón Labañino— are still suffering long prison sentences for infiltrating the Miami-based groups that were actively bombing hotels and restaurants in Cuba. González spoke via video at the opening press conference on May 30. Read more on page 3.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Journalist cleared after three months in prison, another bailed pending trial

first_img BBC Africa’s “disproportionate and dangerous” dismissal of a journalist Covid-19 in Africa: RSF joins a coalition of civil society organizations to demand the release of imprisoned journalists on the continent RSF_en Organisation The journalist Habarugira Epaphrodite was released yesterday after spending three months in prison. A day earlier, he was acquitted by the Muhanga district court in southern Rwanda, which ruled that the charges against him were without foundation. In another case, Idriss Gassana Byiringiro, a journalism student and reporter for the newspaper Chronicles, was also freed pending trial. He got out of prison today. The Kacyru lower court in Kigali ordered his release on bail to allow him to continue his studies at Butare University. He has to report to the court every week and must not leave the capital except to attend classes. His case is expected to go to trial at the end of August. August 1, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist cleared after three months in prison, another bailed pending trial News November 27, 2020 Find out more Epaphrodite was charged with “minimizing” the 1994 Tutsi genocide and “spreading genocide ideology”. The prosecution had asked for a six-year prison sentence and a fine of 200,000 Rwandan francs (approx. 260 euros). The judge found the charges were without foundation. “We are relieved at this verdict,” Reporters Without Borders said. “However, the fact of the matter is that Habarugira Epaphrodite has spent three months in prison for no reason. The justice authorities have blown a simple on-air slip of the tongue out of all proportion. We hope that the journalist can quickly find work and that this incident will not harm his career.”Epaphrodite was arrested after reading a report about ceremonies marking the 18th anniversary of the genocide, in which he mixed up the Kinyarwanda words for “victims” and “survivors,” making it sound as though he approved of the genocide.He was fired by the radio station and proceedings were brought against himIn another case, Idriss Gassana Byiringiro, a journalism student and reporter for the newspaper Chronicles, was remanded in custody for 30 days on the orders of the public prosecutor to allow time to prepare a case against him. He was previously detained on 17 July for fabricating a story that he had been kidnapped RwandaAfrica February 13, 2020 Find out more RwandaAfrica —-2012.07.31 – Journalist cleared after three months in prison, another stays in custodyHabarugira Epaphrodite, a former journalist with the community radio station Huguka, was acquitted by the Muhanga district court in southern Rwanda yesterday after being held in custody since 24 April. He is due to be released today. He told a news conference that he had invented the incident, then later withdrew the statement, alleging that he was indeed abducted on 15 June. However, having originally hinted that he believed the intelligence services were responsible, he dropped this assertion, describing his kidnappers as “unidentified”. The judge is expected to rule today on whether the journalist should be freed pending trial.“We urge the judge to release the journalist immediately so that he can prepare his defence as part of a fair trial. Since the start of this case, we have been critical of the over-zealous reaction of the police authorities, who should have used their right of reply in the newspaper Chronicles rather than taking the defendant into custody,” Reporters Without Borders concluded. Photo : the journalists Habarugira Epaphrodite and Idriss Gassama Byiringiro Reports The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa Receive email alerts News Follow the news on Rwanda News April 6, 2020 Find out more to go further Help by sharing this information last_img read more

Florida Releases Details of COVID-19 Deaths at Elder Care Centers

first_imgFlorida’s health administrators over the weekend released detailed information about new coronavirus deaths at elder care facilities around the state, after more than a month of refusing to address the issue.Gov. Ron DeSantis’ administration released the information after several news organizations filed suit under the state’s public records law to force the release of the data.The document reveals that one in three coronavirus deaths in Florida have occurred at 152 of the state’s long-term care facilities.As of Friday, the state counted 1,314 deaths. Of those, 423 were in senior-care facilities, which includes both staff and resident deaths.Additionally, nearly half of the deaths in elder care facilities were right here in South Florida.However, the nursing homes that have suffered the greatest losses in the state are Braden River Rehabilitation Center in Bradenton, Suwannee Health and Rehabilitation Center in Live Oak, and Seminole Pavilion Rehabilitation and Nursing Services in Seminole.All three of those centers have reported 13 resident deaths and one staff member death, according to Friday’s release.The facility with the highest number of reported deaths in South Florida is Miami Jewish Health Systems, a 438-bed elder care facility. According to the state, eight residents have died there.last_img read more

Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano lead Ford sweep of Daytona Duel qualifiers

first_img(i) Ineligible for series points.verage speed of race winner:  193.133 mph.Time of race: 46 minuttes, 36 seconds. Margin of victory:  0.126 seconds.Caution Flags: Zero.Lead changes: Four among four drivers.Lap leaders: A. Bowman 1-11;C. Bowyer 12-13; B. Gaughan(i) 14-20; C. Bowyer 21-59; J. Logano 60.Leaders summary (driver, times led, laps led): Clint Bowyer two times for 41 laps; Alex Bowman one time for 11 laps; Brendan Gaughan(i) one time for seven laps; Joey Logano one time for one lap.Reid Spencer writes for the NASCAR Wire Service. This article has been updated with the results of the second Duel race. Reigning Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Joey Logano captured the second Duel in much more dramatic fashion, charging from fourth to first on the final lap to beat Clint Bowyer to the finish line by .126 seconds.MORE: Live updates of the Daytona DuelsWith a late pass of Tyler Reddick, who was already locked into for the Daytona 500 based on qualifying speed, Parker Kligerman earned the transfer spot into Sunday’s race with a 12th-place finish in the first Duel.Brendan Gaughan grabbed the transfer position in the caution-free second Duel by finishing 15th, ahead of the Open cars of Casey Mears (who was already locked into the 500 on speed) and Joey Gase.In Duel No. 1, Harvick finished 0.165 seconds ahead of fellow Ford driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr., who edged Paul Menard at the line for the runner-up position. Matt DiBenedetto ran fourth, followed by Martin Truex Jr. and Bubba Wallace.Aric Almirola ran third in the second Duel behind his Stewart-Haas Racing teammate, giving Ford drivers the top three positions in each of the Duels in the debut year of the Mustang in Cup racing — a far cry from Sunday’s time trials, where Chevrolets posted the five best laps in single-car runs.With two Mustangs behind him, Harvick didn’t expect any outlandish moves in the closing laps of Duel 1.“I’m just glad we finally came out on the right side of this, and everything’s not tore up,” said Harvick, who had finished fourth, third and second in his previous three Daytona qualifying races.The Duel victory was the first for Logano, who won the Daytona 500 in 2015. As the laps wound down, he was planning his move and got an assist from Team Penske teammate and drafting partner Ryan Blaney.“You have the whole race to think about making a move, and we were all out there just waiting,” Logano said. “Everyone behind me really wanted to go, and I just knew that I had to wait. The later you can do it, the less the risk if it doesn’t work. I got a good run from the 12 (Blaney) behind me and went to the bottom and got a good run.“Was able to side-draft the 10 (Almirola) and pull him back and just barely get enough to break that plane in front of the 14 and clear him up. From there I was just blocking to the finish. My spotter, TJ (Majors), did a great job feeding me all the information I needed to make a decision. We had a really fast Shell Pennzoil Mustang.“It’s cool to see a couple Mustangs in Victory Lane already. I hope it continues for the big race on Sunday. Great start for our race team. Off we go.”Bowyer led 41 laps. Logano led one — the one that counted.A two-time Duel victor, and the winner of the 2007 Daytona 500, Harvick will start third in Sunday’s race, with Stenhouse behind him in fifth and Menard in seventh. Logano claimed the fourth starting position with his victory. Bowyer will take the green in sixth, Almirola in eighth.Neither Stenhouse nor Menard could mount an effective challenge against Harvick in the closing laps of the first Duel.“I spent the last 25 laps trying to figure out exactly what I was going to do,” Stenhouse said. “I think Paul was trying the same thing behind me. Paul would get a run on me out of the tri-oval. I felt like I’d get a run on Kevin out of the back straightaway. The 21 (Menard) wasn’t close enough to us, so I couldn’t make a move. Felt like I’d get stalled out.“Tried to back my entry up to the tri-oval. I was going to try it going into (Turn) 1. Nothing really materialized there. Down the back straightaway, the 21 went to go to the inside. I thought about blocking him. I felt like I could at least finish second if we stayed on the top. I was really kind of hoping the 19 (Truex) would have a little bit better run to get to us, maybe push us up close to the 4 (Harvick). Just nothing really materialized.”For his part, Harvick felt his car was strong enough to keep Stenhouse and Menard behind him.“They were going to have to have a pretty big head of steam,” Harvick said. “They were going to fill those holes pretty quick. Unless they had a huge head of steam, they weren’t going to clear me without a whole line of cars, unless the whole line was going to bail on me, which is highly possible.“But I doubt they would have done that. I think at that particular time, especially in the qualifying races, everybody wants to win, but they don’t want to tear up their cars either. You want to put as little work as possible on your team, get to the race on Sunday. There’s still points on the line and a trophy. You had to be on your toes. Our car was fast enough to guard. They got side by side. That just slowed everything down.”In a three-wide situation on Lap 26 — with Jimmie Johnson on the inside, Kyle Busch in the middle and Tyler Reddick on the outside — Johnson’s No. 48 Chevrolet moved up the track into the left rear quarter panel of Busch’s Toyota, sending Busch spinning into the infield to cause the 60-lap race’s only caution.After pitting with a flat tire and exiting alone, Busch soon lost a lap and ultimately finished 18th. But he teamed in a two-car draft with Kligerman, a fellow Toyota driver, to make the crucial pass of Reddick.“First of all, I have to thank Kyle Busch, us linking that TRD Toyota power together,” Kligerman said. “Without him, there’s no way I get by Reddick.”Daytona 500 pole winner William Byron, who did not compete in last Sunday’s Advance Auto Parts Clash, dropped to the back mid-race and used the final lap for a practice pit stop before coming home 16th—and preserving his car for the top starting spot in Sunday’s Great American Race.Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race: Gander RV Duel 1Finish (starting position), driver, manufacturer, laps completed1. (8) Kevin Harvick, Ford, 60.2. (10) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ford, 60.3. (6) Paul Menard, Ford, 60.4. (16) Matt DiBenedetto, Toyota, 60.5. (4) Martin Truex Jr., Toyota, 60.6. (17) Bubba Wallace, Chevrolet, 60.7. (12) Chris Buescher, Chevrolet, 60.8. (2) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 60.9. (13) Ryan Newman, Ford, 60.10. (15) Ryan Preece #, Chevrolet, 60.11. (11) Daniel Suarez, Ford, 60.12. (19) Parker Kligerman(i), Toyota, 60.13. (9) Tyler Reddick(i), Chevrolet, 60.14. (14) Ryan Truex(i), Chevrolet, 60.15. (20) Landon Cassill, Chevrolet, 60.16. (1) William Byron, Chevrolet, 60.17. (3) Daniel Hemric #, Chevrolet, 59.18. (7) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 59.19. (18) Matt Tifft #, Ford, 59.20. (5) Brad Keselowski, Ford, 58.21. (21) Cody Ware, Chevrolet, 58.# Rookie.(i) Ineligible for series points.Average speed of race winner: 177.749 mph.Time of race: 50 minutes, 38 seconds. Margin of victory:  0.165 seconds.Caution flags: One for three laps.Lead changes: Two among three drivers.Lap leaders: W. Byron 1-15; L. Cassill 16;K. Harvick 17-60.Leaders summary (driver, times led, laps led):  Kevin Harvick one time for 44 laps; William Byron one time for 15 laps; Landon Cassill one time for one lap.Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race: Gander RV Duel 2Finish (starting position), driver, manufacturer, laps completed1. (3)  Joey Logano, Ford, 60.2. (4)  Clint Bowyer, Ford, 60.3. (9)  Aric Almirola, Ford, 60.4. (6)  Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 60.5. (10)  Kurt Busch, Chevrolet, 60.6. (8)  Ryan Blaney, Ford, 60.7. (14)  Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 60.8. (2)  Chase Elliott, Chevrolet, 60.9. (5)  Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, 60.10. (17)  Ty Dillon, Chevrolet, 60.11. (11)  David Ragan, Ford, 60.12. (16)  Kyle Larson, Chevrolet, 60.13. (1)  Alex Bowman, Chevrolet, 59.14. (7)  Erik Jones, Toyota, 59.15. (15)  Brendan Gaughan(i), Chevrolet, 59.16. (19)  Corey LaJoie, Ford, 59.17. (13)  Casey Mears, Chevrolet, 59.18. (12)  Michael McDowell, Ford, 58.19. (18)  Ross Chastain(i), Chevrolet, 57.20. (21)  Joey Gase(i), Toyota, 57.21. (20)  BJ McLeod(i), Chevrolet, 57. DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Straight-line speed in qualifying is one thing. Speed and drivability in the draft is something quite different, as the Ford camp proved decisively in Thursday night’s Gander RV Duel at Daytona 150-mile qualifying races at Daytona International Speedway.Kevin Harvick led the last 44 laps on Thursday night to win the first Duel and secure the third starting spot in Sunday’s Daytona 500 (2:30 p.m. ET; Fox, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).last_img read more