Two months before Assange’s extradition hearing, RSF calls for his release on humanitarian grounds and for US Espionage Act charges to be dropped News Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives Follow the news on Ecuador The privately-owned national TV station Teleamazonas has just been told it is being fined 40 dollars for “broadcasting unverified information.” The notification comes just a few weeks after it was fined 20 dollars on 3 June for “broadcasting a bullfight outside permitted viewing times.” The station, which is owned by banker Fidel Egas, could be shut down for 90 days if it receives a third sanction for a similar reason.President Rafael Correa, who takes over the rotating presidency of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) next month, has meanwhile proposed the creation of a UNASUR body to defend citizens and governments against press abuses. News to go further EcuadorAmericas Organisation News June 26, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 TV station faces possible closure for 90 days ———————-12.06.2009 – TV station in open conflict with president could be stripped of its frequencyReporters Without Borders urges the government and National Council for Radio and Television (Conartel) to withdraw the latest administrative proceedings against the privately-owned national TV station Teleamazonas, which could force it off the air. The offensive comes amid a war of nerves between the station and President Rafael Correa, who has said he wants to “put an end” to news media he regards as “corrupt” and “mediocre.”“President Correa has had to face very harsh criticism from the privately-owned media since he first took office, but his desire to punish them for this violates the very principle of press freedom,” Reporters Without Borders said. “This is the unfortunate backdrop to the three proceedings brought against Teleamazonas.”The press freedom organisation added: “If the final objective is to withdraw the station’s broadcast frequency, it will in no way solve the problem of ‘false information’ decried by the president, and will never eliminate the criticism, fair or unfair, to which all governments are exposed. It could even fuel more radical polarisation beyond the reach of the media’s filtering.”The latest administrative proceedings against Teleamazonas got the green light from Conartel chairman Antonio García on 9 June. The station has already been punished once, but this time it could be silenced for good.The proceedings are in response to a recent Teleamazonas report about the environmental consequences of a project by the Venezuelan oil company PDVSA in the southwestern Gulf of Guayaquil. The issue was already raised by the daily El Universo, which is also in the president’s sights. Teleamazonas has said it will refer the case to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.The first case brought by Conartel against Teleamazonas, for broadcasting a bullfight at a peak viewing time, resulted in the imposition of a modest fine of 20 dollars in April. The station’s appeal was rejected on 3 June.A second case was brought against the station in May because it reported the existence of a “clandestine” vote-counting centre and the possibility of fraud after the 26 April general elections. In this case, it faces the possibility of a three-month suspension under a provision of the radio and TV broadcasting law that punishes “reports based on presumption, liable to cause harm or to cause social or public disorder.”The situation is all the more delicate as an independent report by experts that was submitted to President Correa on 18 May accuses Conartel of serious irregularities in the allocation of broadcast frequencies, to the detriment of community media.Correa, who takes over the rotating presidency of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) in July, has meanwhile proposed the creation of a UNASUR body to defend citizens and governments against press abuses. Although the proposal has little chance of being approved, it has been backed by Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez, who is himself trying to silence the privately-owned Venezuelan TV station Globovisión News December 24, 2019 Find out more Receive email alerts June 15, 2020 Find out more Coronavirus: State measures must not allow surveillance of journalists and their sources April 10, 2020 Find out more RSF_en Help by sharing this information EcuadorAmericas
By Brynna SentelTheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—This year, you can start your spring cleaning by emptying out your drug cabinet, especially if you have old bottles of prescription painkillers or other narcotics. Instead of leaving them in the back of a bathroom closet, take them to one of the 49 drug disposal points at participating CVS pharmacies around Indiana. In a press conference Thursday at a downtown Indianapolis CVS store, Attorney General Curtis Hill was joined by CVS executives and local health and law enforcement officials to discuss the plan to combat drug abuse by disposing of old, unneeded medications properly and safely. CVS unveiled the large metal bins that will be used for the drug collections. “Abuse of prescription medicine is a big part of our overall drug crisis,” Hill said. “Here in Indiana, nearly one in 20 Hoosiers reports having used opioid pain relievers for non-medical uses.” Other measures are being taken to combat drug misuse as well, including efforts on the medical side to rethink the number of drugs prescribed to each patient. “Over the years, CVS obviously has played a role in distributing medication to consumers,” Hill said, “Today, the leaders of this company recognize the problems posed by an excessive supply of prescription drugs.” The drug crisis isn’t something that occurred overnight and it certainly can’t be fixed overnight, he said. “It’s critical that law enforcement and healthcare providers work hand in hand in tackling the opioid crisis,” said Steuben County Sheriff Tim Troyer, who is also president of the Indiana Sheriff’s Association. The hope is for these medication disposal sites to become nationwide and CVS is working to make that possible in 750 locations, according to CVS Health Chief Policy and External Affairs Officer Thomas Moriarty. Hill is hoping these sites will prompt people to get those old medications out of the house before they fall into the wrong hands. Disposal bins in other locations have already had an effect on the community because they filled so quickly that they need to be emptied every two weeks. Riley Children’s Health Chief Medical Officer Dr. Elaine Coxsaid getting rid of unused narcotics from the home is an important step in keeping children from abusing them.“Taking unused drugs out of circulation, including opioids, is a foundational strategy to curtailing inappropriate and addictive drug use,” Cox said, explaining that children who abuse these drugs are more likely to become addicted as adults.Moriarty demonstrated how the large bins are secure and safe from tampering by showing how the slot opens where drugs are deposited. The bins are bolted to the floor and wall and made of high quality, heavy, steel. The opening slot is secure and once the medications are disposed of they are out of reach. FOOTNOTE: Brynna Sentel is a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
LELAND, N.C. (AP) — An unlucky start to a North Carolina man’s day turned upside down when he discovered he won a $2 million lottery prize hours after hitting two deer with his new car. The North Carolina Education Lottery says Anthony Dowe, of Leland, had the accident on his way to work. It ruined his day, so he returned home and went to sleep. When he got up, he saw that his ticket numbers matched. Dowe claimed his prize at the lottery headquarters in Raleigh Monday, taking home about $1.4 million after taxes. He says he’s getting his car fixed with the money.
Press Association Gerard Deulofeu has revealed that he has asked Everton manager Roberto Martinez for further first-team football in a bid to accelerate his development. The promising Spanish forward returned to the club on a permanent basis from Barcelona during the summer having impressed while on loan during the 2013/14 season and he was a peripheral figure during a loan spell at Sevilla last season. His arrival is among the reasons there is again optimism surrounding Everton’s prospects – the potential for a long-term partnership forming between the Spaniard and Ross Barkley is particularly promising – and Deulofeu hopes that his winning goal in their recent 2-1 Capital One Cup defeat of Reading will prove the catalyst for a regular starting position. “The manager had told me to be calm, that it is a long season and there will be a lot of opportunities to play,” said Deulofeu ahead of Everton’s Premier League fixture at West Brom on Monday evening. “I have told him that I want to play now and I hope that I can play a lot more and help the team. “This is my third professional season: a year in Everton, last year at Sevilla and now back here. I need to be a first-team player. I need to play a lot of games and feel important to a team. If you have a lot of confidence, I believe everything will be fine.” Deulofeu was once so highly thought of at Barcelona that he was expected to progress into their first team but even if those expectations proved beyond him, he believes he is at the right club to progress. “The last three months in Sevilla I did not play a single game but my physical shape is good and I am ready to play whenever I am needed. “I am so happy to be back here. One of the most important reasons for coming back was that I had been so happy here during the year I had on loan. I felt at home here, very comfortable. “I am very happy with the goal against Reading. The goalkeeper did not attack it especially well but what is important is to score and help the team. “It is great for my confidence too. I need to play more minutes. I want to play more minutes. This, for me, is very important. I find it hard to be on the bench. Like all players, I do not like being a substitute. But I have to wait for my chance and try to take it when it comes.”