Threatened journalist forced to flee Tolima department, third in Colombia since start of year

first_img 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies News ColombiaAmericas Organisation Reports May 13, 2021 Find out more to go further Help by sharing this information News News Follow the news on Colombia ColombiaAmericas April 27, 2021 Find out more RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America October 21, 2020 Find out more February 14, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Threatened journalist forced to flee Tolima department, third in Colombia since start of year Receive email alerts RSF_en Reporters Without Borders is worried about Rogelio Prado Rodríguez, a contributor to Radio Tropical, Cadena Radial Super and the local daily Tolima Hoy, who has had to flee Tolima because of threats, the latest 7 February, which were almost certainly prompted by his coverage of local corruption. RSF, IFEX-ALC and Media Defence, support FLIP and journalist Diana Díaz against state harassment in Colombia Reporters Without Borders is outraged that threats have forced freelance journalist Rogelio Prado Rodríguez to flee Tolima, the central department where he lives and works. The latest threat, on 7 February, took the form of a notice announcing his own death. Prado works for two radio stations, Radio Tropical and Cadena Radial Super, and the local daily Tolima Hoy. For the past two years, he been covering local government fraud allegedly involving the former mayor of the town of Melgar.“Three Colombian journalists have been forced to flee since the start of the year, two of them in the department of Tolima in the space of a week,” Reporters Without Borders said. “It is true that Tolima is a war zone, but the threats that finally convinced Prado to leave seem to be linked to his reporting on local corruption. This is why, like Prado, we hope that the police and judicial authorities will investigate the recent probes into misconduct in the Melgar town hall, and that he gets protection.”Prado decided to leave after receiving four notices at his home on 7 February, each announcing a funeral mass that was supposedly being organised for him by his family, the three news media he works for, the Tolima departmental authorities and the Melgar municipal authorities.“The situation started to worsen in October, during the municipal election campaign, when the daily El Nuevo Día started to report what I have already been saying on the radio,” he told Reporters Without Borders. Since then, Prado has been constantly receiving threatening messages on his mobile phone.In 2006, Prado began covering a judicial investigation into alleged irregularities in contracts issued by José Alejandro Martínez Sánchez (now Tolima’s minister of infrastructure) when he was mayor of Melgar. The attempts to intimidate Prado were stepped up in May 2007, when a package of spoiled meat was left outside his home. Soon afterwards, a stone was thrown through one of the windows of its home. Attached to it was a message telling him to shut up.Prado began his career as a journalist working for Radio Armero in the town of Armero, where he was born. As well as reporting for Tolima Hoy, he has had a contract with Cadena Radial Super for the past 10 years and he hosts a morning news and talk show on Radio Tropical. In 2006 and 2007, he presented the show “El Bunker” on the army radio station.The father of five children, Prado said that, aside from his personal situation, he hoped that the judicial authorities shed light on the use of public funds by the Melgar town hall during the past five years.last_img read more

OC president honored as Citizen of the Year

first_img Registration set for engineering camp Twitter Home Local News Education OC president honored as Citizen of the Year Twitter OCA top 2 were ESL students By admin – February 2, 2018 Pinterest Facebook Pinterest WhatsApp WhatsApp Odessa College President Gregory Williams speaks about being named the citizen of the year from Odessa Chamber of Commerce during a luncheon Thursday at Odessa Country Club. In 2017 Odessa College was named an Aspen Institute Top 10 Community College and went on to win the 2017 Star Award for Community College Excellence from the Aspen Institute. Odessa College also won the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Boards’ 2017 Star Award for the program presentation Eight Week Terms: A Pathway to 60x30TX. Noel earns award Odessa Chamber of Commerce.Odessa College. Previous articleSounds yummy! Chocolate for a good causeNext articleCHAREN: The conspiracy mindset in American politics admin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Some 400 leaders from business, education, the city and the community turned out to honor Odessa College President Gregory Williams as the Odessa Chamber of Commerce’s Citizen of the Year at the Odessa Country Club Thursday.Williams has served as OC president since January 2007. He had been a student at the college in 1983. He earned three degrees from the University of Texas of the Permian Basin in psychology with a certification to teach psychology, history and learning disabled students, information from the chamber said.This was followed by two master’s degrees in education mid-management and psychology. He received a doctorate in higher education administration from Baylor University.Among many accomplishments since becoming president, Williams has seen a successful 2010 bond election that allowed the college to launch Vision 2015, a $78 million campus-wide building and renovation program.In 2017, the college won numerous awards, including being named an Aspen Institute Top 10 community college and the Rising Star Award for Community College Excellence, also from the Aspen Institute. The college also garnered the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s 2017 Star Award for its eight-week terms.In 2016, it was named the first AVID demonstration site in higher education in the country, the information said.“I’m honored and I’m proud,” Williams said in an interview before the luncheon. “It’s an acknowledgement, I think, of the work that we’re doing. For me it’s always about the work. It’s about the students. It’s about the community. It’s about us moving forward. We know that there’s a lot more that needs to be done and I’m proud to be a part of that, but also tremendously proud to be a representative of Odessa College and all the wonderful work that those people are doing.”Additionally, during his remarks later, Williams said he would talk about everyone coming together as a community.“It’s about education. It’s about supporting each other. It’s about acknowledging our board and the work that they’re doing and the work that other boards and entities are doing and we need all of us to pull together if we’re going to have success and I’m all about the work,” Williams said.Odessa College Board of Trustees President Royce Bodiford said it was great that Williams was receiving the Citizen of the Year recognition. He added that he wants to encourage Williams to continue to advance and for OC to become the No. 1 community college in the country.“He well deserves this award for all the work he’s done for the community through Odessa College. His leadership has been outstanding over these (11) years that he’s been there,” Bodiford said.Craig Van Amburgh, president of CVA Advertising and Marketing and a past chairman of the Odessa Chamber of Commerce, said he was asked to serve as emcee of the luncheon by Williams.This is the 60th year the award has been given.“I personally think they couldn’t have picked a better choice,” Van Amburgh said. “Dr. Williams has come into this market again and done an incredible job bringing Odessa College up to the level that it’s at. It’s gotten local, regional, national attention for the innovative things that he’s doing.”“… Greg is a really inspirational person, not only for Odessa College but with everybody that knows him. You’re inspired by him because he’s a go-getter. He loves life and he makes things happen,” Van Amburgh added.More Information Local NewsEducation OC president honored as Citizen of the Year Summer Spaghetti SaladCreamy Fruit SaladTexas Fried ChickenPowered By 10 Sec Croissant Breakfast Sandwich Casserole NextStay Facebooklast_img read more

World takes stock of COVID-19 drug remdesivir after US snaps up supplies

first_imgSome governments in Europe and Asia said on Wednesday they have enough of Gilead’s COVID-19 anti-viral remdesivir for now despite fears of shortages since the US drugmaker pledged most output to its home market for the next three months.The pharmaceutical company’s move stirred the global debate about equitable access to drugs and brought concerns about accessibility, especially in regions where coronavirus rates are still high or there have been new outbreaks.Remdesivir is in high demand after the intravenously-administered medicine helped shorten hospital recovery times in a clinical trial. It is believed to be most effective in treating COVID-19 patients earlier in the course of disease than other therapies like the steroid dexamethasone. Still, because remdesivir is given intravenously over at least a five-day period it is generally being used on patients sick enough to require hospitalization.Britain and Germany said they had sufficient reserves for now, though they were weighing options for when those might be exhausted.South Korea, for its part, has started distributing stocks, but plans talks to purchase more supplies in August.The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) this week said it had secured all of Gilead’s projected production for July and 90% of its production in August and September, in addition to an allocation for clinical trials. The European Union (EU) said on Wednesday it was in negotiations to obtain doses for its 27 member nations.”Supply chains under strain””The buying-up of remdesivir is disappointing news, not necessarily because of the shortages it implies for other countries, but because it so clearly signals an unwillingness to cooperate with other countries, and the chilling effect this has on international agreements about intellectual property rights,” said Ohid Yaqub, senior lecturer at the Science Policy Research Unit of Britain’s University of Sussex.Jonathan Van-Tam, deputy chief medical officer and lead for Britain’s Department for Health and Social Care, told a parliamentary hearing on Wednesday that new drugs such as remdesivir were likely to be in “relatively short supply in the first instance” versus existing generic ones like dexamethasone.The German health ministry said that the conditional market approval Gilead is expected to receive from the EU’s executive Commission this week carries an implied obligation to deliver sufficient quantities in the future.”We trust Gilead will meet this obligation,” it said.Gilead has said it linked up with generic drugmakers based in India and Pakistan to supply remdesivir in 127 developing countries, but it has not discussed in detail its supply strategy for developed nations outside the United States.”The issue is the high demand for a drug that is still an investigational medicine and probably had not been scaled up to a manufacturing level when the outbreak occurred,” said Gino Martini, the UK Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s chief scientist.”The US action means clinical supply chains will be under strain. It will be down to manufacturers Gilead to boost production in order to satisfy demand for the use of remdesivir.”Topics :last_img read more

Antique mulls sisterhood pact with Manila

first_imgDenosta claimed that this province’sbeautiful tourism sites could be alluring to Manila residents. She added that no less than the Manila mayorhimself is excited to visit this province and push through with the sisterhood.His father was from Barangay Piape 3 in Hamtic town. SAN JOSE, Antique – The proposedsisterhood pact between this province and the city of Manila may bring manyadvantages, according to Gov. Rhodora Cadiao. The DILG supervises the sisterhoodrelationship between the two local government units based on their mutualinterests in further developing their economic, social, cultural, political andhistorical ties. In a previous interview with Vice Gov.Edgar Denosta, he revealed that the Manila mayor was proud of his Antiqueñoroots. They learned during their meeting that many Antiqueños hold keypositions in the city government there. Manila might also be able to extendscholarship grants to the Antiqueño students who study there and seek formedical assistance its government. “It would be easier for them to processsome documents there because they would already be assisted because of thesisterhood relationship,” she said.center_img “We will work on the sisterhood pactwith the help of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG),”he added. According to Cadiao, there are thousandsof Antiqueños in Manila who could benefit from the pact, especially in terms ofprocessing their documents in the city government there. “The sisterhood will be beneficial to Antiqueños who work and reside in Manila,” Cadiao stressed in an interview on Feb. 26. FILE PHOTO “The sisterhood will be beneficial toAntiqueños who work and reside in Manila,” Cadiao stressed in an interview onFeb. 26. The possible sisterhood pact was discussed during a meeting with Manila MayorFrancisco Moreno Domagoso last Feb. 17. “The Antique provincial governmentshould be able to accommodate well and secure the tourists who come to theprovince,” he said.(With a report fromPNA/PN)last_img read more

Milner hopes to shake off injury

first_imgManchester City midfielder James Milner is hopeful of proving his fitness for this weekend’s Barclays Premier League clash with West Ham at the Etihad Stadium. The England international was forced off with a hamstring injury at half-time of last week’s 3-1 defeat at Tottenham. The 27-year-old told the club’s website, www.mcfc.co.uk: “I had a tight hamstring and as frustrating as it was to come off, I think it was the right decision. I’m hoping to get back into training and hopefully be fine for the weekend, which is obviously a positive.” Press Associationlast_img read more