US finally issues visas to Prensa Latina’s two UN correspondents

first_imgNews The US State Department announced yesterday that it would after all issue US entry visas to the two New York-based Cuban journalists – Tomás Granados Jiménez and Ilsa Rodríguez Santana – who were initially refused visas when they tried to return to the United States after a holiday in Cuba. The US government never explained the reasons for its decision to refuse them visas, not even after changing its mind. Granados and Rodríguez are accredited UN correspondents for the Cuban news agency Prensa Latina.——————–30.09.08 – Two Cuban journalists with UN accreditation denied visas to reenter the United StatesReporters Without Borders calls on the office of the UN secretary-general to intercede on behalf of husband-and-wife journalists Tomás Granados Jiménez and Ilsa Rodríguez Santana – both UN correspondents for the Cuban news agency Prensa Latina – who were refused visas to reenter the United States after a short holiday in Cuba. Based in New York for the past three years, the couple were not given any explanation by the US authorities for the refusal, which Reporters Without Borders regards as arbitrary. They were, however, given a form suggesting they are regarded as a threat to the United States.“This measure is both persecutory and incomprehensible,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Since when could journalists who have been accredited to the United Nations for three years suddenly pose a ‘threat’ to the United States? That is what the US authorities seem to think, to judge by the clause they brandished without further explanation.”The press freedom organisation added: “The office of the UN secretary-general must demand an explanation from the US State Department and ensure that Granados and Rodríguez are able to return to their posts.”Granados and Rodríguez were refused US visas yesterday in Havana as they were about to return to New York. The US Interests Section (which functions as embassy and consulate in the absence of diplomatic relations) gave them a State Department document referring to a clause “212F,” which apparently authorises the US president to deny entry to anyone posing a “threat” to the United States. The Interests Section provided them with no explanation.The couple, who have been covering the UN for more than three years, have accreditation that is valid until next year. Prensa Latina, which was created in 1959 after the Cuban revolution, said it has always had correspondents at the UN and none of them has ever been the victim of such a measure in the 50 years of its existence.Granados and Rodríguez described the episode as “an aggression not only against Prensa Latina’s journalists but also against good journalism.” October 15, 2020 Find out more Organisation RSF_en Receive email alerts RSF and Fundamedios welcome US asylum ruling in favor of Cuban journalist Serafin Moran Santiago Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Cuba to go further Newscenter_img CubaAmericas New press freedom predators elected to UN Human Rights Council October 3, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 US finally issues visas to Prensa Latina’s two UN correspondents CubaAmericas Cuba and its Decree Law 370: annihilating freedom of expression on the Internet October 12, 2018 Find out more News News May 6, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Dundon and Killeen go on trial for Collins murder

first_imgNo vaccines in Limerick yet Email NewsBreaking newsDundon and Killeen go on trial for Collins murderBy Staff Reporter – May 1, 2014 878 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Walk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April Facebook #SaucySoul: Room 58 – ‘Hate To See You Leave’ Celebrating a ground breaking year in music from Limerick Linkedin Printcenter_img Previous articleGardai to close speeding loopholeNext articleAll is ready for Riverfest Bank holiday spectacular Staff Reporter Advertisement WhatsApp Emma Langford shortlisted for RTE Folk Award and playing a LIVE SHOW!!! this Saturday Twitter THIS Thursday, three judges, four senior counsel and five barristers along with dozens of Gardaí and witnesses will gather again at Dublin’s high-security Special Criminal Court for the trial of two men charged with the murder of Limerick businessman Roy Collins.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Steve Collins; his wife, Carmel and their daughter Leanna will once again hear how the 35-year-old father was gunned down outside Coin Castle Amusements at the Roxboro Shopping Centre on April 9, 2009.This time, the State will allege a connection between the two accused, Wayne Dundon and Nathan Killeen and the hired gunman who delivered the fatal shot. Declared as a homeless, but originally from Limerick, 26-year-old James Dillion was convicted and is serving life for murder.36-year-old Dundon and 24-year-old Killeen appeared in court last Tuesday to hear their defence argue that material relating to the disclosure of the State’s case was still outstanding.Prosecuting counsel Michael O’Higgins SC and Sean Guerin SC told the three women judges of the non-jury court that they needed additional time to furnish the defence with evidence of further recordings of conversations between Gardaí and potential witnesses who were in prison custody at the time.It will be the first time in the history of the State, a murder trial will be heard at the Special Criminal Court by an all female bench.When they were brought to the dock area of Court 11 on Tuesday, Dundon and Killeen had a brief consultation with their defence teams before proceedings began.Dundon grinned over at Steve Collins after he acknowledged two of his own family members at the other side of the court.Senior counsels Michael O’Higgins and Sean Guerin told the court that there was a manageable list of disclosure material to be furnished to the defence and that significant Garda resources were assigned to deal with the issue.Mr O’Higgins said there was no complacency on the part of the State but he did accept that there were a number of matters still outstanding.Counsel for Nathan Killeen, Giollaíosa Ó Lideadha SC, said that it was not satisfactory that matters were coming so late, adding that they felt there was no “reality in the short term to the case going on”.Ms Justice Iseult O’Malley, together with Judge Margaret Heneghan and Judge Ann Ryan said that the court appreciated the amount of work being done in relation to the trial advancing.The opening of the trial was adjourned and an earlier court order was extended for the Prison Service to disclose recordings made, between a range of agreed dates, from Garda stations to potential witnesses who were in custody at the time.Transcripts of sentencing hearings from 2011 with Gareth Keogh Collins and another man are also to be given to the defence.Mr O’Higgins said that no “controversial evidence” would be heard before the May Bank Holiday weekend. TAGSfeaturedmurderMusic LimerickNathan Killeenroy collinsSpecial Criminal CourtWayne Dundon #HearThis: New music and video from Limerick rapper Strange Boylast_img read more

Hawaii volcano sees new burst of volcanic ash as officials warn of ‘continuous explosive activity’

first_imgUSGS Volcanoes(HONOLULU) — A new burst of volcanic ash has been released from the Kileaua volcano in what U.S. Geological Survey officials warn is “a phase of more continuous explosive activity.”Rock falls and gas explosions within Halemaumau Crater caused the ash plume, the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency said in a Facebook post Tuesday.The plume also signifies that residents of the Big Island “need to expect that it will become more explosive,” Rick Hazlett of the USGS told ABC News.Excessive exposure to ash can make driving difficult and can irritate the eyes and respiratory system, so officials have also urged residents to minimize their exposure to it.This new burst of ash comes hours after the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency said a new fissure has opened up on the Big Island, bringing the total number of lava- and gas-spewing cracks to 20 in the wake of the May 3 eruption.Officials Monday warned of “hazardous emissions of sulfur dioxide” in the Lanipuna Gardens subdivision.The air quality there has been evaluated as a “condition red,” which means the air could pose an immediate danger, the Civil Defense Agency said in a post on Monday. The gases are especially dangerous for the elderly, children, babies and people with respiratory problems, officials said.Following the May 3 eruption, which destroyed homes and prompted evacuations, smoke from the Kileaua volcano has even been visible from the International Space Station, according to an image posted by NASA on social media.President Trump declared a major disaster in Hawaii following a request by the state’s governor.The order will make federal funding available to supplement state and local recovery efforts.Hawaii declared a state of emergency on May 3, the day volcanic activity began.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

To Suh with Love: DT Heading to Dolphins

first_imgMIAMI, FL – Elite Defensive Tackle Ndamukong Suh is going to sign a six-year $114 million contract with the Miami Dolphins, ESPN reported.One of the most coveted free agents in this year’s off-season, Suh is leaving the Detroit Lions and, barring complete formal negotiations breakdown, will head south to Miami, to join a team resplendent in football history – to date the only National Football Team to complete a perfect season (in 1973).The team won its second Super Bowl that year, but hasn’t won one since, even as it flirted with the top prize during the Dan Marino era, its legendary Hall of Fame Quarterback who broke all kinds of passing records but couldn’t take the team all the way to the top.Dolphins owner Stephen Ross was determined to land Suh, the Miami Herald reported. If all goes as expected, the defensive star will bolster a defense that already made its mark a year ago. With much-improved QB Ryan Tannehill coming off a career year, the Dolphins would be poised to return to the playoffs. TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more