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Little to celebrate on Day of the Journalist in Venezuela

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first_img Two journalists murdered just days apart in Venezuela A journalist receives assistance while demonstrators protesting against President Nicolas Maduro’s government -for the fifth time in the last week- clash with riot police in Caracas on April 10, 2017. FEDERICO PARRA / AFP The figures are dizzying. According to The National Press Workers Union (SNTP), 376 journalists were attacked between March 31st and June 24th. Police forces were responsible for 170 of of these attacks. Still according to the SNTP, 33 journalists were illegally detained during this same period.Journalists have obviously not been the only victims of the violence. More than 75 Venezuelans have been killed and 2,000 injured in demonstrations since the start of the year. The country was especially shocked by the death of David Vallenilla, a young activist shot by police on 22 June. Around 3,000 protesters have also been arrested, of whom more than 1,000 are still held*.AP photographer Ariana Cubillos is knocked down by the water jet of a riot control vehicle as opposition activists clash with riot police during a health care personnel march in Caracas on May 22, 2017. LUIS ROBAYO / AFP“On this special day, we pay tribute to the courage of Venezuela’s journalists, who continue to report the news in the face of adversity and deplorable security conditions,” said Emmanuel Colombié, the head of RSF’s Latin America bureau.“Freedom of expression and the freedom of the press are in great danger in Venezuela. President Nicolás Maduro’s government must stop systematically obstructing and censoring the media and must guarantee the safety of both protesters and the journalists covering the protests.”The National Telecommunications Commission (CONATEL), whose director was replaced on 21 June, meanwhile continues to close media outlets. Since the start of the year, it has shut down more than 41 radio and TV stations in states governed by Maduro’s party, according to the IPYS.Facilitated by the government’s extension of the “state of exception” in May, the media closures are being carried out without any transparency and without any grounds being given.The latest TV channel to be shut down was ULA TV, the channel operated by the University of the Andes. Its signal was disconnected on 15 June after an inspection by CONATEL, which also confiscated journalistic material from its newsroom.Venezuela is ranked 137th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index.*Sources: Department of Public Prosecutions, SNTP, Espacio Público and Foro Penal New wave of censorship targeting critical media outlets June 15, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts Organisation Follow the news on Venezuela VenezuelaAmericas Condemning abusesMedia independence PredatorsViolence News June 27, 2017 Little to celebrate on Day of the Journalist in Venezuela Help by sharing this information center_img to go further News News August 25, 2020 Find out more News RSF_en VenezuelaAmericas Condemning abusesMedia independence PredatorsViolence Reporters Without Borders (RSF) regrets that political tensions continue to fuel growing violence against the media in Venezuela, which celebrates Day of the Journalist today with little to celebrate after a dramatic decline in the environment for reporters since the start of the year. Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives January 13, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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ESPN: LA Chargers’ Melvin Gordon could be close to ending holdout

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first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPhoto by Eric Lars Bakke / ESPN Images(LOS ANGELES) — Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon could be close to ending his contract holdout, ESPN reports Wednesday, though no final decision has been made yet.Gordon has been seeking a richer contract from the Chargers, and requested permission to seek a trade earlier this year. The 26-year-old had previously planned to return to the team at some point in October. He has to report no later than November 29 in order to be eligible to play this season. If he did not report by then, he would not accrue credit towards becoming a free agent this offseason.The Chargers have gone 1-2 without Gordon, but running back hasn’t been the team’s biggest issue. In Gordon’s absence, Austin Ekeler (160 yards) and Justin Jackson (142 yards) have replaced much of Gordon’s production.Gordon is scheduled to make $5.605 million this year. The Chargers have said they will not negotiate a new contract with him until after the season.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Beau Lund September 25, 2019 /Sports News – National ESPN: LA Chargers’ Melvin Gordon could be close to ending holdoutcenter_img Written bylast_img read more

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ACE initiative helps literacy in Haiti

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first_imgNotre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) partnered with the Episcopal Commission for Catholic Education and Catholic Relief Services (CRS) to begin the Haiti Reads project in August 2014, working to improve the literacy of Haitian children.The initiative is sponsored by a $1 million grant from an anonymous foundation, with additional funding and personnel provided by ACE and CRS, according to a University press release.Emily Danaher | The Observer Kate Schuenke-Lucien, associate director of Haitian Catholic Education Initiatives for ACE, said the primary goal of the project is to help Haitian children to “learn to read, to read to learn,” a mantra the project uses to promote the long term benefits of increased literacy. Haiti Reads is trying to improve students’ ability to read and write in Creole, which is spoken by 95 percent of the Haitian population, and French, which is the language primarily used in educational instruction, Schuenke-Lucien said.“We know that early literacy is incredibly important for educational success for children,” she said. “Basically, children who don’t learn to read well in the early grades are not able to continue in school.”According to the Haiti Reads press release, this explains why 50 percent of the Haitian adult population is illiterate and why only five percent of students continue past primary school.Haiti Reads works with some of the 2,400 Catholic primary and secondary schools in Haiti as a way to “renew and strengthen Catholic education to provide an improved education and opportunity for the children in Haiti,” TJ D’Agostino, associate director of Haitian Catholic Education Initiatives for ACE, said.“Catholic schools are the biggest single educational provider in the country so [Haiti Reads] is a way to make a pretty big dent in trying to improve education quality in Haiti at large,” he said.Schuenke-Lucien said the project’s approach to their mission is two-fold.“[Improved literacy] would happen by improving students’ test scores and students’ ability to read and write … and then also by improving the ability of the teachers to deliver a high quality curriculum to the students,” Schuenke-Lucien said.The Haiti Reads team began training teachers in approximately 50 Catholic schools in August 2014, and the teachers implemented the newly crafted curriculums in December 2014, Schuenke-Lucien said.Jaime Zarafonetis, associate director of teaching and learning for ACE, said Notre Dame is excited to work with the teachers in Haiti.“The Haitian educators are exceptionally dedicated, and we feel really grateful at ND that we are working with so many knowledgable and committed educational leaders [in Haiti],” Zarafonetis said.As of now, 49 percent of Haitian third graders cannot read either language, Zarafonetis said.Tags: ACE, Alliance for Catholic Education, Catholic Education, catholic relief services, Haiti Readslast_img read more

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