Court imposes “unjust and dangerous” prison sentence on provincial newspaper correspondent

first_img EcuadorAmericas News News April 10, 2020 Find out more RSF_en Two months before Assange’s extradition hearing, RSF calls for his release on humanitarian grounds and for US Espionage Act charges to be dropped The 60-day prison sentence passed by the high court of the central province of Cotopaxi on Nelson Fueltala, the correspondent of the La Gaceta daily newspaper and Radio Latacunga, for insulting the mayor of Pujilí was disproportionate and liable to encourage self-censorship, Reporters Without Borders said today.“This court’s ruling is both grossly unjust and dangerous,” the press freedom organisation said. “It is unjust because prison sentences should never be passed in this kind of case. It is dangerous because it poses a threat to free expression for the Ecuadorean press and, as a result, fosters self-censorship. We hope the supreme court will overturn this decision and, in the process, establish a legal precedent.”A report Fueltala wrote for the 2 June 2006 issue of La Gaceta quoted comments by then municipal commissioner Ricardo Estrella criticising Pujilí mayor Marcelo Arroyo Ruiz. The mayor brought a complaint before a local court, which acquitted Fueltala.His acquittal was overturned on 6 March by the high court, which ordered Fueltala to pay 70 dollars in damages and sentenced him to 60 days in prison. The ruling has triggered an outcry in the Ecuadorean media. The municipal commission called it “a violation of human rights in a democratic country.”Fueltala’s lawyer, Luis Carrillo, immediately appealed to the supreme court in Quito, which agreed on 13 March to consider the case although it has not yet set a date. Fueltala does not have to begin serving the sentence as long as the appeal is pending.Journalists demonstrated in support of press freedom outside the town hall on 28 March. They were joined by police, and together they continued the protest outside the Cotopaxi provincial high court building. Coronavirus: State measures must not allow surveillance of journalists and their sources December 24, 2019 Find out more Receive email alerts EcuadorAmericas center_img Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives Follow the news on Ecuador June 15, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information News to go further April 2, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Court imposes “unjust and dangerous” prison sentence on provincial newspaper correspondent News Organisation last_img read more

Pelosi: House ‘Will Proceed’ With Impeachment Of Trump

first_imgUnited States Congress Photo.WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Sunday the House will proceed with legislation to impeach President Donald Trump, calling him a threat to democracy after the deadly assault on the Capitol. Pelosi made the announcement in a letter to colleagues. She said the House will act with solemnity but also urgency with just days remaining before Trump is to leave office on Jan. 20.“In protecting our Constitution and our Democracy, we will act with urgency, because this President represents an imminent threat to both,” she said.“The horror of the ongoing assault on our democracy perpetrated by this President is intensified and so is the immediate need for action.” RELATED | Cuomo Calls For President Trump’s Resignation Following D.C. ViolenceWith impeachment planning intensifying, two Republican senators want Trump to resign immediately as efforts mount to prevent Trump from ever again holding elective office in the wake of deadly riots at the Capitol.House Democrats are expected to introduce articles of impeachment on Monday and vote as soon as Tuesday. The strategy would be to condemn the president’s actions swiftly but delay an impeachment trial in the Senate for 100 days. That would allow President-elect Joe Biden to focus on other priorities as soon as he is inaugurated Jan. 20.Rep. Jim Clyburn, the third-ranking House Democrat and a top Biden ally, laid out the ideas Sunday as the country came to grips with the siege at the Capitol by Trump loyalists trying to overturn the election results.“Let’s give President-elect Biden the 100 days he needs to get his agenda off and running,” Clyburn said.Pressure was mounting for Trump to leave office even before his term ended amid alarming concerns of more unrest ahead of the inauguration. The president whipped up the mob that stormed the Capitol, sent lawmakers into hiding and left five dead.Republican Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania on Sunday joined Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska in calling for Trump to “resign and go away as soon as possible.”“I think the president has disqualified himself from ever, certainly, serving in office again,” Toomey said. “I don’t think he is electable in any way.”Murkowski, who has long voiced her exasperation with Trump’s conduct in office, told the Anchorage Daily News on Friday that Trump simply “needs to get out.” A third Republican, Sen. Roy Blunt, of Missouri, did not go that far, but on Sunday he warned Trump to be “very careful” in his final days in office.Corporate America began to tie its reaction to the Capitol riots by tying them to campaign contributions.Blue Cross Blue Shield Association’s CEO and President Kim Keck said it will not contribute to those lawmakers — all Republicans — who supported challenges to Biden’s Electoral College win. The group “will suspend contributions to those lawmakers who voted to undermine our democracy,” Kim said.Citigroup did not single out lawmakers aligned with Trump’s effort to overturn the election, but said it would be pausing all federal political donations for the first three months of the year. Citi’s head of global government affairs, Candi Wolff, said in a Friday memo to employees, “We want you to be assured that we will not support candidates who do not respect the rule of law.”House leaders, furious after the insurrection, appear determined to act against Trump despite the short timeline.Late Saturday, Pelosi, D-Calif., convened a conference call with her leadership team and sent a letter to her colleagues reiterating that Trump must be held accountable. She told her caucus, now scattered across the country on a two-week recess, to “be prepared to return to Washington this week” but did not say outright that there would be a vote on impeachment.“It is absolutely essential that those who perpetrated the assault on our democracy be held accountable,” Pelosi wrote. “There must be a recognition that this desecration was instigated by the President.”Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has said an impeachment trial could not begin under the current calendar before Inauguration Day, Jan. 20.Clyburn said that Pelosi “will make the determination as when is the best time” to send articles of impeachment to the Senate if and when they are passed by the House.Another idea being considered was to have a separate vote that would prevent Trump from ever holding office again. That could potentially only need a simple majority vote of 51 senators, unlike impeachment, in which two-thirds of the 100-member Senate must support a conviction.The Senate was set to be split evenly at 50-50, but under Democratic control once Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and the two Democrats who won Georgia’s Senate runoff elections last week are sworn in. Harris would be the Senate’s tie-breaking vote.House Democrats were considering two possible packages of votes: one on setting up a commission to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office and one on the impeachment charge of abuse of power.Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Mass., who was part of the weekend leadership call, said he expected a “week of action” in the House.While many have criticized Trump, Republicans have said that impeachment would be divisive in a time of unity.Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., said that instead of coming together, Democrats want to “talk about ridiculous things like ‘Let’s impeach a president’” with just days left in office.Still, some Republicans might be supportive.Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse said he would take a look at any articles that the House sent over. Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger, a frequent Trump critic, said he would “vote the right way” if the matter were put in front of him.The Democratic effort to stamp Trump’s presidential record — for the second time — with the indelible mark of impeachment had advanced rapidly since the riot.Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I, a leader of the House effort to draft impeachment articles accusing Trump of inciting insurrection, said Sunday that his group had 200-plus co-sponsors.The articles, if passed by the House, could then be transmitted to the Senate for a trial, with senators acting as jurors to acquit or convict Trump. If convicted, Trump would be removed from office and succeeded by the vice president. It would be the first time a U.S. president had been impeached twice.Potentially complicating Pelosi’s decision about impeachment was what it meant for Biden and the beginning of his presidency. While reiterating that he had long viewed Trump as unfit for office, Biden on Friday sidestepped a question about impeachment, saying what Congress did “is for them to decide.”A violent and largely white mob of Trump supporters overpowered police, broke through security lines and windows and rampaged through the Capitol on Wednesday, forcing lawmakers to scatter as they were finalizing Biden’s victory over Trump in the Electoral College.Toomey appeared on CNN’s “State of the Union” and NBC’s “Meet the Press.” Clyburn was on “Fox News Sunday” and CNN. Kinzinger was on ABC’s “This Week,” Blunt was on CBS’ “Face the Nation” and Rubio was on Fox News Channel’s “Sunday Morning Futures.” Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window),Remember when Madonna said “I thought a lot about blowing up the white house”Never forget the “peaceful protests in the summer of 2020”, Where was the National Guard this weekend….???Antifa marched through New York City doing what they do, they even attacked a female reporter for just filming it. The hypocrisy is overwhelming.What is Nancy so worried about…. He leaves in less than 10 days right, Maybe it’s the truth, her laptop got taken, wonder if it’s like Hunter’s laptop?????The capitol police let the protesters in…. opened the gates, and the doors…. inside and outside the building… There is WAY too much evidence.last_img read more

Batesville American Legion Baseball Wraps Up

first_imgThe Batesville American Legion Baseball team’s 2014 season has come to an end during The State Regionals at Madison Shawe Memorial.On Wednesday, Madison defeated Batesville 9-7 and on Thursday, Seymour ended Batesville’s season 13-10.Courtesy of Mr. Bill Hisrich.last_img

Hoornstra: The moments that will define baseball in the 2020s

first_imgThis month has brought us scores of end-of-decade retrospectives, spanning everything from sports to music to movies to politics. Rather than look back on the 2010s, I wanted to look forward to the 2020s. What are the baseball moments that will define the next decade?We begin with 2020.Feb. 1, 2020: Having interviewed another 60 witnesses, and read another 76,000 emails, MLB’s department of investigations concludes the Astros illegally stole signs en route to their 2017 championship. The penalty? A one-year postseason ban.March 26, 2020: It’s Opening Day for all 30 teams. Did spring training provide enough time for 30 managers to adjust to the new three-batter minimum for all pitchers? Sure. Among those cut from major-league rosters in spring training: Oliver Perez, Andrew Chafin, Alex Claudio and Adam Kolarek, all of whom had valuable roles in the 2010s but struggled to adjust to baseball’s new LOOGY-less reality. March 31, 2022: Tom Hallion’s earpiece stops working for an inning in Cleveland. No one notices.June 3, 2023: On the same day he hits his 400th career home run, Mike Trout passes 100 Wins Above Replacement for his career.Sept. 24, 2023: Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera hits the 521st and final home run of his career, tying Willie McCovey, Frank Thomas and Ted Williams. He officially retires after the season.June 15, 2024: Justin Verlander, 41, throws the fourth and final no-hitter of his career, tying Sandy Koufax for second place on the all-time list. He will retire at the end of the season with 299 career wins, leaving some voters to question his Hall of Fame credentials.Dec. 12, 2024: The sports cable bubble officially bursts when expansion teams in Charlotte and Portland agree to televise their entire 162-game schedules on Amazon in 2025.Jan. 21, 2025: In his first year of eligibility, Ichiro Suzuki becomes the first player of Asian descent to be elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.March 2, 2025: Ground breaks on a new ballpark for the Oakland A’s on the site of the present-day Howard Terminal, to be completed in time for the 2027 season. Parking spaces are scant, so Lyft assumes naming rights and becomes the preferred method of transportation to and from the ballpark.July 5, 2026: The San Diego Padres’ Manny Machado completes the 16th unassisted triple play in major league history, and the first ever by a third baseman.July 25, 2027: Mark McGwire, Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens are officially inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, having been chosen by a veterans’ committee the previous December. Their plaques do not include an asterisk.Sept. 30, 2027: Christian Yelich, 35, wins his 10th consecutive batting title, breaking Ty Cobb’s all-time record. The accomplishment passes quietly, as batting average is now considered a fringe statistic.Aug. 7, 2028: Mike Trout hits his 600th career home run on his 37th birthday. He’s the only player to hit a home run on eight different birthdays, an all-time record. Two years remain on his contract after the season. Improbably, he never receives an endorsement opportunity from Jersey Mike’s subs.June 1, 2029: Bryce Harper, 36, hits his 600th career home run. Two years remain on his contract after the season. He continues to receive endorsement opportunities from shampoo manufacturers. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Sept. 7, 2020: It’s Closing Day for 42 minor league teams slated for contraction. Thousands of seasonal jobs are lost overnight, from players to broadcasters to ushers to mascots. Not even the Save America’s Pastime Act could save them.Sept. 24, 2021: Albert Pujols passes Babe Ruth with his 2,215th career RBI – on his 700th career home run. Angel Stadium pauses to reward Pujols with a standing ovation. The Angels relief pitcher who caught the ball in the bullpen receives a steak dinner in exchange for the small piece of history. Pujols, 41, officially retires the following week.Nov. 18, 2021: MLB and the MLB Players’ Association ratify a new collective bargaining agreement. As part of the agreement, players with one or two years of service time will now have their salaries determined by a Wins Above Replacement-based formula. Thus ends the days of MVP award winners making anywhere near the league-minimum salary.Feb. 16, 2022: Spring training camps open, and the great shortstop diaspora of 2021-22 is complete. Javy Baez, Corey Seager, Francisco Lindor, Carlos Correa and Trevor Story all leave for greener pastures as free agents. They were a small slice of a stacked free-agent class that included Christian Yelich, Clayton Kershaw, Freddie Freeman, Anthony Rizzo, Noah Syndergaard, Roberto Osuna, Salvador Perez, Miguel Sano, Kyle Schwarber, Jorge Soler and Eduardo Rodriguez.March 30, 2022: Another facet of the new CBA: The electronic strike zone arrives. On Opening Day, 15 home-plate umpires are outfitted with earpieces relaying the “ball” or “strike” call from a computerized voice. Players who listed their heights incorrectly are dismayed by the results. Everyone else is mostly satisfied.last_img read more